Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma will hold elections “in my lifetime”

Aung San Suu Kyi said she trusted the Burmese president (BBC)

From the BBC earlier today.

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she believes Burma will hold democratic elections “in my lifetime”.

Of President Thein Sein, a former top general who stepped down to contest elections as a civilian, Ms Suu Kyi said: “I trust the president, but I can’t yet trust the government for the simple reason that I don’t yet know all the members of government.  The most important thing about the president is that he is an honest man… He is a man capable of taking risks if he thinks they are worthwhile.”

BBC News – Suu Kyi: Burma democracy in my lifetime.

South Sudan becomes world’s newest nation [video]‬‏

From Al Jazeera:

Get-together at Barbara’s house (Saturday, June 18th)

Hi everyone,

While we have done several events this year, we didn’t get a chance to talk with many of you the way we wish we could have.  As we head into summer, we have decided to have a casual get-together at Barbara’s house on Saturday, June 18th.  Hopefully this will give us a chance to sit, talk and relate around what it has been like to be a part of this campaign against genocide.

The theme will be Ubuntu.  Desmond Tutu says part of Ubuntu is, “You share what you have”.  In keeping with that, it will be a vegetarian potluck.  We will also be screening the film, In My Country (trailer) based on a journalist’s account of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation hearings after apartheid, which were based on Ubuntu.  Given the name of the organization, we are always looking to keep in touch with the true meaning of the word.

Anyway, here are the details.

Get-together at Barbara’s house
Aliso Viejo, CA
Saturday, June 18th 
5p vegetarian potluck
7p screening of “In My Country”

In order to not broadcast the address on the internet, please RSVP to or 949.891.2005 and we will send it to you :)

We would really like a chance to get to know you better and sincerely hope you will join us.


Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu | blog | facebook

Who killed Laurent Kabila, the president of DR Congo?

In January 2001, Laurent Kabila, the then president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was murdered.  Over 50 alleged conspirators remain jailed in Kinshasa’s Makala Prison, but even Kabila’s own ministers do not believe they are guilty.

So who killed Laurent Kabila, and why?

(via Al Jazeera)

OC Walk Against Genocide is this Sunday, April 3rd

Hi everyone,

Living Ubuntu Retreat

Living Ubuntu Retreat in April is on "forgiveness". Click here for more details.

I hope you will join us this Sunday, April 3rd for the 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide in Orange County. Sponsored by our friends at Jewish World Watch, the goal of the event is to highlight the ongoing genocides in Darfur, Sudan and Eastern Congo.

Why now?

  • The Darfur genocide is now in its 8th year, during which 400,000 innocent Darfuris have been systematically murdered.
  • Among the most chilling world conflicts is the brutal war in Eastern Congo in which over 5.5 million civilians have been slaughtered in the past 14 years and millions more face brutal atrocities and displacement.
  • We are facing a world in which there are over 19 conflicts now at high risk of genocide.

Click here to see pictures from the 1st walk.  We hope you will join us as we stand together in solidarity toward ending genocide.  All details are below.


Barbara, Anshul & all of us at
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu | blog | facebook

PS: Live in Northern Cal?  Attend the Bay Area Walk Against Genocide on Sunday, April 10th.


Sunday, April 3rd 2011
8am till noon

Fountain Valley Sports Park – Great Lawn
16400 Brookhurst St.,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708Jewish World Watch’s 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide is Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Fountain Valley Sports Park from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Walk educates and mobilizes the community to act on behalf of ending genocide worldwide. 

The AWARENESS FAIR includes Information and Advocacy booths on Darfur, Sudan, Congo and other human rights abuses, Conflict Minerals Campaign advocacy opportunities, solar cooker demonstrations highlighting JWW’s Solar Cooker Project, remarks from OC’s leading civic leaders, arts and crafts, music and more.

Find out more at Jewish World Watch’s website »

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Behind the scenes: George Clooney in Sudan

Here is a fascinating behind-the-scenes with George Clooney in South Sudan.

George Clooney in Sudan

via GlobalPost.

Southern Sudan Acquires Helicopters

I’m not sure this is a good development.

South Sudan, which is on the verge of independence, now has 10 helicopters and the beginning of an air force, the southern army spokesman said Friday. The spokesman, Philip Aguer, did not say where the helicopters were from, but said they were transport helicopters that could be used as gunships. He said the south would not use them to antagonize the north, which has vastly superior air power.

via Sudan – South Acquires Helicopters –