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BBC (nearly) runs film praising Rwanda’s dictator, “supported” by company linked to ruling party

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Update: Many thanks to Nick Wallis, who tells me that the film was pulled from the BBC schedules prior to being aired and never actually went out. Will update again if I can find out more…

Last year I blogged about the Rwandan government’s $50,000 deal with the US PR firm Racepoint, whose strategy includes promoting “Rwanda’s Visionary Leader… highlighting President Kagame and his visionary leadership”, while  “communicating the successes of Rwanda with key stakeholders in the political and financial elite communities”.

The PR firm…  outlines “a consolidated set of tactics to publicize both Rwanda and President Kagame“. This will initially involve “leveraging top print and broadcast outlets to communicate the Rwanda success story… and, in the process, validate it based on their credibility”, together with “a proactive campaign that leverages the web to seed stories favorable to Rwanda”.

Racepoint singles out  the Huffington Post as a particular online media target, together with “careful seeding across the blogosphere” to “initiate an offensive to control the organic search on Rwanda and set the agenda in print and broadcast”.

One of the key themes within the PR strategy’s “Education and inform program” would include:

The Rwandan Miracle: Healing of a Nation – We will highlight the rapid healing of the Rwandan nation, it will rely on visuals to drive the story home, Including inviting a handful of top-tier influencer media into the country to observe and Interview people in society.”

So I was very interested to hear about a new 45-minute film, reportedly due to air on May 12th and 13th on BBC World News, called “Rwanda-17 – Healing a Nation”.

The blurb from the film paints a heartwarming picture of the country’s under-17 football team, which it suggests “represents Rwanda’s breathtaking evolution and hopes for a better future, with good leadership and unity at the heart of not only sporting success but also a nation’s efforts to achieve reconciliation and prosperity.”

“What is it about Rwanda? What it is it that you’ve got *so* right?” asks the interviewer in the 2-minute trailer. His respondent tells him that “every ship” needs to have “a good captain”.

“Our team today, to play well, *they* a good captain, they need a good coach. They need somebody who has a vision. This is what we have in Rwanda.”

The shot then cuts to an interview with Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame: “As the captain of this ship, what would you say you need to deliver to the people?”, his friendly interviewer asks. “We want to leave poverty behind us. We want to leave any kind of conflict behind us”, Kagame tells him.

This will doubtless come as good news to the UK-based dissidents who Rwanda’s government tried to murder last year… And the exiled opposition leader who has twice avoided assassination in South Africa, though it’s sadly too late for the opposition politician found beheaded in Rwanda in 2010.

There is a longer version of the trailer here, where it is stated that the film was “supported by Crystal Ventures”.

According to a DFID-funded research paper on Rwanda’s development, Kagame’s ruling party “funds itself by a combination of member contributions and the dividends paid by a private company which it fully owns… formerly known as Tri-Star Investments S.A.R.L. and now registered as Crystal Ventures Ltd.”

The Crystal Ventures website, meanwhile, states that:

“The company is wholly owned by Rwandan business people who pooled resources together to meet challenges of economic recovery and take advantage of growth opportunities in a virgin environment.”

Opposition activists, however, have claimed that the company is effectively controlled by the Rwandan President.

Google reveals lots more speculation – but far less concrete detail – about Crystal Ventures and its background. I’d be grateful for any input from readers on good sources to help unravel this…

Written by Richard Wilson

May 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

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  1. Great article- I just don’t know why it is that Westerners can’t really see African politicians as politicians and subject them to a bit more scrutiny. Anything using football as a metaphor for progress in a developing country is also a big red flag- it’s a corrupt game used as a figleaf by all sorts of scummy dictatorships.

    Michael W Story

    May 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

    • Good comment, except i think its for African citizens to do the scrutinising, the West should take a look at itself both its governance and media outlets before scrutinising others.

      Sam

      May 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

      • Sam, the UK is the single biggest donor to the Rwandan government. If we are to stop scrutinising what they are doing does it then follow that we should also stop giving them money? I do see your point in theory, but in practice this is what tends to happen when Rwandans try to scrutinise their own government: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16012659

        Richard Wilson

        May 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      • Role of the international community in the Rwandan Genocide
        From Mil-Tec Corporation Ltd (UK)
        A UK company, Mil-Tec Corporation Ltd, was involved in arms supplies to the Hutu regime at least from June 1993 to mid-July 1994. Mil-Tec had been paid $4.8 million by the regime in return for invoices of $6.5 million for the arms sent. The manager of Mil-Tec, Anoop Vidyarthi, was described as a Kenyan Asian who owned a travel company in North London and was in business with Rakeesh Kumar Gupta. They both fled the UK shortly after the revelations.
        6 June 1993 ($549,503 of ammunition from Middle East to Kigali);
        17–18 April 1994 ($853,731 of ammunition from Middle East to Goma);
        22–25 April 1994 ($681,200 of ammunition and grenades from middle east to Goma);
        29 April – 3 May 1994 ($942,680 of ammunition, grenades, mortars and rifles from Tirana to Goma);
        9 May 1994 ($1,023,840 of rifles, ammunition, mortars and other items from Tirana to Goma);
        18–20 May 1994 ($1,074,549 of rifles, ammunition, mortars, rocket propelled grenades and other items from Tirana to Goma);
        13–18 July 1994 ($753,645 of ammunition and rockets from Tirana to Kinshasa).

        not right

        May 13, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      • UK or Europe clearly not short of human rights abuses (abuses that their citizens prefer to disregard),not surprising considering that the West considers Africans as “not civilised” or “intelligent” enough:

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/dec/18/tinsley-detention-centre-unacceptable-children

        not right

        May 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      • just like the Germans, British and Americans were silencing Countries at the UN Security council while hundreds of thousands of Tutsis were being massacred in Rwanda, US and the UK bullied other nations not to intervene, no surprise that Genocide fugitives are moving freely in UK cities and other European cities, while Tutsi perished, Western armies were escorting safely perpetrators to Zaire (DRC), that’s complicity in genocide, note that arms were being shipped into Rwanda from the UK too (besides all the naming of France), this is why Western journalists and western activists are working hand in hand those who ordered the genocide of a million Tutsi:

        not right

        May 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      • the UK can keep their cash,do these racist nazi minded activists think that Rwanda won’t survive? if we provided data of British owned companies that are evading taxes in Africa, indeed, if we take into account how Britain violated Africa (slavery,colonialism), all these nazi minded activists would be shamed! What the British are good at “divide and rule”, with their imperialist minds, they look at Black Africans as inferior (just as Adolph Hitler).Sam, just don’t waste your time arguing with these guys, let them work with puppet like minded individuals (the Uncle sams), but God will protect Africa,even with their nuclear weapons and their puppets uncle sams, they will never and never achieve their goals!

        not right

        May 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      • you see, Europeans’ crimes against humanity,crimes of genocide perpetrated in Africa…the list is exhaustive, among them, England’s cousin, King of the Belgians King Leopold II invented cruelty, invented european colonialism and did eventually inspire the partition of Africa:

        Well, the start of King Leopold’s invasion was only a start in what Europeans wanted to achieve, and most Europeans actually feel proud of the legacy of european invasion in Africa and elsewhere.

        That’s why no African (except the uncle sam puppets to those who seek to divide africa) should expect to have a human being to human being conversation, europeans don’t consider Africans as equals human beings.

        not right

        May 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      • http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/17/patrice-lumumba-50th-anniversary-assassination

        of course,since it’s western who ordered the assassination, western activists aren’t interested!

        not right

        May 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      • Burundi doesn’t get much Media bullying from Western Media, maybe, there must be a reason behind it.Despite the fact that the current ruling Party of Burundi (former Burundi Hutu armed militias) were heavily lobbied for and granted immunity from prosecution for their genocide crimes against the Tutsi population of Burundi and DRC, the fact that the same brutal regime of Burundi continues to assassinate, torture, suppress Media freedom, have a close relationship with the genocidal government of Khartoum, train Hutu Youth Militia, no much attention is paid to all of these worrying human rights abuses, as a matter of fact, Burundi’s ruling Party continues to receive international lobby that includes Western Countries, the Arab World, the Vatican, and growing international Aid and praise!

        Few Days ago, Burundi received 90Millions Euro, no one will “scream” about the financial aid being given to East Africa most corrupt Nation!

        http://www.iwacu-burundi.org/spip.php?article2898

        Yes, I say that Rwanda is bullied simply because some can’t stand seeing Tutsi in the Government!!!

        Patriot

        June 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      • talking about war crimes, murder of un-armed journalists:

        From the failed military coup in Equatorial Guinea (financially backed by several Western Nations, to the stories of rendition, I just wonder who will judge who?

        One thing is certain, the nuclear weapon strong are the ones who have the say as they can shut down any Nation that dares to challenge them.

        Many talk about independence of Africa, but are they? African Nations still get told what to do by former colonial powers, if you dare to think African and according to your culture, you are bombarded by Western Media and governments with numerous allegations of ‘human rights abuses’.

        Just look at the way Black Africans migrants are treated in the Middle East and Europe, and tell me if anyone of those continents should have the right to lecture about human rights.

