Search Results for: "Rwanda"
Audio Archive:June 22nd, 2015: - Listen | Download
A defiant and Besieged City.
Phil speaks with Joshua Tartakovsky, an independent journalist and filmmaker, originally from Jerusalem, graduate of Brown University with a BA in International Relations and a MSc from the London School of Economics. Previously, Mr. Tartakovsky has worked or interned in Bosnia, UK, Brazil, Germany.
Joshua Tartakovsky discusses the reality of the Western siege against the people of Ukraine, especially in the independent Donetsk, which he visited via a trip organized by Europa Objektiv, a Russian-German NGO.
Tartakovsky's great grandparents died in the 1941 massacre at Babi Yar - largest single massacre during WWII, killing at least 30,000 Jews, who were accused of being Bolsheviks. Also murdered were Russians and Polish.
Tartakovsky points to double problem: (1) Mainstream media does not report the shelling that is happening in violations of the Minsk agreement and (2) EU and US are largely supporting a regime in Kiev that is killing its own citizens. It is a collective punishment that also cuts off medical services, pensions, and access to banks.
Tartakovsky lists the three major demands of the Donetsk People: (1) Justice for the People (2) Cultural rights, esp. allowing Russians to speak Russian (3) Removal of the current regime in Kiev
Tartakovsky fears that the escalating hatred resulting from atrocities and the difficult economic times will lead to war, extremism and incitement.
Washington has been using very irresponsible methods and supports the most extreme elements in Ukrainian politics, especially since February of 2014, the Maidan Massacre. DC has to stop supporting and inflaming situation by trying to sabotage Minsk 2. Washington is seeking to have a much wider conflict, probably because of financial, strategic and other interests.
Taylor Report "Bulletin Board":
1. Rwandan Spy chief Karenzi Karake was arrested in London on a warrant issued by Spain, who accuses Karake of war crimes. The two Phils discuss the many priests and nuns who were murdered since the invasion in the 1990, including a Canadian priest.
2. Intriguing historical truth: Connecting the history of slavery, the civil war and recent shooting at historical church in Charleston, South Carolina. Phil traces the White Supremacist ideology back to Thomas Jefferson, who was committed to slavery, and to Jefferson Davis, who waged a treacherous war against those who voted for a "Black President" (Abraham Lincoln). Then came Reconstruction to enforce the rights of ALL Americans, followed by the White supremacist, both South and North, deconstruction of Reconstruction. Some Canadians reflected the racism in the US and welcomed Jefferson Davis with cheers and singing Dixie. Phil praises the Russians for being the one true friend to the Americans back in 1863 when they put their ships in the NYC Harbor and San Francisco harbor to prevent the British and the French from closing those harbors. Phil gives a history lesson that explains the same thinking that incites the white supremacists today and is expressed in the South Carolina church shootings. We ALL need to hear Phil's connecting the historical dots, which cannot justifiably be limited to a summary. Statement (paraphrased) by Phil: You can't falsify history and then say we want reconciliation. You have to say those who control the past, control the future, and they have been controlling the past with a great myth that justifies White supremacist thinking.
3. Phil Conlon updates the Freedom Flotilla 3 humanitarian venture and talks about a Quebec retired postal worker, Christian Martel, joining the flotilla.
June 15th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Ted Schmidt and Claude Lacaille: Seeing Life from the Role of the Oppressed. Challenges to Rwandan Foreign Refugees' Integration in Zambia.
Ted Schmidt, Bishop John Osmers
Ted Schmidt discusses Claude Lacaille's recently released book, Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants, Mission to Haiti, Ecuador and Chile and asserts that Lacaille brings back into focus the importance of seeing life from the role of the oppressed people and that deserting Vatican II was a betrayal of a moral mission to serve the masses, especially the oppressed.
Schmidt praises Pope Francis, who declared El Salvadoran Archbishop Romero a martyr and who is turning back to the Vactican II mandates based on discussion, inclusion, justice for humanity.
What were the major flaws of Pope John Paul II and Pope Ratzinger? Listen to the show for Schmidt's lucid analysis.
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon track the third flotilla to Gaza mission in progress.
Phil Taylor comments on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta (June 15, 1215), in which the barons demanded certain rights (legal, political, financial, religious) and which inspired the masses to fight a long unending struggle for the same rights.
Taylor decries how we have lost respect for Habeas Corpus (bringing the body to court to hear charges and to be heard) and emphasizes that the fight for human rights is not a linear process (chapter by chapter) but that we have to continually fight to renew lost rights.
Bishop John Osmers testifies to the plight of the Rwandans who have lost their refugee status in Zambia and on whom Rwandan President Kagame is trying to force repatriation.
Osmers and Phil Taylor discuss why the Rwandan refugees in Zambia lost their refugee status in Zambia June of 2013, Rwanda's offer for repatriation of these ex-refugees, why the Rwandans in Zambia are afriad to repatriate (obvious fear of Kagame's retaliatory brutal regime), the recent meetings between the Rwanda government, the Zambian government and the UN High Commission on Refugees.
The clincher is: Removal of the former refugee status not only creates stiff limitations on freedom of movement in Zambia but it also disqualifies the Rwandans for UNHCR support for services such as health and education needs and consideration for resettlement programs.
June 8th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Burundi's Current Turmoil: A Constitutional Crisis, or Complex Political and Economic Issues? Jacques Parizeau: Brilliant Economist Who Left His Economic Mark on the Whole Quiet Revolution in the 1960s.
Charles KM Kambanda, Robin Philpot
Our featured guest is Charles KM Kambanda, Rwandan researcher, human rights defender and attorney and counsel at law in New York. Mr. Kambanda, who was born to a Rwandan refugee family in Uganda and now writes about international law talks to Phil Taylor about the hidden political agenda against Burundi's popular President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Issues discussed are:
(1) The Burundi Constitution trumping the defacto Arusha Agreement re electoral politics
(2) The Western powers, including the ICC, double standard in condemning popular Burundi President Nkurmziza while supporting regional puppet despots such as Rwandan President Kagame and Ugandan President Museveni
(3) The opposition "demonstrators" in Burundi that are in reality rioters, many being children --who burn humans to death, burn public and private property and are armed -- and the Burundi government's legal and moral responsibility to stop these riots
(4) The fake and western supported private radio stations in Burundi who run false and warmongering propaganda against the popular government. These lies are broadcasted in Rwanda.
(5) The ICC threatening intervention in Burundi which is a crime of inciting riots
(6) Kagame wanting to dominate Burundi and use it as an entrance and exit point for the Congo (DRC) natural resources.
Robin Philpot discusses the recently released English translation of Jacques Parizeau's last book, which Philpot defines as a political testimony. Philpot emphasizes that Parizeau never wavered: He was a militant person who refused his bourgeois background and advantages in order to be a professor and in politics, because he knew that was the only way to really accomplish things in the long run.
Philpot explains how an why Parizeau became a sovereignist in 1969 (age 39). Parizeau was putting together his papers and came to realize that the only way Quebec can insure its economic development and proper distribution of wealth was to become independent.
Parizeau was dragged over the coals for stating that the anti-referendum victory was a slim victory with a lot of dirty tricks. He felt Canada had a colonial attitude toward Quebec's electoral laws.
March 23rd, 2015: - Listen | Download
Rwandans must be secure in their right to oppose Kagame. When a Dream Becomes a Nightmare: The Story of Rwandan Canadian David Himbara. The Gaza Flotilla is a campaign for freedom.
David Himbara, John Honderich, David Heap
Dr. David Himbara is the former principal secretary to Rwandan President Paul Kagame. He describes how as an economic advisor, Mr. Himbara found that he was expected to falsify the true state of Rwanda’s economy. In the political realm he witnessed the violent removal of leading government members who differed with President Kagame. He left Rwanda for his own security but found that Rwandans abroad are not safe from a pursuing and punishing regime.
John Honderich, Chairman Torstar Board / Toronto Star, traces the role Rwandan-Canadian Dr. David Himbara played in the Kagame Regime. Honderich met Himbara during his four trips to Rwanda under the Rwanda Initiative Program geared to improve the level of journalism in the country. Over the years, Mr. Honderich observed the problems experienced by those who differed with the leadership, and believes Himbara was fortunate to leave when he did. Honderich hopes that attention to the Himbara case will help bring security to the Rwandan diaspora, which has experienced intimidation from the regime.
David Heap recalls his father Dan Heap marched with M.L. King at Selma and Dan and his wife Alice Heap taught the need for persistent struggle to succeed. Gazaark.org will follow this practice in the forthcoming Freedom Flotilla which will challenge Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza.
March 16th, 2015: - Listen | Download
US Creates and Uses Terrorist Groups To Create Mayhem. Victoire Ingabiere Kept in the Dark for Lighting the Path to Democracy. Canadian Forces in Iraq: The Fog of War and the Fog of Journalism?
