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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 October 21, 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.

Rush Limbaugh’s “misinformed” decision to defend the Lord’s Resistance Army proved good fodder for attention on the Senate floor and for mock defense by late-night comedians: Think Progress highlighted how Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) called out “my good friend Rush Limbaugh” for the endorsement of the LRA and detailed the group’s atrocities.

Gawker posted a clip of comedian Stephen Colbert coming to Limbaugh’s defense, in which he points out that the LRA’s stated objectives are laudable—in the same way that the American Nazi Party’s might be.

Writing for The Tufts Daily, Kathryn Olson reported on an event featuring members of the Satellite Sentinel Project, where Tufts student Ben Wang interned over the summer. "Our generation, growing up with this technology that we take for granted, has a social responsibility to use [technology] to help others that don't have it,” Wang said. “It doesn't only affect their livelihoods—it's a matter of life and death for some people,"

Influential academic Stephen M. Walt’s piece in next month’s Foreign Policy magazine examines “The Myth of American Exceptionalism.” Pinpointing what he calls the top five myths, Walt argues:

Although the United States possesses certain unique qualities — from high levels of religiosity to a political culture that privileges individual freedom — the conduct of U.S. foreign policy has been determined primarily by its relative power and by the inherently competitive nature of international politics.

The news that the Kenyan army was crossing into Somalia in pursuit of al-Shabaab sent tremors through Kenya’s main cities, as Shabaab vowed dramatic retaliation. PRI’s The World spoke to the BBC’s Will Ross in Nairobi about the implications of the military move for the region and for the United States.