Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Who Calls the Congo? A Response to Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills

Posted in African Politics, DR Congo, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 10, 2009

drcflagTo make peace in Congo we should engage the Congolese, writes Timothy Raeymaekers in this response to a commentary on the DRC by Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills. The two established scholars argued in Foreign Policy for the abolishment of the DRC as a unitary state. What is needed, Raeymaekers suggests, is ‘a long term engagement with Congo’s local communities in helping them re-establish trust and mutual cooperation’. (more…)

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African Leaders to Have Their French Assets Investigated

Posted in Global Africa by ruben eberlein on May 8, 2009

A French judge has agreed to investigate three African heads of state for corruption. Anti-corruption activist call the decision to try sitting Presidents Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea ‘historic’. Hear a report by Radio France International.

Talking Hard on the Dirt Roads of Eastern DR Congo

Posted in African Politics, DR Congo by ruben eberlein on May 5, 2009

At the moment, you can watch three unique Hard Talk programmes on the BBC’s website. For the first time in its history, Stephen Sackur takes that interview format on the road in one of the world’s most war-torn countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The programmes will focus on the UN’s peacekeeping efforts, the widespread rape of women in Eastern Congo and the money being funnelled from the country’s mining industry into armed groups.

Mobutu’s Loot: Where Will all the Millions Stashed in Switzerland Go to?

Posted in DR Congo, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on April 30, 2009

Returning assets deposited in Swiss banks by the late president of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, to his family would send a ‘terrible signal’, warns a Swiss lawyer. Read an interview with Mark Pieth, professor of criminology at Basel University, who has lodged a ‘citizen’s appeal’ with the Swiss Federal Criminal Court to try to extend a freezing order on Mobutu’s assets, worth SFr7.7 million ($6.68 million), at