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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.
Will Nikki Haley's Tears Flow into a River of Compassion for Congo?
We can only hope that the recent bloody news from Goma, combined with Haley's emotional visit to the Mungote Camp in Kitchanga, translates into a river of compassion. News reports in the US mainstream focused on Haley's difficult visit with rape survivors and her first-hand look at the atrocious conditions in an IDP camp of 15,000 located 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Goma.
Did Murdered U.N. Expert Unknowingly Tell Her Killers How to Find Her?
The orders to kill villagers in Febraury came from high up the chain of command, and by his denials and blame directed at a "roughly edited" videotape, DRC spokesman Lambert Mende was introducing the possibility of culpability. Did Mende videotape and stage the killings of the UN experts.
Ambassador Nikki Haley Has Unique Opportunity After Congo Massacres
The YouTube video posted on February 17, 2017, shows men in Congolese army uniforms fatally shooting a group of villagers. A close look at the grainy footage shows that the victims are carrying slingshots, machetes and spears as as they are mowed down by machine gun fire.
The United States reactedthrough Obama era holdover and State Department interim spokesperson Mark Toner.
Did Trump's Visit to Little Haiti Help Him Win Florida?
It would be a denouement dripping with irony if voter analysis indicates that the Haitian/American electorate removed the shackles from closet Trump-leaning supporters in a Florida election. The verdict is still out, but it certainly appears possible that Haitians may have achieved some payback for an election rigged by Cheryl Mills and the Clinton State Department.
Recently Leaked Documents Confirm Clinton Haitian Gold Scheme
Another email linked to Hillary Clinton's pay-for play scandal involving State Department favors for the Clinton Foundation has surfaced, but it is not one of Clinton's famously deleted emails. A confidential email to possible capital investors for a $26.5 fully operational open-pit gold processing facility in Haiti says it all. Series: Clintons/Haiti (1 Articles, 13236 views)
Haiti's Political and Electoral Crisis Worsens
Haiti's scheduled January 24 Presidential election has been postponed. It seems all the chickens have come home to roost after U.S. meddling and vote changing in the previous 2010 Presidential election, which installed Martelly under the watchful eyes of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Series: Haiti Elections (3 Articles, 3051 views)
Cholera Cases Triple in Haiti Since last Year
Haiti recorded cholera cases triple (19,949 and 170 deaths) in July 2015 compared to July 2014 (7,739 cases and 56 deaths); a situation that raises concerns and requires vigilance in the contexts of the rainy season and hurricanes.
Monday, September 14, 2015(4 comments)
What Are We Missing About Haiti in the Hillary Emails?
The Fourth Estate is in foreclosure. The "who, what where, when, and why" of traditional coverage is missing. A thorough analysis of what is redacted or completely missing in the Clinton emails is not forthcoming, and the real scandal resides in politically motivated reporting. It is time that the press wipe themselves clean of political bias and stop shouting about the paper tiger of wiped servers. Series: Haiti Elections (3 Articles, 3051 views)
Enbridge Wins Round One in Lawsuit Against James Botsford
James Botsford was beaten but unbowed as he stood in the lobby of the Grand Forks County District Courthouse, his wife Krista at his side. North Dakota Pipeline Company LLC (NDPL) had sued the couple for the right to an easement over his farmland located twenty miles from where he stood. Botsford's land is a lynchpin in the proposed $2.6 billion Sandpiper Pipeline. Series: Searching for the Sandpiper (7 Articles, 9457 views)
Saturday, August 8, 2015(3 comments)
"We Are Enbridge and We Don't Go Around Anything"
No one seems able to answer the question as to how Enbridge became a "Public Utility" in Delaware, thereby assuming the powers of condemnation of Botsford's land in North Dakota. Enbridge doesn't provide any public services to North Dakotans, but wants to get its oil out of the state as quickly as possible for sale on the world market. Series: Searching for the Sandpiper (7 Articles, 9457 views)
Tuesday, August 4, 2015(5 comments)
Canadian Oil Company Trashes Indian Land and Faces Spiritual War
Another example of the voices of American Indians being disregarded in favor of the rich and powerful. It is no coincidence that the route preferred by Canadian-based Enbridge crosses miles of vulnerable watersheds, crossing the poorest counties in Minnesota with the highest Native American populations, exposing those impoverished communities that already suffer from health disparities to severe and irreparable ecological harm
Saturday, June 13, 2015(1 comments)
Ten Years After Katrina: NOLA Can Finally Throw Off the Cloak of Shame
he flooding of New Orleans was not due to political pressure put on the Army Corps of Engineers by the OLB. The answer is profound in its simplicity and found in the details of an engineering study. Human error, subsequent finger pointing and the inability of the Army Corps to admit mistakes, contributed mightily to the post catastrophe suffering of the citizens of New Orleans.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015(2 comments)
Banyamulenge Tutsi Refugees Just Want to Go Home
So, we are left with some hope and the reality that 14,000 people just want to go home to their fertile valleys. It is one thing to be displaced within your own country, and quite another to be part of a generation forced to flee from country, home and history.Yes, hope does spring eternal, but the Banyamulenge and other Tutsi refugees do not have the luxury of eternal life in this world.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Sacred Land Film Project Premieres Sunday on PBS
This Sunday, May 17 at 9 pm ET, the PBS World Channel will begin its national broadcast of Standing on Sacred Ground, starting with "Pilgrims and Tourists." The next three episodes will run weekly on Sundays at 9 pm with "Profit and Loss" on May 24, "Fire and Ice" on May 31, and "Islands of Sanctuary" on June 14.
Friday, April 17, 2015(13 comments)
Obama Ignores Atrocity and Tells Congo: Keep Up the Good Work
A mountain of CLA reports confirm that Congo is more than a failed state, aided and abetted by the blind eyes of the international community, the USA, the State Department and our President. Congo is a cauldron of misery, blood and greed, stirred by the worst humanity has to offer.
Sunday, February 15, 2015(3 comments)
Documentary Oscar Nominee "Virunga" Offers Fantasy and Not Fact
There is a film, Virunga, competing for Best Documentary. Virunga has the potential, if it has not already, to greatly harm people of eastern Congo by conflating the political narrative to "humans vs. environment." People care more about a charismatic non-human species than they do about millions suffering under a brutal regime.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015(13 comments)
Reservation Kids Doused With Beer at Hockey Game
Did students and staff from the American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation deserve to have beer thrown on them and suffer additional verbal abuse by a group of grown and presumably drunk men at a hockey game? Should a ten-year-old native child be expected to assimilate a threat of "go back to the reservation," because an abusive white man accused him or her of not standing during the National Anthem?
Tuesday, January 27, 2015(3 comments)
Psychopathic Politics in Congo Buries Opposition
Kabila had telegraphed his intentions while he was carefully grooming the international press, NGOs, and filmmakers to ignore his pathological behavior against the opposition. Kabila successfully triangulated his relationships in order to justify vilification of anyone who successfully protested his regime.
Friday, December 19, 2014(14 comments)
UNHCR Finally Speaks Out on Beni Massacres in Congo
he United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) held a briefing in Geneva early this morning and condemned the ongoing massacre of civilians in the Beni area of eastern Congo. It is about time. Atrocities have been ongoing since October
Following the Sandpiper: Pipelines As Modern Trade Routes
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 (7 Articles, 9457 views)
North Dakota Land and Water in Peril
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 (7 Articles, 9457 views)
Friday, March 28, 2014(12 comments)
Hollywood Debunked: What Really Happened Inside the Hotel Rwanda
"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(5 comments)
Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mafia Stalk the Bakken Oil Fields
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.