Archive for the ‘neocolonialism’ Category

Conflicts in the Great Lakes region of Africa – Origins and Solutions

May 24, 2017
Very interesting conference on the African Great Lakes conflicts. With some brilliant panelists.
Published on Nov 18, 2016

International conference on finding solutions to the insecurity challenges in the Great Lakes region of Africa, held in Oslo, Norway 24. October 2016. Organized by International Action for Burundian Diaspora (IABD) and Africa Centre for International Law and Accountability (ACILA).

Panelists:
– Willy Nyamitwe, Senior advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza, in charge of Media, Information and Communication
– William Nyarko, Executive Director at ACILA
– Keith Harmon Snow, Regent’s Lecturer in Law and Society at the University of California Santa Barbara, writer, photographer, war correspondent, activist, and a leading voice of uncompromising dissent. A former genocide investigator for UNICEF, recognized for a decade of work challenging establishment narratives on genocide and war crimes.

See the YouTube video.

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Paul Kagame on How Lies Have a Shelf Life.

March 16, 2017

I can’t believe I’m quoting Paul Kagame today. At the closing of the 14th Umwiherero retreat he really did spill the beans.

“There are things you lie about and people believe you…but there are matters you can’t fool people about”. “Poverty…you may say that you have eradicated poverty all you want, but as soon as we open the door we find poverty at our very doorstep”…

“You can’t hide that.”

“Power distribution, building industries…there is no power. “Sorry we can’t serve you a cold drink because of power shortage…”

“Building hospitals…how can you accept funds to build a hospital and when the donors come to visit, they find and empty building with no doctors instead of a functioning hospital?”

 

Watch the whole speech on YouTube.

Genocide of the Acholi by Museveni

January 13, 2017

Olara Otunnu speaks about the atrocities committed by Museveni against the Acholi population in northern Uganda.
Here is the video

Paul Kagame snitching on the West

June 25, 2012

Had to share this. In this press conference, which he gave a few days after his regime had been accused by Western media of helping a Tutsi congolese armed rebellion, Paul Kagame is basically saying f…ck it, I ain’t going down alone, I’ll reveal all of you mofos secrets on TV.

Refugees home delivery service for Kagame.

November 29, 2011

When I fled Rwanda in 1994, I and a few millions fellow countrymen tried our best to put as many miles as we could between us and that serial killer/ war lord/ now head of state Paul Kagame. That guy really wanted us dead. He sent troops to bomb and burn to the ground the refugee camps we had built in the former Zaire and those RPA grunts really outdid themselves in their efforts to exterminate us. Some of us survivors walked across the entire Zaïre (now DRC) and reached the Congo Brazzaville. Some of us spent years in the thick Zairean jungles, surviving like wild animals. Those of us who didn’t get hacked to death or weren’t shot by Kagame’s men were eaten by wild animals or drowned in rivers or just starved to death or died from eating toxic plants…books have been written about this but if you ask me, not even half of the nightmare has been told yet.

The scary thing is that the nightmare isn’t over yet, over 15 years later. Lately Kagame’s lobbyists have been working round the clock to get the UN High Commissary for Refugees to declare that no Rwandan should be granted refugee status any more, nowhere in the world, since “the situation in Rwanda has improved” and “it is now safe for any Rwandan to return home”.

Before invading Zaire, Kagame has famously confided to a reporter that his deepest regret was “having let these people get away”, meaning us refugees. His RPA soldiers murdered thousands of civilians who had recently returned from Zaire and had moved into a temporary camp in KIBEHO, with UN troops looking on.

I guess this successful broad-daylight killing of unarmed civilians exercise emboldened him to go on a Hutu hunt in Zaire in 1996 under the watchful and passive eye of many NGO’s, some of which actually lend a helping hand to the killers, sending planes to monitor refugee movement in the Zaire bushes, ostensibly for the purpose of channeling food and medication to them. As soon as such a plane had flown over a refugee column, RPA troops would invariably appear out of nowhere and start killing everybody.

They killed Hutus until they got tired. Then they rested and resumed killing.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the UN “discovered” that the RPA men had committed “acts that could possibly qualify as genocide” during their invasion of Zaire.

Why am I even writing this? The killing of Hutu civilians which started in October 1990 hasn’t stopped even for a month. No Hutu has been safe again since the day the racist Tutsi-led RPF troops entered Rwanda by force.
People started “disappearing” and are still disappearing today, to use US Ambassador Susan Rice’s own words. Still, no condemnation, no sanctions or threats of sanctions, no reaction whatsoever from the UN or any western country to condemn this regime.

Kagame won’t rest until he has “emptied the sea with a spoon” as he once put it. He believes in killing people in a organized way, like gathering the entire population of a chosen area under the pretense of distributing food to them, then killing them all, men, wives and children. He believes in exterminating entire families because that leaves few people willing to risk their lives asking questions about the victims. He knows he is virtually untouchable as long as he keeps doing the west’s dirtiest work, that is, helping keeping Africans’ numbers down and turning his motherland into a slave for western companies and governments.

Now if Kagame gets his way, next week he may get the survivors of his Hutu extermination campaigns delivered to him, to his very doorstep. Yes, forcible repatriation is what he’s been lobbying the UN for, and it looks like this idea doesn’t shock anyone at the UN. They will be just watching, passively, probably getting the popcorn ready and sitting back to enjoy the show. Because it will be on TV, like Zaire was in 1996, like Saddam’s hanging or Kadhafi’s lynching.

