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Crisis In Sudan!

The International Crisis Group(ICG) believes there is a crisis brewing in the Sudan which will tear apart the area and result in devastating war and conflict. The ICG predicts if nothing is done it will result in a “violent break-up” of the Sudan and consequences for the stability of neighboring nations. It called upon the international community, “especially the United States” to take action in order to ensure war was avoided. The ICG urged the African Union and the UN to step in and do something to ensure that prior agreements were kept by all sides. There is need for an immediate negotiated peace in order to avoid a horrible war in the region.

Yes, the United States or the UN could take action, but isn’t it time for African nations to assume responsibility for peace on the continent? The African Union and other African organizations stood idly by while President Robert Mugabe killed and brutalized thousands in Zimbabwe and no hand or voice was raised to halt his actions. If the United States had attempted to intervene and protect the people of Zimbabwe, cries of “colonialism” would have echoed down the corridors of every African parliament. It is time for Africans to take care of Africans! It is time for powerful nations like South Africa or Nigeria to assume leadership roles and quit asking America or Europeans to deal with issues that, in the end, must be resolved by Africans!

OBAMA WAFFLES ON DARFUR!

President Barack Obama has made several eloquent speeches dealing with the issue of human rights as well as expressing his horror at the inhumane policies followed by the Sudan government toward the people of Darfur. But, that was then when he was a candidate for president. These days he is the president and expecting a tough stand from Barack Obama about any issue is like expecting a snow storm in the Amazon. He is abandoning his policy of taking a tough stand against the Sudan violation of human rights and he no longer will discuss the issue of sanctions. These days, the tough minded sheriff who stands for law and order wants to work with murderers in hope they will reduce their level of murders.

Each time Obama becomes the waffle king, those who favor terrorism and oppression of the innocent gain hope because there is nothing to fear from the United States. One can only wonder if Obama would oppose getting tough about existing laws that deprived black skinned people of their rights. Perhaps, he would have redefined the laws to mean, “alleged laws about skin color.”

Sudan Woman Fights For All Muslim Women!

Lubna Hussein is among the bravest women in the world because she will not retreat one inch in the fight for human rights for all women in the world. She was among a group of thirteen women who went for a drink and attired themselves in trousers. The police pounced on the scene of this blatant criminal activity and arrested the women. Ten agreed to plead guilty of the heinous crime of wearing trousers, paid a fine and received a few blows from a can.

Lubna told authorities she would not apologize because she did not break any laws. After threatening her with flogging a judge fined her $200. She smiled and refused to obey his decision. “I will not pay a penny. I won’t pay as a matter of principle. I would spend a month in jail. It is a chance to study the conditions of jails.” Ms. Hussein intends to carry this fight to the highest judiciary body in the Sudan.

Lubna Hussein is the perfect candidate for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Awarding her the prize would send a message to those men int he Muslim world he regard women as inferiors.

Secret Meeting In Egypt About Darfur

Egyptian diplomats have brought together a coalition of nations in order to focus on the future of Darfur. Egyptian head of intelligence, Omar Suleiman and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit, invited representatives from the United States, Libya and the Sudan to figure out a way to halt bloodshed in Darfur. There are reports Libya has taken a leadership role in ending conflict between Chad and the Sudan and is part of the process of seeking peace in the Sudan. Recently, Scott Graton, Obama’s envoy to the Sudan hosted four rival Darfur groups at a meeting in Ethiopia.

Graton has come under attack from various factions because they claim he is not impartial. Sudanese Liberation Movement leader, Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur, told the Sudan Tribune, “the special envoy of President Obama to Sudan abandoned his mission and has become a problem and an obstacle due to his non-neutral position.”

An issue that created anger was Graton’s support for ending certain sanctions against the Sudan. There is always conflict when a specific nation creates turmoil. Do other nations impose sanctions? Do they seek to isolate the offender? Obviously, there is no simple response to these questions. Sometimes sanctions work, and in other cases such as the US boycott of Cuba they turn out to be unable to achieve goals.

The important outcome is nations finally are discussing ways to end the violence in Darfur.

Sarkozy Backs Women In Pants!

The Sharia minded government of Sudan has a propensity for making news over its desire to prosecute women for doing things that just don’t agree with its version of the Muslim religion. French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised his support for Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein who faces the prospect of being lashed for the horrible crime of wearing trousers in a land where many men go around clad in trousers. “We will continue to work with her to help,” said Sarkozy, “in her struggle which is the struggle of all women and which honors her.” He commented about her “courageous” fight to be an individual who has an interpretation of the Koran which clashes with clerics in charge of Sudan religion.

Ms. al-Hussein was working for a UN group and claims Sudan had promised to respect the rights of those working for the UN including seeking permission prior to invoking criminal proceedings against any member of the staff. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that flogging was a violation of international human rights standards.

Perhaps, it is time for the United States to pass legislation which states any male in the country who wears Arab traditional dress will be condemned, not to being flogged, but to being compelled to watch the New York Knickerbocker basketball team play ten games. That will end flogging in any Arab nation.

Trousers Lead Revolution In Sudan!

