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Over the weekend of July 16-18, 2021, an international consortium of news outlets reported that several authoritarian governments and dictatorships used a spyware developed by an Israeli based company, NSO Group to spy on activists and other perceived critics of their governments.
According to the reports, the intelligence services of those governments, including Rwandan Government, used the NSO delivered Pegasus spyware to hack into the phones of thousands of vocal critics, including journalists, activists, politicians, opposition groups, and business executives.
Today, June 19th, 2021, the US celebrated, for the first time, Juneteenth as a National Holiday. The celebration follows the event held on Thursday, June 17, 2020, when US President Joe Biden signed a bill into law, making June 19 a national holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black Americans.
The signature event was attended by Opal Lee. Opal Lee, affectionately known as the grandmother of Juneteenth by Blacks and those concerned who have been following her fight, is 94 years-old.
On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a systematic massacre of Blacks lasted more than sixteeen hours in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On June 1, 2021, US President Joe Biden became the first president of the US history to officially honor the victims and to promise changes. He was commemorating the 100th Anniversary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During his remarks, he said that he was filling the silence that has lasted a century, raised the major problem of white supremacy in teh US, and announced initiatives to address racial injustice, racial inequalities, and economic bias againt the Blacks and Brown people in the US.
On July 9, 2021, the Rwandan government announced that it was deploying 1,000 troops to Mozambique, in the Cabo Delgado Province, starting immediately, at the request of the government of Mozambique, to fight against growing insecurity and civil war. The announcement follows the May 26-27, 2021 visit to Rwanda by French President Emmanuel Macron. The immediate deployment of Rwanda troops under Mozambique military command, despite the reserves by key leaders of Southern African Development Community (SADC) appear to confirm the information by AfroAmerica Network sources with the Rwandan Government as published in earlier reports.
The IX Francophonie Games were planned in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), between August 19-28, 2022. According to sources within the Francophonie, the games will be cancelled. The official communication to cancel or maintain the games will be published on July 7, 2021. The stated reasons would be a coverup of the real reasons behind the cancellation. The cancellation aligns with the previous reports based on similar sources that indicated that the games may not happen in Kinshasa in August 2022 and would rather be moved to Kigali, Rwanda (see here). The sources had then cited widespread corruption within the leadership appointed by DRC President Felix Tshisekedi to prepare the games. They point to a close adviser to Felix Tshisekedi and an agent of the Rwandan Government as being behind the chaos. Hence, the motives for the cancellation will allegedly just be a cover-up for the corruption, the intended chaos, and manipulation.
On Saturday June 26, 2021, the presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi and of Rwanda (DRC), Paul Kagame, signed a trade agreement in the town of Goma, in North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC. The trade agreement includes three pieces: exploitation of mineral resources, taxation, and securing investment infrastructures. The agreement has raised concerns and controversies, with some observers expressing their fears of the balkanization of the DRC.
On May 26-27, 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron visited Rwanda. During the visit, Emmanuel Macron said that France bore overwhelming responsibilities in 1990-1994 Rwandan civil war. Falling short of fully admitting responsiblities, questions were raised on why the sudden visit to Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame, after more than 25 years of overt diplomatic and economic conflicts. Hence a lingering question remained: why the sudden drive to improve the diplomatic relations after so many years of conflict? AfroAmerica Network sources close to the Rwandan and Mozambican governments have provided some information on the reason behind the rapprochement: the on-going civil war in Mozambique.
On May 18, 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a France-Africa Economic Summit and International Conference on Sudan in Paris, France. Several African heads of state attended, including Rwandan dictator General Paul Kagame. In preparation for the summit, Rwanda and France have been working to renew diplomatic ties, after years of diplomatic conflicts, with the governments of the two countries blaming each other for the 1990s Rwandan ethnic massacres, genocides, and civil wars. On the sidelines,Rwandan Dictator Paul Kagame told the French media why he holds the grip on his country, and why no one has the right to criticize him for appaulling human rights violations, including systematic massacres and invasions and looting of other countries. He specifically warned the United States of America and the European Union, to stay away from criticising his government.
Rwandan Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of International Community of La Francophonie, is facing strong criticisms from governments of member states over alleged mismanagement. The criticisms have become louder as the IX Francophonie Games are planned in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), between August 19-28, 2022.
The Rwandan Government is considering sending demobilized Rwandan Defenses Forces (RDF) soldiers and surrendered former Rwandan rebels to prop troops fighting in Yemen up, sources in Kigali tell AfroAmerica Network. According to the sources, the agreement is still under discussion between Rwandan officials and negotiators from the coalition in the Middle East fighting
"In that regard, we need to unite. We need to show global solidarity to address the common enemy of ISIL, Daesh, some other extremists and terrorist groups ... [we] highly commended the leadership of the Russian Federation together with the United States to address some of the root causes of terrorism," the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, during the Annual East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, calling on Russia and the United States to join their efforts to combat terrorism.
Fidel Castro, the former Revolutionary leader of Cuba has died. The news was announced by his brother Raoul Castro, the current leader of Cuba.
"The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening," President Raul Castro said on Friday, November 25, 2016.
President Raoul Castro said, in a message to the Cuban nation the nation broadcasted on state television that Fidel Castro had died and will be cremated on Saturday, November 26,
Is the longest running war in the Americas finally ending? Six weeks after the previous deal was rejected by the popular vote, the two opponents , Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country, known as
The longest running war in the Americas was supposed to end last week. Unfortunately, Colombians narrowly rejected the deal in a vote on Oct 2, 2016, resetting the clock for further negotiations. Despite the setback, today on Oct 7, 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict.