Darfur Scores – Spread the Word!

You may already know about Genocide Intervention Network’s Darfur scores. But do your family and friends? Tell them!

Send an e-card to others concerned about Darfur – letting them know that performance scores for their representatives on this issue are right at their fingertips.

Empower other constituents while holding representatives accountable…speak out against genocide today.

“Ethnocentric, Partial, and Superficial”

A recent study conducted by Arab Media Watch (AMW) found British media coverage of Darfur to be “ethnocentric, partial, and superficial” – citing such coverage as erroneous, inadequate, or missing entirely.

According to the study –

After six years of conflict, sections of the media still portray Darfur as pitting Arabs vs Africans – simple, convenient terms given the time and space constraints of journalism.

Click here to view the full study.

Although the report focused on British media coverage of Darfur, I’m pretty sure the conclusions would be the same on US coverage.

Pledging to Take a Stand Against Genocide

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has created a Pledge Wall – which allows museum visitors and web site users to “make a personal pledge to action, share ideas about possible actions, and witness the growing community of people who care about preventing and responding to genocide”.

Simply submit your pledge electronically. Then, track your pledge and browse those made by others.

Rape – A Weapon of War

Today, an expert spoke with several US senators about a common weapon of war.

No, that weapon was not guns nor was it bombs. It was rape.

Rape is far too often used as a means of bringing down the enemy during a war – as is the case currently in Darfur and the Congo (DRC).

1100 rapes are reported in the Congo every month – that’s 36 women and girls victimized each day! And just think about the number of incidents that go unreported.

According to the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues –

Rape is employed as a weapon because it is effective…it destroys the fabric of society from within and does so more efficiently than do guns or bombs…the apparent purpose is to leave a lasting and inerasable signal to others that the woman has been violated.

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice plans to travel to Africa to discuss the issue of rape in war-torn societies – an issue referred to as a “shame on the human race” by California senator Barbara Boxer.

Also today – the US was elected to the UN Human Rights Council. Let’s hope we make the most of it.

The Waiting Game

How much longer do the people of Darfur have to wait?

That’s what New York Post columnist Kirsten Powers wants to know.

Expressing her disappointment at US President Barack Obama’s failure to live up to campaign promises regarding Darfur, Powers questions why Obama has been so quick to fix the economy, healthcare, and financial regulations while stalling on the issue of genocide – abandoning what he claimed to be a “stain on all of our souls”.

Along with how much longer MUST Darfur wait, maybe we should ask how much longer CAN it wait?

Darfur on Sportscenter

Sunday’s 11pm EST edition of ESPN’s Sportscenter will feature a story about NBA star Tracy McGrady and the Darfur Dream Team’s Sister Schools Program – which links US middle schools, high schools, and colleges with schools in Darfur’s refugee camps.

The Darfur Dream Team was formed after McGrady returned from a visit to the refugee camps in Darfur. It’s a coalition of advocacy organizations, including The Enough Project, and several NBA players, such as Derek Fisher and Baron Davis.

The two main objectives of the program include (1) to provide a quality education to every refugee child from Darfur and (2) to develop connections between students from Darfur and the US and promote mutual understanding.

Find out how you can get involved.

Is Darfur A Genocide?

An article in today’s LA Times written by Edmund Sanders questions whether or not the situation in Darfur is a “genocide” – by the term’s legal definition.

Sanders’ piece is controversial and provocative – showing us just how powerful the “G-word” can be.

I firmly believe that the Darfur crisis is a genocide – without question. However, I also agree with Darfur advocate John Prendergast –

Well-meaning scholars can disagree, but the debate is a crushing diversion from what we need to do to find a solution.

People can bicker back-and-forth all they want about whether Darfur is or is not a genocide. But, how is that helping the situation on the ground?

Millions of people struggle to survive without food, water, and medical supplies while we question just how bad their situation is? Unacceptable.

Click here to read the legal definition of “genocide” – and decide for yourself.