During the 1960s the world confronted a challenge to codes of morality when young people decided to wear long hair. Somehow, civilization survived that threat to its moral fiber, but the government of the Sudan deserves credit for identifying a new challenge to all we hold dear to the cause of morality–trousers. Dozens of women protested against the upcoming trial of Lubna Hussein, a former UN worker who shocked the Sudanese people by inviting a dozen women to have a cup of coffee in a restaurant where they all sat clad in trousers! Ten of the women at the luncheon who were arrested accepted the punishment of ten lashes and went home to the security of wearing trousers around the house.

Ms. Hussein refuses to back down at being charged with “indecent dressing.” An ally, Amal Habani, a female columnist told the media “we are here to protest against this law that oppresses women and debases them.” I have always wondered why there are no appropriate dress codes for Muslim men. I guess God has something against trousers,given that he is always depicted in robes.

Ms. Hussein expressed her feelings by saying, ‘I am ready for what may come.” We are certain the verdict will be delivered in an audience composed of women who do not wear trousers while some of the men are trouserites.

Women Flogged In Sudan For Wearing Trousers

A group of twelve women in the Sudan were sitting in a cafe enjoying a pleasant evening when the door burst open and they were confronted by the public order police whose job in life is to enforce Sharia law. The women were accused of the heinous crime of wearing trousers in public and ten were immediately flogged by the brave men who make certain trousers are only worn by those of the male sex. The ten women who were flogged were given summary trials, beaten and forced to pay a $150 fine. But, Lubna Hussein, a journalist, decided to challenge the law. “I didn’t do anything wrong” and she decided to speak out for the thousands of girls who have been flogged for years because they wore trousers in public.

I am certain some cleric will point to a sentence in the Koran in order to support the right to beat the hell out of women who wear trousers. Why is it when the issue is violation of a sentence in the Koran clerics are quick to enforce the idea. For some reason, these clerics are not interested in the enforcement of passages in the Koran which call for mercy and love. Perhaps, if we had a public security force to enforce love and gentleness, the Sudan would be a safer and more prosperous place.

I wonder, is there anything in the Koran which says men can not wear dresses?

Sudan Killing Continues

The confusing brutality of fighting in Sudan continues its maddening path toward death and destruction. Boats were loaded with aid for the suffering people in Sudan only to be attacked by rebel ethnic fighters in which about forty Sudanese soldiers and civilians were killed. A United Nations world food program was sending food and supplies to an area controlled by the Loou Nuer tribe which is a rival of the Jikany Nuer tribe. In the topsy turvey world of the Sudan, one never knows exactly who is killing whom. Ordinarily, the Sudan government and its notorious janjaweed are out murdering and raping with abandon, but there are also rebel tribes and ethnic groups which fight one another.

As always in the Sudan and Darfur the elderly, women, and children are the ones who wind up suffering and dying because of emotional and angry adults whose only goal apparently is maintaining the status quo of death and destruction.

Sudan Leader Bashir And Politics Of Denial

The ability of leaders to deny reality is all too common, particularly when the reality consists of killing over 300,000 people, driving millions to flee for their lives and leaving thousands of women brutalized by rape. However, according to President Bashir of Sudan, none of this ever happened on his watch. “I challenge anybody to bring me evidence that proves the Sudan armed forces attacked and killed citizens in Darfur.” I assume a visit to any refugee camp would provide the Sudan leader with evidence from people who witnessed their families being killed and women being raped by members of the Janjaweed who enjoyed their attacks on innocent civilians. What exactly does the Sudan president think about the millions of refugees who have fled the country? Is it his assumption, they left on a vacation?

The best defense for Bashir is to go on the offense and claim “what happened in Darfur was an insurgency. The state has the responsibility to fight rebels.” On one hand, there was no killing of citizens, on the other hand, there was killing of rebels. One can assume the rebels killed were citizens. As far as Bashir is concerned stories about hundreds of thousands of dead people in Darfur are the result of an “organized media campaign.” We await his next claim the media campaign was begun by the Jewish press.

The tragedy of the Muslim world is they are quick to denounce the Gaza invasion and the killing of 1,200 people by Israel forces, but slip into denial when a Muslim nation is accused of killing 300,000 people and raping thousands of women. The only “organized media campaign” is that of the Muslim media which refuses to describe the horror of Darfur.

Sudan Rejects Arab Proposal For Trials

The Sudanese government rejected a proposal by the Arab League to establish a “hybrid court” to prosecute those suspected of participating in the murder of thousands of innocent people in Darfur. The Arab League suggestion was an attempt to circumvent the International Criminal Court indictment of Sudan leder Omar Hassan Al-Bashir who they charged was responsible for the deaths of over 300,000 in Darfur as well as rape and brutalization of thousands of women. The Arab League gave full support to Bashir in his refusal to acknowledge the jurisdiction of the ICC. There are reports Sudan diplomats are furious at the suggestion of a hybrid court which they claim gives credence to the ICC warrant.

Arab media claim Sudan has threatened to withdraw from the Arab League, but if they did so, there are few options in the rest of the world for friends. Sudan demands Arab nations completely reject the very suggestion that anything has gone wrong in Darfur. Most probably the 300,000 reputed dead people are really hiding out in Argentine or Israel.