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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 November 6, 2010

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 news that President Obama would waive the Child Soldiers Prevention Law for four of the worst offender countries – Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Chad, and Yemen – Foreign Policy published this compelling set of photographs of kids on the front lines.

GlobalPost’s Tristan McConnell interviewed the mayor Mogadishu for this piece in a series examining life inside Somalia. “[Mohamed] Nur, 55, has one of the most difficult jobs in the world: running a city so dangerous that most ordinary activities are life threatening,” McConnell writes. Nur is just one of the many Somali leaders who have long lived in exile but are returning to their homeland now – despite the dangers – to help pull Somalia out of the abyss.

The Cable blogger Josh Rogin offered this reflection
on the two-term Senate career of Russ Feingold (D-WI), who lost his re-election bid this week, to the chagrin of Africa human rights advocates.

Congo expert Jason Stearns highlighted a recent report on corporate war crimes, in which Professor James Stewart lays out a potential war crimes case against companies responsible for pillaging in places like eastern Congo.

This one’s farther a field, but photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly – who has done some spectacular work in eastern Congo – wrote this reflection for The Lens blog on “Bonding with Subjects in Harm’s Way.” The circumstances O’Reilly finds himself and his subjects in are some of the most violent in the world, but his insights likely resonate broadly for researchers, analysts, journalists, and bloggers who are expected to maintain a degree of emotional distance from the conflicts they cover.