Sunday, January 31, 2010

Eugène Shimamungu: "Ingabire's Crazy Week"

Eugène Shimamungu has published an insightfull and very critical article "The Crazy Week of Victoire Ingabire" on her return and campaign in Rwanda last week. His insightfull analysis of her first week "after touchdown" on his website is circulating everywhere on Rwandan diaspora blogs.

Eugène Shimamungu harsly criticized the organisation of her political campaign sofar. He touches on the subject of Victoire Ingabire's CV, which had been put on wikipedia with false data. The lack of use of new media, the absence of pictures of her first week, why doesn't she send updates on twitter? Why isn't her face visible on pics that were released by the party? He states: "It isn't normal that we depend on local media to receive updates". And he asks himself the question: "Is the team of five that accompanies her really competent in communication" and continues by characterizing her campaign with the word "amateurism" He ends with the pessimist phrase: "It is certain her campaign will drown in the wave of pro-government propaganda and her inscription by the electoral commission as presidential candidate will be used by Kagame to legitimize his victory in upcoming elections"

Eugène Shimamungu is editor and author of a number of books on Rwanda. He is the director of Editions Sources du Nile in Brussels. Listen to his interview with Dutch Based Rwandan Journalist Olivier Nyirubugara (who worked on several innovative projects relating to new media and Africa).

Friday, January 29, 2010

ICTR's legacy jeopardized by failure to charge Rwandan Patriotic Front



On 01.15.2009, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its 500 page "Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda," which it said had "enriched the law on genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity." 

Their press release, however, included this caveat:

"Human Rights Watch said that it was unfortunate that the Rwanda tribunal's prosecutor did not charge those accused from all sides in the conflict, as the Yugoslav tribunal and the Sierra Leone Special Court did in the conflicts they addressed. The Rwanda tribunal's prosecutor failed to bring charges against members of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, which became the Rwandan Army, who had been implicated in war crimes. This failure jeopardizes the tribunal's long-term legacy, Human Rights Watch said."

This statement is of special significance now, with the argument over disputed histories of the Rwanda Genocide intensifying, as opposition parties attempt to register and field candidates in Rwanda's 2010 elections.  See "Rwanda's 1994 genocide and 2010 elections."

Here is the full Human Rights Watch release:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2010
11:02 AM
CONTACT: Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Tel: +1-212-216-1832
Email: hrwpress@hrw.org

ICTR: Rwanda Tribunal Creates Rich Legal Precedent

New Book Organizes Decisions by Subject

NEW YORK - January 15 - The important judicial decisions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) have enriched the law on genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today as it released a comprehensive digest with the judgments of the tribunal presented by topic.The 500-page book, "Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda," is oriented to practitioners, nongovernmental organizations, and academics working in the field of human rights. It will also be a tool for staff at institutions established to try such crimes, such as the International Criminal Court, as well as domestic judiciaries, Human Rights Watch said. It is available online and in print.
"The case law in this volume will provide guidance to judges and lawyers everywhere," said Jennifer Trahan, a consultant to Human Rights Watch's International Justice program and author of the book. "The tribunal's jurisprudence has been immensely important in defining the indescribably horrific crimes committed in Rwanda and creating a solid body of jurisprudence."
The Security Council established the Rwanda tribunal to hold to account high-level perpetrators of the heinous crimes that occurred there in 1994. Those prosecuted include senior political and military figures, as well as influential persons in the media and clergy, and a songwriter, who was found guilty of assisting the genocide.
Human Rights Watch said that it was unfortunate that the Rwanda tribunal's prosecutor did not charge those accused from all sides in the conflict, as the Yugoslav tribunal and the Sierra Leone Special Court did in the conflicts they addressed. The Rwanda tribunal's prosecutor failed to bring charges against members of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, which became the Rwandan Army, who had been implicated in war crimes. This failure jeopardizes the tribunal's long-term legacy, Human Rights Watch said.
The volume organizes the tribunal's decisions by topic, including war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, individual responsibility, command responsibility, sentencing, fair trial rights, evidence, appellate review, and guilty pleas.

