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...
Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s announcement that she would withdraw her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it marks yet another example of the Obama administration’s failure...
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...
Business as Usual in the Congo

Business as Usual in the Congo

When the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) confirmed Joseph Kabila as winner of the presidential election of 28 November 2011, the West proved reluctant to accept the election results. But scarcely a year later,...
Next Steps on Congo

Next Steps on Congo

For the past 14 years, more than six million Congolese have perished in the ongoing conflict triggered by U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda when they invaded Congo in 1996. As the world focuses on the Western intervention in Libya under the guise of moral responsibility...
Briefing on the UN Mapping Exercise Report

Briefing on the UN Mapping Exercise Report

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) released the official “Report of the Mapping Exercise” in October 2010. The report documents “the most serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law...

Assessing the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

‘[In] November 2010 it will be sixteen years that ICTR will have been put in place. The budget spent on its operations will be almost 1.5 billion $ by the end of 2010. The Tribunal has so far investigated and sentenced only one side to the Rwandan...
Rwanda arrests U.S. Lawyer defending Opposition Candidate

Rwanda arrests U.S. Lawyer defending Opposition Candidate

Lawyers in this country often get a bad rap for charging predatory rates and manipulating the fine print for their personal gain. It is too easy to forget that lawyers play a vital role of enforcing the rule of law and protecting our most basic rights and liberties....

Discussion: Resilience and Recovery: Lessons From Rwanda

Join IPS and the Institute for Victims of Trauma (IVT) in a discussion featuring Ivan Kayonga and Leila Dane, experts on the effects of stress on traumatized populations. Ivan Kayonga is a media person from Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali. He interviewed Dr....
Picturing Genocide

Picturing Genocide

Sudanese girls seen in Darfur, Sudan, June 25, 2005. The 12-year-old girl wearing the striped scarf, front, reported how she was separated from her two friends, and raped by soldiers from the Sudanese government. Photo by R. Haviv Brilliant colors are not often...
Welcome President Bush!

Welcome President Bush!

Someone very important is visiting Africa, specifically five countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, Benin, Ghana, and Liberia. He is the president of the United States of America. The hassles of hosting a U.S. president are bad enough. His people take over your whole...
Rwanda and the War on Terrorism

Rwanda and the War on Terrorism

A common flaw in U.S. foreign policy is the politicization of foreign assistance. Whether Republican or Democratic, U.S. administrations allow narrowly defined “national interests” – instead of needs, priorities, and realities in a given country...