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Georgianne Nienaber
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Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative and political writer. She lives in rural northern Minnesota and South Florida. Her articles have appeared in The Society of Professional Journalists' Online Quill Magazine, LA Progressive, The Ugandan Independent, Rwanda's New Times, India's TerraGreen, Lake Country Journal, ZNET, OpEdNews, Glide Magazine, The Journal of the International Primate Protection League, Africa Front, The United Nations Publication, A Civil Society Observer, Bitch Magazine, and Zimbabwe's The Daily Mirror. Her fiction exposé of insurance fraud in the horse industry, Horse Sense, was re-released in early 2006. Gorilla Dreams: The Legacy of Dian Fossey was also released in 2006. She spent much of 2007-2009 doing research in South Africa, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Georgianne was in DRC as a MONUC-accredited journalist, and has been working in Southern Louisiana investigating hurricane reconstruction and getting to know the people there since late 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Independent Reporters and Editors, the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the International Folk Alliance. Georgianne is currently developing a short story collection set in Louisiana, and is continuing "to explore the magic of the Deep South. "Bold-Faced Lies, Tall Tales, and Delta Diaries" is now available as a Kindle Short, published by Imari Press, and available on Amazon.

Entries by Georgianne Nienaber

OAS Lacks Backbone As it Runs to Martelly's Aid in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 12:25 PM

"Evidence is the bones of an opinion."

The quote is from a novel by Mark Twain that explores the life of Joan of Arc through a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc's page, Louis de Contes.

Twain's reflection on the interdependence of evidence and informed opinion is...

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Haiti's Martelly and His Henchman Set the Stage for Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 9:39 AM

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Let's think about the evil absurdity of the crisis playing out in Haiti, and the complicity of international forces that set the stage for this looming tragedy five years ago.

President Michel Martelly of Haiti is refusing to leave office on...

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How Promises of Aid Stiffed Haiti

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 2:32 PM

After returning from a fact-finding trip to Haiti in early December it has been overwhelming trying to consolidate information. There are many stories to tell, and at least 30,000 words are in document files, trying to find a home. But some stories cannot wait to be told, especially now as...

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Haiti Faces More Election Chaos

(12) Comments | Posted January 23, 2016 | 12:11 PM

It was inevitable, but not necessary, that it would eventually come to this.

Haiti's scheduled January 24 Presidential election has been postponed. The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) made the announcement on Friday as violence escalated over charges of fraud made by opposition candidate Jude Celestin. Celestin was...

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North Dakota Landowner Continues Fight Against Big Oil

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 3:16 PM

Big oil lost a skirmish in late December when North Dakota Grand Forks District Judge Debbie Kleven ordered Canada's Enbridge Energy Partners to pay farmland owner James Botsford $45 thousand of $60 thousand in attorney fees. Judge Kleven also ruled that Enbridge would lose their easement if the proposed pipeline...

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Haiti Election Aftermath: Fraud, Apathy, or Organized Chaos?

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 7:54 AM

Written with former U.S. Congressional Advisor Regine Barjon

In a remarkable display of cognitive dissonance, exit polls conducted by the Igarape Institute after the first round of the Haiti elections found that 82% of voters interviewed believed that there was no fraud. Yet after the election results were...

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The Deadly Cholera Book of Numbers Swells in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 1:28 PM

It has been four years since I have been in a cholera treatment center (CTC) in Haiti and five years since the United Nations infected the Mirebalais River by dumping raw sewage from the Nepalese encampment into the waterway.

The river system is forever contaminated, and cholera will never...

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Remembering Judee Sill: A Mystic Walked Among Us

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 6:43 AM

A selfish motivation is the genesis lurking behind the creation of this post. Simply put, this writer feels oddly compelled to add to the emerging canon of articles and documentaries about the late singer/songwriter Judee Sill. Sometimes a story idea will haunt the writer until it is completed.

Sill

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Obama Sends Merten Back to Haiti as New Election Crisis Looms

(8) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 5:35 PM

U. S. Presidents will sometimes scheme to preserve a legacy, but the media is strangely silent on the Obama administration's latest move in Haiti. With little fanfare from our shores, Kenneth Merten was appointed as the Haiti Special Coordinator in August 2015. Merten served as the United States...

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What Are We Missing About Haiti in the Hillary Emails?

(12) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 8:25 PM

The Fourth Estate is in foreclosure. The "who, what, where, when, and why" of traditional coverage is missing. A thorough analysis of what is redacted or completely missing in the Clinton emails is not forthcoming, and the real scandal resides in politically motivated reporting. It is time that...

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She Survived the Bullets and Flames of Gatumba

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 5:57 PM

"It's midnight- I can't sleep! I can't think, I can't, I can't, I can't. August 13, 2004. What a horrific night. I can't take the image out of my mind. It's so hard to believe that our families, our very own people were burned alive and no justice has been...

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"Enbridge Sued Us, We Didn't Want to Be Here"

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 2:14 PM

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North Dakota District Courthouse, Grand Forks. Credit: Nienaber

"Let's just end this little damages dance for the day so we can move on and file an appeal of the substantive issues as well as this sort of gagging of our ability to use...

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Farmer Won't Sell Easement So Enbridge Oil Is Suing

(48) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 3:22 PM

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James and Krista Botsford courtesy of the Botsfords

The disruptive phone calls came at dinnertime, and were not the usual telemarketing solicitations. The caller identified as a representative from a multinational oil company that wanted to run a 24-inch pipeline through farmland...

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Loving Water and Not Oil Means Standing for Mother Earth

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:26 AM

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Courtesy of Honor the Earth

The summer of 2015 finds Native communities in Minnesota and the Dakotas fighting a multi-front war to protect precious water resources from big oil and uranium mining. There is a compelling Sioux spiritual belief that says tribes have...

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New Cartoon Video Demystifies Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Remember the panic that ensued when the United States encountered its first cases of Ebola? Despite the parade of experts across our First World television screens, misinformation, fear and confusion spread faster than the virus. Imagine how a family living in a small village in Western Africa feels to see...

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Rwanda Again Faces Lunacy and the "Rubbish of Injustice"

(12) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 1:17 PM

As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July and our independence from foreign domination, we might be surprised to learn that Rwanda celebrated its day of independence on July 1.

Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. The difference in Africa is that "independence" is...

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Definitive Katrina Study Removes the Cloak of Shame

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 8:44 PM

"Finally, the people of New Orleans can throw off their cloak of shame."

Sandy Rosenthal, founder of the grassroots group Levees.Org, is celebrating the publication of a recent New York Times story. The analysis, combined with another research paper, will contribute to the historical record of...

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Is Enbridge's Pipeline Treaty with Minnesota an Offering From a Trickster?

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Sometimes you find yourself in exactly the right place at the right time, even when it seems events have conspired to thwart desire.

For months, I had planned a camping trip to the far western regions of the Great Plains. Spring offered the opportunity for spiritual renewal at the Native...

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An Obama Policy of Disingenuousness in Rwanda

(31) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 4:26 PM

Is a lawyer and 2000 graduate of Princeton whose undergraduate thesis, "Building Peace and Establishing the Rule of Law: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda," qualified to give brutal testimony against the government of Rwanda in a congressional hearing this week? Does 11 months spent in Rwanda from July 2000...

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Vindicating the Ways of God to Man in Gihembe Refugee Camp

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 8:25 AM

While Americans were remembering the fallen this Memorial Day weekend, another somber ceremony took place almost 10,000 miles away in a battered refugee camp in Rwanda. Congolese residents of the Gihembe camp honored family and friends who were massacred by Interahamwe militias during the genocide against Congolese Tutsi in the...

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