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The Congo: Plunder and Resistance
Since well before Henry Morgan Stanley's fabled encounter with David Livingstone on the shore on Lake Tanganyika in the late 19th century and his subsequent collaboration with King Leopold of Belgium in looting the country of its mineral wealth, the Congo's history has been one of collaboration by a minority with, and struggle by the majority against, Western intervention. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 4th 2006 by Zed Books
(first published February 1st 2006)
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"One observer, Staelens, was reported in the Belgian newspaper La Relève as saying, Independence was never intended to be anything but ‘purely fictitious and nominal’. Financial circles believed, our political circles were more naïve than anything, that it would be enough to give a few Congolese leaders the title of ‘Mister’ or ‘Deputy’ with decorations, luxury motor-cars, big salaries and splendid houses in the European quarter, in order to put a definite stop to the emancipation movement which ...more
A clear, concise overview of the past century of Western interference in the Congo. While people have become more familiar with the literal "Heart of Darkness" the Belgians created in the early 20th century, a similar treatise has been needed to deal with the post-World Wars era. The most valuable part is its insistence on drawing back the veil thrown over the so-called "ethnic killings", such as the CIA's murder of Patrice Lumumba, Uganda and Rwanda's plunder of the region's gold, and the curre ...more