        Patriot

        June 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

      • In 2011, Rwandan president visited France, an anti Rwanda violent group of Congolese organised themselves to assault Rwandans attending the Diaspora conference organised in honour of Rwanda President, indeed, the self-proclaimed group known as ‘combattants’ believe that ‘liberating’ DRC means being violent against the Tutsi community.Although I sympathise with the anger of Congolese in their quest to see stability and peace in DRC, I dislike deeply their xenophobia against Tutsi, I dislike their hate campaigns and marches!!! From 1965, a number of Congolese militia stormed Burundi and targeted Tutsi communities and killed all of them, the most recent one was in 2004, but I have never and never had xenophobia against Congolese!The combattant congolese group is known to have used violence against tutsi communities in France, Belgium, and I was personally singled out in France and London simply because, as they put it, I look ‘Rwandan’, the Congolese thugs were shouting “are you rwandan?” until another group of congolese who recognised me in advocacy for Women of DRC and intervened,and I escaped violence.

        I have come across a video posted on the internet, a habit the group has in their various violent campaigns in the diaspora, about an alleged supporter of President Joseph Kabila who is a Refugee in DRC, he is videotaped apparently kidnapped and beaten, the individuals keep repeating “Kabila is Rwandan and a Tutsi like Kagame”.

        Tutsi of the African Great Lakes experienced xenophobia imposed on them by the Roman Catholic church (White Fathers of Belgium), the misleading theory that claimed that Tutsi came from Ethiopia, seeing the Roman catholic church inciting hatred against Tutsi and training Hutus to ‘return’ them by force, this makes me think about those who are so prejudiced against Rwanda, including powerful Nations that claim to follow principles of the rule of Law and democracy!

        When one Western Journalist, or a Western Politician decides to write a story, the whole world wide web repeats the same lies, if the Belgian politician suddenly called for the arrest of Congolese General Bosco Ntaganda, it has had serious consequences in Eastern Congo where Kinyarwanda speaking communities (born in the Congo) suddenly became the target of yet more violence just like in 1998 and 1964!!!

        In Western Europe logic of politics, that would be like saying that anyone who is deemed not to be of European ancestry, that they should be attacked and killed, and eventually be forced out of Europe. In South Africa logic of politics, that would be like agreeing with Julius Malema, or those in Zimbabwe who attack farmers simply because they happen to be White and of European ancestry.

        When individuals like Richard Wilson don’t understand what I am saying from a historical point of view, and from a personal circumstance and journey, they don’t realize how serious it is to play around printing my full family name in public, and having personally been threatened in the past in Europe by parties not pleased with my opinions (in a so called Democratic and free country), if I was to be a victim tomorrow (God forbids), and People remember that people like Richard Wilson blatantly incited violence against me, would he say that he is sorry I have been attacked?

        Here is the shocking video I just came across:

        I have taken a look at the definition of xenophobia, and that is exactly what the Congolese’s attitude is, pure prejudice and paranoia:

        Xenophobia is defined as “an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.”It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning “stranger,” “foreigner,” and φόβος (phobos), meaning “fear.”
        Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity. Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an “uncritical exaltation of another culture” in which a culture is ascribed “an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality”.

        Patriot

        June 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      • documentary on the involvement of christianity in the genocide of tutsi, it makes me think about the Burundian Hutu rebels who killed ‘in the name of God’ and brainwashing Kids with the same hate ideology (Palipehutu,CNDD FDD, Uganda LRA), from 1800, the involvement of the Christian church in ethnic hate ideology is absolutely disturbing:

        Patriot

        June 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

  2. Very good and just in time investigative reporting. I am impressed.

    coloredopinions

    May 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

  3. In response to this article, Désiré Katihabwa has written me the following message. The allegations he makes are false, defamatory and highly offensive, but I think it’s nonetheless useful to publish them here as an illustration of the kinds of smears that are too often directed against those who write critically about the current Rwandan government:

    Subject: You are so wrong in demonising Tutsi!

    Richard,
    I thought that you are a Friend from the first time I got in touch, but slowly,I realised that what I was told about the UK is actually true,the UK hates Tutsi!!!

    I can’t understand how you invest a lot of time demonising Tutsi, but when it comes to challenging anti tutsi hate, you pretend that you are not interested, as you put, Tutsi are paranoid if they feel that they are being discriminated in Burundi!!!

    Where do you,Westerners,want us Tutsi to go? Former nazi that planned,supported genocide against Tutsi, continues to give a platform for anti tutsi hate campaigners, and even provides them political and military support!!!!!!

    The only reason why you criticise and demonise Rwanda is simply because you and your network, and your Country, cannot stand the idea that Tutsi are alive!

    So, why don’t you just go ahead and support the butchers of my Family and Friends,my People, the likes of Agathon Rwasa of Palipehutu, CNDD-FDD,Mai Mai militias,FDLR and all their crew, I have had enough of european hypocrisy that commemorates Tutsi Genocide and on the other hand give platform to murderers, Nazi minded groups that seek to exterminate us!

    I like the saying of Georges Bush, you are either on our side or on the side of our enemies.

    Desire

    I have asked Désiré to provide evidence for the claims he makes. He has not done so. Instead he has sent a further message, making further offensive statements:

    Subject: Activists in Western capitals who lobby with Hutu ideologists!

    They seem to be obsessed with Rwanda, what did Rwanda President ever do to Richard Wilson?

    I never imagined that the UK has this much hate against Tutsi, it’s nothing else than anti tutsi hate, and it is evident in the kind of network of individuals Richard keeps company with, really shameful!

    Richard should put more energy in fighting Agathon Rwasa of Palipehutu, the group that murdered his Sister Dr Charlotte Cameron Wilson (former Teacher in Rwanda with VSO), the same group that is responsible for murder of tutsis in Burundi and Eastern Congo!

    http://richardwilsonauthor.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/bbc-impartiality-in-question-over-film-praising-rwandas-dictator/#comments

    Richard Wilson

    May 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    • For Gaspard (my uncle), for my grandparents butchered in 1993, for all tutsi families murdered in Burundi,it was offensive to welcome their butchers in the UK.And for Rwanda, you have your opinion, but I think that you have personal issues with Rwanda President Paul Kagame, I find it hard to understand how the UK allowed arms shipment to Rwanda during the genocide, how the UK voted against intervention (all of this I didn’t know until I read Linda Melvern’s research), as a matter of fact, all the western involvement in the genocide of tutsi, I found it in Western capital resources.

      Richard, I am not forcing to side with anyone, but just don’t pretend that you are partial, you’re not at all.

      And you have gone further in signing names I never used!!!!Who’s the hypocrite?

      not right

      May 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    • the fact that you like to use “Katihabwa” shows again how disrespectful you have always been, starting by naming my family’s name and covering the names of other interviewees, very unprofessional,and provocative, you alone knows very well what you’re trying to do by using my family’s name,clear incitment to violence against my family!!!!

      not right

      May 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    • what do you gain by demonising Rwanda? facts, Rwanda has moved forward despite how it was betrayed by the international community, facts, Rwanda is building a new generation who don’t believe in the nonsense hate ideology imposed by Belgium, facts, Rwanda is managing with the little it has despite how powerful countries constantly try to demonise its progress.Richard, you are not the first or last to demonise Rwanda,but God almighty will protect them despite all the outside forces working against Rwanda.No one did anything to stop the genocide,no one!I have much more respect for British citizens who are helping Rwanda to rebuild, unlike the many journalists and activists who spend more time trying to bring down Rwanda.Besides genocide, I always wonder “why is it that powerful nations don’t want to see Africa rise?” Rwanda is a tiny country that endured more than England, it faced opposition from the time Germans invaded their land, and the same powerful nations keep trying to bring down Rwanda, you tell me, why? As I said before,you are free to support whoever you choose,but i too have my right to express myself about what I disagree in statements of anti Rwanda campaigners, which you are.

      Francois

      May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      • I also consider those who scream all the time about Israel as pure antisemitic,period!When Africa was colonised, they said “we have come to civilise them…” when African independence activists won the battle for freedom, the same european countries constantly boycotted their Nations, and when democracy was the concept marketable, once again,Europe used it as bullying tactic, I have difficulties believing in their genuine calls for democracy because I see the same african community discriminated in Europe (that’s no secret), I see africans detained in immigration centres, I see politicians make anti “foreigners” speech just to gain votes, you see, the hand that persecuted you yesterday is the same one that is calling for boycott against legitimate governments of Africa!I have much more respect for Germany who did not deny their country’s role in fascism and the holocaust, but countries directly involved in 1994 Rwanda Genocide against tutsi,and even prior to 1994, are simply bully,arrogant and too provocative!!!!I have much more respect for people who apologise about their killings, than killers who continue to say “we killed because…”.Just leave Rwanda alone, don’t you use your poweful country to bully other less resourceful nations who have never threatened the security of your country!

        Francois

        May 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      • no one is innocent in this world, here is a quote from Yvonne Ndege, in her film on Africa independence:

        “Every since independence, domination of resources has continued to fuel violence in many States, with former Belgian still seemingly locked in a vicious cycle of conflict over its mines, African rulers, Foreign multinationals and Governments have continued to strike deals to plunder commodities, and help cripple national economies already set back by the colonial experience…the continuing diversion of minerals is not the only exploitative practice,Today, Africa is the largest recipient of external aid in the world, a continent where half the population survive on less than $1/Day, for every aid Dollar coming in, $10 are lost through illegal capital heading out.$437billions has left Africa, between 2000 – 2008,left illicitly and illegally, and much of that have been transferred to tax havens, mostly owned by European Countries, and Britain particularly,the ordinary people of Africa have not benefited from this last decade, which has been a very good decade for Africa economically…Under a shadow financial system, built on the ruins of colonialism, foreign Banks and multinationals working in Africa avoid paying tax, anonymous trust accounts, fake foundations, money laundering, tax havens, trade mispricing, all go unchecked.Since 1970, an estimated $854billions has been lost, enough to have wiped out external debt, and have left $600billions more for development, the financial rewards can be traced back to the Countries proudly bailing out a dependent Africa with Aid, a striking parallel to the colonial story.”

