[Mansa-l] Current Affairs in Guinea/La Situation Présente en Guinée/Lagine Sisannalama

Joseph Hellweg joehellweg at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 3 15:08:21 CDT 2009


I returned from Guinea on August 1 after spending nine months in Kankan. I was teaching and doing research there through the University of Kankan on a Fulbright. 
I was in Kankan during the coup of December 23, 2008. I subsequently saw President Camara on television numerous times. I watched once as he listened to public confessions of guilt by drug traffickers. He then promised them, to my astonishment, "fair trials." He sat impassively throughout in his trademark fatigues, red beret, and sunglasses. He sat on the same ubiquitous couch that seems to follow him to every one of his speaking engagements. He begins his talks quietly, gradually building in volume and intensity until they become harangues and diatribes. As the media has noted, Guineans refer derisively to these events as the "le Dadis show."
The President's training in Germany prepared him on June 10 to dress down publicly the German ambassador--in German (http://www.panapress.com/paysindexlat.asp?codepays=eng023&page=2). The ambassador was representing the European Union in asking for more precise details about promised presidential elections. Camara eventually apologized for his remarks; he is no diplomat. But he is good at getting others to do his dirty work and casting a blind eye to their misdeeds. In June, Capt. Moussa Tiegboro Camara, appointed to fight drug trafficking and criminality, urged Guineans to burn alive bandits caught committing armed robberies and to form vigilante groups against crime (http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSTRE5515SW20090602). The President made no attempt to correct Capt. Camara. I recall no incidents sparked directly by the Captain's remarks. But even in Kankan, at least one violent attack on a suspected child abductor (who by all accounts
 was nothing of the kind) had occurred during the tenure of my Fulbright colleague, Eva Yerende. It as no coincidence that Capt. Camara is reported to have been one of the officials overseeing last Monday's massacre. 
What most concerns me is a recent report that Guineans (two are quoted) are beginning to talk about responding to last Monday's massacre with violence of their own (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/01/world/africa/01guinea.html?ref=world). 
Another cause for concern involves the eagerness with which former rebels in Cote d'Ivoire--and perhaps elsewhere--are watching events in Guinea. A close Ivoirian friend of mine living in the United States recently spoke with a former rebel friend of his living in Odienne (northwestern Cote d'Ivoire). The former rebel saw increased instability in Guinea as a business opportunity. Indeed, one news report cites sources alleging that English-speaking soldiers--potentially Liberians and, by implication, mercenaries--took part in Monday's massacre (http://en.afrik.com/article16240.html). 
In the face of domestic and international criticism, President Camara seems to have fallen back on the last vestige of authority available to him: that of power over bare life that Agamben (1998, 2005) identifies as the ground of the state of exception.
Joseph Hellweg

Public Affairs Section

Department of State

2110 Conakry Place

Washington, DC 20521-2110

(from Oct. 9, 2008 to July 10, 2009, while living in Kankan, Guinea)



Assistant Professor

Department of Religion

M05 Dodd Hall

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida  32306

Office Phone:  850-644-1020

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--- On Fri, 10/2/09, Cornelia Giesing <corneliagiesing1 at mac.com> wrote:

From: Cornelia Giesing <corneliagiesing1 at mac.com>
Subject: Re: [Mansa-l] Current Affairs in Guinea/La Situation Présente en Guinée/Lagine Sisannalama
To: "Bauchspies, Wenda K" <wenda.bauchspies at hts.gatech.edu>
Cc: "Etudes Mandés" <mande-studies at googlegroups.com>, "Fatoumata Keita" <fat_keita2003 at yahoo.fr>, "Kassim Kone" <Kassim.Kone at cortland.edu>, "Frederick Lamp" <frederick.lamp at yale.edu>, "Nathan Carpenter" <nrcarpenter at ucdavis.edu>, "Valentin Vydrin" <vydrine at gmail.com>, "Mansa-List" <mansa-l at groups.txstate.edu>, "Oumou Diaby-Kassamba" <oumou2 at gmail.com>, "Aissatou Mbodj" <mbodj at free.fr>, "michael everson" <everson at evertype.com>, "ibrahima condé" <nafadji at yahoo.fr>, "Konoshenko" <Eleiteria at yandex.ru>, Maria at groups.txstate.edu
Date: Friday, October 2, 2009, 3:21 PM

Probably difficult to avoid an extension of the violence - regarding also some neighboring countries like Liberia - without international sanctions.(By the way, Dadis Camara has been trained in Germany for over 4 years)Cornelia Giesing
Am 02.10.2009 um 15:44 schrieb Bauchspies, Wenda K:
Or another strategy would be to put pressure on the International Companies that are extracting Bauxite, assuming that is what funding (and not illegal drugs) this military and the president. 

