June 11, 2007
John Lennon once sang, "Nobody told me there'd be days like these," a sentiment that could easily apply to an age in which rock stars such as Bono and Bob Geldof are getting serious face time with world leaders -- instead of being derided by politicians for their incursions into politics. Lennon's music is the focal point of "Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur," a double CD being released Tuesday to benefit Amnesty International's relief efforts in the war-torn region of Sudan.
May 27, 2007 |
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has put his personal diplomatic clout on the line to end the bloodshed in Darfur, demanding a cease-fire and fresh peace talks in a letter to Sudan's president, U.S. and Sudanese diplomats said Saturday. Ban has asked the Security Council to hold off on sanctions to give President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir time to respond to an all-out diplomatic drive outlined for the first time in the confidential letter, which was delivered Friday.
May 13, 2007 |
Adam Sterling wants individual investors to know that they are a powerful force -- and they can use that power to help stop genocide halfway across the world in the Sudanese region of Darfur. If American investors pull their money from companies that fund the Sudanese government, Sterling believes that government will be forced to curtail atrocities by its forces and allied militias in their fight against Darfur rebels.
May 3, 2007 |
The International Criminal Court on Wednesday issued its first arrest warrants in Sudan's Darfur conflict, for a government minister and a former militia leader accused of war crimes. Sudanese officials, however, said they would not hand over the pair, who are charged with dozens of counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
April 30, 2007 |
Thousands of people protested Sunday outside Prime Minister Tony Blair's residence to demand decisive action to end the violence in Darfur, holding up a 7-foot hourglass filled with artificial blood. Protests also were held in the United States, Israel and other countries on what campaigners designated a global day of action.
April 18, 2007 |
A Sudanese rebel group accused government troops and affiliated militias of killing 73 people in attacks on a cluster of villages in the Darfur region, an accusation the army denied. Ibrahim Helu, a commander in one faction of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army, said a large number of government troops and militiamen had attacked 11 villages in the Sires Umm Qura area of northern Darfur over the preceding three days. "They killed more than 73 civilians....
April 11, 2007 |
In the latest sign that violence roiling Darfur is spilling into neighboring Chad, more than 200 Chadians were feared dead in an attack against two remote farming villages near the Sudanese border, the U.N.'s refugee agency said Tuesday. A team of humanitarian aid workers that reached the villages of Tiero and Marena on Sunday found mass graves, decomposing bodies, scores of dead livestock and hundreds of torched huts, some still smoldering more than a week after the March 31 attack.
April 1, 2007 |
After leading Africa's largest country for nearly 18 years, is Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir ready to step down? That's the question some in Khartoum, the capital, are asking after Bashir's surprising public comments this year that the Sudanese people are impatient for leadership change and that he had no desire to run in the next election. Critics dismissed Bashir's comments as political gamesmanship or false humility.
March 25, 2007 |
Sudanese troops barred the U.N. humanitarian chief from a Darfur refugee camp whose residents have been raped and attacked by gunmen suspected of belonging to pro-government militias. The convoy carrying humanitarian chief John Holmes was halted at a checkpoint outside the Kassab camp, and he was told he lacked the proper papers for a visit. Holmes said he had obtained the necessary clearances from the government.
March 14, 2007 |
Villagers in this remote Darfur hamlet bid goodbye to yet another family the other day. That makes about 50 in three years who have succumbed to the pull of nearby displacement camps, with their promise of food rations and a semblance of security. Each time someone leaves tiny Kuteri there's a small celebration, as residents load up the departing neighbors with corn and beans for the journey. "If life in the camp isn't good," Sheik Ibrahim Ahmed usually tells them, "you can always come back."