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Sudan: Geostrategic Genocide Intervention

The day before John Prendergast, Bill Clinton’s former National Security Council Director for African Affairs, and co-founder of the ENOUGH Project, a non-profit lobbying organization, had called on the Obama Administration to, quote, “begin preparations to provide air defense capabilities to the Government of South Sudan.” Critics responded that Prendergast and ENOUGH were encouraging all out war in Sudan and using genocide prevention as an excuse to expand U.S. influence and military dominance in Africa.

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Kevin Alexander Gray On Gil Scott Heron’s Legacy

KPFA played a two hour tribute to African American musician Gil Scott Heron and KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to African American author Kevin Alexander Gray on Gil Scott Heron’s passing.

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War on Terror: U.S. In Africa, Uganda In Somalia, al Shabaab In Uganda

Ugandan Police have warned opposition leaders that Somali-based Al-Shabaab terrorists may try to assassinate them. Opposition leaders responded that they’re being terrorized by Ugandan President Yower Museveni himself, and, international observers and journalists pointed out that Al-Shabaab’s most logical target is also President Museveni. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has more.

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Rwanda: Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza on Trial

On October 14th, five days after she last spoke to KPFA, she was arrested and confined to Kigali’s 1930 maximum security prison, where she remains for the past 7-months. Her support team report that she is increasingly isolated by bureaucratic excuses and that the confidentiality of her conversations with her Rwandan lawyer has been violated.
Jean Manirarora, a member of Ingabire’s FDU-Inkingi coalition of parties, came into the KPFA Studios to discuss with KPFA’s Ann Garrison what is at stake in Ingabire’s case.

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Flashpoints: Will Uganda Be The Next Egypt Or Tunisia?

Pacifica’s KPFA Flashpoints Radio, 99.5FM-Berkeley, heard in the San Francisco Bay Area and much of Northern California, and streaming on the Web, played Pacifica WBAI AfrobeatRadio’s news feature on the Ugandan uprising over food and fuel prices, and asked, “Will Uganda be the next Egypt or Tunisia?”
Notes on the geopolitical context, and the latest, most violent arrest of opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye with Flashpoints host Dennis Bernstein.

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Predator Drones To “Stop Genocide”?

AfrobeatRadio producer Ann Garrison spoke to journalist, human rights investigator, and electrical engineer Keith Harmon Snow about the lobbying campaign to use General Atomics’ Predator Drones “to stop genocide” in Africa.
General Atomics’ Predator Drones were designed to be unmanned surveillance aircraft, but, beginning in 2000, Bill Clinton and then George Bush, had the Predators outfitted to drop Hellfire missiles, as they have in at least five countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, and now Libya.

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One Rwandan Teenager’s Experience Of The Rwanda Genocide

In a recent Facebook discussion of the trial of opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, Mbungira shared his own experience of the Rwanda Genocide at the ages of 14 and 15. The reference to “infiltration” at the outset has been reported before; for example, it’s been reported that the head of the Interahamwe, a.k.a. Hutu extremists, was an RPF agent.

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Ugandan Uprising for Food And Fuel

Ugandan opposition leaders have been arrested while peacefully walking to work to protest soaring fuel and food prices that have pushed many Ugandans to the edge of survival. Images of the first Walk to Work protest, on Monday, February 11th, looked much like those of the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955, which resonated throughout the U.S.A. and sparked the African American Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King. However, on Thursday, February 14th, police fired tear gas and live ammunition on demonstrators in both Kampala, Uganda’s capitol, and in Gulu, a commercial center in Northern Uganda’s indigenous Acholiland, where three protestors died.

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Ugandans Walk In The Footsteps Of Gandhi And King

Anne Mugisha: We have a President who has been in power for 25 years and is now trying to amend the retirement age for a President in the Constitution, so that it goes beyond the 75 years limit.

We have a restless population that believes that the government should be doing more to create jobs, to manage inflation and to fight poverty.

We have an opposition that believes it has been rigged out of victory at every general election held under this regime.

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Rwanda Genocide: Who Killed The Hutu?

WBAI AfrobeatRadio spoke to Professor Charles Kambanda, a former member of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, on April 9th, during the first week of Rwanda’s 17 year commemoration of the 1994 genocide.