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Even if Kony turns himself in, he still emerges as the victor

Even if Kony turns himself in, he still emerges as the victor

In 1986, after years of terror under the reign of Idi Amin and a resistance that yielded two successful military coups, Yoweri Museveni emerged as the unchallenged leader of Uganda, as his National Resistance Army seized Kampala and installed Museveni as president. That …

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With M23 on the run, DRC has golden opportunity for peace

With M23 on the run, DRC has golden opportunity for peace

Mouvement du 23-Mars (M23) rebels fled their stronghold in Bunaguna, a small town in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the border with Uganda, the rebel movement’s political leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, called for a ceasefire to end …

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Poor timing may leave CAR to its fate

Poor timing may leave CAR to its fate

The people of the Central African Republic (CAR) may be left to fend for themselves. Despite the increasingly dire humanitarian crisis emerging in the country, conflict in other countries may overshadow the situation so much that the country will be left to its fate.

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U.N. offensive operation in DRC a long time coming

U.N. offensive operation in DRC a long time coming

 
In March, the United Nations Security Council came to a uaminous and monumental decision by approving an intervention brigade through Resolution 2098, which permits the use of offensive tactics against the M23 rebels and other  militia groups operating in the eastern provinces of …

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What’s Next for the Central African Republic?

What’s Next for the Central African Republic?

On Wednesday March 20, Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) called off a truce negotiated at the beginning of 2013 and began an invasion of several towns on their …

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Name changes, killing continues

Name changes, killing continues


It was Zaire then. As I sat along the shore of Lake Tanganyika in Bujumbura, Burundi,   I marveled at the moment. Baby hippos splashed playfully in the water as their adults looked carefully from across the way. The sun set with purples and yellows …

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Peace in the DRC Not Feasible until Tensions between Tutsis and Hutus are Resolved

Peace in the DRC Not Feasible until Tensions between Tutsis and Hutus are Resolved

As peace talks commenced almost a week ago in Kampala, Uganda, the prospects of a lasting agreement between the rebel group M23 and the central government in Kinshasa seemed more of a ‘pipe dream’ then an actuality. The Democratic Republic of Congo has been …

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Lumumba (2000)

Lumumba (2000)

While the subject matter is fascinating, this film falls short in at least a couple of ways.
First, the music doesn’t seem to sync up with the action, being loud and dramatic during quiet scenes and being almost silent during the high drama that takes place.
It also presupposes that the viewer …

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New War in Eastern DRC: A Snapshot at U.N. Ineffectiveness in Settling Conflict

New War in Eastern DRC: A Snapshot at U.N. Ineffectiveness in Settling Conflict

On November 20th, the M23 rebels entered Goma, the capital of the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — positioned on the border of Rwanda and the shores of Lake Kivu. By seizing the city with a population of one million people, the rebels struck their …

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Amid Accusations of Supporting Rebels in DRC, Uganda and Rwanda Rewarded?

Amid Accusations of Supporting Rebels in DRC, Uganda and Rwanda Rewarded?

In an expert report released last week regarding the ongoing conflict in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, neighboring countries Rwanda and Uganda were both fingered as supporting the M23 rebel group, including implications that top officials of …

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U.N. Forces in the Congo Are Having Little Impact

U.N. Forces in the Congo Are Having Little Impact

As a new rebellion remains active in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, talk of a neutral force, comprised entirely of neighboring African nation troops from the International …

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Grace, Milly, Lucy…Child Soldiers (2010)

Grace, Milly, Lucy…Child Soldiers (2010)

This documentary is excellent.
It documents the after effects of war on three young women who were abducted as children and forced to serve in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
That rebel Ugandan force, led by Joseph Kony, is notorious for kidnapping and forcing those captured to fight. For more than 20 years his …

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Is the World Doing Enough for the Congo?

Is the World Doing Enough for the Congo?

While the civil war in Syria continues to grab headlines, prompting some in the international community to call for immediate intervention, another major conflict, displacing thousands of civilians, rages in Central Africa. Despite the rising number of refugees …

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Kony/Kony II (2012)

Kony/Kony II (2012)

On April 20 there will be a global effort to make the world aware of Joseph Kony.
Kony is the leader of a central African rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). For more than 20 years his group has abducted children to fight on his behalf, made sexual …

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