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September 7, 2005

Spotlight on Darfur Monthly Post

The Spotlight on Darfur contains reports and views on the Darfur genocide crisis from a diverse group of bloggers.... check it out here....
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August 29, 2005

Spotlight on Darfur Announcement - a call to bloggers

Via prolifeblogs: Spotlight on Darfur 1 will be hosted at Allthings2all on 1 September. It will feature posts on the current Darfur situation by bloggers from around the world. If you are a blogger and would like to send in a post for inclusion in the Spotlight on Darfur see...
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August 15, 2005

Was Sudan Leader John Garang's Death an Accident?

After three weeks as Sudan's First Vice-President, John Garang was killed in a helicopter crash in southern Sudan on his way back from Uganda. After a barrage of misinformation, initial reports blamed the weather or mechanical failure for the incident. For those who are unaware, Garang has been instrumental in...
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August 1, 2005

Southern Sudan's Garang Killed

Ingrid from Sudan Watch has been following the news related to John Garang, head of the SPLM and Sudan’s First Vice-President. Yesterday, a BBC news report said John Garang was on his way back to Sudan from Uganda when his plane or helicopter went missing for several hours. Later on...
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July 13, 2005

A Prayer for the Dying in Darfur

As Mark Leon Goldberg of the American Prospect reported back in April, the Bush administration was leaning heavily on congressional leaders and managed to stall, and probably killed, the Darfur Accountability Act. As Goldberg explained, the bill [E]stablishes targeted U.S. sanctions against the Sudanese regime, accelerates assistance to expand the...
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June 29, 2005

Darfur - Conflicting Priorities of the International Community

For more than two years, the international community has done little to stop the violence in Darfur or provide security to the millions of displaced victims. And the closer one follows the world's response to this crisis, the clearer the conflicting priorities of the major actors (the US, the AU,...
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June 15, 2005

The Future of Darfur, Sudan - Update

There can be no doubt that, relatively speaking, the crisis in Darfur has generated a fair amount of attention. Journalists, human rights experts and bloggers have poured a lot of energy into raising awareness of the genocide and the 400,000 lives it has taken. Unfortunately, this focus on Darfur only...
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June 8, 2005

The Slow Reaction to Genocide in Darfur, Sudan

The big news regarding Darfur this week is that the International Criminal Court has formally announced that it is conducting an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity in the region....
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June 1, 2005

Darfur, Sudan: Improvement is in the Eye of the Beholder

Jan Pronk, U.N. envoy to Sudan, recently said that Secretary-General Kofi Annan was greatly impressed by improvement of the situation in Darfur. In Pronk's words "Mr. Annan was really impressed by the improved situation in Darfur, which he visited on Saturday," Pronk told a press conference in Khartoum. [snip] "Foreign...
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May 24, 2005

After Supporting Genocide in Darfur, China Pledges Peace Keeping Troops for Sudan

During his recent visit to China, Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Othman Ismail emphasized Sudan’s interest in economic co-operation with the country and obtained China’s agreement to expand into more areas and raise its level of financing. In addition, Ismail said China has promised to join the United Nations peace-keeping force...
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May 23, 2005

Delays and Complications in Darfur, Sudan

The genocide in Darfur began more than two years ago. Since then, more than 400,000 people have died and the international community has yet to take any concrete action toward stopping the violence or helping the nearly 2 million displaced return to their destroyed villages and resume semi-normal lives. And...
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May 16, 2005

Genocide in Sudan - The Darfur Collection

The people of Sudan have suffered considerably in plain view of the international community. Save Darfur reports that 400,000 people have died in Dafur following the inception of the conflict two years ago. According to the Washington-based Coalition for International Justice (CIJ), 140,000 people have been killed by Sudanese government...
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April 27, 2005

Eric Reeves - Fighting for the people of Dafur, Sudan

On February 24, 2004, an op-ed entitled "The Unnoticed Genocide" appeared in the pages of the Washington Post warning that without humanitarian intervention in Darfur "tens of thousands of civilians [would] die in the weeks and months ahead in what will be continuing genocidal destruction."...
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April 26, 2005

Who Funds the Genocide in Dafur, Sudan?

