Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Weapons Dropping: Is France Learning From Failure in Rwanda?

France has now admitted violating the United Nations Council resolution 1973:
"French armed forces spokesman Thierry Burkhard has “said guns, rocket-propelled grenades and munitions were parachuted in to rebels in the Nafusa mountains” by the French government"

French President Sarkozy is the most important player in the Libya war, it seems. In march Sarkozy surprized even his own government:
"But its apparent decision last week to recognise the Libyan opposition—the first big western power to do so—surprised not only France’s allies but members of Mr Sarkozy’s own government"
As Robert Gates said last week:
"These allies, particularly the British and the French, and the Italians for that matter, have really been a big help to us in Afghanistan. They consider Libya a vital interest for them. Our alliance with them is a vital interest for us. So as they have helped us in Afghanistan, it seems to me that we are in a position of helping them with respect to Libya," said Gates, who opposed U.S. involvement in Libya from the beginning, last week on the PBS NewsHour."
Today Figaro wrote about the amunition and weapon droppings in the hills of southern Libya. BBC reporting and NPR confirmed this today.

What vital interest is Libya to France? Could it be that France (Sarkozy) is trying to gain back the credit it lost because of it's role in training the Rwandan army before the genocide? But is sending weapons to rebels instead of training the state army really the lesson France learned? I doubt it.

Now even Obama supporters are now at a loss to justify their support of the Libya war:
"The Libyan mission, as both Obama's critics and supporters have noted, has broadened from protecting civilians to ousting Gadhafi and installing a representative government in his place. And we -- and our allies -- have gone too far down that road to turn back now."


Sudan: Is the U.S. preventing the next Rwanda, or expanding empire?

KPFA Weekend News, 06.26.2011:
North and South Sudan are
scheduled to become
independent nations on
July 9, 2011.  

KPFA Weekend News Anchor Anthony Fest:  Turning now to news from Eastern Africa, fighting continued today on the border of what is slated to become two separate nations, North and South Sudan, two weeks from now. Precise borders, the division of oil revenues between north and south, and citizenship issues still remain unresolved.


Stop genocide campaigners at the ENOUGH Project, The New Republic, the New York Times, and other institutions have been calling for U.S. intervention or, at least, for providing aerial bombing capability to the Government of the new country of Southern Sudan, to counter what they describe as aggression from the northern government of President Omar Al-Bashir. The Palestine Telegraph reported, however, that the south’s army triggered the north’s occupation of the Abyei region by attacking northern troops. The U.S. introduced a United Nations resolution to deploy UN troops to the disputed, oil rich Abyei region, to legitimize the dispatch of 4200 Ethiopian soldiers already on their way. The interventionists argue that the U.S. can’t be bystanders to what could become another Rwanda, and must become, instead, quote “upstanders” preventing genocide. Many scholars of the Rwandan Genocide, however, have published evidence that the U.S. was no bystander to the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.  


KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to several of those scholars.


KPFA/Ann Garrison: Those who argue that the U.S. was no bystander to the Rwanda Genocide offer evidence that the U.S., to the contrary, backed General Paul Kagame’s invasion of Rwanda from Uganda, and that hundreds of thousands of Hutus as well as Tutsis died in the genocidal massacres that ensued.  
1994 Rwanda Genocide
Excuse for U.S./UN 

intervention in Sudan?
Ed Herman is Professor of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and co-author, with Noam Chomsky of Manufacturing Consent, and, with independent researcher and writer David Peterson, of The Politics of Genocide.  
Professor Herman, was the United States a bystander to the Rwanda Genocide? 
Ed Herman: The United States didn't stand by. It supported Kagame all the way and prevented intervention, actively prevented intervention by the UN. So the establishment narrative here is completely off the wall. The United States did not stand by. 
KPFA:  Peter Erlinder is a William Mitchell Law School Professor, former National Lawyers Guild President, and international criminal defense attorney.  
Professor Peter Erlinder, was the U.S. a bystander to the Rwanda Genocide? 


Peter Erlinder: Well, the evidence from the files of the U.S. government and from the United Nations would suggest otherwise. These are files that have been hidden for the last 15 years. And they show that the RPF, the government and military that are now in place, went from being a military force of about 2500 to 3000 troops to being a military of between 25,000 and 30,000 well-trained, well-armed troops in a period of two years.  And that could only happen through the support that came from the U.S. and UK through Uganda, which is where the invasion and the military takeover of Rwanda was organized and supported. Then of course there was the ongoing cover-up of the RPF crimes and the RPF initiation of the military assault to take power, all of which is outlined in U.S. government files that are on the website www.RwandaDocumentsProject.net. That evidence is all in the public record.


KPFA: Professors Erlinder and Herman both said that the U.S. should NOT intervene in Sudan, and Professor Herman said that the U.S. has no moral authority to intervene anywhere for any reason:


Ed Herman: I think this is a complete outrage. We have no business intervening anywhere. We have such dirty hands. We're intervening all over the world now. We're the great aggressor nation of the world, and we're using NATO as our agent. Why can't we just leave people alone? The Sudanese can settle their own affairs. They don't need us. And, if we take Rwanda and the Congo as an illustration, the United States intervention there has involved the death of millions of people. And now, with Rwanda, we have a minority dictatorship again. So the whole effect of the U.S. intervention there, not just standing by, but interventions, has been the death of millions.


For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Uganda's Norbert Mao in Washington



Norbert Mao
KPFA Weekend News, 06.26.2011: 

KPFA Weekend News Anchor Cameron Jones: Ugandan opposition leader Norbert Mao has been in the United States asking U.S. Congressmembers and State Department officials to stop supporting the repressive regime of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who entered his 26th year in power after February elections that European Union election observers and Uganda's opposition, declared a sham. KPFA's Ann Garrison spoke to Norbert Mao, inbetween his appointments in Washington D.C.

KPFA/Ann Garrison:  Norbert Mao, you've been in the United States to try to persuade the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. State Department, to support the pro-democracy movement in Uganda. Have you had any success with that?

Norbert Mao:  I see there's a big change in American opinion at the highest possible levels. Of course the visuals on Aljazeera, BBC, and CNN showing how the Ugandan armed forces and the police used excessive force, in brutalizing unarmed protestors, had already prepared the ground. So when I arrived, most people wanted to meet me. I have been able to meet members of Congress. And I met the Congresswoman from Minnesota, Congresswoman Betty McCollum. She has agreed to work with other members of Congress, both parties, to write a letter to President Obama, calling for stronger action and condemnation of the abuses of the rights of Ugandans. She has also agreed that she can host a briefing session on Capitol Hill, where we will bring the evidence showing that President Museveni, after 25 years in power, has despotic ambitions, he's corrupt, he's excessively violent, and he has no legitimacy, having rigged the elections. So the tide is turning in Washington. I'm very glad that we are being listened to.

