What the US wanted, according to what the evidence shows much later, was for Kagame to seize power. It wanted to let his military campaign proceed and it wanted Tutsi genocide to serve as justification for that regime change.
Illusion and fantasy are comfortable, but there is no room for comfort or gray areas when one is trying to stop the madness in Eritrea and Ethiopia of their people being raped, slaughtered, disappeared, displaced and starved to death, with the pain made worse by the actions of those who deny, don’t want to see or feel the madness.
The powerful judgement-based, experience-barrren Parole Board is a kingpin of the prison industrial complex system and a blatant indictment against the lack of humanity as incarcerated humans with eligibility for parole dates specified at sentencing are arbitrarily and diabolically denied time and again without just cause, inflicting pain, suffering and damage to prisoners, their families, communities and society at large.
While this story has all the same characters as the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” it is not about the movie. This is Ann Garrison’s report about the current lived experience of the movie’s real-life hero, Paul Rusesabagina, being detained last year and going to trial last week under the charge of terrorism. Notorious for assassinations, attempted assassinations and other brutal authoritarian acts, Rwanda’s President Kagame is now also accused of violating US deportation and extradition law.
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A perception shift is emerging due to deliberate indifference perpetrated upon citizens by those in power, which this country has witnessed in the criminal behavior in the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. Whereas ignorance and propaganda by those in power convinced citizens that those behind bars are “the worst of the worst,” we are learning that this narrative has been a tactic to distract and the truth is that the “worst of the worst” are more frequently those we entrust to protect our health and wellbeing.
Undeniably qualified and supported, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber accepted Gov. Newsom’s nomination to be the first African American woman California Secretary of State. Also heard are prominent voices from the Black community who expressed disappointment at Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ seat not being filled by either one of two most probable Black women, each highly qualified to continue the work and maintain a woman’s place in the Senate.
We are all human beings, capable of bringing great gifts to the world and causing great pain. How we are perceived by others often depends on who is telling the story, if the story is experiential or rhetoric and how open we are to listening from our core being to feel the truth.
“The genie of resistance is out of the bottle.” Exploited and oppressed Nigerian masses have had enough of the illegitimate regime of retired Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari wielding a constant whip of brutality. The Nigerian people are not going quietly up the road to liberation.
Baba Jaharhara as always, honors our sacred connections with those ascending into the ancestral realm, while educating and revealing things going on and to explore – a couple of murals emerging, reparations legislation, a petition to Pres. Trump to release Elder and political prisoners, a congratulations and a fundraiser to sustain the blessings.
The recent police killing of a young man in Ughelli, Nigeria, sparked the people’s uprising against SARS’ increasing police brutality in the militarization of politics and social life, along with a strong clientelist trend of administration. The streets are quiet now – temporarily – the people are not satisfied.
The Haitian people continue to resist the deadly slide into dictatorship – from the moment of the US-backed coup d’ etat against President Aristide on Feb. 29, 2004, to this very minute, with escalating massacres, extrajudicial killings, rapes and unchecked reign of terror against the people by the criminal regime of Jovenel Moise. Their cry is our call to action.
A tedious effort to follow up on how propositions and measures fared in an election event, Quinci LeGardye of California Black Media does the work and delivers the results, like it or not.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Dr. Denis Mukwege is receiving death threats, and not for the first time. Dr. Mukwege has won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize and a long list of other human rights awards for treating women victims of sexual violence used as a weapon in the resource wars that plague eastern Congo. He founded Panzi Hospital in Congo’s South Kivu Province for surgical and post-surgical treatment of victims.
This pandemic should finally show us all that women deserve equal pay, as they are the main ones on the front lines. This pandemic should show us that our elderly should have better protection, not just from the government, but from the community and especially families. Our children deserve better protection. We are all paying a price for not valuing ALL human life.
Fourteen years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) with the stated goal of doubling productivity and incomes by 2020 for 30 million small-scale farming households while reducing food insecurity by half in 20 countries. Just published, “False Promises: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA),” concludes that the number of Africans suffering extreme hunger has increased by 30 percent in the 13 countries that AGRA eventually focused on.
Burundi happens to be the birthplace of my hero, Prince Louis Rwagasore. Burundians are not drawn to spinning or showcasing their country, so little is known outside of the biases and prejudices of archived material or contemporary writers, largely Anglophones.
There has been another murder. Nine armed men killed Pastor Theoneste Bapfakurera when they mistook him for shopkeeper Theophile Ntirutwa, a member of your opposition party.