Rwanda says it will charge “Hotel Rwanda” manager for aiding arrested opposition politician

Winnipeg free Press:

By: Edmund Kagire,Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press

Posted: 27/10/2010 10:02 AM

KIGALI, Rwanda – The Rwandan hotel manager portrayed by Don Cheadle in the movie “Hotel Rwanda” could face charges by Rwandan authorities over allegations he sent money to opposition commanders, Rwanda’s top prosecutor said.

But the former manager, Paul Rusesabagina, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he hasn’t sent any money to Rwanda in years, and that the government is launching a smear campaign against him because he has opposed President Paul Kagame in the past.

Rwanda’s top prosecutor, Martin Ngoga, said Rusesabagina helped finance what he described as terrorist activities in Rwanda by helping fund commanders with the FDLR, or Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. No formal charges have yet been filed.

Ngoga said he is asking U.S. officials for assistance in gathering evidence. Some of the financial transactions he alleges were criminal originated in San Antonio, Texas. Rusesabagina has a house in Texas but said he has never sent money to Burundi or Tanzania as is alleged by Ngoga.

“Those who want to continue considering him as a hero can go on,” Ngoga told a news conference late Tuesday. “We consider him a serious criminal suspect who has been financing FDLR and we are challenging whoever speaks on his behalf to tell us whether he never sent money to these FDLR commanders we have in custody.”

After his story was publicized in “Hotel Rwanda,” Rusesabagina was hailed as a hero around the world. Former U.S. President George W. Bush gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest civilian honour in the U.S.

However, the government of Rwanda did not view him as a hero after Rusesabagina began criticizing the regime of Kagame, who has since called Rusesabagina a “manufactured hero,” according to Terry George, the director of “Hotel Rwanda.”

Rusesabagina, 56, who was released from a hospital operation last week to find that his home in Brussels, Belgium had been broken into and documents stolen, says he has done nothing wrong.

“It is the latest step in a campaign against me by the Rwandan government that has included public insults, lies and physical harassment,” Rusesabagina said.

“My foundation is advocating for a truth, justice and reconciliation process to try to foster sustainable peace in Rwanda … but anyone who opposes Kagame inside or outside the country is treated with this kind of harassment.”

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Writer Arundhati Roy May Be Arrested For Sedition After Kashmir Remarks

by JJ Sutherland

Indian police have been given the go ahead to press sedition charges against author and activist Arundhati Roy. Roy has given speeches in recent days in favor of Kashmiri separatism, the Times of India reports.

Roy, the Booker Prize winning author, had said “Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this.”

Some Indian politicians are demanding that Roy be arrested and tried. But the Economic Times says the case may not go forward.

It is not enough to accuse her of creating ‘‘disaffection or feelings of enmity against the government’’. If they book a sedition case against writer Arundhati Roy , the police will have to prove that her speeches on Kashmir, according to the law laid down by the Supreme Court , were an ‘‘ incitement to public disorder or the use of violence’’.

Roy herself issued a statement from Kashmir condemning what she calls a “brutal military occupation.”

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Attack on MoveOn worker is just the latest example of right-wing violence

From Media Matters for America:

October 26, 2010 8:23 pm ET

Attack on MoveOn worker was the latest in string of violence and threats against progressives

White powder and swastikas mailed to Rep. Grijalva. On October 21, an envelope containing “a plastic bag of white powder and two pieces of paper with swastikas written on them” was reportedly mailed to Rep. Raul Grijalva’s (D-AZ) campaign office. The powder was determined to be non-toxic.

Byron Williams set out to kill people at Tides Foundation and ACLU. On July 18, Byron Williams was stopped by California Highway Patrol and engaged in a shootout with law enforcement. He later said he planned to murder individuals at the Tides Foundation and ACLU and his mother said he was angry about “Congress railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.” As reporter John Hamilton documented, Williams said he saw Fox News’ Glenn Beck as “a schoolteacher” and that “it was the things [Beck] exposed that blew my mind.” Indeed, the gunman, Byron Williams, was driven by belief in conspiracy theories that have been pushed by Beck and other members of the right-wing media.

