International Court of Justice Ruled that Uganda Must Pay $325 Million in Reparations to the Democratic Republic of Congo—But What About U.S. and UK?

Jeremy Kuzmarov U.S. soldiers training counterparts in Uganda. [Source: africanarguments.org] In February, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uganda must pay $325 million in reparations to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for its role in conflicts in Congo’s resource-rich Ituri province from 1998 to 2003. The amount includes $225 million to be paid…

The DRC’s Entry into the East African Community: A Rose with Thorns?

Edouard Bizimana In a world that is becoming increasingly interdependent, it seems that regional integration is a preferred path for addressing many of the challenges of globalization. This is all the more true because it is currently impossible to live in isolation at the risk of being excluded from the progress that globalization brings. Globalization…

Islamic State Expands in Africa

Guadi Calvo Almost imperceptibly, for the international press, Daesh or Islamic State (ISCAP), also called Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), has not only settled in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but, through constant attacks, is expanding while strengthening ties with “sister” organizations operating in the rest of the continent. The ADF, founded in 1985, which originated…

Rwanda’s Military is the French Proxy on African Soil

Vijay Prashad Rwandan soldiers board a plane to Mozambique in July. Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua Over July and August Rwandan soldiers were deployed in Mozambique, purportedly to fight ISIS terrorists. However, behind this campaign is French maneuvering that benefits an energy giant eager to exploit natural gas resources, and perhaps, some backroom deals over history On…

AFRICOM in the Congo

Kambale Musavuli Its immeasurable mineral resources has made the Congo the victim of a long history of Western greed, plunder, and genocidal violence. AFRICOM’s recent arrival in the Congo — ostensibly to fight ISIS — will only extend this history; we can be sure these military forces will do more to support the US looting…

Dispatches from the Congo: The Devastating Record of the IMF and WB

In this episode of Dispatches from the Congo, Kambale Musavuli talks about the appointment of former IMF technocrat Malangu Kabedi-Mbuyi as the governor of the country’s central bank. He talks about the role played by the Bretton Woods institutions in the economic deterioration of the country and their tacit endorsement of corruption.

US Fakes ISIS Threat in Congo to Justify AFRICOM Presence

The US continues to insist that ISIS is to blame for recent violence in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996, despite the fact that hardly any Muslims reside in the mineral-rich country. A UN Group of Experts found “no link” between Islamic jihadists and rebel groups, said Kambale Musavuli, a Congolese…

Dispatches from the Congo: The Rise and Rise of Dan Gertler

From officials in the US administration to the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, Gertler was able to rally powerful allies to speak on his behalf. Dan Gertler, an Israeli billionaire, was slapped with sanctions by the US government under then president Donald Trump in 2017. He stood accused of extensive public corruption in his business dealings…