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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

Rwanda Again Faces Lunacy and the "Rubbish of Injustice"

(10) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 12:17 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 | 7:44 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 | 11:39 AM

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 | 3:26 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 | 7:25 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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Standing on Sacred Ground PBS World Series Premieres Sunday

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:22 PM

This Sunday, May 17 at 9 pm ET, the PBS World Channel will begin its national broadcast of Standing on Sacred Ground, starting with "Pilgrims and Tourists." The next three episodes will run weekly on Sundays at 9 pm with "Profit and Loss" on May 24, "Fire and Ice" on...

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Finding a Soulmate on the New Madrid Fault

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 9:11 PM

I met a great lady last week. The Grandest of Grande Dames. Her name is Dorothy Cramer, "Cramer with a C," if you please. Dorothy is the docent at the New Madrid Historical Museum, but to me she is much more than that. I think I found my...

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Speedboats and Turtles Equal a Deadly Combination

(14) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Beach goers on Sanibel Island, Florida have been shocked to find five dead loggerhead turtles stranded on the shore within five weeks. On Good Friday the latest victim of a boat collision washed ashore with extensive prop and skeg wounds in its carapace (shell). Sea turtles are sometimes called "living...

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Rwanda Genocide Survivors Cope With a Personal Calvary During Easter Week

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 1:45 PM

In this Easter week, I find myself reentering American society after spending two weeks in Rwanda. I have been there many times in the last 10 years, but never without work on the agenda. This journey was spent in reflection and visits with old friends as well as new. On...

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Feingold's Departing Remarks to Foggy Bottom Require an Addendum

(7) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 8:35 AM

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) delivered his final speech as the U.S. Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region of central Africa yesterday. Media coverage, unfortunately, has focused only on the possibility that Feingold will seek a rematch against Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.),...

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Native-American Kids Doused With Beer at SD Hockey Game

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 12:17 PM

The cartoon by Ricardo Cate' is worth more than the proverbial thousand words I will offer in this post. Cate' is from Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico and draws a daily panel for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.

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Courtesy of Ricardo...
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Psychopathic Politics in Congo

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 6:43 PM

I received an email recently from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The violences (sic) that have started at the beginning of this week have continued up to now and it is reported that five people died only yesterday. The Internet was established only today but in...
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People, Not Gorillas, Are the Real Heroes of Virunga

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:18 PM

It has taken me six months to get around to writing promised commentary on the documentary Virunga , now available to stream on Netflix. I got into this project by requesting a screener in June and found myself mired in a kind of mental paralysis, brought on by...

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Waiting for the Outrage About Congo Massacres in Beni

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Those of us with emotional and friendship ties to the Congo have been waiting. We have been waiting for the outrage, or at least some western media coverage after reports of massacres in the Beni area of North Kivu began to trickle out in October. Finally, Human Rights Watch (HRW)...

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Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:08 AM

"The Enbridge Corporation has some difficult moccasins to fill."

Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth was explaining the Calgary-based Canadian oil company's recent advert in rural Minnesota newspapers for a "Tribal Relations Specialist." You can view the cached job description here and decide whether you...

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Woolgathering Catastrophe in Congo

(2) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 6:26 PM

Trying to tell the stories of the latest human catastrophes in the Democratic Republic of Congo feels like woolgathering. Not the popular definition of a "flight of fancy," or Patti Smith's phantom woolgatherers clothed in "strange archaic cap and dress," in her magnificent story/poem Woolgathering....

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Supermodel Astronaut Challenge Tells Young Girls 'I Am Enough'

(7) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 11:36 PM

For those of you completely freaked out by the Internet video featuring very young girls dressed like street-walking Cinderellas and spouting more F-bombs than one would hear in a women's correctional facility, there is a soon-to-be viral antidote. I won't link to the vile video. It will just get more...

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A View From a Drone: Massive Tunicate Stranding on Sanibel

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Two days after Halloween, puzzled, disappointed tourists trolled the beaches of Sanibel Island amidst piles of dead tunicates and pen shells accompanied by a smell that matched the volume of dead and dying sea life. This is the beginning of "the season," as snowbirds return to their winter playground and...

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The Story of Trauma in Indian Country Needs White World Access

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Point of view is everything. Whether one is referring to the crafts of of screenwriting, poetry, or journalism, the eye of the storyteller is a window to a previously unobserved universe. The art of "telling" embodies spiritual responsibility.

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Minnesota PUC Stymies Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline Plans

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 4:37 PM

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Graphic from Friends of the Headwaters

Last Thursday The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), in a 3-2 decision, vexed the Enbridge Energy Corporation and encouraged environmental activists opposed to the $2.6 billion Sandpiper Pipeline. Regulators agreed that there was room...

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