Increasing instability and political repression in African Great Lakes Region

KPFA Weekend News, 04.26.2015

Instability and political repression are increasing in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, as the presidents of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda seek to remain in power beyond constitutional term limits, and as Rwandan and Ugandan troops cross into Congo yet again. 

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame


Congo's problems are Museveni, Kagame, and Kabila, not the FDLR


KPFA Weekend News, broadcast 01.18.2015
Friends of the Congo's Executive Director Maurice Carney told KPFA that the Democratic Republic of the Congo's real problems are Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and Congo's own President Joseph Kabila, not the FDLR or any other militia operating in the eastern DRC. 

The Pentagon's Peacekeepers in South Sudan, CAR, DRC, Uganda, Rwanda


KPFA Evening News, 01.20.2014

UN Peacekeeping troops and those of U.S. military partners make use of U.S. military infrastructure, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee across the borders of South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.  


The international community's unforgivable betrayal of the people of South Sudan


KPFA Evening News, 01.05.2014

The U.S. considered sending its Ugandan and/or Ethiopian military partners into South Sudan to support President Salva Kiir, while South Sudanese called on the world to get Ugandan President Museveni, his troops and his high tech weapons out of their country. The South Sudanese Human Rights Society for Advocacy also called the international community's decision to offer Museveni a seat at South Sudan peace talks "an unforgivable betrayal of the people of South Sudan."

Humanitarian imperialism: Rwanda, Israel, Africa, and the US



KPFA Morning Mix, 12.18.2013

KPFA Morning Mix Host Anthony Fest spoke to Robin Philpot author of Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa, from Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction, and me, KPFA News reporter Ann Garrison.  I noted that the countries we're urged to bomb to stop genocide and mass atrocities are usually on Israel's enemies' list. Robin recounted the history in which Israel blessed Rwanda with its genocide victims' trademark and accompanying license.


Baraka Books has published an updated, English language version of Robin Philpot's book, Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa, which can be ordered directly from Baraka Books,




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