Zafar Bangash, Ann Garrison, Scott Taylor
Zafar Bangash explains how the US created the Sunni militia, which became Al Qaeda and then ISIS in Iraq. Bangash points out that both the Shia and Sunni want to get rid of the barbaric ISIS, and they are moving forward in a careful and methodical manner (to avoid landmines and snipers). Once Tikrit is liberated then the destination is Mosul. There are no Europeans nor Americans telling them how to fight.
Ann Garrison gives the latest status of Rwandan five-year political prisoner Victoire Ingabiere, whose eyesight has been damaged due to being keep in dark, black cell.
Ingabiere's "crime" was attempting to run for president of Rwanda and establish a real democracy. She was arrested and falsely charged with crimes related to terrorism, speech crimes related to genocide, as are many of those who attempt to support her in Rwanda and/or who question the Kagame regime.
Garrison also comments on the lunacy of Canadian public safety minister for invoking the Holocaust in an attempt to defend Canadian "anti-terrorism" Bill C-51, which would give the government extraordinary powers to target and jail Canadian peaceful activists.
Our guest, Scott Taylor is an Iraq Veteran captured and threatened with beheading during one of his over 20 tours of Iraq, he is also editor of respected military journal, Esprit de Corps. Scott Taylor talks about the tragic death of a Canadian special forces soldier and the wounding of three more Canadians in Iraq, Northern Kurd area. Question is: Why were the Canadian Special Forces engaging in combat when their mandate was only to train Iraqi troops fighting ISIS.
Scott Taylor explains the complexities of the various tribes and religious groups in Iraq, especially in the Kurdistan northern area, and demands that the Canadian government establishes a clear objective before extending a mission that puts more Canadian soldiers in harm's way.
February 23rd, 2015: - Listen | Download
The murder of Patrick Karegeya haunts the Kagame regime. Roger Auque, mainstream reporter, spy for Mossad and CIA
Portia Karegeya, Robin Philpot
Portia Karegeya remembers her father, an RPF leader who broke with Rwanda's repressive system. Portia explains the political circumstances that slow the search for justice, but she is confident that the killers will be brought to justice and that the Kagame gang will be removed. A South African court has convicted Rwandan agents in the attempted murder of Gen. Nyamwasa, a sign of hopeful change in Africa.
In posthumous memoir Auque wrote candidly about his work for Israeli and American intelligence, saying he needed the money to maintain his lifestyle. Robin Philpot points out that none of the media outlets (CBC, LaPresse, e.g.) have felt the need to comment. He had used their credentials to acquire information for various intelligence agencies. "If they say nothing, why should they ever be trusted?"
February 9th, 2015: - Listen | Download
Paul Rusesabagina's indictment of Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame. Commemorating Black History Month: Nina Simone, Musician and Civil Rights Activist Extraordinaire
Paul Rusesabagina, the humanitarian Rwandan hotel manager who hid and protected 1,268 Hutu and Tutsi refugees during the Rwandan Genocide in April 7 - mid-July of 1994, author of An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
Paul Ruseabagina describes Rwanda's President Kagame as a brutal dictator who has created human rights abuses all over the country. He does not want to lose his presidential immunity and face international indictments against him, nor does he want to face a new president -- which might be why Kagame has indicated he might violate the Rwanda Constitution and run for another term (another fake election).
Ruseabagina emphatically states the the economic miracle performance picture that Kagame paints is false.
Kagame has total impunity to lie, forge more wars in the Congo, assassinate both former friends and foes who fled to other countries, imprison thousands, including Victoire Ingabire who has the courage to return to Rwanda in 2010 and run for president.
In commemoration of Black History Month, Phil Taylor plays Nina Simone's Mississippi Goddamn, an inspiring song Nina wrote in response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing that killed four young African-American girls.
Phil Taylor gives an interesting background of Simone--from her birth in February of 1933, to her parents discovery of her talent, to her first recital where she refused to perform if her parents were removed from the front row, to her studies at Julliard to her participation in the civil rights movement which she considered an historical "watershed" moment and to her death in 2003.
Taylor turns to the new film Selma and contrasts the political and humanitarian significance of Selma to the political anti-humanitarian film The American Sniper, about the life of real life sniper Chris Kyle.
Taylor points out that MLK was martyered by a sniper who deprived humanity of a great leader, while Chris Kyle was an American sniper in Iraq who deprived humanity of their civil liberties, human rights, culture and life. MLK represented life and hope.
November 24th, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Myth of the Akazu Genocide Conspiracy and Its Consequences
Collins dispels some of the myths about Habyarimana and his government that were fabricated by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and the Western powers to demonize and bring down the Habyarima government, and to make way for the US supported RPF.
A major myth is the "Akaza" (little house), which deceptively paints a picture of Habyarimana's wife, family, and inner circle as "extremist Hutu" upset with concessions Habyarimana made during the Arusha Accords and planning a "genocide" against the Tutsi.
Another myth: Habyarimana denied the Tutsi refugees from the 1970s war to return to Rwanda.
Collins shows how international justice morphed into international politics when the prosecution at the ICTR refused to honor the evidence showing the RPF shot down the plane carrying both President Habyarimana and Burundi President Ntaryamira.
Collins points to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other HR organizations playing the hand of the imperialists in setting up the situations and polices that handed Paul Kagame impunity.
October 6th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Ferguson flash mob at symphony. BBC Documentary: Selective impunity does NOT yield justice nor the grounds for reconciliation.
Phil Conlon discusses a very interesting and radical (going to the root) flash mob that interrupted St. Louis Symphony with Requiem for Michael Brown. The Symphony was to perform Johannes Brahms' requiem. There was no violence, as the protesters were allowed to finish the short demonstration which can be viewed on youtube.
The two Phils discuss Black sports figures, including Joe Lewis, and give an introduction to the BBC2 documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story--which reflects the massacre of Blacks on all sides whose lives should have mattered, but did not and never do to the imperialists.
Tiphaine Dickson discusses the recent BBC2 one-hour documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story, which, for the first time presents a host of credible witnesses and commentators challenging the narrative of Kagame the liberator. The interviewees who speak against Kagame have placed themselves in the dangerous "target range" of the US puppet Kagame regime.
Key question is cui bono, who benefited from the shoot down of the plane that killed Rwandan President Habyarimana, the spark which ignited the April 1994 war and massacres in Rwanda. The permanent removal of Habyarimana, the ending the Arusha Accords and the destruction of democracy were necessary for Kagame and the RPF to take power.
The tribunals are political organizations that administer "selective impunity," instead of the needed holistic approach that that evaluates and prosecutes all sides. Selective impunity does not yield justice, nor the grounds for reconciliation
Dickson also spoke about the importance of a new book by Barrie Collins, Rwanda 1994 (Palgrave Macmillan) for which she has written the forward.
September 22nd, 2014: - Listen | Download
Festival of Hypocrisy: From Ferguson to the NFL. Beyond Victor's Justice
Ishmael Reed, Chris Black
Ishmael Reed explains how the race card is played with violence in all its forms -- from sports, to police, to domestic violence, and to media bias, which literally colours the tone of the violence.
Cases discussed range from the police murdering Michael Brown in Ferguson, and Oscar Grant in Oakland, to the current focus on NFL Black players' violence against their wives and/or children. This wrongly makes domestic violence a solely "Black" American issue. There is media censorship against black journalists who deviate from the corporate line.
Chris Black gives the history of General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, who was falsely charged with genocide in Rwanda during the 1994 conflict. Gen. Ndindiliyimana was one of the most senior military figures tried by the court based in Tanzanian, Arusha.
Ndindiliyimana spent 7 years in trial refuting lies and 14 years imprisoned. The General was not allowed to visit his dying young son in Belgium.
He was acquitted of the major charge of participation in massacres in June of 2011 and acquitted of minor charges related to oversight of personnel in February, 2014. On September 22, 2014, Gen. Ndindliyman was released to Belgium where his family resides.
The trial judges made a very significant statement that charges against Gen. Ndindilyiman were politically motivated. They clarified: When Gen. Ndindiliyimana refused to falsely testify against General Bagosora, false charges were laid against Ndindiliyimana to further pressure him.
August 18th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Ferguson: A Movement is Starting... ICC: Giving the West what it wants
Norman Otis Richmond, Tiphaine Dickson
Guest Richard Williams was scheduled to appear on the program today, but he is doing his civic duty and attending the demonstrations in Ferguson, for which we are pleased.
We are joined by Norman Otis Richmond, veteran of the struggle against racism on this continent. From the vortex of activism over Ferguson he praises Richard Williams' new book 'Black and White, The Way I See It.' Otis Richmond reminds us that Missouri had a long history of legal segregation.
