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june 21st, 2016

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "Congo's Kabila Problem"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in Foreign Affairs.

 

In July of last year, U.S. President Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, criticizing leaders who undemocratically change their constitutions to stay in power and emphasizing that the United States would call out such behavior. He pointed to Burundi where a few months earlier, President Pierre Nkurunziza pressured the courts to change the constitution’s term limits so that he could run for a third time. Obama warned that such a tactic could trigger “instability and strife,” as well as hamper “Africa’s democratic progress.” But his words seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

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april 24th, 2016

Board Member George Clooney to Present Inaugural Aurora Prize Today in Armenia

Update: the award event has concluded. You can watch the full recording at the livestream link; Clooney's remarks begin at the 2:08 mark.

 

Board members George Clooney and John Prendergast are in Yerevan, Armenia today, where Clooney will present the inaugural Aurora Prize, honoring an individual who puts her- or himself at risk to enable others to survive. The board members are likewise commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

 

 

Click through for a link to the livestream of the award event (beginning @ 1pm EST), as well as the text of Clooney's remarks.

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last updated november 23rd, 2015

november 23rd, 2015

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Beyond the Facades of Khartoum: The rise of Sudan’s ‘nouveau riche’ and increased economic disparity"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Adviser Suliman Baldo and initially appeared in Sudan Tribune on November 22, 2015.

 

As Sudan loses skilled professional workers, in Khartoum, a privileged minority grows richer, living in opulence and purchasing luxury goods with money from the state or income from remittances sent from abroad. This essay examines what has been gained and lost—and by whom—finding that the finances and quality of life have declined for an impoverished majority as the remnants of a former proud middle class slide into obscurity.

 

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november 23rd, 2015

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Exodus from Sudan: The flight of human capital and the growth of a parasitic economy"

This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Adviser Suliman Baldo and initially appeared in Sudan Tribune on November 21, 2015.

 

Sudan’s skilled and professional workers, who could repower industry and commerce in Sudan if they had access to opportunities and an environment with greater economic production, are instead leaving in droves to seek better jobs in Persian Gulf countries. This essay examines what they’ve taken and what they’ve left behind, finding that the shrinking middle class and the skilled workers who remain in Sudan struggle in their daily lives as a new consumer class has emerged.

 

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november 18th, 2015

South Sudan Justice Minister Acknowledges Existence of Corrupt Government Officials

South Sudan’s Minister of Justice Paulino Wanawilla recently acknowledged the existence of corrupt officials in the Ministry of Justice, as well as throughout the government. This is a significant statement highlighting the pervasive nature of corruption in South Sudan. In a recent article, the Sudan Tribune quotes the Minister as saying, ““I know in South Sudan corruption is not in one place, but it’s very sad when everybody is stealing.”

 

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november 10th, 2015

African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan Report

The African Union’s long-awaited report on the crisis in South Sudan strongly makes the case that sustainable peace must not only address justice for victims of atrocities but also tackle the underlying economic sources of the conflict, which Enough argues include the pursuit by individuals of their own economic interests at the expense of the South Sudanese people.

 

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november 9th, 2015

UN: Corruption is Feeding and Sustaining Wildlife and Forest Crime

The heads of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently released a statement emphasizing the role of corruption in feeding and sustaining wildlife and forest crime. “For the criminals to succeed, customs officials must be bribed to look away; logging and hunting licenses forged; and poachers set free due to obstructed prosecutions,” the statement said. Corruption has facilitated the theft of countries’ natural wealth and has undermined efforts to eradicate poverty and spur economic development. Tackling corruption and bribery will, in turn, “deal a significant blow” to transnational criminal networks involved in the illicit wildlife trade.

 

Follow the jump for a link to the full statement.

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