"This book makes the important decisions of the tribunal uniquely accessible because it organizes the law by subject in one volume," Trahan said. The book also sets out how the law was applied to the facts of selected cases.
The digest is dedicated to Dr. Alison Des Forges, who was killed in a plane crash outside Buffalo, New York on February 12, 2009. Des Forges, senior adviser to Human Rights Watch's Africa division for almost two decades, dedicated her life to working on Rwanda and was the world's leading expert on the 1994 Rwanda genocide and its aftermath.
Human Rights Watch issued a comparable volume in 2006 covering the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
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Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.






Monday, January 25, 2010

Grace Kwinjeh and Paul Kagame's Common Enemy

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Grace Kwinjeh, member of Morgan Tsvangirai's political party MDC, has for several years been working in Rwanda as managing editor of The New Times, the RPF mouthpiece.
Grace Kwinjeh even attacked Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth in that propaganda outlet (Off course without giving him the chance to react).

Today she unleashed a vitriolic attack on opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

Online you will find enough information to understand that Grace Kwinjeh has been and maybe still is an important member of Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC. Ethan Zuckerman writes for example:
"In 1998 Grace Kwinjeh of the Zimbabwean Mirror was charged under LOMA for writing a story about a Zimbabwean solider, killed in the DRC, whose head was returned home without his body."


At first it seems a quite odd combination, a founding member of Zimbabwe's neo-liberal MDC of the Zimbabwean MDC supporting Paul Kagame's RPF. But if we remember the fact that in 1998: "Zimbabwe basically saved Laurent Kabila's hide in the Democratic Republic of Congo when it sent 11 000 soldiers into that country as it was under... "(Denford Magora) attack by Kagame's troups commanded by James Kabarebe, you will suddenly understand why Grace Kwinjeh and the RPF could have a common enemy: Robert Mugabe.

"False Reconciliation"

For those who are looking for an alternative news source on Rwanda today, read "False Reconciliation" by Susan Thomson.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crimes against humanity and Hutu




Skulls of victims of one of the massacres during the 1994 Rwandan genocide displayed at the Genocide Memorial Site church of Ntarama in Nyamata, Rwanda.


On 01.20.2010, I published "Rwanda's 1994 genocide and 2010 elections," a Digital Journal report on Victoire Ingabiré Imuhoza's return to Rwanda, from 16 years in exile, to run as the FDU-Inkingi's presidential candidate in Rwanda's 2010 presidential elections.  And, on the immediate outcry, in state run Rwandan media, including calls to prosecute and arrest Mrs. Ingabire for challenging the received history of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

On 01.23.2009, Mrs. Ingabire and the FDU-Inkingi Party issued a release calling the outcry a "cynical media lynching."

On 01.24.2010, I received this letter from Dr. Peter Erlinder, Lead Defense Council at the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR):

"Ms. Garrison,

Thanks for the article. As Lead Defense Council at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR), I have had a chance to closely examine the violence associated with the RPF takeover of Rwanda, and have concluded that the "victors" have told the story of the 4-year war, and its aftermath.

During the past 7 years the Prosecutor at the ICTR, with the help of the Kagame government, US and UK have been unable to marshall evidence that the former military or government planned or conspired to kill civilians, much less Tutsi civilians.

In Feb 2009, the Judgment in the Military I (Bagosora) case found that NONE of the top four officers (including Bagosora) were guilty of conspiracy before or after the assassination of President Habyarimana.

In Feb 2009, the former ICTR Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte admitted in her memoirs that she had been ordered to bury evidence of RPF crimes, including Kagame's assassination of Habyarimana which had been known to her office in 1997...by the U.S. State Dept.
 

'The Great Rwanda Genocide-Coverup' is beginning to unravel....but the US, as you note, is deeply invested in maintaining a Prussian-style military presence in Central Africa. I have posted several articles and the - Rwanda Documents Project - has many of the contemporaneous confirming documents.  -Dr. Peter Erlinder"

Dr. Erlinger and I then exchanged contact information, and spoke at some length over the phone, after which I read his essay, "The Great Rwanda Genocide Coverup" on the Global Research website.  


Neither Dr. Erlinger nor Mrs. Ingabiré deny that genocidal mass murder occurred in Rwanda in 1994.   They dispute only the one-sided history, in which former Hutu government and military are said to have conspired to commit genocide against Tutsis, and in which only Tutsis, not Hutus, were mass murdered.

"On February 9, 2009, the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda issued its written judgment that the top four Hutu military officers were not guilty of conspiring to commit genocide against the Tutsi in 1994," says Dr. Erlinger.

"If a reporter had been there throughout the trial and seen this unfold, they would have understood that the prosecution had been unable to prove the central, received narrative of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, which is that the Hutu military conspired, with elements of the government, to commit genocide against the Tutsi.  The U.S., the UN, and the Rwandan Government did everything they could to prove the charges, but they could not." 

However, by the time the received history of the Rwanda Genocide was finally refuted last year, Rwanda's ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front Party had already made it sacrosanct, and vaguely criminalized divergent histories, in Articles 13 and 33 of the 2003 Rwandan Constitution:

Article 13
The crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes do not have a period of limitation.
Revisionism, negationism and trivialisation of genocide are punishable by the law.

Article 33
Freedom of thought, opinion, conscience, religion, worship and the public manifestation thereof is guaranteed by the State in accordance with conditions determined by law.

Propagation of ethnic, regional, racial or discrimination or any other form of division is punishable by law.

Members of the RPF are calling for the prosecution and incarceration of FDU-Inkingi leader Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza for "revisionism," because she dared say that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed against Rwandan Hutus  

However, unlike the Spanish Judge Fernando Andreu, in his indictment of 40 of Paul Kagame's top officers, Mrs. Ingabiré has not used the word "genocide" with regard to crimes against the Hutu, only "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity."

Rwandans both inside and outside her FDU-Inkingi Party marvel that Mrs. Ingabiré remains alive and free in Rwanda, and still speaking out, one week after returning to say what so many Rwandans think of every day but fear to say out loud.   

"Something has changed," says J. Nepo Manirarora, the FDU-Inkingi's Representative in the United States.  "Anyone who said what Mrs. Ingabiré said, up until now, would have disappeared, never to be seen again."

Manirarora believes that international attention, possibly pressure, must be keeping her safe, for now.

Pressure from who, where, why, and to what end?  Manirarora doesn't know, but says "probably the U.S. and the UK, because they have power and influence in Rwanda."

On the morning of 01.21.2009, Mrs. Ingabiré met with Mr Jolke Oppewal, Head of the Development Cooperation at the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali, and then went on to meet the British High Commissioner to Rwanda, Nicholas Cannon. 

Something seems to have changed in Rwanda.  It may be at last possible to speak of crimes against humanity and Hutu.



Friday, January 22, 2010

Digital Journal: Rwanda's 1994 genocide and 2010 election


Skulls of victims of one of the massacres during the 1994 Rwandan genocide are displayed at the Genocide Memorial Site church of Ntarama in Nyamata, Rwanda, in 2004.



by Ann Garrison


On 01.17.2010, I posted a short report here, to Colored Opinions, on Victoire Ingabiré's return to Rwanda from a 16-year exile and arrival at the Kigali, Rwanda airport. The slew of articles attacking Ingabiré in the Rwandan press, within one day, and the tension I then sensed, even over the phone to Rwanda, caused me some concern about publishing beyond Colored Opinions and my own blog, Ann.ie, but the worst things happen when the world is paying no attention, so, on 01.20.2010, I published this more detailed version of that story, with pictures sent from Rwanda, to the Canadian Digital Journal:

Digital Journal: Rwanda's 1994 genocide and 2010 elections

Entrepreneurial Journalism Links To Africa

On this week’s On the Media, Bob Garfield interviewed Jeff Jarvis about CUNY’s entrepreneurial journalism program and the idea of teaching journalism students business. In the transcript (thanks to "writeeditblog") we read that two of the main ideas being developped are
"Distributing radio shows in the student’s home state in Africa over the phone as phone calls"
and
"Serving the Ugandan diaspora in the US and the UK"
The creative mind behind the last initiative I managed to find back: Rebecca Harshbarger. She writes about her initiatve for the Ugandan diaspora on her blog "From Kampala to New York":
" I also got a grant from CUNY to start my Ugandans Abroad website and Africa Connections company, which launched at the end of November."

On the Knight Foundation website you can read more about the Ugandan Abroad initiative.

Is Charles Kabonero behind the "phonebank to Africa" initiative Jeff Jarvis mentioned? The New Times,Rwanda's ruling party-owned newspaper, recently dropped Grace Kinwjeh, she was the managing-editor, like a hot potatoe. Wasn't she supposed to become Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Sweden, what went wrong? We haven't heard of her since. Is she secretly "distributing radio shows" back to Rwanda from New York? I am sure Jeff Jarvis would have asked her "What Would Google Do" to get even.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Winston Wolf - I Solve Problems

I have to make a confession to my readers, Winston Wolf is my hero! You got any idea why? Is it his goal oriented approach? Is it the way he organizes the task at hand? Is it the fact he drinks coffee. I relate to this guy. He swets wisdom.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rwanda's 1994 genocide and 2010 election


Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of the Unified Democratic Forces of Rwanda spoke to the press upon her arrival at the Kigali Airport on 01.17.2009.


by Ann Garrison

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of the United Democratic Forces of Rwanda arrived at the Kigali, Rwanda Airport on 01.17.2010, returning from 16 years in exile to register her party, in preparation for Rwanda's August 2010 Rwanda elections.  Frank Habineza, leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, and Bernard Ntaganda, leader of the Parti Social Imberakuri, met her at the airport.    If these three parties are allowed to register and participate, they have a good chance of defeating Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF)  Party.
But that's a big IF.   To register and get a ballot line in Rwanda, a party must first convene, and the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has now tried to convene five times, only to be met with bureaucratic obfuscation and, on October 30th, violence.  Their members have been harassed and arrested.

The Parti Social Imberakuri has been allowed to register, but the Rwandan Parliament now threatens to take their registration away.  

The FDU will now begin its own attempt to register, but Rwandan Minister of Internal Security Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana has already warned the FDU's Umuhoza "against revisionist and Genocide denial pronouncements." 

The memory, consequence, and disputed histories of what we know as the Rwanda Genocide of 1994, hang heavy over this election, and the nation's future.    Hence, the headline in the Sunday version of the Rwanda New Times, referred not to the upcoming election but to Ingabire's assertion that not only Tutsis, but also Hutus were killed in the Rwanda Genocide of 1994:

Ingabire espouses Double Genocide Theory

BY EDMUND KAGIRE

KIGALI - After 16 years of self exile in Europe, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, the president of the United Democratic Forces (FDU-Inkingi), arrived in the country yesterday to register her party ahead of this year’s Presidential elections, according to her declarations.

Ingabire arrived aboard a Kenya Airways flight at around 15:00 from Amsterdam via Nairobi where she spent a night. She was accompanied by three other persons.

The heads of two controversial political parties; Bernard Ntaganda of PS Imberakuri and Frank Habineza of the  yet-be-registered Green Party of Rwanda, were on hand to receive her.

Speaking to the press shortly before heading straight to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site at Gisozi, Ingabire said that she is here to relieve Rwandans ‘from fear, poverty and inefficient Gacaca’.

She claimed that “Rwandans live in fear” and that “there is need for all Rwandans to work together in their different parties and religious affiliations to fight the fear”.