        And since powerful Nations are also involved in mercenary activities, overthrowing elected African Leaders, assassinations of revolutionary Leaders, involved in Genocide and armed conflict, who do we turn to?

        http://allafrica.com/stories/201206111836.html

        May God protect us from the evil system of this world that benefits from death and politico-economic chaos of this world!

        Patriot

        June 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    • If there is anything I respect is the wishes of my Father not to use his Family name, whatever position I have should not be understood to be the position of my Father,leave my Father’s family name alone.

      On my right to defend Rwanda, I don’t think that I need anybody’s permission to defend them, that is what the UK has taught me “speak your mind up”.

      Unlike you Richard,I have lived through war, and at the same time,I remember very well going to school with just classmates, and not Hutu,tutsi or Twa.Everytime I remember how our country (Burundi) descended into hell, I found it distrateful, and believe me, as time goes by, I regret losing every Friend,Family who were killed,and I disliked the fact Burundians became refugees in their own land (commonly known as displaced), what do you do,Richard? when you see your country going mad and you have no power to change it!

      I as an individual can never change the political vice of my homeland country (Burundi), never!

      You asked me a couple of times about forgiveness, to me forgiveness is religious, a human being naturally wants justice (and not vengeance), this means that you don’t wish your enemies what they put you through.

      I am sorry if I upset you in my messages.I have a stronger connection to Rwanda,they are neighbours of Burundi, I grew up with Rwandan Tutsi whose parents had been forced out of Rwanda simply because they were born Tutsi,unlike others who were watching the genocide unfold, I couldn’t help but think what if it would have happened to us (Tutsi of Burundi), naturally,it left a trauma in me as a Tutsi.Everytime I have had the opportunity of meeting a genocide survivor, it reminds me again how painful it is to face death simply because of who you are,almost like the South Sudanese being bombed because of the color of their skin.

      My point is that as I know that even my own country (Burundi) did not intervene to save Tutsi in Rwanda, I feel ashamed and remorseful that we, as a Tutsi majority army,failed to rescue them, this is why I personally, on an individual basis, cannot tolerate criticism of Rwanda, a country I personally consider as a model because they banned tribal politics (unlike Burundi current ruling party doing the same mistake as pre 1994 Rwanda), and the majority of Young Rwandans I met (Hutu,Tutsi),some who lived in DRC from 1994, they show no passion for ethnic politics and they recognise that what was done was wrong.

      The fact that I respond sometimes in a rough manner, it is a way of showing my rejection of what we were engulfed in from our Childhood, terrible memories that no one would wish their children to go through. America that embraced democracy for more than 100years, are still not perfect, as a matter of fact, the minority Black community are marginalised, but on the other hand, you see Black Americans in business and politics,education,intermarry, there is always positive and negative info to report about. But for a small Nation like Rwanda, the amount of difficulties they were faced with after 1994 Rwanda Tutsi genocide, who are we to judge on their progress?

      Nothing, no aid can ever fill the void in the hearts of many Rwandans, it helps them move forward, but I think that what happened in Rwanda is a shameful memory of how we failed them.

      desirekatihabwa

      May 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    • I stand by Rwanda President Paul Kagame, I stand by Rwanda Genocide survivors and Rwandan Hutu moderate who denounced the anti tutsi hate ideology, I stand by RPF!!!

      Who can ever deny that the catholic church, Europe were involved in the anti jews campaigns and the Holocaust? who can deny that it was the same Europe that engineered anti tutsi hate ideology that labelled the Tutsi as invaders who came from Abyssinia? Nazis are still hunted wherever they are, laws were put in place not to deny the Holocaust, laws were put in place to combat anti jews hate campaigns, this is the moral thing to do as Europeans did play a role in the holocaust, why is it different for Tutsis? why hasn’t europe agreed to pay what they contributed to destroying?

      It leaves me to think that the western political establishment are blatantly anti tutsi racists, more racists than they are racists against Black Africans!!!

      Panafrican

      August 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

  4. what’s offensive,Richard is that you continuously look for ways to demonise me personally,starting by sharing our private conversation,very offensive,Richard.And also, when you bully a People who are barely recovering from Genocide,I too find it offensive.I am not scared that you continue to publish our private conversations, as you did in your Book!

    • What I have published above was not a private conversation – it was an unsolicited piece of abuse sent by you in response to something I had written to which you took exception. You are free to take exception to what I write. But if you send me emails making false, defamatory, offensive and unfounded allegations, then you can expect me to publish them, and to name the author.

      Richard Wilson

      May 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      • wow, from “Friend” to “abusive”, I thought that I expressed myself? Let’s close the matter,and now that I know that you can’t tolerate someone disagreeing with you, I won’t send you any more messages.

        Desire-Joseph

        May 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      • Amazing how it was actually you who encouraged me to start blogging,and speaking up,and we end up as enemies.Thanks.

        Desire-Joseph

        May 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      • i strongly believe that there is a strong lobby that is blatantly anti tutsi, from writers like Pierre Pean and Charles Onana who openly demonise Tutsi in their books, to supporters of late Francois Mitterand, and certainly the Congolese diaspora who blame Tutsi for the war waged in DRC.Genocide ideology against ideology was first promoted by Belgium, therefore,I think that it is right for Belgium and its European partners to adopt laws that make it unlawful to deny the Tutsi Genocide, and adopt a specific law that punishes those found guilty of anti tutsi hate speech (whether it be in writing, public meetings), we should have the same measures as holocaust denial laws and antisemitism.

        desire_joseph

        May 24, 2012 at 9:43 am

      • desire_joseph

        May 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

      • I see ‘colored opinions’ blog mentions your blog on his, he also mentions your Friend Alex Ntung:

        http://coloredopinions.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/eraste-rwatangabos-murder-genocide.html

        I don’t think that the Richard Wilson I met in 2004 is the same person I knew, I have no doubts that he is influenced by extreme individuals whose ambition is to make Rwanda collapse.

        Patriot

        June 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

  5. Désiré,

    Just to be clear…

    1. Do you think it is OK for the Kagame regime to assassinate its political opponents or do you deny that this has ever happened?
    2. You seem to be suggesting that anyone who criticises Paul Kagame is guilty of “demonising Tutsi”. Does this mean that anyone who criticises Pierre Nkurunziza is guilty of “demonising Hutu”? Or that anyone who criticises David Cameron is guilty of “demonising English people”?
    3. Do you believe that your anger over the issues you list above entitles you to make false allegations against those who criticise the Kagame regime?

    Richard Wilson

    May 17, 2012 at 7:04 am

    • Richard,
      The BBC program which you referred to,from what I understand, was about a football team made up with 17years old, from its trailer, I don’t see where it is praising H.E President Paul Kagame.

      Also,you cannot compare England and Rwanda, Rwanda endured colonialism, genocide, mostly damaged from outside forces,with Belgium leading in this, I am not anti Belgium, it’s just facts.

      Put yourself in Rwandan’s shoes, say, you are a Rwanda (forget about tribes), you are in Rwanda, from April to June 1994, you see foreign troops come to evacuate Diplomats and foreign passports holders, you see the same force escort to Zaire the militias who murdered your Dad,Mother,Siblings (all of them).After the genocide,the same international community that showed no interest at all in rescuing your family, all of sudden, become the leading force that constantly question whether it was really true that you experienced genocide, the same international community has not even agreed for reparation so that you can rebuild your life, but instead, the international community gives a platform to your family’s killers, in fact, they give them military partnership, financial support to further abuse you, you, as an Orphan. Tell me what would be your reaction?

      About Pierre Nkurunziza, remember as I put it before, I have much more respect for him as he publicly apologised for his killings of Tutsi, including Teza massacre where my Uncle was butchered by their militias, I have much more respect for a Man who apologises for his wrongs than justifying his wrongs.

      H.E President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government has everyone represented in his government (Hutu,Tutsi,Twa), in Rwanda, you have the same structure, with the exception of not including ethnic quotas in the constitution. If you were to ask me which model I would opt for, I would choose a model that does not define my children as Hutu,Tutsi,Twa.

      As for other issues, I fully support a Rwanda,Burundi built of defining their citizens as Burundians and Rwandans,and if I had power,I would help all Orphans and Widows of Burundi,Rwanda,and even DRC.

      Richard, I know that we can never agree on things, you lived in the UK all your life, I lived in Burundi during a period where I saw things that I think you couldn’t handle emotionally.

      I am pro peace as I lived war and political persecution, including the things you mention about assassinations, that includes my Uncle, a Burundian Minister who was on the plane of Juvenal Habyarimana.

      By the way,my Dad did teach in Rwanda prior to 1994, and post 1994, I respect his wisdom of being able to rise above ethnicity (despite all he endured), a wisdom I recognise I don’t have, but yet,I sat down with H.E President Pierre Nkurunziza in London at Westminster when you invited me to meet him in 2004, honestly,I had no hatred meeting him, I saw on his face, a Man changed.

      As for Rwanda, you and I can never agree on how we analyse things, but I stand with Rwandans to rebuild their Nation.

      desire_joseph

      May 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • another hypocrisy from the super power nuclear weapon rich, how can the UK bully Malawi in not welcoming President Bashir, when we know that the UK Government has ties with Khartoum’s regime?

      http://allafrica.com/stories/201206151637.html

      Western hypocrisy is irritating, and blatantly white supremacist minded!

