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  • Congo rebels expect 'major breakthroughs' in peace talks

    10/19/2013 7:36:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said on Saturday they are heading toward "major breakthroughs" with the Kinshasa government in peace talks in Uganda, possibly within hours. Under Uganda's mediation, "major breakthroughs are about to be obtained in Kampala since the heavy involvement of the international community in the dialogue" between the two sides, the M23 movement said in a statement.
  • Congo warlord says will not back down from U.N. brigade

    05/27/2013 4:21:10 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 27, 2013 2:23pm EDT | Jonny Hogg
    (Reuters) - Eastern Congo's most powerful warlord stands on a hillside, surrounded by heavily armed fighters, and gazes down on the sprawling lakeside city of Goma spread invitingly below him in the distance. ... "The government can't beat us. They have no choice but to negotiate," says the lean, 39-year-old veteran of several revolts in mineral-rich eastern Congo. "We're waiting for the negotiations in Kampala." M23 launched its rebellion in Congo's beautiful but war-torn eastern borderlands more than a year ago. Hundreds of former rebels who had been integrated into the army - veterans, like Makenga, of a previous Tutsi...
  • Katanga: The Untold Story (How Africa was Lost, A Case in Point)

    04/07/2008 6:43:18 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 17 replies · 104+ views
    Excellent Video: Think of the Katangese as Israel, and Patrice Lumumba and the Central Congolese government as the PLO/PA/HAMAS. The UN, of course, plays the same role as ever...to bring about a world government dominated by socialists and communists. Description: UN troops wage an unprovoked war against anti-communist Katanga in 1960 and 1962. The last bastion of the free market in the Congo was decimated by UN forces in 1963 to bring it under Congolese communist control. If you don't want to watch the entire thing (an early 1960's documentary), fast forward to the end where Katanga's ill-fated and heroic...
  • Harvard for Tyrants - How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys

    03/10/2011 2:25:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | MARCH 4, 2011 | DOUGLAS FARAH
    Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is well known now for the abuses he has inflicted on his own people during more than four decades of brutal rule in Libya, but few remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers. Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua -- both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship -- well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed...
  • Ben Affleck heads to Washington

    03/05/2011 6:53:34 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 41 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | March 4, 2011 | ZUMA Press
    (Actor to testify before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights on the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Of all the philanthropic endeavors Ben Affleck makes time for, perhaps none are as close to his heart as his work in one of the most troubled places on earth, the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The more I traveled, the more I was struck about it, the more I fell in love with the people, the more I was horrified by what was happening. And the more I did, I started to develop this idea of partnering with the...
  • US signs anti-ICC immunity pact with Bhutan

    05/21/2003 2:58:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 21 2003 | AFP
    The United States has signed a deal with Bhutan giving US citizens in the country immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the State Department said Tuesday. The deal with Bhutan brings to 34 the number of countries with which the United States has signed so-called "Article 98" agreements exempting US citizens from the court's jurisdiction, said Lynn Cassel, a department spokesman. Bhutan and Bosnia-Herzegovina both agreed to the pacts on May 16 but the deal with Thimphu was not announced until Tuesday. Washington refuses to support the ICC, arguing that it could become a forum for politically...
  • 'Merchant of death' Victor Bout indicted for trying to buy US planes to ferry arms around world

    02/17/2010 6:34:15 PM PST · by Cindy · 26 replies · 679+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS.com ^ | February 17, 2010, 7:38 pm | Alison Gendar
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "Bout and American-born pal Richard Chichakli were accused of creating a new business, Samar Airlines, which they thought was clean of any connection to their own bloody dealings. Starting in the summer of 2007, Samar Airlines started making deals for airplanes and crews to ferry contraband between the United States and Tajikistan, the indictment said." SNIPPET: "The Russian-born Bout is accused of wiring $1.7 million from bank accounts in Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Russia through banks in New York City and Salt Lake City to finance the scheme." SNIPPET: "Bout, who is accused of supplying weapons to real...
  • In Congo, Hillary Clinton Suggests Government Ownership of Industry Would be a Good Thing

