If you are interested in more detail on the conflict in Congo, you must regularly visit Congo Siasa. It is maintained by Jason Stearns, an American who has worked for the UN, MONUC and other agencies in the region. His book, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, details in depth the recent tragic history of Congo.

It appears that Rwanda and Congo are now effectively at war with the M23 military rebellion being most active just north of Goma.  The Western press seems to be giving Rwanda a free pass on their aggressions in Congo even though a biting UN report has condemned Rwandan activity.  Although Rwanda denies most of the claims, Western countries are cancelling military aid to Rwanda and postponing development aid until the situation is clearer.  Meanwhile, many reports are indicating that tensions and fighting have increased throughout the Kivus and Ituri (Orientale) in Congo’s north east.