Tuesday, July 3, 2001

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  • On the Forty First Anniversary of the Independence of the Congo, a Conversation with Raoul Peck About His Award Winning New Film "Lumumba"

    Congo eagerly ended a more than one decade break in relations with its old colonial ruler Saturday, welcoming Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt on the first visit by a Belgian leader since end of the the Cold War. At the same time, Congolese Prime Minister Joseph Kabila and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni will meet in Tanzania on Wednesday for the first time to talk about the peace process in the Congo, which has been wracked by a regional war involving six countries–including Uganda–since 1998.

  • The Role of the U.S. and U.S. Corporations in the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba

    In the New York Times’ review of Raoul Peck’s film "Lumumba" last week, the role of the United States and the CIA in the assassination of the first Prime Minister of the Congo is relegated to a single sentence. The role of U.S., Belgian and other mining corporations in supporting the dismembering of the Congo and aiding the rise of Joseph Mobutu escapes the New York Times’ version of history entirely.

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