Richmond makes clear that Black leaders have to avoid the role of "buffer" for the White power structure of state and federal governments and that is time to resume the struggle for affirmative action to correct injustice that began with slavery.
Phil interviews Tiphaine Dickson, international lawyer, who wrote the introduction to the new book by Barry Collins, "Rwanda: 1994: The Myth of the Akazu Genocide Conspiracy and its Consequences."
Dickson states that it would be futile for the Palestinian Authority to try and make a case before the ICC. She claims the obvious - that no Israeli authority would be convicted at the ICC.
Dickson shows how and why ICC trials are one-sided anti-politics with no historical methodology. The ICC represents only one side of the equation, while falsely claiming to be representing the African People. Dickson notes the questionable claims of "crimes against humanity" unfairly leveled against murdered Libyan Moammar El-Gadhafi and also Laurent Gbagoom ex-president of Cote d'Ivoire.
July 21st, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Pitfalls of Peacekeeping. Cuba's Rebellion Day. Gaza under brutal Israeli Military Attack.
Peter Robinson, Morteza Gorgzadeh
Phil interviews Peter Robinson, an American International Criminal Lawyer who has argued cases at the Hague, the ICTY and ICTR. Robinson defended the peace-seeking Joseph Nzirorera, former President of the Rwanda National Assembly, at the ICTR.
Robinson notes the ICTR trials were not legitimate: They were a political process instead of a judicial, legal process. Phil and Peter also discuss the "Genocide Fax."
Morteza Gorgzadeh discusses a Toronto July 26th celebration. The event is dedicated to memory of Nelson Mandela and to the Cuban Five Anti-Terrorist Heroes. The storming of the Moncada barracks gave impetus for the whole country to come together to fight the Revolution under the leadership of Fidel Castro. The celebration reflects the underlying struggle to bring down racist apartheid regimes.
The Cuban Five Gerardo's statement: "It will take a jury of millions to free the Five."
Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss international support for Palestinians in Gaza --Belfast, Scotland, Wales, Chile, Venezuela. Will the support stand strong or waver until the next attack?
June 9th, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Strange Case of a Rwanda Refugee Applicant. Rwanda and the role of alternative media. Double Standard on Terrorism.
Lisa Winter-Card, Ann Garrison, Keith Bolender
Immigration lawyer Lisa Winter-Card discusses the strange case of Rwandan refugee applicant, Jean Berchment Habinshuti, who faces deportation
The case is strange because Habinshuti served as secretary to Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, who was assassinated in 1994, and was widely perceived as a moderate. The present Rwandan government has a well-earned reputation for persecution of dissent. As Ms Lisa Winter-Card makes clear, Mr. Habinshuti is at risk.
In an unusual turn of events, KPFA host and journalist Ann Garrison interviews our host, Phil Taylor.
Edward S. Herman identified Western reporting on Rwanda as the greatest victory of the propaganda system in recent decades. In the context of trials over Rwanda, Phil and Ann explore the challenges faced by alternative radio programmers in countering the corporate media consensus.
Phil interviews Keith Bolender, author of "Voices from the other side," an oral history of terrorism against Cuba, and "Cuba Under Siege."
Keith talks about the arrest in Cuba of four terrorists based in Miami, Florida, who were planning to attack a Cuban military base in April 2014.
He also discusses the U.S. double standard on terrorism with regard to the "Cuban Five."
June 2nd, 2014: - Listen | Download
The First Woman of Steel. Gaza Ark Plans Defiant Voyage.
Michael Hersh, Ehab Lotayef
Phil Taylor comments on recent developments in Syria and Rwanda, and tells a story about Karl Marx's daughter, Eleanor Marx, meeting cowboys.
Bev Brown worked on the assembly line at a time when women had to grieve each job in order to get it. She set up women's committees. Phil, together with Michael Hersh, remember this pioneer.
Ehab Lotayef, a spokesperson for Gaza's Ark and a veteran of Freedom Flotilla work, explains plans to defy the Israeli blockade with a ship of Palestinian products sailing from Gaza.
May 5th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Karegeya's Daughter Comments on Globe Revelations. How Kagame was given impunity. Is the Kiev government legitimate?
Portia Karegeya, Tiphaine Dickson
Following a Globe and Mail article detailing her father's assassination, Portia Karegeya describes what she thinks can be done, and also the threats on the lives of other Rwandan leaders who are in exile.
Former lawyer and currently a Political Science instructor Tiphaine Dickson comments on the coverage of the assassination of Patrick Karegaya.
In the second half of the interview, Dickson discusses the legality of Kiev's 'interim government.' According to Ukraine's constitution, the president was not removed properly.
March 10th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Rent-a-coup in Venezuela still failing. Portia Karegeya on the assassination of her father, Patrick Karegeya
Dr. Maria Victor, Portia Karegeya
Professor Emeritus at York University Maria Victor, also of the Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle, discusses the latest events in Venezuela.
There have been peaceful demonstrations in Venezuela for fifteen years. Maria Victor knows the difference. "What student demonstrations have you ever heard of where the people are wearing armour, waving guns - handguns and rifles?" Wikileaks lists the opposition groups that Washington directly funded. It's not legal to do that in the United States, and it's not legal in Venezuela.
Portia Karegeya, daughter of an assassinated Rwandan opponent of the current Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
March 3rd, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Life of Lee Lorch. Rwandan General acquitted at UN Tribunal
Peter Rosenthall, Chris Black
Peter Rosenthal, lawyer and mathematician, discusses the life of fellow mathmetician and activist Lee Lorch.
Chris Black, a Toronto lawyer, has won an acquittal for his client, Rwandan General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, at the UN Tribunal in Tanzania.
February 17th, 2014: - Listen | Download
"Imagine Living in a Socialist USA." Freeing Victoire Ingabire
Fred Jerome, Marceline Nduwamungu
Phil interviews Fred Jerome about the provocative book he contributed to, "Imagine Living in a Socialist USA." Jerome is also the author of three groundbreaking works on Albert Einstein.
Phil interviews Marceline Nduwamungu whose organization has taken up the cause of freeing Victoire Ingabire, presidential candidate in Rwanda, from prison in Rwanda. An award is being given this year in Brussels on behalf of the organization.
January 27th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Former Rwandan PM: The West Covers for the Crimes of Kagame. Gowans debunks latest lies about Syria
Faustin Twagiramungu, Stephen Gowans
Faustin Twagiramungu, former Prime Minister of Rwanda says the West provides cover for the crimes of Paul Kagame. The ex-PM also draws on personal knowledge to expose the flawed story of the "Dallaire fax".
Phil interviewed Stephen Gowans of "What's Left," who debunked the latest Western and Qatari claims of “industrial torture” allegedly by the Syrian government in the form of 11,000 photos. The situation in the Ukraine was touched on briefly.
January 20th, 2014: - Listen | Download
Commentary on Karegeya's Assassination. In Solidarity with Gazans.
The first half of the program deals with the assassination in South Africa of the late Colonel Patrick Karegeya by the Rwandan government of Paul Kagame. Disillusioned with the Rwandan regime of Paul Kagame, the self-exiled Colonel Karegeya indicated that it was Kagame himself who ordered the shooting down of the airplane carrying two African heads of state, the former (Hutu) presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, plus the (Hutu) chief of staff of the Rwandan army. Those assassinations were the signal for Paul Kagame’s (Tutsi) RPF to launch the final attack on the government of Rwanda which led to terrible massacres inside Rwanda.
Phil interviews Eva Bartlett, who worked with Gazan farmers, fishers, and schoolchildren in the face of naked aggression by the Israeli occupational forces. Ms. Bartlett maintains the blog ingaza.wordpress.com and lectures extensively on the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza across North America
January 6th, 2014: - Listen | Download
The Assassination of Col. Karegeya. Myths about the Soviet Union
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, Stephen Gowans
Former Rwandan intelligence chief Col. Patrick Karegeya was apparently strangled to death in a hotel room in Johannesburg on New Years' Eve. Colonel Karegeya, a refugee in South Africa, had condemned the authoritarian regime of Paul Kagame. Other prominent critics of Kagame have been killed in recent years. Phil speaks with Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, who was a close colleague of Karegeya.
In Western media, it is commonly claimed that the Soviet Union didn't prove out, that it was inferior, and people are much happier now. But that's not really the case. Stephen Gowans dissects several myths about the Soviet Union, and he's not afraid to take on other issues as well: why is it now acceptable to celebrate Nelson Mandela, but not Robert Mugabe?
December 23rd, 2013: - Listen | Download
Advocate for Victoire Ingabire. Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa
Marceline Nduwamungu, Robin Philpot
Phil is joined by an advocate for Victoire Ingabire, Marceline Nduwamungu. Ingabire has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for daring to assert her rights. Elections are something you just cannot do under Kagame.
