Politics

Politics in Rwanda is not a profession, it is a role.

Over twenty five years ago when the Rwandan diaspora returned home, after the Rwandan Patriotic Front had defeated the government of genocidaires, some politicians wanted to build themselves new constituencies. To do that, they created fresh divisions among the people based, this time, on regions of origin in Rwanda, country of exile from which one had returned and language of ...

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Trump has a point, even though we may not like it.

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about WHO, China and the world at large, in fact we do not like it at all, but he has a point, and acknowledging that would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led by two things: Bombs and Dollars; a carrot and ...

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Uriya ni umusazi?

Uriya ni Umusazi… I don’t know how many times I have heard that comment made to me: ‘uriya ni umusazi’. It is dismissively made by people who are made uncomfortable by one’s expressed freedom of thought. ‘That person is mad’. Rwandans who can’t argue with you, call you mad. What they don’t know is that ‘ubusazi’ as they call it, ...

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Petit Pays: We all deserve to be children

When a book is that good, it’s almost impossible to match it with a film, Petit Pays – the film did it’s best. The descriptive talent of the author must have made it easier for the film director, but still, a faithful rendition of the opus magnum that is Gael Faye’s ‘Petit Pays’ – the book. Mr. Faye Snr, Gael’s father ...

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La France se mure dans le déni 26 ans après le Genocide des Tutsi

La France, encore elle… Le Senat français s’apprête à accueillir les négationnistes du dernier génocide du 20e siècle. 26 ans après les faits, la responsabilité complice de la France dans le génocide perpétré contre les Tutsi entre Avril et Juin 1994 n’est plus à prouver. Des témoignages des chercheurs, des militaires français, mais surtout des survivants révèlent dans les moindres ...

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Why are young people hired in leadership positions in Rwanda?

Why are young people hired in top positions in Rwanda? In Greek mythology when Icarus’ father made him wings of wax to fly out of Greece, he warned him of complacency and hubris. Master Daedalus, Icarus’ father warned him to fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea’s dampness wouldn’t clog his wings nor the sun’s heat melt ...

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Transgenerational Hate

‘Iyo uza kwimenya, nanjye ukamenya, ntiwari kunyica’ (If you knew who you are, and knew who I am, you wouldn’t have killed me)’– Message at the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. This video (poorly subtitled in French): http://bit.ly/2GCUxuS shows General James Kabarebe, former Minister of Defence and Presidential Advisor on Security, giving a lecture to members of the Genocide Survivors Students Association (AERG) ...

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RDC: Politique viscérale et fantasmes de balcanisation

La République Démocratique du Congo est une puissance Africaine, voire mondiale. Installée stratégiquement au cœur de l’Afrique, large de 2,345,409 de km2, La RDC est le 11e pays le plus vaste de la planète, pesant 84 millions d’habitants: seizième population mondiale! Habité depuis trois millénaires et connu pour ses puissants empires : Lunda, Luba et Congo entre le 16e et 17e siècles, le ...

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