April 2012

'A New Generation of Justice’: KONY 2012 Part II Addresses Criticisms and Goes Beyond Making Kony Famous

The goal behind last month’s release of KONY 2012 wasn’t to make it the most viral video of all time—though it did achieve that distinction—but to create global momentum that would lead to the apprehension of Joseph Kony and bring an end to the brutality of his Lord’s Resistance Army. The goal of making him famous was achieved in record time, and now Invisible Children is working to focus these massive amounts of energy and willpower by releasing KONY 2012 Part II: Beyond Famous.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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

Nick Kristof: Darfur "Just Grabbed Hold of Me and Wouldn't Let Go"

Nick Kristof

Nicholas Kristof, an American journalist who is most well-known for his New York Times column, shares why he felt compelled to share the stories of Darfuri families.  Read More »

Tin, Tungsten, Gold Smelters: Time to Go Conflict-free

Leading electronics companies are trying to make it as easy as possible for their key suppliers to go conflict-free, and it’s time for those companies to take up the offer. Intel, HP, and the GE Foundation yesterday announced that they have pooled funds in a new incentive program for smelters—the key chokepoint in the conflict minerals supply chain—to get audited to be conflict-free.  Read More »

Congressional Letter to Obama and Clinton Asks the U.S. to Make Sudan a Priority at Upcoming High-level Meetings

As the two Sudans remain locked in vicious border clashes, the humanitarian costs are piling up. On March 30, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) along with 67 of her fellow members of Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighting several upcoming opportunities the U.S. has to address the urgent situation in Sudan.  Read More »

Enough 101: What is the White Army?

This week's post in the series Enough 101 looks at the history of the White Army in South Sudan.  Read More »

Returning to Our Roots: Duke's Advisory Committee for Investment Responsibility and ‘Conflict Minerals’

This oped by three student leaders in the Coalition for a Conflict-Free Duke, Liz Hannah, Saira Butt, and Sanjay Kishore, originally appeared in The Duke Chronicle.  Read More »

Congolese Leader Jacques Bahati Reports on the Importance of the SEC Rules for Congolese Miners

Congolese leader Jacques Bahati of the Africa Faith and Justice Network recently returned from a visit to mining communities in eastern Congo and published an interesting report on his findings. The visit concluded that while the SEC continues to delay its decision on the Dodd Frank section 1502 for conflict mineral reform, people in Congo are left hanging in a state of ambiguity.  Read More »

Satellites, Social Networking, and Arms Control

“Today, any event, anywhere on the planet, could be broadcast globally in seconds,” stated Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller in an address delivered to a group of students in Moscow recently. She cited the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, as an example of the future of monitoring mechanisms. “The neighborhood gaze is a powerful tool, and it can help us make sure that countries are following the rules of arms control treaties and agreements,” Gottemoeller said.  Read More »

Video Captures Wanted Sudanese War Criminal Inciting Soldiers to Commit Abuses

With 42 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity already alleged to his name, South Kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun was recently captured on camera inciting Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, soldiers to commit war crimes in the ongoing hostilities with the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Army-North, or SPLA-North. A spokesman for the Sudanese government said Haroun’s remarks were “not interpreted correctly” and that the governor was “not ordering the soldiers to kill civilians but to kill rebels.” But even this attempt to rationalize Haroun’s comments does not absolve the South Kordofan governor of the allegation that he could be inciting war crimes.  Read More »