Georgianne Nienaber: How is it ethically possible to negotiate with a group and then promote war against it?
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.
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.
eorgianne Nienaber: The worst thing the international community can do is to “help them” by propping up Congo’s dysfunctional and incompetent government.
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.
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
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?
Georgianne Nienaber: A more likely scenario has the Congolese government trying to rev up international outrage against Rwanda as control of the east deteriorating.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.