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…

A Place the World Has Forgotten: Inside the Horror Show of Northern Uganda

Otim Tonny Joseph Kony in the bush. [Source: observer.ug] The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) began as an evolution of the ‘Holy Spirit Movement’—a rebellion against president Museveni’s oppression of northern Uganda, led by Alice Lakwena. The Acholi people of the north had allied with Museveni’s rival in the Ugandan bush war, Milton Obote (Ugandan President…

Dispatches from the Congo: When the US Came Calling

Kambale Musavuli from the Centre for Research on the Congo talks about the recent visit of two AFRICOM officials to the DRC and the agenda presented by the delegation. He discusses the long history of US military intervention in Congo and all of Africa in light of the visit. He also compares this to the…

Lumumba Assassination Changed Black American Politics

A panel of academics and activists marked the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first elected prime minister, by agents of the US and Belgium. Texas A&M professor Ira Dworkin, author of “Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State,” pointed out that it was Black women, led by…

The Internationalist: Long Live Lumumba!

On the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba (1925-1961), PI Council member Vijay Prashad will lead a wide-ranging discussion about the legacy of the Congolese pan-Africanist — and the impact of his assassination on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa, and struggles for national liberation everywhere. Speakers: – Kambale Musavuli (Centre for Research…

DRC: Kabila and Tshisekedi, A Coalition in Peril

Friends of the Congo The deal between former President Joseph Kabila and his coalition, Front commun pour le Congo (FCC) and current President Felix Tshisekedi and his Coalition, Cap pour le changement (CACH), has come to a predictable head. The country is in gridlock due to the internecine battles of the two coalition partners. The…