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The local children wanted their picture taken with the four young Chicago bucket drummers – here they’ve been loaned African drums – on the beach in Senegal.

‘Drum Beat Journey’: an interview wit’ organizer and filmmaker Elilta Tewelde

March 3, 2015

Ever since I have known Elita Tewelde, she has been a Pan African organizer in one way, shape or form, teaching Africans born in the Americas about our brothas and sistas from the continent, and vice versa. She recently took a group of young Black male bucket drummers from the hood to Senegal, West Africa. She filmed the whole experience and is fundraising to get the documentary, “Drum Beat Journey,” made.

Rwanda: Free Victoire! international webcast

February 26, 2015

Over the weekend the organization Friends of Victoire hosted an international webcast to strategize about how to free Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Ingabire has become an icon of freedom, democracy and peace since returning to Rwanda in 2010 to attempt to stand for the presidency against incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

A Zimbabwean in Harare reads the state-owned Herald on President Mugabe’s 91st birthday, Feb. 21, 2015, also the anniversary of the assassination of another pan-Africanist, El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz  - Malcolm X – who was gunned down at 39. He would have been 89 today. – Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP

At 91, President Mugabe leads Zimbabwe, SADC and African Union – with vigor

February 24, 2015

As Zimbabweans and their loving neighbors in the Southern African Development Community region celebrate President Mugabe’s 91st birthday Feb. 21, it is in fact, every African’s cause for celebration. President Mugabe’s pan-Africanist and internationalist vision makes him connect with Africans at home and abroad. It is now time to turn our attention to this impressive club of Africans who lived into their 90s that President Mugabe belongs to.

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Rwanda: Deplorable prison conditions for Victoire Ingabire

February 19, 2015

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali, Ambassador of the Netherlands Ms. Leoni Cuelenaere paid a courtesy visit to political prisoner and president of FDU-Inkingi Ms. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza in her cell in the Kigali Central Prison. The visit took place after a long struggle by the ambassador, who wanted to see for herself the prison conditions of Ms. Ingabire. They have deteriorated since the change in leadership at the central prison.

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch’s Rwanda ‘credential’

February 16, 2015

Loretta Lynch, Obama’s nominee for attorney general, has cited her service as special counsel to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda as a credential, unlike her controversial 2012 settlement with the HSBC bank after the bank admitted to facilitating money-laundering by Mexican drug cartels. Critics of the International Criminal Court and the dominant narrative about the Rwandan massacres dispute the account.

A call for truth and justice in the African Great Lakes Region

February 6, 2015

On Oct. 1, 2014, BBC2 broadcast a documentary, “Rwanda’s Untold Story,” on the tragedies which have devastated the Great Lakes Region of Africa since 1990. The signatories of this appeal wish to congratulate and express their support to the BBC journalists and management who have significantly contributed to establishing the previously ignored historical truth.

Making torture legal

January 29, 2015

In the wake of the Senate Intelligence Select Committee’s report on CIA torture of terror suspects, we are reminded how little Americans know about how the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency rolls in the real world. So, did they torture people? Yup. Did they kill people? Yup. Did they violate laws? Yuuuup. But guess what? Under the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2001 they’re immune from prosecution.

'Non Kabila Rwandais' graffiti Kinshasa 0115 by Reuters

Congolese protest election delay: ‘Non Kabila Rwandais’

January 26, 2015

A widely feared and anticipated military attack by U.N. and Congolese troops on the FDLR has not materialized, despite U.N. Special Envoy Russ Feingold’s repeated urgings. Instead, this week, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo rose up in the streets to demand that their Parliament not pass legislation allowing Congolese President Joseph Kabila to extend his stay in office beyond constitutional term limits. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.

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In her classroom, Atim uses her old wheelbarrow so her new, custom made wheelchair will stay new longer. – Photo: Ronald Galiwango

Wheelchair mobility plus education equals a bright future for Eunice Atim of Uganda

January 25, 2015

Ronald Galiwango and Krip-Hop Nation teamed up in 2013 to write articles, published in the SF Bay View newspaper, about a single father raising two daughters with disabilities who needed wheelchairs to get around. The campaign turned into a two-year effort with two goals 1) wheelchairs and 2) education. Here is Ronald’s update on this successful campaign with pictures of Atim at school.

Victoire Ingabire

‘Friends of Victoire’ launched to free Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire

January 25, 2015

In January 2010, Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza returned from The Netherlands to Rwanda to attempt to run against sitting President Paul Kagame. She said she knew that she would be either assassinated or imprisoned, and she is now entering the fifth year of a 15-year prison sentence. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Marie Lyse Numuhoza, the founder of Friends of Victoire, a new organization created to fight for her freedom.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, DRC President Joseph Kabila meet to resolve conflict 112712

Congo’s problems are Museveni, Kagame and Kabila, not the FDLR

January 20, 2015

Potentially catastrophic military operations, authorized by the U.N. Security Council, may lie ahead soon for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The U.N. Security Council has urged the Congolese army to join U.N. combat troops from South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi in hunting down the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, a Rwandan refugee militia commonly known as the FDLR.

