James Kabarebe

Vietnam, Afghanistan, Somalia . . . Congo???

KPFA Evening News, 12.23.2012

On Wednesday, 12.20.2012, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the eastern Congo conflict, in which the Committee considered further arming and training the Congolese Army to defend against M23 and other armed groups.

Florida Congressman Allen West asked whether the committee needed to fear mission creep, the expansion of U.S. operations, and whether these militias might unite and turn on U.S. forces. Carson responded that putting our own troops into combat in Congo wasn't “in our game plan," to which West responded that we’ve heard that before, in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Somalia.  


UN sanctions targeting war criminals, not innocent populations, in the Congo conflict

WBAI AfrobeatRadio,  11.24.2012

FOTC's Maurice Carney said that targeting M23 officers in Congo was like slapping sanctions on street corner drug dealers instead of those really responsible, meaning President Generals Kagame and Museveni. Loyola University Professor Brian Endless told AfrobeatRadio he wasn't sure that was quite the analogy he'd choose, but it's close enough. 

A meeting of the UN Security Council, which has imposed targeted sanctions on M23 militia officers in Congo, but not the Rwandan and Ugandajn officials proven to be the powers behind them.



Global Rally for Congo November 28th

KPFA Evening News, 11.25.2011

Congolese, Rwandan and Ugandan activists are asking their allies to sign petitions, and call the office of UN Ambassador Susan Rice, to ask her to stop blocking a serious UN Security Council response to the latest report of the UN Group of Expert on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report documents Rwandan and Ugandan backing and control of the M23 militia fighting in Congo. Last Monday the militia seized Goma, the minerals trading hub and capital of Congo’s North Kivu Province. KPFA spoke to Friends of the Congo's Student Coordinator Kambale Musavuli about why they are asking allies to call U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice and attend a global rally for Congo on November 28th.


UK reconsiders budget support to Rwanda


KPFA Evening News, 10.17.2012

The International Development Committee of British Parliament’s House of Commons has announced that it will examine the controversial decision to disburse budget support to the Government of Rwanda, after first withholding it in response to UN investigators’ reports that Rwanda is behind the M23 militia fighting and seizing territory in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Rwandan exile, activist, and blogger Ambrose Nzeyimana spoke to KPFA from London.



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