As if the South Sudanese didn’t have enough to worry about, now they’ve got to contend with George Clooney turning their perfectly good coffee crop into Nespresso. Clooney, you’ll recall, is already oppressing the citizens of the world’s youngest country with his… Continue Reading
A belated PSA: The 6th annual Congo in Harlem event is happening NOW. Check out the lineup of films and panel discussions here. Saturday’s schedule includes a screening of Virunga, which I’ve been impatiently waiting to see since I visited the… Continue Reading
While I was in DRC, Congolese president Joseph Kabila was here, attending the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. In a particularly stellar display of leadership, he brought along a bodyguard of thugs, who assaulted a protester outside of Kabila’s hotel. Kabila’s entourage wasn’t the only one… Continue Reading
In which all the world’s SUVs return to their birthplace to spawn: Also, Google has started doing this to my mobile photos; WTF?
This one’s from the MONUSCO compound: Apparently, the UN would prefer you not drive their vehicles into Lake Kivu.
Spotted at Rumangabo: Does it bother anyone else that they’re both smiling?
Dear Internets, I’m headed to Goma at the end of the month and I suspect several of you are there. If you are, and want to hang out and talk about Congo things (or whatever) with me, drop me a… Continue Reading
I remember going to a Model United Nations conference for the first time and thinking it was a shame people didn’t take it more seriously and act like REAL delegates. (Yup, that’s the kind of super-fun 16 year old I… Continue Reading
Advocacy organization Falling Whistles, which we’ve covered in the past, has recently revealed that they and their followers “stopped M23.” That’s pretty swell and all, but we’d be more impressed by their success if it weren’t for the fact that… Continue Reading
Amanda and I spent the second half of last week at a World Peace Foundation seminar on “Western Advocacy in Conflict.” It was lots of fun. (If your idea of fun involves assorted cheese cubes and extremely detailed discussions of human… Continue Reading