Sunday, May 30, 2010

KPFA Radio News on Ingabire's American lawyer's arrest in Kigali








KPFA Radio News reported on the arrest of Rwandan Presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza's American lawyer on Sunday evening, 05.30.2010.   To play, click KPFA News: Rwanda arrests Peter Erlinder.














Saturday, May 29, 2010

Black Star News on Uganda, May 2010



Thanks to Black Star News, re Uganda, Uganda's Anti Homosexuality Act, and U.S./Uganda in Northeastern Congo
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Thanks to Milton Allimadi and Black Star News for this:




John Prendergast heads Change.org's interventionist front organization the ENOUGH Project.
"Despite harsh condemnation from US legislators in response to Uganda's draft bill criminalizing homosexuality, the Senate passed a bill in mid-March that will prop up Uganda's government by authorizing military action in the highly volatile region of Central Africa."

Peace In Uganda Via U.S. Bullets And Bombs (the LRA Disarmament Act)
www.blackstarnews.com, http://goo.gl/Wgf2





ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo accused of bias in prosecuting Uganda crimes.
"On Ocampo: 'And he cannot answer satisfactorily why in the case of Uganda all the investigation; all those indicted; have been on the LRA and nothing has touched the Ugandan government.'"

Otunnu, Ugandan Politician, Derides ICC Prosecutor Ocampo's Slant On Uganda Crimes,http://goo.gl/8XoI

Friday, May 28, 2010

Rwanda arrests Ingabire's American lawyer Peter Erlinder in Kigali

Rwandan Police have arrested Peter Erlinder, the American lawyer who traveled to Rwanda's capitol, Kigali, on Monday, May 23rd, to join the defense team of Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Ingabire was released after being summoned to a Rwandan police station yesterday, much to the relief of her supporters, but this morning both she and the Rwanda News Agency (RNA) reported that Erlinder had been arrested and charged with "genocide ideology," a crime unique to Rwanda which Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and even the U.S. State Department have denounced as a tool of political repression.


Read at Digital Journal, http://www.digitaljournal.com/user/515407/news.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Election violence in Rwanda and Burundi, refugees in Uganda, and Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

                                                           FDU-Inkingi
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, presidential candidate of the FDU-Inkingi Party, spoke out regarding Rwandan refugees in Uganda, as she prepared to go on trial this week in Kigali.

On Saturday, 05.22.2010, I published this brief news report on election violence in Rwanda and Burundi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame's attempt to force repatriate 1 million Rwandan refugees from Uganda:   Election violence in Rwanda and Burundi, refugees in Uganda.   I then used most of it in a KPFA Radio News report which I later hot linked into the Digital Journal report at the end.  


The radio report includes a brief interview with Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, of the FDU-Inkingi Party, whose trial for "associating with terrorists" and "genocide ideology" will begin this week in Kigali, Rwanda.  


While speaking to Mrs. Ingabire yesterday, I immediately noticed that her fluency in English has greatly increased in just the past few months, since I've been calling her for KPFA, such that she is now quite readily understood by an American audience.   I have, during that time, come to realize that Mrs. Ingabire also speaks not only Kinyarwanda and French but also Dutch.  


I'm sure that she has worked on her English, despite everything else she has been going through, including arrest, so as to speak to the people of the US and UK, who have so much power in her country and in the surrounding Great Lakes region of Africa.   I hope they'll listen, because the stakes in Rwanda's 2010 presidential election, not only for Rwanda, but also for the entire region, are enormously high.  

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Criminal defense lawyers dispute Rwanda Genocide history



Martin Ngoga, Rwanda's Chief Prosecutor, who threatened Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza with arrest if she keeps talking to the press, also accuses the international criminal lawyers at the Second International Criminal Defense Conference in Bruxelles of genocide denial.  


May 21, 2010, Bruxelles - The ad hoc organizing committee of the Second International Criminal Defense Conference being held in Bruxelles on May 21-23, thanked Rwanda Chief Prosecutor Ngoga, and Kigali’s New Times, for publicizing their efforts.


This week, as the conference dates approached, The New Times published several articles condemning it and quoting Rwanda's Chief Prosecutor Ngoga saying that, "For a few years now, some defense lawyers at the ICTR have badly deviated from their professional duties and turned into activists and advocates of genocide denial."


