Monthly Archives: July 2008

A Thousand Hills

I’ve just finished Stephen Kinzer’s new book A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It. I recommend it to anyone who wants an introduction to the country’s recent past and the dilemmas it faces today. I was skeptical at first; there are many good books on Rwanda already and I had heard Kinzer discussing the book on the NPR show On Point and he seemed so enthralled with Kagame I feared his portrait of the Rwandan leader would be overly glossy. But in fact Kinzer lays out all the questions and criticisms even if he himself comes down on the side of being a Kagame fan. Mostly I was impressed by Kinzer’s ability to synthesize all the complicated layers of the story in such an accessible and emotionally honest way. I was in Rwanda twice last year and still have a head full of questions about so many aspects of the genocide and its aftermath. Kinzer’s contribution and especially the fuller portrait of Paul Kagame is really helpful.

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Rami Khouri on Sudan and the ICC in the International Herald Tribune.

And Eric Reeves in The Guardian (on-line).

And Alex de Waal on his blog.

Priscilla Hayner on Sudan and the ICC in the Chicago Tribune:

The request by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for an arrest warrant against the president of Sudan focuses attention on one of the greatest challenges of international relations: whether and how to seek justice during an ongoing conflict, when the worst of the accused perpetrators still hold great power.

Read the full piece here.

ICC

Lots of good coverage of ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo calling for the arrest of Sudan’s president Omar al Bashir on genocide and other charges. My small piece of it yesterday was a look back at the Milosevic and Taylor precedents. There were similar worries in those cases about justice getting in the way of peace. The story is here.

Happy 4th.  I’m taking a break for a few days.

ICC Update

Reuters:  ICC judges order release of suspect Thomas Lubanga. Prosecution has five days to appeal. 

ICC press release.

The decision itself.