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Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative environmental and political writer. She lives in rural northern Minnesota, New Orleans and South Florida. Her articles have appeared in The Society of Professional Journalists' Online Quill Magazine, The Ugandan Independent, Rwanda's New Times, India's TerraGreen, COA News, ZNET, OpEdNews, Glide Magazine, The Journal of the International Primate Protection League, Africa Front, The United Nations Publication, A Civil Society Observer, b*tch Magazine, and Zimbabwe's The Daily Mirror. Her fiction expos- of insurance fraud in the horse industry, Horse Sense, was re-released in early 2006. Gorilla Dreams: The Legacy of Dian Fossey was also released in 2006. Nienaber spent much of 2007 doing research in South Africa, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was in DRC as a MONUC-accredited journalist, and has been living Southern Louisiana investigating hurricane reconstruction and getting to know the people there since late 2007. Nienaber is currently developing a documentary on the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone, and continuing "to explore the magic of the Deep South." She is a member of the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Following the Sandpiper: Pipelines As Modern Trade Routes (3 comments)
Will we, as a nation, fall prey to "treaties" promising us riches beyond belief that big oil dangles? Will Congress and our President also lie to us, just as Jefferson did? Will we wrap ourselves in oil and drown in the salty byproducts of fracking while we watch towns burn from train explosions and die of thirst after our aquifers are poisoned? Series: Searching for the Sandpiper
North Dakota Land and Water in Peril (2 comments)
We agreed that oil exploration and extraction in the Bakken Formation was taking a mighty toll on indigenous and white communities alike. The stark difference was that white residents of North Dakota seemed to be rolling over to the inevitability of big oil and its impact upon the social, political and environmental landscapes of their communities. Series: Searching for the Sandpiper
Friday, March 28, 2014
Hollywood Debunked: What Really Happened Inside the Hotel Rwanda (12 comments)
"For those who have learned of this story only through the famous movie Hotel Rwanda, the story of Edouard Kayihura is a privileged opportunity to put reality to the Hollywood dramatization." -- Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Retired) Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mafia Stalk the Bakken Oil Fields (5 comments)
The Bakken oil patch is slowly turning into a killing field winding through 9,000 temporary housing projects called "man camps." Fueled by drugs, alcohol and desperation, the innocent homeless and the guilty desperate dregs of humanity are forced to sleep in cars and under bridges as the workforce explodes, infrastructure implodes, and social mores collapse.
Arms and the Man: Who is Chief UN Peacekeeper Herve Ladsous? (1 comments)
Why is the man who was France's second in command at the United Nations during the Rwandan genocide, while France was actively engaged in arms smuggling to the genocidaires, now in charge of peacekeeping in the same region? Can he reasonably be trusted with peacekeeping in the tinder boxes of Central Africa and the Middle East? Are Herve Ladous's hands clean? Series: Who Is Herve Ladsous?
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Bakken Oil: An Elder Speaks To Power (1 comments)
Parshall is within the boundaries of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation--home to the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nations. It was obvious that the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to tap into the massive Bakken Oil Formation had unleashed a maelstrom of unstoppable, damaging, and unpredictable industrial development. Series: Bakken Oil
I Want a Face Transplant from a Dead Congolese Woman (6 comments)
It is just a face. It has no skull structure, no bones, and no body to give it context because it was peeled from her skull by a Ukrainian pilot working for the Congolese Army. Afraid to be hit by enemy fire, he was flying too high to identify military targets.
UN: Sacrificing African Lives for Political Expediency (5 comments)
he United Nations is organizing three battalions of 3,000 troops from South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique to conduct "offensive operations" against rebels in eastern Congo. 19,815 MONUSCO troops are currently deployed in the country. This action will effectively pit Africans against Africans in the forests of Congo, opening the door to a regional bloodbath, while ignoring the problems that have plagued the Kivu Provi
M23: Today's Doomed Rebels or Tomorrow's Revered Revolutionaries? (2 comments)
M23 reports to OEN News and the LAPROGRESSIVE today that 95% of the M23 soldiers are now with General Sultani Makenga. "(ICC wanted warlord) Ntaganda is only with his body guard without weapon. He has been defeated, we are following him, he is heading to Nyiragongo mountain."
US Sanctions Darken Internet in Congo (1 comments)
Even as a journalist, I was concerned enough to seek reassurance that the mere writing about the sanctions, timelines, lobbying and disputed reports would not land me in trouble--sobering thoughts for an American citizen to have. Could I still interview members of the M23 to get their side of the story?
