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October 23 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Oct 23 2014, 17:45:20

Editor's note: this guest blog post was written by Patricia Shafer, Chief Catalyst (Executive Director), Mothering Across Continents.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Oscar Arias said, "Peace is not a dream; it is hard work, and there is nothing naïve, glamorous or simplistic about it." So, it's inspiring when young people use their time, energy, and voices to advocate for peace in a faraway country. That's the focus of a group of students in the Any1Can Club at Myers Park, the largest high school Charlotte, North Carolina. On July 9, the third anniversary of South Sudan's Independence Day, they launched the "Memes for Peace" project following a year of learning about South Sudan and universal principles of conflict resolution.

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October 20 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Oct 20 2014, 17:32:46

Editor's note: This guest post originally appeared on the Stop Genocide Now blog and was written by Katie-Jay Scott Stauring, i-ACT Director of Operations and Community Involvement.

A BIG mahalo to 'Iolani School world geography teacher Mr. Epstein and his talented 7th graders. After Gabriel, KTJ, and Sara-Christine of Team i-ACT brought Camp Darfur to the 'Iolani campus, Mr. Epstein and students went the extra mile to spark social awareness by using tools - like iMovie - to create short trailers to get the message across that WE (you and I) are the ones who can bring about change and hope for the defenseless victims of genocide. Please take the time to view and experience all 7 short trailers below. Each are different. Some use the same music and photos, some have original content ...

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October 18 2014

From Enough blogs Sat Oct 18 2014, 08:00:00

Editor's note: This blog was written by Enough Project intern Jasper Kubasek.

On September 15th the world looked on as the United Nations deployed its peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic and the United States reopened its embassy in the nation's capital city Bangui. It was a day characterized by prospective hope and optimism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed that the United States would join forces with international partners to help bring stability to a country that has become entrenched in sectarian fighting between the largely Christian Anti-Balaka militia and the Muslim Seleka rebels. Yet in Bangui, just one month later, the day is characterized not by hope and optimism, but rather by killings and chaos as the capital experiences a surge in violence.

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October 17 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Oct 17 2014, 15:10:09

Editor's Note: Mary Elizabeth Murphy from 360 Degree Communications contributed to this blog post.

On October 17th, the documentary film Watchers of the Sky by 360 Degree Communications, opened in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The film takes viewers on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.

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From Enough blogs Fri Oct 17 2014, 13:54:41

Editor's note: This guest post originally appeared on Hunger Notes and was written by Steve Hansch, a Hunger Notes editor and a member of the World Hunger Education Service Board of Directors with more than 20 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of aid programs, particularly humanitarian mitigation, relief and recovery.

The Good Lie is not merely a great movie, it's also a beautiful movie. What can you say about a movie where the scenes depicted in the closing credits are more powerful than most whole movies from the last decade?

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October 16 2014

From Enough blogs Thu Oct 16 2014, 12:28:36

In South Sudan, a government bill that would give their National Security Services (NSS) broad powers and significant authority over the civilian population is rapidly moving forward toward President Salva Kiir's desk. This National Security Service Bill provides this government body with the ability to arrest and detain suspects, monitor communications systems, conduct unwarranted searches, and seize property without sufficient oversight or safeguards against abuse.

The Enough Project, along with Amnesty International, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Human Rights Watch, South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA), and Redress Trust have submitted comments on the draft of the bill, highlighting major concerns. In these comments, we call on members of Parliament ...

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October 14 2014

From Enough blogs Tue Oct 14 2014, 11:47:03

Janvier Murairi is president of Association pour le Developpement des Initiatives Paysanne(ASSODIP), and a leading Congolese human rights researcher and activist based in North Kivu, eastern Congo. ASSODIP, is one of 12 members of the local civil society coalition called the Support Platform for Traceability and Transparency in the Management of Natural Resources, or GATT-RN. Murairi and his team conduct their research in mining areas of North Kivu. In the context of recent public debate about conflict minerals, the impact of the Dodd-Frank legislation, and mining investments in the region, he was interviewed September 29, 2014 for Pragmora.com.

BACKGROUND

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October 13 2014

From Enough blogs Mon Oct 13 2014, 08:00:00

As The Good Lie debuts in theaters, South Sudan stands on the brink of the worst man-made famine the world has seen in over a decade. The film tells the story of Sudan's lost boys and girls who fled their homes in search of food, safety, medical care, and their families in refugee camps in neighboring countries. A peace deal signed between the Sudanese government and the southern rebel movement, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), in 2005, paved the way for southern independence in 2011. Three years later, in December of last year, South Sudan returned to civil war as political leaders fought over control of the government and the country's vast natural resource wealth.

South Sudan was already vulnerable to food insecurity after ...

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October 10 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Oct 10 2014, 08:00:00

In South Sudan, as in many parts of the world engulfed in conflict, youth are growing up in communities that have been torn apart by war. The film The Good Lie, which tells the story of the lost boys and girls of Sudan, vividly portrays their struggles during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005). Throughout the war, children were actively conscripted, both voluntarily and by force, into the national army and other armed groups. That legacy of recruiting child soldiers has continued into today's conflict in South Sudan.

South Sudan's independence in July 2011 was celebrated as the start of a new era - one of freedom, development, and opportunity. In the eight years that followed the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005, the number of child soldiers steadily ...

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October 3 2014

From Enough blogs Fri Oct 3 2014, 14:49:21

Editor's Note: This op-ed by Mary Beth Goodman, Senior Advisor to the Enough Project and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, was originally posted on Think Progress

The stability of the U.S. dollar and the ease of its use even in remote corners of faraway lands make it the most exchanged currency in the world. It is the currency of choice to travelers and businessmen. The dollar is also the currency of choice for many terrorists, traffickers, and war criminals. From ISIS to the Lord's Resistance Army to the world's most brutal dictators and sanctioned war criminals, one common denominator is the need to move money to continue financing their operations. That often includes the need to obtain and use U.S. dollars.

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