Face on Blanket Tells Congo’s Woeful Tale

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Georgianne Nienaber: The face is the remnant of a person alive before Congo Army gunships blew up her village by mistake in their relentless pursuit of rebel forces. The woman’s soul is elsewhere, but her face offers silent testimony to atrocity.

Libya Report Card: Blood and Oil

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Vijay Prashad: The new violence in Libya runs parallel to the new crowds in Tahrir Square. They are not happy with the first flush of what their rebellion produced. They are at it again. Not in five-star hotels but in their hovels.

Watch The Value of Women In Congo with a Critical Eye

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Georgianne Nienaber: The true value of this film is in the heartbreaking testimony of the women. Their tears wash over the film at 24 frames per second, while blood pours from ruptured vaginas and hymens at twice that rate — bodies violently penetrated every 48 seconds.

Obama at Robben Island

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Vijay Prashad: Obama, who had been there before, wanted his daughters to see the prison and to be as “humbled” as himself by Mandela’s vigil for freedom.

A Moment of Truth from Leon Panetta

CIA Director Leon Panetta

JP Sotille: Team Obama’s often-overlooked expansion of the War on Terrorism—in Yemen and Somalia, into Uganda, Kenya, Libya and various points around Africa—is actually inciting a response. Apparently, some people don’t like US troops, drones, advisers and weapons popping up in their backyard.