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    Darfur and the Politics of Race: Understanding the Save Darfur Coalition Hishaam D. Aidi November 01, 2007
      The Save Darfur campaigns are better understood by looking at the post-September 11 US political scene. Unlike other “hot spots” across Africa, the Darfur tragedy reverberates deeply in the US because it is represented as a racial conflict between “Arabs” and “indigenous Africans,” and because the Darfur crisis offers a unique opportunity to unite against the new post-Cold War enemy. While some involved in the campaigns have been seeking genuine ways to support Darfurians—opportunists have racialized the conflict in order to divide Arabs and Africans by playing on historic and manufactured (colonial) divisions in Sudan.
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    Atrocities in Sudan Declan Walsh April 24, 2004

    from ZNet (UK Independent) The first sign is the ominous drone of a plane. Ageing Russian Antonovs sweep over the remote Sudanese village, dispatching their deadly payload of crude barrel bombs. They explode among the straw-roofed huts, sending terrified families scurrying for safety - but there is none. Next comes the Janjaweed, a fearsome Arab militia mounted on camels and horses, and armed with AK-47 rifles and whips. They murder the men and boys of fighting age, gang-rape the women - sometimes in front of their families - and burn the houses. The villagers' cattle are stolen, their modest possessions carted off.

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    Darfur Destroyed: Ethnic Cleansing by Government and Militia Forces in Western Sudan Human Rights Watch April 02, 2004

    from Human Rights Watch The government of Sudan is responsible for “ethnic cleansing” and crimes against humanity in Darfur, one of the world’s poorest and most inaccessible regions, on Sudan’s western border with Chad. The Sudanese government and the Arab “Janjaweed” militias it arms and supports have committed numerous attacks on the civilian populations of the African Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups. Government forces oversaw and directly participated in massacres, summary executions of civilians-including women and children—burnings of towns and villages, and the forcible depopulation of wide swathes of land long inhabited by the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

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    Darfur's Manmade Disaster Peter Verney July 22, 2004

    from Middle East Report Online At last, the catastrophe in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, a quarter of whose six million people are now displaced by war and whose lives are at serious risk, has gained some international attention. In July, Secretary of State Colin Powell and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited Darfuri refugee camps to pressure the regime in Khartoum into stopping what has become a frenzy of destruction. Their pressure has so far failed. Moreover, the promises of humanitarian aid for internally displaced and refuge-seeking Darfuris come desperately late. As the Sudanese government places obstacles in the way of the international relief organizations, the death toll from deliberate, war-induced famine is headed for the hundreds of thousands.

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    Rebellion in Darfur: Behind the Struggle in Western Sudan Shane Bauer April 01, 2007

    During late June 2006 in the small village of Bahai in northeast Chad, Osman Boush, an anti-government fighter from Sudan’s western Darfur region, enjoyed moments of peace, letting the day pass over cups of tea and the hum of the radio before he crossed the border back into the land he has been fighting for over the last three years. In the village’s market—a collection of hovels made out of thick layers of tarp and wood—his conversations drifted from world politics to the well being of his family to the status of the revolution in Darfur.

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    Intervention & the Politics of Solidarity in Darfur Shane Bauer February 01, 2007

    In Darfur, many of the villages that I walked through had been transformed into moonscapes—collections of circular burned huts staining the desolate countryside. Blankets of ash and objects scattered across the ground hinted at the moment everything was torn asunder. The silence was penetrating. Mortar shells, bullets, and bombs were spread across the village floors and lone heat-deformed shoes suggested the panic with which people fled. I spent many of those hot summer days talking with the rebels, referred to by civilians as “the movement,” asking them what they were fighting for. At the forefront of the struggle against the genocidal Sudanese government, they were uncompromising in their fight for basic justice.

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    Sudan, Darfur, and Hypocrisy Justin Podur February 01, 2005
      Mass-murder, rape, starvation and ethnic cleansing continues in Darfur, Sudan but the selective indignation shown by the US and western nations exposes the hypocrisy of western interventionists.

    The crisis in Sudan provides an extraordinary study in hypocrisy. Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin gave a moving speech at the United Nations on September 22, 2000, “Tens of thousands have been murdered, raped and assaulted,” he said. “War crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed.” This would have been a courageous act, to say such things about US foreign policy in Iraq.

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