      Patriot

      June 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

  6. OK… So are you saying that because of the historical injustices committed against Rwandans, criticising Paul Kagame is the same thing as “demonising Tutsi”? And are you saying that the assassinations of political opponents are justified because of the terrible crimes that were committed against Tutsis before Kagame took power? Or is it that you think those killings are wrong, but that it’s also wrong for us to talk about them and criticise the perpetrators?

    Richard Wilson

    May 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    • I am in no position to criticise Rwanda (that’s my choice), as far as I am concerned, where I was born (Burundi), its army was tutsi majority during the genocide of Tutsi, it would be immoral of me to start scrutinising Rwanda, as you know,my passion is to advocate for Genocide survivors, for the restoration of their dignity, the rest, I am not interested, politics is a dirty as you know it.

      Funny that former Burundi President Major Pierre Buyoya was brought to power by France, to apparently overthrow his cousin Col. Jean-Baptiste Bagaza in September 1987, as you know, Major Buyoya serves as an international peace mediator.

      One of my favorite Leader is Thomas Sankara, former Leader of Burkina Faso, of course, in the West, he was viewed as a communist:

      Richard, I and many Africans think that the West are a bully to African states.

      desire_joseph

      May 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      • So is it that while you don’t deny that killings have been committed by the Kagame regime, you think that it is immoral for anyone (or at least anyone from Burundi or a western country) to pass judgement on them? And that any criticism of Paul Kagame as a politician amounts to criticism of Rwanda as a whole?

        Richard Wilson

        May 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    • what are we arguing about, how about you stick to your beliefs and hate for H.E President Paul Kagame, and I will continue supporting Rwanda, the tiny Nation that you so desire to bully and destroy (mind you,you do have the nuclear weapon to wipe them off, isn’t it?),go ahead,citizen of mighty Nation,lol

      Desire

      May 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    • During 1994 Rwanda Tutsi Genocide, a British Lord at the UN volunteered to draft a text to word it in a way that the word Genocide wouldn’t be used!In 1959, Belgian colonisation and the Jesuits (Belgian Catholics) used ‘democracy’ as an excuse to exterminate Tutsi and force them out of Rwanda. Belgian Army was directly involved in the 1st genocide against Tutsi in 1959!Belgian army,French Army,Zaire Army were directly involved in the genocide of tutsi from 1990’s, this include rape of Tutsi women!!!

      The anti tutsi racists who lobbied, advocated for Rwanda Genocide criminals at Arusha western backed ICTR, had no shame in asking the survivors:”Are you sure that is the Man who raped you? was he circumcised? what was the size of his…?”

      The West and their allies in the extermination plan of Tutsi have no shame, UN backed forces who escorted out to Zaire the genocide criminals were more concerned about guarding criminals than rescuing Tutsi, the same western Forces safely escorted out of Rwanda the leaders of Genocide against Tutsi!!!

      As I said before, the Western countries were complicit, and continue to be complicit with the perpetrators of Genocide against Tutsi, this is why Tutsi are deported or refused the right to Asylum in Western Nations, while Genocide criminals of Rwanda are portected!!!

      Can you imagine what would happen if Holocaust survivors knew that Europe is protecting Nazi generals, can you imagine what would happen if Holocaust survivors saw a blatant antisemitic media/academic/political speech in Europe?

      I say this again, the racism we face as a Tutsi people cannot be tolerated by anybody! And we’re not shocked that Genocide criminals are finding a safe haven in Europe (the continent where genocide ideology against Tutsi was birth out in catholic schools in Belgium)!!!

      Patriot

      June 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

  7. You have your own passion, your own vision, your own analysis (probably shared by some other individuals and Countries). Nothing will stop me from supporting Rwanda, despite all the bullying I get!

    desire_joseph

    May 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

  8. Richard,
    Jews survived hundreds of years of genocide, from Spain and Portugual, to the Nazi led holocaust in Europe, to the Yom Kippur war that gathered Arab states against the new born Jewish State, they survived, and God is on their side in the midst of the many who seek to exterminate them, they inspire me,Richard.

    You have the luxury of having been born in one of the most powerful Nation on earth, you were born in a Country that controlled so many Nations (and still does), you were born in a Country that has nuclear weapon and can defend itself against those who seek to attack her Nation, you were born in a Country that has plenty (politically,militarily,economically,socially), Rwanda doesn’t even have half of that, Rwanda can’t even defend themselves in the face of powerful Nations that bully them.

    You see, I defend a Man, H.E President Paul Kagame, not because I expect him to be perfect (you’re not perfect either,and England is not perfect either), I defend him not because he’s a Tutsi like myself, no, I defend him because he is inspiring to me personally (you don’t have to find him inspiring,it’s my own feeling), this Man, H.E President Paul Kagame, has achieved a lot in the tiny Rwanda, this man is inspiring an entire generation (including those who committed 1994 Rwanda Tutsi Genocide,most of whom he’s even prepared to pardon), I am nowhere near to what H.E President Paul Kagame, I read and heard about the journey to exile they endured in 1959 (H.E President Paul Kagame was 2years old) when the Belgian Army together with the new Hutu radicals (like the Hamas,Hezbollah or Nazis) came to power, if you were not Hutu, the new Hutu regime excluded you and went further to physically eliminate you, the Man I defend, if that’s what you wanted to hear, I defend him because he gives hope to today and future generations of Rwanda and probably Africans, what I hear about in Rwanda is what I dream for the whole of Africa.

    But with powerful Nations that bully Rwanda, what were their reactions in the face of 9/11, reconciliation, war? Try to bully those who seek justice for 9/11 or 7/7, see if they can ever accept to sit down with those who killed their Families, see if they can ever agree to see perpetrators be part of the government, or ask a Holocaust survivor (many of whom are my Friends, you see,they understand as they lived genocide),ask if they can ever tolerate for a former Nazi general to be integrated in any government, ask them if they can ever agree to reconciliation with Nazis.

    I am sure that many who hear those deny Rwanda Tutsi genocide will never and never forget.

    To conclude and close the discussion, I support the Rwandan (see I don’t say I support Tutsis) people to rebuild their Nation.

    desire_joseph

    May 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  9. OK, so do you support the right of Rwandan people themselves to speak freely without fear of being killed? Do you think that the historical injustices that have been committed against Rwandans make it acceptable for the Kagame regime to attempt to assassinate Rwandan dissidents who live in the UK?

    Richard Wilson

    May 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    • As I said, I am a supporter of the Rwandan people, their progress and development, peace and stability is what I am interested to hear, and it’s what I wish them to have.

      not right

      May 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      • OK, and do you think that the killing of political dissidents hinders or advances development, peace and stability?

        Richard Wilson

        May 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        • Richard,
          you made an opinion of me, what’s the point of giving you my opinion? I care about peace as I said, I am not sure why you keep going back to that question of knowing my opinion on assassination. Take the example of the MI6 officer found in a bag in his flat, do you have proof that it is the UK Government that did it? If Journalists, MI5 and MI6 are killed, does this mean that all British owned companies should be boycotted and shut down?

          not right

          May 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      • The reason I ask your opinion about the killings is because the most serious piece of criticism in my post was about the killings, and it appears that your were suggesting that by being critical of the current Rwandan government, my post was in some way guilty of “demonising Tutsi”. So I’m trying to get to the bottom of what, exactly, your objection is based on, and what specific thing I included that you felt justified your allegation…

        I don’t have enough information to form a view on that MI6-linked murder case, but there’s plenty of evidence of the UK government engaging in appalling crimes over the last few years. Happily, however, I don’t think either you or I are likely to be threatened or killed for pointing out the UK government’s crimes, whereas sadly in Rwanda things seem far less safe for government critics.

        I don’t know of anyone who’s suggested that Rwandan companies should be boycotted or shut down, and it’s not a position I’ve advocated, so I’m not sure where you’re coming from with that question.

        Richard Wilson

        May 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    • These Kids are the ones I am standing up for, you see, like one of the Orphan interviewed, she was only 2years during 1994 Rwanda Tutsi Genocide, these kids are not like any of us, as a matter of fact, they don’t believe in ethnic divisionism, they simpy believe in a Rwanda where every citizen is Rwandan, these Kids don’t have hate or vengeful minds, I invite you watch this video of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village:

      And in Burundi too, Great lakes outreach, an initiative of a British citizen, are doing great work to restore the dignity of Orphans, they built schools, health centres and more:

      Dikembe Mutombo and Noella Coursaris Musunka initiatives for their mother land country the Congo, one opened a high tech hospital, the other opened a school for Girls:

      The British conservative MPs who teamed up to volunteer in Rwanda, under the Umubano project:

      All of these individuals are problem solvers (they don’t disregard that there are problems), but they provide solutions, and they are an inspiration.

      not right

      May 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      • Katanga Governor Moise Katumbi (whose Father is an Israeli) is patriotic, he could probably run the country better than the current President of DRC. Noella Coursaris Musunka (from a Father who is from Cyprus) has a huge heart for the country where she was born:DRC.

        About minerals, check out Steve and Alain Goetz (Belgian Minerals traders), check out the National mining Research centre (DRC, an Anglo-American private owned company).

        Check President Zuma’s Nephew corporation operating in DRC, Khartoum’s trading in DRC, Mbeki’s mining trade in DRC, Iran’s trade in DRC, Lebanese corporations in DRC,Dubai trade in DRC, every continent is involved in DRC, but the bigger corporations and countries profitting from the lucrative mineral trade are the ones that scapegoat others.