In words that clearly suggested the “Double Genocide” theory, Ingabire who has expressed her intentions to contest for the Presidency, said that ‘the reconciliation road has a long way to go unless those who killed Hutus during the Genocide are brought to book.

“If you look at this memorial centre, it only shows one side of the Genocide committed against the Tutsi. There is another side of the Genocide committed against the Hutu because they are also hurting and asking themselves when their grievances will be settled.”

Despite stating that she was paying tribute to the over 250,000 people buried at Gisozi, her visit to the memorial site was seen by many as a mockery to those who died in the Genocide, an observation supported by her past utterances which reveal a deep sense of revisionism.

“These ‘double Genocide’ claims are the same that revisionists in Europe use to deny that Genocide was committed against the Tutsi. To utter those words, standing on the victims’ graves, is the worst insult against Genocide survivors,” Simon-Pierre Rwakana, who had come to visit the memorial site said.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass

Congolese Passports Hard To Get

As Digitalcongo and radiookapi have reported, it has become very difficult for Congolese citizens living abroad to obtain their passports in Brussels.

At the Congolese embassy in Brussels, the 13th of january, the atmosphere was very agitated. Congolese living abroad are running out of patience. The minister Alexis Tambwe Mwamba sends just 100 passports this month, allthough 6000 people are still waiting for their passport. In the past the backlog amounted to about 3 months, but if Alexis Tambwe Mwamba continues at this pace, it will take 50 months before the last citizen gets his passport.

Tharcisse Loseke, professor at the protestant university of Belgium, says that this decision makes it very hard for Congolese citizen to move freely in Europe.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Petition to save Mumia Abu Jamal




The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled, on 01.15.2009, to hear the Philadelpha District Attorney's appeal to reinstate Mumia Abu Jamal's death sentence without another sentencing hearing.  No further news yet, as of Friday evening, 01.15.2009.   Please circulate this letter and petition to save his life, and please sign:


Dear All,

Robert R. Bryan, the head defense lawyer for Mumia Abu Jamal and Mumia himself, have initiated a worldwide petition to Barack Obama asking him to take a public position.


Please sign the petition

http://www.petitiononline.com/Mumialaw/petition.html

It is absolutely necessary that as many people sign this petition in an effort to stay the hand of the executioner. Please take the time to try to save a life.

We have campaigned for years to try to get Mumia a fair trial. The Supreme Court has slammed that door in our faces. Throughout his "career" on death row Mumia's case has always been an exception. At every step of the way through the different levels of the appeal process, there has always been an exception made for Mumia's case. At one point Amnesty International declared in its pamphlet about Mumia's case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's judicial scheming leave "the disturbing impression that the court invented a new standard of procedure to apply to one case only: that of Mumia Abu-Jamal," Temple University journalism professor Linn Washington aptly dubs this and subsequent court decisions denying Mumia a new trial "the Mumia exception." That exception has continued to prevail since.

There is the possibility that we can break this exception. There is always the risk that the exception becomes the rule. As Dr. Martin Luther King once put it, "Injustice anywhere in the world, is a threat to justice everywhere in the world."

Help us roll back this "exceptional" treatment. Please sign the petition and pass it on to others.

Thanx,

George and Doris Pumphrey,
Berlin, Germany

Now Is The Time...

As Faisal Mirza of Wijblijvenhier.nl (great website by immigrants living in the Netherlands by the way) reminded me in the video of Winne he posted yesterday, today it's Martin Luther King birthday and MLK day is on Monday January 18th.

Some random thoughts:

I came across Cris Commons blog, who made me aware of the fact that Martin Luther King linked democratic development abroad to the struggle for civil rights inside the US.

DiversityInc Luke Visconti linked political developments worldwide to diversity in the US, quoting Martin Luther King: "The Arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice!"

