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Rwanda’s Parliamentary Elections: Democratic or Not?



Rwandan President Paul Kagame at Election Rally

Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent Last Modified: 11:54 a.m. DST, 24 December 2013 Rwanda, unlike many African countries has held democratic elections for its government with its people by and large in support of its current and past leader President Paul Kagame. The Parliament in which the governing party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), won a […]

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Instability Returns to Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo



M23 Rebels, Goma, DRC, Photo by Agencia de Noticias Inter Press Service

Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent Last Modified: 23:09 p.m. DST, 03 September 2013 DRC, Africa – Widespread fighting and instability are nothing new to the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as it has been plagued by conflict ever since the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 spilled over into its borders. The region, especially […]

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Democratic Republic of Congo’s Conflict Driven Mining Industry



A Gold Mine in Ituri, Eastern DRC, Photo by Simon Reeve

Jessamy Nichols, Africa Correspondent Last Modified: 16:03 p.m. DST, 16 August 2013 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO − The mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a plethora of side effects for the country that destroy the standard of living and overall wellbeing of the country.  The most unbearable one is the way that […]

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Thomas Lubanga, Congolese War Lord Convicted


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Thomas Lubanga Convicted by Hague, Photo by ICC-CPI

Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 17:10 PM EDT, 10 July 2012 THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Six years after the government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) handed Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, over to The Hague for trial, and three years after the start of his trial, Lubanga has finally been received a verdict of 14 years […]

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Cuba & US Foreign Intervention in sub-Sahara Africa


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Santiago de Cuba - Garde au Mausolée José Marti

Originally posted on Katie Chapman:
This past December I wrote a paper and conducted some research for my Master’s in International Relations.  The topic compared foreign policy and intervention in Africa by the United States and Cuba.  After somewhat thorough research, I was left with mostly biased opinions produced from each state regarding its foreign…

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