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Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?

What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world’s most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


Joseph Kony and the ‘Visible Children’

Updated Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony has forced more than 60,000 kidnapped children to kill for him. Nonprofit crusaders Invisible Children say they’ll stop him, but the group has its own problems.

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AP / Tim Freccia

South Sudan Battles Rebels

New fighting erupted in Sudan’s recently declared autonomous southern half when rebel forces staged an attack on the city of Malakal. The battle comes as South Sudan counts down to its official secession on July 9.

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AP / Pete Muller

South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation

While the outcome may have been a foregone conclusion, the official results are finally in: South Sudan has voted, with 99.57 percent in favor, to secede from the north.

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AP / Pete Muller

South Sudan Vote on Secession Begins

Jubilant residents of war-torn southern Sudan lined up outside polling stations on Sunday, the first day of a weeklong referendum on the question of seceding from the northern half of the country.

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AP / Abd Raouf

Darfur Fighting Reignites

New fighting between the Sudanese army and Darfur rebels has erupted in the impoverished southern part of Sudan, displacing already-overcrowded refugee camps and leading to an exodus of about 12,000 people.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Dropping the G-Word

Seven years after a decade-long spate of violence in the Congo, a leaked U.N. draft report on the slaughter of tens of thousands of ethnic Hutus by Rwandan soldiers tepidly says that the horrific mass killings may possibly constitute genocide.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Sudan Heads to the Polls

Sudan’s three-day election period begins Sunday, a contest that many see as deeply flawed. Several opposition parties have declined to participate and many of the country’s 2.5 million refugees are not registered to vote.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Clooney Comes to Haiti’s Aid

This is a time when celebrity can come in handy, and one star in particular, George Clooney, is lending his power to the cause of helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The actor-director is also rallying some of his famous friends to join him for a “mega-telethon” he’s planning, according to The Wrap.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alfred de Montesquiou

A Return to War?

Officials say at least 140 were killed in ethnic clashes in southern Sudan over the past week, reigniting fears by many that the country—which still endures violence in Darfur—may return to war.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


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War Is Over! (If You Say So)

The U.N. military commander in Sudan has announced that the war in Darfur—which has killed more than 300,000 people—is over. Three million Sudanese remain displaced as the conflict ostensibly shifts from full-blown war to mere “security issues.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Thom Hartmann on ‘Threshold’

The Truthdig panel talks to radio host and author Thom Hartmann about his new book, “Threshold,” the need for serious financial regulation and his trip to Darfur.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Thom Hartmann on ‘Threshold’

The Truthdig panel talks to radio host and author Thom Hartmann about his new book, “Threshold,” the need for serious financial regulation and his trip to Darfur.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE


Mia Farrow
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Farrow Passes Darfur Fast to Branson

After nearly two weeks of subsisting only on liquids, actress Mia Farrow has ended her hunger strike for Darfur, passing the proverbial torch to another member of the Celebrity Darfur Fasting Network, British mega-mogul Richard Branson.

Posted on May 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Sudan’s President Shows Up at Arab Summit

Despite the arrest warrant recently issued for him by the International Criminal Court, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has made a defiant move by showing up in Qatar to attend the 21st Arab League summit meeting, at which United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was also slated to appear.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Will Bush Ever Face World Court?

The International Criminal Court recently issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a move Sudanese officials denounced as politically motivated. Will it ever be the case that the ICC takes former U.S. President George W. Bush to task?

Posted on Mar 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Clooney in Chad

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof recently took at trip to Chad with an unlikely sidekick: George Clooney. Kristof was skeptical at first, but Clooney—always the charmer!—won him over, and thus Kristof came to see the potential benefits of celebrity advocacy.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


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David Rieff on ‘Africa’s World War’

Why does the Darfur violence arouse outrage but the slaughter of millions more in Congo does not? An indispensable new book by Gerard Prunier attempts an answer by combining cool analysis and scholarly dispassion without losing sight of the horror of its subject.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 READ MORE


Kenyans for Obama
AP photo / Riccardo Gangale

What Will ‘Brother Barack’ Do for Africa?

