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From Texas in Africa
Fri Feb 22 2013, 16:12:00
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and businessman and philanthropist Howard Buffett have a column in Foreign Policy this week titled, "Stand with Rwanda." In the piece, they argue that aid cuts to Rwanda in the wake of the UN Group of Experts' revelations that Rwanda is actively supporting the human rights-abusing M23 rebel movement in the DRC should be restored. They ignore the "generally democratic governments don't like to give money to war-mongering states" aspect of this issue, instead focusing on the negative effects of the cuts for Rwanda's population and how indisputably effective aid has been in Rwanda.
Blair and Buffett also argue that the DRC's problems are more-or-less entirely rooted in the DRC's poor-to-barely-existant governance, fragile security, and weak state. They ... [view whole blog post ]
From Africa is a Country
Fri Feb 22 2013, 15:00:17
Let's start with three club tracks. It's Friday after all. Above is a track by the Owiny Sigoma Band, taken from the album 'Power Punch' (forthcoming on Brownswood Recordings). The Band is a collaboration between a handful of London-based musicians and Kenyan artists Joseph Nyamungo and Charles Okoko. You could dance to it. Next is [...] [view whole blog post ]
From Enough blogs
Fri Feb 22 2013, 13:02:27
This op-ed originally appeared on CNN Opinion.
Early one eastern Congolese morning six months ago, Josephine was sleeping in her hut, dreaming about selling her crops. She heard people singing victory songs, thinking it was part of her dream, but gunshots jolted her awake. She could see in the light of dawn that the next village was on fire. She saw people fleeing toward her village, some being shot as they ran. [view whole blog post ]