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    Will America's Black Political Class Join In the Spoils of the Rape of Congo? Andy Young & Jesse Jackson Say It's OK.

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    The table set with the loot from 5 million dead in neighboring Congo, the largest genocide on earth since World War 2, Rwandan president Paul Kagame is inviting America's black political class to join him in the profitable spoils... contracts, careers and more, blessed by the likes of Andy Young and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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    Obama Plans “Rebel” Assault on Damascus Under U.S. Air Cover

    The “real objective” of President Obama’s latest mobilization in the Middle East is to deploy U.S. air power to support a renewed “rebel” assault on Damascus, the Syrian capital, from the south, said veteran human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. Washington’s plan remains “to engage in regime change in Syria,” which is why it gave ISIS and other jihadist groups “the green light” to ravage that nation for the last three years. The U.S. is “playing with forces that they think they can control, but history has already proven that those forces have agendas of their own” and are not controllable, said Baraka, an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report.

    Ohio Students Press for Federal Intervention in Police Killing of John Crawford III

    Twenty-three year-old John Crawford III was shopping at a local Wal-Mart in Green County, Ohio, examining a toy air rifle on display and talking on his cell phone, when police shot him dead, August 5. The Ohio Students Association and two other young people’s organizations, fearing a whitewash by an “old boys network,” have launched an extended campaign to compel the U.S. Justice Department to enter the case. The state attorney general was a prosecutor in Green County, as is his daughter, and the officer that shot Crawford killed another man in 2010, but was never indicted, said student organizer James Hayes. “Young people are coming of age at a time where this violence is so common, it’s predictable,” said Hayes. “We’re in this for the long haul; we’ve got our eyes on the prize.”

    U.S. Prison Population on the Rise Again

    The nation’s prison population increased slightly in 2013, after a three-year downward trend. Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, points out that the recent period of decline “only happened after nearly 40 years of record historic rises in the inmate population to more than two million people behind bars.” Three states – New Jersey, New York and California – were responsible for much of the previous decreases, with California under court order to reduce its prison population. Those who thought mass incarceration could be cured by “tinkering around the edges” of the system, were wrong, said Mauer. “This is the result of centuries of a racist history, particularly in the justice system.”

    “Rwanda Day”: Propaganda Based on Lies

    Thousands flocked to Atlanta to celebrate – or protest against – “Rwanda Day,” a yearly public relations event staged by the Rwandan government of dictator and warlord Paul Kagame. The minority, Tutsi-dominated regime and its western backers claim Kagame’s military stopped the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and then brought prosperity to the country. But the truth is far different, said Claude Gatebuke, a genocide survivor and executive director of the African Great Lakes Action Network. Rwanda’s relative prosperity is based on “billions of dollars in diamonds and coltan and other minerals stolen from” the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwandan and Ugandan troops unleashed a genocide that has claimed six million lives.

    Aristide Under House Arrest in Haiti

    Former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide, who was overthrown by the U.S. in 2004, is under house arrest on orders of a judge allied with the U.S.-backed current president, Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly. The vague charges against Aristide – of stealing public funds while in office – are “completely bogus” and create a climate reminiscent of “the bad old days” under the Duvalier dictatorship, said Pierre Labossiere, co-founder of the Haiti Action Committee. Labossiere said it’s all part of a scheme to “smear Fanmi Lavalas,” Aristide’s political party, and once again “banish them from elections” – or to cancel elections altogether and allow Martelly to rule by decree.

    Mumia: The Lures of War

    The 2008 version of Barack Obama looked to many “like the antidote to the bellicosity of George W. Bush,” said Mumia Abu Jamal, the nation’s best known political prisoner. But, once in office, “the lures of war have been almost impossible to resist.” The U.S. has reportedly launched 94,000 drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. How many people have died? “We don’t know,” said Abu Jamal – and most Americans “don’t care.”

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    Paul Kagame’s Rwanda Murder Inc.

    by Theogene Rudasingwa

    Washington’s go-to warlord in Africa, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has turned his country’s embassies into nests of assassins, targeting dissidents around the globe. His foreign and domestic policies are “founded on the premise that opponents, whether heads of state or ordinary citizens, must die or be jailed.”

    Kagame: Murderer of Millions in Congo and Rwanda

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    In what may be the world’s most bizarre spectacle, notables from around the globe this year pay homage to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, as if he is the savior of Africa. “For 20 years, Kagame has posed as the soldier who stopped the Rwandan genocide, when all evidence and logic point to him as the main perpetrator of the crime.”

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    The Paul Kagame Doctrine After 20 Years

    by Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa 

    The author, Paul Kagame’s former chief of staff, says the minority Tutsi regime has since 1994 “fought or made enemies with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Uganda and now, sadly but predictably, Tanzania.” Meanwhile, six million Congolese have died, largely because of Rwandan invasions.

