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The Passion of the Present (the essay)


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    In Darfur, a region in western Sudan approximately the size of Texas, over a million people are threatened with torture and death at the hands of marauding militia and a complicit government. Genocide evokes not only the moral, but also, the legal responsibility of the world community. Under international agreement, a nation must intervene to stop a genocide when it is officially acknowledged.

    "Officially" is the key word here. So far, no nation in the international community has "officially" acknowledged the truth: Sudan is a bleeding ground of genocide. In this void, the Sudanese government continues to act with brutal impunity.

    Thankfully, there are individuals working in human rights organizations who are watching - and witnessing - and organizing, in support of the victims in Darfur. These individuals represent, for all of us, a personal capacity to bear witness to the passion of the present; one candle lit against the darkness.

    However, before one can light a candle, someone has to strike a match: a donation to any of the human rights organizations active in Sudan, contacting your government representative, local newspaper, radio and t.v. station. Our individual activism is essential for the candlepower of witness to overcome and extinguish the firepower of genocide.

    This world has long endured wars that take lives. Let us be part of one that saves them.

    About: The Passion of the Present site is a totally non-profit labor of love and hope - in peace. Thanks for joining the effort.

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  • GOOGLE SEARCH THIS SITE: More than 2966 chronological posts from April, 2004. Try "oil" "China" "women" "genocide treaty" "UN" "Kofi Annan" "timelines" "grassroots".


  • Our name comes from an essay entitled "The Passion of the Present" that one of our grassroots founders wrote and circulated by email in March of 2004. The blog started at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School.

    The editors are semi-anonymous in order to keep the focus on Sudan. This site is a resource for a blog-based information community now numbering several hundred interlinked bloggers and sites. Visitors come from around the world. Daily traffic ranges from just under a thousand visitors, to more than eight thousand on days when news attention peaks.

    Our technology cost for a public blog service, with no special discount, is still just $13.46 per month! Start a blog if you don't have one already!

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Comments

Namir

Hi,

Are you in the UK?

If so do you know of any vigils or meetings about Darfur in the coming times?

Thanks,

Namir,
London, UK

Dan O'Huiginn

Yes, I am in the UK. I haven't come across any vigils yet. If I do, I'll post them. If not, perhaps we should think about organising one ourselves?

In theory, this is something that could happen via the Sudanese Peace group on Meetup (sudanpeace.meetup.com), but there so far there are only two members in the UK.

bobbie

could you please syndicate this site? i would love to keep up on this and an rss or some syndication would be helpful. i am in the US and will be contacting my representatives to urge their participation, and of course, to pray for peace.

Dan O´Huiginn

Bobbie, our rss feed is at http://platform.blogs.com/passionofthepresent/index.rdf - I´ll see if we can find somewhere more obvious to put a link to it. Thanks, and good luck with your prayer and contacting reps.

Jim Moore

I put a link to our RSS feed up in the "take action" section, with a little explanation. Perhaps that will make it easier to find..
I wish typepad had those big display buttons for feeds, and also allowed several types of outputs--including simplest RSS. Anyone from tyepad listening? :)

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