Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond
While Don Cheadle was filming Hotel Rwanda, a new crisis had already erupted in Darfur, in nearby Sudan. In September 2004, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell termed the atrocities being committed there "genocide" -- and...more
Let's not give all the credit to Don Cheadle.
Oh wait, I get it! Let's throw a celebrity name on the book and maybe, just maybe, someone will start to give a shit about something other than American Idol. Maybe someone will LEARN something and even more, DO something to stop the horrors going on in Darfur. (and elsewhere.)
Think Pamela Anderson and PETA. Who knows how many people she's brought to the cause because of her
Here's a taste: "The depoliticisation, naturalisation and, ultimately, demonisation of the notion ‘Arab’, as against ‘African’, has been the deadliest effect, whether intended or not, of the Save Darfur campaign." Yep, Mahmood Mamdani is not afraid to attack this "righteous cause." But you should re ...more
The book is a bit dates now as many things have changed politically, but the main core is as valid as it could be, as after ...more
The message of the book was wonderful and people need to hear about things like this rather than the celebrity garbage that wastes the bandwidth here. One of the points the book made was that peop ...more
This book should be read by people who have never gotten involved with humanitarian efforts or awareness or know nothing about Sudan. It would not be a bad book for them. Oh, and if you live in the United States and think it is the be all end all for the whole entire universe.
Having a fa ...more
Though the book focuses on the history of the most recent genocide in Darfur, it refers back to Rwanda, the Holocaust, etc. In light of recent events in Egypt and Libya, this book can shed some light on the power dynamics/alliances at work in the Middle East.
In addition to providing the relevant historical data, the book gives several examples of instances in which one per ...more
It is said that there is a part of social history written in every book. Not only does Don Cheadle and John Prendergast highlight pertinent aspects of p ...more
This book is really excellent because it's part text book, part personal memoirs, part call to do more. It tells you why you should care, why the authors have dedicated a large part of their lives to the cause, and how to alleivate the situation in several different ways.
Before I thought the only way to help the situation in Darfur was to write letters. But, there is so much more to ...more
All in all, a good read if you know nothing about Darfur but care enough to learn a little and do a little.
It is easy to be consumed with the dark subject of the book - but the authors keep coming back at you with hopeful tidbits.
I am thoroughly convinced a class on activism and genocide should be taught/centered on th ...more
Now that I've finished I'm just a little bit pissed off. How is it that this stuff happens without any news coverage or attention from our government? How can we spend billions in Iraq for no apparent reason and not pay attention to this? I suppose as long as our foreign policy is dictated ...more
Reading from the perspective of a movie star (Don Cheadle) who is candid about his shift from apathy to activism is uplifting; the book also outlines steps on how ordinary people can get involved.
A particular response I found fascinating was the call to divestment of funds in corporations that support the government of S ...more