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Voices of Zaire: Rhetoric of Reality?

Voices of Zaire: Rhetoric of Reality?
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Since 1975 governments in developing nations have been responsible for, directly or indirectly, the political killings of hundreds of thousands of people. Opponents of these regimes are often illegally detained or tortured prior to being executed. Sometimes the murders are the result of decisions made at the highest levels of state. At other times government officials either decline to investigate or to take steps to halt additional killings.

Some of these nations, such as pro-West Zaire, are of strategic value to the United States. How, therefore, should Washington respond to documented evidence of gross human rights violations and overwhelming evidence of corruption there? Should geo-strategic considerations outweigh moral concerns? Mobutu Sese Seko, Zaire’s leader, has been in power for twenty-four years. He is an American ally in a part of the world not traditionally supportive of U.S. foreign policy. But his critics claim that his human rights record and extraordinary corruption, even by third world standards, make him an embarrassment to the U.S.A. A 1987 visit to Zaire by Amnesty International, a human rights monitoring organization, added substance to these accusations. Yet, at the same time, some improvements were noted for which he deserves credit.

The editors of this volume asked for and received a no-holds-barred interview with Mobutu. They spent ten days with him, in the longest and most comprehensive interview he has ever granted. This, and those with other high Zairian officials, makes compelling reading for everyone concerned with human rights in general and with Zaire in particular.

Table of Contents

Zaire: A Chronology

1. The Lion and the Fox
An Interview with Mobutu Sese Seko
2. A Political and Personal Assessment
An Interview with Nguz a Karl-i-Bond
3. Human Rights and Democratic Rule
An Interview with Nimy Mayidika Ngimbi
4. The One-Party Alternative
An Interview with Koyagialo Ngbase te Gerengbo
5. A Diplomatic View
An Interview with Mushobekwa Kalimba wa Katana
6. New Game, Same Players
An Interview with Ngalula Mpandanjila
7. An Opposition Voice
An Interview with Etienne Tshiseked.i wa Mulumba
8. Zaire Without Mobutu
An Interview with Nzongola-Ntalaja
9. Mobutu Sese Seko

About the Editors

DR. JEFFREY M. ELLIOT is professor of political science at North Carolina Central University and a specialist in American politics and government, international relations, and civil rights and civil liberties. A prodigious writer, he has authored over 60 books and 500 articles, reviews, and interviews. His work has appeared in more than 250 publications, both in the United States and abroad, and has been nominated for nearly 100 literary awards. Major book titles include: The Dictionary of Arms Control, Disarmament, and Military Security (ABCClio, 1989), The Third World (Dushkin Publishing Group, 1989), Urban Society (Dushkin Publishing Group, 1989), Conversations with Maya Angelou (University Press of Mississippi, 1989), The State and Local Government Political Dictionary (ABC-Clio, 1987), Fidel Castro: Nothing Can Stop the Course of History (Pathfinder Press, 1986), Black Voices in American Politics
(Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985), The Presidential-Congressional Political Dictionary (ABC-Clio, 1984), and Tempest in a Teapot:The Falkland Islands War (Borgo Press, 1983).

A free-lance journalist, Dr. Elliot has interviewed over 350 nationally and internationally known figures in American politics and world affairs. In addition to his academic duties, he serves as Distinguished Adviser on Foreign Affairs to Congressman Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Calif.), editor of six journals, consultant to the American Civil Liberties Union, and chairman of a special statewide task force on the problems of juvenile offenders.

MERVYN M. DYMALLY (D-Calif) was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1980 from the 31st Congressional District, which is located in southern Los Angeles County. A native of Trinidad, West Indies, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from California State University Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in Government from California State University-Sacramento, and a Doctor of Philosophy in human behavior from United States International University. As a recognized authority in international relations, Congressman Dymally has traveled to every continent and met with dozens of world leaders. He is an expert in Caribbean affairs, science and technology, and educational opportunity, and has authored or co-authored six books and over 20 articles.

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