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“Paradigm Shift’ Boosts Congo Peace Prospects

I walked into the State Department just over a year ago to take on my new role of U.S. Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Part of my eagerness in accepting the job came from the recognition that we were entering a period of unprecedented international commitment to and partnership with Africa, including the Great Lakes Region.

When Will Peace Be Created For The People Of Congo?

AFRICANGLOBE - It is in the interests of Western governments and multinational companies to sustain the status quo as a united DR Congo would threaten their continued benefits from the illicit gold, diamonds and of course coltan that is use to make mobile phones, video games and air planes?

The Congo Still Ravaged By U.S.-Funded Conflict And Plunder

The United States instigated the invasion of the DRC by its proxies Rwanda and Uganda in 1996 and 1998, and the subsequent slaughter of 6.9 million Congolese has devastated the country. Washington’s goal was to plunder the enormous mineral riches of the Congo through the proxy use of Rwanda’s and Uganda’s troops.

Congolese Army Drives M23 Militia From North Kivu and Virunga

AFRICANGLOBE - The Congolese army has retaken the towns of Rutshuru, Kiwanja, Kibumba, Bihumbo, and Rumangabo, from the foreign backed M23 militia, since fighting broke out again last week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu Province.

Probe Into Civilian Deaths in DR Congo As Fighting Continues

Fighting is continuing between DR Congo national forces and the M23 rebels. MONUSCO forces continue to support the efforts of FARDC with all the means at its disposal. According to the Mission, during the fighting mortar shells fired from M23 positions landed in MONUSCO positions in Munigi village, injuring three Peacekeepers.

Norwegian Spy Jailed in Congo Found Dead in Cell

AFRICANGLOBE - Tjostolv Moland, one of two Norwegian men jailed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on murder, espionage and conspiracy charges, has been found dead in his cell, his lawyer and officials said.

UN Mission Sets Up Security Zone in DR Congo, Gives Rebels...

AFRICANGLOBE - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today that will, for the first time, use its intervention brigade to enforce a security zone around the flashpoint city of Goma in the eastern part of the country, giving rebels 48 hours to disarm.

UN Intervention Brigade – End Game in the Congo?

The recent approval of two extraordinary measures to deal with the situation in the DR Congo by the UN Security Council, includes, an intervention brigade to take the offensive against militias groups, and the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles to provide reconnaissance of militia activity is being hailed by some as a potential turning point in the country's recent unhappy history.

Congo: Peace Deal to Break Great Lakes’ Conflict Pattern

AFRICANGLOBE - A peace, security and cooperation framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region was signed in Ethiopia at the weekend raising hopes of a return to peace in the region. 

Number of Conflicts In Africa Declining

AFRICANGLOBE - Recent events in Mali, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan seem to confirm one of the most durable stereotypes of Africa, namely that the continent is unstable and uniquely prone to nasty political violence.

Eastern Dr Congo: Courageous Doctor Returns to Serve

AFRICANGLOBE - The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the return to Bukavu of Denis Mukwege, a physician internationally known for his work with rape victims who was attacked at his residence last October.

Only the Congolese People Can Save Democratic Republic of the Congo

AFRICANGLOBE - M23, the 23 March movement, is the fourth incarnation of Paul Kagame's proxy group for Rwanda's territorial expansion and looting the natural...

Congo: Rebels Advance On Eastern Capital of Goma

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today continued to assist the national army to halt the advance of the...

Congo’s $9 Billion Hydropower Plant to Supply Power to Southern Africa

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has revised plans to build the Inga III hydropower plant, in order to account for the provision of...

Conflict Persists Eastern Congo

Major donors to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) should withhold aid to both governments until they comply with prior agreements...

Does U.S. Law Help Stop Sexual Violence in Congo

Legislation to regulate mining in the DRC may be a step in the right direction, but many problems remain. The pervasive militarism, prevalent sexual violence...