Soccer Mania

June 28, 2006

Soccer is not a big thing here in the states, but its a big hit in europe and the rest of the world.  I think either Brazil or Germany is going to win the world cup. They are pretty much the best team right now.


Well I got up thinking it was gonna be a nice day but it seems like its going to be a gloomy day. Anyways finally I signed up wordpress and so far I like their layouts and its easy to post stuff.

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June 17, 2006

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The Genocide in Sudan

May 28, 2006

By now all of you have heard about Darfur in Sudan. It is located in the western part of Sudan where muslims are fighting and killing each other. The conflict is between two distinct groups in the diverse Darfur population; non-Arab black peoples like the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa, and Arab tribes collectively termed Baggara. They are not you typical arab but are considered arabs because of their lanuage, but genetically they are close to africans. Both groups are Muslims. The black musims are mostly farmers, and the arabs are mostly nomadic herdsmen. The dispute is primarily over access to land and surface water.

Sudan as you all know has one more conflict going on the southern part where the majority population is black and christians. That is another rwanda in the making. We in the west see these people as illiterate and barbaric. In some ways they are, and one can not change them, but they are humans too. I mean they are different from us but in some ways they are like us. By ignoring genosides happening around the world we are sending a wrong message that you can do anything and the international community will standy.

We as a collective human society needs to act and act now because if we loose this window of opportunity then we will forever regret our being, and the future generations will judge us very harshly.

The government of Sudan is responsible for “ethnic cleansing” and crimes against humanity in Darfur, one of the world’s poorest and most inaccessible regions, on Sudan’s western border with Chad. The Sudanese government and the Arab “Janjaweed” militias it arms and supports have committed numerous attacks on the civilian populations of the African Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups. Government forces oversaw and directly participated in massacres, summary executions of civilians-including women and children—burnings of towns and villages, and the forcible depopulation of wide swathes of land long inhabited by the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa. The Janjaweed militias, Muslim like the African groups they attack, have destroyed mosques, killed Muslim religious leaders, and desecrated Qorans belonging to their enemies.

The government and its Janjaweed allies have killed thousands of Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa– often in cold blood, raped women, and destroyed villages, food stocks and other supplies essential to the civilian population. They have driven more than one million civilians, mostly farmers, into camps and settlements in Darfur where they live on the very edge of survival, hostage to Janjaweed abuses. More than 110,000 others have fled to neighbouring Chad but the vast majority of war victims remain trapped in Darfur.

This conflict has historical roots but escalated in February 2003, when two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) drawn from members of the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa ethnic groups, demanded an end to chronic economic marginalization and sought power-sharing within the Arab-ruled Sudanese state. They also sought government action to end the abuses of their rivals, Arab pastoralists who were driven onto African farmlands by drought and desertification—and who had a nomadic tradition of armed militias.

The government has responded to this armed and political threat by targeting the civilian populations from which the rebels were drawn. It brazenly engaged in ethnic manipulation by organizing a military and political partnership with some Arab nomads comprising the Janjaweed; armed, trained, and organized them; and provided effective impunity for all crimes committed.
The government-Janjaweed partnership is characterized by joint attacks on civilians rather than on the rebel forces. These attacks are carried out by members of the Sudanese military and by Janjaweed wearing uniforms that are virtually indistinguishable from those of the army. The goernment of Sudan is systematically trying to irradicate the minority ethnic groups.