Action in Darfur opinion piece

5 04 2011

(The following is entirely an opinion piece and not a research piece)

We are getting ready to “help” Libya; we were on top of it almost right away. (By “we” I just mean the government supporters of “the Libya move” in general). The crisis/revolution/verge-of-war, whatever is is called, in Libya is tragic and terrible, but it is Libya’s problem. The citizens chose to rebel; and being more prosperous compared to Darfur, they also have something to fall back on. The citizens and the government worked themselves up into this mess, and can (try to) untangle it themselves. We can’t be running to every Middle East disturbance! The persecuted Darfurians have been trying to help themselves, but the government armies have been pushing, hurting and killing them into submission. Thousands of Darfur’s most vulnerable citizens have been exiled to refugee camps. Women have been raped, children killed–thousands upon thousands have been killed. We should not “babysit” a country in desperate need, but we must support and help protect them until the citizens have a foothold. Merely for the principal of it it is needed…and genocide and torture are atrocities that must not be allowed.  Libya may be in trouble, but it is a political fight…not a serious, unforgivable genocide.

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How good is Bashir leaving (p. 2)

13 02 2011

Sudan could be off of the “terrorist list” by July, when the secession will be declare.  According to the article, it is only if the Sudanese government accepts what comes with the new referendum on freedom for South Sudan. This was all announced by Scott Gration, the “envoy” to Darfur. Gration seemed no more than a token glance to Darfur, to be a false answer to a terrible problem.  I do wonder if a man of his status would have suggested any solutions or ideas to address this problem to President Obama. And if he had, how did the President react? I’m rattling on now, but am still disgusted, talking of taking a horribly violent country and government off of our danger list when there had never been a serious investigation of Sudan/Darfur available to the general public. Bashir [reportedly] is seen as “the man who allowed Sudan to split,” as Sara Hassan, an analyst with IHS Global Insight, declared.

The article is slightly outdated as I write this; but it is still useful. Now that the south has voted for secession, Bashir’s declaration, announced before the vote, will come true. In “north” Sudan, there will be a state religion–Islam–and an official language–Arabic, BUT under a new constitution. An opposition group, the National Consensus Force, has asked for a national conference to rewrite the said constitution. However, Bashir continue(s) to demand his own wide-ranging government, the National Congress party.

So [north] Sudan will still be under the power of Bashir and he’ll always remain a threat. Yet, in the end, I’m not sure what would be worse; to use a light quote in a serious way, “it is better to have a fool you know than a fool you don’t know.” Perhaps whoever would replace Bashir at this time would be worse…even though no Bashir, without any backlash, would be ideal…





Voting for S. Sudan independence; action from the top?

12 09 2010

Sudan is voting on a referendum that could mean independence for Southern Sudan. The idea of independence for S. Sudan has been ongoing for years and who knows if it will/can happen?

President Obama and Gen. Scott Gration–evidently with Sudan again–seem to believe it can. President Obama is working with Gration on a “diplomatic offensive” to keep the vote from being manipulated. Major Gration met with Sudanese officials in the north and south, discussing a “schedule” for steps the US willing to take to aid Sudan.

President Obama will attend a UN meeting regarding Sudan, which will be headed by Secretary General Ban-Kai Moon, Sept. 24th.

Let’s see if something gets done this time.

There are a lot more details in the source article, which is provided in the link above.





Tell President Obama to help bring justice to Bashir

4 02 2010

Click here to send a prewritten message urging President Obama to deny legitimacy to President Bashir of Sudan in that country’s upcoming elections, which would “justify” the genocide. You can also edit the message for a more personal message.





A momentous moment for Bashir?

28 01 2010

Or is this just talk? Will Omar Bashir, president of Sudan be charged with genocide? There has been a strong general opinion* that Bashir has been largely responsible for enabling this genocide. However, International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Moreno stated that there were “insufficent grounds” to make an arrest. Bashir himself stated that the arrest warrant was “all lies”–and reacted by forcing foreign aid agencies out of Sudan.

What do YOU think?

P.S.: In the State of the Union speech, Mr. Obama talked a lot about how the U.S. has a responsibility to aid countries such as Haiti, in times of crisis since we are a leading nation.

What about that one country you promised to help but never even got past planning mode??…!





Stop the flow of weapons to Sudan!

10 12 2009

Encourage U.S. senators to help stop the flow of weapons to Sudan by sending this electronic letter here. This is hosted by Save Darfur.

According to Save Darfur:

Nearly two years after United Nations peacekeepers were deployed to Darfur, the Government of Sudan works at every turn to block their efforts to protect civilians.

Recently, the United Nations Panel of Experts responsible for monitoring the warring parties in Sudan issued a report confirming what we all already know: Bashir’s regime continues to defy the United Nations arms embargo as well as international humanitarian and human rights law.

In response, Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and John McCain (R-AZ) drafted a letter to Ambassador Susan Rice, the Obama administration’s representative to the United Nations. Their letter asks her to speak out publicly about these violations and ensure that troops and arms movements and additional sanctions are carefully reviewed by the Security Council.

Nearly two years after United Nations peacekeepers were deployed to Darfur, the Government of Sudan works at every turn to block their efforts to protect civilians.

Recently, the United Nations Panel of Experts responsible for monitoring the warring parties in Sudan issued a report confirming what we all already know: Bashir’s regime continues to defy the United Nations arms embargo as well as international humanitarian and human rights law.

In response, Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and John McCain (R-AZ) drafted a letter to Ambassador Susan Rice, the Obama administration’s representative to the United Nations. Their letter asks her to speak out publicly about these violations and ensure that troops and arms movements and additional sanctions are carefully reviewed by the Security Council.

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The author of the blog is not affiliated with the mentioned organization and has only mentioned it for the 
humanitarian purposes of her blog.




Nobel Peace LIES

10 10 2009

I’m no expert on war-efforts. All that I could argue about Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan war-efforts by the Obama administration would only be based on basic news heard by me. I’ve never paid more attention than the “average” American. I don’t see even a plan for the “pull-out” that Obama promised…but I may not have all the facts.

But I do know that Obama promised to begin a serious campaign to secure Darfur, putting Air Force General Scott Gration at the helm of an envoy (the exact definition of this envoy–diplomatic? military? was unclear) for peace negotiations.

And where did it go? Nowhere. The envoy was supposed to be launched; it was announced March 19, 2009 and the members were named also…we were introduced to Gen. Gration. And what happened? Virtually nothing. All promises. If you think this is all some crazy campaign against Obama? No. It’s a campaign against an idea, too. Awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to someone who avoided one of the greatest chances to “bring peace”, or at least suppress oppression and violent, widespread extermination of a large number of a race, as well as taking the dignity of the race.

Shame. Pure shame.

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