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Easterly: Did “Save Darfur” Lose Darfur?

April 14, 2009

In a recent post on his blog AID WATCH, NYU Professor and The White Man’s Burden author, William Easterly, explores the question of whether “Save Darfur” lost Darfur. Easterly begins:

I have long been a fan of Mahmood Mamdani. His new book Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror is very critical of the Western approach to Darfur. In brief, he accuses advocacy campaigns like Save Darfur of making the achievement of peace in Darfur more difficult by portraying the conflict simplistically between “bad Arabs” and “good Africans,” and by advocating foreign military intervention.

Rumor has it that Easterly offered to let the Save Darfur Coalition respond. Let’s see if they take the opportunity…or continue to stay silent in the face of mounting criticism.

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