KPFA/Ann Garrison:  The U.S.A. has no more longstanding and loyal military partner in Africa than Uganda. Ugandans serve, like Rwandans, as UN troops in Southern Sudan, which is a U.S. protectorate. Ugandans are also the bulk of the 9,000 UN troops defending the Western-backed government in Somalia, where President Yoweri Museveni is now in charge, and Ugandans hired by private mercenary contractors, and the U.S. Army, are also serving in Iraq.  And, the U.S. is donor #1 to Uganda.

Given the importance of the U.S.A.’s military security investments in Yoweri Museveni and the Ugandan Army, do you still think that they can make room for the democratic aspirations of the Ugandan people?
Norbert Mao and U.S.-based Ugandan journalist Charles
Bukenya outside the White House in Washington D.C.
Norbert Mao: We have to assume that the U.S. always has this delicate balance between the ideals for which it stands and security interests, which are basically selfish. We hope that, at the end of the day, America will choose to promote democratic ideals and also promote security, but not promote security at the expense of the democratic ideals. We know that President Museveni is not in Somalia because he loves the Somalis. He's not in Somalia because he believes in the War on Terror. He just wants a blank check, to rule Uganda for as long as he wants.
Our message to the U.S. is simple. Museveni is not the only possible, credible partner you can have in Uganda. Secondly, we understand that Uganda is an anchor state, projecting military power in the region. But you cannot have this undemocratic state projecting a lot of military power in the region. So, the U.S., eventually has got to be itself. It has got to be the United States, with some founding ideals. And the partnership the U.S. has to have should not just be with the government.  It should be with the people of Uganda.  
KPFA:  For Pacifica, KPFA, and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.

Listen to the audio archive of this KPFA Radio News at http://www.anngarrison.com/audio/uganda-opposition-leader-norbert-mao-in-washington.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

EU Fails Migrants And Refugees From Libya

European Union (EU) heads of state meeting in Brussels, the last couple of days, should have put human rights at the heart of EU migration and asylum policy, Human Rights Watch had said in the run up to the summit. Migration is high on the agenda for the European Council summit on June 23 and 24, 2011, with external border control, free movement inside the EU, the Common European Asylum system, and migration cooperation with North Africa expected to be discussed.
"The EU talks a lot these days about promoting its values in the Middle East and North Africa," said Judith Sunderland, senior Western Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch. "But when it comes to migrants and asylum seekers, those values are all too often thrown out the window."

This week we also learned that:
"African migrants brought a case against Italy before European judges yesterday, claiming their rights were violated after they were intercepted at sea and forced to return to Libya.
The case involves 11 Somalians and 13 Eritrean nationals who left Libya in 2009 on boats bound for Italy, whose Mediterranean islands have become entry points for illegal migration to Europe.
The migrants said they were transferred to Italian naval vessels and were not told that their destination was back to Tripoli, where they claim they faced the risk of ill-treatment, or else being sent home to Somalia and Eritrea.
At the hearing before the European Court of Human Rights, lawyers for the Africans argued that Italy failed to respect European laws against collective expulsion and also torture, given the threat of violent acts the migrants faced in Libya or their homelands."

President Jacob Zuma will host the African Union Ad Hoc High Level Committee on Libya in Pretoria today. The committee will discuss implementation of the AU roadmap on Libya.

Six migrants were killed in violence last month in a refugee camp in Tunisia set up for some of the thousands of people who have fled the conflict in Libya, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Last week Italy signed an accord with the head of Libya's interim rebel government on Friday to jointly tackle a migration crisis triggered by the violence.

Roberto Maroni said the same day:
"NATO, for example, which has ships off the Libyan coast to stop trade, could be required to stop people from leaving. It would be a solution to the problem."
.

The International Organisation for Migration (IMO) estimates a million people have flooded out of Libya alone since the uprisings began. The vast majority -- about 98 percent -- have ended up in neighbouring states like Egypt, Tunisia or Algeria. But along with the thousands of Tunisians who have taken advantage of looser security following the fall of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, enough have headed north to Europe to trigger a crisis there.

On friday heads of the EU's 27 member states said at a summit in Brussels that border controls could be introduced in "truly critical" circumstances, but added that free movement of people was a fundamental freedom.

Human Rights Watch concluded:
"European leaders made no commitments to reform unfair aspects of EU asylum policy, offer resettlement to refugees from North Africa, or intensify efforts to prevent deaths of boat migrants in the Mediterranean"

It's clear that the heads of states ignored European Union immigration chief Cecilia Malmstrom who accused EU governments on Wednesday of allowing xenophobic sentiments in Europe to dictate immigration policy and failing to protect refugees from North Africa.

She had urged the 27 heads of state
"to make more efforts to resettle people fleeing turmoil and to improve Europe's asylum provisions. "

According to Richard M. Salsman
"The legal clock has already run out on Obama’s Libyan invasion"
but NATO's Joint Operations chief in Naples,US Admiral Locklear, has said that his mission, he says unambiguously, is to kill Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi. He also believes that NATO will have to put troops on the ground in Libya to restore stability once his goal has been achieved.

President Barack Obama and the State Department apparently didn't bother to tell both the international community and the American people the truth about their objectives. Were President Obama and his advisers doing a "John 16 verse 12" on us?

"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth"

UK Journalist Defends Obama Against Republicans

Mitt Romney's campaign strategy is working. Barack Obama is allready being portrayed as a European by UK journalist Toby Harnden.

Toby Harnden, british journalist in DC, writes an article in which he labels Ron Paul and the rest of the GOP isolationists.

Engaging Conspiracy Theories On Africa's Great Lakes Region

Brian Solis wrote sometime ago:
"Once invincible organisations are seeking your help to earn relevance today and in the future".
Former Obama campaign new media operations manager Mary Joyce is worried that Obama and the State Department aren't getting the message, as she said in july:
"America is still the one speaking and others around the world are expected to listen."
@texasinafrica, a regular blogger on Rwanda, Congo and the rest of Africa, tweeted yesterday:
"I saw a preview screening of "Crisis in the Congo" in April. Strongly disagree with film's implication that US pulls strings in DC, Rwanda."
If US had that much influence, DRC would be much more stable than it is.
DRC is not a US foreign policy priority. Government doesn't care enough to engage in grand conspiracies some imagine.
The trailer she is referring to is probably this one.