    Rwanda’s Formula for Success: Murder Your Neighbors and Steal Their Wealth

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The New York Times touts Rwanda as a place of economic miracles, a country with almost no mineral resources that nevertheless plans to “leapfrog” straight to an information economy. What the Times fails to mention is that Rwanda’s relative prosperity is based on the extermination of its Congolese neighbors and the expropriation of their natural resources.

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    Madame President? No, Madame Prisoner: Rwanda’s Victoire Ingabire

    by Ann Garrison

    The Obama administration and its European allies lavish praise, weapons and money on Paul Kagame’s military and ethnic dictatorship in Rwanda. Meanwhile, Victoire Ingabire, a woman of peace, languishes in Kagame’s prisons. If she were president, “there would be a major change in how Rwandans and Congolese live as neighbors, because that would be the end of Rwanda invading Congo.”
     

    More Congo Propaganda: M23 and the High-Tech Genocide Unseen

    by keith harmon snow

    For 17 years, the U.S. armed and financed a genocidal occupation of eastern Congo by neighboring Rwanda and Uganda and their “rebel” surrogates. “The varying incarnations of ‘rebels’ in eastern Congo have all and always been backed by Museveni (Uganda) and Kagame (Rwanda), in turn backed by the USA, UK and Israel.”

    Rwandan Warlord Kagame Threatens Neighbors and UN Force

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    After almost two decades of killing Congolese with impunity, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, one of Washington’s favorite warlords, is threatening the United Nations and his neighbor to the east, Tanzania. Kagame told Tanzania’s president: “I will wait for you at the right place and I will hit you!” A Tanzanian official responded that Kagame “will be whipped like a small boy.”

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    Dr. Gerald Caplan and the Rwanda Genocide Cranks

    by keith harmon snow

    Behind the genocide in Congo and elsewhere stand a host of well-paid academics, entertainers, politicians and professional propagandists for U.S. imperial policy. One of them, “Dr. Gerald Caplan, ignores the pain, mutilations, rapes and deaths caused by the western power brokers Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni to millions upon millions of Burundian, Congolese, Sudanese and Ugandan people.”

    There is No Effective Constituency for Africa in the United States

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The next chief of AFRICOM wants a 15-fold expansion in drones and other intelligence-gathering. The full-court press against the continent has begun, with the U.S. “building the capability to militarily control all of Africa, in conjunction with its European allies and its African proxies.” But the Black American Misleadership Class couldn’t care less.

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    Are African Union Peacekeeping Troops Really The Answer?

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    News reports this week tell us that African Union peacekeeping troops are on the way to the Central African Republic. But why are more men with guns the only aid African nations seem willing or able to offer one another? Why not doctors and medical schools, why not farming cooperatives, teachers and schools? And why is the US equipping and training the armies of more than 50 African nations?

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    Did Bloody Hands, Not Black Womanhood Sink Susan Rice Nomination?

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Did Susan Rice step down on her own or did she do so at the insistence of the White House. Did Republican oppostion doom her nomination, or was the Obama administration too afraid to have such a bare knuckled champion of disaster capitalism and African dictators as Secretary of State, lest its real Africa policy be more closely examined?

    Susan Rice and Africa’s Unholy Trinity

     

    by Alemayehu G Mariam

    Susan Rice’s career has been a love affair with military strongmen and dictators – three in particular: Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the late Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. “She has shielded the ‘Fearsome, Threesome’ from legal and political accountability, deflected from them much deserved criticism and thwarted national and international scrutiny and sanctions against them.”

    16 Years of U.S. Genocide in Congo

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The U.S. tells the world it can’t figure out how six million people died in the Democratic Republic of Congo – while Washington writes the checks and arms the perpetrators to the teeth. Like Mafia Dons pretending to be honest businessmen, successive U.S. administrations subsidize and direct the worst genocide since World War Two.

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    US Africa Policy Will Remain Imperialistic

     

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    U.S. imperialism is escalating its aggressions around the world, especially in Africa. A system in general crisis tends to lash out in all directions.

    Britain and America Target DR Congo

     

    by Antoine Roger Lokongo

    It’s now an “open secret” that the U.S. is plotting the dismemberment of the Democratic Republic of Congo, through Washington’s proxies Uganda and Rwanda. “This is not a Congolese civil war, but a continuation of a 16-year aggression by its two neighbors, financed and directed by the United States and Britain.”

    A Second Wave of Genocide Looms in Congo, with Susan Rice on Point

     

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Susan Rice is a woman of ghastly accomplishments: suppressor of the facts on genocide in Congo, and chief U.S. warmonger in Africa. Yet African American politicians rush to her defense, as a role model for young Blacks, especially women.

    Humanitarian Coverup: Why is Obama Silent Over the New Congo War?

     

    by Shamus Cooke

    The United States is a silent partner in the latest bloodshed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, under siege by so-called M23 “rebels” controlled by U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda. “It’s likely that the Obama administration will jump into action as soon as his M23 allies complete their military objective of regime change, and re-open the Congo’s military wealth to U.S. corporations to profit from.”

