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Rwanda Genocide Timeline

Some 800,000 Rwandans, mainly Tutsis, were murdered in a 100-day period following the killing of the Hutu president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana.

The presidential guard quickly murdered the political opposition and enacted a pre-planned campaign of slaughter that spread across the country. Soldiers, government officials and business leaders organised the killings and were joined by a Hutu militia, the Interahamwe.

The international community did little to stop the killings and the slaughter was brought to end by the military defeat of the government by the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a Tutsi-led rebel group.

6 April 1994: President Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira are killed when the Rwandan leader's plane is shot down as it is about to land at Kigali Airport.

C.I.A. believed to be involved

7 April: The Rwandan armed forces and Interahamwe militia begin the systematic killing of Tutsis and moderate Hutus. UN forces, unwilling to breach their mandate, fail to intervene. Ten Belgian UN peacekeepers are killed.

8 April: The Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) launches a major offensive to end the killings and rescue 600 of its troops based in Kigali under the Arusha Accords.

9-10 April: French, Belgian and American civilians are rescued by their governments.

11 April: The International Red Cross (IRC) estimates that tens of thousands have been slaughtered. UN soldiers protecting 2,000 Tutsis at a school are ordered to withdraw to Kigali airport. Most are killed after their departure.

14 April: Belgium withdraws its troops from the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda.

15 April: Slaughter of thousands of Tutsis gathered at Nyarubuye Church seeking protection.

21 April: The UN cuts the level of its forces in Rwanda by 90% to just 270 troops. The IRC estimates the dead could now number over 100,000.

30 April: The UN agrees a resolution condemning the killing but omits the word 'genocide'. Tens of thousands of refugees flee into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Zaire.

Mid-May: The IRC estimates that 500,000 Rwandans have been killed.

17 May: The UN Security Council issues a fresh resolution saying that 'acts of genocide may have been committed'. It also agrees to send 5,500 troops with new powers to defend civilians, however deployment is delayed by disagreements between the US and UN over the financing of the operation.

22 May: RPF forces gain control of Kigali airport and Kanombe barracks, and extend their control over the northern and eastern parts of Rwanda.

22 June: With arguments over the deployment still continuing, the UN authorises an emergency force of 2,500 French troops under Operation Turquoise to create a 'safe' area in the government-controlled part of Rwanda. The killing of Tutsis continues in the 'safe' area despite the presence of the French.

4 July: The RPF takes control of Kigali and the southern town of Butare. Its leadership claims it will form a government on the basis of the Arusha Accords.

13-14 July: Refugees fleeing the RPF advance in north-western Rwanda flood into Zaire. Approximately 10,000-12,000 refugees per hour cross the border into the town of Goma. The massive influx creates a severe humanitarian crisis, as there is an acute lack of shelter, food and water.

18 July: The RPF announces that the war is over, declares a cease-fire and names Pastor Bizimungu as president with Faustin Twagiramungu as prime minister
 

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Kenya, US to conduct HIV/AIDS vaccine trials

Nairobi, Kenya, 02/27 - Following eight years of research, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the Walter Reed Foundation, a US Army medical research unit, will in the next two months start an HIV/AIDS vaccine trial on human volunteers in the country`s western highlands district of Kericho, officials said Sunday.

KEMRI Director Davy Koech said that the district was selected due to its immigrant diversity who come in search for work in the numerous tea estates.

Koech said KEMRI had a national obligation of seeking solutions to medical paradoxes through research, hence the reason for entering into partnership with Walter Reed to help find an African solution to the AIDS malady.

He underscored the need for political will and financial support from the government to help advance research initiatives in the country.

The project`s principal investigator, Robert Kimutai, allayed fears that the vaccine could turn out to be harmful.

"You cannot get HIV/AIDS from the DNA or proteins made," he said.

He added that the vaccine had been successfully tried on animals and specified that 200 volunteers in America and 30 others in Uganda were helping with research on the efficacy of the AIDS vaccine.

