Over fifty-thousand have died, tens of thousands more willperish, more than 1.4 million are displaced, homeless and refugees intheir own home land. This tragedy continuesas the world watches in an almost total catatonic like silence. It isa tragedy that has gone on for years. The violence continues to bemore horrific than anything the world has seen at least since theJewish holocaust. Even the United Nations has called the horror inSudan the worst of humanitarian disaster in the world today. Only theformer Secretary of State, Colin Powell and the former Americanambassador John Danforth had enough courage to state the facts asthey are in Sudan and called what's going on in the largest Africannation nothing less of genocide. And you see what has happen to bothof these whistle blowers. But as the violence, poverty, andnatural disasters continues, the world, America included, actsconfused, dazed, and generally aloof in a near state of paralyticdenial hoping that this human crisis will go away on its own whenthis is nothing short of ethnic cleansing at its best and genocide onthe grandest of scales.
Americasat back and watched a decade ago in the same fashion when 800,000people died in Rwanda. It has done the same thing with everyhumanitarian disaster that has ever occurred on the African continentincluding the recent Liberian and Sierra Leone conflicts. Not onlyhave we ignored political holocaust-ype conflicts such as what isgoing on in Sudan, but many times we convientanly ignore as much aspossible other humanitarian disasters on the continent such asfloods, famines and other natural disasters; giving mere token typeof concern.
The support is nothing even close to the typeof concern that we have shown to the victims of the recent Tsunami inSouth Eastern Asia. We have sent two former presidents as a show ofsupport and concern along with the promise of billions of dollars ofaid.
While I by no means want to compare the twodisasters; I do want to draw attention to the hypocrisy in dealingwith the two crises. When there was the mere hint of genocide inBosnia, President Clinton rushed in and saved the Serbs. PresidentBush fights the war in Iraqi partially based, so he says, on whatwere the barbaric acts of genocide like behavior by Saddam Husseinagainst his own people.
The British, like the Americans, have sat backand watched these poor African people annihilate themselves from theface of the earth. They like the Americans are more concerned aboutthe disposition of the emerging oil industry and who will control itonce the dust settles from the atrocities that are being carried outby the citizens of Sudan against each other. So not only are theseBlack Africans who it seems are not that important to the West in theglobal scheme of things, but they are also Black Africans who aresitting on oil fields which the West needs and wants to control. Itthem becomes to their interest politically and economically to donothing.
But to do nothing while violence, hunger anddisease continues to kill little children is more of a crime thanwhat the Sudanese are doing to themselves. How can America along withBritain be the world moral police and do virtually nothing to stopthis massacre of an entire race of Black People? How it that AmericaIs not calling on the international community to rise up and stopthese atrocities. Why is that billions of dollars are not beingrushed to the villages of al-Junaynah, Twaila, al-Fashir, Nyala,Dunqulah and Khartoum? How is that the world watches as an entiregeneration of Sudanese children are being wiped away from the face ofthe earth, not just because of the violent war but because of themalnutrition that hangs over the country like a funeral pall.
Human rights groups have been calling for helpnow for some time. And all agree that unless something is done soonthese that an entire people will vanish from face ofthe earth. It appears that America works from the premise that thesepeople, (the Sudanese) must get rid of this problem themselves. Butthis is not the stance that America took when she invaded Bosnia,Iraqi or Afghanistan or even when we send two presidents to check onthe people in South East Asia. This pull yourself up by your ownbootstraps mentality that America has used with her own blacks shecontinues to use with blacks of the world. It's unfair. It's unjust. It's immoral and it is of itself tantamount to the mostegregious form of a genocide that one could ever perpetrate.
