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5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Posted by Laura Heaton on February 18, 2011

5 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.

Author and journalist Bec Hamilton reported for The New Republic on the “uncomfortable footnote that does not fit into this [referendum] success story: Darfur.” Hamilton draws a stark comparison about the way that the Obama administration talks about one of the target areas of the Sudanese government’s current offensive in Darfur and Human Rights Watch’s take on the same incident. Something is wrong with this picture.

NPR’s Frank Langfitt, embedded with the AMISOM peacekeepers, takes listeners to the frontlines of the civil war in Somalia. With close gunfire and muffled assurances of “don’t worry, don’t worry” in the background, Langfitt spoke to Morning Edition’s Michelle Norris about who’s winning and why the U.S. is involved.

Mike Thomson traveled to central Africa to create this narrated slideshow about the Lord’s Resistance Army. He visits eastern Congo and he speaks to people currently in the path of the LRA and northern Uganda, where families still live with trauma and questions about the abduction of loved ones. One interesting angle Thomson takes is to talk with peacekeepers about their trainings and mandate.

In an Aljazeera op-ed, Edmund Blair offers an interesting angle on the Egypt revolution by comparing this week’s big story to Sudan’s relatively short-lived revolution in the mid-1980s.  Blair, now the Reuters bureau chief for Egypt and Sudan, was a teenager living in northern Sudan during the overthrow of Jaafar Nimeiri in 1985.

The editorial board at Cornell University’s Daily Sun newspaper plugged the conflict-free campus initiative, quoting a student leader as saying, “We are urging the University to call upon companies and ask them to remove conflict minerals from their supply chains.”