It is no secret that Rwanda has been behind 26 years of catastrophic war and occupation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ever since its invasion, alongside Uganda, in 1996. Uganda’s crimes get far less press than Rwanda’s, but they are well-documented in decades of UN experts’ reports. This...
The United States does the heavy lifting, but Canada provides consistent behind-the-scenes support to enable the plunder of Congo and other nations in the Global South. On October 14, 2004, a group of ten armed men took control of the city of Kilwa in the eastern Katanga province of the...
Few People Know Who Maurice Tempelsman Is Despite the Outsized Influence That He Has Played on U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa Maurice Tempelsman is a billionaire Democratic Party power broker and donor in his 90s who is chairman of the board of directors of Lazare Kaplan International Inc. (LKI), the largest diamond company...
In late November, Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), traveled to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for meetings with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and DRC President Felix Tshisekedi. The stated purpose of the meetings was to try to de-escalate tensions in eastern DRC, which has...
In February, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uganda must pay $325 million in reparations to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for its role in conflicts in Congo’s resource-rich Ituri province from 1998 to 2003. The amount includes $225 million to be paid for “loss of life and other...
A new book reveals how U.S. Presidents of both parties unleashed the CIA in the Congo to do the dirty work of greedy corporations, causing misery, mutilations and massacres of such magnitude they dwarfed even the wildest accounts depicted in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. On June 30, 2020, 60...