Regions / Africa
A range of U.S.-based advocacy groups, such as Africa Action and Human Rights Watch, as well as the United Nations, are calling for international intervention to stop “ethnic cleansing” in western Sudan.
Through a carefully orchestrated plan to impose transparency and good governance on the elected Chadian officials, the World Bank aims to ensure that the money is used to benefit the nations people, who are among the poorest in the world.
It took U.S. activists decades of campaigning against the apartheid regime in South Africa to arrive at strategies that, when combined with a commitment to transnational relationships, changed more than individual attitudes.
At the heart of the debate is the question of whether progressives believe that U.S. power can be used for good in Africa or elsewhere in cases of mass killings and other crimes against humanity?
People looking to get excited about American democracy in an election year needn't look further than the current proposals on poor country debt relief from multilateral institutions being put forward by the presidential campaigns.
Guns that had been silent for two years became active again in early November, with President Laurent Gbagbos government launching an all-out air attack on rebel positions, and in the process "mistakenly" killing nine French soldiers.
In the first week of January, Sudanese rebels and the Khartoum government signed a pact ending one of Africa's longest wars.
For the past two years, the destruction of Darfur has played out before the eyes of the world, and the member countries of the United Nations have remained largely paralyzed.
When historians look back over the past 25 years, one of the great crimes they will identify is the Third World debt crisis.
Jubilee campaigns and debt cancellation advocates can be proud of their efforts.