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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.
Dian Fossey and the Gorilla Killings
It is time to go back to Dian Fossey's story and consider how she would handle the recent senseless gorilla killings juxtaposed with the unspeakable atrocities committed against women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016(27 comments)
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, 13241 views)
"Sticks in Vaginas:" This Is What a Massacre Looks Like
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, July 14, 2008(26 comments)
Fox-Owned National Geographic Uses Gorillas as Cover for Exploitation of Congo
If readers take the time to apply tenets of critical thinking to a deconstruction of the cover story "Who Murdered the Mountain Gorillas," has education been enhanced? Has the truth been exposed? Or, has National Geographic once again used a story about the senseless killing of animals to deflect attention away from what is actually happening in central Africa?
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.
Baghdad on the Bayou Redux: Tab Benoit Interview
The first thing that needs to be done is the government needs to tell people the truth. I thought that the FEMA meetings would be that opportunity. These are public meetings, here's a chance to tell everybody that lives in the lower ninth ward. It was a good opportunity to get everybody to evacuate and get everybody out of there.
Sinead O'Connor Delivers Magic at New Orleans' Voodoo Fest
Nothing compared to Sinead O'Connor as she commanded center stage at New Orleans' Voodoo Fest on Saturday, October 27. Two years post Katrina, New Orleans is still struggling to reclaim its heritage and culture, and festivals like Voodoo provide a welcome escape and just plain fun.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Mr. Bill: "OH NO, Fix the coast you broke, Shell Oil!"
An ominous email came in to the sluggo.com listserv, and writers for independent media knew it could only mean one thing. Mr. Bill was ramping up for another confrontation with the "bad guys" at Shell Oil in New Orleans. Mr. Bill and his entourage, which included bodyguards and super models, promised an appearance on the steps of One Shell Square, at 701 Poydras today, August 19.
International Court Acquits Suspect in Murder of Dian Fossey
The International Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) announced it has overturned a 20-year sentence and acquitted Protais Zigiranyirazo, accused genocidaire and suspected murderer of American primatologist Dian Fossey. Citing "serious errors" during the 2008 trial, ICTR Chamber Judge Theodore Meron ordered the immediate release of Zigiranyirazo, known as Mr. Z.
Haiti: Clean Water Is a Human Right If You Can Find it
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.
Is Rwanda the Victim in a Modern Day Salem Witch Trial?
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.
Thursday, January 11, 2007(5 comments)
CONGO REBELS SHOOT SILVERBACK GORILLA
An endangered silverback gorilla was shot and killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo 29 years after Dian Fossey's "Digit" was killed.The killing happened on January 5, 2007, less than 600 metres from a patrol post at Bikenge, which was recently abandoned following rebel attacks.
BP's PR Firm Embedded with Coast Guard
In her own words, Polish is a media liaison for the Coast Guard, a Coast Guard reservist, a photographer for the Coast Guard, a branding and media specialist, and is working for Ogilvy, whose client is BP, "Creating engaging experiences designed to promote awareness, brand loyalty, advocacy and conversion."
Social Networking on Steroids Spotlights BP Spill
It is impossible for news organizations and independent journalists to be everywhere, but the people of the Gulf Coast have access to every bayou, every backwater, every inch of Pensacola Beach, the Atchafalaya Basin, Grand Isle, Orange Beach and every drop of oil that is ruining their lives. Now, they can document it for the world to see.
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.
Thursday, August 14, 2008(5 comments)
New Orleans Musicians Take Wetlands Message to DNC and RNC
Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All Stars have accomplished something that is quite remarkable. They will open the Democratic Convention in Denver and continue with a string of non-partisan fund- raisers road show that will end on September 1st in Minneapolis for an invitation only, non-partisan Republican Convention after party.
Friday, July 29, 2011
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, February 19, 2011(3 comments)
Death in a Bottle for a Handful of Haitian Coins
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.
Sunday, April 27, 2008(3 comments)
Local Women Rock New Orleans Jazz Fest 2008 on Acura Stage and West Bank
Like their protecting presence in so much of southern life, women dominated the main Acura Stage at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2008, and the opening acts featured New Orleans' sweetheart Susan Cowsill, honkey tonk queen Kim Carson, and the incomparable and indefinable Theresa Andersson.
M23: Today's Doomed Rebels or Tomorrow's Revered Revolutionaries?
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."