In her tweets @texasinafrica touches on two central issues in political discussions and lobbying concerning the great lakes region and Africa in general:
  • Lack of Engagement by the US and the donors
  • anti-western or anti-african conspiracy theories/rhetoric.
Immediately comes to mind Bruno Ben Moubamba's crusade against Francafrique and the comment section under Congo: The Sucking Vortex Where Africa's Heart Should Be. The topic of the "weird world of the genocide belittlers" does have some relationship to these two issues as well.

Ironically the argument of  western prejudice against Africa is also often used by Kagame supporteres. Just read Andrew Mwenda's "Rwanda and Western prejudice against Africa".  Michael Fairbanks tapped into this source as well when he wrote his article "nothing good comes out of Africa"

In the article by Mary Joyce on “21st century statecraft”in which she said:
"What more can be done by those in US government? First: listen more. Instead of engaging with billionaires and titans of tech,"
Hiding behind the Dutch Ambassador to Rwanda, spreading propaganda for Kagame, commenting on the Kobagaya case just a month before the jury gave it's verict, not arresting Justus Majyambere, are all signs the US State Department thinks it's in their interest to keep people in the dark about their real intentions. It's obvious what that strategy leads to. As Brian Solis explains:

"Engage or Die"(Become irrelevant)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Obama's PR Strategy On Libya

The timing of the troops drawdown in Afghanistan is obviously an attempt to divert attention from the debate on Obama's authority to wage war in Libya without asking Congress for authorisation:
"With the House preparing to consider resolutions that would put a check on Obama's authority in Libya, Obama took the time in a speech on a troop draw-down in Afghanistan to defend the U.S.'s role there."

"When innocents are being slaughtered and global security endangered, we don’t have to choose between standing idly by or acting on our own,"

This entirely unnecessary debate will drag on for weeks. I just can't figure out how this would favor Obama's reelection:

"And that’s just the beginning of the challenges that the resolution will face. Sen. Richard G. Lugar (Ind.), the ranking Republican on Kerry’s committee, told The Cable on Tuesday that Kerry’s resolution won’t be the only game in town.

“We’re going to have lots of resolutions. That will not be the only resolution offered,” he said in a brief interview in the basement of the Capitol, pointing out that the Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday “as to why there is any conceivable justification for the war at all.”
And this certainly won't favor Mitt Romney's campaign either:

Free Movement EU: McCarthy Ruling

The McCarthy case and how it relates to the Zambrano ruling is being considered by some legal scolars.

Zambrano and McCarthy - what are their effects.

The UK border agency is still working on the implications of the rulings.

A paper on the Ruiz Zambrano ruling at Cambridge is pending, will be uploaded shortly here.

Last week a seminar on the Ruiz Zambrano ruling and it's impact took place at Institute of Race Relations, Kenworthy's Chambers Arlington House, Bloom Street. Speakers were Ed Mynott and John Nicholson.

EU Blogosphere In Brussels Victim Of PR Agencies?

Craig James Willy writes on the EU pr effort that it is "universally shit".

The 15th of June a discussion took place on the EU bubble. The spokesperson of the Hungarian presidency expressed his disappointment:

"He said that he misses stories of failure from inside the institutions instead of all the “success spin” and that he’d like to see serious scepticism from outside and inside the institutions through social media."

"And Andy, a former blogger and now a Brussels journalist, reminded the audience that bloggers as well as journalists should pay attention not to become victims of the spin of institutional communicators or PR and PA companies with big interests."

We need some innercity press- like coverage of the EU, i guess.

As we have seen with Libya, developments in Africa can easily impact the EU. Diaspora blogs from Africa are popping up across Europe.Jambonews is based in Brussels and
focuses on the great lakes region. Brussels has off course strong links to that region of Africa. It's an illustration of the diversity of the capital of Europe. More collaboration among bloggers in Brussels is certainly something that would be worth striving for.

Today, speaking to EurActiv in an exclusive interview, Kempinnen, who has served in the foreign ministry of his native Finland as chief communicator and was spokesperson for European Commission President Romano Prodi, lamented the declining number of Brussels correspondents:
"Reflecting on journalism in Brussels after an absence of six years from the EU's capital, Reijo Kemppinen, the European Council's director-general for press and communications, deplored its decline in terms of "depth".
Erroll Garner actually was in Brussels too.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bachmann Promotion By Star Parker, Gary Bauer And Marvin Olasky

The early Bachmann promotion by Star Parker, Gary Bauer and Marvin Olasky is noteworthy. Star Parker wrote yesterday:
"America needs an inspired and principled leader today, not a manager. I think Michele Bachmann may be the surprise of 2012."
Gary Bauer wrote:
"Bachmann’s debate performance has helped position her to move from the large field of possible GOP nominees to the much more exclusive group of plausible nominees."
Marvin Olasky wrote last week:
"Now, we need a new line in the psychiatric manual, Bachmann Derangement Syndrome, to define some press reaction to the GOP’s newest presidential candidate."
It's hard to tell how much impact these socalled social-conservative leaders have on the outcome of the Iowa Caucus. It's mostly context and candidate that create the narrative that is necessary for a path to victory.

If caucus voters in Iowa get the idea Bachmann is just running her own mini-primary vying for the Tea Party/evangelical base vacated by Huckabee, I am not so sure they will come out and vote for her.

The key difference between Bachmann and Huckabee is that she pretends to be anti-establishment but she isn't. In all her speeches she panders to different sections of the party instead of outlining a coherent Republican view and adressing the party leadership and the party base as a whole. Her speech in New Orleans was a good example of that fact.

Iowa caucus voters should understand that Michele Bachmann and the likes of Gary Bauer, Marvin Olasky and Star Parker are working hard to break the strength of the anti-establishment insurgency started by Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul in 2008.

Monday, June 20, 2011

ENOUGH in Sudan: Geostrategic Genocide Intervention

John Prendergast, former Clinton National
Security Council Director of African
Affairs, and co-founder of the ENOUGH
Project, which describes itself as "a
project to stop genocide and end crimes
against humanity."


