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Dutch lawyer Caroline Buisman and Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire

Rwanda blocks legal counsel to political prisoner Victoire Ingabire with Kafkaesque bureaucracy

May 25, 2016

On May 19, 2016, the Rwandan government ordered Dutch lawyer Caroline Buisman to leave Rwanda immediately, without even meeting her new client, political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Buisman had arrived in the country’s capital Kigali on May 14, 2016, to consult with Ingabire regarding the appeal of her conviction for terrorism, inciting popular revolt and minimizing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Somalian children dance on the wreckage of a U.S. Black Hawk helicopter brought down in a crash in October 1993 that killed 18 U.S. soldiers, whose bodies were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. U.S. outrage over those deaths prompted President Bill Clinton to pull out of Somalia and not to risk the lives of U.S. troops to save the Black lives of Rwandans when the genocide began there the following year. – Photo: Dominique Mollard, AP-Stars and Stripes

Do the Black lives on our planet really need another Clinton administration?

May 16, 2016

The Rwandan Genocide was not an exceptional incident for the Clinton administration in reference to the expendability of human lives of color; it was just one example of a consistent foreign and military policy from his first day in office to his last. Clinton later claimed he regretted his lack of action, but he never admitted to obvious prejudice in the decision making process that led to his catastrophic decision not to act.

Dr. Kizza Besigye held the Holy Bible and swore in as the president of Uganda on May 11, 2016. Yoweri Museveni's security forces arrested him three hours later. Dr Besigye has since been charged with treason.

Uganda: Besigye and Museveni, a tale of two presidents

May 16, 2016

Dr. Kizza Besigye and Gen. Yoweri Museveni both swore in as president of Uganda at competing inaugural ceremonies this week. Both claim to have won the Feb. 18 election, and Dr. Besigye has demanded an election audit. Gen. Museveni, the incumbent president now entering his fourth decade in power, had Besigye arrested and charged with treason. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has more.

Dr. Kizza Besigye remains defiant, speaking to NTV Uganda on May 3, 2016.

Uganda’s Museveni orders arrests, house arrests and media bans before inauguration

May 8, 2016

A Ugandan political party, Forum for Democratic Change, has announced plans to hold country-wide demonstrations ahead of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration on Thursday, May 12, because they believe that their candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye, in fact won the election. Museveni’s government responded by banning not only the protests but also press coverage of the protest. KPFA’s Ann Garrison reports.

The 1972 Burundian Hutu Genocide was commemorated on the state capitol grounds in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 30, 2016.

Remembering Burundi’s 1972 Hutu Genocide

April 30, 2016

Burundi’s 1972 Hutu genocide, in which hundreds of thousands of Burundian Hutu people were massacred by the country’s Tutsi army, was commemorated in Burundi on April 30. Commemorations were also held in other parts of the world, including one on the state capitol grounds in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bill & Hillary Clinton, talking with former Amb. Prudence Bushnell, visit State Dept 4 days after Rwanda Genocide begins 041194 by Prudence Bushnell, cropped

How much do ‘Black Lives Matter’ to Clinton? Rwanda Genocide offers answer

April 25, 2016

During the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, President Bill Clinton and members of his administration pushed for the reduction of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda from over 2,500 troops to 270, with the remaining troops’ mandate being reduced to a mere observer’s role. The U.S. government evacuated foreign – read: White – personnel from Rwanda and pretty much ensured the total success of the 100-day slaughter that occurred when peacekeepers were also pulled.

This flame, lit to commemorate the Rwandan Genocide, will burn for 100 days in Kigali, Rwanda, from April 7 into the first week of June.

Rwanda: Evidence undermines the ruling narrative

April 24, 2016

The New Times of Rwanda, one of several state sanctioned media outlets, reports that a monument has been built on the banks of the River Nyabarongo “in memory of victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis who were dumped into the waters.” KPFA’s Ann Garrison reports that the story is disputed with evidence that the victims were actually Hutus rather than Tutsis.

Toveet Radcliffe, Israeli soldier

Emigres demand answers after first African American dies during Israeli army service

April 22, 2016

The African Hebrew Israelite community has launched a protest movement in recent weeks seeking to learn the truth about the untimely demise of community member Toveet Radcliffe, the first African American to die while serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Rejecting the Israeli army’s ruling that no one other than the 19-year-old Radcliffe was involved in her own death, members of the community have launched a campaign to pressure the IDF to reopen the case.

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Directly following his Thursday evening debate with Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders traveled from New York City to Rome on an overnight flight to attend a Vatican-hosted conference on the urgency of building a “moral economy.” The Vermont senator was joined by all four of his children and four grandchildren, as well as his wife Jane. – Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP

Sanders at the Vatican: What did Bernie tell the Pontifical Academy?

April 15, 2016

Over a century ago, Pope Leo XIII highlighted economic issues and challenges in Rerum Novarum that continue to haunt us today, such as what he called “the enormous wealth of a few as opposed to the poverty of the many.” That situation is worse today. In the year 2016, the top 1 percent of the people on this planet own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent, while the wealthiest 60 people – 60 people – own more than the bottom half – 3 1/2 billion people.

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Rwanda, Burundi and the assassination of three Hutu presidents

April 11, 2016

The Rwandan Genocide is commemorated in Rwanda and at the United Nations as “the genocide against the Tutsi.” However, it was preceded by the assassination of three Hutu presidents and by the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Hutu civilians in Burundi. There is also ample evidence that hundreds of thousands of Hutus, as well as Tutsis, died in the Rwandan massacres.

