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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 March 19, 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.

Sudanese journalist Reem Abbas reflects on the uprisings across the Middle East and considers what the wave of protests might mean for her homeland.

The Chicago Sun-Times profiles Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng, who has had a remarkable year as a standout player in the league and as a well-respected advocate for soon-to-be independent southern Sudan.

It’s been a fascinating – and troubling – week watching events unfold related to Libya. Although Enough isn’t officially working on Libya, a number of the developments in that crisis have implications and connections to other conflict zones where we are focused, such as:

Colum Lynch, writing on the blog Turtle Bay, describes how Libya was once persuaded to support the ICC investigation into war crimes in Darfur. An interesting fact Lynch points out:

Ironically, a top Libyan official at the time [of Libya’s reluctant acceptance of the U.N.’s push for the ICC investigation], Ibrahim Dabbashi, last month led a diplomatic revolt against Qaddafi's government, and backed efforts by the U.N. Security Council to approve an ICC investigation against Qaddafi's government.

Another Foreign Policy blogger, Josh Rogin, reveals details about the meeting between President Obama and his top advisors that determined the U.S. stance toward Libya and paved the way for the U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing military intervention. The internal drama featured some personalities prominent in the human rights advocacy world.

Award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario has creating some of the most memorable images from Darfur, eastern Congo, and southern Sudan – just a few stops on a long list of conflict zones she has covered. This week, The New York Times reported that she and three other veteran journalists were unaccounted for in Libya. Very fortunately, the latest news is that Qaddafi’s forces will soon release them. Just days before this drama began, Addario was a featured panelist from afar at The Daily Beast’s Women on the Frontlines event. Calling in from Libya, her words accentuated the intensity of the photos from the midst of Qaddafi’s violent crackdown.