Dead Dolphin Teeth, BP, PR, and Reality on the Gulf
The decaying head was protruding from new excavation in the beach grasses. Moran said that the stench was so bad that he could not dig into the mound to see if anything else was buried there. After reading the report about mandated toxic waste disposal, it seemed important to document the burial mound.
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
State Department Says Obama Official Misquoted on Rwanda
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.
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, 9468 views)
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
Sunday, November 21, 2010(9 comments)
Watchdog Group Says NGOs "Duped" Donors and "Failed Haiti"
Major relief organizations raised billions of dollars, while telling the public that their relief efforts included water and sanitation work. With half of the funds raised still in the bank, DAP says that aid organizations failed to use the funds with the same urgency conveyed to donors, and that a cholera epidemic was avoidable.
Sunday, September 15, 2013(1 comments)
Arms and the Man: Who is Chief UN Peacekeeper Herve Ladsous?
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? (2 Articles, 3453 views)
Sunday, June 20, 2010(3 comments)
New Photos: Suffering Dolphins in Barataria Bay
Toxic poisons are stalking the dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, and no one is discussing or reporting the fact that the oiled mammals are struggling in the waters near Grand Terre Island.
UN: Sacrificing African Lives for Political Expediency
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
Sunday, November 4, 2007(2 comments)
Believe in Susan Cowsill's "Just Believe It"
It's a writer's dream to be given the opportunity to recount an artist's telling of the beginnings of her career and the soundtrack of an era. But, there is another story surfacing that has been lost. It's the story of too many artists who are bought and sold down the river by record companies, deep pockets, pressure to perform no matter what, and artistry that is either ignored or subject to the whimsy of news arcs.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008(4 comments)
Reports from South Africa Focus on Crime and Ignore History
In the rural areas of Africa the people's lives and histories revolve around their communities and connections with people, the land and tradition. To people living in Africa, white and black alike, the land is not exotic, wild or foreign, it is "home." And home does not always provide safety and comfort.
Sunday, August 12, 2012(1 comments)
Defining Good Rebels vs. Bad Rebels in Congo
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.
Thursday, September 13, 2007(2 comments)
S.O.S in Eastern Congo:Magic Sticks, Corruption and Gorilla Warfare
In a stunning revelation, investigators from the Innovation for the Conservation and Protection of the Environment (I.C.P.E.)-affiliated with the World Society for the Protection of Animals and supported by Animal Rights of Hawai'i-describe "a network of people who are in search for sticks that the big apes, such as those the gorillas and the chimpanzees use." Congo today is a humanitarian disaster that makes the Titanic look
Friday, July 16, 2010(12 comments)
Mikulski Slams EPA on Dispersants: "Tighten Up So We Don't Screw Up"
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) asked EPA head, Lisa Jackson, if dispersants could become the "Agent Orange of the Gulf," and then opened the door to the possibility that Mikulski will subpoena the manufacturer, Nalco Holding Co. at a future date. The maker of Corexit 9500 refused to attend the Senate Appropriations science subcommittee hearing on Thursday.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010(3 comments)
Congo's Kabila Wants Peace Without Justice; Rebel Generals Join Forces
Ugandan General Gadi Ngabo is ready to move against Kinshasa.
A reliable UN source today said, "General Gadi claims to control 10,000 troops in Petit-Nord. Neither Bosco Ntaganda's forces (FARDC) will stop nor will they fight against Gad's men, Bosco confirmed." The source added, "Only a go-ahead is being awaited to jointly fight Kabila's government."
Friday, July 2, 2010(5 comments)
EPA Test for Endocrine Disruptors in Corexit Misses the Point
The question any chemistry major might ask is why was a test for "endocrine disruption" the first test of choice when one would not expect 2-butoxyethanol to be an endocrine disruptor based on its chemical structure? The tests for endocrine disruption in 2-butoxyethanol were negative and that is a result one would expect. The real threats of dispersants were not addressed in this study.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012(14 comments)
United Nations' Leaks Against Rwanda Pollute Press Pool
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.
Haiti: Can We Find Truth in Empathy?
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
Thursday, September 2, 2010(4 comments)
Oil Rig Incident in Vermillion Bay, Louisiana
A Coast Guard spokesman said that 13 people were on the rig and that 1 person was injured and the other 12 have been accounted for. (UPDATE) As of noon CST all workers are accounted for and safe.During the last week of August 2010, production from this facility averaged approximately 9.2 million cubic feet of natural gas per day and 1,400 barrels of oil and condensate.
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.
Are Cholera Vaccines Good For Haiti?
