CRISIS IN THE GREAT LAKES – THE END: Kagame The ‘Saviour’, And Why Vulcania Republic Will Arise

THERE have always whispers about a “Plan B” for the Tutsi in Rwanda, should international events conspire to allow the ex-Interahamwe elements in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many of whom are in the Front for the Democratic Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and extreme Hutu nationalists at home, marshal enough forces to overthrow “Tutsi rule” and massacre them again. …

CRISIS IN THE GREAT LAKES 7: The UN, M23 Rebels, And The Tutsi Fear Of Another Genocide

SO WE ARRIVE at the place where we are today, with eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on fire again. But I must just tell one seemingly unrelated story. In early May of 2010 I was in Milan for some African brainiac event. I met a good chap who had been a close aide of former South African president Thabo …

GREAT LAKES CRISIS 6: The End Of Western ‘Spheres Of Influence’, Death And Fall Of Africa’s Big Men

ONE OF the biggest mistakes the world has made about Africa over the years, is to work from the position that it is politics is driven by ethnic rage and fear, a simple desire to grab public goodies for one’s family and clan, ignorance, superstition, and an anti-technology culture. I suspect African leaders like that, because it means they are …

CRISIS IN THE GREAT LAKES 5: Circling The Wagons, And The Smell Of Diamonds, Oil, And Money In Air

UNLESS you are from Southern Africa, then perhaps you haven’t heard that a young smart businessman called Khulubuse Zuma is engaged to Swazi Princess Fiksiwe. Fiksiwe is half-sister to Swaziland King Mswati. Mswati’s many extravagant weddings, harem, the Umhlanga (the annual reed where young maidens parade  barechest before the monarch) over which he presides, are perhaps the most famous things …