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U.N.-Backed Congolese Troops Accused of Rape

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Rebel militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo carried out mass rapes in the eastern part of the country in July and August Now UN-backed Congolese "peacekeeping" troops are being accused of murdering and raping villagers in the same area So who are the good guys, again?.

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When the Department of Homeland Security released a cautiously worded report on the potential dangers of right-wing extremism last April, the talk-radio wingnuts and certain Republican lawmakers went into spasms of indignation.

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Hold on to your latte, there are some seriously pissed-off white Americans out there who are not happy with the way things are going -- and they're armed. Truthdig's Chris Hedges leads this tour of "Americana: The 2nd Revolutionary War."

David Rieff on 'Africa's World War'
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Why does the Darfur violence arouse outrage but the slaughter of millions more in Congo does not? An indispensable new book by Gerard Prunier attempts an answer by combining cool analysis and scholarly dispassion without losing sight of the horror of its subject.

Baghdad Behind Walls
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Walls have become ubiquitous in Baghdad, a place where barricades keep militias from one another and hungry shoppers from the nearest kebab. As Iraqis struggle with sovereignty, the barriers are a constant reminder of the American military occupation.

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After winning one round of elections (perhaps outright), Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's challenger has dropped out of the race, citing rampant government interference and the abuse and murder of his supporters by militias loyal to Mugabe. "We have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process," said Morgan Tsvangirai.

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