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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 25, 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.

In its monthly genocide prevention podcast, Ariana Berengaut of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum interviews New York Times bureau chief for West Africa Adam Nossiter about the brewing crisis in Cote d’Ivoire that has created an exodus of Ivoirans to neighboring countries – possibly as many as 100,000 refugees – and threatens to plunge the country into full-fledged civil war again.

For the March/April issue of Foreign Policy magazine, Professor Gary J. Bass examines the relationships that China has built with some of the world’s most unsavory regimes by not questioning, or conditioning assistance on, human rights records. He asks the thought-provoking question: What do China's complex attitudes toward its rogue friends say about the kind of great power China will become?

With Libya in mind, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog delves into the discrepancy in the Obama administration’s word and practice on foreign policy, using rhetoric and responses to Darfur as a case in point.

Writing for Foreign Policy, Maggie Fick highlights some early evidence that the ruling party in the soon-to-be independent southern Sudan may not be the democratic, rights-respecting government it presents itself as:

[T]he Sudan People's Liberation Movement […] has staked its reputation abroad on being everything that the Khartoum regime is not: not violently opposed to basic human dignities and rights; not repressive and intolerant of opposition forces, independent voices, and minority groups including women; not dictatorial and patrimonial in its approach to governance. For this reason, the leaders of Southern Sudan have a great deal to lose by continuing down their current path.

On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart and John Oliver take on the inconsistencies in U.S. policy in countries where civilians (or rebels for that matter) come under attack from their own governments. Oliver makes a pitch for America’s Freedom Packages, including the Ambivalence Package, most appropriate for Sudan. (Hat tip: Wronging Rights)