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Many years ago I attempted to read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a story set in what was known in the late 19th century as the Congo Free State – "free" hardly being the word for what was a personal fiefdom of King Leopold of Belgium. I had to abandon the book at the point where Marlow, the narrator, describes a scene where Africans who had been forced into labour on a railway line lay spent, diseased and dying under the trees. “The horror” (Kurtz’s famous last words) got to me.
Ever since the colonial period, and despite gaining independence as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the resource-rich country has been a byword for international manipulation, exploitation, internal corruption and bloody civil wars. And now violence threatens the long-suffering citizens of the country again, as Mathew Otieno writes in today’s lead article. His outline of the history of the Congo tends to confirm that self-interested Western interventions can take a lot of the blame for its continuing troubles.

The Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, Ignatius Joseph III Younan, has a similar complaint about his country.
Are we learning anything from the toll of suffering that mounts in the war-torn regions of the world?

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,

Congo could become a warzone again
By Mathew Otieno
Joseph Kabila’s attempts to overstay his presidential mandate has the country on the edge
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Pleading the cause of Middle East Christians
By Ignatius Youssef III Younan
A Syrian Catholic patriarch describes the campaign to drive Christians from their homelands
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Unravelling ‘recovered memories’
By Denyse O'Leary
Transgender tots? Part II: How did cognitive psychologists go about unravelling the increasingly frenzied stories?
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‘Sweet Land of Liberty’: Colin Kaepernick and freedom of speech
By Thomas Ascik
Football celebrity Kaepernick is no Martin Luther King or Jackie Robinson.
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What to do in Post-Truth Politics?
By Ray Pennings
God used Cyrus to help his people. He used rulers to punish His people.
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A tribute to A.A. Milne
By Susan Reibel Moore
Pooh at 90 still enthralls!
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Single? Then you are labouring under a disability!
By Marcus Roberts
According to the WHO in its infinite wisdom.
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Can Hollywood improve on the 1959 version of Ben-Hur?
By Juan Orellana
The classic tale of revenge and redemption has been adapted for contemporary viewers
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What would life be like without amazement, wonder and awe?
By Margaret Somerville
We need them to give us hope
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A parent’s love
By Charbel Najem
A first-time father begins to understand his own parents.
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