A very timely update of Robin Philpot's earlier work on the events of 1994 in Rwanda, "Colonialism Dies Hard." Indeed, the scramble is on, and the IMF structural-adjustment continued apace while Kagame seized power.
Why do we hear about Rwanda so much, both on this program and the corporate news? As one commentator explains, "everywhere is Rwanda for the humanitarian interventionists." The causes of the conflict and tragedy in Rwanda in 1994 are becoming more widely understood. What Samantha Power and Philip Gouerivich have tried to carve in stone has already eroded.
December 16th, 2013: - Listen | Download
ICC arrests two defense lawyers.
Chris Black has practiced law at the various international tribunals, and has come away a bit sobered. Recently, the International Criminal Court has arrested two defense lawyers. "The prosecution is acting like a police force instead of just another party in the case" comments Black. It rings bells of what happened in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
November 25th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Phil Taylor Commentary on Roma + Mother Agnes-Mariam tour in Hamilton. Healing a Nation: A Testimony.
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
In announcing the appearances of Mother Agnes-Mariam in Hamilton and Toronto, Phil talks about the need for peace and national reconciliation in Syria.
In discussing a new book on Roma people, Phil analyzes the new manifestations of racism against Roma in Europe and the unwillingness of the Harper government of Canada to admit Roma as refugees to Canada.
Phil interviews Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa about his new book on Rwanda entitled, "Healing A Nation: A Testimony."
September 30th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Ramsey Clark's visit to Syria. Why I am protesting Paul Kagame
Ramsey Clark, Theogene Rudasingwa
Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who has recently returned from Syria, recounts his meeting with President Assad, and the new peace initiatives in the region.
Clark reviews the disastrous record of recent U.S. military interventions and regime change. The United States has made Assad's presidency into a foreign policy issue. But Assad should not live or die based on the whims of the U.S.
Theogene Rudasingwa, once the executive assistant of President Paul Kagame, and secretary-general of the RPF, explains why he and many others are protesting Kagame's visit to Toronto.
He also discusses the continuing Rwandan military presence in Eastern Congo, and the central motivation of President Kagame and his ruling circle.
September 23rd, 2013: - Listen | Download
The Battle for Freedom in the American South. Notorious warlord Paul Kagame comes to town. New film about Cuba's assistance in liberating Southern Africa.
Charles McLaurin, Gally Gasana, Isaac Saney
Phil talks with Charles McLaurin in Mississippi, one of the leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, about the battle for freedom in the American South back when it was an Apartheid South.
Specifically, they discuss Jim Dann, and his new book, "Challenging the Mississippi Firebombers: Memories of Mississippi 1964-1965."
So much of what we know from these battles in American history comes from historical overviews, but they don't tell us what it was like to go down a country road at night to a meeting that the Klan has cancelled, they had said, because they intended to kill everybody.
Gally Gasana discusses the protest of Rwandan war criminal Paul Kagame's visit to Toronto.
Isaac Saney reveals an important new film playing in Toronto, "Africa's Unknown War: Apartheid Terror, Cuba, and Southern African Liberation."
July 29th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Hiroshima Peace Garden in Toronto + Stop Cop-violence Rally. Former Prime Minister of Rwanda to return
Ted Schmidt, Jacob Leibovitch
We live in a world of nuclear weapons, and the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki can tell us the most about what they can do. For thirty years, those days of infamy have been commemorated on August 6-9th. Ted Schmidt tells us about Toronto's special event this year, and also efforts to revitalize the role of the Catholic church in social justice.
Jacob Leibovitch reports live on the scene from a protest against the police shooting of Sammy Yatim. Phil also describes upcoming events, including one related to "La Question" - Henri Alleg's account of his own torture by France in Algeria.
The former Prime Minister of Rwanda, Faustin Twagiramungu, has announced his intention to return to the country - we find out why.
Twagiramungu lived through the grim violence of 1994 Rwanda and became Prime Minister of the new government. He soon found that the RPF strongman Paul Kagame had no intention of establishing a multiparty democracy or permitting any significant opposition. Twagiramungu, out of concern for his personal safety, went into exile, but has now made the decision to return to Rwanda and resume the fight for justice and democracy.
July 8th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Remembering Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Victory in Rwandan Case
Des Dalton, Philippe LaRochelle
Des Dalton outlines the principled career of Irish revolutionary Ruairí Ó Brádaigh.
Philippe LaRochelle, lead counsel for Jacques Mungwarere, explains the significance of defense victory in Rwandan genocide case.
April 8th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Kenya and Rwanda's Past, Korea's Present
J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee, Marie Rose Habyarimana, Stephen Gowans
J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee on his new book, "Mrs. Queen's Chump," about British atrocities during the suppression of the Mau Mau in Kenya.
Marie Rose Habyarimana, the daughter of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. The assassination of Habyarimana was a trigger for the events of 1994 in Rwanda.
Stephen Gowans on the latest escalation in the Korea crisis, and the Wall Street Journal's interesting report.
March 25th, 2013: - Listen | Download
We are the "Heart of Darkness"
Robin Philpot, Aimable Mugara
Chinuya Achebe was famous in part for his rejection of Joseph Conrad's position in the Western canon. Achebe strongly argued that "Heart of Darkness" was a thoroughly racist work that actively dehumanized Africans to an extent beyond Conrad's contemporaries. A staple in undergraduate classes, it should be properly deconstructed. Instead, it is used as a template to describe conflicts in Africa.
Aimable Mugara of RwandaHumanRights.com covers major stories centered on Rwanda. A woman running against a U.S. client remains in prison, and the UN plays favourites as Congo is invaded.
January 7th, 2013: - Listen | Download
Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina demands democracy for Rwanda. Zafar Bangash: Assad's peace plan vs opposition terror campaign.
Paul Rusesabagina, Zafar Bangash
November 26th, 2012: - Listen | Download
Thomas C. Mountain on Eritrea, press freedom and the Middle East. Aimable Mugara on Rwanda's support for the Congo "rebel" group - M23. Rick Rozoff on NATO's plans for Syria.
Thomas C. Mountain, Aimable Mugara, Rick Rozoff
June 11th, 2012: - Listen | Download
Robin Philpot on Quebec students vs the plutocrats. Glen Ford: Rwanda’s criminal leaders protected by Washington. Charles Roach: Human rights trump royal oaths. Zafar Bangash: West ignores crimes of Syrian Free Army
Robin Philpot, Glen Ford, Charles Roach, Zafar Bangash
April 23rd, 2012: - Listen | Download
Anne Garrison provides the evidence that Victoire Ingabire is the victim of a show trial in Rwanda.
January 16th, 2012: - Listen | Download
Reverend John Osmers defends refugee rights in Zambia. Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, a former RPF leader, exposes efforts to rehabilitate Rwanda’s Kagame.
Reverend John Osmers, Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
December 26th, 2011: - Listen | Download
Rhoda Nsama, in Zambia, warns of threat to Rwandan refugees in Zambia. David Jacobs: the evidence reveals a right-wing Vaclav Havel.
Rhoda Nsama, David Jacobs
November 14th, 2011: - Listen | Download
International lawyer Chris Black charges Nato with war crimes in Libya. Aimable Mugara, Rwandan writer, explains why the criminal regime of Kagame fears a courageous woman, Victoire Ingabire.
Chris Black, Aimable Mugara
October 10th, 2011: - Listen | Download
Thomas Mountain talks about the dubious UN work of Angelina Jolie; "Ray" tells what it is like to occupy Wall Street; and Toronto lawyer Chris Black adds more information against Rwandan ruler Paul Kagame.
Thomas Mountain, "Ray", Chris Black
October 3rd, 2011: - Listen | Download
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa on Kagame crimes and Marie-Rose Habyarimana, daughter of murdered President of Rwanda says truth will come out.
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, Marie-Rose Habyarimana
September 26th, 2011: - Listen | Download
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, former Rwandan Ambassador to the U.S. makes the case that Paul Kagame has to go. Author Keith Bolender says U.S. has demonized Cuba.
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, Keith Bolender
September 5th, 2011: - Listen | Download
Rick Rozoff: NATO is more dangerous than ever. Ann Garrison on the persecution of Victoire Ingabire by the Kagame regime in Rwanda. Joel Richardson: his new mural has community support.
Rick Rozoff, Ann Garrison, Joel Richardson
November 22nd, 2010: - Listen | Download
Paul Rusesabagina, hero of Hotel Rwanda, resists Kagame threats. Des Dalton, Republican Sinn Fein spokesman, opposing the IMF.
Paul Rusesabagina, Des Dalton
September 13th, 2010: - Listen | Download
Toronto lawyer Christopher Black on his work at the ICTR and evidence against the criminal regime in Rwanda.
