[Open Letter To President Obama] Dear Mr. President, Your trip to Africa this week presents a legacy-defining opportunity. President George W. Bush is remembered for the billions of dollars he made available to fight HIV/Aids; a program which has continued under your administration. Bill Clinton, while decried for allowing genocide in Rwanda, is also hailed for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the preferential trade deal that allows some duty free exports from participating African countries to the U.S.; this program was also recently renewed by Congress under your administration. Mr. President,…Read More
An interview with international criminal defense attorney and former law professor Peter Erlinder Ann Garrison While international attention is focused on the constitutional crisis in Burundi, Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers have again violated the territorial integrity of DR Congo by sending troops into the country. What are they up to? INTRODUCTION Rwandan and Ugandan troops have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the past two weeks, but reporting is scant and neither the U.S., the U.N. Security Council nor any other members of the international community have…Read More
By: Jennifer Fierberg We live in a world filled with terrorist attacks. So much so that they become the noise of the nightly news that most Westerners ignore. Simply watching the nightly news or scanning social media for a few minutes will typically reveal the horrors of terrorism in all corners of the world. However, why do some attacks garner coverage, political marches and the response of world leaders yet others barely make the bottom corner of a news report? Earlier this year in Paris, terrorists murdered 12 members…Read More
By Jennifer Fierberg
Predicts Period of Instability in the Great Lakes Region
Just days ago, Senator Russell Feingold, the U.S. special envoy working to stabilize Africa’s Great Lakes region, announced he will give his final speech in this position. His press release stated the following, “On February 24, Senator Feingold will give his final speech as U.S. special envoy at the U.S. Institute of Peace to offer his current insights on the DRC, on the prospects for ending the militia violence in the country’s east, and for improving political stability in the Great Lakes region.” Further the press release states, “Senator Feingold has now spent 18 months as the U.S. special envoy for the Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has helped negotiate an end to the M23 rebellion in the eastern DRC and has worked to improve human rights protections for women in that region. He has advocated military reforms in the country, and has pushed for greater dialogue and collaboration among the DRC, Rwanda, and other states in the Great Lakes Region. In his discussion at USIP, Senator Feingold will review recent accomplishments in the region and the challenges ahead. He will outline what he sees as policy priorities for the United States and international community.”Read More
IPS’ Foreign Policy In Focus joins a diverse U.S. based activist coalition focusing on Africa is calling on U.S. leaders to cease their support and empowerment of brutal dictators across Africa. July 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm A diverse U.S. based activist coalition focusing on Africa is calling on U.S. leaders to cease their support and empowerment of brutal dictators across Africa. The Coalition will host a press conference ahead of the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to take place in Washington, DC in early August. The Coalition will…Read More
A three man delegation from the Uganda Electoral Commission spent a weeklong visit in Malawi to study voter education processes. Inspite of flaws in the Malawi recents elections the Ugandans believe there are still positive lessons to be learnt.
Uganda has less than two years to prepare for the next national elections and this time, election officials say they want to do a better job in educating voters.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Blantyre, the director of operations at the Uganda Electoral Commission, Leonard Mulekwa, explained why his three-person delegation came to Malawi.Read More
After the third attempt on the life of former Chief of the Rwanda Defence Forces, Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, exiled in South Africa, Robert Mukombozi talked to him recently in an exclusive interview. The exiled general discusses what he calls the dictatorship in Rwanda and compares President Museveni and his own Paul Kagame. Below are excerpts: Let me take you back to the events on the eve of March 4, 2014, when assassins stormed your Johannesburg home. Can you tell us what really happened? What happened is that a group of gunmen stormed our home…Read More
The shilling slumped 6.1 percent since President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill on Feb. 24, the most after Ghana’s cedi among 24 African currencies monitored by Bloomberg. Photographer: Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images Uganda’s shilling slumped to the lowest level in 15 months after the U.S. government said it was cutting aid to the East African nation over a February law that toughened punishment for homosexual acts. The currency fell 1 percent to 2,616.50 per dollar by 5:11 p.m. in the capital, Kampala, the lowest since March 2013. The…Read More
African leaders have just concluded a mini summit in Luanda, Angola, to discuss the conflict in DRC and the diplomatic showdown between South Africa and Rwanda. It is reported, as usual, that a “Luanda Declaration” was signed, and President Zuma and President Kagame “agreed” to talk to “resolve” the impasse between their two countries. The latest quarrel between South Africa and Rwanda is due to the assassination of Colonel Patrick Karegeya in South Africa on 31/12/2013 and another attempted assassination on General Kayumba Nyamwasa a couple of weeks ago. Is this…Read More
The former Archbishop of Cape Town, Nobel Peace Prize winning Desmond Tutu has compared Uganda’s new anti-gay law to Nazi and Apartheid discrimination.
Archbishop Tutu said that the was “very disheartened” that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is intending to sign a bill into law that could see gay people facing lifetime prison sentence.Read More