AZ federal judge threatened, Grijalva office fired on after ruling on AZ immigration law. Politico reported in July:

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These are not the actions of a legitimate Political Party.  These are the actions of Nazi Thugs.

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Rand Paul’s Goon says he hit victim because of back problems, and now seeks apology

OOOOh…  Break out the world’s smallest violin.  Rand Paul’s neo-Brown shirt Thug has a sore back and a lame asses excuse for aggravated assault.  Maybe he should add in the part about his having erectile dysfunction.

From Raw Story:

By Raw Story
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 — 8:59 am

Tim Profitt, the Kentucky man and Rand Paul supporter who was featured in videos stomping on the head of a activist, is now blaming a bad back in his decision to attack the liberal activist — and says he wants an apology. Via TPM:

Tim Profitt — the former Rand Paul volunteer who stomped on the head of a MoveOn activist — told told local CBS station WKYT that he wants an apology from the woman he stomped and that she started the whole thing.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Profitt said. “I would like for her to apologize to me to be honest with you.”

“She’s a professional at what she does,” Profitt added, “and I think when all the facts come out, I think people will see that she was the one that initiated the whole thing.”

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This says so much about the right wing  neo-Nazis of the American Taliban it isn’t funny.  Perhaps the next thing they will suggest is the stoning of rape victims and un-wed mothers.


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Kucinich to liberals: Vote or surrender to the ‘forces of nihilism’

Raw Story:

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 — 8:34 am


WASHINGTON – As Democrats fear a wave of losses in next Tuesday’s elections, due in part to a lack of enthusiasm within their base, one progressive champion made an impassioned plea for liberals to head to the polls and and vote.

“We can get out there and make our voices heard, or we can let the forces of nihilism take over,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) told Raw Story in an exclusive interview late Tuesday afternoon.

The Cleveland Democrat warned progressives that a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives – a likely scenario, according to election experts – could surrender the levers of power to “megalomaniacal neoconservatives who are more in need of mental attention.”

“There’s no question about it,” he said. “We have to vote.”

Kucinich, a seven-term congressman who seems to be in no danger, sympathized with liberals who are disenchanted with the Democratic Party, but insisted they must “work within the system” to achieve the results they want, arguing that tuning out wasn’t a better solution.

“I would never try to minimize their concerns. I understand them,” he said. “I wish we had broader options. I certainly don’t like our political system, but I’m not prepared to walk away.”

If there’s anyone in Congress who shares liberal misgivings about the Obama administration, it’s Kucinich. From health care to the economy to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he has been outspoken about his criticisms. “But this election is a choice,” he said.

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Republicans are either Liars or Morons

How can you tell a Republican is a lying racist, misogynist, queer hating sack of chicken shit?

When you call them on giving money to racist, misogynistic, queer hating candidates the go, “Oh no..  I..I.. am only doing it because they are the party of Fiscal Responsability.”

Then you know you are talking to some one who is either a liar or a moron.

Outside of possibly Eisenhower there has never once been a fiscally responsible Republican.

Every single one of them has raped the working people (possible exceptions Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower) in order to transfer wealth up wards from the poor to the rich.

Who gets us into major Depressions?  Republicans…  Hoover…  Bush Jr. …  Nixon’s policies brought us 17% home loans and rampant inflation that poor Gerry Ford was saddled with and Jimmy Carter too.

Under Reagan and Bush Sr. we had double digit unemployment and the recession of 1982, the crash of 1987, plus the Savings and Loan Debacle brought on by deregulation.

For all his flaws Bill Clinton was Fiscally Responsable.  That’s because Democrats are fiscally responsible.

That disgusting excuse for a candidate in California, the clone of Arnie, Meg Whitman prattles on about how when she came to California 30 years ago it was so great.

Jerry Brown was governor then and the impact of the Republican sponsored Prop 13 hadn’t yet destroyed the state.

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