W.Bauchspies

----- Original Message -----
From: "Frederick Lamp" <frederick.lamp at yale.edu>
To: "Kassim Kone" <Kassim.Kone at cortland.edu>, mansa-l at groups.txstate.edu
Cc: "Etudes Mandés" <mande-studies at googlegroups.com>, "Fatoumata Keita" <fat_keita2003 at yahoo.fr>, "Oumou Diaby-Kassamba" <oumou2 at gmail.com>, "Nathan Carpenter" <nrcarpenter at ucdavis.edu>, "Valentin Vydrin" <vydrine at gmail.com>, "Konoshenko" <Eleiteria at yandex.ru>, "Aissatou Mbodj" <mbodj at free.fr>, "michael everson" <everson at evertype.com>, "ibrahima condé" <nafadji at yahoo.fr>, Maria at groups.txstate.edu
Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:45:30 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [Mansa-l] Current Affairs in Guinea/La Situation Présente en Guinée/Lagine Sisannalama

The news is extremely distressing.  An army and even a presidential guard completely out of control, with a "president" who will take no responsibility, and now wants to be elected in.  The indications are that the Fulbe are the central target (again).  It seems futile to try to get the US government to act, when they can't even act in Palestine or Sudan.  The African Union is once again flaccid, and "urged Guinean officials to respect the freedom," blah blah blah.  Perhaps strategic funding of opposition figures and their security by anyone in a position to do so might help.

Fred Lamp



-----Original Message-----
From: mansa-l-bounces at groups.txstate.edu [mailto:mansa-l-bounces at groups.txstate.edu] On Behalf Of Kassim Kone
Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 1:19 PM
To: mansa-l at groups.txstate.edu
Cc: Etudes Mandés; Fatoumata Keita; Valentin Vydrin; Nathan Carpenter; Maria Konoshenko; Oumou Diaby-Kassamba; Aissatou Mbodj; michael everson; ibrahima condé
Subject: Re: [Mansa-l] Current Affairs in Guinea/La Situation Présente en Guinée/Lagine Sisannalama

Dear MANSAdenw:

Many of you have heard or read about the Guinean Military junta's horrible treatment of the civilian population of Guinea. Ibrahima Sory Conde's email yesterday that was subsequently forwarded by Valentin Vydrine and Cornelia Giesing's report on TV news in Europe are just the tip of the iceberg with regards to what our relatives are undergoing in Guinea. I am writing to ask each and every willing member of our association to do what you can towards finding a solution to the present problem: calling your senator, congress person, deputé, member of parliament, diplomats, news people to influence public opinion for a prompt resolution of the current conflict.

Cher MANSAdenw:

Beaucoup d'entre vous avez lu ou entendu parler du traitement horrible de la population civile guinéenne aux mains de la junte militaire guinéene. Le courriel d'hier d' Ibrahima Sory Condé, qui a ensuite été retransmis par Valentin Vydrine et le rapport de Cornelia Giesing sur les nouvelles televisées en Europe ne sont que la pointe de l'iceberg en ce qui concerne ce que nos parents subissent actuellement en Guinée. Je vous écris pour demander à chaque membre de notre association disposé à le faire d'amener sa contribution vers une solution au problème actuel: appeler votre sénateur, réprésentant au congrès, député, membre du Parlement,diplomates, membres de la presse afin d'influencer l'opinion publique sur cette situation pour une resolution rapide de ce conflit actuel.


An balema MANSAdenw:

Aw caman ye kibaruyaw mèn nyangatawalejuguw kan min ni lagine finitigiw bè ka olu boli an balema laginekaw kan. Ibarahima Sori Kònde ka kunun sèbèn, min ni Walantèn Widirini labanna k'a jènsen, ani Kòrinelia Ginsingi ka kunafoni dilen Tubabula jabaralakibaruyaw la, ye an balema ninnu ka nyanili la dòòni dòròn ye. Ne bè nin bataki ci an ka tònden bèè ma min se mana kè min ye, i k'o jira nin nynangata nyòntili la: k'i ka jamana politiki nyèmògò, lasigiden walima kibarusèbèn tigilimamògòw ladònniya yalasa duniya kuntilenna bè yèlèma ka fura tèliman sòrò ni cogoya la.


Kasimu Kònè
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