    08/12/2009 4:10:37 AM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 1,841+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | By Adam Brickley
    In Congo, Hillary Clinton Suggests Government Ownership of Industry Would be a Good Thing Wednesday, August 12, 2009 By Adam Brickley (CNSNews.com) - In a television interview Monday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that it would be a good thing for the government to take an ownership interest in industry.
  • Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade

    02/25/2002 8:08:26 PM PST · by Wallaby · 8 replies · 1,121+ views
    Africa News | February 25, 2002 | The East African
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Arrest of Kenyan Exposes Massive Global Arms Trade The East African Africa News February 25, 2002 Monday Kenya L AST WEEKEND'S arrest of Kenyan-born Sanjivan Ruprah, who is alleged to be a part of a major arms smuggling operation to Africa, has brought into the open the extent of the multi-million dollar illegal business. The whereabouts of Bout remain unknown. Some media reports say he is in Moscow, while others say he is in the Congo or the United Arab Emirates. An international ...
  • Treasury Designates Five Individuals for Contributing to the Conflict in the...

    03/09/2009 12:15:51 AM PDT · by Cindy · 261+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://treas.gov/press/releases/tg49.htm March 4, 2009 tg-49 Treasury Designates Five Individuals for Contributing to the Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Washington, DC -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated five individuals pursuant to Executive Order 13413, which targets, among others, political or military leaders of foreign armed groups operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The five individuals are political and military leaders of the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR). The FDLR is an armed group operating in the DRC...
  • Saddam's Shadow-The Clinton Adminitration knew about Iraq Uranium

    12/04/2005 8:21:13 AM PST · by SBD1 · 20 replies · 1,607+ views
    Africa Energy & Mining | June 18, 1997 | Indigo Publications
    Saddam's Shadow Africa Energy & Mining June 18, 1997 Copyright 1997 Indigo Publications Africa Energy & Mining June 18, 1997 SECTION: MINING; DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO; N. 207 LENGTH: 787 words HEADLINE: Saddam's Shadow BODY: It's not only diamonds and base metals that interest big mining companies and the latter are not alone in being interested in Katanga. In the delegation that the United States sent to Kinshasa on June 2 under its ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, the state department's African affairs department was represented by Marc Baas, director for Central Africa. (Susan Rice, director for African...
  • Childhood under attack in DR Congo

    07/24/2006 1:31:35 PM PDT · by Republicain · 9 replies · 377+ views
    UNICEF ^ | 07/24/2006 | Dan Thomas
    NEW YORK, USA, 24 July 2006 – Childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been under attack for decades, but elections on 30 July could offer an opportunity to break the cycle of violence that has scarred an entire generation. A Child Alert report written for UNICEF by British war correspondent Martin Bell and released today in London describes the effects of years of conflict on children in DRC – arguably the world's deadliest current humanitarian crisis.
  • The Deadliest War In The World (TIME covers story)

    05/28/2006 9:07:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies · 719+ views
    Time ^ | May 28, 2006 | SIMON ROBINSON, VIVIENNE WALT
    Sitting on a bed in a refugee camp in Katanga, a cursed province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), Mukeya Ulumba, 28, recounts the epic losses she has suffered in recent months. Several of her relatives and neighbors were killed when antigovernment rebels stormed their village last November, moving from house to house in a murder spree that lasted for hours. Ulumba and her husband managed to flee with their four children, leaving behind their life's possessions, a ravaged community of torched houses and the bloodied corpses of family members and friends. Now Ulumba is struggling to save...
  • Al-Qaida 'bought uranium' in Congo

    11/14/2003 8:54:23 AM PST · by joyful1 · 59 replies · 922+ views
    Aljazeera ^ | 11/13/2003 | Aljazeera.net
    Al-Qaida 'bought uranium' in Congo Friday 14 November 2003, 19:18 Makka Time, 16:18 GMT Bin Ladin's network alleged to have 'dirty bomb' capability Related: Al-Qaida threatens more attacks Saudi regime v al-Qaida: Only one survives Tools: Email Article Print Article Send Your Feedback An al-Qaida representative bought enriched uranium capable of being used in a so-called dirty bomb from the Congolese opposition in 2000, according to a French newspaper report. In sworn testimony an unnamed former soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has told investigators looking into the murders of two Congolese opposition figures in France in December...
  • Starved and beaten with nails: Kinshasa's young 'witches' cast out by slum preachers

