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There has been another flurry of opinion pieces this past week on sexual violence in the Congo. On CNN, John Prendergast and Sasha Lezhnev put none too fine a point on it: “Rape and murder, funded by cell phones,” was the title of their online piece. In the Washington Post,

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On the heels on the recent UN report on support to armed groups in the DRC (which can be found here), there is more and more debate about “due diligence.” This term is being flung around liberally, including in the recent US House of Representatives bill, without exact definition. But

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MONUC’s latest report to the Security Council said it would like a shorter mandate – 6 months instead of a year – and will submit a plan for draw-down by 30 June 2010, Congolese independence day. This is a reaction to Kabila’s request for such a plan. It’s a bit

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What is going on in Dongo, a small fishing village on the Ubangi river in the northern Equateur province? On October 30th, a gang from the Enyele community attacked Dongo and began hunting down members of the Monzaya community, along with other “outsiders.” They allegedly killed 47 people, including several

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As on the momentous occasion of the third anniversary of President Kabila’s inauguration, I interviewed Guillaume Lacaille from the International Crisis Group about the direction the government is taking. Guillaume was recently in Kinshasa to take a closer look at the electoral process – it isn’t looking very good. Why

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A few news highlights: Augustin Katumba Mwanke, the highly influential presidential advisor (especially regarding all things financial) officially announced this week that he was stepping down as the head of the presidential coalition, the AMP. According to his deputy, he had submitted his resignation seven months ago but it was

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A reader posted this comment in response to my posting on the CNDP parallel administration in Masisi: I just came back from Masisi and what you write is true. CNDP maintains a parallel administration based in Mushaki. I witnessed a meeting between the official administrateur adjoint of the Masisi territory

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Inter-Rwandan Dialogue. Again and again, Congolese civil society actors and politicians come back to this as a means of solving the problems in the Great Lakes. In the words of one such Congolese activist: “Why should Rwanda be allowed to fight its civil war on our soil [against the FDLR],

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Congo Siasa

An update on ex-CNDP administration in Masisi territory. According to a recent trip by UN staff there, the CNDP still maintains a parallel administration based in Mushaki (just to the west of the northwestern tip of Lake Kivu). The administrator there, Prosper Mashagiro, controls 152 administrative officials, whose job is

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Congo Siasa

Kabila went on the offensive this week, visiting Mbuji-Mayi and Gemena. That’s roughly like Barack Obama appearing on Fox News. The diamond capital of the Congo – and one of its poorest cities – Mbuji-Mayi is the stronghold of Etienne Tshisekedi’s UDPS, while Gemena is an MLC bastion. While the

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