September 6th, 2010: - Listen | Download
Gerard Karangwa on another political arrest in Rwanda. Sandra Rush on sending a canadian boat to Gaza.
Gerard Karangwa, Sandra Rush
August 16th, 2010: - Listen | Download
Jean Saint-Vil critique of Wyclif Jean's political ambitions in Haiti. Aimable Mugara on Rwanda's phoney election.
Jean Saint-Vil, Aimable Mugara
July 5th, 2010: - Listen | Download
Thomas C. Mountain, Aimable Mugara
June 21st, 2010: - Listen | Download
The case of Peter Erlinder - US lawyer imprisoned in Rwanda. The Gaza Freedom Flotilla - participants speak.
Gershom Otachi, Kevin Neish, Paul Larudee
Kenyan lawyer, Gershom Otachi on the fight for Peter Erlinder's freedom; Kevin Neish of British Columbia, describes his experiences as part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla; Paul Larudee, from California also speaks as a Flotilla participant and about the refusal by Oakland longshoremen to unload an Israeli vessel.
June 14th, 2010 : mp3 file not currently online
David Jacobs on the arrest by Rwanda of American lawyer Peter Erlinder.
June 7th, 2010: - Listen | Download
The case of Peter Erlinder - US lawyer imprisoned in Rwanda. Yves Engler on Israel.
Scott Erlinder, Yves Engler
Phil speaks with Scott Erlinder and Yves Engler. Scott Erlinder is the brother of US lawyer Peter Erlinder who is a prisoner in Rwanda. Yves Engler is the author of Building Apartheid: Canada and Israel.
March 22nd, 2010: - Listen | Download
Kevin O'Halloran speaks about the massacre at Kibeho Camp in Rwanda. Peter Leibovitch on the Vale-Inco strike in Sudbury.
Kevin O'Halloran, Peter Leibovitch
We speak with Kevin O'Halloran, Australian soldier and author of Pure Massacre. O'Halloran describes the notorious killing of Hutu refugees by RPF soldiers at the Kibeho Camp in Rwanda. Sgt. O'Halloran's book may be obtained from www.bigskypublishing.com.au
Peter Leibovitch of the Steelworkers Union spoke to us from a rally to support Vale-Inco strikers in Sudbury.
February 22nd, 2010: - Listen | Download
Colonel Luc Marchal seeking the truth behind the 1994 assassination of President Habyarimana.
Colonel Luc Marchal
January 18th, 2010: - Listen | Download
July 20th, 2009: - Listen | Download
Larry Krotz reading his account of a trial at the UN Rwanda Court from his book: The Uncertain Business of Doing Good, Outsiders In Africa.
April 20th, 2009: - Listen | Download
Paul Rusesabagina, Tiphaine Dickson
We speak with Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was told in Hotel Rwanda. Mr. Rusesabagina's home in Brussels has been ransacked and his documents were stolen.
Tiphaine Dickson talks about the anniversary of NATO's bombing of Serbia. No court ever charged NATO for attacking a Serbian television station but the station director is in prison, blamed for not removing staff.
April 6th, 2009: - Listen | Download
Zafar Bangash, Marie-Rose Habyarimana
February 23rd, 2009: - Listen | Download
January 26th, 2009: - Listen | Download
Peter Verlinden, of VRT-TV in Belgium, on the sudden downfall of Rwandan backed "rebel" in Congo.
December 29th, 2008: - Listen | Download
This week's guest was Paul Skolnik, a criminal lawyer from Montreal. Mr. Skolnik won a 'not guilty' verdict for his client, General Gratien Kabiligi, in the Military One trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Dec. 18, 2008.
December 1st, 2008: - Listen | Download
Michael Hourigan, Terry Pickard
This week's program features interviews with Michael Hourigan and Terry Pickard. Michael Hourigan, headed UN investigation into 1994 assassination of Rwandan & Burundi Presidents. The findings of his team were suppressed. Terry Pickard is the author of "Combat Medic: An Australian's Account of the Kibeho Massacre".
November 24th, 2008: - Listen | Download
Readings from and commentary on Combat Medic, Terry Picard's eye-witness account of the April 1995 massacre of refugees at Kibeho, Rwanda.
November 17th, 2008: - Listen | Download
The 1st half of the show was a report on the fighting in East Congo and the recent arrest of Rose Kabuye a Rwandan official. In the second part of the program, we continue to focus on Africa with our guest, Zafar Bangash of www.muslimedia.com.
August 4th, 2008 : mp3 file not currently online
Our guests were Abhinav Gupta, student activist and supporter of Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina campaign for truth and reconciliation in African Great Lakes Region, and Salim Vally, South African academic in support of the Durban Two UN conference.
Abhinav Gupta, Salim Vally
July 14th, 2008: - Listen | Download
Our guests were Jordi Palou Loverdos who represents families demanding justice for all in Rwanda, and David Hoile of the European Sudanese Public Affairs Council.
Jordi Palou-Loverdos, David Hoile
June 23rd, 2008: - Listen | Download
Our guest was Christina Dyer, Executive Director of the Hotel Rusesabagina Foundation.
February 11th, 2008: - Listen | Download
Cynthia McKinney, Paul Rusesabagina
Former Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney praised the Spanish Court that is charging 40 RPF leaders of the Rwandan government and Paul Rusesabagina, hero of the Hotel Rwanda story also commented positively on the Spanish Court
January 21st, 2008: - Listen | Download
Peter Robinson, Stephen Gowans
November 26th, 2007: - Listen | Download
November 19th, 2007: - Listen | Download
October 8th, 2007: - Listen | Download
Robin Philpot, David Jacobs
September 24th, 2007: - Listen | Download
T.J. Stiles, Peter Zaduk
T.J. Stiles, author of Jesse James: The last rebel of the Civil War, talks about the Confederate bushwhacker.
Peter Zaduk, prominent criminal lawyer, discusses the UN Rwanda Tribunal's practice of "victor's justice".
August 13th, 2007: - Listen | Download
July 9th, 2007: - Listen | Download
Luc de Temmerman, Zafar Bangash
Luc de Temmerman, counsel for Major Ntayahaga - Rwandan officer accused in 1994 deaths of 10 Belgian soldiers, talks about the case.
Zafar Bangash of muslimmedia.com speaks about the worsening crisis in Pakistan and Afghanistan caused by U.S. intervention in the region.
June 11th, 2007: - Listen | Download
Sharon Taylor, Thelma Taylor Saye, Paul Rusesabagina
Sharon Taylor, daughter of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and his sister, Thelma Taylor Saye, called on people to rally to his defence against the special UN court for Sierra Leone.
Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda, called on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to end the culture of impunity and to charge the President of Rwanda with shooting down the plane of the former President and other crimes against humanity.
May 28th, 2007: - Listen | Download
Cynthia McKinney, Stephen Gowans, Caldwell Taylor
Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia, talks about the economic and political interests of the U.S. that engineered the catastrophy in Rwanda. We also speak with Stephen Gowans about how pro-democracy NGOs are often instruments of U.S. policies. Caldwell Taylor announced the conference on Caribbean literature.
May 14th, 2007: - Listen | Download
Jordi Palou Loverdos, Baffour Ankomah, Michael Parenti
February 19th, 2007 : mp3 file not currently online
Tiphaine Dickson, Natercia Coelho
February 12th, 2007 : mp3 file not currently online
Peter Zaduk, Michael Hourigan
Prominent Toronto criminal lawyer, Peter Zaduk, talks about his work at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Michael Hourigan, UN investigator who was ordered by Louise Arbour to close his investigation of the assasination of Rwanda's President, urges listeners to ask Why?
January 22nd, 2007 : mp3 file not currently online
Dave Zirin, Abdi Dirshe, Peter Robinson
Dave Zirin talks about the issue of race and professional sports. Dave and Phil also talk about the ridiculous pre-NFC championship game media treatment of the New Orleans Saints.
Abdi Dirshe, of the Coalition of Concerned Somali-Canadians, talks about the recent protest of the U.S.-Ethiopean invasion of Somalia at the US embassy in Toronto. Mr. Dirshe presents some of the history and issues surrounding the current political situation in Somalia.
Peter Robinson, a California lawyer representing Joseph Nzirorera, talks about his defense of the former Rwandan political leader who stands accused of war crimes at the UN tribunal in Tanzania. Peter is the author of the legal thriller, The Tribunal.
November 27th, 2006: - Listen | Download
Dave Zirin on Racism. Michael Hourigan - the evidence says Kagame did it.
Dave Zirin, Michael Hourigan
July 31st, 2006: - Listen | Download
Snow in the Congo.
Keith Harmon Snow
Keith Harmon Snow tells how the robber barons of imperialism are robbing the Congo.
