South Sudan celebrated its first anniversary as an independent nation this week. It took decades of struggle for the nation to get independence. Among the actors who helped the south finally gain independence from Khartoum was a small group of Americans. That’s according to long-time journalist Rebecca Hamilton. Listen to the interview Read the article
By Jeb Sharp ⋅ March 9, 2012 ⋅ What a phenomenon. Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 film went viral this week. It also generated a maelstrom of criticism. If you don’t know the story check out Jason Margolis’s piece on The World from yesterday and this NYT piece from today. For other thoughtful treatments see here, [...]
On November 2nd 2011, photographer Cedric Gerbehaye spoke with Rebecca Hamilton, journalist and author of Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide. Cedric and Rebecca worked together in Sudan during the months leading up to the 2011 referendum. Sudan in Transition, a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting project, features their reportage [...]
I was a guest host of AJE’s social media news show, The Stream, again this week. The topic was one close to home for me – Australia’s policy towards asylum seekers. The discussion followed an announcement by the Australian government last week that it will start to issue bridging visas to enable some of the [...]
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.” [...]
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.
CONTESTED TERRITORY – Jina Moore interviews Rebecca Hamilton On July 9, southern Sudan is scheduled to become the world’s newest country. Rebecca Hamilton discusses the impact of this change on the rest of the region. Last September, Rebecca Hamilton was finishing a street interview in Khartoum, Sudan, when she saw the local police rounding up [...]
Book Review: Fighting for Darfur Former Canadian Lt-General, and now senator, Romeo Dallaire, once referred to the mass atrocities in Darfur—a territory the size of France in the western part of Sudan (which borders on the African country of Chad)—as a “genocide in slow motion.” But the full scope of that crime is mind-numbing: over [...]