In “How John Q. Citizen can affect Darfur” Colin Thomas Jenson, in a special to the Star Telegram, suggests the way to the heart of Khartoum is through the pocketbook, and in the end it is a targeted divestment which will win save the lives of the Darfurians; there appears to be some proof that this has already happened . Now imagine if China, the country honored with hosting the next Winter Olympics and known for their very poor human rights record, were to take some initiative in this.
China would be hard pressed to do so, I imagine with so much of their money tied up in the oil of Sudan, but as I think we need a targeted divestment campaign against China, or at the very least a boycott of the games being held in a country with such disregard for humanity. Unless of course they would like to take some real initiative toward helping to solve this dilemma; this is life and death to the men, women and children in Darfur.
The hoarding of wealth will continue, so in the end to decrease that wealth by showing Sudan we do not tolerate the racist ideologies which allow for degradation, murder and starvation of children and murder and rape of women by continued divestment is, in part, the only way to stop the vicious financially gluttonous leadership of Sudan.
Politics will play it’s role with both the governor of NM trying to get his piece of the political pie, and new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon coming in with what appears to be a renewed commitment, and let’s hope a more concerted effort and better plan.
“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Darfur has arrived in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on the second stage of a mission promoting United Nations efforts to find a permanent solution to a conflict that has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced some 2.5 million others in Darfur.
Jan Eliasson, Swedish foreign minister and a former president of the UN General Assembly, arrived from talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, headquarters of the African Union (AU) to discuss steps required to reach a durable solution on the basis of the Darfur Peace Agreement, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.”