- A couple of excellent articles from The African Executive: “Al-Bashir Indictment: The ICC is Hypocritical” and “International Women’s Day: Men Have No Excuse”
- Crossed Crocodiles uncovers “Guantanamo in Ethiopia”
- I saw this Zambian economist and author Dambisa Moyo debate the issue of how developmental aid has stagnated Africa on BBC’s “HardTalk”. Thanks to Desire Katihabwa for forwarding this article to me: “Stop giving aid to Africa. It’s just not working”
- An interesting and controversial article in French on President Obama: “Obama, un blanc déguisé en noir”. Thanks again to Desire Katihabwa for forwarding this article.
- Sister Sonskystar at Did She Say That tackles the Chris Brown and Rhianna saga in her own patented way: “Rhianna’s Back With Chris Brown: The Public Is Outraged”
An Op-ed submission from The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives: Project 21. A New Visions commentary by Bishop Council Nedd II: “Real Stimulus: Reform How Banks Shop Credit Cards”
Is the NAACP becoming relevant again!? “NAACP Files Landmark Lawsuit Today Against Wells Fargo and HSBC”
Africa must support Bashir’s indictment
It’s an open secret. At last, justice has closed in for Sudanese strong man, Omar al Bashir that faces indictment from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Kudos to the prosecutor of prosecutors Luis Moreno-Ocampo.
This is but a fare-thee-well move aiming at saving Africa from sinking into dictatorship and massacres committed by hooligans in power. He becomes a first African sitting president to face the music thanks to crimes against humanity he heinously perpetrated-and he still doing- against innocent people in Darfur. And this move has come late so far. For, it’s the same Bashir that killed millions of people in southern Sudan that he occupied and ruined for long time before SPLA emancipated it after defeating him.
Given that the victims of this mania are black Africans, African countries south of Sahara have all reasons to fully support this noble and broad move. While this is anxiously waited by peace lovers and makers the world over, however, some African countries have already blindly opposed the presentment! Under pseudo-African brotherhood many, already, have formerly condemned this go at Bashir. Shame on him and all those contemplating to abet with a killer!
In 1998 when I was planning my pilgrimage to West Africa, I was warned against visiting Mauritania. It was explained to me that slavery against the “Black” African population was still practised there by the “White” Arabs and I could therefore put my self at risk. The fear was not so much my abduction and enslavement, but certainly blatant discrimination in a hostile environment where I would have no protection by (or from) the law. Needless to say, I avoided Mauritania.
I subsequently read a book by Samuel Cotton entitled: “Silent Terror: A Journey into Contemporary African Slavery”. Published in 1999, it highlighted his research into the dynamics of modern day slavery in Mauritania and Sudan. I recently read “Slave: My True Story” by Mende Nazer, a horrifying autobiography of her 1993 abduction and enslavement in Sudan at age 12, and her flight to freedom 7 years later while working for a Sudanese diplomat in London England.
I have also read a number of articles on the issue of child slavery in West Africa today. While the system of slavery in Mauritania and Sudan is based primarily on historical and traditional social systems, the phenomenon of child slavery in West African countries is based on poverty. Parents sell their children into slavery for a few dollars and false promises that they will only be working part-time, taken care of and sent to school. It’s ironic that I had visited Ghana during my pilgrimage and toured a number of the slave castles along the coast. I even visited the slave castle in the Kormance Region, where it is very likely that my ancestor(s) were housed before being shipped off to Jamaica as slaves. Today, Ghana is one of the West African countries that has a serious problem with child slavery.
I would like to share an indepth report from last month on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation website (CBC.ca), concerning this issues of modern day slavery and child trafficking in West Africa. The link is here. There are links to the 3 articles penned by David Gutnick which discusses these topics in detail. You will also find links to previous CBC articles and other resource materials about modern day slavery.
Here is a another link to a case study and other articles by the BBC World Service pertaining to Article 4 of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Freedom From Slavery”.
The challenge now becomes: “now that we know, what are we going to do or can do about it?” Suggestions are welcomed.
In June 2007, Amnesty International launched a human rights project and accompanying web site called Eyes On Darfur, which uses high resolution commercial satellite images of villages in the Darfur region. It features before and after satellite images of destroyed villages and villages at risk, as well as documented reports and personal accounts from the victims of the genocide and ethnic cleansing. There is a well detailed history of the conflict and the weak international response. There is also a disturbing photo gallery from the book: Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan. Finally there is a “Take Action” section that has four separate online petitions to President Bush of the USA; President al-Bashir of Sudan; President Deby of Chad; and President Putin of Russia, demanding that they do their part to stop the genocide.
I received this comment from Pianki on Sudan and Darfur. I found it interesting and decided to share it.
I posted this message with “Kizzie in your blog ring and I’m posting also posting it with you.
I’ve become very suspicious of all the “Sudan Genocide” media hype from Western officials who didn’t give a damn about Rwanda, the Congo or Uganda. I’m quite sure they are after the oil, and gold and it would appear that they are trying to also deceive the African Diaspora into helping to promote their insidious agenda.
This should be discussed on Afrospear and within the blog ring to determine if this is true. If you reach this conclusion, then there should be an effort made to remove these “Save Darfur” ads from Afrospear and other African blogs. The next discussion probably should be: How to mobilise the pan-african organizations in North America (probably internationally) to pressure the UN to remove UN troops from Sudan immediately and to give further aid to the African Union troops. Perhaps even pressure the Sudan government, if they are seen as abusing human rights.
It would also appear that some rebel groups have close ties with Washington. A similar situation appears to exist in Zimbabwe, where the wrongdoings of the opposition party, (also a benefactory of Western support) scarcely go reported. This is another Western scramble to wrest Africa’s hands from the rising Asian powers and to suppress the Africans from ever truly developing self-rule.
Please note, that I am not saying that Al Bashir or Mugabe are saints, but it would appear that their governments are being sabotaged by Western powers. It is known that the West does not like the growing African trend of increased trade with Asian countries like China and India. Believe me, if the UN and US troops start a war in Sudan, they’ll probably start the real genocide.
That being said, it is important that we determine the fact from the fiction and get involved in lobbying for Africa so that we dont’sit around and watch our own holocaust.
Please note that I bet most of you haven’t seen a picture of Omar Al Bashir on television. Kinda reminiscent of North American media coverage of Africa that never shows the city, only the rural villages and abject poverty. In my eyes, it’s all smoke and mirrors. However, it’s up to the Afro-spear community to determine where the real truth lies.
These are just a couple of the websites that I’ve come across that have had articles/webcasts on this topic: