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5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Posted by Laura Heaton on October 30, 2009

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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.

The discussion over Mahmood Mamdani’s controversial book, Saviors and Survivors, continues in this new review by Sudan scholar and activist Eric Reeves.

In the midst of all the reports last week about the new U.S. policy on Sudan, this one got buried. It’s a brief but interesting NYT profile of Scott Gration, the man at the helm of the U.S. diplomatic efforts, giving a bit of the back-story of how he ended up as Obama’s man in Sudan.

The United Nations’ new Citizen Ambassadorship was awarded to just one American, a photographer from Maryland with a passion for Congo. Emily Troutman was one of five recipients selected from nearly 500 candidates who submitted videos in a contest that asked participants to respond to the question: If you could speak to world leaders, what would you say? This article about Troutman in the Baltimore Sun features two of her videos about Congo, including her winning video “My Message to World Leaders: One Person at a Time.”

Nearly a month has passed since the Guinea’s military regime violently cracked down on pro-democracy protestors in the West African country. Human Rights Watch pieced together the gruesome details of the attack, concluding in a report this week that the violence was premeditated and ethnically charged. This report is just a summary of its findings; the complete version is forthcoming, but HRW notes that it felt compelled to release this early report “because of the gravity of the abuses committed and the need for immediate international action to bring the perpetrators of the abuses to justice.”

Veteran Congo analyst Jason Stearns recently started blogging (add that one to the blog roll), and came out with a very insightful Q&A with an anonymous MONUC official. A couple of key revelations, according to the rep: “The Congolese army is the single greatest threat in the Congo and will probably remain so for the near future,” and “For now, I think we need to stop supporting Kimia II. These operations do more harm than good.” Intriguing.

Enjoy the weekend!