The Tragedy of Paul Kagame’s Rwanda

“RWANDA, Uganda, Burundi and their proxy militias are THE PRIMARY EXPLOITERS OF COLTAN IN THE CONGO”

Kagame’s regime in Rwanda has been nothing short of a disaster. On “Friends of the Congo” website, Rwanda’s role in robbing Congo’s resources are described as follows:

“RWANDA, Uganda, Burundi and their proxy militias are THE PRIMARY EXPLOITERS OF COLTAN IN THE CONGO. In an 18 month period Rwanda made $250 million as a result of exploitation of coltan in the Congo. Although Rwanda and Uganda possess little or no coltan, during the period of the war in the Congo, their exports escalated exponentially. For example, Rwanda’s coltan export went from less than 50 tons in 1995 to almost 250 tons in 1998. Zero cassiterite was transported from the Congo to Uganda in 1998, however by 2000, 151 drums were transported.1

Kagame’s forces invaded Rwanda in 1990 with the assistance of Uganda’s Museveni and, after destabilizing the country via mass killings, particularly in the north, took power. Some assert that it was Kagame who, in 1994, ordered the assassinations of Juvénal Habyarimana, president of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamira, president of Burundi, both Hutus. In 1996, Rwanda and Uganda invaded Congo which resulted in million of deaths, many from starvation and disease caused by the fighting.

What we have here are two Afrikan “leaders”, Museveni (Uganda) and Kagame (Rwanda), who are obviously doing the bidding of american, european and israeli capitalists. Kagame was/is armed by them thus facilitating his bloody rise to power in central east Afrika.

And what about Kagame’s Rwanda today? Rwanda is the world’s leading producer of Coltan despite the fact that Rwanda has very little coltan itself2. In fact, as can be seen from the “Friends of the Congo” citation above, Rwanda’s incredible jump in “production” of coltan matches it’s invasion of Congo in 1990.

Kagame and his henchmen rule with an iron fist and continue to plunder Congo for its resources. The regime has supported proxy thugs like M23 in Congo to provide cover for its ongoing crimes. The “government” is hostile to dissent, the free press and, perhaps most importantly, the Truth. Political dissent and freedom of the press are not allowed in Rwanda. Dissenters are regularly jailed and, in some cases, assassinated.3

It is now a serious offense to question the “official narrative” about the “genocide” in Rwanda, Burundi and Congo. The official narrative is that the Hutu’s committed genocide against the Tutsi because of the Tutsi’s privileged positions in their respective societies. There are, however, competing narratives that suggest that the purpose of the entire gruesome, bloody affair is to enable american and european capitalists to secure unimpeded, cheap access to coltan and other strategic minerals.

Rwanda’s 2014 abstention from a UN Security Council resolution calling for israel to end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories demonstrates the historically important role it has played as a capitalist doormat. To make matters worse, on March 28, 2017, Kagame rubbed salt in the wound by being the first Afrikan head of state to speak to, brace yourself, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, DC. Kagame gushed in his praise of israel, saying, “Rwanda is without a question a friend of Israel!4

Kagame and Museveni are, unfortunately, all too typical of the misleadership that Afrikans on the continent and throughout the Diaspora endure. We are still, in too many instances, dealing with what is effectively a neocolonial shituation. Let’s define neocolonialism:

Neocolonialism:

1. The policy or practice of a wealthy or powerful nation in extending its influence into a less developed one, especially in EXPLOITING THAT NATION’S RESOURCES.

2. Political control by an outside power of a country that is IN THEORY SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE DOMINATION OF ITS ECONOMY.

3. Domination of a small or weak country by a large or strong one without the assumption of direct government.

4. The policy by which a nation EXERTS POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONTROL over a less powerful independent nation or region.

We can see from the above definitions and a cursory examination of current world events that neocolonialism is alive and well in 2017. Clearly, Kagame’s Rwanda is a willing colonial agent assisting american and european capitalists to exploit Congo’s resources. The capitalists have always been able to find people to become agents on their behalf and, unfortunately, they will continue to do so. Like John Henrik Clarke said, “Money don’t just talk, it shouts and screams.” Rwanda is definitely on the capitalist payroll.

The real tragedy is that other Afrikan nations are not much better off. While their “leaders” might not be quite as monstrous as Kagame and Museveni, they are still, in far too many cases, assimilationist, greedy, and allergic to the creation and exercise of Afrikan Sovereignty, Self-Determination and True Democracy. The heads of state of the 14 Afrikan nations who WILLINGLY allow France to hold their NATIONAL RESERVES in French banks are another nightmarish example of an ongoing neocolonial relationship on the continent.5

In fact, it could be argued that Afrikans throughout the Diaspora are living with a similar neocolonial arrangement. In the Americas, the object of exploitation is not coltan but our labor and consumer dollars but that’s another story for another time.

Time for a Clean Break!