He regretted that the message of abstinence, faithfulness and use of condoms was not sufficient in curbing spread of Aids, hence the need "to go flat out" in finding a vaccine which will help protect human beings before they get fatally infected.

Sawe said the world managed to overcome previous epidemics like smallpox and polio, and, at the same time, bring under control other diseases like measles, through a successful immunization programme.

"The vaccine trials do not by any means turn human beings into guinea pigs. For the eventual benefits surpass unfounded fears and transcend to all mankind," he said.
 

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Black students rally around Duke rape victim

They came to pray, hope and cry. More than 250 students of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) rallied in a candlelight vigil Apr. 3 to show their support and love for one of their own—the alleged victim of a brutal gang rape by several members of the predominately White Duke University lacrosse team at a wild off-campus party over four weeks ago.


http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/printer_2554.shtml

http://www.nccu.edu/publicrelations/news/438.htm
 

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White Nationalism Put U In Bondage

On Feb. 28, Autum Ashante, a 7-year-old black girl, delivered a poem titled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage," in which Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin are likened to pirates and vampires. She also asked students to stand and recite the "Black Child's Pledge," an oath of responsibility and black pride.


http://www.cruel.com/weblog/18035/white-nationalism-put-u-bondage
 

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FBI: No Federal Charges in Till Killing

By HOLBROOK MOHR
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Friday, March 17, 2006; 4:38 AM

JACKSON, Miss. -- Although the 1955 killing helped galvanize the civil rights movement, those responsible for Emmett Till's death were never brought to justice. Now, more than 50 years after the black teen died, the FBI says too much time has passed to bring the case to federal court.

In a long-awaited report Thursday, the FBI said that no federal charges will be filed in the brutal death of the 14-year-old Till, who was beaten and shot for purportedly whistling at a white woman.
 

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The Bush Scandal Sheet (24) That Tops Whitewater

1. Memogate: The Senate Computer Theft

The scandal: From 2001 to 2003, Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee illicitly accessed nearly 5,000 computer files containing confidential Democratic strategy memos about President Bush's judicial nominees. The GOP used the memos to shape their own plans and leaked some to the media.

The problem: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act states it is illegal to obtain confidential information from a government computer.

The outcome: Unresolved. The Justice Department has assigned a prosecutor to the case. The staff member at the heart of the matter, Manuel Miranda, has attempted to brazen it out, filing suit in September 2004 against the DOJ to end the investigation. "A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich," Miranda complained. Some jokes just write themselves.

2. Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled Terrorism Case

The scandal: The Department of Justice completely botched the nation's first post-9/11 terrorism trial, as seen when the convictions of three Detroit men allegedly linked to al-Qaida were overturned in September 2004. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft had claimed their June 2003 sentencing sent "a clear message" that the government would "detect, disrupt and dismantle the activities of terrorist cells."

The problem: The DOJ's lead prosecutor in the case, Richard Convertino, withheld key information from the defense and distorted supposed pieces of evidence -- like a Las Vegas vacation video purported to be a surveillance tape. But that's not the half of it. Convertino says he was unfairly scapegoated because he testified before the Senate, against DOJ wishes, about terrorist financing. Justice's reconsideration of the case began soon thereafter. Convertino has since sued the DOJ, which has also placed him under investigation.

The outcome: Let's see: Overturned convictions, lawsuits and feuding about a Kafkaesque case. Nobody looks good here

The scandal sheet Salon.com
 

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Jesse Jackson Jr.: Congressional Support for Liberia’s New Government an American Lin

Jesse Jackson Jr.: Congressional Support for Liberia’s New Government an American Link to Africa

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2006
By: Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., Special to BlackAmericaWeb.com

A fragile peace now prevails in Liberia, and remnants of various rebel groups remain a serious threat.
Liberia needs immediate political and economic reconstruction assistance for critical high impact projects to build public confidence in the new government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and to address critical, pressing needs -- including public works projects, civil service reform, security sector reform and emergency employment for demobilized child and youth soldiers.

