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16 novembre 2007

I was shot yesterday night

Yesterday Thursday November 15, 20:00 hrs, Eastern Standard Time, Washington, DC. I just finished the Swahili class I hold on Mondays and Thursdays on my street, not far from home. On the street, a few blocs from home, my daughter’s mom calls to inform me that she’s parked in front of the house, she’s just returned from grocery shopping and I need to hurry up to help get the heavy bags inside the house. A neighbor---a white guy who’s worked in Sierra Leone---sees me, says hello, and crosses the street on the side where I am.... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 20:42 - Commentaires [12] - Permalien [#]
13 novembre 2007

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Siren of African Historical Novel

This past long weekend---it was Veterans' Day weekend in the U.S.---I serendipitously discovered the new siren of African Historical Novel: the Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born in 1977) in her 2006 novel Half of a Yellow Sun that has been reissued in paperback this year (New York: Anchor Books, 2007).  I'm thrice ashamed by the fact that: 1) At the bookseller, I was wholly attracted by the paratextual guise of the novel's marvelous cover design (in spite of the proverbial warning that you don't buy a book by its cover); 2)... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 20:44 - Commentaires [70] - Permalien [#]
08 novembre 2007

Sexual Terrorism: Bureaucratic Realism vs. Academic Word-mongering Malpractice

Victims of Sexual Terrorism in a hospital ward in eastern Congo/Photo: Hazel Thompson Rwanda exported “sexual terrorism” to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), mostly in the late 1990s, when the chase and revenge killings of the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide turned into a full-scale counter-genocide of Hutu refugees with more than 230,000 victims. Beside outright killings, rapes and sexual mutilations of Hutu women were systematically carried out as a form of punishment of their ethnic group’s perpetration of... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 21:20 - Commentaires [312] - Permalien [#]
07 novembre 2007

The 1997 U.S.-sanctioned counter-genocide of Hutu refugees in DRC

Three significant developments happened this past week that would hopefully shed light on the U.S.-sanctioned counter-genocide perpetrated by the Rwandan government against Hutu refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1997. The first development was the 5-point memorandum released by Amnesty International (AI) on November 2, 2007 entitled “Rwanda: Suspects must not be transferred to Rwanda courts for trial until it is demonstrated that trials will comply with international standards of justice.” The very first... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 11:28 - Commentaires [186] - Permalien [#]
05 novembre 2007

CISSA Workshop in Kigali (Rwanda) : A buzzing beehive

In August 2004, in Abudja, Nigeria, was created the last-born of the bureaucracies of the African Union---an already budget-gouging and unsustainable structure of impoverished African countries---called “Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa” (CISSA). This bureaucracy, like other African Union bureaucracies, is afflicted with expensive punctual annual conferences, with a myriad of workshops in-between, during which delegates from member countries live at the expense of their governments for a week. To this... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 22:19 - Commentaires [12] - Permalien [#]
05 novembre 2007

Kigali : L’Atelier du Comité des Services de Renseignement et de Sécurité Africains (CISSA) : Un gaspillage des ressources

C’est en août 2004 à Abudja, au Nigéria, que fut créée la dernière-née des bureaucraties de l’Union Africaine---déjà budgétivore pour les pays pauvres du continent---appelée « Comité des Services de Renseignement et de Sécurité Africains », mieux connu sous son sigle anglais CISSA. Cette bureaucratie s’illustre par des conférences annuelles ponctuelles durant lesquelles les délégués vivent aux frais de la princesse pendant une semaine. A ce jour, cette bureaucratie est à sa 4ème conférence tenue au mois de juin de cette... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 19:54 - Commentaires [17] - Permalien [#]
04 novembre 2007


According to Mr. Ahmad Daoud Chari, the state prosecutor of Abeche---the Chadian city where the staff members of the French group “Arche de Zoe” were arrested with more than one hundred children ready to be flown to France---the penal code of Chad is just a blank register: there are no laws written in the books to deal with such crimes. “There are no other penalties in the abduction chapter [of the criminal code] stronger than the one we chose,” Mr. Chari told reporters of IRIN, the news agency of the UN Office for the... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 13:11 - Commentaires [51] - Permalien [#]
03 novembre 2007

Cyberpatrol: Rwanda’s state-run The New Times’ contradictory responses to International Crisis Group and Amnesty International

Africa is the modern-day Wild West of “The New Imperialists,” to borrow the apt expression coined by Greg Mills to describe the Western humanitarian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and their over-paid staff roaming the continent .In the conflict-ridden region of the African Great-Lakes, the most loathed NGOs by governments and their citizens are rights, governance, and accountability organizations like the New York-based “Human Rights Watch” (HRW) or the London-based “Amnesty International” (AI) and “Rights and... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 22:06 - Commentaires [42] - Permalien [#]
02 novembre 2007

Representation of Feminity: Dr Faida Mitifu

Three things strike one as odd in the life of Her Excellency Dr. Faida Mitifu, the Congolese Ambassador in Washington, D.C.: 1) She’s a woman and the mother of three in the competitive male-dominated arena of Congo’s diplomacy; 2) She was born in 1959 in the city of Bukavu, in the eastern Congo, where most of atrocities against women are currently taking place; and, last and not least: 3) Her doctoral dissertation in Francophone literature at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia (USA) is entitled “The ... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 19:15 - Commentaires [9] - Permalien [#]
02 novembre 2007

The Holy Bible has eaten the soul of my nation from the inside and left it an empty and stinking shell

At Congo’s independence in 1960, Mircea Eliade, the expert on myths and religion, had this anecdote to comment about the way Congolese people lived the event, or rather turned it into a cargo cult, in the opening pages of his book “Myth and Reality”: “In some villages the inhabitants tore the roofs off their huts to give passage to the gold coins that their ancestors were to rain down. Everything... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Alex Engwete à 16:01 - Commentaires [17] - Permalien [#]