Not surprising, China is now the largest foreign investor in Sudan, and, when the United Nations' Security Council passed Resolution 1564, threatening Sudan with oil sanctions unless it curbed the violence in Darfur, China rendered the resolution meaningless by pledging to veto any bid to impose an embargo. Why? Sudan's...
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April 21, 2005

Darfur Deaths Near 400,000 - Experts Estimate 500 people Die each day

The latest update I received from Save Dafur reports that 400,000 people have died in Dafur following the inception of the conflict two years ago. According to the Washington-based Coalition for International Justice (CIJ), 140,000 people have been killed by Sudanese government forces and their proxy militia and 250,000 Darfur...
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April 13, 2005

Lacking the Political Will to Save Dafur

In the last few days, international donors have pledged $4.5 billion in reconstruction aid to Sudan as part of the north/south peace process. And though much if this aid is nominally contingent on Khartoum's ability and willingness to end the violence in Darfur, it remains to be seen if the...
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March 30, 2005

Never Again: Again and Again

In her 2001 article Bystanders to Genocide, Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power recounts how President Clinton was shocked and outraged by an article written by Philip Gourevitch recounting the horrors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, prompting him to send the article to his national security advisor Sandy Berger...
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March 24, 2005

The People in Dafur Matter - Does the U.S. Care

From the Opinion Journal [HT: Antioch Road] As we sat in a refugee camp in Chad listening to Fatima describe how most of her family was killed by Sudanese government-sponsored Janjaweed militias, we found it incomprehensible that the world could not muster the political will necessary to protect her surviving...
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March 15, 2005

Update on Dafur, Sudan

"Building on eleven previous assessments of global mortality in Darfur, this analysis finds that approximately 380,000 human beings have died as a result of the conflict that erupted in February 2003, and that the current conflict-related mortality rate in the larger humanitarian theater is approximately 15,000 deaths per month. This...
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January 31, 2005

U.N. report says Darfur violence is not genocide

Another reason the U.N.'s problems are systemic: A U.N. commission on Sudan has concluded that systematic, government-backed violence in the western region of Darfur was not genocide, but that there was evidence of crimes against humanity with an ethnic dimension. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Darfur...
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January 27, 2005

Sudan Continues to Violate Darfur Cease-Fire

Sudan violated its cease-fire agreement with Darfur rebels by bombing a North Darfur state village, sources in Khartoum's aid community said on Thursday. - moreOn the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp today, there is the terrible sense that the lessons of the Holocaust are slipping...
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January 26, 2005

Kofi Annan's statement on Darfur, Sudan at the UN remembrance of the Holocaust

Sudan: the Passion of the Present provides an editorial by Eric Reeves regarding the recent statements UN Secretary General Kofi Annan made regarding Sudan. As you read the first several paragraphs below recall the Russia and China have rejected sanctions against Sudan....
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January 13, 2005

Peace in the South Bad for Dafur?

With peace in the South, Sudan government forces can be re-directed . . . At the weekend, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the government had started a massive build-up of forces and logistics in Darfur and said they were still using the Janjaweed Arab militia in their operations rather than...
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January 10, 2005

Bush urges Sudan, rebels to implement peace pact in good faith

"I call on the Government of Sudan and on all Darfur rebel groups to live up to their ceasefire commitments, to end atrocities, and to allow the free movement of humanitarian workers and supplies," President George W. Bush....
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Sudan Peace Must End Darfur Genocide Today: Powell

US Secretary of State Colin Powell used the signing of the Sudan peace accord to demand an immediate end to the genocide and atrocities in Dafur - more. "These new ’partners for peace’ must work together immediately to end the violence and the atrocities that continue to occur in Darfur,"...
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January 9, 2005

Sudan Peace Accord Signed by GOS and SPLM

Associated Press - Sudan's vice president and the country's main rebel leader signed a comprehensive peace agreement to end Africa's longest-running conflict Sunday, concluding an eight-year process to stop a civil war in the south that has cost more than 2 million lives since 1983. Incredible news! After 21 years...
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January 8, 2005

Sudan Peace Deal Ceremony Opens in Nairobi

Kenya - A ceremony to mark the signing of a peace deal between the Sudanese government and southern rebels opened amid high hopes for a final end to Africa's longest-running conflict. The pact, which formally ends 21 years of war, was to be signed by Sudan's Vice President Ali Osman...
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January 5, 2005

Lasting Peace in Sudan Requires Accountability

The imminent peace accord between the Islamic Government of Sudan and the SPLM lacks several fundamental components. Notably, accountability for the atrocities committed against civilians in the South, including slavery, is not part of the deal [more from Passion of the Present]. Further, the composition of the GOS government will...
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Dafur Human Rights Violations Continue to be Ignored