Monitoring events in Liberia and understanding our historic ties to the West African nation, I knew the March 8th U.S.

House of Representatives Appropriations Committee debate over the Fiscal Year 2006 Supplemental Budget was an opportunity for action.
In the middle of a heated and negative fight over a United Arab Emirates company owning six ports in the U.S., as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I offered an amendment -- the only one that passed -- to secure an additional $50 million in Economic Support Funds (ESF) for Liberia. It included $30 million for emergency employment activities to strengthen security and build roads, $10 million to establish an electricity grid and $10 million to demobilize and reintegrate ex-combatants.

On March 15, President Johnson-Sirleaf gave one of the best speeches I've ever heard before a joint session of Congress. Two days later, she submitted an official request to Nigeria to extradite former Liberian President Charles Taylor back to Liberia so justice can be served.

For the first time in more than two decades, the Liberian people have an opportunity to rebuild their nation following the peaceful and transparent election of President Johnson-Sirleaf. Under Taylor, war-torn Liberia suffered unprecedented instability and civil war.
Small arms trafficking, conflict diamonds, child soldiers and gratuitous amputations were the hallmark of Taylor's reign of terror throughout the region.

Liberia is an English-speaking, democratic republic founded as a colony in 1822 by "free men of color" who came to the "promised land" from America as settlers and members of the American Colonization Society. On July 26, 1847, these African-Americans, known as Americo-Liberians, declared their independence and established the Republic of Liberia -- which meant "land of the free" -- and essentially used the American flag, motto, seal and constitution as its governing model.

It's capital, Monrovia, is named after the American President James Monroe.

While they saw themselves as returning to the motherland, indigenous Liberians didn't always see it that way. Tensions between the Americo-Liberians on the coast and native Africans living inland existed from the beginning, as African Americans brought with them their customs, traditions and a superior attitude from their diaspora experience in the antebellum American South.

Liberia has always had its share of problems:
British and French colonialism; threats of financial insolvency; the dual economic benefit and exploitation by the American-owned Firestone Plantation Company and, most recently, two civil wars.

On April 12, 1980, Master Sergeant Samuel Doe led a military coup, assassinating President William R. Robert, Jr., after eight years in office, seizing the government and ending Liberia's first republic.
During his dictatorship, Sergeant Doe received over $500 million from President Ronald Reagan in exchange for use of Liberia's ports and land, including allowing the C.I.A to spy on Libya.

A civil war broke out in 1989 and Sergeant Doe was killed in 1990. Charles Taylor, a warlord, was finally elected president in 1997.
But Taylor's dictatorial style led to a second civil war in 1999. The war escalated until, in 2003 -- pressured by the U.S. and others -- President Taylor fled the country and accepted asylum in Nigeria.

In November of 2005, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the "Iron Lady," was freely and fairly elected president, the first woman elected head of state in Africa. Educated at a United Methodist high school in Liberia, she received a B.B.A. in accounting from the Madison Business Collage at the University of Wisconsin in 1964, a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1970, and an M.A. degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1971.
She served as the assistant minister of finance during the administration of Liberian President William Tolbert in 1979.

Johnson-Sirleaf spoke out against the military regime in 1985 as a senate candidate, which earned her a 10-year prison sentence.
Imprisoned only a short time, she was exiled in Nairobi, Kenya, returning to her native land in 1997 as an economist for the World Bank and vice president of Citibank in Africa.

Over the last two and a half years, we have provided resources to Liberia, culminating in President Johnson-Sirleaf's election.
But now, more than ever, we need to ensure that this investment is not squandered. Liberia is at a crucial turning point. The next few months will be critical in determining whether peace and democracy prevail or whether political instability, the threat of violence, rampant corruption and criminality begin anew.
This $50 million will help in Liberia's transition to a stable democracy.

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/stateof/jacksonjr322
 

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Nation of Islam Official Defends Her Role

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Nation of Islam official who serves on a state hate crimes commission said Tuesday it's ridiculous that she has been condemned for remarks made by the religious movement's leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad's comments were her first since four members of the Governor's Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes resigned last week rather than serve with her.

