Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rwanda governance advisory council: Rwandans Fear Paul Kagame

This week Anastase Shyaka, head of the Rwanda governance advisory council, states:
"opposition party leaders like Ingabire made statements that created fear for both rulers and the communities”
Off course Anastase Shyaka cloaks his criticism of the current regime in a firm attack on Victoire Ingabire:
“The opposition don’t have the maturity to look at issues and policies and engage government on it. Studies show that opposition parties are not vibrant enough because they are not mature and have structural shortcomings."
However, in the context of Rwanda's political reality, these statements should be read as a brave and directly confronting message towards Rwanda's strongman Paul Kagame.

Just after the last presidential elections in Rwanda Anastase Shyaka researched fear among Rwandans, a very interesting read:
"The deep-rooted fear among Rwandans for those in power affects their ability to express themselves freely – which consequently has an impact on political participation, according to a new national survey by the Senate.

69 percent of those surveyed believe the fear of authority is the major obstacle to freedom of speech and political space, followed closely by the mindset of nepotism and the legacy of Genocide."
The report shows that Paul Kagame reached his campaign objective, as I wrote July 21th 2010:
"On the day (words gain their specific meaning through context and timing) that the assassinated vice-president of Rwandan Greens, André Kagwa Rwisereka, was burried, Paul Kagame did not express his regret or extended his condolences as did Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. No, he made this widely published and ambiguous statement:

"My job has not been to create an opposition, my job is to create the environment where legitimate things can happen."

The ambiguity of this statement is intentional. The statement can be interpreted in a lot of ways and can mean a lot of things. We have seen this same strategy employed when he talked about "those leaving the country are like human waste" a couple of months ago. He made a statement in public that could mean that he intended to kill Kayumba Nyamwasa (and the former General's wife clearly understood it that way) but it could also mean something else...."



Friday, July 29, 2011

Wikileaks Revisited By The Southern Avenger

Jack Hunter @southernavenger, who co-wrote Rand Paul's book "The Tea Party Goes to Washington" , was recently hired by Ron Paul's campaign as blogger. In this video he revisits wikileaks. The wikileaks story, in which Bradley Manning plays an important part, isn't over yet.

The drive to release Bradley Manning is only part of a new antiwar movement that, while not as visually striking as the protests that took to the streets in the 1960s, is slowly becoming a force the government must reckon with.

Will Wikileaks, after north africa and Spain, now have an impact on US politics too?
Will it shape the primaries and presidential elections in 2012?

John V. Walsh wrote on dissident voice yesterday:
"On the question of war and empire, the Republican presidential candidates from Romney to Bachmann are clones of Obama, just as surely as Obama is a clone of Bush.

There is, however, one exception, Rep. Ron Paul (R, TX) the only contender who is a consistent, principled anti-interventionist, opposed to overseas Empire, and a staunch defender of our civil liberties so imperiled since 9/11."
Ron Paul said in 2009 "Obama neutralized the anti-war left" and "I am hoping to revive the anti-war movement"

 Seneca writes on Latinopolitics blog:
"Frankly, President Obama does not seem like he was fully prepared to be President. His hubris may have gotten the best of him."
Last week Ruben Naverette wrote on Obama's double talk on DREAM act:
"The president deserves a confrontation over his clumsy, dishonest, and self-serving handling of the combustible immigration issue. Since taking office, Obama has fed the immigrant reform community a steady diet of broken promises, blame-shifting and outright lies."
Three days ago La Raza President Janet Murguía said Obama had failed the Latino community.

Joe Scarborough on lack of leadership by President Obama:


"I have got to clear this up. Mika heard two days ago on Capitol Hill Democrats all saying the same thing. And that is, this president has been invisible, he is not a leader. They said this all behind closed doors. Democratic leaders, Democratic rank-and-file. In fact, 40, 50 of the most powerful Democrats on the Hill"

Florence E. "Betsy" Cline writes from Mason City Iowa: "Give peace a chance, support Paul "
Meanwhile Barack Obama claims America still is the “stalwart partner” of democracies in Africa.
Ron Paul in a discussion with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained very well how the American people don't see the consistency.

Related to this, Tom Woods has an interesting post explaining Ron Paul's position on Israel and on the ignorance of people advocating for American aid to Israel.

With the two Huckabee wannabee's Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty devouring eachother  an Ames Straw Poll win for Ron Paul is becoming more plausible by the day.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Krijn Polder Wiping Tables in The Hague And Vaals

Today PETER CLUSKEY wrote in the Irish times:
"THE HEATED debate over immigration in the Netherlands took a new turn last night when the small town of Vaals in the southeast decided to refuse right of residence to EU nationals without a job or enough assets to support themselves."

Interesting quote in that article:

“We used to be a tolerant country, but not anymore,” says 37-year-old Krijn Polder, wiping down a restaurant table in Vaals town centre. “It makes me ashamed. But still, someone has to decide.”
I noticed that a Krijn Polder was wiping tables in The Hague just two weeks ago:

"We used to be a tolerant country. But not any more," said Krijn Polder, 23, wiping down tables at a canal-side café in The Hague. "
Krijn Polder has added 14 years to his age in two weeks, but his views haven't changed!
"Now, with Poland taking over the EU presidency on July 1, the proposals – currently being investigated by the Dutch parliament - have become politically highly controversial; Poles who are the overwhelming majority of the immigrants to the Netherlands from eastern Europe feel themselves to be the Dutch government's main target.

"We can't protect our community by creating more barriers inside the community," said the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week. "

The consensus in Dutch politics on how to deal with Geert Wilders still seems to be, as Maxime Verhagen said june 29:
'We have to make sure we do not dismiss these concerns as being offensive or unmentionable,' he will say. 'Such unease should also be the unease of a people's party like the CDA.'
Ross Douthat article "a right-wing monster" on how we should place Breivik in the current discussions on immigration in Europe in which he echo's this position:
"For decades, Europe’s governing classes insisted that only racists worried about immigration, only bigots doubted the success of multiculturalism and only fascists cared about national identity. Now that a true far-right radical has perpetrated a terrible atrocity, it will be easy to return to those comforting illusions."
The essential element that plays a central role in the debate is left out by Ross Douthat, the argument made by Donald Tusk in favor of free movement:

"undermining free movement is jeopardising the internal market, solidarity among Europeans and the very European project".

