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United Nations: M23 rebels will not be allowed to re-emerge

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Newscast Media KINSHASA—The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of
Congo says it will not allow a resurgence of the March 23 rebel group.

The UN Special Representative in Congo told the UN Security Council on Monday that
there are “credible reports that the military recruitment of the M23 did not cease”
after a peace agreement between the M23 and the Congolese government, which
was signed in Kenya in December 2013.

“There are also credible reports of emerging M23 activities in Ituri in northeastern
Congo,” Martin Kobler said.

He stated that the M23 must not be allowed to reemerge as a military
force in mineral-rich eastern Congo. “We should tolerate no military
reemergence of the M23.”

The M23 rebels, who defected from the Congolese army in April 2012 in protest over
alleged mistreatment, laid down their arms in November last year after their military
defeat.

On November 5, 2013, the Congolese government claimed “total victory” over the M23
after capturing the group’s remaining hilltop positions north of the eastern city of
Goma with the assistance of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in
the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

Kobler went on to say there can be “no roll back on what has been achieved so far”
and called on “the governments of Uganda and Rwanda to do everything possible to
prevent M23 elements from sheltering or training troops on their territory.”
Kinshasa and the UN have said that the M23 rebels were trained in Rwanda and
Uganda, which both countries deny.

The eastern Congo has experienced interminable cycles of violence since 1998.
The war in the Congo has dragged on for over a decade and left over 5.5 million
people dead.

Source: Press TV

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Congo put on alert by UN peace-keeping troops after attacks

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Newscast Media KINSHASA—The United Nations has placed its troops in the conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo on alert following several coordinated attacks by armed assailants in the capital, Kinshasa, and two other cities.

“The UN mission in the country, MONUSCO, has taken measures to ensure the safety and security of its staff and placed troops in these locations on alert,” AFP quoted UN spokesman Martin Niersky as saying on Monday.

Congo’s government spokesman Lambert Mende said the army repulsed the attacks by the assailants on the state television station, the airport and the main military base in Kinshasa.

Mende also said that shooting had broken out in Lubumbashi, the country’s second-largest city located in south eastern Congo.

“These are terrorists, you can’t call them anything else,” he said. Clashes also erupted in the eastern town of Kindu. Mende said more than 70 attackers had been killed, 52 of them in Kinshasa, adding that three government soldiers also died in Monday’s fighting.

A UN staff member was also wounded during the exchange of fire at the Kinshasa airport. Defense Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo told journalists the situation was now “totally under control” and an investigation was under way.

Meanwhile, it appears that the peace agreement that was signed earlier this month in Nairobi, Kenya is not being honored due to the continued attacks by the rebels. In a statement issued last week, the UN mission MONUSCO said its helicopters raided the Ugandan rebels ADF-NALU on Wednesday and regained control of the positions seized by rebels, who were linked to the killing of 40 or so civilians in the village of Kamango bordering Uganda, according to Xinhua news.

At least 10 rebels were killed and several peacekeepers injured in the fighting, according to the statement.

Source: Press TV

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - December 31, 2013 at 3:12 am

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Congolese soldiers and M23 rebels finally sign peace agreement

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Newscast Media NAIROBI—According to Kenya’s Capital FM News, Democratic
Republic of Congo’s government and the M23 rebels signed declarations Thursday to
end bitter conflict in the east of the country, a document signed by Uganda’s
President Yoweri Museveni and Malawian President Joyce Banda read.

“The DR Congo government and M23 have respectively signed declarations” including
the “decision by M23 to end rebellion and transform itself into a legitimate political
party,” the document inked Thursday in Nairobi read.

DRC spokesman Lambert Mende said government and M23 leaders had signed three
documents at the State House in Nairobi. Provisions of the peace deal include the
dissolution of M23 as an armed group, as well as demobilization and a renunciation of
violence as a means of pursuing future claims, he said.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - December 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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United Nations calls for permanent disarmament of M23 rebels

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Newscast Media NEW YORK—The United Nations Security Council has called for the immediate and permanent disarmament of the March 23 movement (M23) rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On Thursday, Liu Jieyi of China, who holds the council’s presidency in November, said that the council “calls for…the disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for human rights abusers.”

