rebels

Basics
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…

World Politics
2 US tells Rwanda to stop backing Congo rebels … again

Given the drumbeat of bad news and eruptions of violence out of eastern Congo, it’s easy to think whatever is happening there is just more of the same – the same, chronic fights between DR Congo’s somewhat dysfunctional military (not to mention its government) and the variously named militias operating for any number of causes (including just pure criminality) in the region. But in fact, things may be a bit different this time.

World Politics
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.

Human Rights
0 Guest Post: The fragile promise of peace in Colombia

Katherine McKeon This is a guest post by Katherine McKeon, a UW communications major who recently returned to Seattle after working this summer for Reuters in Bogota, Colombia. The promise of peace talks between the government and FARC rebels is big news but, as she reports, few Colombians are getting…