EVAPORIZE Goma!

EVAPORIZE Goma!

A large midweek wedding celebration dominated the eastern Congo town of Goma, this week, for the first time in decades. Is the war over, or just getting ready to start, again? We’ll have to go to our PlayStation3 to find out. I have a mixture of distant nostalgia and abject fear when I remember my…Continue reading »

What To Do

What To Do

South Africa’s long, mystic relationship with Israel is severely tested today as Israel decides what to do with the all-women crew its Defense Forces captured yesterday off a private South African yacht headed to Gaza. The South African/Israeli relationship is incredibly sensitive and complex, and I believe disturbing. It will be very interesting to see…Continue reading »

Israeli Fauxpolitik

Israeli Fauxpolitik

Israel’s steamy response to Obama’s acceptance of the new Palestinian government reveals a massive hypocrisy in Israel’s dealings with Africa. Yesterday Palestine sort of came together, as Fatah (that recognizes Israel) formed a coalition with Hamas (that doesn’t). The attempted amalgam was further complicated by the fact that Fatah is considered a wholesome government by…Continue reading »

No More Grains of Rice

No More Grains of Rice

Susan Rice’s performance on the Sunday Talk Shows incorrectly explaining the Benghazi attacks is a perfect example of how she has historically allowed political considerations to trump more important foreign policy or human rights considerations in Africa. She’s been acting like this for years. She seems incapable of intricate analysis and quiet diplomacy. She’s no…Continue reading »

Rwanda’s Choice: Gorillas or Guerillas

Rwanda’s Choice: Gorillas or Guerillas

Rwanda is beginning to boil. Genocide is not in cards, but tourism is definitely jeopardized. Last month the UN issued a report clearly implicating Rwanda in the growing conflict in neighboring Congo. Western countries on the Security Council responded with reductions of aid and other sanctions, and the situation is growing tense. The mountain gorillas…Continue reading »