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Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin and Paul Kagame are postcolonial dictators. Their grave human rights abuses are often excused or overlooked by supporters who venerate their defiant opposition to western imperialism. Kagame is an exemplar of this breed, for he even wins broad admiration in the west. There is credible evidence of massacres by Kagame's forces of tens or hundreds of thousands of people after Rwanda's 1994 genocide, and his political opponents are almost all in exile, in prison or dead. Yet Kagame heads several prestigious UN development initiatives. Harvard and Yale invite him to speak about democracy and human rights. Since November 2015 more than three million Rwandans, a quarter of the country's population, are at the verge of starvation and more than 150,000 Rwandans have emigrated out of the country, mostly to Uganda, due to a ravaging famine, particularly in the Eastern Province Districts of Rwamagana, Nyagatare, Bugesera, Kayonza and Kirehe as well as Nyanza and Gisagara Districts in Southern Province.

To lionise dictators like Paul Kagame is to mock those they persecuted


Human rights abuses are too often excused by people seeking to venerate postcolonial dictators who stood up to the west
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Cathy Vikulchik 2019-11-21 at 10:12

One word Kagame most certainly does not want broadcast or even tweeted to the world outside is "famine." That word might embarrass both him and his powerful friends Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Howard Buffett, and Reverend Rick Warren, all longtime champions of his so-called economic miracle.

Rwanda: Starvation in the Shadow of a Star. What is Kagame Trying to Hide?



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