July 17th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
UN prosecution investigator for the ICTR speaks about the event that triggered the war in Rwanda. Zirin on Zidane.
Michael Hourigan, Dave Zirin
We speak with Michael Hourigan, who led the UN investigation into the war-triggering murder of two African Presidents. His investigation was stopped by Louise Arbour.
We talk to Dave Zirin about the, now infamous, french soccer superstar - Zidane.
July 3rd, 2006: - Listen | Download
Victor's Justice at the ICTR - we speak with Kennedy Ogetto about the challenges faced by defence lawyers. Dr. Judith Stamp talks about land redistribution in Zimbabwe.
Kennedy Ogetto, Judith Stamp
June 5th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Charles Roach wants to revive his original vision of the Caribana. The ICTY releases a report dealing with the death of Slobodan Milosevic. Muslim groups request that individuals be given a fair hearing in a Court of Law and not just be tried in the Court of Public Opinion.
Charles Roach, Tiphaine Dickson, Zafar Bangash
Charles Roach speaks about some of the difficulties involved in organizing Toronto's annual Carribean cultural festival known as the Caribana. Mr. Roach was one of the founders of Caribana in 1966 and is now going to, once again, be directly involved in the organizing and planning of the festival. He speaks to us about some of the history of this annual event and the original vision of it being more than just a street party.
Tiphaine Dickson discusses the ICTY report dealing with the death of Slobodan Milosevic. She is appalled by the very biased treatment of of her client, as well as her frustrations with the lack of fairness and impartiality of UN-sanctioned tribunals. Ms. Dickson is a Montreal lawyer who has represented accused before the Internatioal Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and served as legal advisor to Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Zafar Bangash expresses concerns about the fairness of treatment of the individuals accused of planning terrorist activities in Toronto.
May 29th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Zafar Bangash decries the recent media attacks on Iran. Robin Philpot - Jane Jacobs' case for Quebec. Tiphaine Dickson talks about a Rwanda expert who was not allowed to testify at the ICTR.
Zafar Bangash, Robin Philpot, Tiphaine Dickson
May 15th, 2006: - Listen | Download
The 'life and politics' of Ruari O'Bradaigh - an interview with biographer Robert White. Peter Erlinder shares evidence that RPF assasinated the Rwandan President and initiated the war in Rwanda.
Robert W. White, Peter Erlinder
"The Life and Politics of an Irish Revolutionary", Robert W. White talks about his biography of Ruairi O Bradaigh.
RPF Assasinated President and Initiated War in Rwanda: Defence lawyer, Peter Erlinder, details the evidence.
March 13th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Dave Zirin, Tiphaine Dickson, Amadou Deme
Guests include Dave Zirin of edgeofsports.com, Tiphaine Dickson - legal advisor to Slobodan Milosevic, and Amadou Deme - a UN Peacekeeper and intelligence officer in 1994 Rwanda
January 16th, 2006: - Listen | Download
Ramsey Clark, Itah Sadu, Robin Philpot
Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney-General and leading opponent of the US war on Iraq, speaks about his work on the Saddam Hussein defence team. "This isn't a trial in any true sense. This is a creation of the United States - it still occupies, it still controls. The people with power, with guns are still US. The United States has financed the whole thing to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars ... they've selected, trained the judges, they try to tell them what to do." Clark stated that Hussein is "being tried by people who have participated in a war of aggression, which is, according to the Nuremburg judgement ... the supreme international crime." Clark also reminiscences about his work with Martin Luther King.
Itah Sadu, of "A Different Book List", talks to Phil about a presentation to the Metro Toronto reference library to urge that the black and Caribbean collection be named in honour of Dr. Rita Cox. Rita Cox was an accomplished storyteller, and founder of important community institutions such as the Parkdale Information Centre and Parkdale Reads, as well as being the originator and builder of the collection. Itah Sadu is part of a committee making the presentation, fittingly on Martin Luther King Day, January 16.
Robin Philpot, author of "The Stolen Referendum" and "Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard", published on-line by the Taylor Report, talks about his latest bombshell book "The Secrets of Option Canada" co-written with Quebec investigative journalist Norman Lester. Philpot describes the book's subject matter - "What you have here is a government-created slush fund to defeat a legitimate democratic political movement". Philpot and Lester reveal that millions of dollars was spent secretly and illegally to help the No side win the 1995 referendum. Pierre Pettigrew is one of numerous Liberal government operatives revealed to be implicated. The book has created a stir in Quebec and has led to the appointment of an inquiry.
January 9th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Eric Migamba, Charles Roach
Phil speaks with Eric Migamba. Mr. Migamba's father was a prominent Rwandan refugee whose body was found in a Belgian canal. The family wants an investigation.
Later, Toronto lawyer Charles Roach discusses his campaign to eliminate the oath to the Queen for new Canadians.
January 2nd, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
We discuss the latest online petition calling on Canada's Justice Minister to refuse to extradite Gary Freeman to the United States. We speak to Natercia Coelho, the wife of Gary Freeman, about Mr. Freeman and about his case.
Phil talks about the case of Juvenal Uwilingiyimana, a Rwandan witness, who had complained of harrassment by UN investigators and has gone missing. Phil reads a letter addressed to the prosecutor of the ICTR, apparently written by Mr. Uwilingiyimana, which has recently appeared on the internet,
December 19th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Monday's guest was Tiphaine Dickson, a Montreal lawyer who has defended accused before UN Rwanda Tribunal and has represented Slobodan Milosevic. She was continuing an account from the previous week's show, informing listeners that a Rwanda witness who had written a letter complaining of harrassment by UN investigators has gone missing. Dickson said Belgian authorities now say they have found a body they suspect may be the missing witness.
December 12th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
'Save Tookie Williams' was the theme of the 1st half-hour, reviewing the issues and new facts concerning Stanley "Tookie" Williams, facing execution Dec. 13, '05 (Tookie was executed by the State of California on that date).
Tiphaine Dickson, who practices international criminal law and has acted for accused before the ICTY and ICTR, was interviewed in the 2nd half-hour about the Milosevic case and the strange disappearence of a Rwandan witness in Europe.
July 4th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Barbara Isherwood, David Jacobs
Phil interviews Barbara Isherwood who recently returned from the 2005 Venice Biennale. Ms. Isherwood, a writer on visual arts and CIUT staffer, discusses the 110 year history of this grandfather of international arts exhibitions. The 2005 Biennale included the works of over 400 artists in 109 separate exhibitions. One highlight was the guerrilla girls exhibit 'reinventing the "f" word - feminism'.
Phil Conlon talks to lawyer David Jacobs about the Supreme Court of Canada decision on the deportation of Leon Mugesera to Rwanda. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal that had found the allegations against Mugesera to be without foundation. Jacobs points out that the Federal Court of Appeal thoroughly analysed Mugesera's speech and declared that it was not a speech calling for genocide or the killing of Tutsi's. The Federal Court of Appeal also ruled, after a thorough hearing, that the witnesses against Mugesera were clearly biased, and their allegations were not believable.
Jacobs notes that the Supreme Court did not overturn the findings of the Federal Court of Appeal, but instead ruled they should not have investigated the facts. By "trying to write history and law with the same pen" the Supreme Court gets neither correct.
April 18th, 2005 : mp3 file not currently online
Dave Zirin, Jordi Palou-Loverdos, Renzo Martins
March 28th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Keith Harmon Snow, Robin Philpot
Keith Harmon Snow talks to Phil about "the world's most neglected emergency" - the ongoing tragedy of the Congo where perhaps six million have died since 1996. Most of the victims have been noncombatants who have died from hunger or disease as a consequence of the invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the region's mineral wealth. Keith Harmon Snow also talks about the movie Hotel Rwanda ("propaganda; malicious, destructive, violent disinformation") and the situation in Sudan ("Darfur is all about oil").
Robin Philpot, the author of "Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard", points to the RPF invasion of Rwanda in 1990 as the key event that led to later tragedies. "If not for that invasion there would have been no slaughters in 1994 in Rwanda, or later in the Congo". Philpot argues that the often-repeated claim that 'the international community refused to intervene in Rwanda' is a myth. In truth, the US and Britain prevented any intervention because they wanted the RPF to take power. Philpot talks about his interview with former UN General Secretary Boutros-Ghali that reveals much about the actual events in Rwanda, including possible CIA involvement in the shooting down of the plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi that triggered the Rwandan tragedy.