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Is Rwanda the Victim in a Modern Day Salem Witch Trial? (33 comments)
A critical analysis will ask why a photo, freely available on the Internet, of the commander of the M23 rebels wearing US patterns was left out of the report of the UN Group of Experts . Reason? It does not fit the narrative developed and nurtured by a biased panel that defines aid to rebels by the cammo patterns on their uniforms.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Goma Falls and US Responds With Weasel Words (9 comments)
The people of Goma and the dispossessed of eastern Congo are weary of conflict and feel abandoned by their government. They want protection and rule of law and M23 is offering that tantalizing possibility.
Ojibwe Creation Symbol Desecrated by Minnesota Wolf Hunt (1 comments)
Despite lawsuits and public opposition, wolf hunting began in Minnesota on November 3. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), with the full support of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D), offered 6,000 licenses to kill 400 wolves. As of now, 109 wolves are dead.
Monday, November 12, 2012
"Sticks in Vaginas:" This Is What a Massacre Looks Like (51 comments)
My source made it clear to me that MONUSCO is stretched to the breaking point and in many instances unable to guarantee the safety of civilians. There is no ethnic group or rebel organization that does not have blood on its hands. It is well past the time to sort out ethnic tensions. The violence must stop.
Warning: Photos in this article are stomach-wrenchingly graphic.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Take a Break from Politics and Listen to a Working Girl's Guitar (2 comments)
While not exactly "obscure" in the sense that Patti Smith writes about, Flores has certainly been overlooked in an evolving music business that has streamlined label rosters to include only the most commercially viable artists. In fact, Flores honed her considerable talent at North Hollywood's Palomino Club (think country music west) in the '80s following the leads of Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers ...
Pe' Sla Sale on Hold but Sacred Land Still at Risk (2 comments)
Update: A message on the auction house's website on Thursday afternoon says the land sale of Pe' Sla has been cancelled at the owners' direction. The auction house said they had no comment.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Pe' Sla Sacred Grounds on Development Auction Block (20 comments)
In a race against the clock, the Sioux Nation is fighting to save Pe' Sla, one of its most sacred religious sites. Pe' Sla, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is the epicenter of the creation story of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota nations. Tribal elders and spiritual leaders conduct ceremonies essential to their culture and beliefs.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Defining Good Rebels vs. Bad Rebels in Congo (1 comments)
We don't want them (M23) to survive as a movement, as an ideology, we don't want to see their actions continue... there is no question about it, and there is nothing to discuss, to negotiate.
State Department Says Obama Official Misquoted on Rwanda (1 comments)
Unfortunately, the erroneous suggestion by the British press that the US spokesman Paul Rapp was calling for the specific prosecution of Paul Kagame was immediately picked up by world media and subsequently used by anti-Rwanda hate groups and lobbying organizations calling for the United States to pull back funding.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
AFRICOM and MONUSCO Ignore Civilian Atrocities in Walikale: Is Oil the Reason? (1 comments)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced yesterday that it is forced to suspend its medical activities in the Walikale area of The Democratic Republic of Congo despite a malaria outbreak. Radio Okapi reports that Mai Mai militiamen forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes and flee into the bush. MONUSCO and Congo Army are failing to protect civilians.
United Nations' Leaks Against Rwanda Pollute Press Pool (14 comments)
In recent weeks, Rwanda has suffered the brunt of what can only be called a media feeding frenzy as international news organizations threw a series of "leaks," allegations, speculation, and rumor into the press pool. In what may be the most egregious violation of ethics, the United Nations leaked 47 pages of an addendum to the interim Group of Experts (GoE) report on the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Interviews Discredit "Defectors" Who Say Rwanda Armed Them in DRC (1 comments)
Judging by my mail, the genocide deniers are having their way with Rwanda. Personally, I cannot deny the suffering I have seen on both sides of that arbitrary border in the Virungas. A confidential dossier compiled by a joint verification team casts serious doubt on the HRW report that Rwanda is arming rebel movement in Congo
Sunday, June 3, 2012
UN: No Evidence Rwanda Supported M23 Rebels in Congo (1 comments)
The United Nations on Wednesday confirmed 11 Rwandans had been recruited to join army mutineers in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, but said there was no evidence the Rwandan government played any role.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Al Jazeera Breaks Through Media Silence with M23 in Congo (2 comments)
Correspondent Nazanine Moshiri of Al Jazeera has just filed this exclusive interview with M23 in eastern Congo. In it, fighters of the faction vow to fight "to the last man" if the Congolese government does not sit down with them and talk. Al Jazeera is the first news organization to go behind the lines and interview M23.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Mountain Gorillas Again Used As Pawns in Western Propaganda War (4 comments)
There is great pressure now from the Congolese government, Rwanda, China and other robber barons of the Congo to quell the M23 rebellion. Suggestions that more gorillas may be killed will certainly galvanize public opinion against the M23. Once again, the gorilla population is being used in what looks like a propaganda war in the British press.
