Friday, October 31, 2008

Robert Krueger on Kagame's RPF

Former ambassador to Burundi and Senator for Texas Robert Krueger: "my own observation, the RPF created a large numbers of massacres, just as much as the people before them"

liveblogging from eastern congo war zone


Lieve Joris in Nova

De schrijfster Lieve Joris denkt in Nova ons eventjes de werkelijkheid in Congo te vertellen. Ongeooflijk wat een treurige uitzending. Vooral die laatste zin waarin zij een rwandandees gezegde aanhaalt en congo met een hond vergelijkt.

De werkelijkheid is dat er door de internationale gemeenschap erkende verkiezingen in Congo gehouden zijn. Dat betekent dat ook Nkunda zich zal moeten onderwerpen aan het centrale gezag in Kinshasa.

De werkelijkheid is dat Nkunda geholpen wordt vanaf Rwandees territorium, zoals de VS gisteren heeft bevestigd, terwijl het Congolese leger geen wapens kan kopen in het buitenland.

De werkelijkheid is dat de diplomaten Kigali platlopen, en dan nog de brutaliteit volhouden dat Paul Kagame niets met het conflict te maken heeft.

En tot slot, volhouden dat dit conflict zich in het luchtledige afspeelt, zoals mevrouw Lieve Joris ons wil doen geloven is een grove leugen. Kagame wordt nu gedwongen om aan tafel te zitten met Kabila in Nairobi om eindelijk eens open de kaarten op tafel te leggen. Dat heeft hij niet gedaan uit eigen beweging. Diplomaten van de EU hebben hem het mes op de keel gezet, die schoft.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Congo diaspora

Sylvestre Ngoma has a great website of congolese diaspora. He writes on the conflict in Congo, but also on technological development and issues relating to European and American diaspora

Informative blog about what is going onin eastern congo

War Crimes in the Congo by Laurent Nkunda and Paul Kagame

Interesting new site (www.congoplanet.com) that pops up when you search for Paul Kagame. It seems like the last move of Nkunda starts to become a media disaster for Paul Kagame. I listened to CNN today. The journalist was talking with the DRC communication minister. She wasn't very respectfull. But she could not take away from him on essential argument: He told her that the Congo has a legitimate, elected President and that Nkunda has to be treated as any other rebel group. Nkunda has no special status.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

US accuses Kagame of helping Nkunda

"The US said that while Rwanda was not directly involved in the fighting, its territory was being used to support the rebels." See link for the developing tragey in Goma, caused by people like Paul Kagame who weeks earlier was invited at MIT to give the Compton lecture.

"We have no evidence that Rwanda is fighting directly in the conflict in East Congo. We do believe that Rwandan territory is being used to support the CNDP," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer told journalists.

A very good blog congowatch has a recent, october 3rd 2008, statement from the US state department on Nkunda.

Creative Archive

Model: Oluchi, photographer, Marc Baptiste, stylist, Tomoko Yano, source, Clam Magazine

Genocideverdachte Karenzi Karake werkt nu voor de VN

""Daarom vragen we van landen die Rwanda helpen om de ontwikkelingshulp afhankelijk te maken van hun medewerking met het Spaanse gerechtshof"

Vincent Mbera working for CNDP



In fact Sharangabo Rufagari met Paul Kagame in New York, as you can see on the website of www.thousandhillscoffee.com And even Vincent Mbera was present, who seems to be the content manager for the CNDP websites: kivupeace.org and cndp-congo.org. As you can conclude from the discussion below:



Dear Ms. Jackie JURA,
Dear Mr. Sharangabo Rufagari,

I would like to thank both of you from the bottom of my heart for writing the truth about my Hero Laurent Nkunda. As you know Tutsi in Congo have been persecuted in Congo for long time and still living in the same hardship after the so called new democratic elected government. For many Congolese "banyarwanda", Nkunda is our Hope.

I am looking forward to talking and sharing more information from Congo and Kivu. I send my blessing to both of you.

Very best regards,
Vincent Mbera
vmbera@kivupeace.org, Vince@cndp-congo.org

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Liveblogging from Goma and Kigali

8th of october the Democratic Republic of Congo's envoy to the United Nations called Wednesday for an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss what he called an "imminent" Rwandan attack on the eastern DRC city of Goma.

