Arab Media Blind to Darfur

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[Warning: Clicking on the link will take you to al-Jazeera’s website. Be warned.] From Arab Media Blind to Darfur: More than 200,000 people have died in the conflict in Darfur, with millions more turned into refugees, but for many in the Arab world, the humanitarian catastrophe may as well not exist. Lawrence Pintak, a journalist and Arab media expert, says the problem with Darfur is that it does not fit the template of Arabs being the victims and other people the aggressors. Thus, the Arab media have largely ignored it. “I think we are in a state of denial,” says

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Sudan Leader to Be Charged with Genocide

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Via Sudan Leader to Be Charged with Genocide: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will seek an arrest warrant Monday for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, charging him with genocide and crimes against humanity for a campaign of violence that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Darfur region during the past five years. The action by the prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina, will mark the first time that the tribunal in The Hague charges a sitting head of state with such crimes. Khartoum organized a local Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed,

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An Unlikely Refuge: Muslims Fleeing Darfur Rebuilding Lives in Israel

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If Israel is such a horrible country, tell me why Muslims are seeking refuge there. From An Unlikely Refuge: Muslims Fleeing Darfur Rebuilding Lives in Israel: “Even though we’re Muslim, the Islamic world has done nothing to protect us,” said Yassin, one of the first Darfurians to make it into Israel across the border from Egypt and now director of Bnei Darfur [Sons of Darfur], which assists Sudanese refugees to integrate into Israeli society. “All of the Arab countries support the government of Sudan – our problem is with the Arab League,” he said. As far as Yassin is concerned,

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Darfur Rebel Movement Opens Israel Office

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Via The MEMRI Blog: Sudan Liberation Amy/Movement (SLA/M) leader Abd Al-Wahid Al-Nur has announced that Darfur refugees who received asylum in Israel recently opened an SLA/M office. He also praised the Israeli government for helping the refugees, and said that the SLA/M’s vision was of a liberal, democratic Sudan that would normalize relations with Israel.

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More Muslim mythology

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Keep moving folks, nothing to see here but more mendacity and stupidity from the Arab world. What is it this time? Sudan’s defense minister, Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has accused “24 Jewish organizations” of “fueling the conflict in Darfur” last week in an interview with a Saudi newspaper. Hussein was interviewed during an official state-visit to the Saudi kingdom last week. “The Darfur issue is being fuelled by 24 Jewish organizations, who are making the largest amount of noise over the issue, and using the Holocaust in their campaigning,” the Sudanese defense minister replied. We already know that lying is

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Report: Syria Tested Chemical Arms on Civilians in Darfur

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Report: Syria Tested Chemical Arms on Civilians in Darfur (AFP/Channel News Asia-Singapore) Syria tested chemical weapons on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region in June and killed dozens of people. The German daily Die Welt Wednesday, citing Western security sources, said that injuries apparently caused by chemical arms were found on the bodies of the victims. The weapons tests were undertaken following a military exercise between Syria and Sudan. Syrian officers were reported to have met in May with Sudanese military leaders in Khartoum.

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The Arab media’s indifference to the violence in Sudan

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Folks, MEMRI has provided a translation of the commentary by the former editor Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed, of the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, wherein Al-Rashed decried the Arab media’s indifference to the violence in Sudan. “They are not the victims of Israeli or American aggression; therefore, they are not an issue for concern. This is how an approach of indifference towards others outside the circle of conflict with foreigners, and of permitting their murder, is spread as you read and write about the Darfur crisis and consider it an artificial issue, or one unworthy of world protest. “Is the life of

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Black Leaders Protest Kofi Annan’s ‘complacency’ Toward Genocide in Sudan

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Activists plan a demonstration against U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, accusing him of complacency toward the slaughter of blacks by Sudan’s radical Islamic regime. The protest is planned for Wednesday in Boston, the evening before Annan will deliver a commencement address at Harvard University. Sudan’s cleric-backed National Islamic Front regime in the Arab and Muslim north declared a jihad on the mostly Christian and animist south in 1989. Since 1983, an estimated 2 million people have died from war and related famine. About 5 million have become refugees. The current slaughter, however, is in Darfur, Western Sudan, where an estimated 30,000

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