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Congo Siasa

A blog on Congo, its politics and tribulations. Edited by Jason Stearns.

Congo Siasa

In honor of the greatest Congolese musician of the 20th century, Franco Luambo, who died 20 years ago this week, I wanted to give a platform to some (probably gratuitous) speculations on Kinshasa’s streets. In 1985, Franco released what would become his greatest hit, Mario. It was a rambling, 13

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Last week, the Congolese government asked Amalgamated Metals Corp (AMC) and Traxys to begin buying tin again. Both companies had suspended mineral shipments in May 09 and Sept 08, respectively, for fear of being accused of indirectly supporting rebels who control the tin mines.Their boycott was a big blow –

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The Congo Advocacy Coalition (84 local and international NGOs) published a statement yesterday, calling the humanitarian cost of the Kimia II operations unacceptable. The coalition has information concerning 1,140 killings by the various armed groups involved in Kimia II, over 7,000 women raped, 6,00o houses burned down and 900,000+ people

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The following is a from a diplomatic source in Kinshasa – on overview of politics in North Kivu since Nkunda’s arrest and the integration of the CNDP. Politics in the Petit Nord after CNDP’s Surrender Political and military developments in the Petit Nord were dominated by the strong military position

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Some classic Kivutian micropolitics & conspiracies: The discontents among the CNDP appear to be slowly coalescing into something resembling an organization. There have reportedly been meetings this past week of ex-CNDP soldiers and political cadres in Rubaya and Ngungu (southern Masisi), as well as in Gisenyi (Rwanda). What exactly is

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A quick note to kick things off: Congo Siasa intends to chronicle the complex inner workings of Congo politics, in particular in the restive Kivus region. It should be pithy, brief and analytical. None of us really have much time for anything else. I will also feature guest bloggers, from

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