July 10, 2009 |
Most everyone remembers "The Rumble in the Jungle," the 1974 heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, but who remembers "Zaire 74," the music festival that was organized to go along with it? "Soul Power," a vibrant and joyous new documentary, should end that anonymity. One reason the concert is little known is that a training camp injury to Foreman led to a six-week postponement of the fight.
August 19, 2001 |
Like its former master, this city of jungle palaces has died. The dinner parties, drenched in pink champagne and filled with shady millionaires, are no more. The fake Louis XIV furniture has been looted. The dictator, who transformed his ancestral village into a monument to kleptocratic kitsch, lies buried in Morocco.
September 14, 1997 |
Mobutu Sese Seko, shunned in death by the powers that once backed his despotic rule over Zaire, was laid to rest Saturday after a private Roman Catholic ceremony outside the Moroccan capital. Nearly 100 uniformed and plainclothes police kept journalists and onlookers 500 yards from the cemetery as mourners arrived in private cars. Mobutu's body was carried in a white ambulance.
September 8, 1997 |
Mobutu Sese Seko, the Zairian leader toppled in May after nearly 32 years of despotic rule that enriched him and his friends but left his country in shambles, has died in Morocco, Radio France Info reported early today. He was 66. Mobutu had been suffering from prostate cancer. There was no immediate word on the cause of his death.
July 9, 1997 |
Rwanda's powerful defense minister, Paul Kagame, has acknowledged for the first time his country's key role in the overthrow of Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko, saying that the Rwandan government planned and directed the rebellion that toppled the longtime dictator and that Rwandan troops and officers led the rebel forces.
June 18, 1997 |
The Times dispatched Johannesburg bureau chief Bob Drogin and Berlin bureau chief Mary Williams Walsh to Zaire to cover the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko. This joint account of their adventure begins in Drogin's voice; the italics are Walsh. * This city was wild in the best of times. And this was the eve of war. Two days before, I had flown in a South African military cargo plane to Pointe-Noire to cover last-ditch peace talks between Zairian rulers and rebels.