Category Archives: Opinion

Patrick Mbeko reacts on ICC sentencing of Charles Taylor

As a committed activist for issues pertaining his native Democratic Republic of Congo, Patrick Mbeko, who lives in Canada and has recently published in French a book highlighting the role of that country in ongoing wars that have been ravaging the whole Central African region, does not miss opportunities to provide his views on other significant aspects that affect Africa. The following note that I took the freedom of translating from French was featured on his Facebook pages. It points on his understanding of the sentencing of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president. Continue reading

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Marc Sommers finds Paul Kagame better

Maybe the NYT journalist Marc Sommers does not know the personality he describes in his article or luckily for him, he couldn’t fall as one of his victims.

Marc Sommers writes in The New York Times that Paul Kagame, the Rwandan President, is comparatively better than Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia who is presently in the custody of the International Criminal Court, and Idi Amin, former Ugandan president.

Though these African leaders were criminals in their own ways, none of them caused the death of 6 million people [Rwandan, Congolese, and Ugandan] or more, through direct and indirect involvement.

Corruption in Africa: Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo talks of Nigeria’s example

Wednesday 23/5/12 I attended a conference celebrating UN Africa Day. Universal Peace Federation [UPF] had organised the event at the House of Lords at Westminster parliament. Invited speakers covered in their range of speeches the past of the continent, current challenges and optimistic spirit that characterises future prospects for Africa. Continue reading

The other face of the Rwandan genocide

By Jean de Dieu Tulikumana

April 2012 is another annual remembrance month of the Rwandan genocide. The Rwandan Patriotic Front [RPF] led by Paul Kagame rules in Kigali. Every year since 1994 the Rwandan president and his government has made Rwandans and the general public at large to believe in one narrative of what happened when and well after the former president Juvenal Habyarimana was assassinated on April 6th, 1994. Jean de Dieu Tulikumana, in his following article, which initially appeared in French in a newsletter of FDU-Inkingi, a Rwandan political party of the opposition, shed new light on the tragedy that Rwanda experienced eighteen years ago.
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Adam Branch on Kony 2012

Adam Branch is senior research fellow at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda, and assistant professor of political science at San Diego State University, USA. He is the author of Displacing Human Rights: War and Intervention in Northern Uganda.

“…Invisible Children’s campaign is a symptom, not a cause. It is an excuse that the US government has gladly adopted in order to help justify the expansion of their military presence in central Africa. Invisible Children are “useful idiots”, being used by those in the US government who seek to militarise Africa, to send more and more weapons and military aid, and to bolster the power of states who are US allies.”

Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012 is an excellent article on AlJazeera site that needs reading.

Link: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ban-of-invisible-children-to-operate-in-africa.html