Dr. Sanders,contributing editor and columnist for The Black Business Journalmagazine, www.BBJonline.comand USAfricaonline.com,is a Suffragan Bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the world, isthe founder and the pastor of the Emmanuel Temple church in Sandusky,Ohio. He holds a Ph.D in American Culture Studies and has served inmany leadership capacities in the organization that include nationalevangelist, international youth leader and missionary to West Africa.Responses will be published in our online and print editions.February 24, 2005
INSIGHT:Why America should halt thegenocide in the Sudan. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder andPublisher of USAfricaonline.com. Certain facts and the continuing,bigoted impudence of Islamic Sudan offer clarity to why the U.Sshould aggressively halt the genocide and gory events in Africa'slargest country. The Sudan has almost 918,000 square miles in sizeand a war-weary population of 30million. Even as I call for a redline to be drawn against the rag-tag army of Arab-taliban-fascists inAfrica and the assorted troops of religio-criminal rapists who havesince four decades set upon the southern Christian, indigenousAfrican Sudanese, I agree with Gen. Powell that "America will be afriend to all Africans who seek peace; but we cannot make peace amongAfricans." He is right. Africans must respect and love each other.Continuedhere....
Bush, if not AffirmativeAction, then what: Reparations?By Dr. RUFUS G.W SANDERS: AffirmativeAction has worked for the last 30 years to create a Black middleclass. It has helped to integrate the American society and to trulydiversify the American culture. It also has served to help nurturethe socialization and the psychosocial development of Black people inthis country. It was through affirmative education that Black peoplefinally were able to assimilate into the American mainstream; but nowthe president wants to end the one social program in the history ofAmerica that even came close to the closing of the gaps of racism. Noother program has had as much success..... Affirmative Action isabout attempts to bring historically underrepresented groups who havesuffered discrimination into a higher degree of participation withinthe society. Affirmative Action attempts to remedy some of thevile-ness by allowing for opportunity, chance and redress of beinghistorically taken advantage of by the state all because of the colorof ones skin. Bush has proposed nothing to replace the progress ofAffirmative Action. While he certainly is no visionary; he still mustbe aware of the tremendous strides that have been made because ofthebold action taken by the Affirmative ActionProgram.
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Impeachment process shows Nigerian democracy "is alive... being tested." Nigeria's president retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the impeachment process shows that "democracy is alive, is being tested, and being tried.... What they (the legislators) have tried to do in the democratic way, which is not easy, would probably have been done by taking arms or by -- with bullets. So, but with democracy, of course, some people feel that this is the way this should be, and then I have an opportunity to defend myself. There is discussion. There is dialogue. There is a decision. There is fairness." He made these comments when he appeared on Tuesday September 17, 2002 on CNN International to discuss the issues of impeachment facing him, the allegations of corruption, abuse of the constitution and deployment of soldiers ina civilian environment which led to the "massacre of civilians" in Odi (Bayelsa) and Zaki Biam (Benue). On the charges by international human rights organizations and Nigerian media that his government has been involved in actions which have led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, the retired General gave a surprising answer. He was asked that "as many as 10,000 people, it's being reported, have been killed in Nigeria (in) communal rivalries, and the number is believed to be increasing. And people are saying that although President Obasanjo has done a lot of good for Nigeria, you're accused of not -- accused of failing to halt that spiraling violence."
Obasanjo: Let me say this to you, when you put the question of 10,000 -- 10,000 people dying in Nigeria, of course, for a population of over 120 million people...." But USAfricaonline.com Founder and recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), Chido Nwangwu, who appeared on the same program as as a CNN International analyst (Africa) pointed out that "when (President Obasanjo) answered that in a country of 100 million that 10,000 people are said to have died, as if that was a small number, that in itself reflects a disconnect with the concerns of Nigerians. The second one is that when the risk is civil disagreement, the police are required to intervene in the country. And the deployment of the armed forces of Nigeria requires at least some consultation, however modest, with the parliament." Nwangwu, former member of the editorial board of Nigeria's Daily Times continued that "the third factor that is equally important to underscore is that the armed forces of Nigeria moved in for a punitive action rather than just containing a civil disagreement." He noted in USAfricaonline.com backgrounder "it was revealing and interesting interesting discussing Nigeria's issues with its leader - under the current circumstances of an increasingly out-of-schedule elections and the gathering storm of an impeachment process by a majority of the members of the National Assembly, predominantly by Obasanjo's party members." See rush transcript of the CNN International news program.
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