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Thursday, January 10, 2008

African Union command officially took control the peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

On December 31, a hybrid United Nations-African Union command officially took control of the peacekeeping mission for Darfur.

But the mission is already in danger of failing. Few new peacekeepers have actually been deployed because of obstructions by the Sudanese regime, and world leaders aren’t providing critical equipment essential to the peacekeepers’ success.

Right now, this peacekeeping mission does not have ANY of the 24 helicopters it needs to protect the people of Darfur.

President Bush must do everything in his power to secure commitments from world leaders.

In a region as vast as Darfur, helicopters are essential for the peacekeeping effort. This effort cannot succeed without helicopters for transport, reconnaissance, and security.

Countries in NATO collectively have 18,000 helicopters, and many other nations have the capacity to contribute as well. But no one has yet contributed any to the U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping mission. World leaders are failing to match their words with actions and are turning away from genocide. Again.

President Bush must further his commitment to Darfur and press other nations to step up to the plate and follow through on their commitments. 

Posted by SPN on 01/10 at 11:00 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsInternationalNews
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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bush’s last day

Posted by SPN on 12/31 at 03:28 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsCelebrityInternationalNewsPersonal
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stop Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s Defiance

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is at it again. He is
backtracking on his government’s agreements and attempting to
block peacekeepers for Darfur.

His obstruction must be stopped. And it is up to our world
leaders to stop it.

President Bush must make it clear that Bashir’s defiance of the
international community will not be tolerated. Click below to
send President Bush a message asking him to stand up to Sudanese
President Bashir now.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

President Bashir is rejecting key provisions of the U.N.
peacekeeping resolution - the same resolution his government
“unconditionally accepted” earlier this year. Bashir is now
adding conditions to the peacekeeping mission that would ensure
it will not be effective enough to actually protect civilians.

If we don’t respond forcefully now, the Sudanese government will
continue to try to finish what they’ve started in Darfur. Click
below to urge President Bush to engage his fellow world leaders
and pressure President Bashir to put the peacekeeping mission
back on track.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

More than 2.5 million lives are hanging in the balance. The
people of Darfur need President Bush and other world leaders to
stand up to the Sudanese government and put a stop to their
deceitful attempts to continue waging violence against their own
people.

Please take a few minutes to spread the word to your friends,
family and co-workers. Click below to spread the word and ask
them to contact President Bush today.
http://action.savedarfur.org/campaign/stop_bashir/forward/ixxiisk41i5t3n8?

The way the world reacts to Sudan’s latest round of game-playing
will determine if and when peace and security will return to the
people of Darfur.

Your dedication to the people of Darfur has never been more
important.

Thank you again for your help.

Best regards,

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

PS. Make your year-end gift today! Help us fight the genocide in
Darfur in 2008. Make your tax-deductible, year-end gift before
midnight on December 31. Click below to donate now.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/actnow_bashir/nX7Mjcwp1BOs3?

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action

There is an important divestment rally coming up in New York City. Join the NYC Coalition to Save Darfur and Brooklyn Parents for Peace and demand that JPMorgan Chase divest from companies that help fund the genocide in Darfur.

The rally, to be held at noon on Monday, October 15, outside JPMorgan Chase headquarters, is part of a National Day of Action. You will join thousands of activists around the country urging the top offending investment firms - including JPMorgan Chase - to divest for Darfur.

What: Divest for Darfur National Grassroots Action
Where: JPMorgan Chase Headquarters, 270 Park Avenue
When: Monday, October 15, noon - 2:00 p.m.

The National Divest for Darfur Day of Action was organized to encourage investment firms, especially JP Morgan, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Investments, Capital Group (American Funds), and Vanguard, to withdraw investments from companies that help fund genocide in Darfur. Millions of Americans have their retirement funds invested through these firms and are inadvertently investing in genocide. The goal of divestment is to put economic pressure on the Sudanese government to end the violence.

For more information on divestment, check out http://www.divestfordarfur.org

Posted by SPN on 10/11 at 09:04 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalNewsRacism / Prejudice
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Monday, September 17, 2007

La Raiz Olvidada

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Pleave view the Flier.

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*****Film will be followed by a discussion on African identity in Latin cultures *****

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FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Suggested Donation $10 (No one will be turned away)

Rice and Beans prepared by La Nueva Conquista Restaurant

Contact Rafael @ 516-225-2681

Posted by SPN on 09/17 at 08:51 AM in BloggingArtInternationalMovies
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

24 Hours for Darfur starts Sunday, September 16, 2007

I wanted to let you know about 24 Hours for Darfur, a rally in New York City urging world leaders to remember Darfur when they meet for the U.N. General Assembly on September 18.

24 Hours for Darfur is the flagship event for Global Days for Darfur - a day of rallies and events that will bring together thousands of activists on six continents demanding international action to end the genocide in Darfur.

What: 24 Hours for Darfur
When: Sunday, September 16, 11 am - 2 pm
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan

The rally will feature hundreds of short video appeals collected from Darfuris and concerned citizens around the world. Several Darfur experts from leading human rights organizations will also speak about the importance of a long-term peace process

Visit http://www.savedarfur.org/gdfd or http://www.24HoursForDarfur.org for more information, or to add your video appeal to the rally.