KPFA Weekend News Anchor:  On Friday the UN reported that almost 113,000 have fled the disputed, oil-rich region of Abyei to escape fighting by troops of what are expected to become the independent states of North and South Sudan on July 9th. The day before John Prendergast, Bill Clinton's former National Security Council Director for African Affairs, and co-founder of the ENOUGH Project, a non-profit lobbying organization, had called on the Obama Administration to, quote, "begin preparations to provide air defense capabilities to the Government of South Sudan." Critics responded that Prendergast and ENOUGH were encouraging all out war in Sudan and using genocide prevention as an excuse to expand U.S. influence and military dominance in Africa.  KPFA's Ann Garrison spoke to one prominent critic, Chicago-based writer and researcher David Peterson, co-author, with Professor Ed Herman, of The Politics of Genocide.

KPFA/Ann Garrison:  Isn't this a form of selective genocide prevention, where the U.S. says it's going to protect these people but it has not responded to the UN Mapping Report on genocide crime in Congo, and it responded in a very selective way to the Rwandan situation, and hasn't responded at all to the Acholi Genocide in Uganda?

David Peterson:  Yeah, exactly. To put it even more powerfully, it has nothing to do with preventing genocide or preventing crimes against humanity.  It has simply to do with adopting that kind of rhetoric as its cover for what is nothing but the spread of U.S. influence throughout the continent. The Obama Administration's national security strategy states quite explicitly that, quote, "in certain instances" it will use military means to stop genocide and mass atrocities. That's White House policy. When it is advantageous to U.S. policy makers to frame their interventions in terms of stopping genocide and mass atrocities, they will do so. That's exactly the Libyan model we know well that has been implemented since March 2011 on.

KPFA:  Do you see any reason to keep using the word "genocide" in this African context where it's being so severely abused to pursue the U.S. military agenda?

David Peterson:  A case can be made that genocide has resulted, perhaps, in a couple of the major theatres of mass atrocities in Central Africa over the past 20 years. But, without a doubt, the word genocide is abused, on a probably 90 some percent basis these days. If you just look at the rhetoric that emanates from official sources in Washington, for example, there is going to be a place around the world, currently we're talking about the border region between the North and South of Sudan, where there is a potential of bloodshed, and if you want to whip up hysteria both domestically, so you wanta drive an agenda domestically in the United States, and you want to whip up a similar kind of hysteria within the halls of, let's say, the United Nations, amongst the more establishment friendly human rights organizations and so on, if you start framing that violence as genocide or as having the potential of becoming genocidal, you can essentially mobilize the troops.  And that's how much it's politicized.
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who will be President
of North Sudan after 07.11.2011.

KPFA: Didas Gasana, Editor of the Newsline in Kampala, Uganda, said that the real issue for U.S. policy makers, is that Omar Al-Bashir, a friend of Palestine, and an ally of China, with largely Chinese oil concessions in Sudan, is one of the few leaders still beyond U.S. control in East Africa.  Gasana also said that if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi falls and Libya becomes a NATO protectorate, then Omar Al-Bashir and North Sudan will be next. The Government of South Sudan already displays both the Southern Sudanese and U.S. flags in its official manifestations.

Didas Gasana's writing from East Central Africa can be found on The Newsline and the San Francisco Bay View.  David Peterson and Ed Herman's book, The Politics of Genocide, is available from Monthly Review Press.

For Pacifica, KPFA, and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.

KPFA Radio recording at: http://www.anngarrison.com/audio/sudan-and-the-politics-of-genocide.

John McCain Sells Rwanda Genocide Narrative As Republican: Sigh

The genocide narrative that is at the heart of Obama's foreign policy apparently is also Republican according to Senator John McCain:
"If we had not intervened, Gaddafi was at the gates of Benghazi. He said he was going to go house to house to kill everybody. That's a city of 700,000 people. What would be saying now if we had allowed for that to happen?

"That's not the Republican party of the 20th century and now the 21st century,"

Doug Bandow explains the distortions and hypocrisies here and here.

Obama's ninety days on the US Libya military involvement ended yesterday and according to many President Barack Obama is now in violation of the law that has governed U.S. military deployments for the past 38 years. Presidential candidate Ron Paul sums up the history of the conflict and marks this sad day here.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign I allready got the strong feeling that the Rwandan genocide was central to John Mccain's understanding of US foreign policy when his wife took several important Republicans and Democrats on a trip to Rwanda with the onecampaign, see the video below. John McCain confirmed my feelings at the Saddleback forum with Rick Warren. I should also mention the endorsement of John Mccain by Paul Kagame who even sent a delegation to the Republican convention in Minneapolis.

Rick Warren's invocation prayer at the inauguration of President Barack Obama symbolized this bipartisan US foreign policy consensus. This symbolism was later exploited by Paul Kagame, who invited Rick Warren to his own swearing-in.

Jonathan Allen @ politico dissects for us the actual debate on US War in Libya:
"Ultimately, there are two issues at play: The first is whether the U.S. should be involved in Libya, and the second is whether the president needs congressional approval to continue American operations in that theater. After three months of debate on Libya, they have become intertwined in some minds."
There you have the social object around which Republican primary voters are coalescing both off- and online. John Mccain is standing by while seeing these two hurricanes sipping together and sweeping the American political landscape.

In march:
"Haley Barbour, a pillar of the Republican establishment of some considerable girth and weight, is not only asking "What are we doing in Libya?" but is also questioning our ten-year Afghan crusade, and wondering aloud why we can’t cut our bloated military budget"
Or as Jim Demint, Senator from South Carolina said at the Republican Leadership Conference last week about Ron Paul:
"I used to think you were crazy Ron, but I'm starting to think I'm a little crazy myself."
So yes, John Mccain is right, the comments by Governor Haley Barbour from Mississippi, Senator Jim Demint from South Carolina, Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee and Rep. Mike Turner from Ohio are obivous signs the core Republican base is moving rapidly in the direction of Ron Paul's position on foreign policy.

However, it seems Senator John McCain might be looking for a job as talkshow host at Radio Milles Collines Arizona:
"illegal immigrants caused Arizona Wildfires"
An irresponsable comment in Arizona's political context wich has recently been marked by killings of immigrants and the shooting of an outspoken critic of a tough immigration law, Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D).

John McCain just got rid of the last ounce of credibility he had with the Republican base. The Republican foreign policy debate will go on, with or without John McCain.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Does Obama Have The Corker To End Libya Debate?

Senator Bob Corker doesn't even get answers to his questions from Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Does President Barack Obama really think he can get away with this? The Assassination of Osama Bin Laden makes him feel invincible?

