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A “21st century statesman” is what Newsweek is calling board member George Clooney for his long-standing efforts to push for high political engagement in Sudan—the most recent of which was detailed in the magazine’s cover story this week.
The successful launch of South Sudan’s referendum is cause for celebration, but a lot of work remains, emphasized Senator John Kerry, and board members George Clooney and John Prendergast at a press conference in Juba on the first day of polling.
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"Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday invited the country's opposition for talks aimed at avoiding clashes in next year's general election, a week after they threatened to boycott it."
"Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met a member of the country's ruling military government for the first time since early 2008."
"The armies of Northern and Southern Sudan have been engaging in an arms race since the signing of a peace agreement in 2005, according to a new report from the Small Arms Survey. The report comes amid growing tensions between the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and fears of a return to North-South armed conflict. The report also notes the likelihood of additional weapons reaching armed groups and militias fomenting conflict in Darfur and within Southern Sudan."
"A Burma court Friday rejected an appeal by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest, just days after the US re-engaged with the country's ruling junta."
"Facing protests and the threat of a boycott, Nestlé Zimbabwe said on Friday it will no longer purchase milk from Gushungo Dairy Estate, owned by Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert Mugabe, along with seven other farms supplying Nestle under the same contract."