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As many as 2,000 people, mostly women, children and the elderly have been murdered in the past week in the area of Baga, northern Nigeria.

Thousands of Black lives mattered in Nigeria, but the world didn’t pay attention

January 15, 2015

From a bombed NAACP office in Colorado to the decimated town of Baga, Nigeria, acts of terrorism against Black people and institutions have failed to generate much attention in the United States this past week. Most of the Western world and its political leaders have, instead, turned their eyes to Paris, France – the location of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. While the world holds its arms out in sympathy for Charlie Hebdo, we who believe in freedom must seek justice for Black people around the world – including for the victims of Boko Haram. We must continue to say that all Black lives matter, even when the world refuses to see it.

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Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter and Ferguson reps take historic trip to Palestine

January 14, 2015

Representatives at the forefront of the movements for Black lives and racial justice took a historic trip to Palestine in early January to connect with activists living under Israeli occupation. Black journalists, artists and organizers representing Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and more have joined the Dream Defenders for a 10-day trip to the occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel.

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Barbara Lee on US war in Syria and Iraq: Congress ducks responsibility

January 13, 2015

Earlier this week, the U.S. Air Force website reported a record number of bombs assembled and dropped on ISIS during the past three months. Ammo troops, it said, meaning troops that build bombs in an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, are looking to break new records. Their senior commander said, “In the last three months we have already built over nine times the amount of munitions that the last rotation did in their entire six [months].”

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Dr. Denis Mukwege gives a tour of Panzi Hospital, which he founded in 1999, to Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on July 5, 2014. – Photo: Daily Beast

Panzi Hospital and Dr. Denis Mukwege: Targets of ‘Le Petit Rwandais’ Joseph Kabila

January 10, 2015

In a blatant violation of the Congolese Constitution and of the rules and regulations governing the DRC health care system, Congolese President Joseph Kabila ordered the seizing of the bank account of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the hospital founded and run by Dr. Denis Mukwege. Joseph Kabila is persecuting Panzi and Dr. Mukwege in a way that no legitimate president of the citizens of a country should.

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Congolese mining researcher Dr. Jean Didier Losango, shown here with David van Wyk at a mining conference, spoke to KPFA via Skype from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Stop killing Congolese people

January 6, 2015

The First Congo War began in 1996, the second in 1998. The second war drew in all nine countries bordering the DRC, left millions dead, displaced millions more, and ignited conflicts that continue in the country’s mineral rich east, despite the peace treaty signed in 2003. Competition for Congolese resources can’t be stopped, but the massacre of Congolese people can and must, says Dr. Jean Didier Losango.

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Some members of the FDLR surrendered in this and several other ceremonies, but Russ Feingold, U.S. envoy to the Great Lakes Region, says their numbers have not been enough.

Feingold dismisses fears of regional war in DR Congo

January 5, 2015

Former Wisconsin senator, now U.S. special envoy to the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russ Feingold held an online press conference with members of the African press in Africa earlier this week. He said that the FDLR had not surrendered enough of its troops to satisfy the U.N. Security Council’s requirement and that military action was therefore required.

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The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) are freedom fighters

January 4, 2015

FDLR are freedom fighters. Like many other armed and unarmed groups working hard to bring down Kagame’s oppressive, bloody junta, FDLR has my support and I encourage them to fight for their rights no matter what Kagame and his lobbyists say FDLR stands for. Whether any superpower country supports Kagame’s bloody junta is immaterial. Victory is coming, and very soon.

From Burkina Faso to the Congo: Challenging the quest for president for life

January 1, 2015

The dominant challenge facing Congolese people is the lengths to which President Joseph Kabila will go to maintain a stranglehold on power. This unresolved question represents the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It will continue to dominate the political landscape through 2016, when Kabila is Constitutionally mandated to leave office.

Rwandan refugees near Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 1997. More than a million Rwandans crossed into DRC fleeing General Paul Kagame’s army in 1994. More, both Hutu and Tutsi, followed later to escape Kagame’s repressive regime.

Rwanda and Uganda deploy FDLR excuse, threaten cross-border war in Congo

December 29, 2014

Rwanda and Uganda are threatening to send troops across their borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo yet again to, they say, eliminate the Hutu refugee militia known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR. Going after the Hutu refugee militia has been Rwanda and Uganda’s excuse for crossing into Congo for the past 18 years, since the outset of the First Congo War in 1996.

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