"For those who try to condemn me because of the honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's remarks," she said on WVON-AM, "it's ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous."

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Muhammad to the commission in August drew no public attention until she invited commissioners to attend a speech given by Farrakhan, who is known for his disparaging remarks about Jews, whites and gays.

Some commissioners began criticizing her presence on the panel after Farrakhan's speech Feb. 26 in Chicago that included references to "Hollywood Jews" promoting homosexuality and "other filth."

Muhammad said Tuesday she and her family have been victims of hate crimes and discrimination, and that she has Jewish family members, has traveled to Israel and has worshipped in synagogues.

"Please know I am not the victimizer here, OK, but instead I am the victim," she said. She refused to repudiate Farrakhan and recommended that people who disagree with him, speak with him.

Three Jewish commission members resigned last week, saying her support for Farrakhan contradicts the panel's goals.

They called on her to repudiate Farrakhan's remarks.
A state lawmaker whom Blagojevich appointed to fill one of the vacancies also resigned Friday.

The Democratic governor said Monday that Muhammad is not responsible for any racist remarks Farrakhan has made.

He has said he didn't realize he had appointed a Nation of Islam official until learning about it from news reports

Nation of Islam official and member of the Governor's Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes, Sister Claudette Muhammad, listens to comments from callers during a radio talk show, Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in Chicago.

Four members of the commission resigned last week rather than serve with Muhammad after she invited other members to attend a speech given by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan made disparaging remarks about Jews, white and gays in his speech.


http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0306/308630.html
 

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The plans of Africa's 'Iron Lady'

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf clearly has no problem being called the latest "Iron Lady" of politics - Liberia's new president has a framed tribute to her supposedly iron will on a cabinet in her office at her Monrovia residence.

International visitors queuing up to see her nearly two months into her presidency also appear to come away impressed by her determination to shed Liberia of the image inherited from its tortured and bloody recent history.

"She means business," said the representative of an American-run firm specialising in low-cost housing who met her the same day I did for the BBC's Have Your Say programme.

Wilmot L Harmon Jr, a Liberian himself, added that he believed Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf had integrity.

Africa's first elected female head of state wears the role of pioneer lightly.

She knows she is seen as a role model in her own continent and beyond.

She believes the mould is being broken and that over the next decade Africa will produce other women political leaders.

Priority

"I am a professional and a technocrat who happens to be a woman," Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf declared at the start of Have Your Say.

Her priority, for now, seems clear - delivering some measurable improvement in the living conditions of Liberia's people.

In her own country - still very much in the early stages of recovery from 14 years of civil war - she knows that it on this that she will be judged.

She talks of committing herself to an ambitious reform agenda, economic and social.

There are more specific pledges, too - for example, to tackle the corruption and the culture of impunity that have both plagued Liberia.

Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf lives in a relatively modest villa just off a busy main road.

The armoured personnel carrier of the United Nations peacekeeping force parked beside the front wall is really the only giveaway outside that this is a presidential residence - a symbolic reminder, though, that the UN is the guarantor of Liberia's security.

American and Liberian personnel look after Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf's own security.

As we prepared for Have Your Say, it seemed oddly ordinary that her American bodyguards ordered in pizzas.

In the relatively intimate setting of her residence her tone was one of moderation - more the Harvard-educated economist and former World Bank official that she is than a politician fresh from the tough battleground of the hotly contested election.

But she has known the price of a political life in Liberia, too - she has been to jail twice.

The next day I was to see a more animated Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, out and about among the people in one of the most impoverished areas of the country.

Being a politician with high credibility in the donor community will clearly be crucial to her strategy for Liberia but her credibility at the grassroots will clearly matter just as much, too.

