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.
|Publisher:||Black Rose Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Kevin Funk earned degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. He has been heavily involved in several activist groups, and writes frequently on U.S. foreign policy. Steven Fake is an activist and political commentator, and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, PA, and member of the Lucy Parsons Center.
What People are Saying About This
"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)
"At a time when everyone from George Clooney to George Bush is an instant expert on Darfur, Kevin Funk and Steven Fake have given us what we so urgently need: a clear, sober assessment of the conflict and how it fits into the foreign policy of the United States. With neither fear nor favour, they take us back stage, show us our blind spots, and come up with some troubling conclusions. Explosive, masterful, and impeccably fair. Consider it the thinking person's guide to Darfur."--(John Ghazvinian, author of Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil)
"Elegantly written, erudite without being academic, and with a forceful yet sensible political argument, Scramble for Africa is a must read for anyone concerned with making sense of one of the most haunting crises of our time."--(Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University)
"A commanding exposé of the duplicitous and damaging role played by US leaders and others in a dark drama. Well-written, well focused, deeply informed---an excellent corrective for the many who cannot tell the difference between humanitarian assistance and imperial aggrandizement."--(Michael Parenti, author of 'Contrary Notions' and 'Against Empire')
"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. Scramble for Africa belongs on every Darfur activist's bookshelf."--(David Morse, Darfur activist and journalist)