Last week Ngoga warned Ingabire that she might be jailed once again if she continues speaking to the press.  


Full story at Digital Journal, http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/292310.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Law Professor Peter Erlinder on Preventing the Falsification of History

William and Mitchell College of Law Professor Peter Erlinder is also Lead Defense Counsel for the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, Director of the Humanitarian Law Institute in Minneapolis, Plaintiff's Counsel in Habyarimana vs. Kagame, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Defense Counsel in Kagame vs. Ingabire, in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Preventing the Falsification of History from TPIR heritage on Vimeo.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Kagame threatens challenger with prison for speaking to press



May 14, 2010---The Rwanda New Times reported that Rwandan Prosecutor General Ngoga threatened to jail Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza for speaking with press. Ingabire has not been allowed to register to formally run against Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Read at Digital Journal, 
http://goo.gl/ejRL.
 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rwanda accuses Rusesabagina of terrorism

Paul Rusesabagina, real life hero of Hotel Rwanda and author of "An Ordinary Man," accused of terrorism, with presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, by Rwanda.

Rwandan has accused real-life Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina of violent conspiracy, along with arrested and indicted Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Doorstart Democratische Rechtstaat?

Gert-Jan Segers, die volgens Ed Anker zulke fijne stukjes schrijft (waarvan akte), publiceert in de aanloop naar de tweede kamer verkiezingen in NRC "het einde van Wilders en het begin van het Islamdebat" waarin hij nog eens zijn standpunten over Islam en moslim immigranten op een rijtje zet (ik geef een paar citaten):
"Maar in een volwassen islamdebat gaat het niet om de vraag of moslims er echt bij kunnen horen, maar om onderwerpen waarbij de huidige manifestatie van de islam botst met onze democratische rechtsstaat"
"De islam is ontworpen als een publieke, meerderheidsgodsdienst. De islam lijkt daardoor niet goed toegerust om vruchtbaar met religieuze, politieke en culturele diversiteit om te gaan. Overal waar de islamitische wereld andere beschavingen raakt, zijn er gespannen verhoudingen. “Islam has bloody borders”, schreef Samuel Huntington"
"Juist in die verhouding komen vragen rond de rechtsstaat op, wat samenhangt met het publieke karakter van de islam. Waar er langs de randen van de islamitische wereld conflicten zijn is er binnen die wereld sprake van een democratisch tekort."
"Het is merkwaardig dat Nederlandse moslims de vrijheid hebben om anderen uit te nodigen om moslim te worden, terwijl afvalligen als Afhsin Ellian en Ayaan Hirsi Ali beveiligd moeten worden en minder bekende afvalligen zomaar op straat aangevallen kunnen worden. "
 "Het is de uitdaging voor moslims om hun geloof te verzoenen met een multireligieuze wereld en om tolerantie in islam te funderen"
 Ik mis in bovenstaand  stuk de contextualisering en actualisering. Laat ik wat dat betreft dicht bij huis beginnen: Kars Veling  (toch geen onbekende van de direkteur van het wetenschappelijk bureau van de ChristenUnie?) schreef onlangs namelijk  "Naar doorstart van democratische rechtstaat"  , een artikel dat kan worden opgevat als bijdrage aan dit "Islam debat". In het artikel van Kars Veling blijkt dat er niet alleen werk aan de winkel is voor moslimmigranten maar voor alle Nederlandse burgers.
" De problematische politieke cultuur in ons land heeft een diepere oorzaak. We verwaarlozen met elkaar op een gevaarlijke manier de democratische rechtsstaat."
 Of is het Kars Veling uiterst voorzichtig verwoorde kritiek op de ChristenUnie de reden dat de direkteur van het Wetenschappelijk bureau het artikel maar negeert:
"Maar ook voor de ChristenUnie blijft het een lastige kwestie hoe de algemeenheid van de rechtsstaat zich verhoudt tot de opvatting dat de overheid niet neutraal kan en mag zijn. George Harinck en Hugo Scherff betogen in hun recente opstel Oude wijn in nieuwe zakken op goede gronden dat de ChristenUnie zich op dit punt verder moet bezinnen."
De ChristenUnie opereert niet in het luchtledige, maar zal zich moeten verantwoorden en spiegelen aan de hand van het werk van belangrijke christelijke denkers uit het verleden zoals Abraham Kuyper (Maranatha), Klaas Schilder (geen duimbreed) en Martin Luther King (The Quest For Peace) .  Ik vraag me oprecht af  wat Samuel Huntington's ons te zeggen heeft, totaal niets wat mij betreft.

