March 22, 2018

Archives for August 2011

Inside Colin Powell’s Decision to Declare Genocide in Darfur

In September 2004, then-U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, became the first member of any U.S. administration to apply the label “genocide” to an ongoing conflict. Interviews I conducted for Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide revealed that despite a thorough investigation into the atrocities in Sudan’s western region of […]

Radio Free Europe

Following the announcement by President Obama yesterday of the creation of an Atrocities Prevention Board, I did this interview with Radio Free Europe. Rebecca Hamilton, a fellow at the New America Foundation and author of a book on U.S. foreign policy toward Darfur, called the creation of the Atrocities Prevention Board an “historic first step.” […]

Al Jazeera, The Stream

The Stream is AJE’s current events show that draws on social media to define its programming content. I guest hosted the show this week. We discussed the debate over proposed new domestic violence laws in Lebanon, as well as Femisting’s response when #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend started trending on twitter last weekend. You can watch the show here.

East Village & overcoming the bystander effect

Not the usual fare for this blog, but a little vignette I wrote up for my local paper – quite a change from my usual subject matter. As one comment writer noted, “The most interesting part is that a number of people will stop to help once one person does.” I think that is true […]

Atrocities Prevention Taskforce: my hopes & fears

I’m sharing here a graf from the conclusion of Fighting for Darfur that I feel much more hopeful about now than when I wrote it, with today’s fantastic announcement by the Obama administration of an Atrocities Prevention Taskforce which, according to the NYT, will “be assigned with coming up with a range of American responses […]

Democratizing the media

I just had the thoroughly enjoyable experience of “guest hosting” (which really just means throwing in a couple of lines here and there) The Stream, an Al Jazeera English show on serious current events that are being discussed in the social media, but are under-covered in the traditional media. I may do a separate post […]