Pouvoir Central, Régionalisme & Rétrocession : Katanga Victime et Autres Provinces?

The Eastern Congo Tribune

En principe, on aurait espéré que l’exercice du pouvoir vise en premier lieu le souverain primaire, qui est le peuple. Quand on exerce le pouvoir pour soi et pour ses intérêts individuels, voilà ce que les littéraires appelleraient ‘égocentrisme politique’. Il me semble évident que l’égocentrisme politique fait partie de toute forme de malversation qui caractériserait tout pouvoir moins soucié de son peuple. Afin, il n’y a rien à espérer pour de tels individus qui ne font qu’avancer leurs propres intérêts au détriment de ceux de son peuple ; à qu’ils tireraient la légitimité. L’expérience du Congo-Zaïre d’un demi-siècle nous renseigne plus de ces types de pouvoir.

J’ai toujours pensé que la Province du Katanga peut ne pas se laisser faire car ayant d’une manière ou d’une autre un poids par rapport aux autres. La question n’est pas la discrimination régionale; mais plutôt c’est une analyse qui est liée à la…

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Towards the Forbidden City: Super Guitar Soukous

Washerman's Dog


Strike while the iron is hot. Make hay while the sun shines. Post while you can for in Beijing all this stuff is banned.

Yes for the next week or so I will in the Forbidden City which is not named that for no good reason. Last time I was there nearly every website I’d made friends with over the years was unavailable. Certainly no Facebook, YouTube, WordPress, Blogspot

I will be otherwise preoccupied of course with official business, side meetings, drafting committees and the like, so it is probably a good thing that I will not be detracted.

So before I take that long flight I thought you all might like to groove to some wonderful bubbly soukous. An old favorite, this is a collection I picked in the deserted steet stalls in Bali about 3 days after the terrible 2002 bombings that left so many dead as they…

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Breaking The Silence: Congo Week

HandUp Congo

postcard5x7_2014-e61a41874f7788c244018ac06985a383Breaking The Silence: Congo Week
Sunday, October 19 – Saturday, October 25, 2014

Every year in the third week of October, people throughout the globe gather to commemorate the millions of lives lost in the conflict in the Congo while celebrating the country’s enormous human and natural potential.

Click here to join the global movement and be a part of Congo Week VII.

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DR CONGO: Bishops Strongly Condemn Religious Attack in Lodja

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

KINSHASA, OCTOBER, 17, 2014 (CISA) – Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (CENCO) has condemned the attack on two catholic priests.

“It is unacceptable to blame the church personnel who, faithful to the hierarchy, exercise their pastoral ministry,” said a statement from CENCO.

The two priests were attacked on Sunday October 12 in Lodja, 750 km north of Mbuji-Mayi capital of Kasai oriental, the same day a convent was damaged.

The attack came after the priests reportedly read a Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference during Sunday Mass which criticized the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow incumbent President, Joseph Kabila, to vie for election for a third term, Fides reported.

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[Today in History] October 20th


1908 – King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium