This week in Darfur New and opinions:
Activist Prendergast, Obama talk about ending strife in Darfur
This is all getting a little too pop-culturish for me. Darfur is not a fad, it is something that despite all the academic pontification against the indictment of Brashir, and the humanitarian rhetoric for the indictment, did not prevent the initial killing of hundreds of thousands, and has not stopped the subsequent violence by both factions, in a country where a tyrant contiunes to rules and those who have are still sitting around quite comfortable and those who don’t have, those oppressed are still so.
As a mater of fact for all the rhetoric on both sides of the coin after any given horror, what has it all done to prevent further horrors? Does there come a time when academics get off their duffs and realize that for all their talk they have really solved nothing? When those who react from the gut of a humanitarian viewpoint realize the same?
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has traveled to Saudi Arabia, despite the warrant for his arrest, not his first trip abroad since the issuance. In the meantime the
The Department of State has announced that the United State will seek to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council, reversing policies put in place by the Bush administration. The same Human Rights council which recently passed a resolution which suggests it might be OK to pass law restricting freedom of speech when it comes to religion. I wrote about that situation at Wonderland or Not in They’d Like To Teach The World To Sing In Perfect Harmony.
Special envoy to Sudan, retired Air Force major general J. Scott Gration is on his way to Sudan “discuss several issues with leaders, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s decision to expel 13 aid groups”.