News obsession with the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami, and the easy headlining of an impending peace-signing ceremony in Nairobi between Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), have led to significantly diminished attention to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. This is so despite the vast, genocidal nature of human...
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January 4, 2005

Final Sudan Peace Agreement to be Signed

This Sunday the Islamic government of Sudan will sign a final peace agreement with the Christian and animist Southern Peoples Liberation Movement/Army ending 21 years of war. Since war began in 1983, more than 2 million people have died, approximately 628,000 Sudanese have sought refuge in neighboring countries, and more...
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January 3, 2005

Obstacles Remain for Sudan's New Hopes of Peace

During the next week the Islamic Government of Sudan and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement are expected to sign an agreement that many hope will raise a new era of peace out of a history marked with conflict and fighting....
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January 2, 2005

Will Sudan Keep its Agreement with the SPLM - Part 2?

While the SPLM is well aware of the treachery of the North, the SLM warns that "the war will take new forms." The concern being that what Khartoum could not accomplish by terrorizing the citizens of the South it may be able to achieve at the bargaining table via a political slight of hand - a new form of war.

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Key Events During Sudan's 21-Year Civil War

Reuters has published an interesting chronology of Sudan's 21-Year Civil War. According to this very brief history, the war began with: 1983 - The government, dominated by northern Arabs, adopts aspects of Islamic sharia law and later martial law. Relations with mostly animist and Christian south deteriorate. 1983-84 - Rebels...
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Will Sudan Keep its Agreement with the SPLM?

"We are committed to implementing the agreements we reached at Naivasha and to pressing ahead with the reconstruction of all Sudan's war zones," states Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Beshir. [AFP]. In addition, First Vice-President Taha, thought by some to be the most powerful politician in Sudan, has apparently signaled his...
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December 31, 2004

At Last, Peace in Sudan

Fact: Sudan, which on Saturday celebrates its 1956 freedom from Britain, has been embroiled in a series of civil wars for most of its independence. - Sudan Watch Sudan has chosen a great way to start the New Year: Amid singing and cries of joy, Sudan's government and southern rebels...
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Sudan Reaches Final Peace Agreement

Boston Globe - Sudan's government and southern rebels are expected to agree to the final chapters of a peace deal today, paving the way for a comprehensive agreement to end in January Africa's longest-running civil war, delegates said. The government and rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) said middle-ranking officials...
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War on Terror Motivates Peace in Africa

The aggressive war against international terrorism appears to be having a favorable effect on more restricted struggles in Sudan and Uganda. Today, it is likely that two momentous agreements will be signed, one in Sudan and one is Uganda, that will pave the way to future peace....
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December 26, 2004

China's Support of Genocide in Sudan

As the UN Security Council and members of the international community struggle to end the atrocities taking place in Sudan, one of the biggest impediments to achieving peace is the government of China. In fact, the ability of the Sudanese government to persecute and kill is directly linked to the...
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China's Interest in Sudan

The following statement appeared in an article about Dafur titled "World put to shame as Sudan heads for disaster": [UN Secretary General Kofi] Annan is expected to report on Darfur next month, to try to evaluate whether genocide has taken place. But any question of sanctions is certain to be...
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Sudanese Government and SPLM Set Peace Agreement Date

The Sudanese government and the country's main southern rebel group will sign a peace agreement Jan. 10 in Kenya to end more than 20 years of civil war, a senior government official said Saturday. [LA Times] The "conflict", often consisting of the northern Islamic government's military bombing southern Sudan villages...
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December 25, 2004

A Present for Christians in Southern Sudan

Christians in southern Sudan have suffered over 20 years of intense persecution by the Muslim Khartoum government. Their churches have been bombed and schools destroyed. Hundreds of thousands were incarcerated into "peace camps" (concentration camps). After years of effort, it appears that the Islamic government of Sudan and the Sudan...
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December 22, 2004

Peace Returning to Southern Sudan

For the war torn and perscuted in Southern Sudan the following report is a sign of God's blessing. A comprehensive peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) to end two decades of conflict in the south could be signed within days, officials involved in...
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May 12, 2004

Peace in Sudan?

After signing a peace agreement reports continue to indicate that the north Sudanese government has not stopped fighting. So, despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement on April 8, fighting goes on. "We are still fighting factions of the rebels," a senior Sudanese military source told Reuters Arab news service...
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