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In Rwanda, a rebel commander's case that no one wants to try

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(Read caption) In this Nov. 6, 2008 file photo, Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda stands at his base in Tebero in eastern Congo. In a startling turn against its former ally, Rwanda arrested Nkunda on Jan. 23, 2009, a Congolese military spokesman said, just days after Nkunda's chief of staff broke away to form a splinter movement.

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I've been a bit incommunicado of late. Sorry about that, there are lots of looming deadlines in my future and preparing to be out of town on a tour du monde for an entire month is consuming most of my blogging time. Speaking of, if you're up for hanging out in Shanghai, Chengdu, Nanjing, Montreal, Miami, D.C., or Chicago in March, let me know. I'll be giving public talks in Nanjing and Montreal and presenting at conferences in Montreal, Miami, and Chicago and would love to connect.

Anyway, my inbox is alarmingly empty of hate mail, so let's talk Great Lakes politics for a bit. In late January, we passed the two-year anniversary of renegade Congolese general Laurent Nkunda's arrest by the Rwandan government. Nkunda has been held under house arrest just outside Kigali since that time without charge or trial. As Rwandan Minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama told Kenya's Daily Nation, Nkunda's case isn't easy. Trying a case you don't want to try never is.

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