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.
Writing for Slate, Rebecca Hamilton articulates a conclusion that the recent eruption of violence across the border region in Sudan has made all too clear: Confronted by all-out military offensive, there’s little U.N. peacekeepers can do, even with a mandate as strong as they come.
Congo Siasa’s Jason Stearns sums up recent positive steps on international efforts to bring some transparency to the minerals trade in eastern Congo and the wider Great Lakes region.
Kevin Jon Heller at Opinio Juris draws together some interesting recent commentary on the peace vs. justice debate in the context of Libya, snarkily titled “Did You Hear? But for the ICC, the War in Libya Would Be Over.”
Before issuing a memo warning that the Sudan Armed Forces’ presence in Abyei “could lead to ethnic cleansing,” the U.N. was much more resolute. An earlier version reportedly stated that what has already occurred in Abyei – ground and air attacks forcing the Ngok Dinka population to flee en masse – "is tantamount to ethnic cleansing." Why the back stepping? Colum Lynch at Foreign Policy’s Turtle Bay blog investigates.
While much attention of late has focused on the eruption of violence along Sudan’s North-South border, Maggie Fick and Jason Straziuso of the Associated Press uncover damning evidence of a massacre committed by southern soldiers in which as many as 254 southern civilians from a rival ethnic group may have been killed.