Category Archives: Darfur
Most people will remember Manute as the 7ft 7in NBA center from the country of Sudan.
I will remember him as someone that spent his life, after basketball, fighting the good fight for his countrymen and women. A quote from Charles Barkley sums it up for me:
“You know, a lot of people feel sorry for him, because he’s so tall and awkward,” Charles Barkley, a former 76ers teammate, once said. “But I’ll tell you this — if everyone in the world was a Manute Bol, it’s a world I’d want to live in.”
Sudan is still a nightmare that never ends, a horrible place to live and die, but Manute Bol fought for what was right until he became very sick and had to return to the United States. Manute died from complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare skin disease that he contracted from a medication he received in Africa.
Rest in peace big man…I hope your native land will find peace as well some day.
This is the first instance of violence against the Peacekeepers since the murderer that runs Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir, had a warrant issued for him by the ICC (International Criminal Court). From VOA:
The joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission said the peacekeepers were ambushed by five or six unidentified gunmen on Monday evening while driving near the town of El-Geneina in West Darfur.
The peacekeepers, three Nigerians and one Rwandan, were flown to a base in the town of El-Fasher for treatment, according to the mission, with one of the soldiers in critical condition.
The supporters of Al-Bashir have organized several rallies against American’s and the Europeans that support the ICC warrant. Al-Bashir has expelled at least 13 aid groups, saying they are passing information on to the ICC. It’s going to get uglier before it gets better in Sudan…bet on it. The Sudanese are starving and dying in record numbers and they will pay the ultimate price for the actions of the ICC.
The warrant isn’t for genocide…but crimes against humanity. From MSNBC:
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Netherlands-based International Criminal Court on Wednesday announced an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Darfur region — a move that could provoke a violent backlash.
But the three-judge panel said there was insufficient evidence to support charges of genocide.
“He is suspected of being criminally responsible … for intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property,” court spokeswoman Laurence Blairon said.
I can’t believe there isn’t enough evidence of genocide..wtf do these guys need to charge this bastard with genocide?
This is the first warrant against a sitting leader by the ICC. Whether they will ever be able to put this piece of shit on trial is another story entirely.
With any luck the worthless bastard will be charged with genocide in the Darfur region. The International Criminal Court is considering issuing a warrant for Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the so-called President of Sudan. From CNN:
The ambassador said Friday that the International Criminal Court has indicated to Sudanese officials that al-Bashir may be charged over the five-year campaign of violence in the country’s Darfur region.
If the warrant is issued by Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo it would make al-Bashir the first sitting president to be indicted by the ICC for genocide.
If wishing could make it so, this man would of been tried years ago and 400,000 people wouldn’t of been killed as well as the 2.5 million had their villages razed and now live in squalor in refugee camps.
Ironically, the US doesn’t recognize the ICC. Ain’t that a bitch my dear reader.
China however has allowed this to happen. They have vetoed every resolution brought forth by the UN
QuakerDave has a post up about today. As usual, I am a day late and a devalued dollar short..but I will bring up this topic to educate and make us all aware of what is happening in Darfur..and goes largely ignored by the media in general.
The deathtoll in Darfur is a nightmare, a real nightmare…The children..that is what surrounds me the most..the affect on the children of Darfur. The most innocent of victims.
Five years of war means there are now school-aged children that have experienced nothing but violence in their short lives.
A million children have grown up in refugee camps. A million. Over 2.6 million people are estimated to have been displaced.
Today is the Global Day for Darfur. Citizens around the world will call on their governments and the United Nations to act decisively to get the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on the ground more fully and more quickly so that the children of Darfur – and the millions of civilians affected by five years of brutal violence and displacement – can live in peace.
Take a moment and visit here: The Voice of Darfur. Each picture holds an audio file, a story of the horror that is Darfur..five years on.
Here is a post I wrote in January of this year about the signing statement Bush added to the Sudan Divestiture Bill he signed. Our Fuckwit-in-Chief can not even bring himself to do what twenty-two states and more than fifty universities have already done.. passed and honor divestment measures from problematic companies in Sudan.
Our federal government condones the murder and genocide in Darfur with Bush’s signing statement..but we do not have to.
Crossposted at SirensChronicles