        Notice that the hunger to control the Congo was the very source of the scramble for Africa (1884 Berlin conference, inspired by Belgian King Leopold II):

        Someone should do subtitles in English for this film, it really does explain well how Africa was high jacked by Europe.

        Patriot

        May 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  10. Dikembe Mutombo, a true panafricanist and a model to all Africans:

    not right

    May 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    • Yep, you can’t trust MI6 – maybe this is something we can agree on. They’re a disgrace to the country. And if you think that case is dodgy, check this out:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/10/libyan-dissident-compensation-uk-rendition

      Richard Wilson

      May 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      • Richard Wilson

        May 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      • scottish MP Eric Joyce’s blog say that DRC’s minerals are worth $24trillion (enough to wipe out Europe’s debts), I am sure that most Countries would do anything to control these resources, I mean, every Country involved currently,and Countries not aware about this mineral wealth. DRC’s agriculture potential could also feed an estimated 3billion People,DRC could produce enough electricity for the whole African continent, DRC’s wealth could create jobs for every African on the Continent. Who does the war and an disorganised DRC profit?

        The new media reports that focus all their attention on Israeli tycon Dan Gertler making it look like he’s the only one who trades in DRC, those media reports fail to mention about Dan Gertler’s investment of more than $1billion, the right question should be: what is DRC’s government doing with all investment and international financial aid it receives? Dan Gertler is not the only businessman in DRC, but the Media chooses who they want to bully and character assassinate as they often do with Rwanda.

        Here is the article I am referring to, from MP Eric Joyce’s blog:

        http://ericjoyce.co.uk/2011/11/congo-fire-sale/

        If some claim Rwanda ‘enriched themselves’ thanks to DRC’s minerals, that’s just a propaganda from Rwanda’s detractors, we all know Rwanda is not wealthier than the very Nations that looted DRC for centuries, starting with Belgium (the very same Country that leads in demonising Rwanda,and at the same time protecting Rwanda Genocide criminals, and the very individuals who are the founders of genocide ideology against Tutsi).

        Just look at how much investment DRC receives, in addition, DRC receives huge financial aid, DRC has huge mineral wealth to be self sufficient, but some are just hateful of Rwanda that they constantly look for an excuse to bully them!

        Patriot

        June 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    • BTW, I’m puzzled that you would think my blog post was “demonising Tutsi” given that the word “Tutsi” does not actually appear in it.

      Also, I was quite careful to make it clear that I was referring to the “Rwandan government” rather than to Rwanda as a whole – do you see that there is a distinction between criticising a government and criticising an entire society or people?

      Richard Wilson

      May 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      • we should support the Rwandan people, for me personally, that is my commitment, through advocacy for Survivors, and supporting development for Rwanda, that makes me happy, we do it for generations and generations to come when you and I won’t be around anymore, what’s wrong with dreaming for Rwanda for example to become Singapore of Africa? that dream is for Rwandans, and not the government, the government works for the People, recipients of development are the citizens of Rwanda.

        The Day I would wake up to see Rwanda,Burundi,DRC and the whole of Africa developed as the West, or China, or Middle East, it would be citizens of those Countries who would be happy that the future of their children is assured, that’s all we’re dreaming for, peace, stability and development for generations to come.

        Desire-Joseph

        May 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  11. respectful address from Leaders of Nations that betrayed Rwanda during 1994 Rwanda Tutsi Genocide

    26th March 1998 visit to Rwanda by the then US President Bill Clinton:

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair:

    and finally, words of tribute from world leaders:

    Desire-Joseph

    May 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    • Nice videos – though I’d question whether Blair was a particularly good addition to anyone’s cause given his own troubled relationship with the truth. But do you get there’s a distinction between the position one takes with a regard to a particular country and its history, and the position one takes with regard to that country’s current government? That it might be possible to honour the Rwandan genocide without necessarily adopting the view that the government currently in power should be beyond reproach?

      Richard Wilson

      May 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      • I was offended that you campaigned against the film as from what I know,the film was about the Kids of Rwanda who are 17years old heading for Mexico football competition.My belief is that the Children and Youth are the country’s future,and the fact that in both Rwanda and Burundi, Youth seem to be rising above ethnic politics, this is awesome, this is all we can wish future generations.

        I know that I may be insulted, bullied, intimidated,and even threatened for believing that both Rwanda,Burundi population can live together, I am not a believer in separating People, I am just someone who does not believe that ethnic politics don’t solve any problems, at least, for the case of Rwanda,Burundi.

        When I left Burundi in 1999, it helped research more on my homeland’s history, the more I read, the more angry I became, but the deep desire of seeing a people united is what I am interested to hear.

        Even when I talk about genocide carried out against Tutsi, I am not suggesting in any way that Hutus are bad, or that Belgians are bad, I am just saying that the ideology was evil, an ideology that claimed that Tutsis (my tribe) came from Egypt or Ethiopia, I don’t speak amharic or Arabic, and even if it may be true, didn’t we see in history a movement of people from one place to another?

        At the time when Rwandan tutsi had been forced out of the country on the same ideology, no country on earth stood with them, Rwandan tutsi were marginalised where they took refuge, I often compared this with Burundian Hutu who became refugees in 1965, and you know very well how I spoke up on that issue.

        Former Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by Israeli right wing, they blamed him for being pro peace, isn’t that strange how I often hear the same from my fellow Tutsi, that H.E President Paul Kagame is too soft on those who committed genocide, I heard the same criticism about H.E President Pierre Nkurunziza, guess who criticised him? the racist Agathon Rwasa, who claimed that the ruling party CNDD in Burundi are ‘Tutsi pond’. Rwandan Tutsi refugees wanted to return peacefully to their homeland (the second generation), President Juvenal Havyarimana said that Rwanda was too small, but you don’t see the same policy by the government of his H.E President Paul Kagame, under his leadership, former Members of the Army and Government of Juvenal Habyarimana were integrated into his government, even I couldn’t understand, it’s a wisdom I wouldn’t have, the FDLR willing to lay down weapons were also allowed to come back to Rwanda. I recently read that the government of Rwanda was looking at pardoning some elderly Genocide criminals, that is extraordinary. association for genocide survivors protested about it.

        But I am saying that politics is too difficult for me to handle, but I will stand always for genocide survivors, and those 17years old Football are part of that history of survivors.

        desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 12:49 am

      • desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      • Burundi’s independence Leader Prince Louis Rwagasore was assassinated just before Burundi gained independence in October 1961. Patrice Lumumba and Prince Louis Rwagasore will always be personal inspiration of those who fought hard to protect Africans from abuse:

        desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      • They assassinated our Prince Louis Rwagasore, the peaceful panafricanist and devoted to his People, in this interview, Prince Louis Rwagasore was saying that the Congolese Parliament was the first and only Country that sent Burundi a message of congratulations:

        outside forces destroyed most of Africa, starting with the Arab invasion (Oman slave traders) to the European invasion and 1884 Berlin conference that partitioned Africa.

        desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      • So you didn’t agree with my take on the film. But how could the piece have been “demonising Tutsi” when the word “Tutsi” doesn’t appear in it?

        Richard Wilson

        May 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      • I think I made it clear that it was a “heartwarming” story. But what was striking was:

        a) How closely it seemed to match the terms of the Rwandan government’s $50,000 per month PR strategy, which is a public document available from the US Department of Justice under the terms of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (linked to in my piece).

        together with:

        b) The fact that the film is, according to the longer edit available from Vimeo, “supported by Crystal Ventures”, a company reportedly wholly owned by the RPF.

        and

        c) The fact that the film also seeks to present a wider message about the successes of the current government, and includes a sit-down interview with the current President.

        Richard Wilson

        May 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      • powerful and wealthy UK uses more PR than Rwanda, that’s for sure. Let’s look at PR work in support of 2012 olympic:

        http://www.prweek.com/uk/news/1064110/Government-body-promoting-London-2012-Olympics-run-up-seeks-PR-agency/

        You and I know very well the UK expenditure is nowhere near those figures of Rwanda, what’s $50,000? and what’s wrong in promoting Rwanda as an investment destination? what’s wrong with trying to move Rwanda forward? I am not sure if you have ever lived around poverty,I have, adding to poverty, war devastated the lives of Rwandans,Burundians.Actually, if Rwanda and Burundi could achieve economic success just like Norway, China,Israel, starting with those living in rural areas, I think all of those individuals who seek to recruit People to start a war would probably not find any recruits for the projects of war.

        desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      • so you mean that just because Ethiopia for example has had a war with Eritrea and Somalia, that it shouldn’t be entitled to do PR to promote economic succcess for their Citizens?

        http://www.ventures-africa.com/2012/05/ethiopia-lobbies-investment-from-the-uae/

        desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      • I forgot to say that Israel President Shimon Peres inspires me the same way H.E President Paul Kagame inspires, Israel was built by Holocaust survivors, just like H.E President Paul Kagame and the Rwandans are building Rwanda, and yes, H.E President Paul Kagame is an inspiration to me, invite you to watch Peres’ biography film:

        It was Europe that attempted to exterminate Jews, it was Europe that used dehumanising campaigns to scapegoat Jews, and it is still Europe that sometimes deny the Holocaust, it is sometimes that show antisemitism, it is sometimes Europe that attempt to boycott Israel in their quest to self-defence, it becomes emotional to me personally as I know that it is Europe that attempted to exterminate my People simply because they were born Tutsi, despite the fact We, as a People, forgave those who tried to exterminate, we, as a People, still face anti tutsi hate campaigns and dehumanising campaigns, despite our willingness to rebuild a Nation of unity.It is fine if we don’t agree on things, but this is my position: I am pro Rwanda, just as much as I am pro Israel.

        desire_joseph

        May 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      • I like to compare Rwanda with Israel as both Nations citizens have experienced genocide.I know that some individuals who demonise Israel are partly motivated by their antisemitic views, it is the same with Rwanda, some Academics or Journalists refer to Rwanda as the ‘Tutsi dominated’ government, but when did they do a count on how many Hutus and Tutsis are represented in Rwanda government? But Burundi is never referred to as ‘Hutu dominated’ government, this is part of what makes me strongly believe that some Nations (with the West leading) are anti tutsi!

        Panafrican

        August 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    • I’m sure the UK wastes lots of money on PR that would better be spent on health, education and anti-poverty initiatives, but I’m not sure this helps your argument. Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world – is this really the best use of $50,000 a month?

      For this kind of money, one would hope that the strategy has at least brought some benefits to the Rwandan economy, though it’s less clear how anyone could actually demonstrate this in practice.

      However, it also seems striking that a key part of the PR strategy is aimed at promoting “Rwanda’s Visionary Leader… highlighting President Kagame and his visionary leadership”, including “a consolidated set of tactics to publicize both Rwanda and President Kagame“. Do you think this is a good use of precious resources in one of the poorest countries in the world?

      Richard Wilson

      May 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      • here is another article for you to read:

        http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/05/19/robert-fulford-israel-is-a-nation-of-survivors/

        I heard about the experiences that Holocaust survivors endured on their way to Palestine, British media was labelling them as “illegal immigrants”, some of them perished before reaching Palestine as they were being refused entry, how evil is that? This reminds me of what I read in Linda Melvern’s book that during 1994 Rwanda Tutsi genocide, Rwandan tutsis fleeing to Kenya were being returned back to Rwanda!

        That’s facts, Europe is unapologetic about their role in the extermination of 1Million Tutsis in Rwanda, just as Jews remember too well how Europe and the Arab world participated in their extermination (From Nazis, to the Mufti of Jerusalem who worked with Adolph Hitler, all of them shared their hate of Jews), as you know (you should probably meet up with Linda Melvern for more education about the role of the West in the genocide of Tutsis), Belgian army did take part in the first genocide of Tutsis in 1959, and the Rwandan Tutsi refugees who were forced out of their lands did not have much attention of the international community (1959 to 1994), French,Belgian,Zaire and Rwandan exclusively Hutu Army/Hutu militias all ganged up against Rwandan Patriotic Front (a liberation movement which you and your Friends demonise), what you see as a terrorist organisation is another Man’s freedom liberation movement, despite all the attempt of Western powers to exterminate Tutsis, Rwandan Patriotic Front has implemented policies of national reconciliation and unity that even the UK government wouldn’t be able to consider in dealing with their enemies (alqaeda and their ideological partners).

        The West may be disrespectful Rwanda, for example by not arresting Rwanda Genocide criminals, but Rwanda will survive (even without the aid you so proudly think is helping Rwanda rebuild)!

        desire_joseph

        May 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      • I’m not sure the aid is doing very much at all, other than helping to prop up the dictatorial government of a western client state in the classic mould…

        But one of the problems is that it’s very difficult to know what’s really happening in Rwanda, and what most Rwandans living inside the country actually think, because anyone who speaks out in any critical way is likely to imprisoned or killed. Are these “success stories” really as successful as is claimed – or is it merely that most critical and questioning voices have been intimidated into silence?

        Anyhow, you were going to spell out, what specifically, in the article above, justifies your claim that I am guilty of “demonising Tutsi”? Have you managed to come up with an answer to that yet?

        Richard Wilson

        May 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

  12. Cara Jones, blogger at Huffington post and currently finishing a dissertation on rebel groups in the Great Lakes region writes on her UT Dallas profile ‘I’m influenced by a number of Burundians I have met in the course of my work, especially Desire Katihabwa and Patrick Hajayandi, scholars and crusaders for human rights, justice and the deeper understanding of politics here.’

    coloredopinions

    May 17, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    • What a nice citation! Those things are all true of Désiré.

      Richard Wilson

      May 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      • and in Sweden, a Burundian is accused of spying:

        http://www.thelocal.se/40848/20120515/

        desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 12:53 am

      • if you agree that Rwanda is less wealthier than the UK, more reasons why you should support Rwanda to eradicate poverty.

        Check our Professor Sir David King’s research on Rwanda’s economy:

        desire_joseph

        May 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    • no need to use my Dad’s name, just say Desire-Joseph.thanks

      desire_joseph

      May 18, 2012 at 12:25 am

  13. @ Richard.So you are basically confirming that your aid has strings attached.Bse UK gives money to Rwanda so thats a pass for them to do what they want with Rwanda.Why dont we call this Aid some other name ,bse its not for free.Aid is when you help someone genuinely not when you give him help and then put a rope around his nake and keep on a leash.

    June

    May 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    • It’s not my aid, and the money isn’t being given to “Rwanda” as a whole – it’s being handed over to the small number of people who currently run the government.

      But yes, I think it’s madness to hand over this kind of money without setting clear conditions for how it can and can’t be used, and some wider terms that need to be adhered to in the agreement between the two countries. For example, I think it’s reasonable to expect that the Rwandan government does not send assassins to commit murder on UK soil…

      Richard Wilson

      May 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      • Havent you heard that Rwanda ranks first in putting Aid into good use ie lifting people from absolute poverty?Have you no trust for bodies like World Bank,UNDP,IMF etc.A ‘small gorup of people’ as you call them ,which tribe are they by the way?Are they not Rwandan? how did they manage to lift the country out of ashes of genocide to where it is now if they were only interested in enriching themselves?
        I know you are beating about the bush but like the pre 1994 genocidal regimes you still thing that Rwanda today is operating on ethnic lines but you are wrong.
        As for your aid money,you of all people know that money cannot give you everything otherwise you would have attained justice for sister as per your Titanic book

        June

        May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      • And exactly what are those terms? that because you have offered me aid money that I let you spit on my door step every morning? Surely your aid money should come with decency and morals. Rwandan government has better things to do other than listen to genocide criminals in your backyard exploiting your so called human rights to gain conducive stay in your countries thus evading justice.There has never been assassins ,there will never,if they were there ,why didnt you get them? obviously your intelligency agencies stooped to low to be blown by rumours and took to them waves .bse like any other colonial minded fellas you like to think that Africa is about assasins,poverty,hunger name all evil

        June

        May 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      • No I don’t have any great confidence in the World Bank or the UNDP… The small group of people I’m talking about are the elite who run the RPF, and rule the country through fear and violence. I suspect that the country’s economic progress has less to do with the aid money than with the profits of the mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I hope you’re right that the allegations of systematic political killings by the Rwandan government are nothing more than a conspiracy theory, but I fear you may be mistaken…

        Richard Wilson

        May 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

  14. patriot

    May 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

  15. the battle for the African Great Lakes goes back to centuries, with 1884 Berlin conference, former Kingdoms lost their lands to Belgian and British colonies, a painful memory to those who read about how great the Kingdoms were before the European invasion, these Kingdoms had resisted Arab and European invasion.

    ‘Le soleil ne se couche jamais sur les territoires du Royaume-Uni’ is the french saying that describe the conquering of lands by England, a People in the Great Lakes had no high tech weapons, they were able to resist and defeat militarily Arab invaders from Zanzibar/Tanzania, the proud Kingdoms refused to sell their People to the Arab slave traders, European invaders (colonisers) battled against Arab slave traders in Tanzania, European colonisers claimed they were coming to liberate Africans from slavery, European colonisers used divided and rule policy to overthrow the powerful Kingdoms!

    The imperialist lie that claimed that the powerful Kingdom Kings enslaved their subjects is simply another trick of the shameful colonial regime that invaded the African Great Lakes and split it to share it between themselves, the African Great Lakes Kingdom were not the first ones to lose their lands, many endured this through history with the Roman invasion and the Arab invasion,Israel suffers the same boycott and media biased, academic biased reports, human rights organisations biased reports against Israel, but God will preserve the Jewish state of Israel:

    patriot

    May 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

  16. at least they take actions, unlike some European Countries that refuse to stop anti tutsi march of extremists Hutu and their allies:

    http://forward.com/articles/156435/scots-accused-over-facebook-anti-semitism/

    And this one, I am not surprised considering the anti tutsi militia commanders who live freely in Europe and North America:

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/67717/camden-council-giving-al-qaeda-group-freedom-preach

    Patriot

    May 21, 2012 at 6:52 am

  17. Khartoum (formerly controlled by the British) continue their extermination of South Sudanese:

    but yet, a British Minister meets Khartoum Defence Minister:

    Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham meets the Sudanese Minister of Defence

    Khartoum represents in the minds of many of the victims, the arrogance of Arab extremism in Africa that slaughtered millions of Black Africans,and occupied lands of Africa, Khartoum are known for hundreds of years for their role in enslaving Black Sudanese. England is also remembered as a colonial power that occupied lands, committed genocide,enslaved Black Africans.