Speaking to AFP, Atoki Ileka said DRC authorities had "observed concentrations of Rwandan troops in the Rwandan border town of Gisenyi," and that this suggested that an attack on Goma, located just across the frontier, was "imminent."

Encouraging words from Kagame for Nkunda

In the economist we can read that Kagame still holds the same view he has held since 15 years on what should be the solution for Congo:
"Mr Kagame is plainly fed up with the Congolese. He wants Congo’s president, Joseph Kabila, to distance himself from Hutu militias, including remnants of Rwanda’s previous regime of Juvenal Habyarimana, and to rein in his own troops. Mr Kagame denies that a renegade Tutsi general, Laurent Nkunda, whose militias terrorise much of Kivu, has been armed by fellow Tutsis from Rwanda. If the situation in eastern Congo gets much worse, Rwanda, with its relatively strong army and aggressive security service, may be tempted to intervene directly yet again. But if Rwanda is to prosper as a regional trading hub, it must avoid any more cross-border wars."

we know that Paul Kagame's view is wrong, since the start of the war in Congo, 4 million people have died. It would be interesting to see what Monuc's view is compared to Kagame. It would also be interesting to see what africom and www.smallwars.com propose come solution. And then compare the different views. Once we know what the different theories on this subject are, we can more clearly understand what is happening exactedly at this moment in Eastern Congo. I have read that one important American military who regularly writes on www.smallwars.com shared Kagame's ideas on invading the Congo some years ago. It would be interesting to know if the US administration (africom), still holds that position.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Innovative financing for development

A book on microfinancing and remittances. Interesting subject. Going to read on it some more. Especially in these difficult times on the stock markets. And governments pumping money into banks. The only thing migrants want is a better way to make their money work from abroad. They don't want to participate in large abstract projects, they just want to get the money to their family abroad. What is disappointing in most reports on remittances is the lack of understanding of the reason why people send money home. It sometimes looks as if migrants aren't taken seriously in all these remittances studies you can find online.

ANC politicus valt door de mand

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Third commemoration of Schiphol Fire

In October 2005 eleven people died in the calamitous fire at Schiphol
Airport detention centre. Their deaths are the immediate and tragic
result of exceedingly restrictive Dutch immigration laws. Laws to
exclude, hunt down, lock up and deport innocent people.


Join the protest at Schiphol against the treatment of immigrants as criminals and tune into M2M Radio, the Migrant-to-Migrant web radio station of the survivors of the fire.

The Schiphol fire that happened in the night of the 26th of October 2005 will be commemorated again three years later, at the same place and at the same time. At the memorial for the eleven dead migrants that stands at the fence of the detention centre at Schiphol Airport. Survivors and relatives of the dead are working together to create the commemoration and to be there. The united survivors initiated the
event in collaboration with M2M Radio and The Blue House.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Emmanuel Pweto Kinshasa


The Congolese journalist Emmanuel Pweto, working for www.Africanews.com and Radio RTGA Kinshasa, has won the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Award for journalism development in 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Discussieavond BURGERSCHAP den Haag



Discussie Avond aan BURGERSCHAP, wie is een burger en zijn Recht.

Datum: 7 Nov 2008
Tijd: 20.00
Plaats: 1e van der Kunstraat 292 in Den Haag

Entree: gratis

There will be AFTER PARTY with most best DJ till 1.00am

Organized by AfroEuro Foundation
Sponsor by Fonds 1818
Supported by Radio Ghanatta and Word FM Radion

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rhonda Mims of corporate philantropy ING

This is funny:"ING America is committed to improving the life of, well just about everyone, but especially minority women", with all the bad stuff going on at the Amsterdam Stock exchange, we need someone like Rhonda to come over, she seems like a breath of fresh air. Wouter Bos could maybe get her to become one of the new ING boardmembers so ING could deliver on as Rhonda Mims so eloquently puts it `our promiss of your future made easier´.

Luke Visconti, diversityinc: what makes you a citizen

Dr. King said, three conditions for a human being to become a citizen: acces to vote, access to education and acces to capital.

