Newsweek January 18, 2013

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PAUL KAGAME, WAR CRIMINAL? This is such an important, accessible piece by Howard French. There have been a considerable number of investigations-by the U.N., Human Rights Watch, scholars such as Alison Des Forges, Scott Straus, Gerard Prunier, Rene Lemarchand, Filip Reyntjens, David and Catharine Newbury, and many others. Decisions by the Dutch, the U.S., the U.K., and other funders over the years to pull out of Rwanda or to raise serious concerns about their funding or work in country should be evaluated critically by all citizens. The documentation regarding the abuses of the RPF against people with in Rwanda and the DRC exists. The kind of “common sense” denial that is defensively articulated by the RPF’s greatest supporters is reminiscent of those who argue global warming does not exist. For those…

that speech

SHE LAST directed a f i lm called The Beaver, in which Mel Gibson communicates through a rodent hand puppet, but this didn’t deter Golden Globes judges from presenting actress Jodie Foster with the 2013 Cecil B. DeMille Award, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” In a show of appreciation, Foster treated 20 million television viewers to a rambling, seven-minute acceptance speech during which she probably came out of the closet, possibly retired from acting, and surely confused her fans. Within minutes, the Twitter brigades were parsing Foster’s every on-stage utterance. Journalists spoke effusively of her “bravery”(Chicago Sun-Times) and her “strength and courage to be authentic” (The Huffmgton Post). During her sermon, NBC cameras hunted for weepy stars-this was a cultural moment-training them on Kate Hudson, Emily…

leading the way

HEADS HELD high, bursting with pride at accomplishing what they had believed to be impossible, the tens of thousands who had followed Tahirul Qadri on his long march to Islamabad dispersed Thursday night, marking an end to a sit-in that had paralyzed Pakistan’s federal capital for four days. The Canadian-Pakistani lawyer turned cleric had set forth from Lahore on Jan. 13 and arrived in Islamabad a day and a half later. Setting up camp in front of Parliament House, he and his followers could not be ignored. After a two-day sit-in, Qadri finally gave a Castro-length speech describing the government as a “band of crooks.” He encouraged his followers to stand their ground, asking them to swear on the Quran that they would stay put and told them: “If you leave now,…

david rodriguez

LAST WEEK, French forces unleashed an air campaign in Mali, amidst reports that Islamists were close to overrunning the government. (U.S. military sources tell Newsweek that the Pentagon is helping to provide intelligence support, although the Obama administration is not advertising that fact.) Then, a few days later, a group affiliated with al Qaeda took hostages-including several Americans-at a gas field in eastern Algeria. Soon, the Algerian government was storming the facility. In other words: welcome to your new job, David Rodriguez. Back in October, President Obama nominated the 58-year-old general to take over U.S. Africa Command. Rodriguez is still awaiting confirmation by the Senate, but once installed he’ll inherit responsibility for what increasingly looks like the central front in the war on terror. An imposing 6-foot-5 man who played defensive end…

facebook grows up

“COME AND see what we’re building,” read the invitation to the press, who were summoned to the headquarters of Facebook on Jan. 15. At 1 p.m. ET, the ADD-addled media-along with much of the technology world-focused intently on Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement of a new feature: Graph Search, which allows users to scour Facebook for products, services, and places that people in their network like and “like.” Too frequently, Facebook presents as a gangly adolescent. Zuckerberg, naturally, showed up for the announcement in a gray hoodie. But Graph Search is a sign of maturity. At present Facebook offers its users a messy, unfiltered stream of shared material. Graph Search will organize all the photos, opinions, and knowledge on Facebook, much as Google does for the Web at large. Type in a…

breathless in beijing

“KILLER SMOG” has overtaken the Chinese capital. Authorities blamed the shockingly high pollution levels-the worst since records began four years ago-on not only vehicle exhaust but also dust from construction sites and a rare period of unusually cold weather, which prompted people to burn more coal to stay warm. One big problem is the rapid growth of car ownership in Beijing, from about 3 million during the 2008 Olympics to more than 5 million today. In a bid to clean up the city’s pollution for the 2008 Games, officials instituted stringent restrictions on car usage: on any given workday, based on the last digit of the license-plate numbers, half the registered vehicles had to stay off the roads. The pollution lifted significantly for the Games, and a lesser form of…