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Global Day for Darfur

Global Day for Darfur

African Action, one of the oldest online African activist sites present a report which looks at the similarities between the US response to Rwanda and it’s present response to Darfur.
A Tale of Two Genocides: The Failed U.S. Response to Rwanda and Darfur
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In a broader sense, the failed response to Rwanda and now to Darfur indicates a shameful negligence on the part of the U.S. when it comes to saving African lives. In the realm of U.S. foreign policy priorities, Africa is most often absent or marginalized, and the human cost of this myopia is most clear in the death toll of these two genocides. In Rwanda in 1994, the Clinton Administration was more focused on the crisis in the former Yugoslavia, and was still reeling from the disastrous U.S. intervention in Somalia the previous year. In Darfur at present, the U.S. is focused more urgently on the crisis in the Middle East, on the war in Iraq and on the so-called “War on Terrorism”, which are estimated to be more pressing policy priorities than genocide in Africa.

Whilst this report specifically highlights the actions or non-action of the US in Rwanda and in Darfur it has to be emphasied that the broader international community, the Arab League and the African Union have all, implicitly or explicitly, acquiesced to Khartoum and as such abandoned the people of Darfur.

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In Madrid we are targeting the Sudanese embassy. We will make a performance in the street for media in front of the embassy and offer interviews. We are also doing some media work in national and local media.

Campaigns will also be held in:Coruña, Albacete, Alt Empordá, Avilés, Bages, Barcelona, Burgos, Casteldefels, , Gavá, Lugo, Llobregat Sud, Madrid, Maresme, Oviedo, Palencia, Salamanca, Sant Boi, Valencia, Valladolid, Viladecans, Vitoria y Zamora. For Andalucia you have: Córdoba and Sevilla

Links:


Darfur Timeline
via Sudan Watch:
Sudan: Passion of the Present – In depth coverage and resource site on Darfur.
Sudan Tribune
– independent coverage of Sudan

5 Comments

  1. Day 105 24/7 DC VIGIL for DARFUR; Day 35 HUNGER STRIKE (54 days so far this summer, with breaks); ARRESTED Sept 9th at White House with 29 others from Africa Action; http://www.standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com

    THE ONLY HOPE FOR DARFUR: WE-THE-WORLD’S-PEOPLE. Duh.

    It is said that the mark of truly being “crazy” is expecting different results from doing the same thing over and over and…. Ok, we needed to try some new approaches, hoping we could find a new formula for mass social change (stopping Genocide has NEVER been done); looking for an approach that would be comfortable, convenient, safe, executed from our computer terminal / phone / TV or office in some combination. The variations we’ve tried are: * Blame (Bush, UN, EU…) , * Emails, letters, postcards…,* Letting the Nonprofits do it, * Divestment. And the results are in. WE ARE NOT, STOPPING THE GENOCIDE!

    You mean that the answer for Darfur is the same answer we found for…* Ending the Vietnam War, * Gaining Civil Rights in the US, * Gaining Women the right to Vote in the US, * Ending apartheid in South Africa, * Throwing off the British oppression at our start….?

    Yup. No one else, nothing else can stop it, can save 4,000,000 in Concentration Camps in Sudan and Chad. The buck stops with WE-THE-WORLD’S-PEOPLE. Let’s stop talking and start – marching, demonstrating, sitting-in, hunger striking….

    The next step is September 17th (SaveDarfur.org; DayForDarfur.org). BUT, then we need to be ready on SEPTEMBER 18th, 19th… AS LONG AS IT TAKES, WHATEVER IT TAKES.

    Jay McGinley, jymcginley@cs.com

  2. I knew that somehow you would be with us today Darlin’. I must say that I am surprised that the Spanish are holding such wide-ranging protests all across the country. Only thing going on here in Germany is over in Berlin as far as I know. The Berlin voters are out in force today for state elections and to choose a mayor, so turnout is bound to be pretty low for the Global Day for Darfur rally.

    When all the speeches have been made and songs have been sung and the protestors have all gone home to watch themselves on TV, the Spanish PM and Parliament members and citizens of Spain must be ready to backup their words with serious action. And I am not talking about economic sanctions.

    The only way that President Omar al-Bashir will allow Chapter VII-mandated UN troops into Darfur anytime soon is that we (the international community) kick the door in and are ready to confront his troops and militias and Jihadis on the battlefield. Is Spain ready for that kind of challenge?

    John Prendergast has a good editorial in the Philadelphia Enquirer this week on the U.S. government’s failures re: the Darfur Crisis. There is some commentary on it over at my place (Sep 13th post). Here is the URL to the article at the ICG:
    http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4378

  3. been keeping tabs on this for the last week and it looks to be creating strong awareness. now is time for action

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    Sokari

    BRE – You are right to question what will happen tomorrow but I do think this campaign has a momentum and a belief that we the people can force our leaders to act and bring about change. We need to keep Darfur on the agenda by days of action like this, blogging, talking, petitioning – keep pushing and pushing. Khartoum is resolute so we have to be equally resolute with our respective leaders. There were no events in Granada today but we had a fund raising event earlier in the year.