On Wednesday, Abdallah Wafi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s deputy special representative to Congo, said the country should prepare a plan to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate former rebels M23.

He made the remarks a week after the UN mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, helped the Congolese army defeat the 18-month-old M23 insurgency.

Wafi said the measure, which he called DDR plan, is key to ensure peace and security in the country’s violence-ridden east.

On November 5, the M23 announced an end to their revolt after a bruising offensive by the Congolese army and UN forces. M23 leader Bertrand Bisimwa said in a statement that the group would disarm and pursue political talks.

The M23 rebels seized Goma on November 20, 2012 after UN peacekeepers gave up the battle for the frontier city of one million people. M23 rebels withdrew from the city on December 1 under a ceasefire accord.

The M23 rebels defected from the Congolese army in April 2012 in protest over alleged mistreatment in the army. They had previously been integrated into the Congolese army under a peace deal signed in 2009.

Since early May 2012, nearly three million people have fled their homes in the eastern Congo. About 2.5 million have resettled in Congo, but about 500,000 have crossed into neighboring Rwanda and Uganda.

Congo has faced numerous problems over the past few decades, such as grinding poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and a war in the east of the country that has dragged on since 1998 and left over 5.5 million people dead.

Source: Press TV

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - November 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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Congo war not completely over — impasse being blamed on Uganda

Newscast Media KINSHASA—Peace efforts between the DRC government and the M23 rebels are to continue even though the two sides failed to sign a deal in Uganda. But M23 is not the only rebel group Kinshasa counts among its adversaries.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that failure for a peace accord to be consummated is being blamed on Uganda by the Congolese government that has accused Uganda of supporting the rebels.

In Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, victory is in the air and large placards extol the deeds of the armed forces. The decisive offensive against the M23 rebels lasted just two weeks. The rebels had been terrorizing the population in the east of the DRC, exposing the weaknesses of the DRC army and UN blue helmet troops. Militarily, M23 is now a spent force, but sustained peace in the crisis-torn region is still a long way off.

“The fact that the M23 has been defeated does not in itself mean that stability will return to the eastern Congo,” said Stefanie Wolters from the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. There are dozens of other national and international militants groups that are active in the area.

The DRC army has already announced its next target – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a DRC-based descendant of Hutu extremist groups that carried out the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. After the genocide, many of the perpetrators fled across the border to the eastern DRC. To this day, the FDLR questions the legitimacy of the Rwandan Tutsi government and spreads terror among the local population.

Claudia Simons is an analyst specializing in the DRC at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. She said the east of the country will continue to be at war with itself “as long as people fail to have any confidence in state-guaranteed security.”

Source: Deutsche Welle

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - November 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

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Congolese army mops up M23 rebels’ last military position

Congolese army—Courtesy photo Al Manar news

Newscast Media KINSHASA—The Congolese army seized one of the last positions held
by the M23 rebel group on Monday. Thousands of people are on the run. The rebels
have repeated their peace offer.

Standing beside his taxi at the Biere roundabout in the center of Goma, James Karefu
is keeping calm. “No, I’m not afraid of the M23. Its present state does not allow them
to stand in front of a regular army”, the taxi driver tells DW.

One year ago, the name M23 was enough to sent shockwaves down the spines of
Goma residents, after the rebels took the major trade hub in eastern DRC. They
stayed in the city for ten days while Congolese soldiers and UN peacekeepers stood
by and watched.

That has changed dramatically. After a military campaign that lasted a few weeks,
the rebels control little more than three hilltops in the entire region. And even though
fighting between the rebels and the army erupted again on Monday in another part of
the eastern DR Congo, Goma’s residents went about their daily routines. “In Goma, life
goes on normally”, Deutsche Welle correspondent Gaïus Kowene reported. Shops,
schools and banks operate as usual, our correspondent said.

M23 launched its rebellion in April 2012, becoming the latest reincarnation of an
ethnic Tutsi rebel group dissatisfied with the Congolese government.

On Monday, Congolese soldiers seized the strategic hilltop of Mbuzi. It had been
“completely conquered,” the AFP news agency quoted a senior Congolese official as
saying. “We can’t stop…there are only a few hills left to conquer,” he added.
Correspondents in the area reported that the soldiers attacked the hill post with tanks
and rocket fire. Seven rebels are said to have been captured.

The M23 complained that the army had attacked its positions with heavy weapons.
“Our movement reiterates that we are ready to unconditionally sign the peace deal
agreed on Saturday, November 3 in Kampala,” the rebels said in a statement.

African leaders meanwhile met in South Africa’s capital Pretoria on Monday evening to
find a political situation for the crisis. South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is
expected to discuss the situation with the presidents of Uganda, Kenya, the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Source: Deutsche Welle

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UN envoy: M23 Congo rebel group finally defeated and flees

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Newscast Media KINSHASA—The Congolese army backed by UN troops has defeated
the March 23 movement (M23) that threatened towns in the eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo, the UN special representative to the country has said.

Martin Kobler, who is also the head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), made the remarks to the UN Security
Council by video-link on Monday, AFP reported. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - October 29, 2013 at 1:56 am

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Rwanda aid blocked by the US for supporting M23 rebels

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Newscast Media KIGALI—The United States says it has blocked military aid to Rwanda for backing M23 rebels, who are active in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and use child soldiers in their fight against Kinshasa. The US State Department said on Thursday that the sanctions also apply to the Central African Republic, Myanmar, Sudan and Syria.

Washington has been strengthening the military of Rwanda—a staunch ally in Africa—for decades despite Kigali’s blatant interference in neighboring Congo, but other nations reportedly do not receive any military aid from the US.

“Our goal is to work with countries who have been listed to ensure that any involvement in child soldiers—any involvement in the recruitment of child soldiers—stop,” US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Rwanda was sanctioned because of its “support for the M23, a rebel group which continues to actively recruit and abduct children” and to threaten the stability of Congo.

The March 23 movement (M23) rebels defected from the Congolese army in April 2012 in protest over alleged mistreatment in the army.

The UN and Kinshasa have repeatedly accused Rwanda of helping the rebels in Congo. Rwanda has always denied the charges that it is backing the M23, but Kigali has never publicly condemned the militia, which is strengthening its grip over the provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu in the eastern Congo.

Military spokesman Brigadier General Joseph Nzabamwita said that Rwanda is not responsible for events in Congo.

“It is surprising that Rwanda would be liable for matters that are neither on its territory, nor in its practices,” he said. “As a long term partner of the Rwanda Defense Forces, the United States has ample evidence that our forces have never tolerated the use of children in combat.”

“Rwanda’s commitment to a sustainable solution that seeks to bring an end to the DRC conflict and its consequences, including the use of child soldiers, remains unchanged,” Nzabamwita added.

“The collaboration between the Government of Rwanda and the United States remains strong, particularly in the field of peacekeeping, and Rwanda will continue to hold its forces to the highest standards of professionalism and discipline,” he noted.

The M23 rebels and several other armed groups are active in the eastern Congo and are fighting for control of the country’s vast mineral resources, such as gold, the main tin ore cassiterite, and coltan (columbite-tantalite), which is used to make many electronic devices, including cell phones.

Since early May 2012, nearly three million people have fled their homes in the eastern Congo. About 2.5 million have resettled in Congo, but about 500,000 have crossed into neighboring Rwanda and Uganda.

The eastern Congo has experienced interminable cycles of violence since 1998. The war in the Congo has dragged on for over a decade and left over 5.5 million people dead.

Source: Press TV

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UN to M23 rebels: Disarm in 48 hrs or face military force

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Newscast Media KINSHASA—On Tuesday, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in
the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) published a statement saying the
rebels around the eastern city of Goma should either disarm or face “the use of
force.”

MONUSCO gave the M23 rebels around Goma until 4:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Thursday
“to hand in their weapon to a MONUSCO base,” or the peacekeeping mission would
use its new mandate against them for the first time.

The statement said after the deadline the rebels would be “considered an
imminent threat of physical violence to civilians and MONUSCO will take all
necessary measures to disarm them, including by the use of force in
accordance with its mandate and rules of engagement.”

The mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, known as MONUSCO, was
recently renewed by the UN Security Council. The new mandate allows the creation
of a special unit, called the Force Intervention Brigade, to carry out targeted
offensive operations against armed groups rather than merely protecting civilians.