Corker is the co-author, with Democratic Senator from Virginia(and former Secretary of the Navy) Jim Webb, of a resolution seeking an explanation for the US Libya mission, prohibiting the introduction of US ground forces and calling on Obama to seek congressional authorization.

As Ron Paul said last week at Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition conference:
"reminding his audience of the Biblical story of 1 Samuel chapter 8 when the Israelites demanded a king and God warned them what would happen. They would be burdened with taxation and the King would take their sons away to die in distant wars.

“I don’t think we need a king,” Paul told the audience, “and we don’t need Washington to act as if they’re the king of this country.”
A famous televangelist said at the conference:
“This is no longer about Christians trying to force prayer in schools or an end to abortion,” a famous televangelist told me. ”While we have been busy talking about those things we have had the constitution stolen right before our eyes. This is now about whether or not we have the right to worship freely. The battle is now over the constitution itself.”

The social object around which Ron Paul's campaign is built, is resonating with grassroot Republicans. Jim Demint's speech at the Republican Leadership Conference yesterday underlines this. As Bill Spiegel, a former member of the Senior Bush President’s Economic Council and the Southern Baptist Liaison for George H. W. Bush says,
“Much of the money that was going to evangelical lobbies in Washington is now going to Ron Paul."

Rep. Mike Turner said last week:
“The President’s report to Congress is an attempt to evade Congressional approval of military action in Libya,” Turner, R-Centerville, said. “His response also fails to answer the questions I and many other members have been asking for months. We still do not know who the rebel forces are, what the plans are if Muammar Gaddafi’s regime falls, and the time frame of our commitment to this conflict.”

Link on the history of assassinations is interesting.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Jim DeMint & Ron Paul: Sipping Hurricanes Together

Quote of the day at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans by Jim Demint, as Hotline editor in chief Reid Wilson (@hotlinereid), Philip Rucker (@philiprucker) and Aaron Blake (@fixAaron), both from the Washington Post, noted:
"I used to think you were crazy Ron, but I'm starting to think I'm a little crazy myself."
Jim DeMint explained what his effort and the effort of the teaparty had been about sofar. It sounded as a very strong endorsement for Ron Paul to me. Both Ron Paul and Jim DeMint had thorough speeches with substance, sharply contrasting Michele Bachmann's empty slogans. She claimed that she can hold together the different factions of the Republican party, but she didn't explain how. Mainstream media is treating her very kindly sofar, allthough Marvin Olasky claims the contrary (for obvious reasons).



Ron Paul's Foreign Policy Goes Mainstream

President Barack Obama has violated the Constitution and law. Congress has a responsibility to act. It's as simple as that.

Tony Gambino, who was the Mission Director of USAID to the DR Congo from 2001-2004 and authored an influential Council on Foreign Relations report on the country, said in an interview with Jason Stearns:
"During the Cold War, US foreign policy globally had clear priorities. That clear lens, however, disappeared with the end of the Cold War in 1990"
Contrary to what Oliver Duggan writes in the UK Independent, the deep dissatisfaction with US foreign policy among American citizens today is not the spitting in the wind of change.

As Tony Gambino pointed out last year, US foreign policy has lacked clear foreign policy objectives since 1990. Since the fall of the Berlin wall US foreign policy is based on sentimental arguments by people like Susan Rice and Samantha Power. They use "genocide" as the focal point for intervention in Libya and elsewhere.

To call Ron Paul controversial while uncritically branding Susan Rice and Samantha Power as mainstream is just ludicrous. Their views certainly do not go unchallenged. Just read Alan J. Kuperman:
"Thus, I offer an alternative prescription: Give less support for violent insurgencies, more incentives for gradual reform, and golden parachutes for departing authoritarian leaders in cases in which forgiving past crimes is the price of preventing future ones."
Alan J. Kuperman wrote in april on Obama's Libya intervention the article "false pretense for war in Libya?":
"EVIDENCE IS now in that President Barack Obama grossly exaggerated the humanitarian threat to justify military action in Libya. The president claimed that intervention was necessary to prevent a “bloodbath’’ in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and last rebel stronghold.

But Human Rights Watch has released data on Misurata, the next-biggest city in Libya and scene of protracted fighting, revealing that Moammar Khadafy is not deliberately massacring civilians but rather narrowly targeting the armed rebels who fight against his government."
It's not just mainstream America that is swimming towards Ron Paul, it's mainstream foreign policy experts that are on the move!
While it's true that nearly ten years after seizing control of Republican foreign policy, neoconservatives and other hawks appear to be losing it, it's not quite clear how opposition against Barack Obama's foreign policy, based on "genocide", inside the democratic party is organising itself. Barack Obama still seems to think mainstream America is neoconservative like Michele Bachmann. As Will Goode comments:
"Michele Bachmann voted to extend the Patriot Act. She continues to support the nonsense wars on terror, Iraq and Afghanistan. Bachmann is another shill put in by the establishment (after Herman Cain) to draw interest away from Ron Paul. It's not working, because Ron Paul is rising in not only the polls, but in the mainstream media - Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, etc"
The real battle is between Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann.

A bipartisan group of ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives have jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court today to stop the U.S. involvement in the war in Libya. The group consists of 6 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Ron Paul is on it, but Michele Bachmann isn't.

This issue is central to the Republican party, as Jim Demint explained at the New Orleans Republican Leadership Conference today: The difference between the US and other countries is that the US does not have a King.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nothing Wrong With Assassination Of Rwanda's Ennemy

It's amusing how Senior correspondent for The New Times, Edwin Musoni, justifies assassination as political method by pointing to western countries that, according to him, use the same method. Especially in the context of his own question:
"should the west define the best democracy for africa or should africans define democracy thier way"

Mood Among Huckabee Supporters

The mood among Huckabee supporters in 2008 is well described by Randy Davis:
“If you remember Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, you may recall for a period of time he left the NBA to pursue a baseball career in the minor leagues,” said Davis, an artist. “Everyone was depressed, because watching the Bulls play without him was torture. Watching the GOP field now is exactly like that, for me – and lots of others.”
Those who claim that Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain have any similarity to Mike Huckabee have either not followed the 2008 primaries or are just plain dishonest.

The Huckabee campaign challenged not just the Republican establishment, it also challenged the Evangelical establishment. Mike Huckabee effectively ended the Bush-Olasky "compassionate conservatism" era. His victory speech on Supertuesday can be seen as a victory not just over the Republican establishment that had allready written him off, but also an ideological victory against the Marvin Olasky's of the status quo that dominated the religious and conservative right during the George W. Bush Era.

