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Bad News

Author : Anjan Sundaram
ISBN : 9780385539579
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author of the acclaimed Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo now moves on to Rwanda for a gripping look at a country caught still in political and social unrest, years after the genocide that shocked the world. Bad News is the story of Anjan Sundaram's time running a journalist's training program out of Kigali, the capital city of one of Africa's most densely populated countries, Rwanda. President Kagame’s regime, which seized power after the genocide that ravaged its population in 1994, is often held up as a beacon for progress and modernity in Central Africa and is the recipient of billions of dollars each year in aid from Western governments and international organizations. Lurking underneath this shining vision of a modern, orderly state, however, is the powerful climate of fear springing from the government's brutal treatment of any voice of dissent. "You can't look and write," a policeman ominously tells Sundaram, as he takes notes at a political rally. In Rwanda, the testimony of the individual—the evidence of one's own experience—is crushed by the pensée unique: the single way of thinking and speaking, proscribed by those in power. A vivid portrait of a country at an extraordinary and dangerous place in its history, Bad News is a brilliant and urgent parable on freedom of expression, and what happens when that power is seized.

Bad News

Author : Anjan Sundaram
ISBN : 9781408866481
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Hearing a blast, journalist Anjan Sundaram headed uphill towards the sound. Grenade explosions are not entirely unusual in the city of Kigali; dissidents throw them in public areas to try and destabilise the government and, since moving to Rwanda, he had observed an increasing number of them. What was unusual about this one, however, was that when Sundaram arrived, it was as though nothing had happened. Traffic circulated as normal, there was no debris on the streets and the policeman on duty denied any event whatsoever. This was evidence of a clean-up, a cloaking of the discontent in Rwanda and a desire to silence the media in a country most of whose citizens were without internet. This was the first of many ominous events. Bad News is the extraordinary account of the battle for free speech in modern-day Rwanda. Following not only those journalists who stayed, despite fearing torture or even death from a ruthless government, but also those reporting from exile, it is the story of papers being shut down, of lies told to please foreign delegates, of the unshakeable loyalty that can be bred by terror, of history being retold, of constant surveillance, of corrupted elections and of great courage. It tells the true narrative of Rwandan society today and, in the face of powerful forces, of the fight to make explosions heard.

Bad News

Author : Anjan Sundaram
ISBN : 1408866463
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The incredible story of the rise of dictatorship and the fall of open speech, as told by the last free journalists to remain in Rwanda.

Stringer

Author : Anjan Sundaram
ISBN : 9780385537766
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

Defeat Is The Only Bad News

Author : Alison Des Forges
ISBN : 9780299281434
Genre : History
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A Rwandan proverb says “Defeat is the only bad news.” For Rwandans living under colonial rule, winning called not only for armed confrontation, but also for a battle of wits—and not only with foreigners, but also with each other. In Defeat Is the Only Bad News Alison Des Forges recounts the ambitions, strategies, and intrigues of an African royal court under Yuhi Musinga, the Rwandan ruler from 1896 to 1931. These were turbulent years for Rwanda, when first Germany and then Belgium pursued an aggressive plan of colonization there. At the time of the Europeans’ arrival, Rwanda was also engaged in a succession dispute after the death of one of its most famous kings. Against this backdrop, the Rwandan court became the stage for a drama of Shakespearean proportions, filled with deceit, shrewd calculation, ruthless betrayal, and sometimes murder. Historians who study European expansion typically focus on interactions between colonizers and colonized; they rarely attend to relations among the different factions inhabiting occupied lands. Des Forges, drawing on oral histories and extensive archival research, reveals how divisions among different groups in Rwanda shaped their responses to colonial governments, missionaries, and traders. Rwandans, she shows, used European resources to extend their power, even as they sought to preserve the autonomy of the royal court. Europeans, for their part, seized on internal divisions to advance their own goals. Des Forges’s vividly narrated history, meticulously edited and introduced by David Newbury, provides a deep context for understanding the Rwandan civil war a century later.

U S Made

Author : J. E. Murphy
ISBN : 1681970147
Genre : History
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Did President Bill Clinton influence the invasion of Congo and order the assassination of Laurent Kabila (President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo)? The invasion of Congo by Rwanda and Uganda left about five million dead and plunged the country into a rampage. What role did Clinton and his administration play to remove President Mobutu from power? Kabila, a former communist guerrilla leader in Congo, was fortunate to be chosen by the Clinton administration to lead the rebellion against Mobutu; however, he turned his back and went against U.S. interests. I was sent to warn Kabila with a message from the White House saying "you are going nowhere." This meant his end was near and nothing could save him from the strong arm of death. In a meeting with is son, General Joseph Kabila, the current President of Congo, General Silvestre Luwecha (his military chief of staff), and Colonel Eddy Kapend (chief of staff of the president), Kabila listened to his bad omen and ordered Colonel Eddy Kapend to work with me to foil his assassination plot. On January 16, 2001, Caporal Rashid, a presidential bodyguard, entered Kabila's office, shot and killed the President; Colonel Eddy Kapend was convicted of planning the assignation. Viewed by Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister (his protector and personal advisor) as a "visionary leader," and as "One of the greatest leaders of our time," by former U.S. President Bill Clinton (his protector), President Kagame reigns on his people as a ruthless despot. While the world naively praises him for stopping genocide and developing the country, the reality proves the contrast. On April 6, 1994, he ordered the shooting down of the Rwandan presidential aircraft, Falcon 50, on board of which were President Juvenal Habyalimana of Rwanda and Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi; this terrorist act triggered genocide of Tutsi and moderate Hutu. Why has the United States shielded and protected Kagame agaist prosecution? Did Kagame act alone or was he directed? The Rwandan genocide was a bridge to invade Congo and remove Mobutu; was the U.S. interested served after five million Congolese died? "U.S. Made" walks you from the enigma to the reality of events that shoot the region of the African Great Lakes.

The Emperor Downfall Of An Autocrat

Author : Ryzard Kapuscinski
ISBN : 9780547539218
Genre : History
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After Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974, Ryszard Kapuściński—Poland’s top foreign correspondent—went to Ethiopia to piece together a firsthand account of how the Emperor governed his country and why he fell from power. At great risk to himself, Kapuściński interviewed members of the imperial circle who had gone into hiding. The result is this remarkable book, an extraordinary study of power anywhere.

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