    The Tragedy of Goma: Shame on UN and Rwanda’s Western Allies

     

    by Theogene Rudasingwa

    Rwanda and Uganda, Washington’s closest allies in central Africa, are embarked on the full conquest of their neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following the capture of Goma, “Rwanda is now poised to take Bukavu in South Kivu, and most likely will be lured into DRC's tempting but dangerous belly, as far as the capital, Kinshasa.”

    America and the Politics of Genocide in Africa

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Uganda threatened to pull out of the dirty war in Somalia unless it was afforded continued immunity for its mass murders in Congo. Washington is the Big Daddy of both bloodbaths. Within days, Uganda backed down, since a “withdrawal from Somalia would amount to going on strike against its employer, the United States.”

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    A Profitable Genocide: Rwanda and Uganda Annex Eastern Congo

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Another United Nations report has been leaked, documenting Uganda and Rwanda’s de facto annexation of the eastern Congo and complicity in a genocide that has claimed six million lives. “The blood of millions flows into the ground, while billions of dollars in minerals are extracted from the earth and delivered to their corporate customers – with Rwandan and Ugandan middlemen pocketing their cut.

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    Low-Intensity Warfare In Africa: The US "Policy Wonks" Behind Covert Warfare & Humanitarian Fascism, Part 1 of 2

    by Keith Harmon Snow

    From the 1980s to today, an elite group of Western intelligence operatives have backed low-intensity guerrilla warfare in certain African 'hotspots'. Mass atrocities in the Great Lakes and Sudan can be linked to Roger Winter, a pivotal U.S. operative whose 'team' was recently applauded for birthing the world's newest nation, South Sudan. Behind the fairytale we find a long trail of blood and skeletons from Uganda to Sudan, Rwanda and Congo.

    Far from a Humanitarian Savior, the U.S. Causes Vast Misery In Africa

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Americans want to believe their president when he poses as a humanitarian world leader. But Africa knows different. Literally millions have died and been displaced as a direct result of U.S. imperial strategies. “American policy in Africa is to create chaos, and then to present itself as the cure.”

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    The Genocidal Fruits of U.S. Africa Policy

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Rwanda’s crimes against Congo are the subject of another United Nations report. The U.S., Rwanda’s ally and protector, “is also liable for the genocide in Congo.” Washington has placed its guns and money in the hands of an aggressive, minority regime – which is not surprising. “U.S. policy in Africa has almost always been to choose chaos in those places where it cannot rule directly.”

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    Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo Genocide

     

    by Antoine Roger Lokongo

    Six million Congolese have died since 1996 so that western corporations could retain unfettered access to the region’s mineral wealth. Rwanda and Uganda turned the eastern Congo into a cauldron of death – with impunity, protected by their patrons, the U.S. and Britain. Although the evidence of Rwanda’s role in the Congo genocide is irrefutable, Tutsi strongman Paul Kagame’s regime “will simply get away with it and recommence again tomorrow – as long as minerals need to be supplied to the West.”

    The Endless Genocide: Rwanda Still Spreading Chaos and Death in Congo

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The name “Rwanda” evokes instant sympathy among Americans, who view the African nation as a quintessential victim of genocide. But Rwanda is also the main player, along with Uganda, in a much larger genocide: the death of six million Congolese. A leaked UN report shows Rwanda’s Tutsi rulers are up to their old, deadly tricks in Congo – under U.S. protection, of course.

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    Beware the Rotten Fruit of AFRICOM Training

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. military command in Africa, AFRICOM, has trained thousands of officers on the continent, including the young captain that overthrew his own government in Mali, this year. “If AFRICOM’s protégés have taken careful note of how the U.S. military is routinely used to try and take whatever the U.S. wants in Africa, often without regard for law, custom or prudence, it is not hard to imagine how or why Amadou Sanogo might do the same thing in his own country.”

    April 1994 to April 2012: Commemorating More Than 18 years of US Sponsored Terrorism in Central Africa, Part 2 of 2

    by Keith Harmon Snow

    After US-backed forces shot their way to power in Rwanda and Uganda with armies of child soldiers and exemplary atrocities, Western propaganda blamed the horrific death toll on the losers. To legitimize its African pit bull regimes the US now hounds and deports Rwandan dissidents, concealing or concocting evidence at will.

    April 1994 to April 2012: Commemorating More Than 18 years of US Sponsored Terrorism in Central Africa, Part 1 of 2

    by Keith Harmon Snow

    In the 80s and early 90s murderous US-sponsored guerrilla armies in Uganda and Rwanda used child soldiers, American training, and atrocities to butcher their way to power. The US State Department, intelligence, military & corporate media afterward portrayed the monstrous death tolls as genocide committed by their opponents. This is the genesis of the Rwandan genocide fable that now bolsters US sponsored police states in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, and US intervention throughout the region.

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