COVID-19 in DRC: Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst

Ann Garrison Deaths caused by the pandemic are likely to occur without assistance of any kind, without any administrative record, and without acknowledgment in the news cycle. “DRC’s lack of preparation and vulnerability during this pandemic is an extension of the ongoing violence and resource wars there.” This week I spoke to Congolese native Jean-Claude…

Patrice Lumumba: Revolution, Freedom and Legacy in DR Congo

Roxana Baspineiro The Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo Patrice Lumumba during a visit to U.N. Headquarters in New York. (July, 24, 1960) On Jan. 17 1961, the African leader and first head of government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Patrice Lumumba was brutally murdered in a heinous crime that…

Should UN Peacekeepers Leave the Democratic Republic of Congo?

Ann Garrison There was no peace to keep in the Kivu and Ituri provinces when the UN force arrived nearly 20 years ago, and there’s been none since. “Since 1996, the history of these provinces has been that of perpetual Rwandan and Ugandan invasion, occupation, and resource plunder.” The UN has a long, storied history…

Millions Die in Congo While the UN Keeps the Peace

Ann Garrison The UN Peacekeeping Mission has been in Congo for 20 years without protecting the people or the peace. “Rwanda is responsible for what is going wrong in the peace in Congo!” In its most recent report  to the UN Security Council, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) blandly…

Foreign Aid for Rwanda, Suffering for Rwandans and Congolese

Ann Garrison Rwanda is treated as a showcase of US-allied Africa, but even western capitalists don’t believe dictator Paul Kagame’s economic numbers, and the real money comes from looting the Congo. “Kagame is the Clintons’ darling — which is a no-no with Trump.” Rwanda received roughly “$1.22 billion” in development aid in 2016-2017 , the most recent year…

In Praise of Blood: Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front

Ann Garrison Judi Rever risked her life to write the true story of the Rwandan Genocide. “The RPF transported displaced Hutus by truck, killed them, and burned their bodies.” If you’ve ever imagined being a daring foreign correspondent flying into parts unknown, you may at first find vicarious adventure in Judi Rever’s book “In- Praise…

Congo President Invites US Help to Fight Non-Existent ISIS Threat

Black Agenda Radio with Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford Felix Tshisekedi, the new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, requested US help in dealing with an alleged threat from ISIS, although only two percent of the country’s population is Muslim. “The notion that terrorism from ISIS is a major concern for Congo is a…

Hijacking the Congolese People’s Victory

Kambale Musavuli 12 January 2019: A Martin Fayulu supporter during a protest at the Constitutional Court as they wait for Fayulu to deliver his appeal contesting the presidential election results in Kinshasa. (Photograph by Reuters/Baz Ratner/TPX Images of the Day) The Congolese people were determined to rid themselves of Joseph Kabila’s regime on 30 December…

DR Congo Post-Election: An Interview with Maurice Carney

Ann Garrison The Congolese people succeeded in forcing President Kabila to allow elections to choose his successor, but Kabila still rigged the vote. “The results were manufactured to protect the interests of the Kabila regime.” On New Year’s Eve, the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) went to the polls to choose…

Code Talking: UN Security Council on War and Peace in DRC

Ann Garrison Congolese poll workers for the Dec. 30 election Most UN Security Council (UNSC) meetings are so stuffy that they’re hard to watch without wishing someone would open a window, turn on the ventilator or take the august ambassadors off life support. Norman Finkelstein couldn’t have been more apt than when he called Secretary…

Who or What Brought Down Dag Hammarskjöld?

Why does the Hammarskjöld crash still matter? It matters because Secretary General Hammarskjöld had undertaken his mission just as many countries in Africa were seeking their independence from the colonial world. Hammarskjöld was ahead of his time in pushing back against what today we might call the deep state. Picture released on August 15, 1960…