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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 September 16, 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.

Writing for the Guardian, Human Rights Watch’s Elizabeth Evenson reflects on the tenure of the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo. One of the biggest challenges facing international prosecutions is to make the process relevant to those most affected by the crimes committed: often, people living in local communities far removed from a courtroom in Europe. With the public eye on the highly anticipated Qaddafi case, Evenson makes some recommendations for Ocampo’s remaining time with the court and for his successor.

The city of Ramciel in South Sudan was recently selected as the new permanent capital for the new country. Machel Amos with Business Daily reports about why the current capital of Juba will lose its favored status.

Poli-sci professor Kathryn Sikkink takes on the popular criticism made by ICC opponents that indictments by The Hague will prompt wanted war criminals to further entrench themselves, thus prolonging abuses. Her op-ed “Making Tyrants Do Time” appeared in The New York Times.

The blog Kindle Project reports on the new iPhone app that traced the phone’s supply chain from Congolese mines to Chinese factories. “Phone Story” was on sale for 99 cents, with proceeds going to organizations addressing human rights abuses – until it was pulled from the market for violating Apple’s guidelines prohibiting apps that depict abuse of children and “crude content.”

In the 20 years since the last major famine hit Somalia and the Horn of Africa, much has been learned about predicting and responding to humanitarian crises like the one unfolding right now that endangers 750,000 people. But that doesn’t mean that the international community’s reaction will be any better. In fact, the world's response to Somalia may be worse this time, writes NYT East Africa bureau chief Jeffrey Gettleman.