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George Clooney On Recent Trip To Darfur Region


World  (tags: Clooney, World, ICC, Hague, Africa, Khartoum, Sudan, Darfur, Bashir, janjaweed, violence, rape, murder, genocide, arrest, war crimes, terrorism, starvation, extermination )

Tom
- 3633 days ago - thedailybeast.com
In 2007, George Clooney, along with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Jerry Weintraub, co-founded Not on Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur. Read more...



   

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Past Member (0)
Thursday March 5, 2009, 5:34 pm
What a sad and desperate situation for these poor people.
 

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 5, 2009, 6:27 pm
Thanks Tom, the tragedy grows everyday and yet we hear so little about this. Does no one care? The leader of this country is now to be arrested for war crimes, it's about time.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday March 6, 2009, 2:56 am
George Clooney writes - very well - about the difficulty of finding 'something new,' some truly horrific personal story among the Darfur refugees, that will grab the headlines, bring Darfur back onto front pages, attract everyone's attention away from "The economy. Iraq. Ponzi schemes. The Oscars." & that hasn't been 'covered' before!

"We all know why we’re here and it’s not simply to report the status quo. Even though this status quo is beyond the pale of what is acceptable. It's beyond our understanding of how much a person can take.

Nothing new to report—except the shame of what man can do to man. And the secret seems to be that the longer it goes on, the more tolerant all of us become of it.

And yet, in the middle of all of this, we get a tiny window of hope. The International Criminal Court has now brought charges and an arrest warrant to Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan. He is indicted for crimes against humanity. It’s the first time a sitting president has been charged by The Hague. By the time the ICC got to them, Slobodan Milosevic and Charles Taylor were both finished with their reigns of terror. Omar al-Bashir is not. Not by a long shot."


Lots of people care about the plight of Darfur's population, but no amount of petitions and signatures can loosen Bashir's grip on Sudan...or China's support for him. I don't know what other countries either support him or stand idly by while the genocide goes on.

Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in protest against the ICC's indictment of him. Just like Mugabe has always defended his bloody regime in Zimbabwe, Bashir claims this is all Western, colonial interference.

 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday March 6, 2009, 3:01 am
The ICC, btw, has no police force and no way to arrest Bashir. He can only be arrested if he travels abroad, and gets caught- but by whom? I don't know in Interpol act on ICC arrest warrants. Milosevic was handed over by Serbia, once there was a regime change, and EU pressure on the new govt, which wanted entry into the EU.
 
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