Film: Mabele Na Biso (Our Land)

Film: Mabele Na Biso (Our Land)

IPS’ Foreign Policy in Focus partners with Friends of the Congo to host, Samuel Yagase of GOVA (Groupement Des Organisations Villageoises d’Auto-Developpement) The program will start with the screening of Mabele Na Biso (our land),” which takes us on...
Film Screening and Forum: From Cuba to Kuba

Film Screening and Forum: From Cuba to Kuba

From the Caribbean Island of Cuba to the Kongo Kingdom of Kuba in the heart of Africa. Join us to commemorate (or reflect on) the birth of Cuba’s Internationalism through remembering Che Guevara’s work in the Congo. Motivated by the (CIA-induced)...
Blood Phones and the Congo

Blood Phones and the Congo

The array of names by which the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been known over the years—the Congo Free State, the Belgian Congo, and Zaire, among others—bespeaks its long history of exploitation and conflict. In the ongoing fallout from the...
Ntaganda: What? No Bail Bondsmen in the Hague?

Ntaganda: What? No Bail Bondsmen in the Hague?

Notorious Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, who surrendered himself to the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, has been transferred to the Hague for his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Known as the “Terminator,” Ntaganda is being charged with war...
U.S. Guilt Over Rwanda Will Only Lead to More Guilt

U.S. Guilt Over Rwanda Will Only Lead to More Guilt

At the New York Times, Helene Cooper writes about Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and candidate to become the next secretary of state. “… critics of the Obama administration’s Africa policy have focused on the role of [Rice] in...

Briefing: Renewed Violence In DRC Congo

Once again Congolese citizens in North Kivu province/ Eastern Congo have been displaced and others lost their lives due to the renewed violence between the Congolese armed forces and a group of “mutineers.” Could this mutiny, again causing suffering to the...
51 Years Later: Fulfilling The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba

51 Years Later: Fulfilling The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba by the United States and Belgium, in cahoots with select Congolese elites. Congolese people and friends of the Congo throughout the globe commemorate Lumumba’s...
An Alternative Eulogy for Steve Jobs

An Alternative Eulogy for Steve Jobs

The late Steve Jobs was, without question, a brilliant designer, a skilled businessman, and a talented aesthetician. His leadership of Apple fundamentally changed how we use computers and how we listen to music, and it is largely because of him that many of us now...
Controlling Congo’s Minerals

Controlling Congo’s Minerals

For the past couple of months, the National Association of Manufacturing, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and their public relations hoplites have launched a campaign to invalidate Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The legislation, which was passed July 21, 2010,...
Seeing No Evil In The Congo

Seeing No Evil In The Congo

Do you have a smart phone? A laptop? Then you play a role in the violence that occurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cell phones, laptops, and other electronics don’t work very well without the mineral coltan. In the Democratic Republic of Congo poor...
Film: Crisis In The Congo; Uncovering The Truth

Film: Crisis In The Congo; Uncovering The Truth

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth exposes the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda and Uganda have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century. The film locates the Congo crisis in a historical, social...
Three Strikes against Apple

Three Strikes against Apple

In college, I considered my Apple laptop a faithful, effective, and occasionally even fun machine. A year past graduation, this constant companion to late nights spent studying, working, or wasting time has aged into a decrepit device. Like the old Windows hourglass,...