DiversityInc Partner and Cofounder Luke Visconti announces the 2008 list. He explains changes in the methodology and lessons learned from the data.

In talking about bussiness, global sponsors of Olympic games getting nervous about tibetan protestors during the Olympic games, mister Visconti refers to Martin Luther King again and says:
The arc of the moral universe is. long, but it bends toward justice.” Read more about diversityinc at www.diversityinc.com. One of the things they offer is webinars on civersity.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Lack of Diversity at largest brokerage companies

Report on diversity in the financial sector in the US:

"Irresponsibility demonstrated by the current sub-prime fiasco is going to cost our society in a number of ways, including impact on the stock market and destruction of investor wealth. What is more damaging but less obvious, is the effect on our society of limiting access to instruments of equity trade and finance to a small slice of our total population. Blacks and Latinos continue to invest in equities proportionately less than white people. As their numbers grow, our nation’s ability to generate wealth is diminished proportionally to the exclusion they experience"

Monday, October 6, 2008

watching the sea

Corporate Responsibility as Innovation Engine

The Conversations Network
Center for Social Innovation
Apr 3rd, 2007

"When Nike came under scrutiny for the labor practices in its contract factories in the late 1990s, the company was both unprepared and defensive. We became the poster child for all things having to do with poor working conditions, said Hannah Jones, Nike's vice president of corporate responsibility.

Critical media attention spurred the firm 's corporate responsibility efforts initially from the risk management perspective. Today, however, Jones told the Stanford audience at the Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains conference that Nike is beginning to look at corporate social responsibility as another engine of innovation for the company. We're blurring the edges of what corporate social responsibility is, and we're looking at business models as a force for massive social change.

From a focus on manufacturing codes of conduct, Nike is now considering how the company can positively influence mega-trends facing society. We're having significant conversations around how our business model might intersect with issues such as people's access to food, water, and energy, as well as questions of climate change and poverty, Jones said.

Listen as Jones makes the business case for socially responsible and environmentally sustainable business strategies and looks at the future of corporate responsibility."

Saturday, October 4, 2008

nigerianfolks.com

Great website for people that want live chat-rooms, instant nigerian news, nollywood Gallery, african, nigerian music, najija comedy and live video's, addictive games to flex you mur muscles.

Also the excellent love mediator at www.love-mediator.com. A lot of excellent features.

Miles Davis-Jack Johnson Sessions

Ziad Zibari geïnstalleerd

Maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen en diversiteit

De crisis in de financiële sector maakt duidelijk dat maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen ten onrechte als luchtfietserij gezien is. Een vorm van liefdadigheid die een groepje idealisten bezighoudt, maar verder geen enkele strategische waarde representeert.

En wat mij dan allereerst opvalt is het gebrek aan coherentie in het maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen in Nederland. Zo zie je dat bedrijven in Frankrijk en België al verder zijn met het integreren van verschillende heette hangijzers onder de noemer van Maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen.

Terwijl in Nederland integratie nog steeds vooral gezien wordt als een verantwoordelijkheid van vooral de migrant zelf, is binnen bedrijven het besef aan het onstaan dat diversiteit van levensbelang is en zelfs een strategisch voordeel betekent ten opzichte van concurenten.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Comment tu parles a ma soeur?

Stikvoort blames the entire political spectrum "from left to right”.

Politicians from all parties have been pointing their fingers at Wilders after the police chief critisized the whole spectrum, showing that they willfully ignore his message.

"I've had enough of politicians who blow up a minor incident into something big and then turn around and say the police aren't doing their job properly. And what solutions do they have to offer? Sending in the army? It sounds tough, but where does that leave us?"

Stikvoort claims the situation in Gouda is "nothing special when you look at the national picture", and says the problems are caused by a core of around twenty youths and that "tough action is being taken against them. The residents don't recognise the picture being painted by the politicians and the media. They are not living in fear.

"No one has asked me for the facts", he says. "In this region we've got more problems with non-ethnic Dutch kids taking drugs and drinking. But the politicians would rather go along with the hype about ethnic minorities. If that's the line they're going to take, our society is going to be facing some serious problems".