Kagame gets $50 million from the World Bank and U.S. power salutes

KPFA Evening News, 03.16.2013


KPFA Evening News Anchor Cameron Jones: The World Bank announced a new $50 million grant to the Rwandan government this week, while Rwandan President Paul Kagame toured the United States, speaking at the University of Hartford, Harvard University, and the World Affairs Council in Atlanta. KPFA's Ann Garrison has the story.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Atlanta World Affairs Council President Wayne Lord, left. Rwandan President Paul Kagame, center, and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young, right. The World Bank announced a new $50 million grant to Rwanda this week, though a 2001 UN report said that the World Bank seemed to be rewarding both Uganda and Rwanda for their war and resource theft in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by proposing both countries for the Highly Indebted Poor Countries debt relief initiative. Ensuing UN reports have confirmed that Rwanda's war and resource theft in Congo continue.

Also this week Rwandan President Paul Kagame spoke at the launch of the University of Hartford’s Judaic Studies Department’s “Holocaust and Genocide Education Initiative,” despite the 2010 UN Mapping Report documenting his army’s genocidal massacres of civilians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and, despite the 2012 UN Group of Experts report that documents his Defense MinisterJames Kabarebe’s command of the M23 militia in Congo.
Kagame moved on to speak at Harvard University, and from there to Atlanta, Georgia, where he addressed a breakfast meeting hosted in his honour by that city’s World Affairs Council, and a luncheon also hosted in his honour by Coca Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent, billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s son Howard Buffet, and former civil rights activist, UN Ambassador, and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who is now a professional consultant on business opportunities in Africa.
Bruce Dixon, lifelong civil rights activist, Georgia resident, and Managing Editor of the Black Agenda Report was not available by phone, but he sent a message to KPFA saying that Andrew Young’s involvement with Kagame dishonored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, who marched and appeared with Young by his side as a trusted advisor.  
For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.


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