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February 28th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Phil interviews Jordi Palou-Loverdos, a spokesperson for the International Forum for Truth and Justice in Africa. Palou-Loverdos talks about the case just launched in the Spanish courts against the current government of Rwanda, the FDR, and its leader Paul Kagame. The Forum charges Kagame and the FDR with the murder of 11 missionaries and medical workers, 9 of them Spanish. As well, crimes allegedly committed by General Kagame and his army, the Rwandan Patriotic Army, have resulted in the death of more than 5 million people in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ex-Zaire). "Our case is not against the Tutsi people, but the leaders of the FDR, who are directly responsible for the murders of the Spaniards, but we also want to show that bosses of multinational companies involved in the local gold and diamond mining industries must share the blame for these war crimes... We have proof that the FDR was responsible for the murders of all the Spaniards.” Palou-Loverdos also mentioned Canadians who are among the victims of the murders.
Phil and Phil Conlon also talked about the current situation in Sudan.
January 24th, 2005: - Listen | Download
Tiphaine Dickson, Ben Chaney
Phil interviews Tiphaine Dickson, about the "extremely manipulative disinformation" of the movie Hotel Rwanda. "I was shocked beyond my expectations by the mendacity of the whole project and by the highly manipulative emotional nature of the way so-called facts are presented". Ms Dickson knows whereof she speaks - the Montreal lawyer represented defendant Georges Rutaganda at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In conversation with Phil she details item after item from the movie that falsely depicts her client prejudicially. "It's irresponsible, to say the least," she says, "people are imprisoned unjustly today in Rwanda and ... three and a half million people have died as a result of the current government, the famous rebels that we hear about in the film, since their invasion of Congo in 1998"
Phil talks to Ben Chaney in more detail about the latest developments in the case of his brother, James Earl Chaney, who was murdered with two other civil rights activists in Mississippi in 1964. The Attorney General of Mississippi, despite promises to do so, did not turn the case over to federal investigators or a special prosecutor. Instead, the state has charged only one of the eight surviving perpetrators. They continue to protect the rich and powerful who were involved.
September 6th, 2004: - Listen | Download
Keith Harmon Snow, Phil Conlon
Phil talks to Keith Harmon Snow, a researcher for Survivors' Rights International, about the situation in the Great Lakes region of Africa, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo. Snow points out that five million people have been killed in the Congo in the last five or six years, but it's off the media's agenda. Powerful interests are pilfering the resources of the country, chiefly diamonds and coltan, and mercenaries and proxy armies are enforcing the theft. Snow pointed out that the US supported the invasion of the Congo in 1996, and Rwanda and Uganda supplied the two big proxy armies that acted on their behalf. Snow also talked about related issues of mercenaries linked to Heritage Oil and Gas and Margaret Thatcher's son, and events in Darfur.
Phil talks to Phil Conlon about Labour Day, and the Canadian Labour Congress' Report Card for Canada. The CLC gave low marks to the government of Canada for perpetuating a system in which one in ten full-time workers live in poverty, and only one unemployed worker in three qualifies for unemployment insurance. The figure a few years ago was 75%, before the reforms introduced by then Finance Minister Paul Martin.
July 26th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil notes the death July 23 of Wilton Mkwayi, at the age of 81. Mkwayi was a founder of the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto We Sizwe; served 20 years in the jails of apartheid South Africa; and was treasurer of the South African Congress of Trade Unions.
Toronto lawyer David Jacobs, talks to Phil about the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the trials of Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son Dr. Gerard Ntakirutimana. Jacobs, who represented Gerard Ntakirutimana, reveals the systematic unfairness of the Tribunal and misconduct of the prosecution in these trials. Witnesses at the Tribunal testify in case after case, under a different pseudonym in each case, and change their story in each trial. Yet these witnesses are accepted by the Tribunal.
Phil also talks about the current situation in Darfur and his conversation with Dr. David Hoile of the European Sudan Public Affairs Council. Phil notes Colin Powell’s accusation of genocide against the Sudan Government is given credence by the media despite his blatant lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and the US mugging of President Aristide of Haiti.
July 12th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Could Burundi be the next Rwanda? Members of Military Families Speak Out talk about their opposition to the war in Iraq and the case of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia.
Vénérand Ndegaya, Nancy Lessin & Charlie Richardson
Phil remarks on the death of Phoebe Brand, a founder of the Group Theatre and a victim of the McCarthy blacklist after she was named by Elia Kazan in 1952.
Vénérand Ndegaya, author of “Répression Au Burundi: Journal d'un prisonnier vainqueur”, talks to Phil about the history and current situation in Burundi. Burundi and Rwanda share many of the same demographics and issues. Ndegaya talks about the history of control by the Tutsi minority up to the first democratic election in 1993. Melchir Ndadaye, a Hutu, was elected by 70% of the vote that June and assassinated by the Tutsi-dominated army in November. The second Hutu president was killed in 1994 when the plane carrying him and the Rwandan President was shot down by the Rwandan Patriotic Front. This was followed by an army coup. Current plans for democratic elections are in jeopardy because the necessary preconditions are not in place.
Nancy Lessin and Charlie Richardson talk with Phil, Phil Conlon and Steve Reimer, about their organization Military Families Speak Out. They represent 1500 families with members in the US military. They oppose the illegal, immoral war on Iraq. "The only right thing is to say the war is wrong - it's the only way to support our troops". They point out that, "the mainstream media was really complicit in bringing our nation into a war based on lies". They also talk about the case of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia who was imprisoned for desertion. He had refused to return to his unit in Iraq, citing moral reasons, the legality of the war and the conduct of US troops towards Iraqi civilians and prisoners. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned for his conscientious opposition to participating in war.
June 14th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
The life and times of Ray Charles. RPF-controlled Rwandan government subverts its judicial system in an effort to eliminate potential political opposition.
Norman Otis Richmond, Roger Ntakirutinka
Phil speaks with Norman Richmond of CKLN 88.1FM about the life of Ray Charles, his importance to the american music scene and his involvement in world politics. Their conversation also turns to a more general discussion of the music scene during the 1950's and 60's.
We also interview Roger Ntakirutinka, son of former Rwandan Minister of Public Works Charles Ntakirutinka, about his father's trial. They discuss a recently released Amnesty International report about the trial, as well as the social and political situation in Rwanda.
Article Archive:TO UNDERSTAND RWANDA'S TRAGEDY: The neglected account of Captain Amadou Deme Senegalese soldier, UN intelligence officer, and witness with a conscience.
April 6 1994 is the fateful date of the beginning of the war/genocide/massacres in Rwanda. The plane of President Habyarimana was shot down over the capital city, Kigali, and horrific violence unfolded.
Everyone is asked/ordered to remember (and then told what to remember). Official memory in Rwanda is under the authority of the former Ugandan General and now Rwandan President Paul Kagame, warmly supported by prominent names from the Anglosphere like America's UN ambassador, Samantha Powers (she was not a witness but has no trouble filling pages at great length about the vast lessons to be learned).
On the night of the 6th Kagame, by all accounts, ordered his Rwandan Patriotic Forces (RPF) into attack that very same night, though there was a peace accord in pl...
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Letter to the BBC on significance of documentary, Rwanda’s Untold Story.
Tiphaine Dickson, Lawyer/Scholar
Dear Mr. Hall,
Thank you for allowing John Conroy and Jane Corbin to explore this difficult and complex story, and thank you for broadcasting the remarkable results of their investigation.
Allow me to disclose my own history with the issue: In 1997, I became lead defense counsel in the trial of Georges Rutaganda before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. I was the first counsel to petition for the disclosure of the results of the Prosecutor's investigation into the shooting down of President Habyarimana's plane--an act that back in those days was still commonly assumed to have been carried out by Hutu extremists, or even by the President's family. The reaction to my request by the Prosecutor was nothing short of astonishing: "We don't investigate p...
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Keep an eye on Kofi Annan, He’s the Master of Disaster
Koffi Annan has been to Damascus for the UN Secretary General. The Syrians had better watch their step with him, he’s as dangerous as a regiment of the Paris led phony Free Syrian Army.
Koffi will try to arrange a UN/Arab League presence in Syria which can then move on to destabilize the government, through such means as disinformation outlets to confuse and demoralize the population and “corridors” for passage of people and weapons to rebel strongholds, safe from Syrian government oversight. That done, when
the time is ripe, when the army has been divided and somewhat disarmed, hostilities can be resumed—with “world opinion” on the side of freshly armed rebels. All blame will placed on Assad.
It should be kept in mind that Koffi Annan did precisely t...
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Shocking: Confession of downing of Habyarimana's plane-Rudasingwa
On August 4, 1993, in Arusha, Tanzania, the Government of Rwanda and the Rwandese Patriotic Front signed the Arusha Peace Agreement. The provisions of the agreement included a commitment to principles of the rule of law, democracy, national unity, pluralism, the respect of fundamental freedoms and the rights of the individual. The agreement further had provisions on power-sharing, formation of one and singles National Army and a new National Gendarmerie from forces of the two warring parties; and a definitive solution to the problem of Rwandan refugees.