The Darfur People’s Association of New York will collect clothes and school supplies to be sent to Darfuri refugees in Chad. Please bring any clothes or materials - especially children’s clothes - you can contribute.

Thanks for your support, and we hope to see you on Sunday!

Sincerely

Ben Prochazka
Save Darfur Coalition

Posted by SPN on 09/13 at 12:29 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Monday, September 03, 2007

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against Iran

From The Sunday Times
September 2, 2007
Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran
Sarah Baxter, Washington

The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Debat was speaking at a meeting organised by The National Interest, a conservative foreign policy journal. He told The Sunday Times that the US military had concluded: “Whether you go for pinprick strikes or all-out military action, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same.” It was, he added, a “very legitimate strategic calculus”.

MORE...
Posted by SPN on 09/03 at 02:14 PM in BloggingPoliticsInternationalNews
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay.

Last August, when the UN Security Council authorized a
peacekeeping mission for Darfur, we thought the wait for
peacekeepers had finally come to an end.

A year later, stalled by Sudanese objections, that peacekeeping
force has still not been deployed. Never in the history of the
United Nations has it failed to deploy such a mission once
authorized.

Today the UN Security Council authorized another peacekeeping
force: a hybrid United Nations-African Union force mandated to
protect civilians and humanitarian operations in Darfur.

The people of Darfur cannot afford another delay. Click the link
below now to send a message to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and urge him to press world leaders to contribute to peace in
Darfur, and to stand behind their commitments.
http://ga6.org/campaign/un_resolution/ixxiiskrqxe7km8?

Every nation in the world has something to offer this
peacekeeping mission. Some will need to contribute troops. Some
will need to give funds. Some will need to use diplomatic and
economic pressure to make the Sudanese regime fulfill its
promise to accept this force.

But all nations must work to ensure that this time, the UN
upholds its commitment to the people of Darfur.

Click the link below to sign the petition to Secretary-General
Ban and tell him that the people of Darfur have waited long
enough. It is time to act!
http://ga6.org/campaign/un_resolution/ixxiiskrqxe7km8?

Once you’ve signed the petition, please forward this message to
your friends and family and ask them to join you in taking
action.

As always, thank you for helping urge our world leaders into
action for the people of Darfur.

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition

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Donate to Help Save Darfur
Help build the political pressure needed to end the crisis in
Darfur by supporting the Save Darfur Coalition’s crucial
awareness and advocacy programs. Click the link below now to
make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.
https://secure.ga6.org/08/savedarfur/nypMjcwp1AFk3?

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The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 180
faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose
mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide
in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities
that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the
Darfur region. To learn more, please visit
http://ga6.org/ct/D1Mjcwp1Sui6/

Posted by SPN on 08/01 at 10:16 AM in Justice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Wolof pronouns

Here are some Wolof pronouns and verbs for those like me that are interested in becoming more fluent.  I haven’t tested this on any native speakers so the accuracy can’t be vouched for.  I found this on http://abibitumikasa.com

I don’t suggest that you click this link unless you are ready for your computer to slow down tremendously.  Definitely don’t go here if you are on dial-up.  There is much too much going on on the front page of this website like, animated gifs, and the worst thing possible embedded music without an option to turn off the sound!

Ahhh the torture.  This is a great concept despite the clutter.

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Posted by SPN on 06/14 at 09:08 AM in International
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Won’t you sign the Divest for Darfur petition?

It’s only been two days since we launched our Divest for Darfur petition and already more than 57,000 people have added their names to this effort to cut off financial support for the genocide.

It’s not too late for you to get involved.

Click here to sign the petition calling on Fidelity Investments to divest from companies that help fund the genocide.

By withdrawing investments from companies that help finance the genocide, we can build economic pressure to end the atrocities.

That’s why we are calling on investment firms with the largest ties to Sudan to divest their holdings now, before more lives are lost.

Fidelity is a major holder of PetroChina, the Chinese oil company that is one of the biggest offenders in helping to fund the genocide in Darfur.

Despite complaints from concerned citizens and investors, Fidelity has not accepted responsibility for its role in investing in companies that fund the genocide in Darfur and has thus far refused to withdraw these investments.

Tell Fidelity the people of Darfur can’t afford to wait.  Click here to sign the petition asking them to cut their ties with companies that help fund the genocide.

While diplomacy is crucial, most international efforts have failed to get through to Sudan.

But money talks—Sudan has been very responsive to economic pressure in the past.  That is why we believe divestment could be highly effective in forcing Sudan to cooperate with the international community.

Divestment helped end apartheid in South Africa in the late 1980’s and it can help end genocide in Darfur in 2007.

Click here to demand that Fidelity do its part to help end the violence by divesting from companies that help fund the genocide.

Once you’ve signed, please forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to join you in helping to cut off funding by adding their names to the petition to Fidelity.

Thank you again for your commitment to helping the innocent people of Darfur.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

Posted by SPN on 05/10 at 02:09 PM in Justice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityInternationalRacism / Prejudice
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