    Before 1994, Belgium, France teamed up with Hutu extremists in Rwanda and the Zaire Army to stop the advance of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a movement that wanted to stop the genocide against Tutsi of Rwanda, by 1994, the US and the UK bullied other nations at the UN Security council not to intervene to stop the genocide of tutsis, so, if the same genocide criminals are travelling around European capitals freely, this does not come as a surprise, to add insult to injury, academics, activists,human rights organisations,UN, writers all try their best to dehumanise Tutsis under different pretext (Democracy,human rights), how could a people that supported our extermination suddenly care about human rights? genocide criminals are safely escorted out of Rwanda after they exterminated an estimated 1.2million lives, how could the US and the UK bully others not to intervene by saying that they will not support any country that wants to intervene?

    Many of us have concluded, rightly, that there is nothing we can expect from a continent that sought to exterminate us from 1896!!!

    Patriot

    May 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  18. But if you recall, I was actually asking you what, specifically, in the piece above, justifies your claim that the article is “demonising Tutsi”. Or do you now accept that this was intemperate hyperbole?

    Richard Wilson

    May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

    • I am not forcing you to have the same analysis and opinions I hold, I am just pro Rwanda, and wish them to be successful, I am particularly inspired by the Youth of Rwanda, they are so different from us, and they will surely build Rwanda better.As for the rest, I am not qualified to judge Rwanda, I have my own issues to deal with.

      Patriot

      May 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

      • Are you pro Rwanda as a whole, or are you pro the-current-government-of-Rwanda? There is a difference, isn’t there?

        I know you’re not forcing me to have the same analysis and opinions as you, but you did accuse me of “demonising Tutsi” (among other things) and so far you’ve failed to show how that claim is justified. Have you found the bit of my article that you think justifies that claim yet?

        Richard Wilson

        May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    • I am pro Rwandan people and pro Rwandan Government! do you deny that you have been character assassinating me from the Day we met? by portraying me as the Burundian who took ‘shopping’ H.E President Pierre Nkurunziza!!! In the same book, your defamatory claims against Rwanda President Paul Kagame!!!!

      As I said to you before, I am not afraid of demonising campaigns, and yes, I do think that you are anti Rwanda Tutsi! when you tweet “Hutus are facing the same in Rwanda…”, you have clearly taken a hutu power propagandist approach in your activism, that’s your right to side with whoever you choose!!!

      I don’t have any respect for you anymore, the way you are unapologetic for tarnishing my name shows once again how you’re following guidance of those who advice you to bully me as you always did through your Book!

      desire_joseph

      May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      • Well you did take Pierre Nkurunziza shopping, didn’t you? So I don’t think it’s character assassination to say that. As it happens I thought it was a rather charming episode and it would have been a shame not to include it. Can you specify which statements I made in my book that were defamatory of Paul Kagame?

        I write a lot of tweets, and while I can’t absolutely rule it out, I don’t recall saying anything along the lines you suggest above – can you give me the link to it?

        Given that none of the examples you’ve given relate to the article above, can I therefore infer that you now agree that there is in fact nothing in it the piece that constitutes “demonising Tutsi”?

        Richard Wilson

        May 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    • Oh yes,I did take him around to Oxford street, he wanted to buy shoes and sports outfit for his Kids, he got on the double deck London buses too,I am sure that we both learnt something from each other, a meeting of the perpetrator and the victim’s family.

      About H.E President Paul Kagame, I look at facts on the ground, I don’t let anti President Kagame activists influence my thinking, I see results,and as I said before, I wish Rwandans prosperity and peace!

      You don’t need to spell it out for someone to know that you are anti Rwandan Tutsis, the new racism is the demonising of Rwandan Tutsi who returned from Uganda, that I find as outrageous as the radio RTLM that incited genocide against tutsi during 1994 Rwanda Tutsi genocide, or the calls for the slaughter of kinyarwanda speaking communities of DRC by late Desire Kabila, anti Congolese Tutsi hate speech calls being renewed as we speak in Eastern Congo, revolting!

      desire_joseph

      May 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      • “You don’t have to spell it out” does rather sound like an admission that there’s actually nothing that I’ve written or said that you can point to that justifies your claim that I’ve engaged in “demonising Tutsi”. Disappointingly, you appear to have been willing to make this kind of smear, without having any evidence to back it up, simply on the basis that I have been critical of the current Rwandan government.

        Richard Wilson

        May 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    • on your defamatory claims (often whispered by your anti President Kagame advisers) that Rwanda has prospered thanks to ‘DRC minerals’, it shows again how manipulated you have been.When was the last time you visited Rwanda or DRC?

      No,you are an advocate for individuals and countries that desire to see blood spill in Rwanda, and that shocks me, it is not the removal of H.E President Paul Kagame that you desire, no, you and your Friends and supporters desire Hutu power style come to power, and you probably wouldn’t mind that FDLR come to power too.

      Tell me, how did England become so powerful? Did Rwanda ever colonise any Country? Did Rwanda ever kidnap and enslave any English People? Did Rwanda ever commit genocide against English People?

      You like to point your fingers at others, forgetting your own Country’s wrongs, Canadian, American,British,Belgian companies operate in DRC’s mining, this is no secret, and Belgium (that you so defend) have exploited DRC’s wealth for more than 200years until their Cousins (English) came to the continent to partition the continent.

      This reminds me of how power nations played Gaddafi (not that I am a fan of his regime considering what he has done to African migrants), the way that Scots were blamed for releasing Lockerbie bomber whereas it was actually British Ministers who made deals in Spain for oil deals!

      here is one for you:

      http://www.mineweb.com/mineweb/view/mineweb/en/page674?oid=146564&sn=Detail&pid=102055

      Good luck for your advocacy on behalf of those who seek to exterminate us!

      Desire

      May 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      • Ah, those “defamatory” claims. I’ve not been to the region for a very long time. But it is a matter of public record that the current Rwandan government has engaged in massive looting of the mineral resources Democratic Republic of Congo – eg. http://www.un.org/news/dh/latest/drcongo.htm – and committed acts of genocide there – http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/01/un-report-rwanda-congo-genocide – or are you claiming that the United Nations is also part of the “defamatory” conspiracy against Paul Kagame? This excellent book by Jason Stearns also paints a pretty devastating picture: http://newhumanist.org.uk/2624/book-review-dancing-in-the-glory-of-monsters-by-jason-stearns

        Obviously I’ll file under “intemperate hyperbole” your suggestion that I’m ideologically aligned with the FDLR, and engaging in “advocacy on behalf of those who seek to exterminate us”, but if you think I’ve never been critical of the UK then you’ve obviously not been paying very much attention…

        On the subject of Gaddafi, you are aware, aren’t you, that the PR firm employed to whitewash the Libyan tyrants image is the same one now working to promote Paul Kagame?

        Richard Wilson

        May 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

  19. you wrote in your book, I had taken my Friend Desire…when I turned around, Desire had disappeared…

    How untrue that was, don’t you remember that you are the one who left me to go and see your powerful contacts in Parliament after the address of the then Minister of state and good governance Pierre Nkurunziza? But I could have demonised you too, and campaign that Richard was meeting with the Man who killed my people, I could have said UK Parliament was inviting a butcher in Parliament just months after the genocidaires came out of the bush, I remained always respectful despite your hypocrisy towards me and my People.

    desire_joseph

    May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  20. I’ve been involved in making documentary films for 40 years, and this affair makes my blood boil.

    I know the film makers well, and their reasons for making the film, and completely trust their integrity. I’ve seen the film and was impressed with the positive message it portrays.

    I know for a fact that the Rwandan Government had no influence whatsoever on the editorial content.

    Yet Richard Wilson has, by implication only, managed to censor a well crafted film documenting what 17 year old footballers – born after the genocide – feel about representing their country on a world stage.

    What a travesty that someone who is completely ignorant of the gestation of the film Rwanda 17 should be able to prevent transmission. How can anyone decide the merits of the film for themselves now?

    I find it interesting that someone who complains about the machinations of governments is happy to prevent an alternative viewpoint reaching the general public…

    Paul Jackson

    May 29, 2012 at 1:04 am

    • Thanks,Paul. The interviewer in the Film did a documentary film on Rwandan refugees returning from DRC to Rwanda, I actually did the first transcripts and translation of the film:

      I still believe that Richard Wilson may have been misguided, I know Richard Wilson very well,and I do know that he has a project supporting peace building and education, HIV/AIDS prevention.

      boycotting the film is as immoral as it would have been in boycotting Richard’s film on his call for justice, something we both agree:bringing criminals to account. And considering the fact the armed Genocide criminals have gone unpunished, such as the case of Palipehutu that committed genocide against tutsi from 1970’s (not different from Burundi current ruling party former Hutu militias CNDD-FDD,who surprisingly were formed in the bushes of Rwanda with the support of the former Rwandan genocidal army Ex-Far),both militias confessed to the killings of Tutsi,and both movements were lobbied by powerful Nations and the UN,Vatican, to be granted immunity from prosecution in the 2003 Arusha peace deal.

      I invite everyone to support Richard Wilson call to bring to justice Agathon Rwasa:

      I may be blamed to be anti Hutu, no, I am not, I am anti those who seek to continue genocide against my People, I am against those who believe in Hutu power ideology,an ideology that believes that Tutsi are foreigners who came from Ethiopia, I am against those individuals who dance in the glory of the genocide they carried out against our Families and Friends in the African Great Lakes, I am against those who continue to provide those genocide criminals (not Hutu, but Hutu extremists) political,military support in their evil plan of exterminating my People!

