Who killed Laurent Kabila, the president of DR Congo?

In January 2001, Laurent Kabila, the then president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was murdered.  Over 50 alleged conspirators remain jailed in Kinshasa’s Makala Prison, but even Kabila’s own ministers do not believe they are guilty.

So who killed Laurent Kabila, and why?

(via Al Jazeera)

50 years after independence, Africa still suffering from colonial wounds

From AlJazeera:

Seventeen African nations gained their independence in 1960, but the dreams of the independence era were short-lived.

Africa states of independence tells the story of some of those countries – stories of mass exploitation, of the ecstasy of independence and of how – with liberation – a new, covert scramble for resources was born.

– Al Jazeera, September 2 2010

Why are opposition leaders under 24 hour survelience in Rwanda?

Here is a report from Al Jazeera on Rwanda’s ‘opposition crackdown’ ahead of presidential poll.

Rwandans are preparing to vote for their country’s presidential election as campaigning comes to an end.

Paul Kagame, the incumbent president and candidate for the ruling party, has gained massive popularity from both ethnic Tutsis and Hutus who recognise his leading role in boosting the country’s economy.

But more and more people are questioning his record on democracy amidst claims of a violent crackdown on opposition supporters in the run up to the election.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reports from the capital Kigali.

Can a dress unify Sudan?

Here is an interesting piece from Al Jazeera about the “Thobe”, the national dress of Sudan.

The national dress of Sudanese women is the thobe – locally known as “Top” – a traditional form of dress that wraps the body in a long bolt of fabric.

Influenced by the Roman toga and the Indian Sari, “Top”, is worn by women everywhere throughout Sudan.

And with the country confronting a traumatic possible break-up into North and South Sudan, the idea of a unifying national dress is reassuring for many.

Al Jazeera’s May Welsh reports from the capital, Khartoum.

AFRICOM and the “War On Terror”

This past December, Rageh Omaar from Al Jazeera did an extremely informative documentary on AFRICOM, the United States new initiative in Africa.  It sheds light of little known aspects of American foreign policy in the Africa — our involvement in Somalia, Cameroon, Uganda and yes Sudan.   Watch it below.

Part 1

Part 2

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Sudan arrests opposition SPLM leaders; prevents Al Jazeera from covering the demonstration

SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum and his deputy Yassir Arman

SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum and his deputy Yassir Arman

The Sudan Tribune is reporting that the Sudanese government arrested “SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum and his deputy Yassir Arman”,  opposition leaders from the Sudanese People Liberation Movement (SPLM). In addition, Al Jazeera was prevented from covering the demonstration and had their tapes confiscated.

The detention of these SPLM leaders is a troublesome sign that the upcoming elections in Sudan in April 2010 will not be free and fair.

UPDATE: The leaders along with 500 other protesters have now been released.

UPDATE on Tuesday, December 7th:  I’m glad the US State Dept has condemned the use of violence against the protesters.  Here is what General Scott Gration had to say.

“I am deeply concerned about these developments and urge all parties to exercise restraint. Negotiations on issues of urgent importance to all of the Sudanese people cannot proceed in an atmosphere of intimidation.”

– Scott Gration

Read the complete article at Sudan Tribune.

Here is the statement from the US State Dept condemning the use of violence against protestors in Sudan.

Sudanese Nubians worried about new dam

Here is another drama unfolding in Sudan.

Hundreds of people in northern Sudan have protested against the construction of a dam that is being built over the Nile, the world’s longest river.  The Nubian population of northern Sudan is already familiar with having their hometowns flooded by government-approved reservoirs.

Mohammed Vall from Al Jazeera reports.