References:

1. http://www.friendsofthecongo.org/resource-center/coltan.html

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltan

3. http://www.globalresearch.ca/kagame-started-the-genocide-in-rwanda-then-congo/5403279

4. http://www.arabamerica.com/rwandan-president-calls-israel-inspiration-overcoming-genocide/

5. (http://www.globalresearch.ca/frances-colonial-tax-still-enforced-for-africa-bleeding-africa-and-feeding-france/5547512)

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Propaganda From The Trump Political Machine On Behalf Of Desperate Capitalists

November 29, 20016

By Cheikh Amma Diop

Since the selection of Donald Trump for POTUS, we have heard racist, fascist, neoliberal propaganda on steroids. Recently it’s been revealed that Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has suggested it might be a good idea to only allow “property owners” to vote as once was the case in the U.S. This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. The reality is that votes mean very little in a capitalist society. In fact, the U.S. remains a racist oligarchy known for its brutal economic inequality. In September 2014, Perspectives on Politics, a journal published by Cambridge University press, carried a research article entitled, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.” They authors concluded that,

“When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, THE PREFERENCES OF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN APPEAR TO HAVE ONLY A MINUSCULE, NEAR-ZERO, STATISTICALLY NON-SIGNIFICANT IMPACT UPON PUBLIC POLICY (emphasis mine).

 Furthermore, the preferences of economic elites (as measured by our proxy, the preferences of “affluent” citizens) have far more independent impact upon policy change than the preferences of average citizens do. To be sure, this does not mean that ordinary citizens always lose out; THEY FAIRLY OFTEN GET THE POLICIES THEY FAVOR, BUT ONLY BECAUSE THOSE POLICIES HAPPEN ALSO TO BE PREFERRED BY THE ECONOMICALLY-ELITE CITIZENS WHO WIELD THE ACTUAL INFLUENCE.

IN THE UNITED STATES, OUR FINDINGS INDICATE, THE MAJORITY DOES NOT RULE—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes (emphasis mine). When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.

 Capitalists, not the masses who are not capitalists and are forced to work for the capitalists, are the holders of power and are the true “property owners” in america. We giddily call ourselves property owners when we “buy” houses and the associated land even though we are indebted for at least one generation before the property becomes ours, this being true as long as we can pay the taxes and don’t seriously challenge the status quo. The holdings of real property owners, the capitalists, are so vast as to stagger the imagination. Just check the current and historical economic inequality figures in the U.S. Capitalism is a hyper-elitist, super club that ruthlessly holds on to its wealth, power and privilege. They work to ensure their membership remains very small and predominately European.

Trump and his potential and actual appointees have threatened to privatize social security and medicare, denied climate change, accused Afrikans protesting state-sanctioned police violence with “instigating police killings,” threatened to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, ban muslims from entering the u.s., deporting millions of Mexicans and others from central America, and other unconstitutional proposals. Such ideas indicate a capitalist desire to retract some of the modest changes pushed for by the downtrodden masses over the past century or so; changes that have made life a bit more bearable in a heartless capitalist system but have left the fundamental essence of capitalism unscathed. Some of these changes put a little money in our pockets (overtime pay, paid time off, paid holidays) and provided very modest social support when needed (medicare, social security, employer provided health care, labor laws, public education). The capitalists, however, want to recoup the funding for these very modest programs. The challenge is how to do so without sparking mass outrage in the general populace generally and middle-aged white men in particular.

The capitalists are frantically trying to hold onto their front line soldiers in the face of an ongoing economic recession and the recent ascension of rival, non-european economic powers. Capitalist attempts to prevent their ominous economic decline by military attacks on rising powers in western Asia, imposing boycotts on non-compliant nations, bribes, proposing international trade deals, mass surveillance, espionage, rolling back financial and banking regulations and so on have failed. Now, even their always-faithful core supporters, middle-aged “white men (MAW),” are threatening to abandon the capitalist ship because they feel left behind, marginalized and hopeless regarding their economic future.

Even the overhyped propaganda powers of the corporate media have been unable to turn the tide of discontent among MAW. Distrust of the corporate media is at an all time high. And, to make matters worse for the capitalists, the recent emergence of rival, non-European media organizations has successfully challenged the mass media monopoly of American and European capitalists. Media outlets like RT (Russia), PressTV (Iran), TeleSur (Venezuela) and al-Jeezera (Qatar) are providing alternative reporting regarding global news, reporting that, in many instances, is contrary to that provided by American corporate media.

Enter Trump and his team with vociferous, fascist, racist, neo-libertarian propaganda like we haven’t seen in some time. This propaganda is a desperate attempt to maintain “party” discipline among their core supporters and nothing more. This is not the only tactic in their playbook by any means, however, it’s clear that American and European capitalists are running out of hegemonic options.

Middle-aged “white” men and their families will be even more enraged when they realize that the capitalists are working them like the slaves they are.

Voices of Fire