As the dust settles from the feverish dances that greeted Barack Obama’s victory in the American elections, Africans wonder what “our son and brother” will be able to do for Africa in the face of daunting challenges in the United States and other parts of the world.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


Sudanese Airliner Hijacked in Darfur

Three former rebels linked to the Sudanese Liberation Movement hijacked a commercial Boeing 737 airliner carrying 95 passengers soon after the Sun Air flight left Nyala in Darfur, Sudan, on Tuesday. The plane first tried to stop in Cairo but was denied clearance before going on to land in Libya, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE


Chinese Police
AP photo / Ng Han Guan

China to Allow ‘Protest Lite’

Taking cues from past Olympic protests and the U.S.‘s notoriously ironic “free speech zones,” the Chinese government has declared its openness to dissidents criticizing the state—so long as dissent is contained in one of three areas, does not threaten vague notions of national unity, and is submitted five days beforehand to the local security bureau.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Sudanese President Rejects Genocide Claims

Although an International Criminal Court prosecutor has accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of genocide in Darfur, Bashir begs to differ and Sudan is refusing to cooperate with the court. Meanwhile, some United Nations representatives are preparing to leave Sudan as concerns build about a potential violent backlash to the charge.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


Bush in Africa

Bush on Why the U.S. Didn’t Send Troops to Darfur

The year is 2008, and President George W. Bush has learned an important lesson in global affairs: “Outside forces” taking part in foreign clashes “tend to divide people up inside their country” and “are unbelievably counterproductive.” 

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Spielberg Quits Olympics Post in Protest of China

Director Steven Spielberg was an artistic adviser to the 2008 Beijing Olympics but has resigned because of China’s unwillingness to put more pressure on the Sudanese government to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. As he put it, “I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Protest in Chad
AP photo / Karel Prinsloo

How Not to Help Africans

The French charity group L’Arche de Zoé (Zoë‘s Ark) took 103 Chadian children from their homes with promises of sweets and a trip to the city of Abeche. But the group actually planned to fly the children to France on a 220-seater plane from Abeche airport in Eastern Chad, passing them off as “Sudanese orphans from Darfur” who needed urgent medical care and foster homes. The fiasco sheds new light on the activities of Western “angels of mercy” in Africa.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Darfur Town Razed, U.N. Says

United Nations officials are reporting that the Darfur town of Haskanita has been “completely burned down, except for a few buildings.”  The Sudanese army and janjaweed militias are apparently behind the destruction of Haskanita, U.N. sources say.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Secretary-General ‘Humbled’ by Darfur

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has braved pro-government protests to visit a refugee camp in Darfur, where he said he was “shocked and humbled” by the “hardship all these tens of thousands of people were undergoing.” Residents at the camp gave the world’s top diplomat a warm greeting, chanting “Welcome, welcome Ban Ki-moon.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


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U.N. Approves Peacekeepers for Darfur

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved the world’s largest peacekeeping force, with as many as 26,000 troops and police officers, to take over operations in Darfur. The joint effort between the U.N. and the African Union will have the necessary mandate to defend civilians and aid workers, but it remains unclear how quickly the force can be deployed.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Can Drag Queens and Hired Guns Save Darfur?

Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman went on assignment in Africa to investigate the Darfur crisis and the beleaguered African Union troops who struggle—without the necessary funds or mandate—to keep a lid on genocide. Her exploration of efforts to resolve the conflict reveals a global community tragically dependent on celebrities and mercenaries.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


China and Russia Deny Involvement in Darfur Genocide

Amnesty International has accused China and Russia of violating a U.N. arms embargo against Sudan. The human rights organization says the weapons end up in Darfur, where they are used against civilians in the ongoing genocide. The two Security Council members deny any wrongdoing.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Gives Sudan Ultimatum

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has told the Sudanese government it must either cooperate with a U.N. peacekeeping plan or face sanctions. However, the U.S. has agreed to give U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon time to work with Khartoum before pressing the issue.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


Sudan Signals Acceptance of U.N. Peacekeepers

The Sudanese government has indicated to the United Nations Security Council that it will allow a second phase of U.N. peacekeepers to deploy, retreating from the long-held position that such a force would compromise its sovereignty. However, Khartoum has a history of reneging on promises to the U.N.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Darfur Camps Running Out of Room

The Sudanese camps where some 2 million refugees live are nearing capacity. According to a new U.N. report on the Darfur crisis, 80,000 people already have fled their homes this year, and some camps have been forced to turn them away.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
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U.N. Pledges Revitalized Darfur Effort

The United Nations has begun a renewed effort to address the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has promised to give the crisis his full attention, though many world leaders have made similar commitments to no avail.

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Darfur camp
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Sudan Rejects Darfur Proposals

Sudan was unimpressed by threats from the U.S. and Britain to adopt alternative measures, including a proposed no-fly zone, to address the worsening humanitarian crisis in Darfur, where the U.N. estimates around 200,000 people have died.  Meanwhile, Khartoum continues to prevent U.N. peacekeepers from entering the country.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Kofi Annan
worldpress.org

United Nations Secretary-General Saddened by Iraq War

As he prepares to leave office after 10 years, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke to the BBC about his sorrow at not being able to prevent the war in Iraq, and described the violence there as “much worse” than civil war.

Posted on Dec 3, 2006 READ MORE


Condoleeza Rice
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Condoleezza Rice Threatens Sudan

While speaking about the Darfur crisis at the United Nations, the secretary of state warned the Sudanese government that “other measures” were available, should it continue to block a U.N. peacekeeping proposal.  Such measures are unlikely to include force, so long as the U.S. maintains troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan while flirting with an invasion of Iran.

Posted on Sep 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our selection of the best Truthdig-flavored videos contains Keith Olbermann’s iconic Ground Zero diatribe against President Bush; Matt Lauer’s harsh questioning of the president on torture and secret CIA prisons; and George Clooney’s impassioned plea to the U.N. to act against the looming threat of genocide in Darfur.

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


George Clooney and Darfur

Clooney Pleads With U.N. to Head Off Genocide in Sudan

George Clooney warned the United Nations on Thursday that millions would die in Darfur if the U.N. Security Council does not send in a peacekeeping force to replace departing African Union troops at the end of this month. “After Sept. 30, you won’t need the U.N.,” Clooney said. “You will simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and headstones.”

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    UN Plane in Sudan
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    U.N. OK’s Peacekeeping in Darfur

    The U.N. Security Council has approved plans to create a peacekeeping force in Darfur, but will not deploy the troops until Sudan agrees.  The force of up to 22,500 would “replace or absorb” the 7,000 African Union soldiers whose mandate expires Sept. 30.  (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Gerson
    From Robert A. Reeder/ Washington Post

    Bush’s Favorite Writer Leaving the White House

    Michael Gerson wrote every major speech of Bush’s presidency, led a crusade to fund the fight against AIDS, malaria and poverty, and pushed for stronger action in Darfur. He also formulated Bush’s plan to spread democracy around the globe—with somewhat mixed results. No apparent scandal here: He’d been talking about leaving since 2004.

    Posted on Jun 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Darfur Starving
    AP / WFP

    U.N. Cuts Darfur Food Rations in Half

    The United Nations is taking the drastic step because of severe funding shortfalls. Other than Libya, none of Sudan’s partners in the Arab League have contributed any money. “This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made,” says a U.N. director.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    George Clooney Urges Action on Darfur Genocide

    The Academy Award-winning actor said at a press conference with Sens. Barack Obama and Sam Brownback, “What we cannot do is turn our heads and look away and hope that this will somehow disappear.”

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


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