I have long argued that humanitarians and human rights activists should embrace critical self-reflection including acknowledging their mistakes (see my piece, originally entitled “Writing rights and getting it wrong”. So I welcome the change to debate–though not, of necessity, on everything. Monim puts his finger on two closely-related key issues, which [...]Continue Reading →
Whenever Alex de Waal publishes analysis or reflections, Sudanese intellectuals and activists, and the concerned international institutions and individuals, give it priority attention. The last week of April and first week of May 2013 were for me remarkable weeks, watching de Waal coming with two articles, re-positioning himself as an advocate for “principled” activism [...]Continue Reading →
I am a freelance writer and editor who has lived and worked off and on in central Africa for 25 years. I am writing to call your attention to this week’s Congressional hearing on Dodd-Frank 1502. Held by the Monetary Policy and Trade subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, the hearing examined the unintended [...]Continue Reading →
Patrick Karuretwa is the Defense and Security Advisor to the President of Rwanda and a Fletcher alumnus.
As I read Professor Alex de Waal’s perceptive piece on “Reclaiming Activism,” I thought I should not miss this opportunity to, for once, disagree with one of the few “experts on Africa” I have always had genuine [...]Continue Reading →
For most of my adult life I introduced myself as an “activist” first and a writer, researcher, or practitioner of humanitarian action or peacemaking second. Then, about seven or eight years ago, I became rather uncomfortable with the word. Not because I had diluted my personal commitment to working in solidarity with suffering [...]Continue Reading →
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