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"Breaking the Silence" -- NYC Conference Examines 20 Years Since Congo Invasion

Milton Allimadi | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Milton Allimadi

Twenty years ago today, in 1996, Rwanda and Uganda invaded Congo, which was then known as Zaire. The 20th anniversary of the invasion of Congo and t...

Staring Down a Tyrant

John Burnett | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
John Burnett

Senator Markey deserves a great deal of credit for taking on this complicated but critically important issue. The approach he proposes is not only long overdue. It is muscular enough that it should grab the attention of Kabila and his cronies. Now let's hope that Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama do the right thing and act on this plan.

Repression in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Joseph Kabila Attacks and Brutalizes Civilians

Yaa-Lengi Ngemi | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Yaa-Lengi Ngemi

It is unconscionable that an innocent people continue to be killed and be betrayed by their own president, albeit that the diplomats in Kinshasa refer to him as "le petit rwandais," who is supposed to serve and protect the Congolese people.

Congo: The Patchwork Country

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Obadias Ndaba

When the United Nations troops and Congo's ragtag army defeated the M23 rebels last November, only those who don't understand the complexities and anatomy of Congo's tragedy could celebrate.

Can Peace Last in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Following a year of fighting and negotiation between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the M23 rebel group, last month the M23 announced it was ending its military campaign in Eastern Congo, without a formal agreement.

Only a Government With Democratic Legitimacy Can Bring Peace to Congo

Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga

Today's political parties will meet this week in Congo's capital Kinshasa to discuss how they can bring unity to a country wracked by instability since its birth.

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

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the Democratic Republic of Congo 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 nation.

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

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Discontent and violence is everywhere in Congo, but the narrative is extremely complicated, the demands and the names of militias require spreadsheets to understand, and no reporters want to venture deep into rebel territories to investigate the unrest.

Why Does the United States Cover the Rwanda Aggression on Congo?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 11.29.2012 | World
Georges Ugeux

I happen to know something about Congo, Rwanda and Kivu, a province on the Eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that has become th...

Congo M23 Rebels Tell Their Story

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 07.27.2012 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Is the Congolese government of Joseph Kabila using the international press to wage a propaganda war against the new rebel fighters in eastern Congo? This is possible and probable given the amount of disinformation disseminated by the foreign press in recent days.

Eline Gordts

Catastrophic Security Situation Plagues Congo | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

Five months after Congo's contested presidential elections, civil society groups are calling on the Kabila government and the international community ...

What Happened to Congolese General Laurent Nkunda?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.21.2012 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Why is the U.S. propping up the regime of Rwanda's Paul Kagame as it continues to trample on the free speech of those opposing his rule? Look no further than the new state of the art embassy in Kigali.

Despite Marred Vote, Kabila Sworn In As Congolese President

Reuters | Posted 02.19.2012 | World

* Kabila congratulates Congolese voters * Mugabe, Western ambassadors attend ceremony * Amnesty International calls for ha...

Reason for Hope in Congo

Amy Kurland | Posted 02.07.2012 | World
Amy Kurland

A truly democratic DRC will only be possible if the Congolese people believe they have the right and the power to demand reform and stability. It will only be possible if they believe that they can "throw the bums out." It will only be possible if they believe that they don't deserve to be exploited.

The Ignored Election in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Joe Trippi | Posted 02.06.2012 | World
Joe Trippi

The Democratic Republic of Congo just held an historic election -- the outcome of which will have a major effect on the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, if not the entire continent. But you wouldn't know this listening to the DC chattering class.

DRC Elections: A Bellwether for Stability in Africa

Joe Trippi | Posted 01.13.2012 | World
Joe Trippi

The revolution in Libya has overshadowed another scheduled event that promises an equally seismic effect on democracy in Africa - the Nov. 28 election...

Conflict Minerals in the Congo: Let's Be Frank About Dodd-Frank

Mvemba Dizolele | Posted 10.22.2011 | World
Mvemba Dizolele

Oversimplification of issues often produces inadequate, counterproductive policies. Dodd-Frank and its proponents penalize the people of eastern Congo, but do little to curtail the militias and their backers.

Choosing Between China and the West Is No Joke for DR Congo

Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga

Africa now has an alternative to listening to the West. That alternative is China, and Europe and North America are right to be concerned.

DR Congo: War Criminal Ntaganda and Rwandan Security Agents Accused of Assassinations

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Human Rights Watch has offered testimony that Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese army general sought on an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court, is involved in the assassination of at least eight people.

Congo: More Intimidation as Blood Flows Faster than Oil Spilled Into the Gulf of Mexico

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

The United States has strategic and mining interests in the Congo and until the American people demand that our government do something to actually promote human rights there, the ongoing abuses will continue.

Rumble in the Jungle

Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga

In 1974, the DRC hosted a match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Ali defeated an established opponent running out of ideas and ways to win. This is perhaps a foretaste of how our politics may develop in the coming months.

Congolese Groups Demand Ouster of Abusive Army Commander

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Fifty Congolese human rights and civil society organizations, along with Human Rights Watch (HRW), lodged a formal complaint today against Colonel In...

Kabila Says "Peace Before Justice" in DRC; Rebel General Gadi Ready to Fight

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Before we discuss the President of Congo's call for peace before justice, consider this. Eastern Congo is a mess. The military situation is so complex...

Satellite Imagery Proves Catastrophic Failure of Joint Rwanda/Congo Military Exercises

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Reported have said that joint military operations between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been a catastrophic failure. Now satellite imagery of the Busurungi area in North Kivu clearly shows burned villages.

Congo Spurns Burundi Refugees at Border

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Frustration in the face of this humanitarian tragedy is understandable. Where is SOS Hillary Clinton in the face of this, especially after her courageous meetings with Congolese President Joseph Kabila?