Nkurunziza Uplifts Burundi’s 93 Percent Rural Poor

By Ann Garrison KPFA Weekend News, 12.25.2015. Supporters of President Pierre Nkurunziza say that the key social divide in Burundi is not Hutu and Tutsi, but urban and rural. Transcript: KPFA News Anchor Cameron Jones: US press and policymakers, and most notably UN Ambassador Samantha Power, argue that the US is morally obliged to go to war to…

Coup Attempt Defeated in Burundi, US Continues to Recognize Nkurunziza

By Ann Garrison KPFA Weekend News, 05.16.2015 A coup attempt prevented Burundi’s President Nkurunziza from flying home from Arusha, Tanzania earlier this week, but Nkurunziza now seems to be firmly back in control. The US has called on Burundi to step down and not seek a third term in office, but they do not appear to have…

The TPLF Attack on Ethiopia Contains the Accumulated Evil of the War

Ann Garrison The western nations that Ethiopia previously kow-towed to claim national government forces attacked Tigrayan troops first, when precisely the opposite occurred. “The US and its allies haven’t even been able to get past the first step—UN Security Council censure—with regard to Syria, then Burundi, and now, Ethiopia.” “War is essentially an evil thing….

Burundi Defies the Imperial Criminal Court: An Interview with John Philpot

Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo, together here in 2007, shared Kwame Nkrumah’s dream of a United States of Africa and advocated an African currency and monetary policy. The ICC indicted both leaders in 2011, when Libya was invaded by NATO, Ivory Coast by France. Qaddafi was murdered on Hillary Clinton’s orders that…

Rwanda, Paul Kagame’s Economic Mirage: An Interview with David Himbara

By Ann Garrison The tiny East African nation of Rwanda has played a unique and prominent role in U.S. political ideation since the 1994 massacres known as the Rwanda Genocide. The West’s so-called “failure to intervene in Rwanda” – and the Holocaust – became arguments for violating the national sovereignty of nations in the Global…

African Union Concerned About Potential Civil War in Burundi

Press TV has interviewed Abayomi Azikiwe, an editor of Pan-African News Wire, to discuss a recent summit of African Union leaders in Ethiopia.The following is a rough transcription of the interview. Press TV: Well tell me overall, we are looking at the African Union summit and one of the main issues right now is Burundi….

Rwandan Recruitment of Burundian Refugees

On Rwandan recruitment of Burundian refugees into a new rebel army in Africa’s war ravaged Great Lakes Region. By Ann Garrison KPFA Weekend News, 01.09.2015. Transcript: Mahama Refugee Camp for Burundian refugees, on the Rwandan side of the Rwandan/Burundian border KPFA News Anchor Sharon Sobotta: In December last year, the NGO Refugees International released a…

Rwanda, the Enduring Lies : A Project Censored Interview with Professor Ed Herman

Independent journalist Ann Garrison hosts the program this week. She is a radio, print and online reporter who specializes in the Great Lakes region of Africa. She is a recipient of the Victoire Ingabire Democracy and Peace Prize. Her first guest, author Edward Herman, discusses his recent book, “Enduring Lies,” examining the falsehoods circulated by Western…

Will the West Create its Next Failed State in Burundi?

By Ann Garrison Charles Kambanda told KPFA that the West is trying to create a failed state whose resources will then be easier to control. Transcript: KPFA Weekend News Anchor Sharon Sobotta: After a failed coup attempt followed by six months of armed insurrection in the streets of Burundi’s capital, Bumjumbura, the government issued an…

Burundi is Africa’s Syria

Ann Garrison The unipolar, US-led global order is facing its most difficult challenge since the fall of the Berlin wall, most notably from Russia and China. This competition is currently most harrowing in Syria, but it is also playing out in the tiny but geostrategic East African nation of Burundi. Burundi borders Rwanda to the…

Sankarist Spirit Resurges in Burkina Faso

By Ann Garrison In 1983, a military clique in Burkina Faso assassinated the anti-imperialist head of state Thomas Sankara, plunging the nation back into the clutches of U.S. and French neocolonialism. The people this year ousted the assassins and their presidential guard, in two mass rebellions. “Anyone who thinks that the presidential guard would have…

Burundi Accuses Rwanda of Training Rebels for Cross Border Attacks

KPFA spoke to Father Thomas Nahimana, and the US State Department, about accusations that Rwanda is training rebels to engage in cross border attacks to destabilize Burundi. By Ann Garrison KPFA Weekend News Anchor Sharon Sobotta:  Burundian Foreign Minister Willy Nyamitwe has accused neighboring Rwanda of training rebels to destabilize Burundi with cross border attacks. Rwandan President Paul Kagame responded that the…

Rwanda and Burundi : Who’s ‘promoting instability through violence’?

By Ann Garrison As Burundian voters went to the polls on Tuesday, the U.S. State Department warned that “elections held under the current conditions in Burundi will not be credible and will further discredit the government.” It also said it planned to suspend partnerships that it hasn’t already suspended with “anyone promoting instability in Burundi…

Are the US and the EU Sponsoring Terrorism in Burundi?

By Gearoid O Colmain Since protests broke out in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura in April 25th  2015 against the decision of the  ruling party to nominate the country’s leader Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term as president, the international press has published reports suggesting that the country is on the verge of civil war, as president…