Arab Media Blind to Darfur


[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


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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Darfur Rebel Movement Opens Israel Office


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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‘Teddy bear’ teacher gets to live


Gillian Gibbons got out alive, and apologizes to the murderous Muslim mob who wanted to throw her in front of a firing squad. From MSNBC via Jihad Watch: A British teacher jailed after she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad was released Monday and then boarded a flight back to Britain hours after Sudan’s president pardoned her, a British Embassy spokesman said. The teacher, Gillian Gibbons, said she did not intend to offend anyone and had great respect for Islam. She was pardoned, as if she had committed murder. But she didn’t commit murder; all she did

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Now it’s a teddy bear


Get the fire hoses. It’s riot time and another outbreak of Muslim over-reactiveness. Something’s got to control these thin-skinned freakazoids who are outraged – this time – over yet another inanimate object – this time, it’s a teddy bear. Gillian Gibbons, a teacher, 54, is spending her second night in a Sudanese prison, accused of insulting Muhammad. She faces a public lashing or up to six months in prison if found guilty on charges of blasphemy. What did she do? She allowed her students to name a teddy bear “Muhammad.” Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied

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Sudanese Refugees to Study in Israeli Schools


From Sudanese Refugees to Study in Israeli Schools: Seventy-six Sudanese refugees, ages four and up, will be integrated into the Israeli school system during the coming academic year, according to an announcement by Education Minister Yuli Tamir Sunday. The Sudanese children will be enrolled in Israeli grade schools and high schools despite the fact that their parents are in the country under refugee status, and without permanent housing.

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More Muslim mythology


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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Arabs Pile into Darfur to Take Land “Cleansed” by Janjaweed


From Arabs Pile into Darfur to Take Land “Cleansed” by Janjaweed: Up to 30,000 Arabs from Chad and Niger have crossed into Darfur in the past two months, prompting claims that the Sudanese government is trying systematically to repopulate the war-ravaged region. The Arabs, who arrived with all their belongings and large flocks, were greeted by Sudanese Arabs who took them to empty villages cleared by government and janjaweed forces. The arrivals have been issued official Sudanese identity cards and awarded citizenship. Analysts say the Sudanese government is making it “virtually impossible” for displaced people to return home.

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