Film "Arise" Shows Power of Women to Heal the Earth
The women of Arise are called by destiny to protect the earth while at the same time utilizing earth's bounty for the nourishment of life and community. Living on the earth responsibly requires partnership. One must replenish what one uses in a spirit of respect and stewardship. There is no longer room on the planet for narcissistic caretakers whose self-absorption and greed is sucking the life from our planet.
Did Media Collude With Rwanda to Set Up Congo General Laurent Nkunda? (2 comments)
The United Nations High Command on Refugees issued a press release today saying in part that renewed violence variously involving "government troops, FDLR forces, and local defence groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile eastern region has forced over 100,000 civilians out of their homes since late November." Attacks in Shabunda have displaced some 70,000 people since November.Nkunda can't be blamed for this.
Sex for Work in Haiti
Could it be true that transactional sex, kickbacks, and other "favors" are de facto requirements for Haitians applying for work that is funded by USAID?
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Violence Erupts in Wake of New Election Shenanigans in Haiti
Haiti's newly elected president, Michel Martelly, has requested that the international community "not recognize the results of the Parliamentary elections" in press release issued late Friday night. Martelly charges that vote tabulations for senators and deputies who were leading in the polls were excluded in favor of candidates representing the ruling party, INITE.
Samia Salomon: A Central Pillar of Haiti's Community Journalism Network
Do we need foreign correspondents when there are trained journalists in-country? Who can best tell the story? Who understands Haiti better than a Haitian journalist? Who can tell the story of women in Congo, Iraq, or China and Tibet better than Chouchou Namegabe, Atwar Bahjet, and Tsering Woeser. What does it mean, exactly, to be a feminist journalist in Haiti?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Death in a Bottle for a Handful of Haitian Coins (3 comments)
nternet chatter began in earnest on January 26 when foreign medical interests in Haiti reported sudden onsets of blindness, breathing difficulties, paralysis and death in the remote Haitian village of Fond Baptiste. Men, women, and babies were falling ill with no apparent epidemiologic reason. It was not cholera and it was not polio.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Haiti: Clean Water Is a Human Right If You Can Find it (1 comments)
OCHA reports that several non-governmental "charity" organizations (NGOs) are about to reduce their activities relating to clean water and sanitation "because of a lack of funding or to focus on longer term strategies." The problem is that, once introduced into an ecosystem, the cholera bacterium will not go away, even if the relief organizations do so.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Haiti: Can We Find Truth in Empathy? (4 comments)
Dying is fascinating. The living are not as interesting. And it is the living who make up the connective tissue that holds Haitian society together. Unless they are allowed to heal, Haiti cannot heal. The displaced and dispossessed are invisible because we do not look closely, preferring to hold ourselves at a safe distance
The Return of Duvalier: Haiti's Denouement? (8 comments)
The story of the unexpected and shocking return of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier on Sunday, and the spectacle of his questioning by Haitian authorities on Tuesday, has as many subplots as a Greek drama.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Breaking: "Baby Doc" Duvalier in Custody. Preval's Distraction? (1 comments)
t approximately 10:15 EST Haitian Police Commissioner La Croix, government commissioner Aristidas, and Judge Ambroise Gabriel converged on Room 303 of the Karibe Hotel to issue an arrest warrant for former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc'' Duvalier.
OCHA: 2.2 Million Haitian Children at Risk for Cholera (3 comments)
Nearly 2.2 million Haitian school children are at risk of contracting cholera due to poor sanitation and health practices, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Think Tank Report: Haiti's Election "Fatally Flawed"
Today, Sunday January 9,The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has released a report of its independent recount of vote tally sheets from Haiti's November 28 election. CEPR supports claims from candidates, the Haitian press, and other observers that the election was plagued by fraud.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Port-au-Prince Still Buried Under the Rubble of Competing NGOs (2 comments)
Both OXFAM and the Disaster Accountability Project released reports this week that enhance already serious criticism of the relationship between the Government of Haiti and NGOs, and the inability of both to offer support to the Haitian people.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
"Ayiti Kale Je" Video Offers Fearless Look at Haiti's Christmas Cholera
If reading about Haiti's cholera epidemic is your cup of tea on Christmas Eve, sensationalist news coverage of lynchings of voodoo priests will top your Google search. UPI, Reuters, Agence France-Presse and others are reporting that 45 Vodun (the uninformed term it "voodoo") priests were killed by angry mobs allegedly blaming them for the spread of cholera.