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Conflict has continued in eastern DRC for two decades, since “Africa's world war” following the overthrow of kleptocrat dictator Mobutu Sese Seko sucked in nine national armies and killed more than five million people. But recently violence has surged elsewhere, some of it in previously peaceful areas, ...
The spectacular corruption that typified many liberation-warriors-turned-authoritarians of Mugabe's generation was perhaps best exemplified by Mobutu Sese Seko of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which he renamed Zaire. He was believed to have embezzled billions of dollars in national funds.

It was (in)famously launched in a speech delivered by president Mobutu Sese Seko in 1976 in which he famously encouraged his civil servants to 'steal cleverly': If you want to steal, steal a little cleverly, in a nice way. Only if you steal so much as to become rich overnight, you will be caught. The speech ...
Oquaye as a dictator and comparing him to despots like Uganda's Idi Amin and the DR Congo's Mobutu Sese Seko. “I keep repeating that civil society should be interested in how the Speaker is conducting himself. It is so terrible… We have rules. As for listening to us, you listen, make your ruling and if we ...
The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, has accused the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye of being a threat to Ghana's democracy saying “Mobutu [Sese Seko] or even Idi Amin will not behave the way he is doing.” According to Muntaka, the Speaker has on several occasions refused to ...
Among his former clients were a series of U.S.-backed foreign dictators and military leaders, all now dead, including Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire and Jonas Savimbi in Angola. Tony Podesta, a Democratic power broker who ran one of Washington's most successful ...

The Forrest Group has weathered independence, the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko, the coup of Laurent Kabila and the ongoing uncertainty under his son, current president, Joseph Kabila. Amnesty International has accused the group of illegally bulldozing, which the group denies (pdf), while a Wikileaks ...
To understand the original war, consider this outrageously oversimplified analogy. Imagine a giant house whose timbers are rotten. That was the Congolese state under Mobutu Sese Seko, the kleptocratic tyrant who ruled from 1965 to 1997. Next, imagine a cannonball that brings the house crashing down.
Back in the early 1990s, what was then Zaire was feeling its way towards life without strongman Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the country from 1965 to 1997. A transitional “High Council of the Republic” needed someone with moral authority and a reputation for independence to lead the process of drafting ...
He and forces he marshaled had a hand in the overthrow the repressive regimes of Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire (now DRC), Idi Amin's Uganda, and Amin's successor and Museveni's own predecessor: Prime Minister Milton Obote. Museveni's National Resistance Army took part in the rebellion against Obote ...
He pointed out that authoritarian regimes could be "either very good or very bad" at running economies, citing the example of Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of Singapore who turned the small island state into a thriving economy, and Mobutu Sese Seko, the former president and dictator of Zaire ...
His father succeeded the notorious Mobutu Sese Seko, driven out in 1997. There is some thought, at least in Africa, with Zimbabwe's Robert G. Mugabe and South Africa's Jacob Zuma having been forced out in recent months, that Mr. Kabila will be the next to go in a major African country. There is no ...
Zaire takes its title from the former name of Rychus' country of descent - the Democratic Republic of Congo. Former president Laurent Desire Kabila changed the name in 1997 after overthrowing Mobutu Sese Seko. Explaining the rationale behind the name, he said: “Currently the country is like a war zone.
Zaire '74 juxtaposed Black Power and Soul Power with dictator Mobutu Sese Seko's violent campaigns to consolidate Zairean nationalism. For their part, Masekela and Levine orchestrated the event to create a deliberately crafted transatlantic dialogue between Latino, African American and continental ...
While Cuba and the Soviet Union supported MPLA, Mobutu Sese Seko, the CIA and South Africa's apartheid regime supported FNLA and UNITA. Nigeria initially supported OAU's position calling for a government of national unity. As we learnt later, it was the Inspector General of Police MD Yusuf who ...
I ASKED my followers on Twitter: Why is Qatar playing the troublemaker in our region? Most respondents thought it was a psychological issue. I agree. Qatari leaders are too much aware of their small size. The total number of Qataris is around 300,000, including thousand of nationalized foreigners.
"Zaire '74" juxtaposed Black Power and Soul Power with dictator Mobutu Sese Seko's violent campaigns to consolidate Zairean nationalism. For their part, Masekela and Levine orchestrated the event to create a deliberately crafted transatlantic dialogue between Latino, African-American and continental ...

I ASKED my followers on Twitter: Why is Qatar playing the troublemaker in our region? Most respondents thought it was a psychological issue. I agree. Qatari leaders are too much aware of their small size. The total number of Qataris is around 300,000, including thousand of nationalized foreigners.
1995: Erickson Associates discloses a $30,000 contract to lobby for Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko to be allowed into the United States. Mobutu's visa request is denied because of concerns about the brutal and dictatorial nature of his regime. 1996: Incorporates Compass Care Inc. in South Dakota to ...
Mugabe's troops had first arrived in the Congo as part of the 1997 uprising/invasion which finally deposed the egregious strongman Mobutu Sese Seko, who for 32 bloodstained years had manipulated ethnic and regional divisions while embezzling mineral wealth on a scale that Mugabe can only have ...
... the 1980s with corrupt dictators who paid him large sums to wash the blood from their hands. His clients included Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mobutu Sese Seko in what was then Zaire, and now he was peddling Yanukovych as a serious politician in the battle against rival Yulia Tymoshenko.
Back in the early 1990s, what was then Zaire was feeling its way towards life without strongman Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the country from 1965 to 1997. A transitional “High Council of the Republic” needed someone with moral authority and a reputation for independence to lead the process of drafting ...
As such, like Ferdinand Marcos, Mobutu Sese Seko, and the caste of global kleptocrats before him, Duvalier turned northward. To Geneva. To Paris. To New York. In each Western locale, Baby Doc was greeted with open arms and new opportunities to hide his stolen riches. One luxury apartment in New ...
He and forces he marshaled had a hand in the overthrow the repressive regimes of Mobutu Sese Seko Zaire (now DRC), Idi Amin's Uganda, and Amin's successor and Museveni's own predecessor: Prime Minister Milton Obote. Museveni's National Resistance Army took part in the rebellion against Obote ...
In fact, when I was growing up, my dad used to call me 'Mobutu' – after the popular Mobutu Sese Seko because of my plumpness. I like discipline because I was brought up that way. I like authority because of my desire to use it to ensure greater good. I don't like people trampling on others' right. I don't like ...
It included Rwandan and Ugandan forces and Congolese Tutsis from the Banyamulenge community, who had been marginalized for years. In May 1997, the rebels reached Kinshasa and toppled the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, who had been in office for more than three decades. That ended what became ...
From 1965 to 1997, it endured 33 years of dictatorship under Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko. Newsletter. Get the latest from La Croix International. Sign up to receive our daily newsletter. Solidarity Fund. At La Croix International viewing what matters in the world through a Catholic lens is our passion.
Born into a royal family in the Sakata tribe in 1939, Monsengwo played a major role in forcing dictator Mobutu Sese Seko into moving the country towards a multi-party democracy. He also was an outspoken critic of the violence that for decades has swept through parts of DRC, including civil wars that left ...
The attack on his compound in North Kivu is merely the latest evidence of worsening security in the east, the birthplace of his father's Rwandan-sponsored rebellion against Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. Earlier in December, 15 UN peacekeepers were killed in a single attack blamed on the Allied Democratic ...
Images captured by Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer John Wessel's show the ruins of one of Africa's most famous dictators – President Mobutu Sese Seko. Labelled "Versailles of the Jungle" by Western observers, the palace complex featured swimming pools, a night club, a four-star hotel and ...
... in Rabat as the resting place of Mobutu Sese Seko, the self-styled "King of Zaire". The late dictator of the vast African country, renamed Democratic Republic of Congo after his overthrow, is buried in the European cemetery of the Moroccan capital without the fanfare associated with Mobutu during his rule.
Born into a royal family in the Sakata tribe in 1939, Monsengwo first became known for playing a major role in forcing dictator Mobutu Sese Seko into moving the country - which was known as Zaire from 1971 to 1997 - towards a multi-party democracy. Monsengwo was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict ...
Laurent overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled the resource-rich country with an iron fist for more than 30 years. Lacroix said the elections postponement sparked violent protests. He condemned the response of the country's security forces who tried to quell the protests using live ammunition, rubber ...
Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa. By Paul Kenyon. Head of Zeus; 480 pages; £25. To be published in America in autumn 2018. IF THERE is one thing Westerners remember about the Zaire of Mobutu Sese Seko, its longtime former dictator, it is the “Rumble in the Jungle”, a heavyweight boxing match ...
In 1997, General Laurent Kabila was celebrated as a revolutionary leader after he overthrew another Congolese dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko ...
Then President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko speaks to the press at his Palace in Kinshasa in April 1997. Mobutu seized power in a military coup ...
... of Mugabe's generation was perhaps best exemplified by Mobutu Sese Seko of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which he renamed Zaire.
While Mobutu Sese Seko, who was known as Colonel Joseph Mobutu before he changed his name to sound more African, was equally ...
This was the route taken by the venal Mobutu Sese Seko in Congo. Nowhere has this been perfected into an art form in Africa than in Egypt.
On the wall are portraits of successive Congolese leaders Mobutu Sese Seko (1965-1997), Laurent Kabila (1997-2001) and his son Joseph ...
... including the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (then Zaire's) Mobutu Sese Seko, the Philippines' Ferdinand Marcos and Somalia's Siad ...
... the regime -- as they did in 1997, when Kabila's father, Laurent Kabila, overthrew president Mobutu Sese Seko with help from Rwanda.
... Savimbi, Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, Ferdinand Marco of the Philippines and the ex-pro-Russian Ukrainian leader Vitor Yanukovitch.
... flashy lifestyle and his willingness to take on less-than-savory clients, such as Democratic Republic of Congo's dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko.
Mobutu Sese Seko, whose kleptocratic legacy still lingers throughout central Africa, also looked to Manafort's team to hobnob in Washington, ...
The level of damage that Mobutu Sese Seko inflicted on the Democratic Republic of Congo is unprecedented. His greed and insanity were above the ...
... world tour in 1971 singing the praises of thuggish dictators like Lee Kuan Yew, Haile Selassie, Jomo Kenyatta, Mobutu Sese Seko and Gen.
... Belgian colonialism, corruption under dictator Mobutu Sese Seko during the Cold War and instability resulting from the Rwandan Genocide ...
... Crisis Group this week compared the situation in Zimbabwe to the final months of former Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko, who was driven ...
... brought to power Patrice Lumumba ended abruptly with his assassination and almost 30 years of dictatorship under Mobutu Sese Seko.


 

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