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What Really Happened in Congo

The CIA, the Murder of Lumumba, and the Rise of Mobutu
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 39 mins
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Newly available evidence shows that the CIA engaged in pervasive political meddling and paramilitary action in Congo during the 1960s - and that the local CIA station chief directly influenced the events that led to the death of Patrice Lumumba, the country's first democratically elected prime minister.

©2014 Foreign Affairs (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 05-13-19

This author's essay isn't well informed.

Just the openly intro reveals a highly partial and hostile approach to the clandestine world. He deplores every action of the US government in the Congo, while his sole source of info are declassified official orders and reports. No first hand research whatsoever in an article that attempts to flip US public opinion on it's head. This is an obvious attempt to impose modern liberal anti-colonial and isolationist ideals on series of wars the author seems obvious to.

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Very brief and clear.

Gives a clear explanation of the Congo Crisis, and how foriegn governments such as the U.S. will sometimes make situations worse. More need to know who Patrice Lumumba was. This conflict is ignored by the world.

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Too Short

I really wanted something that could give me more insight in Patrice Lumumba and what really happened, and although this short article did enlighten me to a point, I was left wanting more. Somebody do some research and write a good book about it please. Historical fiction would be good, but non-fiction if well written would be good too.

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