Thursday, December 01, 2005

Darfur this week 12/01/2005

Pope meets Sudanese Catholics, urges action to protect Darfur region Catholic News Service – 11/28/2005
International pleas for an end to the violence in Darfur grew considerably louder this week, as Pope Benedict XVI told Catholic leaders from Sudan that “the horror of events unfolding in Darfur, to which my beloved predecessor Pope John Paul II referred on many occasions, points to the need for a stronger international resolve to ensure security and basic human rights.”

A Tolerable Genocide NY Times – 11/27/2005
The news media here in America continues to raise its voice as well, as more editorials and columns continue to be published. The New York Times published Nicholas Kristof’s third and fourth columns written about his recent trip to Darfur. In the fourth, Mr. Kristof highlights what the U.S. should be doing to end the violence, and directs people who want to help to the Save Darfur Coalition. In addition, editorials concerning Darfur were published by the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Houston Chronicle.

Darfur rebels pledge unity to break talks deadlock Reuters – 11/28/2005
In Africa, factions of the SLM and JEM rebel groups are attempting to put aside the recent differences and present a united front during the 7th round of peace talks, which opened in the Nigerian capitol of Abuja on Tuesday. The push for rebel unity comes even as yet another rebel group, the National Movement for Reform and Development (NMRD), attacked the government-held town of Sirba, killing 37 soldiers and police. The NMRD claimed that the purpose of the attack was to get them a seat at the peace talks along side the other rebel groups. Meanwhile, US groups continue to call on the African Union not to allow Sudan to take over leadership of the AU this January.

The Sudanese government announced this week that they plan to double their oil output in the coming year, bringing their total production to 1 million barrels per day by the end of 2006. The announcement had to please China, Sudan’s largest oil customer, which greeted the good news by reaffirming the ties between the two nations and stating their intention to further a military exchange program already in place.

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