Huckabee said during the primaries that he had read King's "Drum Major Instinct" when he studied theology, and considers it very significant of King's thinking. In comparision,
Mitt Romney probably isn't a great fan of Martin Luther King, judging his recent comment on religion and politics (in relation to Huckabee's 2008 campaign): "I really don't feel that religion should play a part of a political campaign, and so I don't know that I would go there if I were he,"

As I wrote yesterday in "Partnerchoice A Sign Of Integration?"
"Time is running out for the Dutch politcal elite to show their willingness and their good faith concerning this major subject of "immigrant integration"
which reminds me of MLK's famous words:
"This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy."
I am especially disappointed by the fact that Martin Luther King's thought has been consistently ignored by the Christian right in the US, have you ever for instance heard a coherent message by Marvin Olasky on how to reconcile compassionate conservatism and Martin Luther King's struggle for civil rights?

Both in Europe and in the US, both scolars and politicians have a considerable amount of work to do in this respect. Now is the time...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Partnerchoice Sign Of Integration?

It has become the consensus among the Dutch political elite to openly say that choosing a partner from abroad equals unwillingness to integrate. The small Dutch coaltion party ChristenUnie's former scientific institute director Roel Kuiper recently stated:
sommige allochtone groepen zoeken nog altijd huwelijkspartners in het land van herkomst. "Is dat kiezen voor Nederland?"
translated:
Some (allochtoon= someone with one parent born abroad) groups still look for a partner in their country of origin. "Is that choosing the Netherlands?"
First of all I remind the readers that Article 8 of the European Treaty of Human Rights asks all the European memberstates to respect the family life of all it's citizens. Governmen interference based on the above doubts concerning the willingness to integrate are not mentioned as grounds to refuse these fundamental rights.

Secondly, "choosing for the Netherlands" is exactedly what the partner from the country of origin is doing. She or he is intending to move to the Netherlands and live with his or her spouse here in the Netherlands.

But apparently "choosing for the Netherlands" means something else in Roel Kuiper's mind. Apparently a good citizen should choose a Dutch partner. And he praises the efforts of the Dutch integration minister Albayrak to limit to a maximum the number of foreign brides from Turkey and Maroc. On a sidenote, in practice this sounds very similar to the interference in family life during communism. The protection of family life by the European Treay of human rights and fundamental liberties (article 8) is clear: there are only very limited reasons government interference into family can be acceptable. The reason of not "choosing for the Netherlands" is certainly not one of them. Nobody moving from the UK that moves to the Netherlands can be forced to "choose for the Netherlands".

Time is running out for the Dutch politcal elite to show their willingness and their good faith concerning this major subject of "immigrant integration". As Huckabee said in his speech "paths and priorities in the war on terror", European countries, because of their homogenous populations, are not readily integrating outsiders. THAT is the problem, Kuiper's views (he certainly is not original) are merely symptoms.

It shows lack of backbone and lack of character to go with the flow and forget what Groen en Kuyper (ideological father and founder of the antirevolutionary, christian democratic party in the Netherlands) have proved in the past:
"In onze isolement ligt onze kracht"
I won't translate these famous words by Groen van Prinsterer. In my opinion it means that citizenship is not defined by what public opinion or the current consensus wants us to believe. Citizenship in Groen's eyes is defined by a belief that is consistent and has intrinsic value. The idolisation and idealisation of Dutch culture and Dutch values should be condemned strongly by all who want to remain faithfull to the antirevolutionary heritage.

Abraham Kuyper creatively applied the principle "Isolation = Power" in his 30 years ascendance to power (He finally became prime-minister at the beginning of the 20th century). To understand his method, read the speech Maranatha: our Lord is coming! of which James D. Bratt says:
"No single statement better captures the themes, the tone, and the purpose of Kuyper's polits"
Let me give you just a small quote, you have to read the whole speech to understand it's meaning:
To us it is the decisive fact of the future by which not only our spiritual life but also our political course of conduct is utterly controlled. For what does the Maranatha cry imply? Just this: that, when the history of nations will have exhausted itself and cannot continue, the king anointed by God will appear to interven in the life of all nations and therefore also in the life of our nation, to strik his sickle also into the harvest of our national life, and to destroy the anti-Christian world power with the breath of his mouth.
A reference to this speech got Klaas Schilder (who in 1944 was ditched by the reformed elite) arrested during world war 2 by the German occupiers:
"Come, Lord Harvester, come hastily, come across the channel and across the Brennerpass, come from the ends of the earth and bring your harvest knife with you......"