The bottom line remains sanitation infrastructure, and if the WHO's plan to institute a cholera vaccine program that is unproven, untested and seemingly unreliable according the WHO's own studies is implemented, the result will be a panacea as far as the world is concerned.
Sunday, September 8, 2013(1 comments)
Bakken Oil: An Elder Speaks To Power
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 (3 Articles, 18761 views)
US Sanctions Darken Internet in Congo
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?
Sunday, June 10, 2012(1 comments)
Interviews Discredit "Defectors" Who Say Rwanda Armed Them in DRC
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
Friday, August 27, 2010(6 comments)
Orange Beach AL Testing the Waters As Rumors Flow Faster Than Oil
Orange Beach, Alabama has been the subject of many questions, accusations and rumors regarding the presence of Corexit components, oil, and "cover-ups" regarding the safety of the area for residents and tourists alike. So, we took a drive and spent two days in the area, interviewing activists and city officials.
Floods: Army Corps Says PR Turns Babblers into Spokespersons
A calculated form of disinformation played out in mainstream newspapers, radio networks, and internet sites this weekend as spin doctors acted as apologists for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). This planned distraction was perpetuated while massive levee failures continued up and down the great Mississippi River Basin
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)
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.
Thursday, August 13, 2015(2 comments)
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, 9468 views)
Monday, March 29, 2010(3 comments)
Haiti: Public Health Crisis Looming and Where is Media?
The rainy season is about to hit earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The meteorological forecast for next week calls for thunderstorms beginning this Wednesday, lasting at least through the following Tuesday, and Dr. Jim Wilson is worried.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Frigid Florida Waters Decimating Fish and Turtles
The extreme cold that has most of the nation in the deep freeze has filtered down into the Sunshine State where unusually cold water temperatures are injuring and killing thousands of animals statewide, including at least 2,000 sea turtles and uncounted fish.
Elie Wiesel: Please Help Us Write about Gaza and Israel
It is unconscionable that Israel would turn its chokehold blockade of Gaza into a full-scale lockdown of all food, water and humanitarian aid. Bowing to international pressure instead of the pressures of morality, Israel on Tuesday permitted shipments of cooking gas and fuel to power Gaza's one power station.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010(1 comments)
Haiti: Ground Truthing Cholera in Mirebalais
Why was the Nepalese contingent of the United Nations "Occupation Force" in Haiti illegally blocking a certified journalist from walking about near their camp while still on public Haitian soil? could it be that they have something to hide? Sure looks like it.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007(4 comments)
Deconstructing Newsweek and the Gorilla Killings in Congo
Newsweek's coverage of the gorilla killings in Congo not journalism-it is more of a public relations fabrication serving as both a fundraiser and cheerleader for Wildlife Direct-and its backer and board member Walter Kansteiner. The Congo rangers trained by Wildlife Direct are mostly outsiders with no ties to the local communities around the park. In a place like Congo, this ethnic influx is tantamount to a foreign invasion.
Monday, June 14, 2010(4 comments)
British Petroleum Rebuffs Better Boom Barrier
The boom material used by British Petroleum to contain the massive river of oil that it flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is not working. So, ask yourself why BP is unwilling to use a product that seems far superior to the bloated, filthy, broken "sausage" absorbent boom that is washing up along miles of sensitive marshlands on the Louisiana Coast.
Thursday, June 3, 2010(2 comments)
How Foreign Aid Is Ruining Haiti's Health Care System
The infant with the withered arm is Haiti. She is struggling in all of her suffering to wave the flies of foreign interference, hubris, and foreign aid feeders away from her face. For all of the "attention" and "aid" offered to Haiti, she has been abandoned as surely as the infant with the damaged arm.
Hold Presidential Debates in New Orleans, for God's Sake!
We are going to get skewered for saying this, but racism and the agenda of big oil is everywhere. People are afraid to speak out and have left it to white northerners from white bread country to open the discussion.
It is unbelievable, as Landry so astutely points out, that the Commission on Presidential Debates has rejected an application to host presidential debates in New Orleans!
Primate Worship? Or Depo-Privations?
In the jungle of international human rights, the primate protection community and international conservation organizations can hardly be said to care a sniff for the rights of the humans who live in the environments of the great apes themselves. Viennese chimp "Hiasl" has more human rights.
Pe' Sla Sacred Grounds on Development Auction Block
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.
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.
Thursday, January 20, 2011(8 comments)
The Return of Duvalier: Haiti's Denouement?
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.