Om positief te eindigen hier een citaat  (welke te kiezen, er zijn zoveel mooie) van Klaas Schilder, een man die vooral doodgezwegen of doodgeknuffeld wordt,  uit ( De openbaring van Johannes en het sociale leven) :
"zijn berooide volk van ‘kleine luyden’ daar in Smyrna zóó te vertroosten.
Hoor, wat hij Johannes laat schrijven:
‘Ik weet uwe armoede. En uw verdrukking.’ Ik weet alles.
Doch gij zijt rijk’.
Dat is een paradox, dat prikkelt; dat wrevelig maken kan.
Maar aan onzen wrevel stoort zich de eeuwige waarheid niet.
Doch gij zijt rijk‘. Hoort gij het, berooide Christusvolgers van Smyrna? ‘Al ontvangt gij een stiefmoederlijk deel van de aarde, gij hebt een rijken Vader daarboven; al zijn de vier naakte muren, die gij bewoont, niet eenmaal uw eigendom, gij hebt een schoone erfenis in Gods heerlijk huis in den hemel; al becijfert gij uw aardsch vermogen bij penningen, gij moogt aarde en hemel met al hun heerlijkheid aanzien en het hoofd ontblooten en spreken: alles is het mijne - want ik ben van Christus!’"

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Reverend Rick Warren on Trial, in the Court of Public Opinion


Rick Warren presented his second International Medal of P.E.A.C.E. to Rwandan President Paul Kagame on September 26, 2009, at Saddleback Church in Southern California. 
By Ann Garrison
May 5, 2010
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, presidential candidate of the Rwandan FDU-Inkingi Party, is going on trial in Rwanda.  Ingabire is charged with “genocide ideology,” a statutory speech crime unique to Rwanda, and of an “association crime,” associating with terrorists.
Eight days after Ingabire’s arrest on April 21 in Rwanda’s capital,  Kigali, a team of U.S. lawyers filed acivil lawsuit against Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Oklahoma City alleging Kagame ordered the political assassinations that triggered the Rwanda Genocide, costing one million Rwandan lives, and that he engaged in racketeering to control the vast natural resources of eastern Congo across Rwanda’s western border at a cost of six-million Congolese lives.
The international legal strategies and geostrategic implications of these parallel, competing courtroom dramas, are huge and historic.  Like any trials of such import, they will become trials in the court of pubic opinion.
And, California’s most famous Proposition 8 anti-gay marriage campaigner, Reverend Rick Warren, will stand trial in that court as well.  Warren has staked his reputation as an international humanitarian on his alliance with Kagame, and on his Rwandan and Ugandan HIV/AIDS ministries, which are infamous for hijacking PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, in service to his abstinence-only-until-heterosexual-married -monogamy-for-life agenda.
Full story at Fog City Journal, http://goo.gl/L4Yh

WBAI Radio-N.Y.C. re Rwanda and D.R. Congo, 04.29.2010




WBAI Radio interview with Professor Peter Erlinder regarding the lawsuit Habyarimana vs. Kagame, filed in an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma federal court on 04.29.2010; lick to play:
WBAI Radio-N.Y.C.: Peter Erlinder on WBAI Radio-N.Y.C. re Rwanda and eastern Congo

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

US Democrats Turning Against Kagame?

In february Richard Durbin, Senator from Illinois (D) suggested
"Rwanda should publish the names of FDLR fighters accused of violating human rights."
Sofar Paul Kagame has not delivered such a list.

Victoire Ingabire  latest interview focuses on this lack of political will on the part of the RPF to solve the FDLR question.     

