Tag: Rwanda

Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—After 21 years, 93 cases and $2 billion, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda wound up business at year’s end with one final case. The judges deliberated on an appeal sought by Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former minister for women’s development, her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, and four government officials.  Their convictions, which they sought to […]

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Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

Rwandans, defying odds, give President Kagame third term option

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—In a setback to the international community which lobbied heavily for a “no” vote, Rwandan citizens overwhelmingly gave a thumbs up to a third term option for President Paul Kagame. Kagame, now completing his second term, was previously unable to seek an additional term according to the constitution. The head of the National Electoral Commission […]

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Rwandan president rebuffs ‘outside interference’ seeking to end third term try

Rwandan president rebuffs ‘outside interference’ seeking to end third term try

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—Rwandan President Paul Kagame showed a flash of indignation this week at negative reactions coming from foreign allies to his plans for a third term in office which would give him almost a quarter of a century at the nation’s helm. “They tell us we should have the right to make our own choices, but […]

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Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

Obama tightens sanctions on Burundi over grave abuses

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—Citing a crackdown on opposition members, including assassinations, arbitrary arrests and torture, President Barack Obama ousted Burundi from a preferential trade pact with the U.S. known as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), effective Jan. 1. In a letter to the U.S. Congress, Obama said Burundi had failed to institute the rule of law and political […]

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Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

Mideast pivot toward solar power—will Africa catch up?

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located 30 miles south of Dubai, was launched with 13 megawatts of capacity. It could be producing 3,000 megawatts […]

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Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

| September 8, 2015

(GIN)—While most African leaders want you to believe they’re for ending the colonial-era practice of rule by a “president-for-life,” Rwanda is one among several moving quietly to embrace it. A petition drive allegedly from Rwandese citizens is urging a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to stick around for a third term. Rebuilding Rwanda […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide film

BBC faces new attacks over Rwandan genocide film

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–Pressure continues to build over a BBC documentary that challenges the generally accepted story of the Rwandan genocide, and questions whether Rwandan President Paul Kagame was a peacemaker or contributor to a horrific mass murder. This weekend, hundreds of protesters in Rwanda’s Eastern Province marched in their respective districts to denounce “Rwanda’s Untold Story,” a […]

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Violence on rise in former Hutu, Tutsi battleground

Violence on rise in former Hutu, Tutsi battleground

| October 7, 2014

(GIN)—Fears are growing that the Central African nation of Burundi is sliding back into a battlefield as the country heads into an election cycle in 2015. The ceasefire that ended 12 years of brutal conflict in 2005 could be unraveling as the current President Pierre Nkurunziza cracks down on supporters of the opposition. Early this […]

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Cables reveal U.S.-backed exit plan left Rwanda ‘knee-deep in bodies’

Cables reveal U.S.-backed exit plan left Rwanda ‘knee-deep in bodies’

| June 11, 2014

(GIN)—Six days before Rwanda would explode in a genocidal bloodbath, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations saw the storm clouds on the horizon and pushed to send all peacekeepers home, despite signs of an imminent disaster. In a recently declassified cable, Ambassador Madeleine K. Albright advised the Department of State that a “window of […]

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