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Resource Sovereignty: Congo, Africa, and the Global South

Presidential polls are approaching on November 28th in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but few observers expect them to be free or fair. The country’s Parliament has changed the Constitution to favor sitting President Joseph Kabila with one round or winner-take-all voting, in which opposition candidates would be expected to divide the opposition vote, leaving Kabila with the most votes and no run-off to face.

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Rwanda’s RDF Soldiers Illegally Acquiring DR Congo Voter Registration Cards

Currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities are issuing voter registration cards to citizens for the upcoming presidential elections. This voter registration card will substitute the personal ID, and will distinguish those citizens eligible to vote.
An undercover reporter for Umuvugizi disguised as a Congolese person in Goma, witnessed the Rwandan soldiers crossing the border into Goma, moving back and fourth, taking without fear, those voter identity cards, and pretending to be Congolese citizens.

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Crisis In The Congo: Uncovering The Truth

A new film exploring the roots of one of the greatest social, economic and environmental disasters in Central Africa.
Date: Thursday June 30, 2011

Time: Doors open at 6:30 for a 7 p.m. program.
(see below for other locations out of New York)

Where: Global Information Network
146 West 29th Street Suite 7E, New York, NY

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The LRA Excuse For Ugandan Troops In Congo—Again

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s state newspaper, The New Vision, has reported that the UN Security Council and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed to join Museveni’s army, the Uganda People’s Defense Force, in a new offensive to hunt Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and Jamil Mukulu’s Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

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Creating African Dynasties

The political culture of dynasties is very much alive in Africa even where there are no kingdoms.

In Uganda the opposition has claimed that President Yoweri Museveni is grooming his eldest son Lieutenant Colonel Kaneirugaba Muhoozi, 36, to succeed him.

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White Man’s Burden: Affleck and Prendergast in Congress for Congo

On Tuesday the House Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the Democratic Republic of Congo, the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II, which has continued, since the International Rescue Committee estimated, over three years ago, that more than 5.4 million people had died in the conflict, most of whom had died of hardship after being driven from their homes.
The hearing featured the testimony of actor Ben Affleck, heiress and philanthropist Cindy McCain, and John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project. No Congolese, African, or even African American person testified.

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Why is the DR Congo Genocide Being Ignored?

The Elombe Brath Global African Lecture Series:
Over 7 million people killed in the most heinous imaginable ways: cremated, buried alive, decapitated, mass slaughter. Hundreds of thousands of women and young girls have been gang-raped and mutilated. Hundreds of thousands have been tortured, and millions displaced.

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – 7:30 PM
Location: Brecht Forum (212) 242-4201
451 West Street, NYC (between Bank and Bethune Streets)
Tel: (212) 242-4201

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Prof. Peter Erlinder Speaks on Rwanda Genocide

Professor Peter Erlinder is an international criminal defence attorney, human rights lawyer. and former prisoner in Rwanda, who is still wanted by the Rwandan government of President Paul Kagame, for disputing its official history of the Rwanda Genocide. In January, he began a speaking tour of the US, which coincided with DePaul University’s Journal of Social Justice’s publication of a selection of original UN documents and evidence supporting his analysis of what actually happened at the time of the epic massacres now widely known as the Rwanda Genocide.
When Professor Erlinder was in New York City to speak at several universities, and the Brecht Forum, I interviewed him about how the US manipulates the international criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal (on Rwanda (ICTR), and how this affects the people of East/Central Africa, in particular.

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KPFA CONGO NEWS: Expanded Question & Answer between KPFA’s Ann Garrison & Africa Investigator Keith Harmon Snow

On Sunday, 01.23.2011, I called veteran Africa investigator Keith Harmon Snow for KPFA Weekend News regarding the second anniversary of the outset of the catastrophic 2009 Eastern Congo Offensive. As is always the case with “sound bite news,” I couldn’t include most of our conversation, but Keith was kind enough to write out his answers to the questions I’d sent for AfrobeatRadio.net. We at AfrobeatRadio consider Keith’s website, Conscious Being Alliance and the various audio recordings of his presentations, including, recently, his Lecture on Profiteering from Genocide in Central Africa, at the Brecht Forum in New York City, to be some of the best investigative reporting and analysis of African issues available.

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Anniversary: Obama’s Invasion of Congo on Inauguration Day

Two years ago, on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama, the U.S.A.’s first African American president, invaded the Democratic Republic of Congo, the heart of Africa, on his Inauguration Day.

Most Americans, including those who campaigned hardest for Obama, would have a hard time making sense of this, or of the military forces involved. Most would not recognize the acronyms of the Rwandan Defense Force (RDF), the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), the Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF), or the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).