This week Illinois Governor (D) Patt Quinn invited Paul Rusesabagina  ( Rusesabagina supported Quinn for Governor and is also a long time critic of Kagame's regime) to a prayer breakfast:
Rusesabagina said he hopes to “raise awareness for equal rights and equal justice” throughout Rwanda and other areas being oppressed by government officials. This is all about democracy,” he said. “We need teachers who believe that.” Rusesabagina also will discuss how freedom of speech is disappearing in Rwanda – publication of two weekly newspapers was recently suspended – and he also will talk about the continuing war in the Congo, which started in 1996. About 45,000 people are killed in the conflict every month, and about 7 million people have died since the war began.
At the end of 2008 Victoire Ingabire visited the US where she met the future US President, Barack Obama. who assured her personally that he would monitor the situation closely.


Kagame endorsed Mccain in 2008 (he apparently even sent his minister, probably Louise Mushikiwabo to the Republican National Convention), why wouldn't Obama return the favor?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Commemorating The Second World War

Today the Dutch commemorate as allways in Amsterdam the victims of the second world war in the Netherlands. Some panic broke out in the center of Amsterdam at the two minute silence on "De Dam" where the commemoration allways takes place.

The influence of the second world war on Dutch society is difficult to analyse both for insiders and for outsiders. It's hard to find an impartial observer or scolar. If you take part in Dutch society you automatically are part of one of the several subcultures which form the Netherlands.

Often the discussion about the second world war circles around who was bad and who was good, who was courageous, who was a hero and who was a coward. A discussion that doesn't seem to go anywhere in my eyes. What is more worthwhile is to study how ideological currents and their representatives have analyzed the national socialist ideology and how they took position.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Lawsuit alleges Rwandan President guilty of Rwanda Genocide and racketeering in eastern Congo

On April 30, 2010, Rwandan President Paul Kagame delivered the commencement address at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, Oklahoma.   Demonstrators held up signs outside, and inside, a team of lawyers and process servers attempted to personally serve Kagame with an eight count lawsuit, until university officials asked them to leave.
The lawsuit alleged that Kagame and nine of his current and former military officers and officials are guilty of the assassination of former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira and subsequent acts that caused the 1994 massacres that came to be known as the Rwanda Genocide.
They filed the suit on behalf of Agathe Habyarimana, widow of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, and Sylvana Ntaryamira, widow of Cyprien Ntaryamira
KPFA Radio News reported this story on 05.01.2010.  To listen, click "KPFA Radio News: Lawsuit alleges Rwandan President is guilty of Rwanda Genocide."
The lawsuit's sixth count alleges that Kagame and the other defendants violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in order to acquire and control the resources of neighboring D.R. Congo.   Specifically:
"From not later than 1990 to the present, Kagame et. al, and his agents, and their co-conspirators formed a "RICO" enterprise within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. §:1961(4) engaged in foreign and interstate commerce." 
. . . and
"Over a period of years and continuing to the present, through a pattern of racketeering activity, have acquired and maintained an interest in resources in the eastern Congo to their own benefit."
Kagame avoided personal service, by leaving the commencement ceremony early, surrounded by bodyguards.  However, as Law Professor Peter Erlinder explained to KPFA News, it is arguable that he intentionally avoided service.  An Oklahoma judge will decide.

The eight counts in the complaint are:
  1. Wrongful Death - Murder,
  2. Crimes against Humanity, 
  3. Violation of the Rights of Life, Liberty, and Security of Person, 
  4. Assault and Battery, 
  5. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Stress, 
  6. Violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act,
  7. Torture, and, 
  8. Conspiracy to Torture



Twente, Dutch Champion With Blaise N'kufo (from Kinshasa)

This afternoon Twente won the Dutch football championship with Captain Blaise N'Kufo.

Interview after the match:



First goal by Bryan Ruiz


Second and last goal of the Twente season: Blaise N'kufo (Kinshasa)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lawsuit alleges Rwandan President triggered Rwanda Genocide


  
Rwandan President Paul Kagame


On April 30, 2010, a team of lawyers representing the widows of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira filed a lawsuit alleging that Rwandan President Paul Kagame triggered the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, in which 800,000 to 1,200,000 Rwandans died.  


Story at Digital Journal, http://goo.gl/Ocql.