Using the term genocide is frequently the last resort of agencies that have run out of ideas. It can do more harm than good – as readers of this blog will know only too well. And now it is being deployed in relation to Burundi. Kate Cronin-Furman and MIchael Broache have this useful overview… Inaccurate understandings … More The G word in Burundi
France, the United Nations and the African Union dispatched some 4,000 troops soon after the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, warned that the C.A.R. was “on the verge of genocide.” Yet the country doesn’t face genocide; it is experiencing state collapse and limited intercommunal killings after a military takeover by a coalition of undisciplined militiamen … More Another African genocide….
Interesting developments at Save Darfur. Robert B Lawrence, director of policy and government relations at the Save Darfur Coalition, has railed against commentators who accuse the lobby group of being stuck in the past and not helping the cause of millions of Darfuris stuck in miserable aid camps. He argues that the coalition has actually … More Taking the G-Word out of Darfur
Jerry Fowler, the soon-to-depart head of the Save Darfur Coalition, thinks I have been unfair to his campaign. His point is that I have misrepresented its case and have based my criticism on things they used to say, years ago. All of which strikes me as a little unfair when his press releases carry the … More Save Darfur Goes to Darfur
One of the first things that puzzled me about Darfur was why the West cared about what was happening in Sudan’s western region, when it gave such little attention to conflicts in Somalia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and others that I’ve forgotten about. Now it seems that Darfur is going the way of … More No Longer Our Favourite African War
Interesting op-ed piece in The Washington Post today by Michael Gerson, who does a good job of reminding the world that suffering continues in Darfur even though the region may have slipped off our radar in recent months. However, he makes a couple of points that may accidentally cast light on the motivations and thinking … More Linguistic Gymnastics and Genocide
NAIROBI: The reaction to Jimmy Carter’s comments on genocide continues. The latest contributor to the debate row is the prolific Eric Reeves writing in New Republic. It is not surprising, given his previous writings on the subject, that Professor Reeves goes for the jugular in describing Carter’s genocide denial as “foolish” and plain “wrong”. So where do we … More Genocide is not the Only Crime II