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How scary is the trend of repression in Rwanda? Very, says Paul Rusesabagina.

Warning signs are everywhere. Organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are strongly condemning new election-related repression. Senator Russ Feingold, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has spoken out against “renewed abuse of civil and political rights.” The government is recreating the polarizing conditions that helped lead to genocide.


Written by Niall

May 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Posted in Africa, Governance, Rwanda

It’s Institutions.

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Obama (and his speechwriters) have been reading their North, Rodrik and Greif:

Across Africa, we’ve seen countless examples of people taking control of their destiny and making change from the bottom up…

Now, make no mistake: History is on the side of these brave Africans, not with those who use coups or change constitutions to stay in power. Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.

…The people of Africa are ready to claim that future….With strong institutions and a strong will, I know that Africans can live their dreams in Nairobi and Lagos, Kigali, Kinshasa, Harare, and right here in Accra.

His reference to trade links with the US, however, were weak.

Written by Niall

July 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm