Muammar Gaddafi Africa OP-ED 

Critical Thinking: Challenging Dogma and Effecting Change in Africa

Very early in life, I noticed a connection between questioning and change – between asking why? Why not? How do you know? and the project of societal renewal. Evidently, questioning is a product of discontent, of lack of satisfaction with the way things are, with the status quo and a desire for how things should be, for the new and the different. I realized that the skeptical outlook contained the ingredients for social transformation and that in critical thinking lurks potentials and possibilities for a proactive life and an engage…

Read More

Children at risk in the hands of the FDLR in eastern of Democratic Republic of the Congo

By: Joseph H. Cavallaro- Vision GRAM-International     May 26, 2015 – In recent weeks, several hundred Congolese children have escaped from armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though the freeing of children from armed groups is always a cause for celebration, there are still an estimated 30,000 children fighting with armed groups in the DR Congo. The armed rebel group that uses many of these child soldiers is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).  They are remnants of the original FDLR that is responsible…

Read More

SA heads for new DRC war

South Africa has 1000 troops in the DRC as part of the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which is tasked with “neutralising” threats to the region. File photoImage by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS   The government yesterday announced that a confrontation with Forces for Democratic Liberation of Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo was “inevitable”. Four thousand FDLR soldiers, many of whom were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, terrorise the eastern DRC. The looming fight comes after the FDLR ignored the UN’s January 2 disarmament deadline. Department of International Relations…

Read More

Tanzania: We won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels

“As a country (Tanzania) we won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels,” Bernard Membe, Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs told the media in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, hence rejecting, for some observers, the urgency of conducting military operations against Rwandan rebels and refugees based in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) . The declaration by the Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister comes after the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete gave a cautious support on efforts to free Eastern…

Read More

CAR: Machete Wielding Youths Lay Corpses In Bangui Streets

The United Nations was alarmed yesterday when dozens of dead bodies were found lying all over the streets in Bangui town in the Central African Republic. The dead bodies are a reflection of the work being done by youths armed with machetes and grenades who have embarked on a career of mass massacre. The Archbishop and the Imam of Bangui came out recently and warned over the terror being spread by these youths but his warning was not head. “There is a complete disorder. Young people are carrying grenades and…

Read More

U.S. Marines poised to enter South Sudan

  About 150 U.S. Marines are poised to enter turbulent South Sudan to help evacuate Americans and provide security for the U.S. Embassy, two U.S. military officials said Monday. The troops are moving from Spain to Africa, probably to the nation of Djibouti, the officials told CNN’s Barbara Starr on Monday. An estimated 100 U.S. citizens are believed to be in the country, where steady violence is stoking fears of an all-out civil war in the world’s newest country. Up to 40,000 civilians have taken refuge in U.N. bases in…

Read More

Exclusive: Congo’s army accused of abuse as rebels regroup in Rwanda: U.N. experts

(Reuters) – Recently defeated M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have continued to recruit fighters in neighboring Rwanda while the Congolese army has been involved in human rights abuses and corruption, according to a confidential U.N. report. “The Group has documented that M23 received continued support from Rwandan territory,” the U.N. Group of Experts said in its final report to the Security Council’s Congo sanctions committee, which was seen by Reuters on Monday. “The Group has received credible information that sanctioned M23 leaders are moving freely in Uganda and that M23…

Read More

M23 Warn DRC Army

In what appears as the latest escalation of tensions in Eastern Congo, the rebel M23 Movement has given the DRC government an ultimatum of 48 hours to vacate their strategic stronghold Southern town of Kamahoro, Chimp Corps reports. In a press conference held at Silver Springs Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday evening, the leader of M23 peace delegation to Kampala, Rene Abandi, said the attack was “totally unacceptable” and a “crime against peace.” He added: “We have stopped direct contact with the government of DRC on this issue. We shall…

Read More

DR Congo rebels face disarmament deadline today

Congolese government army soldiers stay concealed at an attack position near Munigi, overlooking the front-line, where they are fighting against M23 rebels outside the eastern Congolese city of Goma, July 15, 2013. – Reuters picKINSHASA, Aug 1 — Rebels in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo face a deadline today to lay down their arms, but they have dismissed the UN peacekeepers’ ultimatum as irrelevant. “We consider that this measure does not concern us,” said M23 chief Bertrand Bisimwa. His fighters were not in the flashpoint city of Goma…

Read More

FDLR Press Release: Addressing false statements made on AfroAmerica Network

By: Jennifer Fierberg The FDLR remain a group that seeks to make itself understood to the region and the world at large. Googling this group will bring up many images and stories about the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda where just under one million Rwandans were savagely murdered. One can not think about Rwanda without remember this horrific event and even the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, brought up this tragic history at the United Nations Security Council earlier this month. The FDLR remains a group shrouded in secrecy and…

Read More