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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.

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Hollywood Debunked: What Really Happened Inside the Hotel Rwanda

(7) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:37 PM

"For those who have learned of this story only through the famous movie Hotel Rwanda, the story of Edouard Kayihura is a privileged opportunity to put reality to the Hollywood dramatization." -- Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Retired) Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994

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Film Fatal Assistance Spotlights Colossal Aid Failure in Haiti

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:09 AM

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With unintentional understated irony, senior housing advisor Priscilla Phelps of Bill Clinton's Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) becomes the conscience of Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's Fatal Assistance (Assistance Mortelle), which opened Friday at the Lincoln Center for a one-week...

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OAS Insider Details Proposed Coup Against Haiti's Preval and Cholera's 'Genocide by Negligence'

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 9:00 PM

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In a new book, International Crossroads and Failures in Haiti, Brazilian professor Ricardo Seitenfus, former Organization of American States (OAS) Ambassador to Haiti, details international meddling in Haiti's 2010 elections, discussions by a "core group" of a coup to force then-President René Préval...

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Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mafia Stalk the Bakken Oil Fields

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Shortly before Spokane businessman Doug Carlisle was found murdered in the kitchen of his three story home he told his son, "If I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, promise me you will let everyone know that James Henrickson did it." Spokane police detectives pinned...

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Dian Fossey's Murder Remains a Cold Case Despite New Book

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 9:57 AM

The anniversary of the murder of renowned primatologist Dian Fossey came and went on December 26 with only a few mentions on social media sites. Perhaps one of the most fascinating cold cases of modern times, Fossey's murder at her research cabin in the Virunga mountains of Rwanda in 1985...

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Native Video Offers Oil-Soaked Vision for Christmas Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:44 AM

Heavy snow blankets the North Country, now, in the short days and long nights leading into the winter solstice. It has been a challenging season in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Minnesota with biting cold and a freak September blizzard that left up to 100,000 cattle dead in their...

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Flaring Under Fire in North Dakota's Bakken Boom

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Western North Dakota is in the news again one week after the announcement of a 20,600-barrel oil spill from a six-inch oil pipeline in a farmer's wheat field near Tioga. It was the largest oil spill in the current Bakken boom and may prove to be the...

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First Photos From the Ride for Mother Earth

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:21 PM

On Sunday, September 29, allies and supporters of the Ride for Mother Earth met for a drum ceremony and blessing at the Superior Wisconsin terminal of the Enbridge pipeline. If an expansion proposal is completed, the new pipeline will be the largest tar sands pipeline in the world.

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First Nation Riders Protest Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:12 PM

On Sunday, Sept. 29, Anishinaabe horseback riders began a solemn ride along the proposed route of the Enbridge Alberta Clipper Pipeline in northern Minnesota. The ambitious goal is to complete 200-230 miles over 9 days, with one day of rest on the 8th day. The ride began at the Wisconsin-Minnesota...

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Bakken Oil: A Fort Berthold Elder Speaks to Power

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 10:58 AM

"To keep the connection between the Indian person and the land -- which is being severed by so many things." -- Marilyn Hudson

Frank Jr. Molley of Honor the Earth and I had an appointment to meet with Marilyn Hudson and discuss the work of the

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Man Camps and Predator Economics Threaten Heartland Native Communities

(7) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:00 PM

It was just a matter of time before "man camps" would pose a threat to sacred native lands and bring sexual violence, prostitution, and increased drug traffic into the heartland of Native culture in North and South Dakota. As the proposed TransCanada Corporation oil pipeline that will...

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Transplanting the Face of a Dead Congolese Woman

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:22 PM

The image of the face of the Congolese woman resting on the pink and blue blanket is grafted onto the frontal lobe of my brain -- the repository of my knowledge of good and evil, my emotions, and my memories. It is just a face. It has...

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Questioning Drone Support for Rapists, Corpse Desecrators and Deserters in Congo

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 6:34 PM

The United Nations working group on peacekeeping met Friday, July 19 to discuss the use of technology as a peace tool. However, the scheduled delivery of UAV's (unarmed drones) to the U.N. Mission in Congo (MONUSCO) in support of the national army of Congo (FARDC) suggests...

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Watch The Value of Women In Congo With a Critical Eye

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 10:24 AM

"Everyone rapes. It's civilians, even police, even pastors."

The Value of the Women in Congo is the winner of the 2013 Irish Council of Civil Liberties Film Awards. Irish documentary filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn, working in consultation with the Congo Men's Network, has offered a film that is certainly...

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What If Lab Animals Could Tweet?

(54) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 4:56 PM

A Gallup Poll released a day ago shows that in the last 12 years support by Americans for the use of animals in medical testing has declined, with the greatest shift occurring in younger Americans.

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UN's Ban Ki-moon Visits Congo: Admonishes Army While Delivering Aid

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 10:47 AM

With Obadias Ndaba

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week, and the publicity, coupled with a $1 billion aid package from the World Bank, inadvertently spotlighted President Joseph Kabila's image as an ineffective manager of the affairs of his impoverished...

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Who Owns Haiti's Future?

(5) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 5:40 PM

It has been three years since a devastating earthquake stopped clocks in Haiti at 4:53 PM. It seemed that Haiti was also stopped dead in her tracks, and for those who follow progress, or lack thereof in the tiny country, many questions remain about foreign aid that has translated into...

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UN Continues to Sacrifice African Lives for Political Expediency

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 11:47 AM

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

While the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel group M23 continues to pursue peace talks in Kampala, Uganda at the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), under the...

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Reclaiming Sacred Ground in Florida after Ponce de Leon

(10) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 4:36 PM

This week, Florida celebrated the landing of Juan Ponce de Leon on her shores 500 years ago. The conquistador and former shipmate of Christopher Columbus sailed 1400 plus nautical miles from Puerto Rico to claim this "uninhabited" new world for Spain in 1513. He had more gold on his mind,...

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

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:31 AM

When Congolese General and wanted warlord Bosco Ntaganda walked into the embassy of the United States in Kigali, Rwanda, surrendered, and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court for trial, a convenient media narrative was fulfilled. Over the past year, a simplistic storyline was developed and...

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