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A Brief Thought on the Gaza Freedom March

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      I lived in southern Africa from 1978-83, and published a book about the anti-apartheid struggle (Freedom Rising, 1985). When I visited the Palestinian West Bank in May 2001, I witnessed both similarities and differences.  Possibly the biggest difference between anti-apartheid southern Africans and Palestinians was that the southern Africans knew much of the world […]

James North on Philip Gourevitch’s Rwandan blind spots

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James North writes: The New Yorker’s legendary fact-checkers must have taken time off recently, when Philip Gourevitch’s long look at Rwanda 15 years after the genocide (May 4) passed through their department. Not only is the article so one-sided that…

James North: How to Think About Darfur, Part 1

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Today I’ve got a guest blogger who I’m hoping will make more appearances in the days and years (touch wood) to come, the author and traveler James North (that’s his pen-name; I’ve known him for more than 30 years as…

Darfur, Part 2: Let’s Get to Know the Sudanese Actors

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[The second in a series of postings by James North, who has been exploring the issues surrounding the save Darfur campaign] My guides to Darfur are the opposite of instant experts. Julie Flint has been covering the Sudan since 1992,…

Save Darfur organization provides little relief to refugees

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James North writes Alex de Waal has decades of experience in Sudan and Darfur, and his point of view is valuable, as is this blog: “Making Sense of Darfur.” His latest post is particularly useful: * He endorses the measured,…

The story you’re not hearing from Africa

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James North writes: Those of us with experience in Africa are regularly annoyed by the mainstream media coverage of the continent. We do not object in general to the reporting about war and hunger, which is sometimes accurate and has…

Understanding Darfur: An Olympic Update

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Another dispatch on “How to Think About Darfur,” by James North: Lopez Lomong, who was chosen by his Olympic teammates to carry the American flag at the opening ceremonies, is an extraordinary young man. He is one of the “Lost…

Intervene in Darfur? Cakewalk Is Spelled, IED

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Another in the series, How to Think About Darfur, by James North: Here’s a link to the most important single magazine article I have read over at least the past 5 years; it appeared in the British publication Prospect. Bartle…

Darfur Doesn’t Lend Itself to Black and White Distinctions

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Another in the series, How to Think About Darfur, by James North The New Republic has a long cover article on Darfur, along with a shorter piece by editor-in-chief Martin Peretz. For Peretz, Darfur is black and white: “Even if…

Boycott the Olympics Over Darfur?

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A continuing series on Darfur, by James North: Here’s a fascinating look at some courageous American athletes who boycotted Hitler’s Olympics in 1936; I knew none of this. But the implication is that Beijing should be boycotted now, over Darfur….

Israeli army spokesperson responds to Mondo criticism

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Hamas terrorists need no “direct orders” to abduct Israelis, the Israeli army spokesman says, thereby justifying attacks on Hamas officials for the kidnapping in West Bank that the organization has denied responsibility for. Not a very convincing standard of proof, says James North, in dialogue with the IDF spox

Some Victims of Sudan President Don’t Want Him Arrested

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By James North More current issues have pushed Darfur to the sidelines for now, but here’s a fascinating letter in the Financial Times from a southern Sudanese, John Achiek Deng. He is quite persuasive when he says: “In southern Sudan,…

Bromwich: Who talks about the 4,700,000 Iraqi refugees?

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David Bromwich has a fabulous post on ways that aristocracy perpetuates itself–Larry Summers’s payday. And he offers this comment on James North’s piece on Mahmood Mamdani’s Darfur book, posted here yesterday: The report confirms a suspicion about the way the…

Investment Bankers Paid for a Culture That Glorified Them. RIP

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I spoke to my friend James North today on the phone and he made the following points about the financial crisis that I think are worth hearing. I’m paraphrasing, except where I quote: There’s a famous joke that leftwing economists…

Mamdani: ‘Save Darfur’ movement is not a peace movement

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James North writes: I remember Mahmood Mamdani from 35 years ago, when he was the most dynamic leader of the newly-organized union of graduate students at Harvard. Today he is a distinguished professor at Columbia, one of our most original…

On Israel/Palestine, We’ve Convinced Obama, Now We Must Pressure Him

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The news says Rahm Emanuel is gonna be chief of staff. Here is Congressman Rahm Emanuel, the likely gatekeeper to Obama, blaming the Palestinians for the violence in Israel/Palestine in ’07–Emanuel saying that a cycle of violence that has wracked…

My Jewish Orientalist Streak

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Commenter Rowan Berkeley has accused me of “Jewish Orientalism.” It’s not the first time; my friend Dan Swanson (author James North) has accused me of orientalism on a number of occasions. What do I cop to: I think there’s a…