December 2012

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Darfuri Refugee Education: What Our Collective Fundraising Efforts Achieved

Rehabilitated classroom at Darsalam A school in eastern Chad.

This holiday season, the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program, or DDT, is celebrating our biggest accomplishment this year! Following DDT Manager Buky Williams’ recent trip to the refugee camps in eastern Chad, DDT has released its latest progress report on the funds implemented in Goz Amer.  Read More »

South Sudan’s Yau Yau Rebellion Flaring as Army Launches New Offensive

The top commander of the South Sudan army’s controversial disarmament campaign in Jonglei state recently announced a shift in the strategy for dealing with the most troublesome challenge to their “Operation Restore Hope”—the David Yau Yau rebellion in Pibor. The SPLA will now “launch aggressive attacks” against the rebels, said Lt. Gen. Kuol Deim Kuol, effectively ending what the SPLA previous said was its plan to only assume defensive positions to allow the necessary space for an initiative that saw local elders travel to their communities to convince the population not to join Yau Yau or to be in possession of guns.  Read More »

The Coalition for a Conflict-free St Andrews calls on the E.U. to Pass Conflict-free Legislation

Student leader Bennett Collins spearheaded the St Andrews University chapter of Raise Hope for Congo's Conflict-Free Campus Initiative. In this guest post he reflects on the past year of action.   Read More »

Sudan: How the Death of Four Students Inspired a Nation Once Again

Sudanese protesters in Khartoum in June.

Earlier this month, four bodies were found in one of Wad Madani’s irrigation canals, just miles away from Sudan’s capital. The university town in the country’s breadbasket has been spared the endemic violence that has come to characterize life in DarfurSouth Kordofan, and Blue Nile. However, a fight over tuition fees at Wad Madani’s Gezira University and the subsequent murder of four students has put events in the town at the center of Sudan’s political future.  Read More »

How to Deal with Sudan’s Top Brass?

There’s broad consensus among Sudan watchers that the country is in crisis, emanating from the 23-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir. The question is: What to do? The Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS, hosted a panel discussion in D.C. last week about the ongoing crisis in Sudan.  Read More »

Report: South Sudan's Response to Violence in Jonglei

Traveling to Jonglei state during a relative lull in the clashes, the Enough Project sought to examine the South Sudanese government’s responses to the violence and its efforts to prevent further bloodshed, especially during the upcoming dry season when communities migrate in search of water and pastureland. The findings are published today in a new report titled, “’Sometimes We See Ourselves as Apart’: South Sudan’s Response to Violence in Jonglei.”  Read More »

What Blair's Takedown of Gossip Girl's Bart Bass Tells Us About Sudan Sanctions Enforcement

The CW's hit show Gossip Girl

Tonight, the CW's long running drama on the secret lives of New York's Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl, will air its final episode. Over its six seasons on the air, the cult favorite has never shied away from controversy. Last season, ruthless billionaire Bart Bass came back from the dead. This season, we learned that he went underground to avoid FBI prosecution for violating United States government sanctions prohibiting oil trade with the Sudan.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

The Devastating Crisis in Eastern Congo: John Prendergast’s Testimony on the Hill

Weeks after M23’s takeover of Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo faces a humanitarian and political crisis. On Tuesday, December 11, John Prendergast spoke before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights on the cycles of conflict in Congo and flawed peace process.  Read More »