UN Continues to Sacrifice African Lives for Political Expediency

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Georgianne Nienaber: How is it ethically possible to negotiate with a group and then promote war against it?

Surrender of Warlord Ntaganda Will Not Change Life for Millions of Congolese

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Georgianne Nienaber: The international community is making a grievous mistake if they buy into this false narrative and believe that the indictment and removal of the renegade Ntaganda will solve the crisis of eastern Congo.

UPDATED: How Obama Administration Silences Congo’s M23 Rebel Movement

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Georgianne Nienaber: It seemed that while M23 was winning on the battlefield against both the FDLR and the regular Congo Army (FARDC), and had gained recognition by the African Union as a partner in peace negotiations, they had lost the social media and Internet public relations battle.

Let Congo Sort Itself Out

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eorgianne Nienaber: The worst thing the international community can do is to “help them” by propping up Congo’s dysfunctional and incompetent government.

Is Rwanda the Victim in a Modern Day Salem Witch Trial?

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Georgianne Nienaber: Let’s offer the thesis that public opinion has been railroaded with respect to Rwanda amid accusations that it is supplying aid to a newly minted and highly successful rebel army in eastern Congo.

Goma Falls; US Responds with Weasel Words

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Georgianne Nienaber: When the Congolese government on Monday refused to accept an ultimatum from the Congolese Revolutionary Army (M23) to open negotiations and accept a buffer zone, Kinshasa opened the door for the fall of the provincial capital of Goma

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.

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

Hope and Change: Landmark Human Rights Victories

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Julie Gutman: As the international community prepares to mark the 61st annual Human Rights Day on December 10, here is a short list of some of the best human rights developments of 2011 outside the Middle East.

War Criminal Ntaganda and Rwandan Security Agents Accused of Assassinations

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Georgianne Nienaber: In the months prior to his assassination, Balibuno had repeatedly told Human Rights Watch and others that he was threatened by Ntaganda for refusing to support Ntaganda’s leadership of the CNDP.

Congo: More Intimidation as Blood Flows Faster than Oil Spilled into the Gulf of Mexico

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Georgianne Nienaber: The United States has strategic and mining interests in DRC and until the American people wake up and demand that our government do something to actually promote human rights in the Great Lakes Region, we can expect more of the same and press release after press release from Human Rights organizations will swarm foreign news desks like so many hyenas after the kill.

Help Provide Missing Haiti Coverage

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Dick Price: Next week, Georgianne Nienaber departs on a 12-day investigative research trip to Haiti where she will look to fill in gaps in the mainstream media’s news coverage while also providing emergency medical assistance to rural Haitians. As she works with Haitian human rights organizations to develop story ideas, she also invites LA Progressive readers to contribute their thoughts on where else she might look.

Congolese Groups Demand Ouster of Abusive Army Commander

Georgiianne Nienaber: The four-page formal complaint describes a compendium of horrific abuses – including massacres of civilians, summary executions, rape, mutilations of women, the dumping of bodies into latrines, and the recruitment of children – all committed by troops under Zimurinda’s command from 2007 to the present.

Congo Descending into Third Circle of Hell

Georgianne Nienaber: What’s the rape and torture and burning alive of many thousands of women and children got to do with anything? What has JUSTICE got to do with anything, for God’s sake? Kabila wants “peace,” after all. A stray bullet might mar the finish on one of his bikes.

Congolese Women and Girls Suffering the Insufferable

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Emily Spence and Brian McAfee: Heavily armed militias are trying to increase the very same kinds of turmoil that charitable groups are striving to remedy. They are doing so in order to gain control of four main minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold that garner an estimated $180 million in revenues each year.

LA Progressive: 27 December 2009, to 2 January 2010

This week’s articles.

Congo: New Year, New Ops, Same Questions, Same Fears

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Georgianne Nienaber: The notoriously failed Kimia II operation in eastern Congo has ended today, December 31. Soundly and forcefully criticized by Human Rights groups for the devastation it wrought on civilian populations, it will be replaced sometime in January with a new mission, dubbed OperationAmani Leo, sources say.

HRW Report on Congo: Fetuses Ripped From Wombs and Children Burned

“Continued killing and rape by all sides in eastern Congo shows that the UN Security Council needs a new approach to protect civilians,” said Anneke Van Woudenberg, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Security Council should send a group of experts to Congo to kick-start a serious civilian protection plan.”

Ashley Judd: Please, Population Control Is Not the Answer for Congo

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Congo’s economy is not undermined by “unregulated fertility” rates. Why do these NGO’s feel they have the right to regulate birth rates? Civil society has been destroyed by decades of war and over a hundred years of exploitation of Congo’s wealth by international interests.

U.N. Envoy Says Womens’ Breasts “Hacked Off:” Congo Refuses to Arrest Commander

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In a stunning example of a government washing its hands of responsibility, DR Congo’s Information Minister Lambert Mende said the authorities were “aware of the massacre” but would not arrest Zimulinda because they feared the consequences would be too great.

Satellite Imagery Proves Catastropic Failure of Joint Rwanda/Congo Military Exercizes

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Seeing is believing. For the past ten months, human rights organizations, political sources, eyewitness reports, and secret communiqués from remnants of Laurent Nkunda loyalists have reported that joint military operations between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been a catastrophic failure.

Grassroots News from Congo: Midwives Transform Trash Into Hope

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The midwives need the means to accomplish their noble goal of saving women through direct intervention, HIV/AIDS counseling, and nutrition. This is truly a grassroots effort with a humble beginning that literally transforms grass and roots into life-supporting energy.

Stop “Crimes Against Humanity and Geological Scandals”: Give AFRICOM a Chance In Congo

Image: Greeting for journalist at Mungunga II in January 2009 © Nienaber

linton’s uncompromising condemnation of perpetrators of sexual violence has not been thoroughly emphasized or analyzed, but sniping has already begun about AFRICOM’s involvement in her initiative.

Dear Secretary Clinton: Could You Please Find Out if This Congolese Child Is Still Alive?

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Don’t be snowed by Kabila and what he will tell you while you are in Kinshasa. It is more important what you will see in eastern Congo.

North Country Blues: Michael Jackson, Media, Community, and a Small Town Murder

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As I stood in front of Dru’s grave, I was speechless, even in prayer. I was trying to make sense of 45,000 dead in Congo–people I had no ability to help. I was hoping that if I could reconnect with the death of one person who died senselessly and through no “mistake” of her own, other than being in the wrong place at the right time for her stalker, it would mitigate the anger I was feeling about the media pomp and circumstance over a celebrity’s death.

LA Progressive, June 21 to June 27, 2009

No Nonsense Census — Carl Matthes Illusion, Reality & Courage in Iran — Carl Bloice Experts Wrong: Newsom Clear Beneficiary of Villaraigosa Non-Entry — Randy Shaw Iran’s Youth and Women’s Movement — Herndon Davis The Politics of Mourning Michael Jackson — John Delloro What’s With Cable’s “All Jack-O All The Time” News Coverage? — Charley [...]

Lalibre Reports: Is It Too Late for Eastern Congo?

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Since the spectacular failure of Operation Umoja Wetu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Congolese forces (FARDC) have formed a new military campaign with MONUC forces. Dubbed Kimia II, the new operation appears headed for the same fate. After the detention of rebel Congolese Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda by Rwandan forces (RDF) in [...]

Congolese Populist Movement Requests Urgent Meeting With S.O.S. Clinton and U.N. Secretary Rice

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Dear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, The humanitarian situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is disintegrating and it is time for the United States to intervene publicly and forcefully. According to report after report from human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), the violence [...]

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