[Pragmora in the News] IBT: There are ways to help President Kabila step down and give him a way out from power

FULL ARTICLE By Elsa Buchanan. February 23, 2016 17:05 GMT The West should give President Joseph Kabila a way out of power rather than imposing sanctions that will have little impact on his departure, a conflict resolution firm has told IBTimes UK in an exclusive interview. The remarks come as accusations of a violent crackdown […]

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[News Release] DR Congo: Brazen Illegal Detainment of Pro-Democracy Youth Activists

TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2016 /CNW/ – Yesterday, eight members of the pro-democracy youth movement, Lucha, were illegally detained by government security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the pre-dawn hours prior to a national General Strike, police woke and arrested six Lucha members in Goma. In Kinshasa, Bienvenu Matumo and Marc Heritier Kaitaine […]

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[Pragmora in the News] Toronto Star: “Dictator’s shadow looms over Congo: DiManno”

FULL ARTICLE Junior Kannah / AFP/Getty Images A vendor walks along an empty main road in central Kinshasa Tuesday after a strike was called by a coalition including dozens of political parties and civil society organisations allied to the two main opposition parties in parliament. By: Rosie DiManno Columnist, Published on Tue Feb 16 2016 […]

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‘Day of Dead Cities” in the DR Congo

On Tuesday February 16, all work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will stop for a day of “dead cities.” With one voice, the civic and political opposition has called upon “officials, students, shopkeepers, national, international and UN agencies, farmers, and all Congolese” to stay home in a General Strike. February 16 has meaning. […]

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DR Congo: The Threat President Kabila Won’t Go
Issue Backgrounder

There is deep concern that President Kabila may find a way to remain in office after his mandate expires in December 2016.. even though Article 70 of the Constitution says a president may only serve two terms in office and Article 220 says this two-term limit cannot be changed.

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The wealth of the Congo resides in its people,
not in its minerals

In Memoriam – Guelord Mbaenda. Yesterday I received an alarming email message from Janvier about our mutual colleague, Guelord Mbaenda. Janvier wrote: “Yesterday, Guelord was traveling from Goma to Bukavu by boat. They had an accident and until now, we do not have his news but we know that several persons disappeared. We are checking […]

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Travel Notes — Goma/Rutshuru, DR Congo

Below are travelogue excerpts from a recent field research trip to the eastern DR Congo (Jan 8 – Jan 22), offered here simply as a glimpse into some of the interesting conversations and experiences. The purpose of this trip was to conduct a series of in-country interviews with diverse individuals and organizations in order to […]

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The Congo–A quirky coup. And dangerous convergence of interests?

Quick background On Monday December 30, an attempted coup was carried out in the DR Congo with coordinated attacks in Kinshasa, the capital city, and in Lubumbashi, centre of the country’s mining region. (map) The Congolese Army quickly quelled the coup and regained control of the international airport and state radio and television stations in […]

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South Sudan’s Weak Democracy Suffers a Serious Injury

South Sudan President Salva Kiir reports there was an attempted coup on Sunday night in Juba, the capital city. Despite government assurances to the contrary, violence is ongoing and has now spread beyond the capital. According to the latest news reports, more than 60 soldiers have been killed and thousands of citizens of civilians have […]

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The M23 insurgency is over. Will 2014 finally bring peace to the Congo?

A Peace Agreement by any other name After months of on-again off-again negotiations, on December 12 the Government of the DR Congo and the M23 rebel group agreed to the terms of peace. This time it is real. The M23 had already surrendered on November 5 and declared an end to their rebellion. In March, […]

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