Monthly Archives: December 2011

Irrational and politically motivated cessation of refugee status for Rwandans

In November 2011, the Rwandan government and UNHCR discussed the cessation of refugee status to hundreds of thousands of Rwandans who continue to live out of their country as a consequence of tragedies which engulfed Rwanda since early the 1990s. Almost more than twenty years after, outcomes of catastrophic events of that period, and particularly the 1994 genocide and ethnically related massacres which followed inside and outside national boundaries, persist in affecting millions of people in the entire Great Lakes region. Continue reading

Ambassador Rice in Rwanda on “Building a New Nation”

November 23, 2011


Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology on “Building a New Nation: Rwanda’s Progress and Potential,” November 23, 2011 Continue reading

Revolution and counter-revolution in the Arab world

By Joseph Daher

To mark one year since the start of popular protests in Tunisia, Joseph Daher, co-author of ‘The People Demand: a short history of the Arab Revolutions’, examines the continuing Arab revolutions and the challenges they face.

It is one year since the revolutionary process in the Middle East and north Africa began. We can now observe a struggle between the counter-revolutionary forces of Western imperialists and their regional clients, led by Saudi Arabia, and the popular movements. Continue reading

Rwanda: a state without a statesman‏

By Theogene Rudasingwa

It was an annual event that has been erroneously baptised national dialogue. It is neither national nor even a dialogue. Paul Kagame and his RPF-a minority in a political and ethnic sense- use the occasion to harass Rwandans who are not in their ever diminishing clique, and foreigners who raise questions about Rwanda’s current crisis of human rights and governance. Kagame’s monologue was almost solely directed against all foreigners- mainly the United States (whose Ambassador, Susan Rice, criticised Rwanda’s lack of democracy, press freedoms and abuse of human rights) and Belgium. His list of enemies also included the usual suspects: journalists and human rights activists. It is, however, to Ambassador Rice’s criticism that Kagame hurled harsh words and insults: intruder, nonsense, joker, liar, double standards, masqueraders, etc. Continue reading

Victoire Ingabire spends another Christmas in Paul Kagame’s prison

This sounds like a predicament and of course it is. Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi, a Rwandan opposition party, was imprisoned on October 14th, 2010. It was only two months after Kagame, the Rwandan president, had re-elected himself with more than 93% for another seven years. Let’s not forget that since July 1994 he had already spent another sixteen ruling over every living and  dead creature in the country. In a context where change is not part of factors for improvement, he could be in place until 2017, and then even impose himself for another seven years term if he is not stopped. Continue reading