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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 Tracy Fehr on July 6, 2012

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.

During a Voice of America radio interview, Sudan expert Eric Reeves painted a tumultuous picture of South Sudan’s first year of independence, stating that, as many friends of South Sudan also feel, he is disappointed in many respects. He described the scale of official corruption in South Sudan as “alarming,” and urged President Salva Kiir to address issues related to the abuse of power by South Sudan’s security forces.

Check out this Storify collection of photos and videos tweeted to #SudanRevolts, compiled by tech and policy blogger Rodrigo Davies. The images capture the violent repression against protesters by the Sudan security forces, faces of political prisoners who have been detained, and mass anti-regime demonstrations. Messages of hope and support were also tweeted in from throughout the world.

The Economist’s Baobab blog, which covers African politics, economics, and culture, featured a post called “Stop Messing Each Other Up.” The post touches on the history of intervention between Rwanda and Congo and their overlapping societies, and implications of the most recent damning evidence in the U.N. Group of Experts’ report showing Rwanda’s direct support for Congo’s M23 rebellion.

On the heels of last week’s cellphone and Internet shutdown in Khartoum, the U.N. Human Rights Council backed a landmark resolution that states people have a right to freedom of expression on the Internet. NPR Correspondent Laura Sydell interviews U.S. Ambassador Eileen Donahoe and Visiting Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford on the issue of Internet freedom.

This past Sunday, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof chose to write about Africa using a different angle from the usual reporting on conflict and violence: that of a rising economic power. He argues that overall, the continent is becoming more democratic, more technocratic and more market-friendly, yet Americans are largely oblivious to the idea of Africa as a success story.