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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 December 9, 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.

With the end of 2011 fast approaching, TIME magazine compiled its collection of top 10 most iconic photos of the year. One by one, they tell the story of one of the more tumultuous years in recent memory, in some ways made by man (uprisings and war) and others by Mother Nature (extreme weather and natural disasters) – or like in the case of Somalia through the tragic and deadly confluence of the two.

In a further effort to document atrocities in Sudan’s Blue Nile state while barred by the Sudanese government from actually traveling to the affected area, researchers from Amnesty International (similar to Enough’s trip to Ethiopian border several weeks ago) traveled to the South Sudan border area in Upper Nile state where refugees have amassed. Amnesty’s first dispatch focused on documenting injuries receiving attention in the makeshift hospital in the isolated town of Bunj.

How will soaring debt in the United States and the Eurozone crisis affect African economies and thus political stability? With 30 presidential and parliamentary elections slated for 2012 across the continent, African Confidential published this analysis titled “Storm warning.”

In a unique twist on the usual Congolese election coverage, Dan Howden in Kinshasa for The Independent profiles Mobutu Nzanga, son of the country’s longtime dictator and candidate for president. Describing the scene when Mobutu Nzanga went to cast his vote, Howden makes this important observation:

He wasn't seriously expected to challenge the incumbent, Joseph Kabila, the son of the man who toppled his father. But his presence on the ballot was a reminder that the starkest divisions in the land his father ruled for 32 years are not so much political as between the haves and the have-nots.

The latest in a series of insightful posts during the Congolese election and now waiting period before a winner is declared, Jason Stearns of Congo Siasa offers some thoughts about what comes next in the electoral process that—even with the results expected tonight—is likely far from over.