Monday, January 11, 2010

Contemporary colloquial use of the word "fuck"

By Ann Garrison

 



San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly promised to say "Fuck!" in every Board of Supervisors' meeting until he terms out in 2010. 


My hometown San Francisco's bad boy politician Supervisor Chris Daly, local champion of tenants' rights and other peoples' politics, recently got into a scrap with Supervisor David Chiu, President of the City and County Board of Supervisors, over the use of the word "Fuck" in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.  Afterwards Chiu reportedly dropped a bar of soap off at Daly's office, suggesting he wash his mouth.  Chiu reportedly has a foot long rod up his ass.

Supervisor Daly responded, in his Facebook status, by swearing to say "Fuck!" in every Supervisors' meeting till he terms out of office this year, which won him a lot of press, and a deluge of wildly enthusiastic Facebook friend requests.

Daly responded to critics, with "Profanity vs. the Truly Profane," in San Francisco's Fog City Journal.  Local politico Marc Salomon, who ran against Daly two terms ago, posted this video to Daly's Facebook page, as an example we might all aspire to, which demonstrates, as all this silliness did, that the sexual definition of "Fuck!" is now secondary to the word's primary colloquial meaning as an expression of outrage, disgust, and sociopolitical, cultural, environmental, and/or gender opposition:




Communicating with terrorist Roderigues Mingas

Alex Engwete posts an email from Roderigues Mingas on his french blog. For those who don't know, Rogerigues Mingas claims responsability for the cowardly murder, some days ago, of several members of the Togolese football team that was supposed to play a football match in Angola.

Alex Engwete posted to his english blog, asking French authoroities to arrest Roderigues Mingas. In the email this low life sends back he claims (sigh) Alex Engwete started his blog as part of a campaign to assassinate him. I just don't get how he wants people to believe such stuff. He probably tells that story to his friends to not lose face.

Yesterday we learned that France is aware of the statements by this individual and that they will take action on it. Today we learn that the Angolan government allready have arrested two individuals in relation to this crime. What are French, Luxembourg, Europe and interpol waiting for, get this criminal of the streets. How difficult can it be?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Michel Daerden, Socialist Superstar From Liège

Michel Daerden, Minister of pensions, elaborates about the progress he made, expresses himself in a very particular style and (gets accused by opposition parties of being drunk later). He is the leader of the largest political party (PS) in the French speaking province of Liège. And his video's are allways interesting and fun to watch. Most Dutch politicians could learn a lot from Michel Daerden. The grim atmosphere you encounter in the sessions of Dutch parliaments are sooo extremely boring. Wouter Bos (Dutch Labour Party PvdA) should visit his socialist neighbour in Liège sometime, exchange some ideas, might help him in the polls (if that is still possible). Michel Daerden has specific views on how a socialist party should adapt to modern day politics, and I am impressed.

Suddenly Michael Daerden reminds me of Emerson's Essay "Experience": we wake and find ourselves on a stair (Montagne De Bueren in Liège, 375 steps); there are stairs below us, which we seem to have ascended, there ar stairs above us, many a one, which we go upward and out of sight. But the Genius, which, according to the old belief, stands at the door by which we enter, and gives us the lethe to drink, that we may tell no tales, mixed the cup too strongly, and we cannot shake of the lethargy now at noonday."

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Black Mesa Water Coalition stops Peabody Coal


Peabody Coal wasted most of the pristine Navajo Aquifer just slurrying coal, for 34 years, along their 273 mile long slurry line, crossing the entire State of New Mexico, to generate electricity, in Nevada, for  the State of  California. 



