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: Remembering All the Victims

This flame lit to commemorate the Rwandan Genocide will burn for 100 days in Kigali, Rwanda, from April 7th into the first week of June. The Rwandan Genocide is commemorated in Rwanda and at the United Nations as “the Genocide against the Tutsi.” However, there is ample evidence that hundreds of thousands of Hutus, as…

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…

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…

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

By 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…

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…

The Voice of Reason Regarding Burundi

By Ann Garrison Dr. Charles Kambanda’s essay, which was first posted to the Facebook forum Friends of Reason, brought reason to the discussion of presidential term limits in Burundi, which had been overwhelmed by propaganda and fearmongering about the renewal of ethnic violence between Hutus and Tutsis in the tiny East African nation. Transcript:  KPFA…

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…