By: Dr. David Himbara Managing Directors of IMF are supposed to be dull and boring economists obsessed with balancing countries’ books. Not Christine Lagarde. A former finance minister in France, she is a clever political operator. She proved this in her visit to Rwanda, the high mark of which was her speech in Rwandan parliament on January 27, 2015. Her strategy was simple – first flatter the Rwandan rulers and then hit them hard with gospel truth. Take this early praise in her speech: “Today Rwanda can take pride in…Read More
The first French trial of a Rwandan accused of involvement in the genocide of 1994 opened in Paris on Tuesday. The Rwandan justice minister called it a “positive sign”, while the plaintiffs hailed it as a “historic” event.
He appeared in the court room in his wheelchair.
54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa (pictured, above), a paraplegic since 1986, is charged with complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda. He stands accused of inciting and organising the massacres, which resulted in 800,000 deaths in just 100 days, from April to July 1994.Read More
by Pepe Escobar
The imperialial juggernaut is once again on a roll in North Africa, with France in the lead. Secular-run Algeria had “better get its US$50 billion in reserves out of Western banks as soon as possible.” But overwhelming arms do not guarantee victory. “The French are on their way to meet the American fate in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”Read More
The notion of a “Libya” has ceased to have any meaningful practical application. As a concept that either refers to some degree of national unity, an imagined community, sovereignty, or the exercise of authority by a state over the territory within its borders, “Libya” has been driven back to the time when it had yet to become formalized as a concept.
Those once celebrated as “rebels” and “revolutionaries” — by Obama, NATO states, UN bodies, Western media, and a range of liberal imperialist opinion along with those “socialists” who, after an extended period of internalized structural adjustment now model their thinking to better accord with neoliberal principles — are rarely if ever held up now as paragons of the “better future” that was to come. Visions, as in hallucinations and delusions, of the better that would come once Gaddafi was dutifully executed, abounded in the politically prepubescent writings of an “Arab Spring.”Read More
ATLANTA — Kenya is punishing nations backing the International Criminal Court, where President Uhuru Kenyatta faces trial for crimes against humanity, by keeping those countries envoys in limbo while they wait for accreditation.
European nations had threatened to keep diplomatic contact with newly elected Kenyatta to a minimum due to the looming trial at The Hague-based court.Read More
By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW After a five year term in office former President Sarkozy of France has conceded defeat to President Elect Mr. Francois Hollade. France and Rwanda have had a complex relationship for many decades with attempted amends being made when President Paul Kagame of Rwanda visited former President Sarkozy in 2011 to mend relations between the two countries. This meeting appeared to be positive to the international community yet when France sent their new ambassador to Rwanda she was refused her post by President Paul Kagame due political…Read More
By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW On 20 April 2012 Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa testified in front of Judge Trevidic in France for over six hours. He reported that he testified to all that he knew regarding the shooting down of former President Habyarimanas airplane in April of 1994 just before the genocide started. His testimony included the information in his published confession (below) as well as information not previously released by him. Dr. Rudasingwa informed Judge Trevidic that there are more witnesses willing to come forward and testify about their firsthand knowledge…Read More
By: Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa The saga between Kagame and France continues. It is a familiar story that sometimes sounds like a children’s fairy tale. The latest is France recalling its Ambassador to Kigali, whom many have referred to as a French RPF cadre. But what is the reason behind this decision? Kagame does not want the new French nominee to the diplomatic post in Kigali because “she is too close to the French Foreign Minister”, Alain Juppe, whom Kagame considers “hostile to Rwanda’s interests!” Judging from the past rhythm of…Read More
said Monday it had recalled its ambassador to afterauthorities in refused to accept Paris’s choice of a new envoy. “The Rwandan authorities refused to give this approval” and “we have recalled our ambassador (Laurent Contini) for consultations in order to study the situation,” said a French foreign ministry spokesman, Vincent Floreani.Read More
By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW In the small country of Rwanda buried deep in the heart of Africa continues to make loud noises despite their assumed desire to keep things quiet and inconspicuous. Within this small country lies a government that oppresses its own people through intimidation, lack of open political space and fear to speak honestly and openly about the government in personal circles as well as in the press. In the larger city of Kigali, the Capitol of Rwanda, there is much development and financial progress since the 1994…Read More