The M23 rebels seized Goma on November 20, 2012 after UN peacekeepers gave up
the battle for the frontier city of one million people. M23 fighters withdrew from the
city on December 1 under a ceasefire accord.

The M23 rebels defected from the Congolese Army in April 2012 in protest over
alleged mistreatment in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo
(FARDC). They had previously been integrated into the Congolese army under a peace
deal signed in 2009.

Since early May 2012, nearly 3 million people have fled their homes in eastern Congo.
About 2.5 million have resettled in Congo, but more than 460,000 have crossed into
neighboring Rwanda and Uganda.

Congo has faced numerous problems over the past few decades, such as grinding
poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and a war in the east of the country that has
dragged on since 1998 and left over 5.5 million people dead.

Source: Press TV

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UN concerned about recent clashes in mineral-rich DR Congo

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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—According to a statement released by the UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey, the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), expressed on Monday the organization’s concerns about clashes in Congo, stressing “the mission is actively pursuing a diplomatic and political solution to contain and end the clashes.”

According to Press TV, the statement also said that heavy weapons and rocket launchers were used in the clashes.

“The Mission reports that initial skirmishes escalated to the use of heavy
caliber weapons, mortars and rocket launchers,” the statement said.

Monday morning, Congolese soldiers clashed with the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels for the first time in nearly six months since the rebels retreated from the city of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

Fighting began after the M23 rebels attacked government positions around 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of the mineral-rich city, according to army spokesman Olivier Hamuli.

The fighting comes after the UN began deploying an attack force to the east last week to neutralize armed groups in the area. The UN has nearly 20,000 peacekeepers in eastern Congo.

Several armed groups, including the March 23 movement (M23) rebels, are active in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and fighting for the control of the country’s vast mineral resources.

The M23 rebels defected from the Congolese army in April 2012 in protest over alleged mistreatment in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC). They had previously been integrated into the Congolese army under a peace deal signed in 2009.

Since early May 2012, nearly 3 million people have fled their homes in the eastern Congo. About 2.5 million have resettled in Congo, but more than 460,000 have crossed into neighboring Rwanda and Uganda.

Congo has faced numerous problems over the past few decades, such as grinding poverty, crumbling infrastructure, and a war in the east of the country that has dragged on since 1998 and left over 5.5 million people dead.

Source: Press TV

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - May 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

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Offensive force for DR Congo created by UN Security Council

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Newscast Media KINSHASA—The Security Council has approved the first “offensive” UN force to battle rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Deutsche Welle. The resolution gave the 2,500-troop force orders to “neutralize” and “disarm” armed groups like M23, in the east of the country. The brigade and surveillance drones to monitor the Democratic Republic of Congo’s borders will be operating by July, UN
officials said.

The force will act “in a robust, highly mobile and versatile manner and in strict compliance with international law,” according to the resolution, to “prevent the expansion of all armed groups, neutralize these groups, and to disarm them.”

The brigade will comprise three infantry battalions, one artillery and one special forces and a reconnaissance company with headquarters in Goma, the North Kivu provincial capital. The UN campaign aims to end conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo’s border regions with Rwanda and Uganda.

According to Reuters, South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi are the most likely candidates to supply the troops for the intervention unit. Mozambique had also been tipped to be part of the new unit but it will likely not be part of the new brigade.

The resolution also states that the intervention brigade will be made up of three infantry battalions, one artillery and one special force and reconnaissance company headquartered in Goma under the direct command of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO.

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Barack Obama to Rwanda’s Kagame: end M23 rebel support

Barack Obama

Newscast Media KIGALI—From one president to another, Barack Obama placed a call to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame to underscore that any support to Congolese rebel group M23 is “inconsistent with Rwanda’s desire for stability and peace” in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and advised Kagame to abide by commitments made in November to permanently “end all support for armed groups” in the country.

Obama told Kagame that it is important to reach “a transparent and credible political agreement that includes an end to impunity for M23 commanders and others who have committed serious human rights abuses” and that the crisis in eastern DRC should be resolved by a “political agreement that addresses the underlying regional security, economic and governance issues while upholding the DRC’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

An estimated 5 million people have been killed and millions displaced since 1998 by a variety of rebel groups battling to control the eastern DRC. In 2012, a new group of rebels rose up. Known as the M23 that has created instability in the region.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters December 18 that the Obama administration is continuing to call for Ntaganda’s arrest, as well as that of Sylvestre Mudacumura, who is also charged with committing atrocities and has been issued an ICC warrant.

