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the current Darfur crisis posted 11 Aug 2004, 01:08 by Grantaire, Moderator

What are your thoughts regarding the ongoing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan? Any views about the EU's refusal to name it as genocide, and the lack of military involvement yet? Thoughts? Myself, I think that many countries should be currently sending aid and troops in to stop the conflict. Too many people have died and been removed from their homes, this should have been halted long ago. view post


posted 10 Sep 2004, 21:09 by eowyn1983, Peralogue

It is tragic. It reminds me of Rwanda when the U.N failed to act and it reminds me of the Armenian Holocaust that is hardly every acknowledged. People are always willing to offer their condolences and their "I wish something had been done" after the fact. But in the midst of a crisis.... But on a positive note, the U.S is acting now & I know Canada intends on sending aid & peacekeepers. But the E.U is still calling it a "serious situation" :( I wish they would move on it faster though. view post


posted 11 Sep 2004, 15:09 by Da-krul, Auditor

I think the Canadian government was talking about sending 20 Million in humanitarian Aid, but if they do or not is yet too be seen. No Plans to send troops in as of yet though. And yea it is tragic whats happaning thier. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 08:09 by tellner, Peralogue

What I find interesting is that the Western press seems much more comfortable talking about ethnic violence than religious violence. The Sudanese and Somalis have been massacring their Animists and Christians for years now. But it's Darfur that gets the ink. Similarly with Egypt and its Copts, a good bit of the warfare in what used to be Yugoslavia and a number of other places. In Nigeria the conflicts are always made out to be tribal even when the people in the middle of them describe them as religious. But what do I think about Darfur? By all reports it's a horror that needs to be stopped. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 17:09 by eowyn1983, Peralogue

That's a very interesting point. The phrase "ethnic conflict" is often pawned off on many a conflict though its roots are elsewhere. The label may attach itself to conflicts that may at base be just about getting more power (political, land, resources etc.). I wonder with conflicts in Africa, if the mistaken labels (Nigeria - called tribal conflict instead of religious) are a consequence of lazy reporting and deeply ingrained attitudes about Africa? And this also reminds me of what I think Noam Chomsky (?) talks about: the selective reporting of news around the world. And perhaps it's a rather cynical thought but I wonder exactly how much the election in the U.S led them to declare that what was going on there was genocide? view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 17:09 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Election? How do you mean? view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 17:09 by eowyn1983, Peralogue

Just wondering if the upcoming election prompted faster action by the government because they're being watched more closely right now. Or that may just be a very cynical thought. It could also be that they learned from Rwanda when the U.N did practically nothing and decided not to repeat the mistake. Either way, I'm glad they are paying attention to what's going on there. view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 19:09 by tellner, Peralogue

[quote="Sovin Nai":3smh0eq6]Election? How do you mean?[/quote:3smh0eq6] Pick up Black votes for one thing. view post


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