Dr. Huey P Newton (1942 – 1989), Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party.
At the height of black american revendication of civil rights in the 60s, many black organisations emerged or strengthened their influence in the whole country. It was at that time that legendary black leaders like Malcom X and Martin Luther King were assassinated, and others like Huey P. Newton imprisoned.
Seeing and faced with the increasing radicalisation of the black american youth, – that the federal government believed to be a threat to the internal security of the country -, on March 4, 1968, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover issued directives to initiate or pursue counterintelligence activities against black nationalist organisations, with the following five long-term goals for such program: Continue reading
Victoire Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi, and one among thousands of Rwandan political prisoners languishing in the country’s penitentiary system. She was imprisoned on October 14th, 2010 and then condemned to 15 years of imprisonment.
It has been nearly 23 years since July 4th, 1994 after RPF of president Kagame took power in Rwanda. A lot of water has passed under the bridge. Political leadership he put in place has disappointed in many regards. After an almost 4 years of civil war which culminated with a genocide, Rwandans hoped to see peace and reconciliation in their homes and hearts. They experienced mayhem and despair instead. Continue reading
Dr Joseph Nkusi, Rwandan blogger who was unlawfully deported to Rwanda from Norway.
In an interview I had with Press TV back in 2013 as member of a panel including Esther Stanford Xosei, I explained how AID was a continuation of western imperialism. In many places, despite several decades after the official end of colonialism in the 60s, – this occurred with declarations of independence in many African countries -, there hasn’t been much change in standards of living of the majority of indigenous people.
During the interview I even suggested to leave Africa alone so the continent could find its own solutions to its problems. My conviction is that when confronted with adversity, human beings are strongly resourceful. Throughout history, there are numerous examples where nations have proven their ingenuity in the face of difficult situations. And the claim of AID of contributing to anybody’s development is simply flawed, because none of those today’s characterised as developed used it to get where they are. Continue reading