Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.
- This Newsweek article looks at U.S.-Ethiopia relations and discusses how close ties forged during the Bush administration have “only made matters worse” for security in the Horn of Africa. Particularly timely given all the attention directed at Somalia this week, where Ethiopia and archrival Eritrea have been waging a proxy war.
- As with his other publications, Gerard Prunier’s new blog is chockfull of information. This Tuesday’s post, “Strategic Musical Chairs” provides a fascinating explanation of the shifting alliances between key political and military players in Sudan’s northern and southern governments, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Looks like Prunier’s “Notes from Africa” is going to be a regular feature on the Oxford University Press blog.
- Human Rights Watch published a narrated slideshow of photos from a makeshift hospital in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka. Access to the area is severely limited, so these photographs are a rare glimpse of the humanitarian catastrophe that is resulting from the ongoing fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan army, in which over 100,000 civilians are estimated to be caught in the crossfire. Please note that the images are graphic.
- In this feature story on All Things Considered, NPR’s Gwen Tompkins explored the nuances and political implications of the nationwide census in Sudan, the results of which have been continuously delayed. Much hinges on the final results, ranging from where to build schools and health facilities, to which group is in the majority as the country approaches a national referendum to decide whether Sudan will remain as one country or split into two. “It is the presidency that will have a final say [on when the results are released],” said the head of the census commission in southern Sudan. “It is a political decision, of course. The census is political. Everything is politicized in the Sudan."
- Finally, with all the talk of how to combat Somali piracy this week, Mother Nature gets the prize for most creative solution. Maybe the Defense Department should consider procuring a posse of dolphins for the U.S.’s counterterrorism toolkit? Apparently, they already have… Read about it in The Lede here.
The Enough Team contributed to this post.