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  • Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say Continental Flight 3407 was on autopilot before it crashed in icy weather near Buffalo, New York on Thursday. Among those who died was Alison Des Forges, one of the world’s foremost experts on Rwanda. In May of 1994, a few weeks into the killings of Tutsis in Rwanda, she was among the first voices calling for the killings to be declared a genocide. In 1999, she wrote what is...
    February 16, 2009 | Story
  • In a detailed report, the Rwandan government is accusing France of being complicit in the "preparation and execution" of the 1994 genocide that killed some 800,000 people. The report released by the Rwandan Ministry of Justice Tuesday accuses top French officials, including former prime minister Dominique de Villepin and the late former president Francois Mitterrand, of playing a major role in the genocide. We speak with...
    August 07, 2008 | Story
  • President Bush is back in Africa on five-country tour for the second and presumably final time during his presidency. Many anticipate that the President’s visit is an opportunity to shore up support among African allies for America’s strategic and economic interests, including expansion of the U.S. military command in Africa, AFRICOM. We speak to veteran Africa analyst Horace Campbell, professor of political science and African American...
    February 18, 2008 | Story
  • The centerpiece of President Bush’s visit to Africa is his HIV/AIDS policy known as PEPFAR, or the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Many have criticized the legislation’s emphasis on abstinence and the restrictions it places on programs that incorporate family planning or are directed at sex workers. We speak to David Bryden of Global AIDS Alliance and Laurie Wen, a Rwanda-based Harvard academic researching the impact of US HIV/AIDS...
    February 18, 2008 | Story
  • We speak with Dr. Gino Strada, a war surgeon and the founder of Emergency, a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing assistance to civilian victims of war. [includes rush transcript]
    April 08, 2005 | Story
  • Ten years ago Rwanda’s extremist Hutu government and military led a campaign to exterminate the nation’s minority Tutsis. Nearly a million people were slaughtered in an orchestrated, pre-planned campaign of genocide. We take a look at how the international community, the U.S. in particular, actively worked to ensure there was no international intervention until it was too late. [includes rush transcript]
    April 01, 2004 | Story
  • The National Security Archive recently obtained declassified U.S. intelligence reports that show the Clinton administration knew as early as April 23, 1994 that the slaughter in Rwanda amounted to genocide. Senior officials used the word genocide in private but chose not to publicly to justify not intervening. [includes rush transcript]
    April 01, 2004 | Story
  • Samantha Power, Lecturer for the Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and author of the September 2001 Atlantic Monthly article "Bystanders to Genocide," joins Salih Booker and Amy Goodman to discuss how the U.S. neglected to prevent the Rwanda Genocide.
    August 23, 2001 | Story
  • An independent panel commissioned by the Organization of African Unity charged this weekend that the United States, France and Belgium, as well as the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, actively prevented peacekeepers from moving in to stop the mass killing of as many as 800,000 Rwandans in 1994. It concluded that the three governments should provide "a significant level of reparations" to the Central African country.
    July 11, 2000 | Story
  • The UN tribunal on Rwanda has found its first defendant guilty of genocide for the part he played in the 1994 massacre of ethnic Tutsis. In an unprecedented action, the judgement found the accused, Jean Paul Akayesu, guilty of crimes against humanity with specific reference to rape.
    September 04, 1998 | Story