Digital Participation 1: Conflict in Eastern Congo

I found this blog on washingtonpost.com that discussed some of the more recent political issues relating to the Congo. In short, since Mobutu was overthrown during the first Congo War the country has not shown any true signs of improvement politically, democratically or economically. Joseph Kabila is a President who is democratically elected, but his elections are not viewed as legitimate. The north and eastern regions are the most conflict-heavy zones because of their proximity to Rwanda (spillover from Rwandan genocide) and their richness of minerals. In 2010 the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in the United States which contained a provision that essentially prohibited banks from profiting off of minerals extracted from conflict zones in eastern Congo. However, many experts believe this provision is only further enflaming violence, sectarian tensions and economic hardships among the common people while the same elites continue to profit at record levels.

Does anybody see any correlation between the current state and the events and themes that were discussed in Lumumba?

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Posted on September 18, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. erika926nishihara

    We can see the continuity of political convict in recent news from the time of Lumumba. As you pointed out, proximity to Rwanda and the richness of minerals make the political issues in Congo difficult to solve and keep the conflict complicated. This may be the fate of mineral-rich country. Thus, the political conflict in Congo is not a superficial matter, but institutionalized.
    Bureaucratism partly explain the political conflicts. As shown in Lumemba, the gap between elites and the publics keep elite fur away from publics.
    Economic interest over the region lead to endless confusion.

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