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Beyond the praise for Paul Kagame

Posted by seumasach on January 30, 2010

Andrew Oxford

Pulse Media

29th January, 2010

Rwandan Tutsi leader turned President Paul Kagame is a popular man in the West. And why not? In his ten years in office he has lead his war-ravaged nation through a period of unprecedented economic growth which has turned Rwanda into a playground for foreign investors. At the same time, he emphasizes self-reliance and efficient government while supporting populist spending programs that could make Rwanda the only African nation to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (not that he is a fan of the UN, which he frequently criticizes for its response to the 1994 civil war). His administration in Kigali has admittedly wracked up a deficit that would ordinarily draw frowns from World Bank bureaucrats but in the case of Rwanda, the organization that usually demands drastic budget cuts is underwriting a litany of government programs. It helps that some of Kagame’s greatest admirers are Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Starbucks magnate Howard Schultz (1). American evangelist Rick Warren (2) considers him something of an inspiration and even Bill Gates has invested in what has been called Africa’s success story. Yes, Western liberals, reactionary evangelicals, and capitalist carpetbaggers alike tout Paul Kagame as the herald of a new, self-reliant African prosperity.

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China says IMF wrong to question Congo deal

Posted by smeddum on June 6, 2009

China says IMF wrong to question Congo deal
Tue Jun 2, 2009

By Joe Bavier

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The IMF must present new arguments to justify its call for changes to a $9 billion infrastructure-for-minerals deal between China and Democratic Republic of Congo, China’s ambassador to the country said on Tuesday.

International Monetary Fund officials worry the contract, a key element of President Joseph Kabila’s post-war economic policy, will plunge the central African nation deeper into debt, and have delayed forgiveness of most of the $10 billion Congo already owes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eastern Congo Destabilization: A Brutish empire attack on nation building

Posted by seumasach on October 31, 2008


October 31, 2008 (LPAC)–The London-based Brutish imperial financial cartel has renewed a revolt in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of its overall strategy to eliminate nation-states in Africa. Goma, a provincial capital in eastern Congo, has been surrounded by anti-government rebels, who have announced that their goal is to sabotage a large cooperative Congo-China agreement, which will greatly benefit Congo, unless the deal is sabotaged. In the last few days alone, thousands of civilians fled Goma, after seeing UN peacekeepers moving out their civilian personnel as the rebels advanced. Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda’s troops are well-trained and well-armed. They employ hit-and-run tactics, and use the population as a shield. Nkunda has long been receiving support via Rwanda, according to reports.

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