HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AS THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARES WAR AND ABANDONS RWANDANS AGAIN

Today, 8 January 2015, is another landmark date in the continuing tragic story of Rwanda and the Great Lakes region. The President of the UN Security Council has just issued a statement declaring war against the FDRL. This comes after U.S Special Envoy to the Great Lakes, Russ Feingold, sounded the trumpet call on 30 December 2014. The coercive will of the United States Government was reflected immediately in the statement of all international special envoys to the Great Lakes ( UN, EU, AU, US, Belgium) on Jan 2, 2015.…

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Rwanda on trial in South Africa

By: Jennifer Fierberg Once again, a court in South Africa has called foul on the Government of Rwanda and their involvement in the attempted assassination of Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa former Chief of staff of the Rwandan Army, now leader in one of Rwanda’s most vocal opposition groups, the Rwanda National Congress. The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA)  whose “main objective are the promotion and protection of the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and international migrants,” brought an application against the President of the Republic of South…

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Rwanda: A government with deep pockets and shallow morals

By: Jennifer Fierberg The US State Department made a strong statement today in regards to the ongoing reports of the arrests and disappearances of dozens of Rwandans over the last two months. The statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Department Spokesperson, and Office of the Spokesperson US State Department stated in part: “Rwandan authorities held individuals incommunicado for periods up to two months before presenting them to a court of law. We are encouraged that Rwandan authorities have recently taken steps to bring a number of these individuals before a court.…

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Assassination in Africa: Inside the plots to kill Rwanda’s dissidents

Rwanda’s Hunted Much of the world regards President Paul Kagame as a hero. But 20 years after he helped to stop his country’s brutal genocide, there are mounting allegations that he is silencing dissenters with violence. A months-long, international inquiry by The Globe’sGeoffrey York and contributor Judi Rever has uncovered explosive testimonies from those who say they were recruited for assassinations – including an alleged recording of one job offer     (David Johnson/Corbis Outline) ‘The price is not a problem,” says the man on the phone. “We will show our appreciation if things are…

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Kagame plays the US for a fool again

By Theogene Rudasingwa As usual, after Kagame gets his victims dead or in jail, he takes a tour to the West to celebrate and be recognised for what he is not. After getting musician Kizito and his colleagues in jail, he will be in Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, on 22 April, as a guest of the President of Tufts university, Dr. Anthony Monaco. Kagame is also always in the US around this time every year to visit his children who study in the US, using public resources! E-mail and call his…

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What is really behind President Kagames anger at France?

By Jennifer Fierberg In a surprising turn of events, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda made disparaging comments about France’s role in the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. In response, the French delegation cancelled their plans deciding not to participate in the 20th Commemoration ceremonies of the Rwandan Genocide. France and Rwanda have had strained relations for many years due to numerous reasons but in a 2011 meeting with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President Kagame is quoted here saying, “he was no longer seeking a French apology for its alleged role in the…

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“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny”

By: Jennifer Fierberg  “The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”  On October 25, 2013, former Rwandan Presidential bodyguard and RDF soldier, Lt. Joel Mutabazi, was abducted from a UNHCR safe house in Uganda where he was in hiding from the Rwandan government. He was under the protection of the UNHCR. The main task of the UNHCR is to protect vulnerable citizens from the governments that are trying…

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When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right

Once again, President Kagame of Rwanda is on his autumn tour of North America. Anyone who follows the politics of Rwanda knows that Kagame does not like to stay in one place for very long. This weekend he will be present at the Rwanda Day Toronto event in Canada then he will jet set back to NYC for a baffling event where he will speak alongside Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Laureate, and other Jewish community leaders in at an event entitled “Do the strong have a responsibility to protect the…

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“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

By Jennifer Fierberg Foreign Policy is a complex labyrinth of balancing local needs with international interests. This act requires awareness of one’s population, needs of the community, financial and peaceful stability as well as serving the interests of the greater good.  These are all signs of a mature and aware politician. The key here is being able to look beyond the individual interest to the needs and to focus and serve the needs of the great good. Recently, James Baker stated that, “America must be prepared to act unilaterally when…

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In The Shadow Of The Baobab: Kagame Blows Cold And Hot On A Third Mandate

Paul Kagame: survived his annus horribilis in 2010 and looks to be preparing to reliquish power under his own terms. In October 1990, after Fred Rwigyema’s death on the third day the struggle to conquer Rwanda, Paul Kagame took over the command over the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and led it to victory in July 1994. He became Vice-President and Minister of Defense in the transitional government installed after the Rwandan genocide. In March 2000, President Pasteur Bizimungu felt that he could no longer contribute to a regime dominated by…

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