Puppets and shadows are concepts which refer to realities they represent or originate from. They can be small or big, or even misrepresent them in a very broad sense. Peter Mutabaruka, author of the following article, argues that our mental models play a crucial role in shaping our thoughts about the reality we have in front of us. When it comes, for example, to the real political power that African dictators hold before their citizens, people might be strongly surprised if they could shift their thinking. There are however a few points on which I disagree with the writer, particularly two: one on the experience of colonialism and imperialism today and the role of the West in the North African uprising of 2011, but I will discuss them another time. I gave to the article the heading you have in front of you because I find it translating better the message he tries to convey to the reader. Continue reading
Through reading the subtitles to the video, one will understand that what is going on in Rwanda politically is not conducive to a sustainable future.
When the Rwandan president Paul Kagame talks of Rwandans, he does not refer to Hutus that he can with impunity treat this way, less like even animals. Since July 94, hundred thousands of them who were not systematically eliminated and cleansed from entire areas of the country, ended up in these places where nobody will ever knows exactly how many died there.
In the census of 1991, there were three ethnic groups in Rwanda, recorded proportionally as in the following statistical figures: HUTU (85%); TUTSI (14%); and TWA (1%). These numbers might have significantly changed since for different reasons, the main one being war.
According to today’s upheld propaganda, prevalent especially since 1994 and which is found in many circles dominated by TUTSI extremists across the world, HUTU are genocidaires. Continue reading
Malcolm Gladwell, in his bestseller The Tipping Point, talks of people called the connectors, those who, in different situations of adversity, particularly connect the dots, and make things happen.
In one example he refers to a group of American soldiers/ or militia men Paul Revere and William Dawes who, during the war of independence, on April 18, 1775 left their ranks at night to accomplish an ultimate mission. Continue reading