As Jason O'Mahony pointed out july 18th:

"It is that freedom that an EU passport gives, to travel, work and live across Europe, which Tusk knows to lie at the heart of the European project. It’s also the reason why the Polish leader has been very critical of other EU leaders who tip their hats towards the EU but then bad mouth it, or indeed sabotage it to appeal to an anxious home electorate eager for easy solutions and a villain to blame for their economic woes. "
Politicians should focus not on defining our European identity and it's supposed values as driver of the EU project, but on explaining the organic nature of the EU project and how it could be an answer to the aspirations of it's citizens.

What If..... Ron Paul Is Actually Right



Doug Wead explains how Ron Paul's 2007 campaign reminds him of the old retired general William Henry Harrison

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Swedish Supreme Court Releases Sylvère Ahorugeze

In 2006, Kigali indicated that at least 15 Rwandan genocide suspects were living in Denmark.
Sylvère Ahorugeze, a Rwandan national and former director of the Rwandan Civil Aviation Authority and of Kigali international airport, has legally resided in Denmark since the end of the genocide. Under an Interpol arrest warrant, the Rwandan government accused Ahorugeze of war crimes and genocide.

In the absence of an extradition agreement between Rwanda and Denmark, Ahorugeze was arrested in September 2006 under Danish law which allows for the prosecution of genocide suspects resident in Denmark, charged with killing Tutsi civilians. After nearly a year in custody, Ahorugeze was released and awarded damages when a Danish prosecutor dropped the case due to lack of evidence.

However, Sylvère Ahorugeze was arrested again in 2008:
"On 16 July 2008, Ahorugeze was arrested in Stockholm after visiting the Rwandan embassy in Sweden. A Swedish court subsequently ordered him to remain in custody pending a request for extradition by Rwanda on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity."

On july 25 2008 the US government stated in a press release:

"The United States welcomes the July 16 arrest in Stockholm of Sylvere Ahorugeze, indicted by the Government of Rwanda for genocide and would welcome further steps to bring Ahorugeze to justice that are consistent with Swedish law.

The arrest of Ahorugeze follows the July 7 arrest of Callixte Mbarusimana in Frankfurt, also indicted by the Government of Rwanda for genocide.

The arrests of Sylvere Ahotugeze and Callixte Mbarusimana send a powerful signal that there is no refuge for the perpetrators of crimes against humanity."
Apparently Washington "knew" that Sylbere Ahotugeze was guilty. Fits perfectly in the State Department's interference with justice in the great lakes region in the spanish genocide case against Paul Kagame around that same time.

Editions source du nile wrote july 19th 2009:
"Swedish government decided last week that Ahorugeze, a 53-year-old former director of Rwanda's civil aviation authority, would be extradited within 45 days."
Georgetown security brief wrote july 10 2009:
Sweden will become the first European Union nation to extradite a Rwandan, Sylvere Ahorugeze, who headed the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, to his native country so that he can stand trial for his alleged role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide
According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide Sweden suspended the extradition following a request by the European Court of Human Rights, amid concerns over the central African nation's rights record and the independence of its judiciary.

Gregory Gordon of Opinion Juris wrote july 23 2009 that the extradition was suspeneded because:
"Ahorugeze promptly filed a petition with the European Court of Human Rights, which has granted provisional measures asking Sweden not to extradite him “until further notice.”

July 16 200 Cecilia Riddselius, the Swedish justice ministry official in charge of the case, told AFP:
"The Swedish government considers that this decision of the court will be respected," she added."


However, Sylvère Ahorugeze has been released, his lawyer Hans Wide Berg stated today:
"He is sitting in my office now and will probably travel home to his family in Denmark today, said his lawyer, Hans Wide Berg."
Ahorugeze suspects he has been the victim of a revenge plot because as ormer Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Rwanda he has knowledge implicating Paul Kagame in the shooting of the plane of former Rwanda President Juvenal Habyarimana.

A kangaroo court has already sold Ahorugezes house in Rwanda, and a portion of the money has gone to the man who should be the main witness in the case of the killing of 25 Tutsis.

The 2010 Amnesty International Rwanda report mentions Sylvère Ahorugeze:

"Judicial proceedings against genocide suspects took place in many countries including Belgium, Canada, Finland and the USA. Extradition hearings against genocide suspects continued in Finland, Sweden and the UK. No country extradited genocide suspects to Rwanda for trial.

The Rwandan government reported that it had over 500 genocide suspects under investigation around the world. It also stated that some African countries had not co-operated with its investigations.

No country extradited genocide suspects to Rwanda."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Huckabee 2008 Voter Iowa: Ron Paul's Time Has Come

Charlotte Coppess, 57, voted for Mike Huckabee, the winner, in the 2008 Iowa caucuses. Mr. Paul held no interest for her then. But she was curious to hear what he had to say here. And she says:
“I think Ron Paul is a man whose time has come,”
At this point in the Republican race it still looks like a Wallmart with potential supporters moving their shopping carts around the supermarkt deciding on which brand to choose.

For weeks people were still sad about the fact that Mike Huckabee was not running and looking for the ideal Huckabee-look-alike. Eventually people will off course wake up from this slumber and realize that there are only two real candidates in the running: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

Every 2008 Huckabee supporter will have to face this reality at some point. The sooner the better.

Ron Paul has:

Strong endorsements by mainstream Iowa Republicans

Strong polling:
"Obama and Paul would split the vote right down the middle if they were to run against each other in 2012."

Strongest get-out-the-vote effort in Iowa, according to seasoned Campaign director Drew Ivers:
“among the most sophisticated I have ever witnessed.”

So, if you are in Iowa, make sure to register for the Iowa Straw poll in Ames, bus transportation will be provided from your county!

Allthough formulated in a negative way, my analysis is confirmed even by those who don't support Ron Paul, just read Anthony Dalke's blogpost who quotes Huckabee
“Most of these people are friends of mine,” he told POLITICO. “I like them all. I want to see how they play things out. I’m more interested in letting that happen than getting involved.”
and from there concludes:
"However, with Huckabee’s massive influence staying on the set of his show and not on the ground in the Hawkeye State, the SoCon vote will likely remain scattered."
No doubt, Huckabee supporters remember Huckabee's supertuesday speech: "It's a two man race and we are in it....

