darfur, antigenocide, sudan

Success! Darfur funding passes in House

Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives approved an additional $334 million for the UNAMID peacekeeping operation, the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force in Darfur. As many regular GI-Net readers know, the UNAMID operation has been plagued with a lack of resources and funding — this bill is a huge step toward fixing this problem. Even better — this bill includes $150 million in overdue payments, known as arrears, for UN peacekeeping.

Given the recent upsurge in violence in Sudan, including attacks in North Darfur, the bombing of a Darfurian school, and even more alarming concerns that the recent rebel attack on Khartoum may provoke an armed response in Darfur, adequate funding for this operation is critical to ensuring security for the civilian population of Darfur.

But we aren't out of the woods yet...

Before the 2008 federal budget can become law, the Senate must pass their version of the bill — we need your help to make this happen! The $334 million for Darfur peacekeeping passed by the House might get cut if your senator doesn't stand up for it. Sign up for GI-Net's Action Alert newsletter or bookmark the RSS feed to find out when your phone calls can make the difference in passing this bill and helping to ensure safety for millions of Darfurian civilians still threatened by violence and rape.
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Darfur Dance Production

Two Performances Only
Wednesday April 23, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Thursday April 24, 2008 at 8:00 pm
The Arden Theatre (Haas Stage)
40 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tickets: $20 (students) $30 (adults)
$15 for groups of five ore more
25% of each ticket purchased will be donated to Global Grassroots

Intended for mature audiences

BUY TICKETS NOW: www.ardentheatre.org or 215 922 1122
MORE INFORMATION: www.rebeccadavisdance.com or 215 840 3890

A one-act modern dance production set to alternative rock music and designed to raise awareness and support for the victims of this 21st century genocide

The evening includes an exhibit of Sudanese children's artwork presented by the Darfur Alert Coalition.
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Tell Bush to Stick By His Promises!

Ask your representative to co-sponsor House Resolution 1011.

With the humanitarian crisis stemming from Darfur continuing to destabilize not only Sudan, but the surrounding region, including Chad and the Central African Republic, it has become increasingly urgent that the international community develop, fund, and implement a "comprehensive regional strategy."

The United States and President Bush have the ability and responsibility to protect by using their influential position on the United Nations Security Council and financial ability to provide humanitarian assistance to the region.

House Resolution 1011 urges President Bush to stick to his promises by:

Urging the UN Security Council to implement sanctions against the government of Sudan for its detrimental actions and the continued destabilization of the region, and continue US humanitarian assistance to the refugees and internally displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic.

This week, ask your representative to call on President Bush to stick to his promises and implement a comprehensive regional strategy by co-sponsoring House Resolution 1011.


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I have been working on this essay for the last six months. It was inspired in part after one of my class mates (after watching
Schindler's List) asked if the Holocaust was really that bad. What I took for common knowledge (the atrocities of the holocaust) other knew little or nothing about. I then realized that in my high school and collage level history classes the holocaust was only mentioned as a side note. Originally this was just about the Nazi holocaust, but as I did more research I realized how many genocidal events had happened that we knew little or nothing about. 

As of Jan 16th 2008 I do not have my reference page done, but it will be added. 

I am looking for some views and constructive crit. on my essay.

The Essay


I just joined this community and was wondering if there are people from outside of the United States here?

I'm from Europe (Amsterdam) and I'd love to talk to someone from Europe about what we can do for Darfur. In America there seem to be lots of activities for Darfur, but I have never heard of that over here. So, just wondering... anyone?
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Last Step for Sudan Divestment: Tell Bush to Sign Bill!

1-800-GENOCIDE: The Anti-Genocide Hotline

On Tuesday, December 18, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act with a vote of 411-0. Now we need your help with the last step!

President Bush has 10 days to sign the bill into law. Call 1-800-GENOCIDE and ask President Bush to sign SADA.

During his first year in office, President Bush wrote the words, "Not on my watch" in the margins of a memo on the genocide in Rwanda. Help President Bush to remember his promise.

Call President Bush and ask him to sign the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act.

Call as soon as you can -- if it's after hours, help us fill the comment line with pro-Darfur messages! Your support is critical in ensuring that American dollars are not enabling the genocidal government in Khartoum. Call today!

1-800-GENOCIDE: The Anti-Genocide Hotline

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We Did It! US Companies Won't Fund Genocide in Darfur!

We Did It! Sudan Divestment Passes the Senate!

Great news! Late last night, the United States Senate unanimously passed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act (PDF). It was a tough fight and opposition to the bill was only overcome after thousands of Americans from all 50 states called and e-mailed their Senators.

Thanks for your work to pass the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act (SADA)! Please help us keep up the fight by contributing to GI-Net.

SADA is a huge blow to the small group of foreign companies funding the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Already, three companies have suspended their Sudan operations fearing that SADA will become law. To keep our elected officials engaged on the issue, it is important to call and thank your Senators for supporting this important measure.

Please call 1-800-GENOCIDE and thank your Senators for passing SADA.

What's Next: Ensuring SADA Becomes Law

SADA will be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. In August, the House passed a similar bill, the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act, with a vote of 418-1. On Monday, the House is expected to quickly pass SADA by an overwhelming majority.

Once the House passes SADA, President Bush will have ten days to sign the bill into law. Your calls and e-mails will be critical as President Bush has been unsupportive of the bill.

Please help us to continue our advocacy efforts and to expand our civilian protection efforts on the ground in Darfur. Make a contribution today.

Thanks for all you do to end genocide!

Sudan: Blocking Darfur Mission

This doesn't surprise me at all. It was too good to be true.


"Should the anticipated discussions fail to clear the path to the deployment of an effective force, the international community will be confronted with hard choices," Mr Guehenno said.

Like we didn't see this coming.

China: Exploiting or helping Darfur?

Interesting article at the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7111206.stm), it seems that China has sent 135 engineers, part of the UN mandate for 26 000 peacekeepers to be deployed in Darfur, and the rebels want them out of the country. Personally I can’t blame them.

"We oppose them coming because China is not interested in human rights. It is just interested in Sudan's resources," he said.

"We are calling on them to quit Sudan, especially the petroleum areas."

 I think these two quotes from the BBC say it all. It’s known that China is purely interested in Darfur’s oil and for it they have been proving funding which has been going towards the genocide occurring in Darfur.  Moreover, this is purely a front by the Chinese in hoping to help their reputation with the Beijing Winter Olympics coming up. Leader of the rebels, Khalil Ibrahim, says he is not sure if he will attack the rebels or not, but his quote sums this whole situation up the best,

“What I am saying is that they are taking our oil for blood."

Personally, I 100% agree.