The Mike Huckabee insurgency should continue and paradoxically the only candidate that can guarantee this is Ron Paul.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chicago Demo: "Kagame Stop Killing!"


Rwandans and Congolese rallied in Chicago to protest Rwandan 
President Paul Kagame's presence for "Rwanda Day," June 11, 2011.


KPFA News Report, June 11, 2011:


KPFA Weekend News Host:  Rwandan, Congolese, and American activists rallied in Chicago today to protest the appearance of Rwandan President Paul Kagame at "Rwanda Day," a Chicago event produced by a multimillionaire commodities trader at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.   KPFA’s Ann Garrison has more.
Hands around Victoire Ingabire.

KPFA: The June 3, 2011 report from Amnesty International condemns Rwandan President Kagame’s government, saying that “the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), in power since the 1994 genocide, tightly controls political space, civil society and the media, contending that this is necessary to prevent renewed violence.  Human rights defenders, journalists and political opponents cannot openly criticize the government without facing repression, and Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, leader of the FDU-Inkingi coalition of opposition parties remains in maximum security prison, charged with terrorism and genocide ideology, which means disagreeing with the government or the official government history of the Rwanda Genocide.

KPFA spoke to Celestin Muhindura, a Rwandan American and President of the Initiative for Democracy and Development, a non-profit organization that advocates for peace, democracy, and development in Africa, with focus on Rwanda and Congo, whose histories and struggles have been inextricable since the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.
Celestin, can you tell us how the demonstration went today?

Celestin Muhindura:  The demonstration went very well as planned. The goal was to show, to the American people and to the Chicago people in particular, the true color of the Rwandan government, and the true color of the leader General Paul Kagame.

As you know, Victoire Ingabire left the Netherlands to go run for president. She tried to follow the rules in Rwanda, and once she got there, she was denied the right to register her political party, and the violence against her continued until she was arrested, arbitrary. She was not able to run for president, when the Constitution allows her to run. So it's not just for Victoire Ingabire. It's the same for Bernard Ntaganda. Bernard Ntaganda was in the country. He registered his party, which presented him as a candidate, but, when the time came for running, he was put in prison. So, there are many other signs that the Rwandan government doesn't offer a political space.  Any journalist who tries to speak out is either killed or put in prison.  People who try to free the government, their spies follow them in exile, to try to kill them.

KPFA:  Do you believe that if she were freed from prison, Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza could bring reconciliation to Rwanda?

Celestin Muhindura:  As I know her, Victoire Ingabire is a Rwandan patriot, who love people and who love the country, and who has the capability to bring people together. If freed, she's gonna be the hope for the country.

KPFA:  And do you think there's any chance of her being freed?

Celestin Muhindura:  I believe, if the international community puts pressure on Kagame, he will end up freeing her.

KPFA:  Many people seem to fear that there could be another outbreak of violence in Rwanda, possibly even worse than before, because the Hutu majority is so repressed.  Are you worried about this yourself?

Celestin Muhindura:  I'm worried about that and that's why we put together this organization, to try to advocate for a peaceful solution.  So we are afraid because Kagame is pushing hard on people, and if he continues, the volcano will erupt.

KPFA:  Celestin Muhindura, I certainly hope that that does not happen, and thank you for speaking to KPFA.

Celestin Muhindura:  Thank you very much.

KPFA:  For Pacifica, KPFA, and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.

To hear the audio archive of this report, go to http://www.anngarrison.com/audio/kagames-presence-in-chicago-protested.

Civil society protest at the e-G8

Civil society groups to the e-G8, (the electronic G-8): "Protect the Internet. . . .  Maintain the neutrality of the Internet. . .  Establish principles that encourage the free flow of information. . . .  An open Internet is actually the basis for democratic fluorishing around the world. . . that all government policies that hope to encourage citizens to fluorish, including education . . . health. . . energy policy, every variety of policy that operates in the world today, are all encouraged by the existence of an open Internet. . . . and that access to the Internet is fundamental to human beings around the world."  -Susan Crawford, former ICANN Board Member


[EN] La société civile s'en va t'en guerre à l' e-G8 from OWNI on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Police Murder San Francisco: Is This Justice For Oscar Grant?

Would Johannes Mehserle have even been convicted if not for the Oakland rebellions? Initially the police did not even feel that they should arrest Johannes Mehserle, incredible.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rusesabagina Protesting At Hotel Rwanda Chicago

Thoughtful article on Kagame as a benign dictator

Rachel Strohm made me aware of a well-written and thoughtful article on Kagame as a benign dictator by Jack Chapman in which two central claims are made to support his conclusion that:
"Kagame is a dictator. But as long as he maintains stability and delivers reasonably equitable development, he is the sort of dictator Rwanda needs."
First argument is that Kagame has a vision:
"Kagame does not seem a man motivated by the selfish desires of previous African leaders. Rather he presents a vision for a future Rwanda, inspired by the Asian Tigers and by the collective pride that is fostered by a flourishing nation."
The second argument is that
"disintegration of the RPF, or the rise of the extremist faction, would see the end of a coalition between moderates and hardliners within the RPF and that this in turn would probably rip open Rwanda’s social wounds, potentially stirring up the simmering ethnic animosity."
The problem Jack Chaplan tried to solve is stated in the beginning of his article :
"There are few figures more divisive on the continent today."
The question is off course weather Jack Chaplan's article offers a viable solution to a polarized debate on Kagame. Sure his article, like the one he quote's by Phil Clark, rises far above the level of unfounded slander as spread by Peter Guest in the guardian July 15th 2010 about Victoire Ingabire:
"This year, there have been figures who have sought to highlight the old ethnic divisions that once tore Rwanda apart and exploit them for political gain."
The New US Ambassador to Rwanda recently said:
"Peace and security in the eastern Congo remain elusive... and we believe that Rwanda continues to have a critical and proactive role to play in stabilizing the region"
However, stability in the region is based on a correct analysis of the past, present and future. It's precisely in that department that especially American and English journalists and policymakers have made very serious mistakes.

