Issa Launches Libya Witch Hunt Against Obama Administration

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Julie Driscoll: Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and former Bushie Brad Blakeman are pissing on our legs and telling us it’s raining, claiming falsely that there’s a “bipartisan” committee, when it’s nothing more than a witch hunt run by Darrell Issa

Is the Digital Divide a Defunct Framework?

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Jenna Burrell: Connectivity is not a simple binary and the world cannot be neatly divided anymore (if it ever could) into the digital ‘haves’ and ‘have nots.’

Could the Western Sahara Blow Up?

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Bill Fletcher: Saharawi youth are increasingly dissatisfied with the stalemate and are tending to look for a renewal of the armed struggle.

Defining Good Rebels vs. Bad Rebels in Congo

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Georgianne Nienaber: Don’t allow the media and foreign governments to define you. Chief Sitting Bull, a Lakota Medicine Man, was considered the last Sioux to surrender to the U.S. Government. They paid him back by killing him after they broke treaty after treaty.

The Pen Proves Mightier than the Chicotte: Le Roi Souverain Tombe

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Mac Mckinney: King Leopold, ever the unscrupulous businessman and con artist, now sensed that it was time to hold a transfer of sale to a decidedly captive customer, his own homeland, Belgium. If he had to relinquish the Congo, he would at least replenish his coffers doing so.

Why the Democratic Republic of Congo Is a Failed State

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Georgianne Nienaber: Throughout DRC’s history, the ruling elites have antagonized ethnic groups by supporting regional strong men who plunder resources — sowing confusion, fear and insecurity in the process. No sense of statehood could possibly arise out of an exploitive system that continues to this day.

“What Kind of Peace Are the Congo UN Peacemakers Keeping?”

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Georgianne Nieaber: We need to ask the question why is the UN supporting a corrupt Congolese army and a corrupt government in Kinshasa? Who pays the bills for the UN? You do.

Why Are the UN and Human Rights Watch Undercutting Rwanda?

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Georgianne Nienaber: What are the possible motivations for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) to participate in an orchestrated pattern of leaking material detrimental to Rwanda to the international press, and what axe does HRW, if any, have to grind?

South Africa’s “Corrective Rape” of Lesbians

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According to South Africa’s rape statistics for 2011 ”it is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read.”

The Pen Proves Mightier than the Chicotte: Full Scale War

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Mac McKinney: King Leopold’s Free Congo ship of state was now beginning to take on water, so he had little left to do but man the pumps, plug the leaks and counterattack by every means available.

Are Rwandan Genocide Deniers Shaping U.S. Policy?

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Georgianne Nienaber: The big question is why has the United Stated seemingly turned a cold shoulder to its main ally in the region? Have genocide deniers finally made a dent in US public policy?

UN: “No Evidence Rwanda Helped M23 Rebels in Congo”

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Georgianne Nienaber: A more likely scenario has the Congolese government trying to rev up international outrage against Rwanda as control of the east deteriorating.

Mountain Gorillas Again Used As Pawns in Western Propaganda War

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Georgianne Nienaber: Once again, the mountain gorilla population is being used in what looks like a propaganda war in the British press.

Congo M23 Rebels Tell Their Story

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Georgianne Nienaber: The M23 faction that recently split from Ntaganda has been shrouded in mystery as media influenced by the Communication Ministry of Congo spun the narrative. M23 has been successfully branded “mutineers.” Why?

Mountain Gorillas and Humanity Face Breaking Point in Eastern Congo

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Georgianne Nienaber: As tragic as the human loss has been over the last twelve years of civil war, perhaps the threatened loss of more mountain gorillas will focus world-wide outrage on what is happening in eastern Congo

Congo: The Pen Proves Mightier than the Chicotte — Assaulting Leopold’s Castle Walls

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Mac McKinney: Most valuable among his informants were American, British, and Swedish missionaries, who could often evade the Congo Free State’s growing web of heavy censorship because they had their own steamboats and couriers.

Kony 2012, Does Social Media Oversimplify?

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Matthew Kavanagh: From Twitter trending to the front page of The New York Times to public statements by the White House and the Pentagon, the Kony 2012 campaign has shown the power of social media to affect U.S. public debate – but what about the dangers of oversimplification?

Kony 2012: Whiteness, Social Media and Africa

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Jessie Daniels: Kony 2012 is, then, an endorsement of the moral superiority of white values of reason, order, and now social media against the supposed chaos and violence of Africa.

The Pen Proves Mightier than the Chicotte: 1st Battle

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Mac Mckinney: This had really been the first battle in what would evolve into a relentless and global propaganda war, and Williams was really the first martyr in the Good Cause of wrestling the Congo from Leopold’s “talons” through the power of the pen.

Congo: The Horror Crescendos

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Mac Mckinney: In the 1880s, scores of restless, often unsavory Europeans and other adventurers with appetites for quick wealth stumbled into the Congo in response to the colonial call to “civilize” and develop this unknown territory.

UN Implicates Obama Appointee in Congo Gold-Smuggling Plot

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Georgianne Nienaber: The United Nations accusations against Lawal and CAMAC deserve a complete investigation and Congressional hearings might be a good place to begin.

Burning, Looting, Rape and “Sad Faces” Provide Virtual Reality in Congo

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Georgianne Nienaber: The road to the truth about what is happening in the remote region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) known as Walikale depends now upon a Mwami, a motorbike, and a very determined man named Paluku Mbusa Omer.

The Horror Begins: Forward to the Past in the D.R. Congo

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Mac McKinney: Even before the Congo Free State was formally inaugurated on August 1st, 1985, de Winton went about disenfranchising as many native inhabitants as possible from their traditional lands.

Le Roi-Souverain of the Congo Free State

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Mac McKinney: King Leopold II could actually be characterized as an arguable prototype for various 20th Century, disreputable political stereotypes such as egomaniac dictators, racist imperialists, Orwellian Double-Speakers several decades before Orwell was even born

Would Congo Be Better Off with Nkunda?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Was Nkunda a renegade rebel, freedom fighter, dissident, murderer, saint, or savior? Truth, quote unquote, was whatever the international media and factional interests decreed.

UN Parties While Congolese Villagers Suffer

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Georgianne Nienaber: The fact-finding report from the United Nations documents the atrocities. Rapes and brutilizations designed to terrify the civilian populations in the remote region of Walikale have succeeded brilliantly.

Facebook Community Helps Save a Few of Congo’s Many Cholera Victims

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Georgianne Nienaber: Some rudimentary help is now on the way to Walikale due to a tight-knit Facebook community that rallied to find a simple solution that will not solve the problem, but might save a life or two.

New Massacre Looms in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Georgianne Nienaber: God may be sleeping, but the international community is now conscious of the impdending massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Central Africa: Another Potential Quagmire on the Horizon

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Ivan Eland: The Central Africa case demonstrates how militaristic U.S. foreign policy has become, since the administration, seeing a nail because it has a big hammer, came up with the military option to satisfy the ambiguously worded law.

Will PEPFAR HIV Funding Be Flatlined by Budget Battles?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Now, the Obama administration, while embracing many of the previous administrations’ suggested human rights violations in the war against terror, is quietly gutting a successful USAID program that is one of America’s flagship efforts to promote dignity and healing in Africa.

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