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U.S. Response to Somali Conflict: Send More Guns

Anti-government fighter in Mogadishu - AP

Late last week, ForeignPolicy.com ran an illuminating article by Beth Dickinson about the U.S. shipments of arms, ammunition, and cash to Somalia in what sounds like more or less a last ditch effort to prevent the Transitional Federal Government, or TFG, from collapsing under the weight of an onslaught from extremist groups in Mogadishu.  Read More »

More Sparks of Political Violence in Zimbabwe

Yet another MDC activist was brutally murdered last week, bringing the month’s number of victims killed in apparently politically motivated attacks to at least four.  Read More »

Gration: On the Road Again

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As you may have heard, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration is in Sudan this week, where he is making multiple stops aimed primarily at continuing negotiations between North and South on implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, and assessing the humanitarian situation in Darfur.

A couple of thoughts on this trip:  Read More »

3 Points Movie Hits #1 on Hulu, Raises Profile of Darfur

The movie 3 Points, featuring basketball star Tracy “T-Mac” McGrady of the Houston Rockets, surged to the top of Hulu’s list of most-watched documentary films. Hulu, a video website, launched 3 Points just one week ago, and it quickly became one of the 10 most popular feature-length films on the entire site.  Read More »

Now the Work Begins: Following Up on Clinton’s Africa Trip

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A month after Secretary Clinton’s much-watched trip to sub-Saharan Africa, she’s still receiving accolades for the no nonsense way she spoke about some of the continent’s most troubling and challenging problems, from extremism in Somalia to sexual violence in Congo. Her visits resulted in some lofty commitments from the U.S. government, so it is encouraging to see that policy makers in Washington are following up to see that the diplomatic engagement is backed up with resources.  Read More »

5 Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Utah Student Activists Kick Off School Year with Successful Congo Campaign

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Amid all the chaos of the start of the school year, it seems college students have still found time to lobby Congress to respond to the violence in Congo. Recently, students at Weber State University in Utah made serious headway in the campaign to press U.S. leaders to address the deadly war in Congo, convincing their senator to get onboard.  Read More »

Roundtable: Sudan Experts Boil Down the Current Crisis

Voices of Sudan director Jimmy Mulla and Enough’s Omer Ismail and John Prendergast recently got together to record this roundtable discussion about the troubling state of affairs in Sudan. They discuss the escalation of tension in Sudan as the peace deal between North and South falters and the conflict in Darfur remains unresolved six years and counting. They also reflect on the utterly disappointing response of the international community, which has made it its M.O. to look at the Darfur conflict and the challenges in the South separately.  Read More »

Oil Sharing in Sudan: Not Exactly 50-50

Oil platforms in southern Sudan - AP

This week, Global Witness released a report that is sure to ruffle some feathers in Khartoum. The report suggests that the government of South Sudan may not be receiving its fair share—to be exact, half—of oil revenues from the northern government in Khartoum.

The report contends that the Sudanese government underreported production in each of the oil blocks in the South, with Khartoum’s numbers ranging from 9 to 26 percent less than those tabulated by the CNPC. These miscalculations may translate into the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the South since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.  Read More »

And the Winner Is...

Matthew Smith of Bend, Oregon, for his exceptional video “Life Should Be Free,” which creatively shows the links between conflict minerals used in our cell phones and the war in Congo, the deadliest since World War II. As the winner of the Come Clean 4 Congo video contest, launched in May by Enough and YouTube, Smith and a friend will be VIPs at the Hollywood Film Festival in Los Angeles this fall.  Read More »

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