Monthly Archives: May 2004

Sudan in Pictures

There are moving and beautiful pictures coming in from Khartoum as northern and southern Sudanese come together to celebrate the end of the Sudanese civil war together. The BBC has reporters and photographers on the ground and is offering a … Continue reading

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Paying Attention to Sudan

Jim Moore is asking good questions about interest – and lack of interest – in the blogosphere about Sudan. He observes that Feedster mentions of Sudan have increased dramatically, with twice as many mentions in the past 24 hours as … Continue reading

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Land Reform in Nairobi

Meera Selva, writing for CSM, has a heartening piece about land reform in Nairobi. Nairobi’s slums, like those in many African cities, provide housing for large numbers of people who’ve immigrated to central cities in search of work. Built on … Continue reading

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Reason #137 why failed states are a dangerous thing

BBC correspondent Mohammed Adow reports that Somali diplomatic passports are widely available for sale in Nairobi. Adow reports that the passport seller – who sees himself as providing a public service to Somalis who otherwise can’t obtain travel documents – … Continue reading

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USAID predicts at least 100,000 deaths in Darfur

AllAfrica’s Charles Cobb Jr. has an excellent article talking about possible motivations for the Khartoum government’s reaction to rebel groups in Darfur, a reaction that’s included ethnic cleansing and possible genocide. Cobb quotes (US) Acting Assistant Secretary of State for … Continue reading

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It’s Friday, and I’m reduced to critiquing cartoons…

I’m happy whenever the media pays attention to stories in undercovered parts of the globe. So I’ve been celebrating the appearance of cartoons about Sudan. But the above cartoon by Sandy Huffaker gets the current situation in Darfur badly wrong. … Continue reading

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US government announces Millenium Challenge Account countries

NGOs funded by the US government, like my former employer, have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of Millenium Challenge Account countries. The envelope, please: Winning unspecified amounts of development aid in exchange for reforming markets, protecting civil … Continue reading

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From Journalist to Activist

If you’re a regular NPR listener, the name Sarah Chayes may be familiar to you. From 1996 to 2002, she was one of NPR’s best foreign correspondents. In the run-up to the US invasion of Afghanistan, she reported a number … Continue reading

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