Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Joseph Kabila speak to the media after their meeting at the State House in Harare, November 2, 2009. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
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As the tanks rolled down the streets of Harare this week, Congolese social media lit up. President Kabila was rumored to be panicking to see one of his stalwart allies depart. Congolese and foreign observers hoped that Mugabe departure could somehow provide inspiration for Kabila to leave, as well. The person

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By ELISABETH CAESENS and JASON STEARNS There will be flurry of diplomatic activity on the Congo in coming days. Tomorrow (Thursday), the International Contact Group for the Great Lakes Region––a conclave of important donors and diplomats––will meet in The Hague to discuss, among other things, what to do about the

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By CHRISTOPH VOGEL On the afternoon of 15 September 2017, the Congolese border town Kamanyola witnessed the deadliest massacre in South Kivu’s Ruzizi Plains since 2014’s Mutarule carnage. At least 36 Burundian refugees and two Congolese (a soldier and a policeman) were killed in what seemed a spontaneous outbreak of violence,

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Cette semaine Jason et Trésor parlent de la visite du President Joseph Kabila à New York pour l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU, du processus électoral, aussi que de l’insécurité au Kasai et du massacre à Kamanyola.

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A MONUSCO APC is greeted by local residents near the front line in the Beni region where the UN is backing the FARDC in an operation against ADF militia, the 13th of March 2014.   © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti
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The Congo Research Group (CRG) conducted two years of research into the massacres around Beni, interviewing 245 sources, including many perpetrators and eyewitnesses. The report is 93 pages long (read it here) and worth reading for every sub-clause. For those with limited time, here’s a quick summary, outlining how the Congolese

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“We reject any notion of a third dialogue with Kabila!” Was the verdict of Felix Tshisekedi, the leader of the main opposition coalition in the Congo. This is now emerging as the consensus among what is usually a fractious civil society and opposition: no more talking with Kabila. At the

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