Thursday, October 25, 2007(3 comments)
New Orleans Not Resting Easy Two Years Post Katrina
This writer wants desperately to tell you the story of this place where people ask me if they are still part of the United States. She has fallen in love with the people, the ambiance and the craziness that drives some away and makes others even more determined to stay. New Orleans and all of southern Louisiana is a sight to behold.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007(1 comments)
General Nkunda Makes His Move in Virunga: Perhaps a Good Thing?
Nkunda has always been an enigma. It is true that remnants of the Interahamwe genocidairres infest regions of eastern Congo. So do innocent Hutus and Tutsis alike. One must separate the civilian population from the armed militias when speaking about this region and not paint a false portrait with a brush soaked in the colors of ethnic tensions and multi-national interests.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Ticketmaster/Echomusic Abandons Artist's Websites
Fans of up to 200 mid-level artists and lower tier musicians hosted by Nashville's Echomusic who went to check out touring schedules on their websites in the last few days may have found a darkened site or just a note that the site was under reconstruction.
Floods: New Orleans Keeping an Eye on 17th Street Levee
Tim Doody has his hands full right now trying to seat an independent review panel to look at leaks on the 17th street drainage canal that failed catastrophically during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, flooding much of New Orleans.
UN: No Evidence Rwanda Supported M23 Rebels in Congo
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.
Did Saint Dian Fossey Predict Genocide?
I can't wait to read Margaret Atwood's new book, The Year of the Flood. My motives are somewhat narcissistic. Over the weekend I noticed a huge spike in hits on my mostly dormant web page. At the same time, a forgotten article written two years ago about Dian Fossey and a spate of gorilla killings in Congo was enjoying resurgence over at OEN News.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012(9 comments)
Goma Falls and US Responds With Weasel Words
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.
Monday, February 28, 2011
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?
Save Congo: Send Hillary Clinton AVATAR
So, what would happen if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made good on her expressions of solidarity with the Congolese, and actually used her power to do something?
Wednesday, July 21, 2010(4 comments)
BP Oil Pollution Produces Pressure for Poor Water and Air Analysis
Are the waters off the coast of Louisiana clear of public health hazards? Or was the opening of recreational fishing due to pressure from the recreational industry as well as the specter of lost income? The end result is that sport fishermen may be relying upon a visual inspection of the water and a smell test.
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.
Sunday, February 10, 2008(11 comments)
Is Nothing Sacred, Nothing Holy in Hawaii?
Development on Maui will desecrate the graves, homes, and remnants of the ancient Hawaiian villagers, and by doing so, the hearts, hopes and symbolism of a society that is in great danger of fading from existence.
Man Bites Gorilla Is News, Not Man's Inhumanity to Man
General Laurent Nkunda issues statement denying involvement in gorilla killings in DRC, while his troops continue to control areas where gorillas were killed. Media sensationalizes accounts of gorilla killings while ignoring human suffering.
Sunday, July 13, 2014(3 comments)
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, 9468 views)
Sunday, May 27, 2012(4 comments)
Mountain Gorillas Again Used As Pawns in Western Propaganda War
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.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009(4 comments)
Elephants and Ivory: A Tale of Human Greed Exposed
John Frederick Walker functions as a "memorist," with his soul rooted in centuries past, as he begins his tour de force examination of the history of ivory, humankind's lust for this exquisite treasure, and the demise of the elephant and human decency in the process of this unholy quest.
Friday, October 22, 2010(2 comments)
Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Metaphor for No Accountability
Our and Haitians' worst fears are beginning to materialize, that the totally UNSAT living conditions of well over a million Haitians have put them at risk for a serious disease outbreak. In fact cholera has begun to spread, so now it will take a concerted international health effort to prevent this from becoming a deadly epidemic. And then something real must be done for Haitians to get them out of these fetid conditions.
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.
Saturday, January 23, 2010(3 comments)
Academia vs. Reality: Data Bomb Crushes Mortality Numbers in Congo
In a phone conversation today, the Human Security Report editor, Dr. Andrew Mack, categorically denied that he stands behind a media-attributed death toll number of 900,000, which is far below accepted estimates of 3 to 7.5 million souls lost. "What we are really saying in our methodology argument is that no one knows the correct figure," Mack said.
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, 9468 views)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008(9 comments)
Falun Gong "Disappearing by Thousands"
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said in a recent speech, "China is the "world's worst human right's abuser," and added that Falun Gong practitioners are "disappearing by the thousands."
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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.
