Mining in DRC, Photo: KH Snow
Africa

Congo: Three Cheers for Eve Ensler?

Mining in DRC, Photo: KH Snow
A major propaganda front has swept the Western media decrying the unprecedented sexual violence in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. As this story goes to press the war in Congo-claiming 1000 lives a day in the East and more than 7 million people since 1996-is escalating yet again. More than 1.2 million were reported displaced in June, with at least 8000 additional displaced persons on October 22 after fighting escalated-as Western-backed forces perpetrate genocide and terrorism to depopulate and secure the land for multinational mining interests.

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Africa

A People’s History of Congo’s Jean-Pierre Bemba

Who is Jean-Pierre Bemba and how did he rise to power in the heart of darkness? Did Bemba order his rebel soldiers to cannibalize pygmies? What is Bemba's relationship to the competitors of George W. Bush and the friends of Bill Clinton? How is Bemba linked to blood diamonds in Africa and mercenary armies in Iraq? Why have troops from Uganda recently re-invaded Congo and why have the United Nations and international press been silent about it? A look at Bemba's infamous history answers these questions and more.

Paul Rusesabagina
Africa

The Grinding Machine: Terror and Genocide in Rwanda

Paul Rusesabagina
"I'm not talking for Hutus or for Tutsis. I am talking for all those people who have no voice, who cannot have access to the media. I'm trying to be their voice. But I am not talking for Hutus. I am not talking for Tutsis. Because with Paul Kagame, whoever frustrates him, whoever might raise a voice, whoever talks against him-being Hutu or Tutsi-Kagame sees them as his enemy."

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Africa

Behind the Numbers: Untold Suffering in the Congo

The British medical journal Lancet recently took greater notice of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) than all western media outlets combined.  A group of physicians reported that about 4 million people have died since the "official" outbreak of the Congolese war in 1998 (1). The BBC reported the war in Congo has claimed more lives than any armed conflict since World War II (2).