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Old June 26th, 2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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What do you guys think of the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir and the charges being brought against him? He's being charged with genocide, resisting arrest, and corruption. He allegedly used excessive force against the civilian population during the Darfur War. On one side he was fighting what he considered to be "terrorists" and on the other side he committed genocide against civilians and was discriminatory against different ethnic groups within his own country.

Bashir during his tour with Starfleet

He seems to be hiding from international police forces and probably won't surrender without putting even more blood on his hands. Personally I think he's guilty, but that's for the International Criminal Court to decide. What do you think, is he a hero for his putting an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War and the War in Darfur, or is he a genocidal dictator for his refusal to give up power and allegedly committing genocide? He's a good actor, but is he a good president?
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Old June 26th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #2
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Where'd you get that picture Laguna?? Here's his sorry mug:

He's a thug, a thief, a murderer, a classic third-world despot. And then....

China hosts Sudan leader wanted by world court

(AFP) 4 hours ago

BEIJING Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is to arrive in China on Monday for a state visit, with rights groups outraged over the warm welcome for a man accused of genocide and war crimes.

China is a key supporter of Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity that occurred in Sudan's war-torn western Darfur region during the country's civil war.

Beijing is also a key military supplier to the regime in Khartoum and the biggest buyer of the country's oil, although the majority of Sudan's oil fields are located in the south, which will become independent next month.

Bashir was expected to arrive in Beijing early Monday morning and meet later in the day with Chinese President Hu Jintao. He is scheduled to leave China on Thursday.

China last week defended the visit as "quite reasonable."

"In recent years President Bashir has made many visits to other countries and was warmly welcomed," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

"It's quite reasonable for China to invite the head of a state that has diplomatic ties with China to come for a visit."

The ICC has issued arrest warrants for Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur, where about 300,000 people have died since 2003.

He is the first sitting head of state to be targeted by an ICC warrant.

ICC statutes dictate that any member country should arrest Bashir if he visits. China is not a party to those statutes.

Bashir cancelled plans to attend a summit earlier this month in Malaysia, which declared this year that it intends to recognise the ICC's jurisdiction to show its commitment to fight crimes against humanity.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said Bashir's visit to China was "an affront to victims of heinous crimes committed in Darfur" and urged Beijing to withdraw its invitation -- or arrest Bashir when he arrived.

Amnesty International said earlier this month China risked becoming a "safe haven for alleged perpetrators of genocide" if it hosted Bashir.

Bashir will also hold talks later with other top officials.

Topics on the agenda are likely to include possible fresh aid to Sudan and problems in Abyei, a disputed border area claimed by Bashir's Khartoum-based northern Sudan regime and a rival government in the south.

Khartoum government troops occupied Abyei on May 21 and tens of thousands of people have since fled to the south.

The north and south reached an accord last Monday under which border areas will be demilitarised.

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Old June 26th, 2011, 06:03 PM   #3
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Even his "ending" the civil war may turn out to be a charade. About a one-month old story here:

Omar al-Bashir, Sudan President, Gives 'Green Light' For Abyei Conflict Attacks On Southern Forces


JUBA, Sudan Sudan's president gave northern troops a "green light" to attack southern forces if provoked, while gunmen from an Arab tribe fired on four U.N. helicopters taking off from a disputed border town at the heart of a new north-south conflict, officials said Wednesday.

Both Sudan's north and south claim Abyei, a fertile region about the size of Connecticut that is located near several oil fields. Northern tanks and soldiers rolled into the disputed region Saturday following the attack on a northern army convoy Thursday, raising fears the dispute could trigger a return to civil war in Africa's largest nation.

President Omar al-Bashir said his troops do not need permission from Khartoum to attack southern forces if they feel provoked, the state news agency SUNA said. He accused the U.S. of double standards because he said it protested loudly over the occupation of Abyei by the north, but less loudly over the preceding attack on northern troops and U.N. forces.

President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference in London, called for the rapid reinforcement of U.N. peacekeeping troops in the Abyei region, from which tens of thousands of civilians have fled over the last week.

Some U.N. peacekeepers remain in Abyei, although U.N. spokeswoman Hua Jiang said U.N. helicopters were fired on as they took off from there late Tuesday. She said about 14 rounds were fired from positions close to the U.N. compound. No helicopters were hit.

Southern Sudan voted in January to secede from the north, and it is scheduled to declare independence in July. But the north's occupation of Abyei has greatly strained north-south relations. The two regions fought a two-decade-plus civil war that claimed 2 million lives.

Northern aircraft are reported to have made bombing runs in the region, and the U.N. said gunmen set homes ablaze and looted in Abyei town. The accusations were supported by satellite images released Wednesday by the Satellite Sentinel Project, which showed burnt structures north of Abyei town and fires burning in the region.

"These images provide supporting documentary evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Abyei," said Enough Project Executive Director John C. Bradshaw. "It is imperative that the international community not reward these crimes by allowing the government of Sudan to improve its bargaining position at the negotiating table."

The group also released pictures of attack planes and Antonov transport craft, which the Sudanese government use as bombers, at an air base within striking distance of Abyei. Charlie Clements, the Harvard Carr Center Executive Director, said the military buildup indicates that the invasion of Abyei was premeditated and well-planned.

The south has called the move into Abyei an act of war but has not yet responded with force. Its army is far weaker than the north's and it fears endangering its upcoming independence.

The south's secession vote was promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended the north-south civil war. The conflict over Abyei could scuttle the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that promised the January independence referendum and the July 9 independence date.

A referendum on Abyei's future was supposed to have been held simultaneously, but the two sides could not agree on who was eligible to vote, and Abyei's referendum wasn't held. The black African tribe of the Ngok Dinka, which is allied with the south, and the Arab tribe of Misseriya, which is allied with the north, both claim the area.

Jiang, the U.N. spokesman, said that Misseriya tribesmen are moving south into Abyei town, though she did not know how many.

The U.S. has said it would reward al-Bashir's government for a successful southern independence process by removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terror, helping it get relief for its debt burden and normalizing relations with the U.S. Princeton Lyman, Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan, said this week that those rewards are in jeopardy if the independence process is not completed.

But al-Bashir indicated he was no longer interested in those items.

"We no longer fear the American stick nor do we desire its carrots," Sudan's news agency quoted him as saying.

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