Friday, August 13, 2010(11 comments)
Women Artists Defy Gulf Oil Tragedy
Their art incorporated individual acts of defiance against the atrocity of BP's negligence, and in the process of creating these bold acts of emotional insubordination they brought forth hope, as women often do in their roles as healers and life-givers
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?
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.
Thursday, November 15, 2012(1 comments)
Ojibwe Creation Symbol Desecrated by Minnesota Wolf Hunt
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.
Remembering the Rwandan Genocide Sixteen Years "After"
I almost forgot. How could I forget? My friend and cinematographer Noel Donnellon who has worked in Congo and Rwanda reminded me that my friends in Central Africa were in mourning. They will be in mourning for all of April. But I forgot.
"You Cannot Eat Propaganda, and You Cannot Eat Hope..."
Nearly 4 million people have died from hunger and disease in DRC in an unreported war which has raged since 1998. The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) is reporting that over 100 people were killed in the capital city of Kinshasa in two days of heavy fighting that ended Friday. Try to find this story in mianstream media.
Saturday, January 21, 2012(2 comments)
Did Media Collude With Rwanda to Set Up Congo General Laurent Nkunda?
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.
Thursday, April 9, 2009(2 comments)
DRC: Nkunda Languishes While Rwandan Rebels and Regular Congolese Army Rape and Maim
250,000 people who were living in their homes before the arrest of Nkunda are now displaced, rape and murder is on the rise, Nkunda, a man with no warrants against him, languishes in detention in a corrupt Rwandan court system, Kabila rules Congo in spite of extreme human rights violations, and a man wanted by the Hague, Bosco Ntaganda is in charge of troops in eastern Congo.
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.
Journalist Murdered and Independent Press Under Attack in Rwanda
The killing of Rugambage was not the first incident of violence against journalists. In February 2007, a group of assailants attacked the independent newspaper Umuvugizi's editor, Jean-Bosco Gasasira, in a near fatal incident outside his house, after he spoke out at a presidential news conference about the harassment of journalists. No one has been brought to justice for the attack.
Flood Warnings in New Orleans--The Rest of the Story
Hurricane Katrina was the kill, but the water never relents-always moving, sometimes retreating, forever on the move. This week the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for New Orleans as record snow melts and spring rains flowed into the Mississippi River Basin.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017(2 comments)
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.
Alison Des Forges, Leading Rwanda Expert Killed in Plane Crash
Dr. Alison Des Forges, was killed in the crash of Flight 3407 from New York to Buffalo on February 12, 2009. Des Forges, senior adviser to Human Rights Watch's Africa division for almost two decades, dedicated her life to working on Rwanda and was the world's leading expert on the 1994 Rwanda genocide and its aftermath.
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
Gorillas and the Myths
Why are mainstream media so loathe to demystify the myths of African savages? Don Imus was crucified for racist comments that pale compared to what conservation organizations are saying about villagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo who are fighting starvation. Allow them to plant some maize in the Virungas, for gods's sake.
AFRICOM and MONUSCO Ignore Civilian Atrocities in Walikale: Is Oil the Reason?
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.
Monday, October 22, 2012(2 comments)
Take a Break from Politics and Listen to a Working Girl's Guitar
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 ...
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.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010(3 comments)
Rwandan Elections Rigged with Fear As Opponents Murdered
Just when it seemed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was going to hold all central African dictators' feet to the fire, the silence of the United States is offering tacit approval to the Kagame regime and elections that are being rigged with fear.
Thursday, August 16, 2007(1 comments)
Kong Six: Mapping the Road to Tayna
"There is too strong of a linking of funds to geographic areas without adequately linking them to existing governance regimes. Specifically, this led several observers to characterizing the landscape grants as "pork" for the conservation movement with minimal CARPE ownership by national governments."--The Weidemann Consortium, 2006
"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.
Saturday, July 27, 2013(6 comments)
I Want a Face Transplant from a Dead Congolese Woman
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.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Journalist Jailed in Congo for Investigating Mining Sectors
Investigative journalist Maurice Kayombo has been behind bars In the Democratic Republic of Congo since January 9 on charges of "blackmail and bringing (the mining) authority into disrepute," according to Journalists in Danger and the International Federation of Journalists.
Katrina Road Home Money Tied Up in Congress
Katrina victims are seeds scattered by the wind to Houston, Galveston, and Baton Rouge. They are waiting for the promise of Road Home money that has been held up by an Iraq spending bill. You hear "Road Home" again and again.