Monday, December 10, 2012

Outrage of the Year: Susan Rice is an enabler of Kagame and M23 (New York Times)

(Dr. Susan Rice, US UN Ambassador)

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This will no doubt go down as the outrage of the year: the role of an
enabler of Kagame and M23 that Susan Rice has been playing all along
at the United Nations.

In a devastating article written by Helene Cooper titled "U.N.
Ambassador Questioned on U.S. Role in Congo Violence" and published by
The New York Times today, it is revealed that

"Mr. Kagame's government was [Rice's] client when she worked at
Intellibridge, a strategic analysis firm
in Washington. Ms. Rice, who served
as the State Department's top African
affairs expert in the Clinton
administration, worked at the firm
with several other former Clinton
administration officials, including
David J. Rothkopf, who was an acting
under secretary in the Commerce
Department; Anthony Lake, Mr.
Clinton's national security adviser;
and John M. Deutch, who was
director of the Central Intelligence
Agency."

And that's "Ms. Rice has been
at the forefront of trying to shield the
Rwandan government, and Mr.
Kagame in particular, from
international censure, even as
several United Nations reports have
laid the blame for the violence in
Congo at Mr. Kagame's door."

In one most outrageous instance:

"Ms. Rice objected strongly
to a call by the French envoy, Gerard
Araud, for explicitly "naming and
shaming" Mr. Kagame and the
Rwandan government for its support
of M23, and to his proposal to
consider sanctions to pressure
Rwanda to abandon the rebel group.

" 'Listen Gerard,' she said, according
to the diplomat. 'This is the D.R.C. If
it weren't the M23 doing this, it
would be some other group.' The
exchange was reported in Foreign
Policy magazine last week."

And this is the irresponsiblr scatterbrain Obama wants to appoint as
Secretary Hillary Clinton's replacement!

Kudos to Jason Stearns, who is quoted in the article:

""The M23 would probably no longer
exist today without Rwandan
support," said Jason K. Stearns,
author of "Dancing in the Glory of
Monsters: The Collapse of Congo and
the Great War of Africa." "It stepped
in to prevent the movement from
collapsing and has been providing
critical military support for every
major offensive."

Find full article here:

mobile.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/world/un-envoy-rice-faulted-for-rwanda-tie-in-congo-conflict.xml

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

She is not just an enabler .She is a corrupt person who is deeply involved with the Coltan Mafia .this lady is a shame to the OBAMA admnistration .her hands are full of Congoles blood . Shame on president OBAMA for turning his back on the people of eastern DRC.

Anonymous said...

These people involved in the tragedy, atrocities in the must be sued in the court of law in the USA. All congolese have to contribute in order to hire good lawyers to represent congolese citizens in the diaspora. Let's wake up and raise our voices for our people and country. May the lord continue to protect Congo DR.

congo man said...

The DRC diaspora is going to organize marches and demonstrations in DC against her confirmation if she gets nominated.

lorraine-m-thompson said...

On 12/12/12, 221 academics and scholars of Africa in the United States sent a petition to President Obama to take action to protect civilians in the conflict zone of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The petition was released by the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS), since 1977 a national organization of professors and other specialists on Africa.

The press release quoted Noah Zerbe, political scientist at Humboldt State University and co-chairperson of ACAS: “According to the International Rescue Committee, with more than 5 million killed in this disordered nation in the last 14 years, the conflicts there are the world’s deadliest documented conflict since WW II, yet it has not had the attention it needs.”

The scholars are calling on President Obama to take bilateral actions and actions through the United Nations to protect civilians in the conflict zone of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Specifically, the petition calls on the President to use U.S. influence at the UN to provide the MONUC forces with the mandate and resources to protect civilians, to sanction Rwanda and Uganda for any support to militias there, to use the SEC to enforce the Dodd-Frank Act on conflict minerals, and to fully implement the “Obama Act” of 2006 on the Congolese Army for their contributions to the disorder.


source: http://bit.ly/TdhqFh

for press release (pdf version) http://bit.ly/VEpWeQ

lorraine-m-thompson said...

A response to J. Peter Pham’s New York Times’ article on the Congo, November 30, 2012

by Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, S.J.
2012-12-13,

A recent article on the Congo replete with fallacies and half-truths is challenged by Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, S.J., who argues it is time to end this Western poverty of thinking toward Africa and a promotion of Africa without Africans

source: http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85765

lorraine-m-thompson said...

Susan Rice Withdraws from Secretary of State Consideration

Read more: http://ti.me/TYmGyM

Now if there were only a way to get her removed from the position of UN Ambassador....

Anonymous said...

She's a corrupt representative who has used her attributions to shield a criminal(kagame) , one day she will have to explain her acts! It's sad to notice that someone who's entrusted to conduct a fair and thoroughly work has used it for personal gain!