A roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region, from biofuels in Rwanda to threatened terrorist attacks against Burundi and Uganda by Somali Islamist militias.
A congressional staffer explains recently passed legislation that aims to reduce Congo's "conflict minerals" industry by making it easier for activists to target US companies who import minerals from the Congo.
The UN's largest peacekeeping force failed to prevent mass rape by Congo rebels in July. Now it's pushing to be more proactive – and more innovative – in its mission to protect civilians.
A roundup of this week's news from Africa's Great Lakes region, from Rwanda's shift to English language education and Uganda's missing journalist to allegations of corruption by Congolese generals in the nation's gold mining industry.
Although the Congo's Kivu region is well-known for its violence, recent scandals with the government's security forces show that the country's problems go beyond that region.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is gearing up for the 2011 election, but a lack of foreign aid – prompted by dissatisfaction with its human rights record and increasing violence – could prevent implementation of democratic safeguards.
Sudan has not been included in meetings to discuss ways to fight back against the Lord's Resistance Army. This is a missed opportunity, says Ledio Cakaj, a guest blogger from the Enough Project.
Many assume the US knows where LRA leader Joseph Kony is, but multinational military and diplomatic engagement will be necessary to track him down – and even that might not be enough.
LRA leader Joseph Kony should be arrested, but its not as easy as sending in US troops, which are not likely to be welcomed by locals, writes guest blogger Laura Seay.
A report on the Congo mass rapes this summer makes it clear that while UN forces in the area were guilty of negligence by not knowing enough to stop the events, they did not play a direct role in the mass rapes.
The UN report on the Congo genocide, heavily criticized last month when a draft was leaked, was formally released today with tempered accusations against Rwanda and Uganda.
A top member of a Congo opposition group in South Africa says assailants attempted to kidnap him last week because he is rallying Congolese nationals against President Kabila.
Newt Gingrich has joined conservative columnist Dinesh D'Souza in criticizing President Obama as having adopted his Kenyan father's 'anticolonialist' ideas. When did being 'anticolonial' become a bad thing in the US?
Despite recent accusations that the Rwandan Army committed a possible genocide in the Congo in the 1990s, meetings between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Congolese President Joseph Kabila are fueling rumors of a new troop deployment there.
The antigenocide group the Enough Project gathered five stories on human rights trends in Africa, from a book review on religious faultlines in Africa to a barge ride down the Congo River.
Guest blogger Jason Stearns says that the Congolese government's rejection of recommendations made in a UN report on the possible genocide makes it less likely that crimes will be adequately addressed.
The Rwandan government claims there were flaws in the UN report that implicates it in the possible Congo genocide. Guest blogger Jason Stearns responds.
Guest blogger Jason Stearns offers highlights of the period 1993-1996 from a leaked UN draft report that chronicles mass atrocities in the Congo between 1993 and 2003.