“The current conflict in the eastern Congo with M23 underscores the continuing impunity the perpetrators of violence and human rights abuses continue to enjoy in the Congo,” Nuland said.

Along with identifying individuals on the ground who commit abuses and subjecting them to U.S. sanctions, Nuland said, the United States is also reviewing its list of those who are aiding and abetting armed groups for possible sanctions designation. “We look at the whole landscape,” Nuland said.

If Kagame fails to heed Obama’s advice, the next phase, as was pointed out by the State Department’s Victoria Nuland is to subject those aiding and abetting the rebels to sanctions. Finally, after that phase, as we saw in Libya and are seeing in the Middle East, the next step usually points to regime change.

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Johnnie Carson: M23 rebel commanders represent who’s who in human rights abusers

Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs - courtesy photo

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson has urged the Congolese government to put into place measures that will protect the people of Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo from rebel invasion. Carson said the M23 rebel commanders “represent a ‘who’s who’ of notorious human rights abusers” in the eastern DRC.

“We are urging President Kabila to undertake a credible effort to professionalize and reform the Congolese security forces,” Carson said. “At the same time, we are making clear that the Congolese government must accelerate its efforts to deploy and strengthen state institutions and provide needed public services in the Kivus. The extension of effective governance, combined with legitimate provincial elections, is necessary for a lasting peace.”

Carson told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights during a December 11 hearing, that Rwanda was behind arming the M23 rebels who are destabilizing Congo.

“There is a credible body of evidence that shows that the Rwandan government has been supplying M23 with significant military and logistical support, as well as operational and political guidance,” Carson said at the hearing.

He also confirmed that the United States has suspended foreign military financing funds to Rwanda and is pressing Rwanda’s leaders to end all forms of support to Congolese armed groups.

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Hillary Clinton: M23 Rebels must abide by the Kampala Accords

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda—The month of November ends with a positive solution to the Democratic Republic of Congo crisis, that was welcomed by the White House and State Department. Life in eastern Congo is slowly returning to normal as the rebels fully withdraw from the region. The White House and State Department issued a strong statement condemning the action the rebels took to invade the DRC.

At the beginning of the week, when fighting intensified as rebels held the eastern cities of Goma and Sake captive, Newscast Media wrote a harsh admonition under the headline “Not enough Congolese have been killed for the U.S. to intervene”.

In that article written on November 26, this journalist said, “Hillary Clinton squandered several opportunities she had to mobilize a peace-keeping force that would secure the well-being of the Congolese people.”

For the part of the State Department, Hillary Clinton has since worked with the UN and African Union (AU) to secure a 4,000-strong force, that will be on stand-by to make sure that lasting peace in the region is realized.

Something we also wanted to see happen when the article was written, was a strong condemnation from the U.S. government against the invasion of Congo by the rebels.

Hillary Clinton, like a true soldier said on November 28: “The United States strongly condemns the “tactics of fear and intimidation” that have accompanied the conflict since a rebellion broke out in the region in April.”

“There is only one way forward for M23,” Clinton added. “They must meet their commitments under the Kampala Accords to cease their attacks, withdraw from Goma, and pull back to the July lines.”
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The swift actions the U.S. government (State Department) and African Union have taken in the past 72 hours, satisfy the grievances Newscast Media had about the silence of the United States, while Africans were being slaughtered.

As much as we are passionate when criticizing policies we find troubling, it is only fair that we praise those who have been criticized, when they correct those same policies. We know Newscast Media gets some web traffic from the State Department.

As such, Newscast Media credits Hillary Clinton, the US government and the African Union (AU) for mobilizing a military unit of 4,000 to neutralize any threat that would destabilize the DRC region. More credit also goes to Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, for the role they played in delivering a peaceful solution.

This is certainly an excellent humanitarian gesture on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the people of the Motherland—and a sign of redemption of lost opportunities, as she ends her tenure with the State Department.

Cicero, the greatest mind in classical antiquity said: “The greatest renown, and profoundest gratitude, is won by defending the oppressed. This consideration particularly applies when the oppression is coming from a formidable personage.” Cicero On The Good Life (page 147).