How Altoona's Adventure Land Family Reunion Shapes US Politics

The organisation behind the family reunion that will take place near Des Moines Iowa, will most likely be among "the most sophisticated ever witnessed". For those who are searching for inspiration on organising a truely exceptional family gathering, not just tips for a boring aimless ride into the mystic, what would be the narrative or theme of your family reunion? Would it be just the regular visit to a art museum and history farms.

Off course, we don't know if Ron Paul will decide to take the 25 members of his family on the sidewinder at the adventure land park. However, what we do know is that the adventure the Paul family is embarking on when taking a bustour through Iowa later this month will most likely be the Iowa family adventure of the century.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will kick off the two-day visit July 29th in Altoona, followed by stops in Sioux City, Spencer, Mason City and then Des Moines. The following day Paul will travel to Dubuque, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Ames.

In the meantime Ron Paul's Ames straw poll get-out-the-vote effort is catching fire. Cory Adams, Republican party chair of Story County (Ames), endorsed Ron Paul yesterday. Sunday evening, in a conference call with Iowa supporters and volonteers, Ron Paul and Drew Ivers gave us an update of the campaign and how you can get a ticket to the strawpoll for 10 dollars.

Iowa blogger O.Kay Henderson gives an impression of the Ron Paul event yesterday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ames:
"Paul began by thanking the crowd for taking time to be in the room. “I see a group like this as being rather unique because sometimes we…get the idea that every single person is really inerested (in politics)…It isn’t quite the case,” Paul said (some are more interest in visiting the Altoona Adventure land for sure). He suggested those who choose to participate in the Straw Poll next month will have an influence on the political process of something beyond even 1000-to-one, as Paul says the Straw Poll results can “make or break” campaigns. Of the Iowa Caucuses, Paul suggested the contest “gives an opportunity for everybody to have a chance.” Without mentioning Mitt Romney by name, Paul decried the “rich people (who) run for office”, who “every once in a while” win.

“Money just doesn’t buy everything,” Paul said. “…Ideas, issues and hard work are so important.”
Craig Robinson, editor of The Iowa Republican website and a former state party political director said yesterday:
“They (the Ron Paul campaign) are far more organized and are running a formidable campaign, they are easily a spoiler for someone. I think the question is whether Ron Paul finishes first or second.”
While many mainstream journalists are treating Ron Paul with respect, those readers who think bias against Ron Paul doesn't exist should read Paul Mulshine's "A key candidate is left out":
"anyone who was paying attention to the race would note that the rest of the field is now arguing on Paul's turf on such issues as foreign policy and the role of the Federal Reserve. You could make an argument that Paul is the story this year. The others are just repeating sound bites."
This bias is not caused by some hidden conspiracy, it's perfectly logical for two reasons. For one, the communitarian "sponge candidates" Rick Perry and Mitt Romney will off course continue to be promoted by neoconservative communitarian Republicans like Gary Bauer, Jennifer Rubin and Marvin Olasky. But at the same time, just as important, liberal journalists are all too willing to help these communitarians, by pushing the utterly irrelevant, as Frank Bruni points out in his excellent article "Much ado about Michele":
"Bachmann has proven a useful pawn for liberals as well, because she conforms to their simplistic nightmare vision of what Republicans are all about and fills them with righteous condescension while sullying the image of the enemy party. "
Huckabee said in 2007at the opening of his campaign HQ:
"we are here to play and we are here to stay"
Ron Paul's family seems to be taking the advice pretty literally.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rwanda: Colonizing the Kivus


KPFA Weekend News Anchor Cameron Jones: The secession of South Sudan rekindled calls for secession around the world, including those of the Rwandan lobby for redrawing the map to make the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North and South Kivu provinces, on Congo’s eastern border with Rwanda, part of Rwanda. Many have long argued that this would simply formalize Rwanda's de facto colonization of the Kivus since Rwandan President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front Army invaded during the First and Second Congo Wars of 1996 to 2003, then continued to cross the border and command de facto militias in the ongoing conflict. KPFA's Ann Garrison has more.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Friends of the Congo's pilot film "Crisis in the Congo, Uncovering the Truth," which was shown at San Francisco's African American Cultural Center this week, points to evidence that the U.S. armed and trained the Rwandan and Ugandan armies who have invaded and occupied eastern Congolese Provinces, beginning in 1996. Former university Professor Yaa Lengi, author of Genocide in the Congo, and leader of the New York City-based Congo Coalition, says that many policy makers in the U.S., have backed the lobby pushing to fold the mineral and natural gas rich Kivu Provinces into Rwanda:

Professor Yaa Lengi: These provinces have been occupied by Rwanda since the invasions of 1996 and 1998 and, as Herman Cohen wrote in the Washington Post in 2003 and in the New York Times in 2008, these two Congolese provinces' economy has been integrated 100% into the economy of Rwanda, meaning that Rwanda controls these two provinces 100 percent. Since Bill Clinton's administration, continues on even under Bush and now under Obama's Administration, Rwanda still occupies those two provinces, controls them. Bill Clinton, with the mining companies backing him, has given carte blanche to Paul Kagame and Rwanda and that control of the eastern Congo continues.

KPFA: Professor Lengi says, however, that 15 years of aggression have only strengthened the resolve of Congolese people in the Kivus not to become part of Rwanda.

Yaa Lengi, author of Genocide in the Congo
Professor Yaa Lengi: Until today, the Congolese people in Kivu do not want to be part of Rwanda. Therefore what Rwanda's been doing, killing those millions of the Congolese, trying to bring in Rwandans to occupy those territories and therefore, maybe later they can have a referendum, so where the Rwandans who have been occupying the Congolese territory can say 'we want to join Rwanda.'  But, as of now, the Congolese people refuse to join Rwanda--those who are in those Kivus territories.

KPFA:  The Kivu Provinces are mineral rich, most famously in coltan, a mineral found in cell phones and other electronic gadgetry, but also in cassiterite, whose common name is tin, and, in other minerals essential to military industrial technology. Lake Kivu, on the border of Rwanda and eastern Congo's South Kivu Province, has huge stores of natural gas claimed by Rwanda, although the dangers of extracting it are shared by Rwandans on its eastern shores and Congolese on its western shores.

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

Radio archive at: http://www.anngarrison.com/audio/rwanda-colonizing-eastern-congo.


African Union Should Get Serious On Promoting Democracy

George Ayittey "Cheetahs vs. Hippos" @ayittey interviewed by Shaka Ssali on democracy in Africa. He quoted US President Kennedy:
"Those who do not make peacefull change possible, make violent change inevitable."

