Titel: Scramble for Africa: Darfur--Intervention ...
Einband: Soft cover
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The Scramble for Africa analyzes the current humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the activist movements surrounding it, thereby taking on both the US government and the Save Darfur coalition alike. The authors present the basic information on the political and military aspects of the conflict, examine the options, and suggest ways forward, always with a concern for the broader inter national implications and for the hundreds of thousands of victims.
This meticulously researched work gives the history of Sudan—especially the Darfur region—in relation to US and Western objectives, discussing, at length, the immensely harmful role the United States played in Sudan in the 1970s and 1980s through Washington’s support of repressive regimes in Khartoum.
Alongside this, some of the more dubious aspects of the Save Darfur movement in the United States is examined, such as the sidelining of Muslim and Sudanese voices, the lobbying for questionable goals, and the perceived support of the Bush administration’s policy objectives.
Finally, the authors also assess the analysis presented of the Darfur conflict by those on the radical Left and evaluate the merits of their opposition to the use of UN peacekeepers on anti-imperial grounds.
Steven Fake is an activist and political commentator; he is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the Lucy Parsons Center.
Kevin Funk earned degrees in journalism, political science, and Latin American studies from the University of Pittsburgh. An activist himself, Funk writes frequently on US foreign policy.From the Publisher:
What others are saying about The Scramble for Africa:
"Scramble for Africa: Darfur Intervention and the USA is the book we've all been waiting for. Clearly written, and scholarly without losing its skeptical edge, this new work takes on the U.S. Government and the Save Darfur coalition alike, offering a fresh analysis of Darfur in its larger geopolitical context. Saving Darfur belongs on every Darfur activist's bookshelf."
--David Morse, Darfur activist and journalist
"So much of what has been written on Darfur is either expression of humanitarian concern without awareness of the imperial context, or denunciation of Western perfidy without appreciation of the horrible human tragedy that has been unfolding. In this extremely well-documented study, Steve Fake and Kevin Funk combine deep compassion with a keen critical analysis to show how we might best support the suffering people of Darfur. This is a book for all those interested in working for a more just world."
--Stephen R. Shalom, Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University in New Jersey and author of, among other works, Imperial Alibis: Rationalizing US Intervention After the Cold War.
"This excellent book presents the basic information on the political and military aspects of the conflict, examines the options from a clear and transparent ethical position, and presents ways forward with a concern for broad international implications and concern for the hundreds of thousands of victims. It is is exactly what is needed and I hope it is very widely read. I will recommend it to everyone."
--Justin Podur, writer and activist
"One of the few works to tackle honestly the vexing question of what is to be done about Darfur. Cheerleaders for intervention and humanitarians who persist in rosy fantasies about the U.S. role in the world have had no trouble advocating "solutions," but for others on the left the question has been much more difficult. Not content, like so many, to simply wash their hands of the question, the authors have constructed a deeply informed and carefully reasoned argument that addresses seriously the possibilities for constructive humanitarian interventions in an imperfect world vitiated by great power interests and political posturing. For the cruise-missile left and the hard-core anti-interventionist left alike, Darfur is not about Darfur but about their own self-image; Fake and Funk rightly bring the focus back to what is best for the people on the ground."
--Rahul Mahajan, activist and author of Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond
"For those, like myself, who have long felt both revulsion and confusion by the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and wished to know more, this is the perfect handbook. ...an objective, dispassionate, meticulously researched account of the conflict... The authors of Scramble for Africa... startle us with their documentation of the little known but equally sordid role our own government has played in Sudan for the past thirty years - suggesting that our present official "humanitarian concerns" are merely crocodile tears masking another agenda."
--Timothy Kendall, Ph. D., Senior Research Scholar, Dept. of African-American Studies, Northeastern University and Director of Archaeological Mission, Jebel Barkal (Karima), Sudan, Sudan Dept. of Antiquities and Museums (NCAM), Khartoum, Sudan.
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