Thursday, June 30, 2016

Congo Incidents

Congo Incidents --- ===


June 23, 2016  (Wikipedia)  Jean-Pierre Bemba, leader of the Movement for the Liberation of the Congo, and a former Congolese vice president, is sentenced to 18 years in prison by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, and for sexual violence crimes against humanity in neighboring Central African Republic during 2002 and 2003. (BBC) (The Times)

December 2008

Communist Party of Britian
Proletarian issue 27 (December 2008)
Congo: still struggling for independence
Imperialist looting threatened by Chinese aid.
Genocidal war has raged in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the 1998 US-backed invasion by the forces of Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. At the last estimate, the war has claimed a staggering 5.4 million lives. [i.]

Yet this conflict, the most bloody since the second world war, has generated astoundingly little press coverage, and a diplomatic and political censorship over a 10-year period on the part of western governments that points to complicity, rather than ignorance or indifference.

Congo’s rich store of mineral deposits includes gold, diamonds, uranium, molybdenum, copper, tin and coltan – the colloquial African name for columbite-tantalite, a metallic ore from which are extracted the elements niobium and tantalum. 

2006 election campaign was completely dominated by the Mobutuist old guard. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo emerged as leader of the opposition. Having a personal fortune of several hundred million dollars, and close political and family ties to Mobutu himself, it is not difficult to see that he was imperialism’s great hope for the Congo. 

Gombo’s party, hypocritically christened ‘Movement for the Liberation of the Congo’ (MLC), launched a malicious campaign by questioning Joseph Kabila’s paternity and nationality.