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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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  • 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.

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July 23, 2004

Comments

Tim

I agree with what you wrote about China, but strongly suggest that you drop the point about China and oil, or at the very least not lead with it. Whatever the merits of the matter, when people read about countries doing something because of oil, I'd bet that 80% immediately think "conspiracy theorists".

I think that China's reluctance to have anyone look at its human rights record in China and Tibet is by itself enough motivation to explain their obstinacy at the Security Council.

Other than that, it looks good. My only additional comment is make it edit it to make it shorter.

Immanul Rant

Bush really needs to show leadership to help resolve this issue. Bush needs to endorse the US Congress declaration as a first step. I agree that Bush may be able to influence China and Russia on this issue.
The other comment is that work needs to be done to convince Arab/Islamic leaders to help with Sudan as well. The danger is that intervention by the US, Britain etc could be seen as another Iraq.

Jim Moore

I certainly agree with Immanul that Bush needs to be more directly involved. The head Washington person for a major human rights organization told me essentially this on Friday, and he believes that if Bush becomes involved, Bush can win over Russia and get China to go along.

On the subject of oil, Tim, I think I understand your concern--but I think oil is a major part of this--check out ME and Ophelia, which is going even deeper into the complexities in Sudan--Ingrid, who writes it, has some very detailed material on oil. Of course I also agree that the Chinese are vulnerable on human rights issues, of course.

in any case, thanks, both of you, for helping out!

oh yea, and I agree about making it shorter, but as Winston Churchill said, (paraphrased from memory) "If you want me to talk for five minutes I will need a few days. If you want me to talk for half an hour, I can probably do that tomorrow. If you want me to talk for a few hours, I can start right now...

The Commissar

Great website.

I have Trackbacked to it. Please note that my site is satirical, and "reactionary" is tongue-in-cheek.

Keep up the good work.

Joe Katzman

France also has significant oil interests in Sudan, and (surprise, surprise!) is blocking even efforts toward sanctions. More here:

http://windsofchange.net/archives/005284.php
http://instapundit.com/archives/016849.php

While some oil-related charges are indeed lunatic conspiracy theories (of which the "Afghan pipeline" trope is probably the most insane), if there really is a clear connection that makes sense then publicizing it is almost an obligation. I knew China had interests, for instance, but not the depth of those interests until I hit this page.

If there are international bad actors trying to make a buck off of genocide, that's something people ought to know as they decide what weight to place on "international opinion" from those sources.

LOTARA OMOO THOMAS

HELLO SUDAN GOVERNMENT,IAM SO SORRY WHY ARE YOU KILLING YOURSELF? THE GOVERMENT SHOULD SIT DOWN AND MAKE SOME TALKS CONSANING WHAT IS GOING ON.PEASE WE ARE BECOME ASH,WE ARE LOSING GOOD RENERATION TO COME AFTER US,THE MORE YOU CONTIOUS TO FIGHT,THE WE WILL BE TOO PERMITIVE.THE WORLD IS GROWING,BUT WE ARE LETING OUR COUNTRY DOWN.WE HAVE TO THINK OF TO OVER COME OUR SETRATION.SUDAN IS AGRATE COUNTRY IN AFRICA AND SO RICH IN HUMMAN RESOUCES AND KNOW IN THE WORLD.THANK YOU ALL GOD BLESS SUDAN.

Jim Moore

Thanks for posting. As you may have seen, I promoted your post to the front page, so it can reach the widest possible audience. Thanks so much, Jim

Maria

What does China think about Sundan having peacekeepers?

Maria

What does China think about Sundan having peacekeepers?

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Nick Matyas

Very good posting. I just love it.
Good work. :)


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