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(BBC-US)   The real-life hero of the "Hotel Rwanda" has been arrested, and not just for a late check-out and a couple of missing towels   (bbc.com) divider line
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2020-08-31 11:38:40 AM  
He had to know this was coming when he decided not to live out his days quietly in Texas. He's made enemies of horrific people on both sides of that conflict.
 
2020-08-31 12:18:29 PM  
Well, that's not exactly how i expected that to close out.

The reality was a f*king tragedy and a failure of first world nations...

Don Cheadle was brilliant...
 
2020-08-31 1:23:04 PM  
I saw that movie on a date.  Would not recommend as a date movie.
 
2020-08-31 1:28:20 PM  
The 2004 film Hotel Rwanda told the story of how Mr Rusesabagina, a middle-class Hutu married to a Tutsi,

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2020-08-31 1:29:25 PM  
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/In all seriousness, it sounds like possible "red notice" abuse.  Someone used Interpol to silence a poltiical dissident in exile.
 
2020-08-31 1:31:06 PM  
The real tragedy will be when someone has to write a song about Mr. Rusesabagina.
 
2020-08-31 1:31:53 PM  
Presidential medal of freedom in 2005?

Man, Obama loves terrorists. I bet that's where he learned the terrorist fist jab
 
2020-08-31 1:38:37 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Well, that's not exactly how i expected that to close out.

The reality was a f*king tragedy and a failure of first world nations...

Don Cheadle was brilliant...


Brilliant, but pales in comparison to his role as Captain Planet

Don Cheadle is Captain Planet
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2020-08-31 1:39:05 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I saw that movie on a date.  Would not recommend as a date movie.


So, did you bang?
 
2020-08-31 1:43:22 PM  
Somewhere in a vault lie the lyrics for "Hotel Rwanda", the Eagles parody that Weird Al wisely decided to shelve...
 
2020-08-31 1:43:31 PM  
The authorities did not say where he was arrested or give any further details about the accusations he faces.

"We'll let you know just as soon as we make up something halfway convincing."
 
2020-08-31 1:47:59 PM  
I read somewhere that Rwanda is now the safest country on the continent, its economy is slowly growing (thanks to Chinese investment) and their tourism bureau is doing an all-out blitz in Europe.

Sad to see something like this.
 
2020-08-31 1:57:44 PM  

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: I read somewhere that Rwanda is now the safest country on the continent, its economy is slowly growing (thanks to Chinese investment) and their tourism bureau is doing an all-out blitz in Europe.


I went last year as part of a safari through Rwanda and Uganda.  Kigali is a very modern city and it did feel quite safe...though there is a LOT of screening of cars in and out of western hotels and airports.  The Genocide Memorial there is devastating, but does give a lot of horrible context to how that conflict took shape.

As for Chinese investment, yes...every town you drive through is plastered with Huawei marketing.
 
2020-08-31 2:00:04 PM  

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: I read somewhere that Rwanda is now the safest country on the continent, its economy is slowly growing (thanks to Chinese investment) and their tourism bureau is doing an all-out blitz in Europe.

Sad to see something like this.


It was inevitable. The Hutus planned and carried out a genocide, during which (Hutu) Rusesabagina ran seriously afoul of them. A Tutsi army then recaptured the country... and Rusesabagina accused them of having carried out a "counter-genocide." The Tutsis are still in power (Hutu officials are 'empty suits'), and don't really appreciate his saying things like that.

Someone was going to grab him. Not staying in Texas was pretty reckless of him.
 
2020-08-31 2:02:09 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Rapmaster2000: I saw that movie on a date.  Would not recommend as a date movie.

So, did you bang?


probably a handy in the theatre.
 
2020-08-31 2:04:40 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Rapmaster2000: I saw that movie on a date.  Would not recommend as a date movie.

So, did you bang?


I think so.  I'm not afraid to put out on the first date.
 
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2020-08-31 2:04:50 PM  
I remember going with a girl to see The Killing Fields. Is Hotel Rwanda sexier or less sexy?
 
2020-08-31 2:11:07 PM  

ZAZ: I remember going with a girl to see The Killing Fields. Is Hotel Rwanda sexier or less sexy?


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2020-08-31 2:14:04 PM  

Salmon: NewportBarGuy: Rapmaster2000: I saw that movie on a date.  Would not recommend as a date movie.

So, did you bang?

probably a handy in the theatre.


That only happened to me once.  It was at "Batman Returns".  Easily the best part of the movie.
 
2020-08-31 2:14:51 PM  

ZAZ: I remember going with a girl to see The Killing Fields. Is Hotel Rwanda sexier or less sexy?


Why not just round out the evening with Schindler's List or The Grey Zone.

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: I read somewhere that Rwanda is now the safest country on the continent, its economy is slowly growing (thanks to Chinese investment) and their tourism bureau is doing an all-out blitz in Europe.

Sad to see something like this.


Not unexpected when you dabble in politics in Rwanda.  While economically sound and relatively stable it is modelling itself on China in more ways that one. That peace and prosperity rests on a highly oppressive regime that tolerates no political activity other than a token "opposition" that only slightly deviates from majority.
 