    09/23/2005 6:58:23 PM PDT · by aculeus · 13 replies · 657+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 24, 2005 | By David Blair
    If the preachers who spread their message on the banks of the Congo are to be believed, the face of evil is found in the despairing gaze of an abandoned child. With their pinched faces and thin limbs, the ragged street children found throughout Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo's fetid capital, are the bearers of wickedness and sin. Most have been cast out of their homes for being "witches" and, supposedly, bringing every kind of misfortune on their families. A visceral fear of "possessed" children is sweeping Congo's cities, causing tens of thousands of boys and girls to be...
  • U.N.: Women and Children Among Militia Terrorizing Northeastern Congo

    03/05/2005 4:07:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 268+ views
    Associated Press ^ | : Mar 5, 2005 | Wilma Stassen
    BUNIA, Congo (AP) - Women and children, some as young as 8, are fighting with militia forces that have attacked villages in eastern Congo and killed dozens while forcing more than 70,000 people to flee their homes, a U.N. spokesman said Saturday. Kemal Saiki, the U.N. spokesman, described classic guerrilla warfare tactics. "During the day these women could be at home grinding manioc, and two hours later have a machete or AK-47 blowing you away," said Saiki. Peacekeepers killed as many as 60 fighters last week after being fired upon near the village of Loga, some 20 miles north of...
  • Zambia to export maize to Zim, DRC

    12/12/2003 4:04:55 AM PST · by Clive · 4 replies · 123+ views
    Independent Foreign Service via The Star (SA) ^ | December 12, 2003 | Anthony Mukwita
    Lusaka - Zambia, which was only last year threatened with starvation, is due to export more than 50 000 tons of maize. Chance Kabaghe, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Co-operatives, yesterday said Zambia decided to export the maize to Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo because it has harvested more than it can consume. "Zambia needs 60,000 tons of maize a month," Kabaghe said. "We produced 1.2-million tons of maize during the last season, so we decided to export some to our neighbours who are in dire need of it," Kabaghe added. Kabaghe admitted that Zambia had no...
  • Zimbabwe diamond deals exposed (Mugabe's Corrupt Party)

    02/23/2002 9:44:41 PM PST · by Shermy · 10 replies · 521+ views
    Zimbabwe Independent ^ | February 22, 2002 | Vincent Kahiya
    SENIOR Zanu PF politicians and members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces have with the help of Canadian lobbyists Dickens & Madson turned Zimbabwe into a hub for trade in "blood" diamonds illegally brought into the country from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it emerged this week. The Zimbabwe Independent has been told how gemstones from the DRC have been laundered to line the pockets of Zanu PF big-wigs. American international diamond buyer, John Marsischky, managing director of gemstones company Flashes of Color, revealed in an interview this week that Dickens & Madson, the company which last week claimed it ...
  • UN Expresses Fear of Rwanda Like Genocide in DRC (Congo)

    05/14/2003 6:19:36 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 26 replies · 275+ views
    Voice of America ^ | May 14, 2003 | VOA News
    U.N. officials are expressing fear that the fighting between rival ethnic militias in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (D-R-C) could turn into "a Rwanda-like" genocide. In 1994, extremist ethnic Hutus in Rwanda massacred close to 800-hundred thousand ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus during a three-month period. Carolyn McAskie, U.N. Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation and ethnic tension in the region has conjured up "shades of Rwanda 1994." The fighting between the ethnic Hema and Ledu militias has killed hundreds of people in past few weeks. Ms. McAskie said the humanitarian situation in Bunia, the region's...
  • Fighting Rages in Congo Around U.N. Camp (UN and French wring hands)

    05/14/2003 11:24:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 206+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/14/03 | Eddy Isango - AP
    Fighting Rages in Congo Around U.N. Camp By EDDY ISANGO KINSHASA, Congo - Rival tribesmen battled with guns and machetes Wednesday in east Congo outside U.N. offices jammed with more than 10,000 terrorized civilians. The United Nations (news - web sites) scrambled to assemble an international force to end the bloodshed. The fighting in Bunia killed at least 10 people Wednesday — including women and children. Most victims were hit by mortar fire as they crowded around the U.N. compound in Bunia. As the violence raged, Britain confirmed it was considering a U.N. request to send troops, while France...
  • DRC: another day, another massacre