One of the best sellers in the souvenir shop at Monrovia Airport today is an apron - with a portrait of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on it celebrating the fact that she is now the woman at the top in Liberia.


http://www.topix.net/forum/world/africa/T5H78RNB9AM2JLBNH
 

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EXTRA!* AFRIKAN YOUTH BUILD REVOLUTIONARY NEW CAR!

Five kids, along with a handful of schoolmates, built the soybean-fueled car as an after-school project.
(CBS)

Originally published February 17, and March 3, 2006—So here's a rhetorical question...
Why have we not heard of this fantastic discovery until today?

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - USA
5 brilliant Afrikan youth have revolutionized the gasoline combustion engine by developing a car that runs completely on Soybean bio-diesel fuel.

The car can go from 0-60 in four seconds and gets 50 miles to the gallon, and is the brainchild of the five schoolkids and their development team from the autoshop program at West Philadelphia High School.

Over the span of a year, these brothers in the tradition of George Washington Carver, built their soybean fueled prototype.
Working together as an after-school project, the youth sourced and rummaged the auto parts they needed and used their inherent Afrikan genius to learn how to configure the wires necessary to bring their project to life.

One of the students, Kosi Harmon has seen his grades rocket as a result of the car project.
He says he was getting by with the skin of his teeth, getting C and D grades, and since engaging in this concept he's a straight-A student.

With the big auto producers reluctantly unveiling their early-stage Hybrids for 2006, these ingenious and resourceful Afrikans have surpassed in a single year, global engineers decades-long struggle to produce an efficient non-fossil fuel engine.
The youthful engineering team headed up by Victor, David, Cheeseborough, Bruce, and Kosi Harmon in an after school workshop, working cooperatively, have set the new standard for the future and given our race something to be proud of.

The star at last week's Philadelphia Auto Show wasn't a sports car or an economy car.
It was a sports-economy car — one that combines performance and practicality under one hood.

The big question of course is why has the big, bad auto industry failed to develop this state-of-the-art technology?

Kosi thinks he knows why.
The answer, he says, is the big oil companies.

"They're making billions upon billions of dollars," he says. "And when this car sells, that'll go down — to low billions upon billions."

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So here we are with another chance of a lifetime family, one of the very few we are able to slip past the grip of our enemy.

A chance for the development of the very first Afrikan owned and produced automobile that surpasses anything our enemy currently has.
What will we do to utilize this precious gift for our race and pump Afrikan finances back into our anemic communities?

These youngbloods need Afrikan guidance to be schooled and protected from the hands of predatory enemy exploiters, they need to patent this engine, if it's already not too late.

As we speak, the enemy's agents are moving to get to them and steal their ideas and gain possession of the engine prototype for their own ends.

Envision this with me fellow Afrikans...

If we were to grab this opportunity before our enemy does, we can have our own industries manufacturing the auto parts, smelting the steel in our own foundries, growing the soybeans, producing the automobiles, refining and selling the soy bio-diesel.
The best and brightest of our family refining and developing the technology of this engine, building upon it's performance and expanding it's horizons to jet engines and industrial manufacturing needs.

WE MUST HAVE OUR DESTINY, AND WORK TOWARDS OUR BIRTHRIGHT CLAIM FOR OUR PLACE, ON THIS EARTH, IN THIS TIME.
WE MUST BE COMPELLED TO FIGHT FOR OUR SURVIVAL TO MANIFEST OUR VISION OF FREEDOM AND STEER IT BOLDLY INTO THIS LIFE!

FOR IF WE FAIL, WE WILL NOT RICHLY DESERVE A MISERABLE FATE AT THE HANDS OF THIS PESTILENT ENEMY?
AN ENEMY WHO HAS BUILT AND ENRICHED HIS LIFE FROM OUR GLOBAL ENSLAVEMENT, DEFILEMENT AND EXPENDABLE DEATH.

Sources:
"Kids Build Soybean Fueled Car"—MotorTorque, UK - March 1, 2006
"Kids Build Soybean Fueled Car"—CBS News - February 17, 2006



You can see other build projects by this team at their website
http://evteam.gambitdesign.com/gallery/
 

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