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Following the money to stop genocide

I found this article very interesting! John Prendergast and Brad Brooks-Rubin published an op-ed in Foreign Affairs, "How Anti-Money Laundering Measures Could Counter Genocide." They consider how de-incentivizing crime could cause a drop in atrocities.

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From the article: "what is missing from [traditional policy responses] is a tool that actually alters the cost-benefit analysis of those committing atrocities....When Salva Kiir in South Sudan or Joseph Kabila in Congo steal from their people, they store their assets in U.S. dollars that flow through the U.S. financial system to do so." Prendergast and Brooks-Rubin explain that pressuring these assets is possible because "the anti-money laundering tools already exist and are being used very effectively in counterterrorism, nuclear proliferation, and organized crime."

We must not be silent...

I just wanted to share this quote from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's site that resonated with me...

We must not be silent when we see injustices. We must take care of those who need help, and we must not be ashamed to talk about it.
— Clemantine Wamariya, Rwandan genocide survivor

Watchers in the Sky

The proposal sought to outlaw the “premeditated destruction of racial, religious or social collectives.” Lemkin’s attempt to warn the international community was dismissed – his rationale virtually ignored.