On April 6, 1994, at 8:25 p.m., the Falcon 50 jet of the President of the Republic of Rwanda, registration number “9XR-NN”, on its return from a summit meeting in DAR-ES-SALAAM,Tanzania, as it was on approach to Kanombe Interna...
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Free African political prisoner Victoire Ingabire
We need an international movement to free Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Her case is important to African people all over the continent and in the Diaspora and to all of us, all people.
The weight on Victoire’s shoulders is that of resource war, the ongoing wars for the world’s natural resources that threaten to destroy the whole planet. The fate of her tiny East African nation, Rwanda, is intertwined with the resource war in Rwanda’s vast, resource rich neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, site of the most lethal conflict since World War II. The Congo conflict has taken over 6 million African lives since 1998 alone.
Background of the Congo conflict, in Rwanda and Uganda
In 1990, the U.S. and Uganda backed...
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Open Letter to General Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
General Paul Kagame,
President of the Republic of Rwanda
B.P.15 Kigali - RWANDA.
22nd August 2010
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In direct reference to your published article "Rwanda's democracy is still the model for Africa" of 19th August 2010, I beg to disagree with you as your close friends the Americans also reminded you through their White House statement of Friday 13th August 2010 Mr. President that, "Democracy is about more than holding elections."
Unfortunately, August 09th 2010 was yet another missed chance for the people of Rwanda to take a step forward towards peace and reconciliation. It was a missed opportunity for all...
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Adam Jones on Rwanda and Genocide: A Reply
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
Like Gerald Caplan's hostile "review" of our book, The Politics of Genocide, Adam Jones's aggressive attack on our response to Caplan can be explained in significant part by Jones's deep commitment to an establishment narrative on the Rwandan genocide that we believe to be false -- one that misallocates the main responsibility for that still ongoing disaster, but dominates by virtue of political interests and intellectual conformity.1 Caplan devoted perhaps 5 percent of his "review" to our book, and the remaining 95 percent to an attack on us for our treatment of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Jones went Caplan one better, ignoring our book altogether (which at the time of his writing Jones did not appear to ha...
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Genocide Denial and Genocide Facilitation: Gerald Caplan and The Politics of Genocide
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson
In his June 17 "review" of our book The Politics of Genocide, for Pambazuka News,1 Gerald Caplan, a Canadian writer who Kigali's New Times described as a "leading authority on Genocide and its prevention,"2 focuses almost exclusively on the section we devote to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.3 Caplan s
Like Gerald Caplan's hostile "review" of our book, The Politics of Genocide, Adam Jones's aggressive attack on our response to Caplan can be explained in significant part by Jones's deep commitment to an establishment narrative on the Rwandan genocide that we believe to be false -- one that misal...
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Response of the Family of the Late Rwandese President Habyarimana to the Rwandese Government Decision to Convert his Private Residence into a Genocide Museum
On October the 8th, 2008 the Rwandese government announced its decision to convert the family residence of the late President Habyarimana, assassinated on April the 6th of 1994 in a terrorist attack against the presidential jet plane, into a museum in commemoration of the Rwandese genocide, the Rwandese culture and the Second Republic. The family residence of the late President Habyarimana is located in Kanombe, a suburb to the capital city Kigali, close to the airport where the presidential jet plane was shot down during its landing procedure to finally crash against the enclosure of the family property in question.
We, the family of the late Rwandese President Habyarimana whose brutal assassination was followed by the violent massacres of 1994, denounce the hypocritical, ...
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ICTR-ADAD NEWS ADVISORY: Rwandan Military Leaders Found Not-Guilty of Conspiracy and Genocide Planning
Association des Avocats de la Defence - Association of Defense Lawyers
ARUSHA TZ – 18/12: Today’s ICTR judgments in the Military-I trial completely rejected the Prosecution theory of long-term planning and conspiracy to commit genocide by members of the former Rwandan military leadership. All four defendants were found “not guilty” of all counts charging conspiracy to commit genocide, based on the Chambers ruling that their actions prior to April 6, 1994 were based on war-time conditions, not planning to kill civilians or to carry out a genocide against Tutsi Rwandans.
Gen. Gratien Kabiligi was found not guilty of all remaining charges because of the Prosecution’s failure to prove his command authority over Rwandan troops, and was ordered released immediately.
The three other defendants were convicted of responsibility for pa...
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Cynthia McKinney Celebrates: Kagame charged in Spain
On Monday night, I spoke at the State University of New York at New Paltz on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In that speech I warned the students and members of the community present that everything our young children are taught today about the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a lie. And that it is a lie, purposefully told, to hide from view and justice, the real culprits. I went back to the December 1999 trial testimony of Bill Schapp who testified about the lies willingly printed by the most prestigious news houses of the day, including the New York Times, to destroy the reputation and effectiveness of Dr. King. I told the audience that for five long years, Dr. King endured the most treacherous treatment at the hands of the cor...
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New Dallaire film on Rwanda fails reality check
During elections, the media like to do "fact checks" or "reality checks". The exercise should be applied to all historical films. Especially when the people concerned proclaim it "the film of record".
That is how Canadian Liberal Party Senator Romeo Dallaire appointed for life described his recent film Shake Hands with the Devil based on his book with the same title. His film sorely fails any serious fact check.
Let's begin with the end. If you waited until all the credits scroll by, you will see it is copyrighted © Dallaireproductions. It means two things: 1) Senator Dallaire incorporated a film company so as to get a cut of the profits; 2) he approved every single comma in the script.
That means that he also approved another line in cred...
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RWANDA: Recent "Hearsay" statement by ICTR Prosecutor deeply troubling
Chicago, July 5, 2007
124 Avenue Baron Albert d'Huart
1950 Kraainem, Belgique
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General, ROOM 3800
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NW 10017
Dear Mr. Secretary-General:
On June 29, 2007, Le Monde newspaper reported that current ICTR chief prosecutor, Hassan Bubacar Jallow, has declared that criminal accusations against the RPF as detailed in a formal complaint I filed with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) last November "amount to hearsay and are of no value in our work". If true, this statement is very bad news and certainly very deeply troublin...
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Hero of Hotel Rwanda Calls Kagame a War Criminal.
Letter protests Kagame visit to England:
Brussels, December 2, 2006
124 Avenue Baron Albert d'Huart
1950 Kraainem, Belgium
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England
London, England SW1A 1AA
Your Majesty the Queen of England,
I would like to start this important letter with an open heart confession: in the wake of the staggering events of the last 2 weeks regarding the 1994 Rwandan tragedy, it would be a crime against civilization, England and all of humanity if I kept silent after learning that Rwandan President Paul Kagame was planning a trip to London from December 3 to December 6...
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Hotel Rwanda: Setting the Record Straight
A small convoy of refugees is confronted by a murderous mob at a roadblock in the widely praised film Hotel Rwanda. The UN troops protecting the convoy, led by a bold white commander, brandish their weapons. After some scuffling, threats and a few shots being fired, the refugee trucks are turned around and the passengers safely returned to the Hotel Rwanda. The hero upon whom the film is based has now written a book, An Ordinary Man, in which he describes that terrible incident in much the same way as the film.
But in fact the crisis did not happen as depicted in the film and book. And that troubles me because I was one of the UN soldiers with the convoy. Mr. Rusesabagina, as he acknowledges, was not there, though his wife and children were among the refugees.
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Carving Sudan: Hollywood's helping hand
"Bush Meets With 'Hotel Rwanda' Manager Paul Rusesabagina...Rusesabagina wants to work with the President" (AP, Feb 17, 2005)
Agit-prop arrives in Sudan. ABC news on Feb. 9 ran a special report from actor Don Cheadle on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan (we mention Sudan because the Western media is already treating Darfur like it is a separate country). And Cheadle, who has won acclaim as the non-genocidal Hutu in the film Hotel Rwanda, found a refugee who had the following solutions to her country's problems. She told Cheadle: "What we need from the United States is to take this government out of Sudan...to replace the government." As if to give wings to her wishes Cheadle later quotes a U.S. Air Force Major General, Scott Gration, apparently along on the sam...
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Hotel Rwanda: No room for the truth
For anyone who followed closely the 1994 crisis in Rwanda the highly touted film Hotel Rwanda is merely propaganda statements interrupted by bouts of acting. For example, the plane bearing the President of the country is shot down and we are shown the hotel manager hero talking with frightened refugees who tell him the radio is blaming the "rebels". But that's absurd says the manager," why would they do that? The President has just signed a peace agreement with them." That observation tells the audience that the "rebels" (the Rwandan Patriotic Front) did not do the deed and suggests it must have been the work of the Hutu extremists.
But in reality many in Rwanda would have had a ready and obvious answer for the hotel manager. Someone would have said "They did it because they wa...
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