Those who polarize the debate on Rwanda are sitting behind large desks in places like Washington DC, New York and London. Instead of correcting Paul Kagame and his regime when they instrumentalized the genocide to distort the role the French played before, during and after the genocide, anglosaxon journalists and policymakers have gradually become accomplices by spreading and promoting the propaganda of the regime. Paul Quiles, who presided over the French parliamentary mission that investigated the role France played before, during and after the genocide, wrote to UN Secretary General in 2008:
"the multiplication of contradictory versions of the events that took place in the great lakes region since 1990 leads to confusion and heated polemics"
Paul Quiles does admit that France did make mistakes while training the Rwandan army at the time, but at the same time he firmly states that that never means France is responsable for the genocide. Paul Quiles explains why and how. Mitterand, allthough helping the Rwandan army to defend itself against the RPF/Ugandan attack, also obliged President Juvenal Habyarimana to open up political space in Rwanda and conclude the Arusha treaty. Both sides abused this process. On the side of the Hutu's hate radio against tutsi's, the RPF by breaking the Arusha treaty.

Concerning the responsability of all parties before, during and after the Rwandan genocide, Paul Quiles analysis is clear and simple and is the best basis to reach a consensus on how to deal with the polarized debate on Rwanda, Congo and the great lakes region in general.

Cynically speaking Victoire Ingabire, unlike Paul Kagame, does not have bargaining power to reach some Arusha treaty.

Victoire Ingabire is not backed by a rebel army from Uganda, but by a rag-tag band of bloggers which donors and state department think they can ignore.

Friday, June 10, 2011

How Ron Paul Will Win Ames Straw Poll

During the primaries in 2008 I supported Mike Huckabee through my blog Dutch4huckabee. Since Mike is not running, his supporters in Iowa have a strategic choice to make.

To provide some context, this quote is quite helpfull:
"The pro-life community in Iowa, which coalesced around Huckabee in 2008, is currently in the midst of a nasty internal conflict. One side of the pro-life community is pushing for a fetal pain bill like the one that was passed in a number of other states this spring, while the other side, including State Rep. Kim Pearson, a 2008 Huckabee supporter, has fought the bill at every step."
Early strategic endorsements by Republican Iowa legislators Glenn Massie and Kim Pearson, Huckabee supporter in 2008, indicates that Ron Paul's candidacy is well on the way to become the ideal choice for those grassroot social conservatives that backed Mike Huckabee in 2008. Ron Paul, GOP's looney uncle (Juan Williams), is working hard through his campaign to reunite the fractured Republican party in Iowa and across the US. Ron Paul might not have all the answers, but at least he asks some of the questions! Ron Paul thoroughly understands that a primary is not a beauty contest, it's about ideas.

Earlier on this blog I predicted Huckabee voters in Iowa would swing towards Ron Paul, because Ron Paul could well be the Joker in the GOP card deck. I am convinced Ron Paul's main strength in these primaries is his ability to reunite the "balkanized" Republican party.

So register for the Ames Straw Poll!!!



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Congo Diaspora Meets Louis Michel's Son In Belgium

Charles Michel, son of Louis Michel and president of Belgian political party MR had a meeting with the Congolese diaspora to discuss Louis.

Unfortunate Donor Strategy Rwanda

Filip Reyntjens who did an interview on the current state of Rwanda with jambonews sometime ago, stressed the importance of joint donor strategy in order to implement a road map towards democracy:
"ce serait qu’un consortium de bailleurs, fassent en partenariat avec le gouvernement du Rwanda une feuille de route visant à atteindre certains indicateurs relativement quantifiables."
Sofar we have not seen any of that. The spokesperson of the donors to Rwanda, Dutch ambassador Frans Makken, has claimed that the elections in 2010 were "free and fair", and that both the HRW report on gacaca and the mapping report were "unfortunate".

The State department's war crimes chief's visit to Rwanda in the run up to the Lazare Kobagaya trial was part of the same donor strategy. The goal was to use the outcome of that trial as a PR weapon against critics of the Kigali regime, specifically Paul Rusesabagina and Victoire Ingabire.

People like Susan Rice and Jared Cohen would have flooded the internet with sentimental messages about "the first convicted Rwandan genocide suspect in the US", just one week before Kagame's visit to New York and Chicago. Farfetched? Not at all. Wikileaks shows that the State department's war crimes chief lobbied Spain to limit the impact of the indictments of 40 senior Rwandan officiers. For precisely the same image-laundering reasons Susan Rice lobbied at the UN to get Paul Kagame and Spanish prime-minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to co-chair the MDG Advocacy group.

Unfortunately for Stephen Rapp and others at the State Deparment, Lazare Kobagay was not convicted. The Lazare Kobagaya trial reminds me of the book of Esther in the bible in which her uncle Mordechai was falsely accused by high placed government official Haman. The Lazare Kobagaya trial stresses the truth of Martin Luther King's famous words:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
The US government did everything in it's power, invested all the resources at it's disposal into convicting an innocent man for public relations reasons. A script that could have been written for the popular Prison Break series.

A background case study by Omar Shahabudin McDoom on Rwanda's exit path from violence, gives a good overview of the context in which donors should devise their strategy. However Omar Shahabudin McDoom does not propose a strategy.

The "image laundering" ("latest twist in a long effort a image laundering") or "boots polishing" strategies are out-of-fashion, donors and State Department officials should get creative and soon. Now is not the time for shallow "business as usual" (MLK 6:50) Kagame-love-songs, of which today again an example by would-be US Ambassador to Rwanda Donald Koran (Is this the "change we can believe in" ??).

As Victoire Ingabire's FDU-Inkingi’s treasurer, Ms Alice Muhirwa @alicemuhirwa said this week in an interview with afrobeatradio:
"The international community has been supporting Rwanda, particularly in the aftermath of the genocide. In order to sustain the achievements and fruits of this support, it is important that they also get involved in the democratization process, and with human rights and freedoms in Rwanda.

They need to put pressure on the regime to release all political prisoners and to open up the political space. They should leave no stone unturned until Victoire and opposition leaders are set free. It is a shame to offer red carpet to oppressors and dictators. The strength of the international community needs to be seen, and now."

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Somalia: A Million Refugees Face Slow, UN Managed Starvation



KPFA Weekend News, June 4, 2011:

KPFA Weekend News Anchor Cameron Jones:  In Somalia, the UN has increased funding for African Union troops fighting to defend the interim government in the Somalian capitol of Mogadishu.  At the same time the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' office announced an over two-thirds cut in food aid to one million Somali refugees, due to a so-called "funding shortfall," which aid workers say leaves the refugees facing slow death by starvation.  KPFA's Ann Garrison has more.


KPFA/Ann Garrison:  Thomas Mountain describes himself as "the only independent reporter in the Horn of Africa."  In his latest dispatch, published on Counterpunch and AfrobeatRadio.net, he says that the UN has decided that they will provide 30% of the daily minimum food requirement to the million Somali refugees largely created by the so-called War on Terror. At the same time the UN is funding the increase of Ugandan troops in Somalia by the thousands, along with dozens of additional tanks, heavy artillery, and helicopter gun ships, to support the interim Somali government backed by the UN Security Council.