Hillary Clinton and Libyan soldiers claim victory after assassinating Muammar Qaddafi in October 2011. – Photo: Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

Exposing the Libyan agenda: a closer look at Hillary’s emails

March 26, 2016

The brief visit of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Libya in October 2011 was referred to by the media as a “victory lap.” “We came, we saw, he died!” she crowed in a CBS video interview on hearing of the capture and brutal murder of Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi. But the victory lap, write Scott Shane and Jo Becker in the New York Times, was premature. Libya was relegated to the back burner by the State Department.

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BDS protest in Melbourne, Australia against Israel’s Gaza Blockade and attack on humanitarian flotilla in 2010.

Movement to stop BDS against Israel championed by Hillary Clinton and Justin Trudeau

March 20, 2016

Bernie Sanders made headlines this week by declining to attend the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference held this week in Washington, D.C. High on AIPAC’s agenda were bills designed to stop the nonviolent BDS movement to “boycott, divest or sanction” Israel for its mistreatment of the Palestinian people. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has more.

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Dr. Cynthia McKinney

Dr. Cynthia McKinney on Hillary, Trump, BRICS and more

March 19, 2016

Block Report Radio interviews Dr. Cynthia McKinney about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race and the role of the Electoral College and lobbyists, the asymmetrical warfare that the U.S. has been waging against Latin America and the BRICS countries, a brief analysis on the hordes of emigrants on a quest to reach Europe and the E.U.’s response, and a comparison of the way the government works in the U.S. to how it works in Cuba and the way it used to work in Libya.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smiles during an ABC News debate in December. – Photo: Disney, ABC

Sanders and Clinton on ‘the next Rwanda’

March 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred about U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, and particularly Honduras, during this week’s debate in Miami, Florida. In other debates, they have discussed the Middle East, Libya, Egypt, Russia, China and North Korea, but not Sub-Saharan Africa, aside from a few statements as to whether or not the U.S. should have intervened in Rwanda 22 years ago. KPFA’s Ann Garrison reports.

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On Jan. 22, 2016, CBC News reported: “Scientists investigating the disease in the U.S. and Canada met in Seattle [and] agreed on the scale of the problem, said Dr. Martin Haulena, the veterinarian for the Vancouver Aquarium … ‘This is, if not the, certainly one of the biggest wildlife die-offs that have ever been recorded, and we’re not just talking marine die-offs.’ … [It] has decimated the creatures from Alaska to Mexico.” Pictured are common murres washed up on the beach of the Juneau, Alaska, boat harbor. Thousands of them cover beaches along the Alaska coast. – Photo: AP

Fukushima fallout: Throwing radioactive caution to the wind – and sea

March 12, 2016

In the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power meltdown following the tsunami of March 11, 2011, the international community has totally failed in keeping the public properly informed and protected from the fallout. Scientists and environmental officials express concern at the unusual events and wonder about the causes. The media present the facts but fail to make any connection to the ongoing state of affairs stemming from the tragic 2011 events at Fukushima.

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History marches on: Assessing the nuclear threat five years after Fukushima

March 8, 2016

Sixty years ago the name Bikini became famous for the nuclear bombs detonated there. The military took ships that had been exposed to fallout during those nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands to the United States Radiological Defense Laboratory (USNRDL) located at Hunters Point in San Francisco. In addition to toxic chemicals and nuclear isotopes, the USNRDL is contaminated with asbestos, from the extensive ship building and reconstruction.

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Paul Kagame

When President Paul Kagame, America’s dictator friend, speaks at Harvard Business School, what will he say?

February 24, 2016

In his 22 years as the powerful man in Rwanda and 16 years as the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has proved to be not only a tyrant and dictator responsible for large scale human rights abuse with an extreme and effective way of crushing dissidents and political opponents. Yet he has spoken before at the Harvard University School of Business, where he is invited again as a speaker this coming weekend.

Looking apprehensive, Dr. Kizza Besigye arrives at a polling station to vote in his home town of Rukungiri, 400 km west of Kampala on Feb. 18. He soon learned of a polling place nearby that was being manned by the police and the NRM, the party of President Museveni. “He walked in and saw them pre-ticking ballot papers. They arrested him and took him to an unknown place,” said Shawn Mubiru, senior official with Dr. Besigye’s party, the Forum for Democratic Change, FDC. As usual on the frequent occasions when he is arrested, he was soon released. – Photo: AFP

Dr. Kizza Besigye: Democracy is on trial in Uganda

February 23, 2016

We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda. We participated in this process to highlight and show the world quite how fraudulent this military regime is. We were not free to carry out our campaigns without intimidation. On election day, all access to social media platforms was switched off. The regime is baring its bloodied fangs and claws for all to see. This is a creeping military coup.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is fourth from left in this lineup of NBA players, managers and officials at the NBA All Star Weekend festivities in Toronto Feb. 14.

Do Black African lives matter to the NBA? Rwanda’s Kagame in Toronto

February 18, 2016

Why did the NBA All Star Game Weekend celebrate Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, who is known to have launched invasions that cost millions of African lives, and to brutally repress his own people? His appearance inspired indignation and headlines in the Toronto press. Ann Garrison spoke with CIUT-Toronto Taylor Report host Phil Taylor to ask what he thought of this and how it happened.

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Burundi: Western interests masked as African solutions

February 14, 2016

Most Western press judged the African Union harshly for its refusal to send troops to Burundi without Burundi’s consent. However, the A.U. troop deployment was never an African solution to African problems. It was always a Western solution to the West’s problem with Burundi’s current government. Black Agenda Report Editor Glen Ford said that Western nations pay most of the A.U.’s bills, so A.U. troops often do serve Western interests, but this time the West had pushed too hard.

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