Magazine article New Internationalist

Bad News

Magazine article New Internationalist

Bad News

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Bad News by Anjan sundaram (Bloomsbury, ISBN 9781408866450)

When Paul Kagame took power in Rwanda following the 1994 massacre, there was tentative hope that, under his leadership, the country's traumatized people could rebuild their shattered nation. Articulate and mild-mannered, Kagame was just the sort of 'moderate' African leader the West craved. Foreign aid poured in as Rwanda became the poster-child for what could be achieved by targeted aid and a compliant regime. Two decades on and, with an increasingly repressive Kagame bowing to 'popular demand' that he stand for a third presidential term, such hopes seem forlorn and naïve.

Freelance journalist Anjan Sundaram brings us the bad news from the sharp end of a deteriorating situation in Rwanda. Teaching in a Western-funded programme to train journalists, he was in an ideal position to observe firsthand the crackdown on the media and the increasing paranoia and violence of a ruling clique. …

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