The Native Black Mesa Water Coalition is celebrating a victory in their long running battle for water rights in the Native Four Corners, where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet, on land belonging to Hopi and Navajo people.   Peabody Coal has already wasted nearly half the drinkable, accessible water at Black Mesa, slurrying coal along a 273 mile slurry line to Southern California Edison's Mojave Generation Station, in Laughlin, Nevada.  One of the grassroots members of the Black Mesa Water Coalition takes the name C-Aquifer for Diné, claiming rights to the remaining Cococino Aquifer, and the coalition has long been identified with the rallying cry "Water is life."

Read more at http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-8257-SF-Energy-Policy-Examiner~y2010m1d8-Black-Mesa-Water-Coalition-stops-Peabody-Coal.

Verkwanselen van de antirevolutionaire erfenis

Stan van Houcke maakt mij attent op een uitspraak van Gert-jan Segers, direkteur WI ChristenUnie, in de volkskrant:
"Zo is er een sterke relatie tussen enerzijds vrijheid en democratie en anderzijds de invloed van het christendom (specifieker: het protestantisme), terwijl er ook een sterke relatie is tussen de dominantie van de islam en een gebrek aan vrijheid en democratie. Daardoor kun je vrezen voor het lot van onze vrijheden als de invloed van het christendom verder afneemt en die van de islam toeneemt."

Een uitspraak die er op duidt dat de ChristenUnie en haar partijbestuur hard bezig zijn van de partij een rechtse conservatieve club te maken. Kuyper en Schilder hebben al lang afgedaan. Het is "bon ton" om alles uit Amerika te verwachten, zo is Segers een keer in Amerika geweest en weet ineens te melden dat alle Amerikanen hun geschiedenis goed kennen.
Het is treurig om te zien hoe de politieke erfenis van de AR in 60 jaar tijd dankzij conservatieve krachten volledig verkwanseld is. Een zinvolle discussie over kracht en doel van christelijke politiek wordt voortdurend gesaboteerd.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Yoweri Museveni armed and ready for 2011 elections

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, the prez behind the Hang the Gays bill, will stand for re-election in July 2011. His political challenger in 2006, Kizza Besigye, spent months prior to the election in prison while Museveni's soldiers fired on his supporters in Kampala. Museveni is also a key U.S. ally, with these soldiers fighting in U.S./Allied interest in Somalia.



Peter Otika, a Ugandan exile in the U.S., has created a Uganda Watch blog to report on events leading up to Uganda's 2011 election.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Afrosalons Across Europe


Have anyone seen this movie "Afrosaxons"? It has been out there a year now. A movie about hair and creativity among immigrants living in the UK, according to the guardian. The new Europeans are opening shops everywhere. In France and in the famous Congolese Matongé in Ixelles, Brussels, off course. But also across the Netherlands these "afrosalons" are poping up like mushrooms. In Leeuwarden, up north, you got the "afrosalon", but when you drive all the way south, in Maastricht, a city close to Liège, the biggest French city of Belgium, you will also find a "afrosalon". Drive back on the highway through Germany, all the way to Hamburg, the biggest harbour of Germany, you will still find a local"afrosalon". And these shops are gaining ground among European women, because of the quality of their work. Hairextensions and weaves, wiggs are becoming more and more popular. Just watch the stars on your tv set, look very carefully and you will notice that their long blond hair is real, but not their own. They probably went to their local "afrosalon".

Friday, January 1, 2010

Political repression in Rwanda, as August 2010 elections approach


Kigali Police shut down the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's third attempt to convene as a party on 10.02.2009, charging that their permit to meet lacked official approval. Provocateurs disrupted their fourth attempt, on 10.30.2009, which ended in broken bones and arrests, and the Rwandan government has not granted them a permit to convene again since.


Harsh anti-gay legislation proposed in both Uganda and Rwanda has turned more Western attention to East Africa than anything since the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, though Westerners drink coffee and tea grown in Rwanda every day, while Rwandans go hungry.   Read more at http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/284663.