Natsios, Global Warming, Women of Darfur – links.

08 Mar

U.S. special envoy to Sudan Andrew Natsios arrived in Tripoli, he’ll leave Saturday after what he hopes will be some success as he continues to “advocate for African solutions to African problems”.

Bashir continues to refute claims of a genocide saying the US and UK have much exaggerated the situation.

In the meantime Sudan is looking toward future oil revenues and they are looking pretty good.

Also according to the Sudan Tribune:

” Women in Darfur continue to be subjected to rape by all sides in the brutal conflict in the western Sudanese region, the U.N. human rights chief said Thursday – International Women’s Day.”

Darfur women still raped, by all sides – UN

Of some interest is an article in the Atlantic online.

The Real Roots of Darfur
by Stephen Faris – “The violence in Darfur is usually attributed to ethnic hatred. But global warming may be primarily to blame.”

We are taken back to a time prior to the African / Arab violence via Alex deWaal, now a program director at the Social Science Research Council. Back to a time in the mid eighties when Dr Waal was there as a doctoral candidate doing anthropological fieldwork, and through him explore the possibility that it is global warming which in summary, due to the “failing land” helped contribute to the start of this problem between settled farmers and nomadic herders.

If you can read the article do so. The article is subscription only so I can’t reprint it here but if you want it let me know. I can let you see my copy.

This is not a new point, I read this for the first time a couple of years ago although I can’t remember where. There was some reference to it last summer in Seed and I’m sure various other publications.

The main issue is no matter what the cause, be it global warming which initiated the attacks due to the failing land or provoked ethnic cleansing, in the end it is a genocide of a certain segment of the population which was sanctioned by the government of Sudan and it does have to stop.


Posted by on March 8, 2007 in Africa, Aid, Bookmarks, rape, The Sudan


2 responses to “Natsios, Global Warming, Women of Darfur – links.

  1. weirsdo

    March 11, 2007 at 1:07 am

    That global warming argument is interesting, and I had not heard it before. But African history is so full of conquest, oppression, and enslavement by rival ethnic groups that I still suspect ethnic hatred to be the primary cause.

  2. Doug

    March 15, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Hi, Alice. That argument is interesting and new to me, too, although drought has hit other countries in East Africa with different results and the conflict between nomadic and settled groups in southern Sudan is old. In college I read a book about the Nuer that was old then and it contained jokes about that conflict and between the Nuer and the Dinka.


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