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Thousands forced to flee in DRC’s North Kivu province as M23 attacks intensify

Attacks by the Rwanda-backed M23 has led to another wave of mass displacement in the province of North Kivu. The rebel group has tried to make advances towards the provincial capital of Goma, attacking the town of Sake which lies just 25 kilometers away.

Neocolonial debt, extractivism, and the roots of Zambia’s economic crisis

Two of Zambia’s key copper mines have returned to foreign private control. The metal, which is 70% of Zambia’s exports, is a major source of foreign exchange at a time when the country is facing a major debt crisis

As the DRC holds another election, the fight of the Congolese people is still for liberation

44 million people were eligible to cast their votes in the presidential and parliamentary elections in the DRC on December 20. The vote has been held amid an intensification of violence in the mineral-rich eastern provinces, leaving millions displaced.

7 million displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo as M23 attacks continue

Mass displacement reaches record levels as M23, a proxy force backed by Rwanda, continues its offensive in the eastern provinces of the DRC in violation of a ceasefire

Panamanian unions lead renewed protests against copper mining concessions

Protests have spread across Panama in rejection of copper mining concessions granted to Canadian company, First Quantum Minerals

Venezuela Guyana Essequibo dispute Venezuela urges diplomatic resolution to Essequibo dispute with Guyana, condemns US attempts to militarize region

President Nicolàs Maduro has urged his Guyanese counterpart Irfaan Ali to resume direct dialogue over a long-standing territorial dispute over Essequibo. Venezuela has also accused the US of trying to militarize the resource-rich region, where ExxonMobil has been conducting oil drilling projects for years

As yet another ceasefire fails in the DRC, what lies ahead for the Congolese people?

During a visit to the DRC last week, the UN Security Council stated that it “no longer needed to be demonstrated” that Rwanda was backing the M23. The rebel group has continued to make advances in North Kivu as multiple ceasefires mediated by regional mechanisms have failed

What will it take to stop the rebel violence in DR Congo?

Despite multiple agreements and negotiations calling for the rebel group M23 to stop their hostilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has continued to be on the offensive

Why are the Congolese in DRC protesting Macron?

Kambale Musavuli of the Centre for Research on the Congo explains why the Congolese are protesting French president Macron’s visit and the role of France in the country and the larger region.

MONUSCO_peacekeepers DRC Fresh protests break out in Congo against UN and East African forces; anger grows over M23 advance

At least eight people were killed by UN forces in the North Kivu province on February 7. The DRC is witnessing renewed protests against the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) and the East African Community (EAC) regional forces

A call to the people: If capitalism is to be fought, it has to be fought in the DRC 

The mineral-rich eastern provinces of the DRC have been repeatedly invaded and attacked by proxy forces known to be backed by Rwanda and Uganda, both key allies of US interests in the region

Why do rebel militias continue to kill in the Congo?

In a recent incident, the M23 rebel group has been accused of killing at least 300 civilians by the Congolese government. Kambale Musavuli from Centre for Research on the Congo traces the history of this rebel group.