"dictators should get ahead of the curve"
Georgey Ayittey does not just criticize the sitting dictators, but also the opposition parties, mentioning the 90 opposition parties in Ethiopia and the more then 200 opposition parties in Cameroun.

"opposition in Africa should get it's act together"

@ayittey on the African Union and dictators and despots:
"Can the African Union -- a den of dictators and a despot as its Chairman (Obiang of Equat. Guinea) – promote democracy? http://t.co/UVNrU2I "
@ayittey on free press in east Africa:
"Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda -- in the Horn of Africa -- are not democratic and, except Kenya, all lack a free press."
@ayittey on famine and democracy in Africa:
"No substantial famine has ever occurred in a democratic country with a relatively free pres -. Amartya Sen - won 1998 Nobel Prize in Econ."

Bill Easterly, in his never published review of Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid writes:

"aid makes democracy lets likely"

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stop Deportation Of Mathe Karekezi Family

The immigrant vote will play an important role in the upcoming presidential elections. Frank Sharry sums up What Latino Voters Need to Hear on Immigration Reform From Obama

The dreamact network has a petition to Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, John Morton, and Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano on Mathe Karekezi family:
" The father left Rwanda after the genocide to settle in South Africa as a political refugee. The father and mother, Hope, married and the family began to build their life together. Soon after, the family began to receive several death threats and narrowly avoided the kidnapping of their daughter, who was 3 years old at the time, from daycare."

Help bij retweeting:
plz RT 'whether you get killed that is not my business' ICE tells Hope http://t.co/CgbAxC9 #ri4a #p2 #savematheyfamily
 On the leading from the sandbox blog we read Hope Karekezi's full story:

"We also sought advice from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pretoria SA seeking help but we were told there was a long waiting list of refugees in our position who needed to be resettled. My husband’s entire family fled Rwanda and is in hiding. My husband’s brother was killed in 2008 while fleeing for his life from the same Tutsi agents that are hunting our family. He was caught up with between Zambia and Congo"

Tomorrow at 18:00 there is a rally in Atlanta Georgia at St Paul's Presbyterian Church 30308 to support Andy Mathe and the rest of the Mathe Karekezi family.
 
Keep Calling: DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000):
Sample Script: "I am calling to ask that Andy Mathe (A#88-488-386) and his family be allowed to stay. If deported the entire family could be killed, please grant deferred action for the Mathe Family."

at NCLR

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Drew Ivers: Ron Paul's Get-Out-The-Vote Most Sophisticated

Drew Ivers, Republican Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign chairman, said last week that their get-out-the-vote effort for the Iowa straw poll is
“among the most sophisticated I have ever witnessed.”
Drew Ivers is one of the most intriguing American politicians in Iowa and in the Republican party. Drew Ivers was Iowa state campaign chairman for Pat Robertson in 1988 and Pat Buchanan in 1996 and 2000.

After these campaigns, Ivers worked with the right wing Christian Coalition to set up the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.

He was also campaign chairman for Ron Paul in 2008. What is very interesting to me is that Drew Ivers endorsed several candidates in 2010 that are also on the Huckpac list.

Alltough most analysts are not yet seeing it clearly, to me these are signs that the Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul wing of the party are merging. Once Ron Paul wins Ames Iowa the former christian coalition could well coalesce around Ron Paul and thrust him to a Iowa caucus win. Or is Ralph Reed once again going to back the wrong horse?

Ron Paul's campaign blog "the southern avenger"
by Jack Hunter has a prominent place for Jim DeMint's book "the teaparty goes to Washington" on it's frontpage. A clear illustartion of the merger that I am seeing. Rand Paul's "tea party tour" next week fits perfectly in this merging strategy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Huckpac's Jason Schultz Endorses Ron Paul Iowa

Rep. Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) of the Iowa House of Representatives' 55th District today announced plans to endorse Ron Paul in his 2012 campaign for President of the United States.

Jason Schultz was endorsed by Governor Mike Huckabee on August 19 2010:
“Huck PAC and I are proud to endorse Jason Schultz for State Representative District 55. Jason shares our traditional family values, and will fight to protect the sanctity of life and traditional marriage between one man and one woman. Jason served his country honorably in the Iowa National Guard for seven years dedicating himself to protect the freedoms upon which this country was founded."
As I wrote june 10

"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"
A vote on Kim Pearson's Roe-Wade challenging Total Abortion Ban bill by Iowa House Republicans on the 10th of may gives some insight in the split among Republicans in Iowa. As John Deeth writes on his blog:
"If you wanted a perfect measure of the split in the Iowa House Republicans, you couldn't have done better than yesterday's vote on Kim Pearson's Roe-Wade challenging Total Abortion Ban bill. The roll call is a clip-n-save checklist for Campaign 2012: Conservative vs. Very Conservative, Main Street vs. Tea Party, Pragmatist vs. Purist, Leadership vs. Those On The Outs, this has it all."
If you look carefully, the three Representatives that endorsed Ron Paul sofar are all on the left side and in the same column.

Huckpac endorsed 12 candidates in november 2010, 5 incumbents (Jason Schultz) and 7 non-incumbents (\(Kim Pearson).

It's clear Huckabee supporters are swinging in the direction of Ron Paul.

To underline his decision Jason schultz twittered today:
@Jason_Schultz Look at this! RT @RasmussenPoll Obama 41%, Ron Paul 37%... http://tinyurl.com/RR3455

Drew Ivers, Ron Paul's Iowa Campaign chairman, endorsed several candidates in 2010 that are also on the Huckpac list. Very interesting to read. It confirms my earlier observation that:
"Since 2008 Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee's supporters have been the driving force behind the Tea Party"
Jim DeMint seems to understand this the best when he focuses on how libertarians and social conservatives strive for a common goal.

Bloggers played an important role in Huckabee's campaign in 2008, and are allready playing an important role this year. Huckabee 2008 bloggers, like myself, seem to be leaning towards Ron Paul this time. As One mom puts it:

"I, like many conservatives have not selected a candidate for this presidential election. Of those currently running, Ron Paul continues to move to the top of my list"

Ron Paul's campaign is reaching out to bloggers, attracting Jack Hunter of the southern avenger blog as official campaign blogger. Ron Paul received blogger Julie Borowski in his office yesterday. Watch her video below.