At last a movie telling the truth about Rwanda. Let’s fund it!

May 7, 2011

For 17 years now, Hollywood has been producing “Rwanda movies”. Basically, propaganda-laden tear jerkers invariably portraying Hutus as the bad guys, Tutsis as the victims and white folks as the good guys. Hotel Rwanda, Some time in April, Munyurangabo, Shooting Dogs…all tell the same Rwandan Government-approved story: Rwanda, 1994. Ugly, mean, brutal Hutus kill pretty, defenseless Tutsis. Every white resident of Rwanda jumps on a plane and leave the poor Tutsis to meet horrible death by Hutu machete. All of this might change today. An independent movie is about to cast an unbiased light on Rwanda- as well as on Burundi, the Congo and Uganda- thanks to the combined efforts of war reporter Keith Harmon Snow and movie maker A. M. Simone. Now we Rwandans of the diaspora need to fund this movie into existence. There are so many of us all over the world that, if each Rwandan living in Europe donated 10 euro, we’d be watching the movie next year. Or this year. But let’s hear it from Keith Harmon Snow himself “… our feature length documentary will explore the facts and propaganda about genocide and war crimes in Central Africa. Following the rise of Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame, the film will explore contested terrain about genocide and war crimes in Burundi, Congo, Rwanda and Uganda—and Western involvement—exploring the competing narratives about Hutus versus Tutsis, savages versus saviors, victims versus killers, entrepreneurs versus dictators, bystanders versus perpetrators, machetes versus machine-guns, masters versus slaves, white men versus black men and, at the root of it all, good versus evil. My heart breaks each time I review footage of survivors whose stories of suffering—interrupted by bouts of weeping—remain unheard and unacknowledged. Their tales of being hunted by foreign troops, eating roots and leaves, watching brothers drown in wild rivers, surviving massacres and “humanitarian” sector betrayals, carrying children who died in their arms—stories of utter hopelessness—are edge-of-your-seat real life tales of survival again and again and again. Having lived to tell the tale, these survivors now find hope in our efforts to make their stories known and reveal the deeper underlying truths that history seeks to bury along with the millions of dead. Their compassion, courage, resilience and humanity will bring people into greater consciousness about the essence of life and loss, hopes and dreams, liberty and love. Working in collaboration with Los Angeles based film director Ada O. Shaw, Water From the Roots of the Grass is becoming an award-winning and eye-opening documentary uniting journalism, art, politics, and cinema. This is an independent film production—the kind of work that does not get foundation grants easily or at all. Combining our efforts in our respective fields, we have the experience and the expertise necessary to create a truly groundbreaking film. This will not be a dry documentary listing facts and drowning the viewer in details, but a compassionate and moving story. It will not be Hollywood fiction built out of a billion dollar budget and billed as “a true story”, and it will not be my prejudiced version of events, but a colossal and cooperative effort in balance, perspective and equanimity, at once real and alive and shocking and compelling and beautiful. We hope to show you a trailer soon. But we need your help. I am also working on a book exposing the devastation wrought by multinational corporations and western interests in Central Africa—the extraction of timber, gold, diamonds—and the devastation of the rain forests. The book and film will confront the propaganda and expose the truths that involve us all, no matter how remote we might imagine them to be, and no matter how much we want to ignore it. Both book and film will address the “politics of genocide”, demand accountability and challenge impunity, because without this we cannot hope to build a better world. Understanding our seriousness and commitment, many people are putting their faith in us and supporting this project in non-financial ways. This is wonderful, and essential, but it is not enough. We recently received $300 in donations that went straight to Africa to rescue one of our sources, an incredibly courageous human rights defender who was on the run. Please make any donation you can as a way to help with what often seems like an impossible situation. Everything helps. Can you make a $1000 donation? If you donate $500 or above I will personally bring you back something special from Africa in proportion to the level of your support. Every $100 helps us bring this film to the screen. If you can only support us at the $20 or $10 level, please do: you are supporting my daily meals. The names of all donors (who so choose) will appear in the film’s thank-you credits. Please use PAYPAL on my website (www.ConsciousBeingAlliance.com) or send a check directly to: keith harmon snow, 84 Goshen Road, Williamsburg, MA 01096. We will soon have a dedicated web site for this film, with donation buttons there, but for now please use my current site. And, in the meantime, please also notify me by email so that we can add you to our mailing list and keep you abreast of developments. Please make a “FILM PROJECT” notation with your donation.”

More guns for Kagame, from Obama.

April 24, 2010

Some things in US politics never change. From the standpoint of Pambazuka News, Obama’s administration foreign policy in Africa in 2010 is going to be more guns for Museveni, Kagame and other US proxies. Exactly 300% more.

Kagame was successful in securing US support by profiling himself as a cool-blooded killer willing to do whatever was in America’s interest, like invading other African states, even 100 times bigger than his own (Rwanda can fit about 80 times in its gigantic neighbor DRC ), sending troops to fight US wars in Darfur and God knows wherer else, basically opening Rwanda’s legs to US/UK/EU rapists, a.k.a. corporations. That simple approach has worked wonders for Kagame because to this day he’s been tacitly given a license to kill and torture whoever he wants in Rwanda, which was the reason he got into politics to begin with. That is, if murdering two elected presidents (Habyarimana of Rwanda, Ntaryamira of Burundi in April 1994) and famously winning elections by a score EXCEEDING 100% of the vote in the very terrorized northern Rwanda can be called politics. If you thought that Africom was going away, wake up folks, it’s here to stay.