Paul Kagame

0 Time for a new narrative on Rwanda

Analysis Woman and child tilling the fieldTom Paulson For some, Rwanda is beautiful, a story of amazing recovery and rebuilding. For others, Rwanda is creepy, a story of ongoing Western-sanctioned political repression and murder. In other words, Rwanda is complex. Incredibly complex, with some deep wounds that have not yet…

0 Murder of spy chief highlights two Rwandas: Separating myth from reality

Humanosphere has noted before that there are two Rwandas – one an African success story celebrated by the humanitarian sector for its stunning improvements in health and poverty reduction; the other a nation quietly suffering from oppression, authoritarianism and state-sanctioned violence. The recent murder of a former close colleague of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame supports the concerns raised by the latter camp.

0 New film investigates Rwanda’s controversial leader

The legacy and impact of Paul Kagame on Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of central Africa has come under greater scrutiny in the past few years. The divisive debate pits the supporters who say he has transformed the small nation against opponents who decry the human rights abuses carried…

0 DR Congo: M23 rebels lay down guns, army targets FDLR

M23 rebels on patrol. The M23 rebel group that has led a twenty-month insurgency in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo waved the white flag today. An announcement Tuesday morning that the rebels gave up came in the wake of a Congolese army campaign that beat back…

0 Rwanda is not happy with ‘balanced’ Kagame profile

Paul KagameWEF Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Jeffrey Gettleman finally got the opportunity to sit down with Rwanda’s controversial president Paul Kagame. The three hour conversation was used in an article published in the New York Magazine profiling Kagame. The piece caught attention for a less-than-flattering depiction of the Rwandan president…

0 Howard Buffett Foundation attacks UN to shift blame from Rwanda

Howard G. Buffett is pushing the international community to fully restore aid to Rwanda. When a UN Group of Experts (GoE) report found that Rwanda was supporting rebels fighting a deadly conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a number of countries including the U.S. and Britain cut or suspended foreign aid in protest. Howard Buffett and Tony Blair loudly protested the aid cuts.

1 Rwanda: The humanitarian’s dilemma

Rwanda is a beautiful example of how even the most devastated country can, with enough support and the right kind of planning, make a stunning recovery and get itself on the path of progress. On many indicators of health and welfare, as well as economic growth, Rwanda is at the top of the list in Africa and, in some cases, globally. I’ve seen the evidence for this in person, having visited and reported on Rwanda more than a year ago. It is an impressive ‘success story.’ But a bizarre juxtaposition of events that took place this week illustrates, for some anyway, the dilemma that Rwanda poses for the humanitarian community.

1 Tony Blair’s odd poster child for advancing good African governance

Tony Blair and Paul Kagame Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair wants to end aid dependence by fostering better governance, especially in Africa. Since moving off the geopolitical center stage, Blair has inserted himself into several new supporting roles that could generally be lumped together as world betterment consultant. For…

0 Orwellian Update on the Rwandan invasion of Congo

Congo refugees in July, fleeing fighting in the eastUN The situation around the military conflict in DR Congo is changing (and deteriorating) rapidly following the takeover of the eastern provincial capital city of Goma by rebels known mostly as the M23 earlier this week. I wanted to provide an update…

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