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.





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The article is slightly outdated as I write this; but it is still useful.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…





How good is Bashir leaving?

28 01 2011

IF [Omar al-] Bashir must leave, whether forced our or–when Hell freezes over–voluntarily, how good is it for Sudan and Darfur? According to a recent Bloomberg article, if the south secedes, Bashir’s rule is in danger…and that may not be the fairytale it seems. All things take time to improve. The situation would not become prosperous and fair right away.

But a threat to his rule could also result in a coup, in which “If there is a coup, [Hassan al-] Turabi would take power, not Thomas Jefferson,” announced Andrew Natsios, George W. Bush’s former envoy to Sudan.

What does this mean? A more detailed opinion piece in a week, after I have a week of EEG’s while being wired to a bed…to see where my seizures are. :p





UN envoys ‘worried about Sudan violence’

5 10 2010

Envoys from 15 nations in the UN’s security council, headed to Sudan to restate that a secession with South Sudan MUST take place on January 9th as decided, expressed fears that a delay could start a violent civil war.  The meeting will not be with President Omar-Al Bashir but with senior officials. Bashir is wanted on war crimes charge[s].

Darfur rebel groups claim that the Sudanese groups have opened new attacks, but the UN has not confirmed this.

[The above ‘snippet’ adapted from this APF article; read it for much more detailed information and don’t forget my DarfurHerald Twitter]





Sudanese planes bomb villages; Canada shows concern

23 09 2010

Sudanese Planes Bomb Villages

During the last two days, war planes from Sudan bombed villages in Jebel Marra , stated by the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), a rebel group. Eighteen people were killed, mainly children, women and elderly men. The Sudanese army regularly bombs positions/camps held by the rebel groups not stated in the Doha peace talks.

The government has allowed UNICEF and other aid groups to reach Jebel Marra as part of this new policy (see article) “aiming to build confidence with the civilians”.

However, Nimir Rahman (spokesperson for SLA) said Draibat-based army forces prevented UNICEF and MDM from supplying school material and medication.

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Canada Shows Concern for Darfur Situation

It is encouraging (though it is still sad for Darfur, of course) to see that other countries are realizing the severity of the situation in Darfur. Minister of foreigner affairs Lawrence Cannon expressed these concerns in a press statement:

“Canada urges the Government of Sudan to take steps to ensure the safety of Darfur’s citizens, and to allow full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to assist those in need,”

He “went on” about Darfur/Sudan. The full statement can be found here.

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The previous information is extracted from the original article in SudanTribune.com and in http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=17324
More detailed info can be found in said articles.




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.





More pressure against U.N. re: Sudan

13 06 2010

More pressure is being raised against the U.N. to “take action” against Sudan, whose government has seemingly absolute control over Darfur and refuses to allow President Omar Al Bashir to be tried for war crimes. The U.N. is in a bind between taking action and possibly having Bashir react and sabotage the sanctions, or remain neutral and show that there is no pursuit of justice in the world.

Information written in this post are based on an article from The Guardian, accessible via the link above.
Some is based on opinion written in the article.