Speaking from Eritrea, Mountain described Somalia as a case of military aggression followed by humanitarian intervention and managed catastrophe:

Thomas Mountain:   The UN is perfectly willing to stand by and allow these people to slowly starve to death.  Somalia's the best example of the evils of humanitarian intervention, where they can intervene and then control hundreds of thousands of refugees created by the United Nations.  And the United Nations can sit back and oversee these people being starved to death.  And it's not only in Somalia.  It's also taking place in Ethiopia.


KPFA:  New York City-based Black Star News Editor Milton Allimadi continues to be a longstanding critic of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's agreement to Ugandan proxy troops in Somalia defending a government backed by the U.S. and the Security Council:


Milton Allimadi:  Uganda is basically acting as a police force on behalf of the United States, in Somalia. The United States would like to base U.S. troops if it could, but that's completely untenable, given the history and the experience of the Black Hawk disaster in Somalia.  The U.S. is not going to introduce U.S. personnel in Somalia, but, if it can find an African country to act as its proxy, then it will do that, and Uganda happens to be playing that role right now.

KPFA:  Thomas Mountain says that Somalia is of huge geostrategic importance, with 40% of the world's maritime traffic, and much of its oil, passing by its shores, but that most of the world is indifferent to the plight of Somalians consequent to intervention organized by the UN Security Council.

For Pacifica, KPFA, and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.

(To hear the radio archive, go to http://www.anngarrison.com/node/201.)

(Here's Thomas Mountain's report, UN Cuts Food, Expands War in Somalia, on AfrobeatRadio.net.)


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Stephen Rapp's Silence On Kobagaya Trial Outcome

In april 2009 we could read:
"The United States government has implicated an elderly African man living in Kansas in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and accused him of concealing his role in the killings in order to win US citizenship."
Today we read
"Jurors in the trial of a Kansas man accused of ordering atrocities during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide tell The Associated Press the panel agreed unanimously that he had nothing to do with the mass killings."
The jury concluded that prosecution did a poor job as said Jurors Richard Shain and Bill Nelson:
"We didn't think the prosecution did a very good job. They put all their eggs in the genocide basket, and it didn't prove out."
Imagine for one second Lazare Kobagaya would have been convicted. The prosecution, Stephen Rapp, Susan Rice and Paul Kagame's regime would be crying victory all over the internet.

Stephen Rapp visited Kigali a couple of weeks before the Lazare Kobagaya trial started and made the following statement:
"We are pursuing (as very high priority) human rights violators accused of the Genocide, who managed to enter the US and managed to get their refugee status and citizenship,” said Rapp, a former Prosecutor at the Tanzania-based International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
“It is a very high priority in the Department Of Justice to prosecute these people, for the false claims they made, and the lies they put on their forms, that they were not involved in the Genocide,”
A clear attempt by this individual to influence the outcome of the Lazare Kobagaya case. We now know that witness tampering occured in the Lazare Kobagaya case. When will Stephen Rapp come out publicly with a statement on the outcome of the Lazare Kobagay case?

The American people deserve answers why more then a million dollars was spent using false testimonies from a country ruled by a genocide suspect that has been accused of multiple assasination attempts both in Africa and Europe?

The American people deserve answers as to why the justice department ignored the warning signals concerning the serious witness tampering accusations in the Lazare Kobagaya case. Especially in the context of the rigged 2010 elections.

Paul Kagame will visit Chicago june 12th. Obviously the regime and it's friends, Ambassador Susan Rice and Stephen Rapp would have used the outcome of the Lazare Kobagaya to spread their propaganda message concerning their great African leader. A conviction of Lazare Kobagaya was supposed to have set the stage for Paul Kagame's visit to Paul Rusesabagina's city:
"The US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen J. Rapp, has said that his country will continue to facilitate Rwanda in bringing to book Genocide suspects and those financing the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda militia."
and

"Both officials confirmed that among the subjects discussed was Paul Rusesabagina, who is accused of financing the FDLR."
Paul Rusesabagina supported Governor Patt Quinn during his election campaign in 2009, see video below.

Justice will not be served until those involved in the witness tampering in this case will be brought to justice. If it can be proven that American officials like Stephen Rapp knew ahead that witness tampering was very likely to occur in this case, I am convinced these individual will have to be brought to justice.

As I said earlier, if Stephen Rapp thinks that his position as State Department War Crimes chief makes him immune to the long arm of the law he is fooling himself. As Martin Luther King said:
"the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice"


In the context of this story listen to Professor Peter Erlinder keynote address at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tampa, Florida on February 27, 2011 at a conference entitled "Wake Up Call for Civil Liberties". In the second part he talks about money transfers:

Friday, June 3, 2011

Acton Institute Takes On Ron Paul

During the primaries it will be interesting to see how people from the Acton Institute, Heritage foundation and Club for growth are trying to influence the outcome.

In my opinion it's clear the Heritage foundation and Club for growth will work hard against Ron Paul. Club For Growth has come out saying some very nice things about Herman Cain and Marion Smith, a graduate fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, said some nasty things about Ron Paul.

All kind of predictable, but what are people at the Acton Institute saying about Ron Paul? People like Kishore Jayabalan and Marvin Olasky
.

Former Ron Paul aid Gary North, labeled Christian reconstructionist, seems to be a strong Ron Paul supporter. Jordan J. Ballor posted this article on the Acton blog last week. Jordan J. Ballor concludes:
"As Moots and Terrell write, “Christian Reconstruction is in no small sense the gateway for libertarianism and Austrian economics to make its way into the thinking of the religious right. While there are clearly points of disagreement, libertarianism’s link to Christian Reconstruction is much stronger than its link to other groups within the religious right.”
This could be significant to the Iowa Strawpoll and Iowa caucus. Mike Huckabee's Iowa chair, Danny Carroll, backs Christian reconstructionist and 2-time failed Alabama gubernatorial candidate Roy Moore:
"Carroll is the former board chairman of the Iowa Family Policy Center, which is now part of Bob Vander Plaats’ Family Leader organization. Carroll is currently a paid lobbyist for The Family Leader at the State Capitol. He is accompanying Judge Moore on a 25-stop, weeklong Iowa tour."

Kishore Jayabalan



Marvin Olasky