      Desire

      May 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

      • Blog by Richard Wilson:

        http://agathonrwasa.blogspot.co.uk/2008/08/gatumba-four-years-on-empty-words-from.html

        Agathon Rwasa’s Palipehutu was granted imunity from prosecution, thanks to Arusha Peace agreement, same for the current ruling Party CNDD-FDD, both militias confessed to killings of Tutsi population, in other words, they confesed to have targeted Members of a particular ethnic group with the intention of completely wiping them off if they had the means, I could have been targeted to be killed simply because I was born Tutsi, it’s not different from the Holocaust, but because we happen to be Black People, nobody cares about us or even questioning that my People survived genocide.What Tutsi have experienced, and the way the the perpetrators are protected, justified, it would be like Nazis getting help to cross into a neighbouring country, be granted asylum, be allowed to re-train militarily to make another attempt to exterminate Jews, or it would be like the extremist Islamists being given the chance to completely bomb Nations they consider as ‘infidels’ or ‘non muslims’.

        Nothing can describe the hurt that many of us feel with the arrogance of the very Nations that sought to exterminate us, in their private audience, they laugh about it, those Nations don’t shy away from hosting individuals who attempt to misinform the public on the ‘reasons’ why Tutsi should be hated, and the reasons why Hutu extremists had to slaughter Tutsi population.

        But then again, when you look at the Holocaust, the pogroms of Spain and Portugal against Jews in the 1230’s, when you look at European led genocide of Red Indians in the America’s, Australia, we don’t get shocked that there is denial on the genocide ideologically engineered by Europe against Tutsi Populations and their Kings.

        Patriot

        May 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • Hi Paul – I’m sorry you feel that way. On what basis do you believe I was able to prevent the film’s transmission? And on the question of editorial independence, can you shed any light on how the film was commissioned and funded?

      Richard Wilson

      May 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  21. @ Richard Wilson
    August 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm, BBC’s PR for Burundi repressive regime is not shared by the victims of Burundi’s ruling Party CNDD-FDD.CNDD-FDD once shared the same vision with Agathon Rwasa’s FNL PALIPEHUTU of exterminating Tutsis, but strangely, FNL Members now claim to be victims of ‘genocide’ , in 2010 disputed elections, Burundi’s ruling party attempted to arrest FNL’s Leader Agathon Rwasa…and his Fighters swore that if he was arrested,there would be bloodshed,Rwasa also spoke with similar tone:

    My own opinion, Burundi is nowhere near to being a model to Rwanda or indeed any African Nation, remedies prescribed for Burundi’s ethnic war was a deal between Military coup plotters and Genocide criminals who promised one another to disregard crimes they pepretrated on innocent Burundians!

    Panafrican

    September 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  22. moving video:

    one world

    September 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

  23. Kizito Mihigo is a Rwandan song writer, during 1994 Rwanda Tutsi genocide, he was away from the country training in music in Europe, he lost his Family during the genocide.His songs inspire many in Rwanda including perpetrators of genocide, convicted genocide perpetrators listen to his songs.here is a new song he recently composed in support of peace with DRCongo:

    together as one African People

    September 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

  24. UN trustworthy?

    September 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

  25. how can ever fix mistakes made during 1884 Berlin conference? when I read that some UN officials dare suggest to Rwanda that DRC Tutsis should be moved to Rwanda, how racist is that? what some UN officials and politicians do is pure incitement against Tutsi,the same way Belgium and the Roman catholic did it.

    Just came across a strange video, clearly White supremacist, who is calling for the ‘annihilation’ of Zulus and replaced by what he calls ‘Western civilizations’, funny how Burundi FNL PALIPEHUTU also follow the politics of former ANC Youth Leader Julius Malema, by suggesting that Minority of Burundi should be isolated and let the majority population rule everywhere, the suggestions made to Rwanda on Banyamulenge (DRC Tutsis who lived there for hundreds of years,different from White minority who moved to South Africa hundreds of years,from Europe), before the partitioning of Africa,who knows what were the borders in Africa? Some congolese speak Zambia’s language, some Congolese have roots with the Ugandan’s Toro tribe, some Congolese have roots with Tanzania,some Congolese have roots with Burundi and Rwanda,I don’t think that this can explained by ‘There was migration from x Country to Congo’, but it was rather a territory that was made up of those countries until there was partitioning.

    This video is what I view as pure racism, I don’t believe that anyone is superior to anyone,we were all put on this earth by God, as some like to look down on other cultures saying that that country or religion or culture is backward, it is wrong:

    Different culture,race,religion,continent,but all created by God

    September 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

  26. H.E President Pierre Nkurunziza says Burundi is due ‘to help’ Syria:

    Burundi

    September 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

  27. why i dislike the politics or democracy of Majority population vs Minority population rule, or ethnic politics,racialised politics, here is a sample of what racialised politics does to a country:

    South Africa's Politics

    September 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

  28. religious prophecy on South Africa?

    http://www.morningstarministries.org/resources/prophetic-bulletins/1993/coming-catastrophe

    it makes me think of Enoch Powell’s rivers of blood speech :-)

    SA prophecy

    September 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  29. for those praising Jason Stearns (www.congosiasa.blogspot.co.uk) and his Rift valley institute, they might as well just go ahead and support genocide criminals since they seem to promote ethnic politics and impose a western solution (divide and rule,based on ethnic politics), talking about the extreme racism from some western academics (beside activists from the West):

    Rene Lemarchand concludes that Burundi’s ‘model’ is the best solution to solve decades of genocidal killings? this kind of analysis is shocking, makes me think about fascism in Europe!!! I guess Lemarchand will support Julius Malema’s propose solution for South Africa, huh?

    Never again

    September 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

  30. Europe’s relations with Africans will never be repaired, the amount of racism aimed at Africans in the West,and to add insult to injury, it is the same west that conspire to destroy Africa, it’s worst that racism!

    Never again

    September 21, 2012 at 9:22 am

  31. British nationalist Nick Griffin wants to hate us, he can never have a country just made up with Whites:

    This is why I have much more respect for Scottish Nationalist Alex Salmond,he does not incite hatred and violence against those Griffin considers as non White!

    Never again

    September 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

  32. South Africa’s PR for the former Burundi hutu militias (CNDD-FDD,FNL PALIPEHUTU),no much pressure from the international community to bring to justice their crimes,is there?

    Never again

    September 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

  33. so,US State department delist PMOI from terrorist list?

    http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/iran-resistance/12282-victory-of-rule-of-law-us-state-department-finally-moves-to-delist-pmoimek-from-fto-designation

    I guess Palipehutu and FDLR will be delisted soon

    who do we trust?

    September 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  34. Steve Hege (UN ‘Expert’ on the Great Lakes) and his Friend and ally Jason Stearns find it ok to call genocide against tutsi as ‘killings’,and at the same time,keep legitimising genocidaires groups like CNDD-FDD,FNL PALIPEHUTU,FDLR as ‘liberation’ movements, I guess Nazis were fighting for a ’cause’? I just don’t understand the arrogance of politically motivated westerners who justify genocide against tutsi, while giving legitimacy to anti tutsi genocidaires (that includes some western nations,african nations such as Congo,Sudan,Zimbabwe,South Africa), and when a tutsi genocide survivor seeks asylum in western capitals,he is denied that right, but a suspected hutu genocidaire is given asylum (in addition, the UN highest official intervenes on his behalf and blocks his extradition), tell me if that is not racism! Indeed, anti tutsi genocidaires have always been confident to get support from Western nations in their attempt to exterminate my People!!!

    Desire-Joseph

    September 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

  35. Malcolm X during a time when Black Americans were living in America's apartheid era

    September 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  36. Burundi ruling party Hutu Youth Militia,Imbonerakure (armed), peace and reconciliation under CNDD,really?

    Burundi

    October 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

  37. Burundi intelligence services linked website nyabusorongo.org reminds me of Rwanda hate radio RTLM,in a new post, they’re publishing names of those they regard as ‘enemies’ of the State, CNDD thugs are now showing their true faces:

    http://www.nyabusorongo.org/index.php/revelations/149-revelation-inedite-des-puces-electroniques-pour-espionner-le-burundi

    How could we be fooled that a genocidal force that murdered,raped our Families can ever be accountable?

    Burundi

    October 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

  38. About allegations that Rwanda has ‘prospered’ thanks to DRC resources,let’s check facts about the leading Countries making those allegations, mainly Belgium,Britain,US.It is no secret that both Britain and Belgium has gained from colonialism,Britain (and France) still have territories under its control to date, Britain and Belgium carved up the African Great Lakes at the Berlin Conference, Britain and Belgium have prospered thanks to hundreds of years of slave labor and colonialism.

    Here are 2 interesting presentations by Professor Willy Vangu:

    Who will judge who? It is no secret that the Giant, worst human rights abusers, worst exploiters are the ones who often scream louder and pointing their fingers at others, as they often do with tiny Rwanda that Giant Countries are desperate to strangle with the hope that they will gain economic gains and control in the African Great Lakes!

    Indeed, when the powerful (militarily,economically) bully the less privileged,the poor,less militarily equipped, God records everything!

    The real new World Order

    October 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm

  39. the list is exhaustive,no one can be fooled to believe about the distraction from the West in diverting allegations on tiny Rwanda,we know the real players in controlling DRC’s resources,as if anyone has forgotten Libya’s example of Western greed:

    The real new World Order

    October 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  40. well articulated,Cynthia talks about Western Media, Nato:

    As I said before, Western Nations human rights abuses are outrageous,but as the West manage information and Media, no one can challenge them,and they have big guns to silence anyone who dares to speak up as Julian Assange!

    The real new World Order

    October 12, 2012 at 8:56 am


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