2020-08-31 2:16:55 PM  
I carpooled regularly with a former Rwandan refugee maybe seven years ago (she was Tutsi), and she said that the guy was charging Tutsis to hide at the hotel and kicked out families who couldn't pay, and now just riding on his undeserved hero reputation. I don't think she was personally present at the hotel (although she was in the country) but that at least speaks to his reputation.
 
2020-08-31 2:19:20 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Salmon: NewportBarGuy: Rapmaster2000: I saw that movie on a date.  Would not recommend as a date movie.

So, did you bang?

probably a handy in the theatre.

That only happened to me once.  It was at "Batman Returns".  Easily the best part of the movie.


nttawwt: I'm a straight male and saw that movie with my guy friends, if that happened it would have been... awkward.

/nttawwt
 
2020-08-31 2:48:48 PM  

Arkanaut: I carpooled regularly with a former Rwandan refugee maybe seven years ago (she was Tutsi), and she said that the guy was charging Tutsis to hide at the hotel and kicked out families who couldn't pay, and now just riding on his undeserved hero reputation. I don't think she was personally present at the hotel (although she was in the country) but that at least speaks to his reputation.


Hearsay from a double-genocide zone where the subject was accused by both sides of being a "traitor." Seems legit.
 
2020-08-31 2:55:08 PM  

Arkanaut: I carpooled regularly with a former Rwandan refugee maybe seven years ago (she was Tutsi), and she said that the guy was charging Tutsis to hide at the hotel and kicked out families who couldn't pay, and now just riding on his undeserved hero reputation. I don't think she was personally present at the hotel (although she was in the country) but that at least speaks to his reputation.


One of the main architects of the genocide, Paul Kagame is the current president of Rwanda and has been openly feuding with Rusesabagina for decades.  It's entirely possible that your acquaintance is simply parroting government propaganda.
 
2020-08-31 3:02:29 PM  

Snapper Carr: Arkanaut: I carpooled regularly with a former Rwandan refugee maybe seven years ago (she was Tutsi), and she said that the guy was charging Tutsis to hide at the hotel and kicked out families who couldn't pay, and now just riding on his undeserved hero reputation. I don't think she was personally present at the hotel (although she was in the country) but that at least speaks to his reputation.

One of the main architects of the genocide, Paul Kagame is the current president of Rwanda and has been openly feuding with Rusesabagina for decades.  It's entirely possible that your acquaintance is simply parroting government propaganda.


You may have your wires crossed. Kagame was leader of the RPF, the Tutsi rebel army that invaded and stopped the "main" 1994 genocide that was carried out by the Hutu.

Kagame's RPF has been accused (by folks including Rusesabagina) of having carried out their own 'retaliatory genocide' against fleeing Hutus, but all the numbers I've seen put that below an order of magnitude smaller than the Hutu's genocide --- something like 50,000 - 100,000.

Not great, but not even close to what the original event was.
 
2020-08-31 3:16:11 PM  

BigNumber12: double-genocide


Wikipedia seems to suggest that, while there was a civil war, the genocide was a bit more one-sided:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwanda​n_​genocide
The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi,[3] was a mass slaughter of Tutsi, Twa, and moderate Hutu in Rwanda, which took place between 7 April and 15 July 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War.


Or do the Tutsis have so much influence beyond their borders?
 
2020-08-31 4:03:05 PM  

Arkanaut: BigNumber12: double-genocide

Wikipedia seems to suggest that, while there was a civil war, the genocide was a bit more one-sided:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_​genocide
The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi,[3] was a mass slaughter of Tutsi, Twa, and moderate Hutu in Rwanda, which took place between 7 April and 15 July 1994 during the Rwandan Civil War.

Or do the Tutsis have so much influence beyond their borders?


Read my other posts. There *was* a wave of retaliatory killing by the Tutsi RPF as they invaded Rwanda and expelled the Hutu leadership and Interahamwe, much of it impassioned / vengeance / undiscriminating, but it was something like 1/10 the death toll of the Hutu-run genocide.

Regardless, there were millions of displaced / 'victimized' Hutu who didn't participate in the Hutu-run genocide, but suffered at the hands of the RPF when they arrived, who would bear quite a grudge in the aftermath.

So we're not talking 2.0 genocides, we're saying that each side (in Paul's accusation) unleashed widespread ethnic violence against the other, and both sides are pissed off at Paul for opposing those slaughters / characterizing that violence as 'genocide.'
 
2020-09-01 12:20:25 AM  

Arkanaut: I carpooled regularly with a former Rwandan refugee maybe seven years ago (she was Tutsi), and she said that the guy was charging Tutsis to hide at the hotel and kicked out families who couldn't pay, and now just riding on his undeserved hero reputation. I don't think she was personally present at the hotel (although she was in the country) but that at least speaks to his reputation.


The movie did show him billing the people in the hotel, implying that not doing so would give the Interahamwe a reason to storm the hotel without interference from the Belgian government (not that the Belgians would've done anything), since the hotel's corporate parent at the time was the Belgium airline Sabena.
 
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