Clooney's Spy Satellite over Sudan

In response to the Atlantic Wire post: 


How George Clooney's Satellite Group Is Identifying Mass Graves in Sudan








Just how is it that the ENOUGH PROJECT has access and "on the ground reports" in "places like South Kordofan, where neither the U.N., outside aid groups nor journalists are allowed"? Anything to do with Clooney sidekick John Prendergast's CIA, DIA, National Security Council, National Intelligence Council connections? 
This is a spy operation justified with an Orwellian humanitarian rationale, that of the Harvard/Pentagon publication, Mass Atrocities Response Operations, a Military Planning Handbook.

I'm sorry to see Atlantic Wire joining ENOUGH, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy in another propaganda push, to justify taking "South Kordofan, a major oil-producing region that is now part of the north," and quite likely proceeding all the way on to Khartoum. 

The U.S. military and its partner, the Clooney Satellite Sentinel Project, is not stopping genocide and mass atrocities. It's securing oil and minerals and transport routes and engineering mass atrocities all along the way, to feed the U.S. military's own huge resource hunger, but otherwise to advance predominantly Western, multinational, tax sheltered capital interests. 

E.g., Swiss-based Glencore International, the world's largest commodity trader and South Sudan's new partner in marketing its oil, which displaced the northern Khartoum government of Omar Al-Bashir. NGOs and The Public Eye, a Swiss-based corporate watchdog, have called Glencore out for human rights abuse, catastrophic environmental damage, disregard for worker safety, and anti-union aggression in the Global South, including Sudan's neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Glencore owns 77% of Katanga Mining. Last year Zambia and supporting NGOs accused Glencore of evading taxes by overestimating operating costs, underestimating copper and cobalt mined, and manipulating prices. 

If they really cared about human rights in Sudan, Congo, and the rest of Africa, George Clooney, John Prendergast, the ENOUGH PROJECT, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative would take on Glencore, a far mightier, wealthier, more destructive human rights abuser than the Khartoum government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Jim DeMint Bridging The Libertarian Consevative Ideological Divide

Jim DeMint's way of framing the debate inside the Republican party on how libertarians and social conservatives can work together is attractive. I noticed that in his speech at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Why is that speech not on youtube???

I noticed that again in his endorsement of Ted Cruz in the Texas Senat Race:

“[Ted is] the strongest conservative in the race and he’s earned the support of the grassroots in Texas. Ted Cruz has a deep appreciation for the U.S. Constitution and he’s someone conservatives can count on to fight for the principles of freedom that make America great"
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Conservative Kingmaker Jim DeMint will hold a presidential candidate forum in South Carolina on Labor Day, Sept. 5: The Palmetto Freedom Forum.:
“I want to be a part of the debate obviously,” Mr. DeMint told Washington Wire late last month. “We want to shape the platform of our party and our candidates.”
Jim DeMint has always been seen as a potential McConnell rival.

The polarisation occurs on both sides of the social conservative - libertarian debate. just listen to Michael Moynihan on the Alyona show, and Marvin Olasky in his Ayn Rand piece.

In the primaries the way to judge candidates is not to look for "the social conservative" or "the libertarian" candidate. But to look for the candidate that has the ability to bridge the divide and move the debate forward.

In 2008 that clearly was Mike Huckabee, just remember his Christmas video and his speech on foreign policy. In 2012 that is Ron Paul!

Cameron Cuts Safari Short

Joseph Lake @realclearafrica tweets: @viewfromthecave Ah, very good. There is a lot of misreporting on Rwanda and that article jumps to a false conclusion citing unnamed sources

Joseph Lake @realclear africa:
it is difficult to write well about #Rwanda since '94 but Gourevitch succeeds.
His latest on Rwanda's cycling team
: http://nyr.kr/neYcUo

I agree with Tom Murhpy that it's the #NOTW that cut Cameron's Safari short:

"Trying this tweet again. Speculation Cameron skips Rwanda because of Kagame. http://ow.ly/5Hx7P Truth is that it is the #NOTW scandal."

But the statement by Joseph Lake is too general. Especially in the context of his "endorsement" of Philip Gourevitch this sounds kind of hollow. To move the ball forward on Rwanda concerning this issue, let's try to be more specific.

Steve Deace Pushing Bachmann, Trashing Pawlenty

For those following the Republican primaries in Iowa, listen to this on the ground report from Iowa by talkshow host Steve Deace.

What surprises me most is that Steve Deace thinks Michele Bachmann will win Iowa. He mentioned "the tipping point" by Malcolm Gladwell. I am not sold on his theory that signing the pledge fixed the field, as he suggests. Signing the pledge actually accentuated the divisiveness of Bachmann's positions.

Foreign policy positions will inevitably become more important in this campaign. Jeffrey Goldberg has started with his article "Hazardous Love for Israel" in which he attacks Bachmann's statements. Ross Douthat discusses foreign policy dynamics within the Republican party.

It seems to me Bachmann is working hard to split the former Huckabee vote in Iowa.

My theory is that the more voters learn about Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty, the more they will acknowledge that these two candidates are not that similar to the Mike Huckabee of 2008. The harder these candidates try, the more it will turn voters away.

At the same time these two candidates are splitting the anti Ron Paul vote in Iowa.

From a purely strategic perspective it seems to me that Ron Paul would have been in a much worse situation if Tim Pawlenty had polled so well at this point.

It allmost looks as if Bachmann is paving the way for a Ron Paul victory in Ames Iowa.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

South Sudan's New Oil Marketing Partner


Mark Rich, infamous founder of infamous Glencore 
International, the world's largest commodity trader and 
South Sudan's new oil marketing partner. 

KPFA Weekend News, Saturday July 16, 2011:

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (L) 
and Sudan’s President Omar Hassan 
al-Bashir attend the Independence 
Day ceremony in South Sudan’s 
capital Juba July 9, 2011
KPFA Weekend News Anchor David Rosenberg: The newly independent nation of South Sudan celebrated its independence from Sudan last Saturday and Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir traveled to the new nation’s capitol, Juba, to congratulate the Southern Sudanese people. Fighting continues in the border states, however, and many fear that South Sudan’s Independence Day may have been the calm before the storm, because negotiations about sharing oil revenues and the demarcation of borders, broke down before the celebrations. The North has threatened to cut off oil pipelines from the South to Port Sudan in the North and the South responded by threatening to build its own pipeline to the Indian Ocean through Kenya. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has more.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: South Sudan has fertile farmland, timber, copper, uranium, and other mineral reserves, and much of the world’s gum arabic, which is essential to making soda pop and ice cream, but its most contested resource is oil. Prior to the independence of North and South, Sudan was the third largest oil producer in Africa, but seventy-five percent of its known oil reserves were in what became, on July 9th, South Sudan. Pipelines controlled by the Sudanese government in Khartoum transport the oil in the South to refining infrastructure in the north, and to Port Sudan, on the Red Sea, for export. 