I’m sure Hillary will miss my constructive criticism when she leaves office in January 2013—but who knows? I might just catch up with her on the campaign trail…should she choose to run for the presidency in the year 2016.

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Congo Update: UN approves 4,000 military combatants to maintain stability in DR Congo

UN Troops

Newscast Media KAMPALA, Uganda—Newscast Media promised to update our readers about developments in the embattled Democratic Republic of Congo. Some more exciting news from the region is that the UN has approved a 4,000-strong military force to maintain stability, and if necessary, these combatants will militarily engage any outside elements attempting to destabilize the area.

The 4,000 soldiers are an amalgamation of African Union troops who will maintain a neutral stance and ensure life goes back to normal within the entire eastern region, as reported by Uganda’s state-owned New Vision paper.

The UN had 17,000 troops in the Congo that did absolutely nothing to stop the rebels from overrunning towns and villages, and simply watched Africans lose their lives to the savagery of the M23 rebels.

The approval of 4,000 combatants who will prevent atrocities from occurring comes as splendid news, in time for Christmas, for all Congolese and neighboring countries. For their part, the rebels are already pulling out of Goma and Sake, the cities they had previously held captive. This is a very good and honorable gesture by all who have brought about the peaceful withdrawal from Congo.

Hopefully this brings an end to the Congo nightmare, and a fresh beginning for the Congolese people to pursue their dreams and to also live in peace.

Related Story:
Finally M23 rebels have agreed to withdraw from the DR Congo

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Joseph Earnest - November 30, 2012 at 1:18 am

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Not enough Congolese have been killed for US to intervene

L-R: Barack Obama, Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame

Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to experience genocide and occupation by rebel groups with an estimated 5.4 million Congolese dead as a result of the unending war. The US has kept silent, after all, 5.4 million Congolese aren’t enough dead Africans to warrant intervention. Maybe once the number reaches 10 million, then the US and its western allies will consider
the lives of these sub-Saharan Africans worthy of protection the M23 rebel groups.

Perhaps since the West is fond of selling the over-population myth, could it be that these endless wars in Africa (Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, Congo, Libya, Egypt, Sudan), are being used as a contraceptive, hence the lack of intervention?

The New York Times reports: “A big factor will be neighboring Rwanda, which is widely suspected of arming the M23 and sending Rwandan soldiers to fight covertly alongside the rebels.” The same article continues by quoting rebels vowing to seize Kinshasa, the capital city.

“We’re going to Kinshasa!” vowed Col. Vianney Kazarama, a spokesman for the M23 rebel group, according this New York Times article.

Hillary Clinton squandered several opportunities she had to mobilize a peace-keeping force that would secure the well-being of the Congolese people. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, he too did nothing to speak out against the Tutsi genocide in which almost 1,000,000 Tutsis were slaughtered.

Human rights groups and social service workers like Shamus Cooke believe Obama is intentionally silent because he wants Joseph Kabila removed. In an article published by Tehran Times Cooke writes:

“Kabila distanced himself from U.S. puppets Rwanda and Uganda, not to mention the U.S. dominated International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. The IMF, for example, warned Kabila against a strategic infrastructural and development aid package with China, but Kabila shrugged them off. The Economist explains:

“…[The Congo] appears to have gained the upper hand in a row with foreign donors over a mining and infrastructure package worth $9 billion that was agreed a year ago with China. The IMF objected to it, on the ground that it would saddle Congo with a massive new debt, so [the IMF] is delaying forgiveness of most of the $10 billion-plus that Congo already owes.

“If Obama and/or the UN made one public statement about militarily defending the elected Congolese government against invasion, the M23 militia would have never acted.

“Human Rights Watch and other groups have correctly labeled the M23′s commanders as responsible for “ethnic massacres, recruitment of children, mass rape, killings, abductions and torture.

“It’s likely that the Obama administration will jump into action as soon as his M23 allies complete their military objective of regime change, and re-open the Congo’s military wealth to U.S. corporations to profit from,” Shamus Cooke concludes his article in the Tehran Times.

