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What Now For The Obama Administration

29 Jan

The question now is, will President Obama be part of a solution which will

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image courtesy of future atlas

What will this administration do when an arrest warrant for President Omar al Bashir of Sudan is issued?

It’s clear there will be repercussions. The peace-keepers themselves may well be targeted.

Mohamed Alsary Ibrahim was sentenced to 17 years in jail yesterday for allegedly trying to give sensitive documents about a Darfur war-crimes suspect to the International Criminal Court, – this according to Reuters. Mohamed Alsary is a Sudanese citizen. According to the United Nations, Sudanese government aircraft have been bombing rebel positions near the northern state capital of El-Fasher over the last few days, and aerial bombing and fighting in the past two weeks has displaced more than 9,000 people. The recent aerial bombardment by the Sudanese and ground offensive against the rebel Justice and Equality Movement marks the worst violence in Darfur in a year.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has per routine condemned the violence, saying “continued military action threatens civilian lives and jeopardizes efforts to reach a durable peace”.

What happens as we go forward into the next few weeks, and this administrations reactions to it will be important. So far, except for appointing Susan Rice, who clearly stated her thoughts on the genocide, there have been no other appointments or statements made about the once again deteriorating situation in Darfur.

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Posted by on January 29, 2009 in Africa, Bookmarks

 

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3 responses to “What Now For The Obama Administration

  1. sauerkraut

    January 29, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Off topic but thought you’d like to know (from mudflats)

    “Divestment Update – Kudos to four great Legislators for bringing this to the fore. If the Legislature can take time to talk about the death penalty, we can surely make some time to save the lives of innocent people.

    JUNEAU– On Thursday, the House State Affairs Committee will hear bills to stop the State from investing in foreign companies that are complicit in the 5-year old Darfur genocide. It is expected that the legislation will have bi-partisan support this year, after it became an issue in the national presidential election. “We don’t need to make money off genocide in this state. Congress has banned American companies from doing business in Sudan, and we can find better investments than in the few foreign companies still doing business there,” said newly elected Rep. Pete Petersen (D-Anch).

    Reps. Les Gara, Berta Gardner, Beth Kerttula and Petersen have filed HB 45, which requires the state, and the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, to stop investing in companies the international community has identified as complicit in the Darfur Genocide. Rep. Bob Lynn and the Governor have filed similar bills. Roughly 30 other states have already joined the Darfur Divestment movement. Since 2003 the Sudanese government and paramilitary groups have killed over 200,000 of their own citizens, and jeopardized the lives of 2 million others through displacement.

    Sarah Wallner, a member of Save Darfur Anchorage, has been pushing for state legislation on this issue for 3 years. According to Wallner, “An estimated 300,000 people have died and 2.5 million have been displaced to refugee camps in the ongoing genocide in Darfur , Sudan . Alaska can add our voice by becoming the 28th state in the nation by implementing targeted divestment of our investments in foreign companies doing business with the government of Sudan .”

     
  2. Josh

    February 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you for the link in return for using my Darfur photo.

     
  3. cooper

    February 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you. The photo is wonderful.

     

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