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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.
Longtime Africa-based BBC correspondent Martin Plaut reflects on decades covering the continent, offering an encouraging outlook drawing from experiences during riots in Apartheid South Africa, with rebels in Eritrea pre-independence, and at a school in eastern Congo and a start-up bank in Ghana.
In the days after President Obama’s re-election, there has been a lot of speculation about the legacy Barack Obama will seek to establish during the next four years. Writing for The New York Times, Mark Landler posits that the president will look overseas, “hoping to put an imprint on the world that matches the sweeping domestic programs of his first term.” Landler writes:
[A]s Richard M. Nixon did in opening ties to China or Ronald Reagan in embracing arms control, Mr. Obama could see the foreign policy arena as a place to achieve something more lasting in a second term than crisis management and more satisfying than the gridlock that has bedeviled his domestic initiatives.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum released this video of a conversation between U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and director of the Committee on Conscience Michael Abramowitz about U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.
Writing for GeoPlace.com, Lt. Col. Michael Thomas describes how the use of geospatial analysis—combining mapping of past attacks, vegetation patterns, road networks—can help predict LRA attacks in central Africa.
After serving as division commander for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo, Major General (ret.) Patrick Cammaert developed a training course to teach peacekeepers how to intervene in cases of sexual violence—and that it is their job to do so. “When you have a mandate to protect civilians from the immediate threat of violence, then sexual violence is part of it,” Cammaert told Michele Lent Hirsch, who wrote about the work for the Women Under Siege blog.