Turning the tide

A big thank-you to everyone who downloaded a free copy of my book Saving Darfur. I made it available as an antidote to the StopKony 2012 campaign, offering as it does a more nuanced view of the Lord’s Resistance Army – and other African conflicts. In all, 316 of you downloaded the kindle edition yesterday … More Turning the tide

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You don’t need me to tell you that the Kony 2012 video thing has made a bit of a splash. Among the old Africa hands that I consider worth listening to on subjects like these, it is either a patronising piece of guff that at least raises awareness of an obscure, forgotten war, OR it … More Get a book for free

My friend went to Africa and all I got was this idea for a lousy T-shirt

Kony 2012 is not an aberration. It is the inevitable next step in a trend among charities and advocacy groups trying to connect distant disasters with donors, voters and policymakers in the west. That is laudable. But a consequence is that it has confused causes and effects, spawning a new breed of campaigner that measures … More My friend went to Africa and all I got was this idea for a lousy T-shirt