The so-called peace talks between neighboring countries are a joke—it’s theatrics. The U.S. together with NATO toppled Gadhafi under the pretext of protecting Libyans from atrocities. The current attempt to remove Assad, we are told, is to prevent the genocide he is committing against his own citizens. Yet when Congolese are killed by the millions, intervention to prevent additional deaths is not justified. Absurd!
Africa’s curse has always been its leaders—whether by descent, or by birth.

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Democratic Republic of Congo asks South Africa to intervene in East

DRC

Newscast Media PRETORIA—The Democratic Republic of Congo has asked South Africa to intervene in the eastern region where Rwanda and Uganda have been accused by a UN leaked report of supporting the rebels. Meeting his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Congolese Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda relied on the close relationship both countries share to confront the challenges DR Congo faces.

“I am referring here to the security in the eastern DRC where we hope to arrive at specific results with the help of South Africa,” Tshibanda said in the South African capital Pretoria, without giving any more details.

Meanwhile, the M23 Movement, which is an extension of the M23 rebel group, has formed a semi autonomous administration structure in areas under their control in north Kivu province.

The UN on the other hand, said it will continue its work in the embattled country, as it helps fight and contain the Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) have deployed experts to support operational response, including establishment of a field laboratory and in the area of infection prevention and control in health care settings.

The tumultuous situation escalated in DR Congo after member states walked away from the Lusaka Agreement, that many thought would result in a cease-fire. Many Congolese refugees in the past decade have migrated to western Uganda, while others to the Central African Republic located between Uganda, Sudan and Chad.

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Sweden freezes aid to Rwanda amid M23 Congo rebel controversy

Rwanda's Paul Kagame

Newscast Media STOCKHOLM—Sweden has become the latest country to freeze aid to Rwanda, due to allegations that the Rwandan government is supporting M23 rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who have caused instability in the region. According to Deutsche Welle News, Swedish foreign ministry spokesperson Eva Sundquist said that Rwanda should “take up its responsibilities for the development of the region.” Deutsche Welle reported that Swedish aid to Rwanda amounted to about 215 million kronor (26 million euros, $32.2 million) in 2011.

“We have chosen to hold off with aid to shed light on what is going on in Congo and how they (the Rwandan authorities) are involved,” Swedish Cooperation Minister Gunilla Carlsson told Swedish Radio News on Monday, and was also reported by Deutsche Welle.

United States warns about possible charging of Rwanda’s Paul Kagame

The United States is another country that recently withheld aid from the embattled African country, and has warned Kagame that he could be charged with war crimes and face prosecution for arming groups that carried out atrocities in Democratic Republic of Congo. The US has previously been a supporter of President Kagame, however, there is a radical shift, and the opposite is now happening. The UK Guardian explains that the previous support by the US was out of guilt for not doing anything to prevent over 800,000 Rwandese from being massacred in the genocide that happened in 1994.

The United Nations report

The most devastating piece of information about Rwanda’s support for the M23 rebels comes from a recently-released report by the United Nations. The report in part says:

” Since the outset of its current mandate, the Group has gathered evidence of arms
embargo and sanctions regime violations committed by the Rwandan Government.
These violations consist of the provision of material and financial support to armed
groups operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, including the
recently established M23, in contravention of paragraph 1 of Security Council
resolution 1807 (2008). 2 The arms embargo and sanctions regimes violations
include the following:
• Direct assistance in the creation of M23 through the transport of weapons and
soldiers through Rwandan territory
• Recruitment of Rwandan youth and demobilized ex-combatants as well as
Congolese refugees for M23
• Provision of weapons and ammunition to M23
• Mobilization and lobbying of Congolese political and financial leaders for the benefit
of M23
• Direct Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) interventions into Congolese territory to
reinforce M23
• Support to several other armed groups as well as Forces armées de la République
démocratique du Congo (FARDC) mutinies in the eastern Congo
• Violation of the assets freeze and travel ban through supporting sanctioned
individuals.”

Click here to read of download the complete UN investigative report.

Kagame denies any involvement in genocide

Rwanda denied any wrongdoing even before the entire UN report was released, and issued a statement saying rumors circulating about Rwanda’s involvement in the eastern DRC are false. Regional leaders plan to meet in four weeks to coming up with actionable steps to ensure that fighting stops completely in DR Congo.


Video courtesy France 24

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