Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It's not oppression, it's the rules!

I am increasingly worried about the type of information that is flowing out of the mouths of Rwandan political elites these days. This recent East African piece from the former Minister of Information and current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, is emblematic of government spin-doctoring on its oppressive behaviour. Academics, journalists and others who care about peace in Rwanda and the region need to challenge the misinformation of the government in advance of the August elections.

I would provide my views on the attached article as anyone who reads this blog (or my academic work) that the piece is absurd. Read it for yourself and let me know what you think. Perhaps we can have a dialogue on that....

I would much rather hear from Nyamwasa and others who recently fled (quit?) their senior military posts.

I also wish I had time to survey Kagame's speeches from 1999 until present more closely. My sense is that the rhetoric is hardening subtlety and creatively over time. Does anyone have a student or colleague working on such a project?


  1. "I also wish I had time to survey Kagame's speeches from 1999 until present more closely"

    This is super interesting and highly necessary. I am definitely interested in a project of this nature. The question is how to get access to Kagame's speeches...

  2. his speeches are available on his website. I just need help with the identification and analysis. Even if we could get a small group together to analyse his use of key themes (like justice, unity, reconciliation, genocide ideology, etc) we could then compare them with the work of one of my colleagues who does the same for the pre-genocide period. I have a draft paper that I can share if you email me at susanm.thomson@gmail.com