Dr. Eric Reeves is professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has spent the past seven years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the United States and internationally. He has testified several times before the Congress, has lectured widely in academic settings, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan. Working independently, he has written on all aspects of Sudan’s recent history. He has recently received a generous grant from the Humanity First Initiative of the Omidyar Network to support his research and travel. He is presently at work on a book surveying the international response to ongoing war and human destruction in Sudan. (wikipedia).
His book: A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide (Paperback).
Eric Reeves will receive an honorary degree from Smith College on March 6, in recognition of the work he’s done to alleviate the suffering from the conflict in the Sudan. “This is a particularly special moment for Smith,” said media relations director Kristen Cole. It is the first time a sitting faculty member has received an honorary degree from Smith College … (full text, Febr. 12, 2008).
Watch the video SWAT HLP, 9.01 min, January 24, 2007.
Eric Reeves – USA
How many deaths in Darfur? Aug. 20, 2007.
Darfur, counting the deaths, May 26, 2005.
He writes: … What accounts for this unconscionable delay of a UN-authorized peace support mission, with Chapter 7 auspices? Unsurprisingly—and now increasingly publicly acknowledged by UN diplomats—the answer lies in defiant obstructionism by the National Islamic Front (NIF) regime in Khartoum (which has expediently and euphemistically renamed itself the National Congress Party). Though notionally the senior member of a Sudanese “Government of National Unity,” the Khartoum security cabal represents only ruthless survivalism, and is animated only by a determination to retain its stranglehold on Sudanese national wealth and power. But the NIF has extremely limited domestic political support; their confident obstruction of international efforts to halt what has become a grim “genocide by attrition” in Darfur must be explained in other terms. And here the key is Chinese support for the regime—support of longstanding that has taken economic, military, and diplomatic form. To be sure, the Arab League—Egypt in particular—has been supportive of Khartoum, as has the Organization of the Islamic Conference. But to survive international pressure, especially by the US, to flout with disdain Security Council resolutions, and to thrive economically despite the crushing burden of its more than $25 billion in external debt, Khartoum has depended upon Beijing. Beijing has abstained on, or blocked through a threatened veto, virtually every action the Security Council sought to take prior to passage of Resolution 1769. China did finally vote for this resolution, but only after significantly weakening its mandate and insisting that there be no sanctions threat against Khartoum, even in the event of non-compliance with the resolution … (full text, February 8, 2008).
UN inaction persists and Darfur crimes too, January 28, 2008.
… There has been a lot of discussion recently about how many have been killed in Darfur, with Eric Reeves suggesting a figure as high as 450,000 and Conor Foley highlighting that most humanitarian agencies place the figure at half that. A balanced review of the problems and debates about estimated deaths in these kinds of situations can be found here. Whatever the exact figure, this conflict has now reached a level of visibility, at least in the United States, which most campaigners only dream of. Talking to people working to raise awareness of the conflict and death toll in the Democratic Republic of the Congo brought this home to me recently. Why all this emphasis on Darfur and not on Congo, they asked … (full text).
Understanding Chinese President Hu’s Business Trip to Khartoum, by Eric Reeves, February 05, 2007.
On the 10th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, another human catastrophe is rapidly accelerating despite full knowledge of the United Nations and Western dem-oc-racies. In April, a U.N. team investigating human rights abuses in the far western Darfur region of Sudan found “disturbing patterns of massive human rights violations in Darfur, many of which may constitute war crimes and/or crimes against humanity.” Based on interviews with refugees along the Chad-Sudan border, the report of this team (along with similar reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) was available during the annual meeting of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva that recently adjourned. But scandalously, as the commission debated what to do about Sudan and Darfur, the U.N team’s damning report was suppressed … (full text, May 6, 2004).
Professor Recommends Targeting Sudan Through Economic Means.
Find him and his publications on Sudan – News and Analysis; on amazon; on Google Video-search (with key words Darfur Eric Reeves); on Google general Book-search; on Google search for the book: a long day’s dying … ; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.
The Humanitarian Temptation: Calling for war to bring peace to Darfur;
Bashir continues genocide, February 4, 2008.