To Orwell Today,
re: previous emails about Kagame's heroism

Dear Jackie,

You still can't open your eyes. I am starting to judge how much you are educated or your reason on writing so much things about some body you never seen or visit. How much poor are you that you can't afford your ticket to rwanda? If you really want to know the truth and the real rwanda. are you afraid? I am an university student here in rwanda, we could arrange and pay your ticket to come and have a look of our home land.

If some body told you that you don't know the difference of URURO n' ICYATSI means that you are too young (brain) to understand the situation. If you translate in english you will say: "The difference of wheat and grass". I don't think you get it. It's used mostly in rural area, where they plant wheat. As you know after plantation of wheat they go back to choose between wheat and grass, then take away the grass. Is not easy to find the grass since young wheat plants look like a normal grass. I hope you got it.

God bless you.

Greetings Nihao,

Thank you for explaining what URURO n' ICYATSI means which is, in other words, separating the good from the bad, the truth from the lie, the wheat from the grass, the ururo from the icyatsi.

Actually my eyes are open regarding Rwanda because I keep up-to-date on the news from your country and I don't have to travel there to understand what's going on. And I don't have to meet or see Kagame to know whether he is a good or bad leader. Just like I don't have to meet Mugabe or Idi Amin or any other leader from Africa or elsewhere in the world to know whether he is a tyrant or a man "of the people, by the people, for the people". I am not aware of any decent leader in Africa other than Paul Kagame, and I can't name a leader in the Western or Eastern worlds either that inspires admiration from me.

I am not like most North Americans who know only the Hollywood version of the Hutu hotel hero or Senator D'Allaire who they also name a hero, or Nelson Mandela who the government of Canada makes into a super-hero, despite his Corporate Communism.

You say I must be poor not to be able to pay the ticket to Rwanda but actually it is not cheap from where I live, unless you call $5,000 a small amount of money. Here in Canada we are not all millionaires or on the government payroll.

Rwandan-grown coffee that your farmers get $1.28 a pound for costs us $32.00 a pound here. I just read in yesterday's news that the global chain Starbucks will start selling it soon. Although I never go to Starbucks because it is too expensive, I will make an exception when the Rwandan coffee arrives and I'll enjoy a cup and think of all of you.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

PS - Thank-you for you and your friends offering to pay my ticket but that is not necessary. But if by some chance I do come to Rwanda I will let you know and you can show me the ururo n' icyatsi.

PPS - A ticket wouldn't be much use right now because Brussels has cut off Rwanda's air links to Europe. BBC, Feb 28, 2006

RUSESABAGINA RAVES RE RWANDA (Reader Michael says Rusesabagina invited to give presentation in University in the US)

Rusesabagina says Rwanda smearing him (accused of profiting from genocide) & Hotel Rwanda hero at Lake Superior U (talking discrimination & complacency). Soo/SaultStar, Oct 31, 2008. Go to 17.Falsification of Past

HOLLYWOOD RWANDA TUTSI GENOCIDE, review of book by Alfred Ndahiro & Privat Rutazibwa

HOTEL RWANDA HERO'S BOOK, review of book by Paul Rusesabagina

Hotel Rwanda movie sparks public feud (heroism of Rusesabagina vs Kagame). National Post, Apr 29, 2008

RUSESABAGINA IMPOSTA RWANDA (reader Sharangabo says Rusesabagina of Hotel Mille Collines may be an impostor or a genius)

HOTEL RWANDA HERO HOAX (reader Richard wonders if Rusesabagina of "Hotel Rwanda" fame is being used as a genocidaire front man)

Huge turnout for Hotel Rwanda hero (accused of destabilizing government) & Rusesabagina's Rwanda charity a hoax (money used to enrich himself). EmoryUniv/NewTimes, Oct 23, 2007

HOTEL HERO NOT ORDINARY (reader watched the movie and wants to learn more)

Rwanda: Rusesabagina, Genocide and Identity Politics. American Chronicle, Jan 16, 2007
...A year ago, in his autobiography, Rusesabagina tested the public opinion waters when he said that Rwanda was controlled by a Tutsi elite and any Hutu who cooperated with the Tutsi was "an empty suit". At the time, I found this statement highly offensive and insulting to all Rwandans who are trying to rebuild their country. I asked many people one question: "What would you think if someone was touring Germany 12 years after the holocaust and said that Jews once again run Germany and that any good German who cooperates is not worth anything."...

"Hotel Rwanda" hero fears new killings (says Tutsis will genocide Hutus). Reuters, Jan 11, 2007


Mixed perceptions of Heroes' Day (February 1 will be public holiday). NewTimes, Feb 2, 2006
"...The dead people and the living gallant soldiers contributed a lot to Rwanda's liberation from the past political turmoils the country experienced. Heroism should not be a reserve of the dead only; even the living ones need recognition and praise." But to Maria Mukankomeje, 45, a resident of Gikondo,the only person she regards as a hero is H.E Paul Kagame, because he rescued them from the Interahamwe and helped create peace and stability in the country.

"Hotel Rwanda" Rusesabagina no hero. All Africa, New Times Kigali, Mar 1, 2006
..."Rusesabagina came in as a businessman who threw out whoever failed to pay for the room. He sacrificed nothing. He was just managing a hotel in a way that did not reflect the presence of a crisis..."

Genocide survivors criticise "Hotel Rwanda" ("nothing but fiction"). AngolaPress, Feb 26, 2006
"Paul Rusesabagina is not a film actor but rather a real politician because he tries to apologise and negate the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi," remaraked François Ngarambe, who heads the NGO Ibuka (Remember), one of the leading organisations of genocide survivors. "It is difficult to say that the objective of this film was to explain the genocide because of the diabolization of the Tutsis and the demarcation of certain Hutus from the genocide ideology,"... Nagarambe accused Rusesabagina of engaging in deliberate distortions by avoiding certain key events behind the genocide in which more than 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred.

Starbucks to offer Rwandan-grown coffee, ABC News, Feb 28, 2006
...He would not disclose how much Rwandan farmers were paid for their Starbucks beans, but said the company pays a global average of $1.28 per pound to its producers, and follows green coffee purchasing guidelines that reward performance in several environmental and social categories...Rwanda Blue Bourbon is the company's 10th variety in the Black Apron Exclusives line of high-end coffees produced in limited quantities. Half-pound fuchsia foil bags in decorative black boxes will sell for $12 in the United States and $16 in Canada, beginning March 13.

Reader apologizes for Rwandan compatriots who repeat the tired refrain of genocide apologists

16.Ministry of Truth (Lies) and 17.Falsification of Past and 9.Keeping Masses Down and 10.Rulers



Jackie Jura
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