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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

She Survived the Bullets and Flames of Gatumba

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 4:57 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 | 1:14 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

(45) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 2:22 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 | 8:26 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 | 9:51 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 | 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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