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Friday, June 30, 2006

Elections in Congo

There's going to be elections soon in the DRC (where a lot of apes are being eaten, btw). Here's Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja on those elections:

The forthcoming election means more to the international community, which is spending heavily on it and even sending in European Union forces to supplement MONUC to ensure that it is being held, than to the Congolese people. The major powers of the world and the international organizations under their control would like to legitimize their current client regime in Kinshasa so they can continue unfettered to extract all the resources they need from the Congo.

Read the full interview with him here.

For a pretty neat history on the early colonization and exploitation of the Congo, read King Leopold's Ghost—A story of greed, terror and heroism in colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild


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