U.S. AID Map of Sudanese oil pipelines
http://goo.gl/rbxRS
President Omar Al-Bashir threatened to shut down the pipelines before talks on oil sharing broke down, and the South responded that it might bypass Khartoum and connect its oil to a new East Africa pipeline running through Uganda and Kenya to the Indian Ocean. If built, this pipeline would unify what Ugandan American Milton Allimadi, editor of the New York City-based Black Star News, describes as a vast oil field in Southern Sudan and Northwestern Uganda, all of which is now secured by the U.S. military and its African partners:

Milton Allimadi: Southern Sudan borders Northern Uganda, and going from that region into Western Uganda, that’s a vast oil field. So if you look at it as a continuous region, starting from Western Uganda sweeping into Northern Uganda into Southern Sudan. . .very rich oil fields. . . which, considering the U.S. presence in the region right now, is much more secure than some of the oil fields in the Middle East.

KPFA: Within days of its independence, the Government of South Sudan announced the formation of PetroNile, its joint venture with Glencore International, a public limited corporation traded on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges, headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, and registered in Jersey, a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel, which serves as a corporate tax haven. Glencore was founded by international commodities trader Mark Rich, who was indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion and making illegal oil deals with Iran during the late 1970s-early 1980s Iran hostage crisis. Rich was in Switzerland at the time of the indictment and has never returned to the U.S., although President Bill Clinton pardoned him on January 20, 2001, Clinton's last day in office.

Investigative journalist Keith Harmon Snow says that Southern Sudan’s joint venture with Glencore is the conclusion of years of U.S. covert operations financed by U.S. taxpayers:

Keith Harmon Snow: The American public has been hoodwinked into believing that the situation in Sudan is independent, and that there’s now an autonomous, independent country. What’s been pulled over the American public’s eyes is all of the corporate interests, all of the killing that’s been done by the American military interests on the ground, the private military companies connected to the United States, and by our proxy forces. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army and the Sudan Liberation Army are funded by the United States, all covertly, and this is what the American taxpayers are paying for.

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

Ron Paul Will Beat Obama in 2012

Friday, July 15, 2011

Brent Budowsky Campaigning For Ron Paul

It's not just people like Gary Bauer, Star Parker and Marvin Olasky  that are trying to run Ron Paul's campaign of the road by promoting Michele Bachmann. I get the impression the Bachmann promotion by Markos Moulitsas serves the same purpose.

Everyone knows Michele Bachmann's campaign isn't going anywhere, the logical thing to do for those who want Mitt Romney to capture the nomination is to support Bachmann in this phase of the primaries.

The democrat Brent Budowsky at least doesn't seem to calculate his strategy (does he have one?), he is frustrated with just about everybody ranging from Barack Obama to Ron Paul:
"Voters don't care, Mr. President, about how much you distance yourself from various Democrats or maneuver yourself between various factions in a system they believe is corrupt, hostile to their interests, and alien to the notion of the American Dream."
"All of the Republican candidates for president look ridiculous when discussing the debt ceiling. It is a race to the bottom in a party dominated by extremists, with a third-rate flock of candidates playing amateur night at the farm, now including Ron Paul. His latest ad makes him look like a righty blogger or cranky talk-show host, not a worthy leader of a great nation. " 

Let's see how the attacks by democrats are going to look like when Ron Paul wins in Ames Iowa. In the mean time Obama's democrats are trying to limit the damage of the Libya misadventure and creating smoke screens concerning the Obama doctrine.

Voting Ron Paul in the primaries could be an application of the "divided government voting heuristic", based on Benjamin Franklin's words:
"It is not enough that your Legislature should be numerous; it should also be divided."
A Ron Paul win in Ames Iowa would certainly be a home run hit against the above cited pandering pundits.

Pundit, according to wikipedia, originates from the Hindi term pandit, which in turn originates from the Sanskrit (a language from ancient India) term paṇḍitá, meaning "learned":
"someone who is erudite in various subjects and who conducts religious ceremonies and offers counsel to the king"
Might the word pundit actually have the same root as the word pandering?

Gary Martin, mysanantonio, writes:

Paul used an aggressive radio ad campaign to defeat Laughlin, who had switched parties and was rewarded by GOP leadership with a seat on the coveted House Ways and Means Committee.

Paul won that 1996 race despite Laughlin's heavy backing by the NRA, Republican National Committee, the Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Paul returned the favor.
He still is!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ron Paul's Path To Iowa And New Hampshire Win Perfectly Plausible

The blog Race 4 2012 adds it's voice to the choir of political analysts that are convinced Ron Paul's path to victory in both Iowa and New Hampshire is wide open.
Last month at the RLC,  Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina, highpriest of tasseography, explained how he thought Ron Paul fits in with  his effort and the effort of the teaparty sofar:
"I used to think you were crazy Ron, but I'm starting to think I'm a little crazy myself."
To me it sounded very much like he had just found the missing piece of a great puzzle he was working on.

I don't read tealeaves, but I do see an intriguing pattern here. It's an echo of  Juan Williams' words , who says this with amazement:
"If you have not been paying attention, it is time to look around and realize that we are living in the political age of Rep. Ron Paul."
It's also an echo of the thoughts of chief media advisor in 2000 and 2004 for George W. Bush’s campaign for President (Mark McKinnon), who said:
"Ron Paul becoming the ideal pick for voters who want to buck the status quo"

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ron Paul vs Bernanke: Why Do Central Banks Hold Gold?

Today Congressman Ron Paul questions Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in a U.S. House Financial Services Committee Meeting shortly after reports surfaced that the Federal Reserve was preparing for a third round of quantitative easing.

Analysis in an article by Agustino Fontevecchia on his forbes blog says:
"The interesting exchange served as one of the few times Bernanke has been publicly pushed off his comfort zone by an elected official. Rep. Ron Paul brought up the issues that he’s famous for, namely, a sort of allegiance between the Fed and the nation’s most powerful institutions, the illusion of fiat money, and the gold standard. Bernanke, angered and bothered, had no option but to respond"
Great question by Ron Paul:
"why do central banks hold gold?"
Bernanke answers:
well, it's a tradition.
The campaign for liberty blog follows up on this with an interesting fact:

"central banks in developing countries have been diversifying out of paper money and into gold bullion."

Business insider says that the line from Bernanke's testimony this morning is getting some folks all atwitter (first time i see that word!!!) and asks the question:
"if not tradition, what exactly is the argument for gold having value?"
Blogger George Washington (nice name) on Zerohedge points out:
Fed Chairman Bernanke Says "Gold Is Not Money" ... But His Predecessor Alan Greenspan Disagrees
Another great blogpost and commentsection for those who follow this debate!

Bill Turner writes:
"In the twilight of his career, Paul is finally striking gold. Perhaps it is not in the vault of the Federal Reserve, but it is in the mainstream of the public's consciousness. How he spends his new fortune can shape the course of fiscal policy for the next generation of libertarian thinkers and politicians."



In the meantime Bachmann and Santorum are going nowhere and democrats are desperately trying to regroup around the supposed Obama doctrine. The theory that Bachmann is an anti-establishment candidate is false, I will write an article on that sometime. Ron Paul, Bachmann and Palin are on the rise since aprilbut, as New Hampshire Senator Judd Cregg says: Bachmann has a problem.

One cadidate has always been true: Ron Paul. Standing up to the Washington machine, guided by principal, watch the Ron Paul add, airing in Iowa:



Ron Paul on freedomwatch comments on Gold, Money and the Constitution: "Ben Bernanke was very blunt.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

South Sudan Sets Secession Precedent For Congo?

The secession of South Sudan has sparked a wave of secession speculation and secession dreams around the world.  And obviously we also witness the resurfacing of the "Kivu secession" lobby with the usual "Congo is a failed state" argument and predictably Rwanda backers opportunistically jumping on board.

 Laura Collinson, a Canadian working with the Government of Rwanda through the International Growth Centre eagerly retweeted the article by  G. Pascal Zachary "After South Sudan: The case to keep dividing Africa":

"@lcollinson After South Sudan: The case to keep dividing Africa - Eastern Congo next, to benefit from trade with Rwanda? "

Pascal Zachary suggests, referring to a paper by Pierre Englebert, in that article, just like  pro-Kagame propagandist Andrew Mwenda on twitter, that secession might solve the Kivu problem. Pascal Zachary does add that there is no evidence suggesting a majority of Kivutiens would want a secession.

 It's outsiders that have promoted the case for secession of Kivu. Apart from several policy experts abroad dreaming of turning Congo from a failed to a succes state, we should not forget the Ugandan and Rwandan journalists aiming to give legitimacy to the RPF backed rebelgroup CNDP of Laurent Nkunda in eastern Congo.

Would secession of Kivu solve Congo's problems, as suggested? Would the FDLR problem suddenly disappear? Would it adress the grievances of both Rwandans and Congolese? Offering secession as solution to the political problems in the region is like throwing oil on the fire. It ignores the political opposition in both Rwanda and Congo .

It would off course be great if the east african community could play a role in pacifying the region, but not by promoting secession. That would be a big mistake similar to the mistake the EU made when it let Greek Cyprus enter the EU without solving it's problems with Turkish Cyprus first.

Rwanda and Burundi could play an enormously important role in the great lakes region if they turned their efforts towards becoming a bridge between English and French speaking Africa. Striving for sustainable peace in Congo should be paramount. Instead of secession of Kivu, the East African Community should be more ambitious and strive for a sustainable peacefull solution for the whole region. A stable and peacefull Congo would be beneficial both economically and culturally to the whole region.

Instead we read Rwanda is seeking support from the East Africa Community partner states to crush a new rebel group based in the DR Congo.

In July last year, the DRC Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Juma-Alfani Mpango applied for observer status in EAC, a step that a country requesting to join EAC has to attain before becoming a full member.
It seems that the East African Community is not eager to extend a warm welcome to the DRC. This stands in stark contrast to the warm words by Kagame and Kibaki for South Sudan in february 2010:

"Nairobi. Kenya and Rwanda have invited the independent South Sudan to join the East African community."

Reiterated last week by Mary Baine, Rwanda's State Minister of Foreign affairs:

"So, if southern Sudan wants to join the EAC and if you look at its proximity to the EAC it would only make economic and political sense"


Apparently South Sudan is very optimistic about joining the EAC. It seems as if South Sudan's membership is allready a done deal.

Congo represents a huge opportunity for the EAC as Noelle Terpend explains in a recent study:

" it cannot be ignored because of it's huge opportunities in all fields including agriculture"
The presidents of Rwanda, Burundi  should demonstrate leadership by taking bold steps towards Congolese EAC membership.

If you are looking for a job as evaluation Specialist and want to lead a final evaluation of MSI’s community stabilization project in Goma in Eastern DRC, take a good look at this job offer.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jim Gilliam And Marvin Olasky's Common Denominator: Flirt With Communitarism

What do democrats and republicans have in common? I think the most obvious traight of resemblance is the tendency to flirt with communitarism. As Wikipidia explains:

It is quite possible that the United States' right-libertarian ideological underpinnings have suppressed major communitarian factions from emerging.[6] Communitarian are often easily villainized as those seeking big governments and nanny states. President Bill Clinton was open about his support for much of Amitai Etzioni's philosophy (communtarism), though whether this reflected on his actual policy program is debatable. It has also been suggested that the "compassionate conservatism"  (Marvin Olasky) espoused by President Bush during his 2000 presidential campaign was a form of conservative communitarian thinking, though he too did not implement it in his policy program

Marvin Olasky promoting communitarism on Amazon: Etzioni's book Next:
"For those of us bored by ponderous and predictable liberal treatises, Next is a succinct and creative pleasure. All those debating America's political future should think through its proposals."-Marvin Olasky, Senior Fellow, Action Institute and author of Compassionate Conservatism: What It Is, What It Does, and How It Can Transform America "

Interesting that Marvin Olasky denies that he flirts with communitarism. Probably depends on how you define communitarism.