    04/29/2003 5:19:57 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 1 replies · 152+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | April 29, 2003
    At least 60 people, mostly women and children, were killed in a massacre in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the weekend, Ugandan army spokesperson Major Shaban Bantariza said on Monday. "We know of 60 people and they may be more who were killed in the ambush," Bantariza said, saying that those killed were shot in a single attack on Saturday. "They were massacred by suspected Lendu militias who ambushed them as they walked towards our border near the River Semliki, in the last areas of eastern Ituri region before you enter Uganda," he added. Ituri has long been...
  • New [Democratic Republic of the] Congo Constitution Signed

    04/05/2003 8:45:41 PM PST · by dufekin · 219+ views
    Associated Press (?) | 5 Apr 2003 | uncited
    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Congo President Joseph Kabila has ratified a transitional constitution that is part of a power-sharing agreement with rebels intended to end four-and-a-half years of ruinous civil war, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday. Kabila shunned the signing ceremony Wednesday of the overall agreement, known as The Final Act, sending a representative instead to Sun City, South Africa, where the talks were held. But late Friday, Kabila gave his required presidential assent to the constitution, committing himself to a transitional government expected to bring insurgent leaders from their far-flung strongholds to Congo's capital, Kinshasa, Kabila spokesman Mulegwa...
  • Children Gangs Loot UN Offices [Democratic Republic of Congo]

    04/04/2003 6:17:11 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 2 replies · 171+ views
    Overseas Security Advisory Council ^ | April 04, 2003 | Christopher Khisa/AFP
    Gangs of school children looted offices of the United Nations MONUC mission in two towns in the northern Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC, a UN spokesman said. "Our offices in Kanyabayonga were put into a sack, completely looted, and they also looted our offices in Lubero, breaking MONUC vehicles," MONUC spokesman Hamadoun Toure told AFP Wednesday from the Congolese capital Kinshasa. He said that the two incidents had been perpetrated by "children, schoolchildren", who numbered some 200 in Kanyabayonga, but added that MONUC was aware that they had been sent by other parties. Toure said that...
  • DR Congo - Congolese Liberation Movement rebels force prisoners to practice cannibalism

    12/22/2002 10:20:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Soldiers of the MLC force prisoners with the cannibalism (bishop) Sunday December 22, 2002 - 16h22 GMT KINSHASA, 22 déc (AFP) - the bishop of Butembo (north-eastern of the democratic Republic of Congo), Monseigneur Melchisedek affirmed Sunday with the AFP that rebels of the Movement of Release of Congo (MLC) of Jean-Pierre Bemba "force their prisoners with the cannibalism". "In their progression towards Beni and Butembo (two localities of Ituri, the North-East) the men of Jean-Pierre Bemba deliver themselves at worst the atrocities. They force their prisoners to eat bodies of killed men, in particular of Pygmés. It is...
  • UN steps up Zim probe

    07/19/2002 6:35:51 AM PDT · by Clive · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Zimbabwe Independent ^ | July 19, 2002
    UN steps up Zim probe Dumisani Muleya THE United Nations panel of experts investigating the plunder of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) mineral resources is deepening its probe on Zimbabwe. Diplomatic sources said the UN team - which last year blamed Rwanda and Uganda for pillage in the DRC - is now digging deeper into the scramble for DRC mineral wealth. The initial five-member group led by former Ivorian Energy minister Safiatou Ba-N'Daw admitted failure with its Zimbabwe probe in April 2001. However, a technical advisor to the current UN panel, which has more experienced experts, was in the country...
  • Nuclear Fuel Rod Reported Missing from DRC

    07/06/2002 3:21:47 AM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 6 replies · 263+ views
    Voice of America ^ | July 4, 2002 | Alex Belida
    Another nuclear fuel rod is missing from the troubled research reactor in Democratic Republic of Congo and international authorities said they cannot exclude the possibility it is in the hands of terrorists. The Voice of America has learned a second fuel rod manufactured for the nuclear research reactor at the University of Kinshasa is unaccounted for. It was previously reported that one rod made for the controversial facility disappeared and was recovered from criminals in Italy by police in 1998, in an undercover operation. But nuclear industry sources have said at the time of that incident, inspectors for the International...