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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. The Lost Girls. "We Were Sent to Kill You" Sitreps Detail Rwanda's Descent into Genocide 1994. Washington, DC, April 7, 2014 –The complete series of daily and weekly situation reports (sitreps) written by UN peacekeepers in Rwanda — published today by the National Security Archive for the first time in full — provides a detailed, on-the-ground perspective on the genocide in Rwanda that started twenty years ago today.

Sitreps Detail Rwanda's Descent into Genocide 1994

Today's posting is a collection of every single sitrep from the beginning of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in October 1993 to the end of the genocide on July 18, 1994.[1] The documents tell a story of the broken Rwandan political system and a peacekeeping force that, because of a lack of support from UN headquarters in New York and from the members of the UN Security Council, was not equipped to handle the rising violence. UN Peacekeeping Troops in Rwanda circa September 1994. China-based corporate web behind troubled Africa resource deals. For centuries, wave after wave of colonists and foreign investors have swept through Africa, looking for profits from the continent’s abundant reserves of oil and prized minerals.

China-based corporate web behind troubled Africa resource deals

Many instead left records of corruption and broken promises of shared wealth with Africans. It is against this backdrop that an eager conglomerate has recently been drawing attention and generating headlines throughout Africa. China-Sonangol is part of a global network of companies extracting oil in Angola, buying gold in Zimbabwe, building luxury condominiums in Singapore and developing property in Manhattan. MENA (the Middle-East & North Africa) Map Room: Hidden Waters. InFocus » What Does the Fall of Goma Mean for Central Africa? Israel Siphons off Africa’s Nile. Egyptian and Sudanese policy failures have lead to a looming strategic threat to both countries’ most important resources – the Nile.

Israel Siphons off Africa’s Nile

Israel has now signed an agreement with the South Sudanese authorities over rights to the country’s precious water source. Cable shows U.S. permission required for key Ugandan combat ops. By Stephen C. WebsterWednesday, April 11, 2012 10:54 EDT Update (below): Publisher confirms cyber attack following Raw Story report A U.S. State Department cable composed in Dec. 2009 sheds yet more light on the murky relationship between the Obama administration and the Ugandan government, pointing to an information sharing agreement that prohibits the Ugandan regime from engaging in certain combat operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) without U.S. permission.

Specifically, the cable states that Ugandan forces may not utilize U.S. intelligence to engage enemies without first consulting U.S. officials. “The Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) uses this intelligence in planning and conducting offensive operations, including both capture and lethal operations, against the LRA in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Southern Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR),” the cable explains.

Niger Delta: a quiet resistance. 2nd explosion strikes near Nigeria church by Jos. LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital - a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising.

2nd explosion strikes near Nigeria church by Jos

Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism. New York, November 11, 2011--A judge in Ethiopia's federal high court charged six journalists with terrorism on Thursday under the country's antiterrorism law, bringing the number of journalists charged under the statute since June to 10, CPJ research found.

Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism

France, Africa: Suitcases Filled with Cash Expose the Françafrique Connection. In the wake of the Dominique Strauss Kahn scandal, a new furore is now rocking France and the upcoming 2012 French presidential campaign.

France, Africa: Suitcases Filled with Cash Expose the Françafrique Connection

Robert Bourgi, a shady lawyer and advisor for “African affairs” has confessed [fr] to French media he acted for years as a go-between for French politicians and Francophone Africa heads of states, delivering approximatively $20 million in cash to former President Chirac, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Dominique de Villepin, and extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, to finance past election campaigns. Screen shot of Lawyer R. Bourgi on BFM TV “Not exactly breaking news” China-based corporate web behind troubled Africa resource deals. Special Coverage on Conflict Minerals. Jump to: Overview | Current Policy | Solutions | Campaigns & Programs Your mobile phone, your computer, your portable music player, and your gaming system all fuel fighting in eastern Congo.

Special Coverage on Conflict Minerals

Take Action Now » Overview Armed groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars every year by trading conflict minerals. The Price of Precious. The first child soldier pops out of the bush clutching an AK-47 assault rifle in one hand and a handful of fresh marijuana buds in the other.

The Price of Precious

The kid, probably 14 or 15, has this big, goofy, mischievous grin on his face, like he’s just stolen something—which he probably has—and he’s wearing a ladies’ wig with fake braids dangling down to his shoulders. Conflict Minerals. ZIMBABWE: Minister Trying to Create a "Paper Tiger" Human Rights Commission. US Quietly Assumes Military Posture in Africa. UN declares famine in three more areas of Somalia - GlobalPost. ‪NYT photographer details Somalia's famine‬‏ Chaîne de bbcguests.