 I noticed that there is a PDFmeetup in Brussels tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM. As I am interested in meeting other bloggers in Brussels and in democratic development, it triggered my curiosity. And if I have time I will no doubt try to join. The meetup is promoting a video speech by this activist that sounded like a stealth campaign for the re-election of Barack Obama. Jim Gilliam, who grew up home-schooled and attended some Jerry Falwell school, now claims "that the internet is his religion". Obviously applauded by many non-believers seeking for guidance. In Dutch we would say the message is received as God's Word by an elder.

Harry Binswanger, long time Ayn Rand associate, said recently:
"To those who seek such a compromise, we say: if you think you can reconcile reason and faith in your personal life, go ahead and try. But we urge you not to base your support of freedom and capitalism on religion: to say freedom stems from faith is to say that reason is on the side of dictorship."
To claim that freedom stems from reason is like an echo of the french revolution where the revolutionaries erected a statue for the god of reason. It's against this idea of putting reason at the center of everything that Groen van Prinsterer and Abraham Kuyper stood up. The history of the French revolution shows us that reason can quite well be put on the side of dictatorship.
However, Marvin Olasky's call on Republicans to disassociate themselves from Ayn Rand  could well be an effort to disguise a more fundamental battle within American politics in favor or against communitarism.

The rise of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands can be seen as proof that  commmunitarism, as promoted by Jan-Peter Balkenende for a decade, does not work. Marvin Olasky's attack against Ayn Rand , rather then a defense of christian engagement in politics, should be interpreted as a defense of his own communitarist tendencies.

So let's defeat communitarism and support Ron Paul. Let's defeat Michele Bachmann.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Andrew Mwenda Tweeting For Congo Breakup

On the day of Sudan's partition Andrew Mwenda advocate's for Congo breakup. Will Sudan's partition lead to Congo's breakup, as Gideon Rachmann's seems to suggest?

 In 1961 Mobutu stated:
"The National Army cannot tolerate that the country be handed over to men who are guided by foreign influences, "The Congo is independent and will stay independent; it is not for sale to any ideological bloc."

To understand the history of the DRC since 1960 nobody can ignore Mobutu. During a state visit by Mobutu in 1983, Reagan praised the Zairian strongman as "a voice of good sense and goodwill."

However in february 1993:
"a State Department paper outlining possible steps describes Zaire's plight as extremely dire. Zaire, one of the world's poorest countries, is developing into "Somalia and Liberia rolled into one, with vast potential for immense refugee flows, regional destabilization and humanitarian disaster," the paper said. Clinton's Approval Expected
The paper, dated Feb. 11, added that if the United States and its allies "allow Mobutu, one of Africa's strongest and longest dictators, to destroy the country in order to prevent the emergence of democracy, United States efforts to foster democracy in Africa may suffer a tremendous setback."
 Interesting how Clinton claimed to support the emergence of democracy in Congo in 1993 adding tough economic and diplomatic sanctions targeted personally at the Zairian leader. Why weren't there any sanctions against Museveni who was invading Rwanda at the time? But at least Bill Clinton seems to have learned a lot since, especially that it's perfectly justifiable to support leaders in Africa that are hostile to democracy.

Mobutu himself said about these sanctions:
"I am the latest victim of the cold war, no longer needed by the U.S.,the lesson is that my support for American policy counts for nothing."

Whatever you think about Mobutu, he has a point here. Off course Mandela was the hero of the day and Clinton, the weak leader he was, just had to follow the wind of the day. On Congosiasa an interesting discussion takes place on the origin of armed groups in the Congo between Judith Verweijen and Rich who stated:

"You are right in pointing to the fact that L D Kabila used armed groups as proxies but I would argue that this is because he was left with no options if he wanted to prevent his enemies military might to overthrow him! At that time L D Kabila did not have an adequate and reliable army that could be operationalized effectively against, for instance, a very disciplined and professional Rwandan army. Yes there could be a problem of trust but most importantly, a considerable number of ex FAZ who ended up in re-education centres were demoralised, they developed hatred against L D Kabila. At the same time, it became increasingly difficult to even reform units that existed under FAZ since individual members were scattered across the country, some in re-education centres, some in the new army, some close to the Rwandan allies some close to L D Kabila’s regime, some in exile etc… on top of calling upon the SADEC's help, the other option was to use anything or anyone who is willing to fight Kagame and museveni. In other words, disbanding the FAZ the way he did left him with no option when he fell out with his allies.

It is true more academic insights are needed to shed light on the Congolese military and the management of security in a country where everything is very urgent."
Andrew Mwenda today claimed:
In fact international law should not protect countries whose governments or states cannot ensure effective control over their territory

The international guarantee of sovereignty is one of the factors that has slowed down the evolution of more effective states in africa

Of course the people of south Sudan have fought gallantly to be separated from the regime in khartoum. Somaliland too deserves sovereignty

Any country whose government cannot build capacity for effective control should lose sovereignty
This way, nations like DRC can be allowed to break up or be swallowed by more effective neighbors

Well, any state without effective military and administrative control territory cannot protect it's own people

The primary function of the state is to ensure security of person and property. This needs effective military and administrative control

 Indeed, without the state monopolizing the legitimate use of violence, you have anarchy, the war of every man against every man

Human rights fundamentalists miss this very important role of the state. How can a weak state protect the rights of it's people?
The UN came to save DRC in 1960 and left it in the mess it has been in for eternity.

The pro-kagame rhetoric by Andrew Mwenda is well known, but these tweets remind me of the kivu-secession propaganda in Ugandan newspapers in 2008 when Nkunda was waging war in eastern Congo. These articles were aiming to justify Rwanda's covert and less covert involvement in eastern Congo.

Andrew Mwenda's claim that the DRC has been in a mess since 1960 is also noteworthy.  Longtime Congolese blogger from Washington DC, Alex Engwete, commented on a similar claim in his birthday post: "Personal: Missing Mobutu on my birthday" :
in a UNDP report that came out last year which, according to the BBC, “concludes that since 1970 there has been significant progress” in the Third World. With this damning caveat however:
“In Africa only three countries have gone backwards since 1970 - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Zambia - the first two because of conflict and bad government, and the last principally because of HIV/Aids.”
Well, the Democratic Republic of Congo didn’t go “backwards.” In fact, the country was faring better “backwards” than it is right now… As I recently told a friend, the DRC has gone out of the axis of its own history…