- After each new genocide, the refrain of "Never Again" is repeated once more. Now genocide is happening again in Sudan. Initially ignored, the genocide launched by the Sudanese government against the people of Darfur has gotten more attention this month, thanks in part to a high-profile visit from Secretary of State Powell. I've linked to some blogosphere commentary below.
- The Africa Union summit was held July 6-8 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Issues discussed included the ongoing violence in Congo and Sudan and the current crisis in Zimbabwe. Mostly Africa has a complete roundup. You can start here and follow the links at the bottom of the page.
Other Topics Today Include: More news and commentary on Darfur crisis; Zimbabwe press crackdown; Terror ties for Comrade Bob?; Uganda update; Final word on DDT.
Darfur: Background and Commentary
- The Darfur genocide seems particularly disturbing due to the fact that it's actually the second genocide engineered by Bashir and Company. Nina Shea reviews the Sudanese government's pattern of behavior and makes some suggestions for what should be done.
- Conrad, guest-blogging over at Head Heeb, has some thoughts about Sudan, slavery, and the root causes of Sudan's civil wars.
- Black Star Journal offers advice on how to handle the Darfur genocide.
- Meanwhile, Ethan Zuckerman fears that it may already be too late to save thousands (or millions?) of Sudanese.
- Abiola makes an interesting point about some current "apologists for mass murder."
Darfur: Powell's Visit
- The Christian Science Monitor covers the visits to Darfur by Mr. Powell and Mr. Annan.
- The Wall Street Journal published a lengthy editorial on Powell’s visit to Darfur, U.S. hegemony, and the role of the UN.
Darfur: News and Roundups
- Jonathan Edelstein noted reports in June that Sudanese militias were recruiting Chadian Arab rebels to take part in the Darfur violence, raising fears that Chad could eventually be drawn into the conflict.
- The French, erstwhile defenders of Saddam's dictatorship, are now opposing sanctions against Sudan. Abiola asks: "Is there any tyranny the French aren't willing to kiss up to for selfish national reasons, any bloodletting they aren't willing to overlook for the sake of "la gloire"?"
- Gary Farber has regular Darfur updates (with links galore!) on Winds of Change; see here, here, here, and here.
- Mostly Africa posts a roundup of Darfur-related news, noting that Libya may become a conduit for humanitarian relief.
Darfur: Useful Blogs
- Jim Moore, Eric Reeves and Passion of the Present are a few blogs with excellent coverage of the Darfur crisis.
- Comrade Mugabe continues his crackdown on the press, now targeting stringers for foreign media. As always, Head Heeb has the story.
- Instapundit warns of ethnic cleansing aimed at the white minority in Zimbabwe. Abiola and Way South respond.
- Andrew at Southern Cross noticed that South Africa's freshly re-elected Thabo Mbeki has launched a new initiative to promote democracy, transparency, and responsible government in Africa.... Oh, wait; that's not right. Mbeki actually is trying to strengthen political ties between his ANC party and Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF. That Mbeki has a funny way of picking his friends.
- Is there a link between al Qaeda and Zimbabwe? And does the South African government know about it? I'd like to know if there's anything more to this story.
- A Ugandan court has nullified the results of a 2000 referendum on the country's "no-party" political system. "President" Museveni has rejected the ruling, saying that it usurps the people's power.
- It seems that the President has just usurped the court's power.
- After playing dictator at home, Museveni went abroad as a dynamic, progressive leader, touting the success of his AIDS prevention program at an AIDS conference in Thailand.
- In more disturbing news, a Ugandan parliamentary committee reported that 8000 children were abducted in the past 12 months by the Lord's Resistance Army terrorist group.
- Pro-DDT activists sometimes ask rhetorically if the lives of mosquitoes are more valuable than the lives of humans. Apparently the answer, for some environmentalists, is a most emphatic YES!