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Reuters List of Best Websites About Sudan

27 Mar

If you’re like me and you are always hungry for more news about Sudan and constantly crave different views and news on Sudan, then be sure to check out the Reuters AlertNet list.

I am very thankful and humbled that Reuters included my blog as one of the best websites discussing Sudanese issues. I encourage my readers to check out every single other link on the list because they all offer great insights and news about Sudan that you will not find in mainstream media.

Here is the full Reuters AlertNet list of links and a little bit of information on what each one is about:

Sudan: Humanitarian snapshot map – ReliefWeb graphic

Making Sense of Darfur – Alex de Waal and others blog about the ICC ruling

Sudanese Optimist – a Sudanese citizen’s view plus lots of links to other bloggers in the “Sudanosphere”

Humanitarian Relief – former aid worker Michael Kleinman provides his take

Thirsty Palmetto – an aid worker’s view from south Sudan

Rob Crilly – freelance journalist writing about Sudan

Sudan Watch – frequently updated with news from a wide range of sources

Enough Project – blogs about Sudan and the ICC from anti-genocide group

Twitter updates from Andrew Heavens – Thomson Reuters journalist in Khartoum

And I second Ingrid Jones, author of Sudan Watch, “thank goodness they’ve not pointed their readers to American warmongers Eric Reeves and Nicholas Kristof.”

In addition to this great list, I highly recommend checking out all the other fantastic Sudanese bloggers for their take on Sudanese news and issues– a list can be found in my blogroll.

If you know of any other great blogs about Sudan, let me know and I will be glad to link to them.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

27 Feb

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech one of my favorite speeches ever. I listen to it every once in a while and it helps me put things into perspective, so I highly recommend that you listen to it intently. The speech in its entirety is fantastic; but, here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.”

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith… You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

And my favorite part of the speech:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Watch the whole thing (highly recommended) here:

Divestment: Constructive or Destructive Requital?

11 Feb

The Darfur situation, albeit slightly having improved as of late, has not been getting the same attention from the ‘genocide’ obsessed media of yesteryear. Considering that the ICC’s final ruling is upon us, I thought I might attempt to brush the dust off the Darfur issue and reopen the topic for discussion.

I have recently read a 2007 article written by a Harvard student for The Harvard Crimson. For a business student, Harvard students are demigods; for a business student who enjoys writing, Harvard students who write for The Crimson are religiously admired. However, this particular Crimson contributor has managed to not only write a poorly constructed article, but also write it on a topic based on false pretenses. His article is less about the Darfuri plight and more about the issue of divestment, which I might add is the most adorable solution I have ever heard to combat the war in Darfur. It is almost as pathetic as the “boycott Denmark and Starbucks” chain mails I receive from my mom every day–except more so. Divestment to me seems like a vindictive and dangerous retaliation mechanism rather than a step towards a resolution.

To investigate this idea of divestment further, I contacted Mohamed Yahya, founder and Executive Director of Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy. I have previously met Mr. Yahya, who is from Darfur, and had a brief discussion with him about the situation. Mr. Yahya’s approach to reviving people’s consciousness about Darfur was highly sensationalist and emotionally charged rather than fact-based. Needless to say, I found that objectionable and ungratifying. However, I decided to give this divestment idea the benefit of the doubt, and see if there is any merit to it.

Here are Mr. Yahya’s responses to my questions (I left his responses unedited partly for comedic relief, partly because I’m evil like that.)

Why is it necessary for universities to divest from Sudan? Isn’t Divestment counterproductive and divisive considering it hurts the Sudanese people as a whole?

It is necessary for the Universities to divest from Sudan, because any divestment has a direct impact on Sudan government
which was using the money of investors to fuel the war in Darfur. As we know over 50% of the money goes to buy weapons from China, Russia and other countries to be used in Darfur. Therefore, any divestment will directly affect the Sudanese government. Sudanese people were already hurt by the government violations for their human rights..specially Darfuri people. They already getting
nothing despite the huge investments taking place now. We also have examples of some successful divestment that made a difference in the live of South African people during the Upper tight.*

What are other altrenatives to divestment in which universities could productively voice concern about the Darfur issue?

The alternatives could be: Calling for the implementation of Resolution # 1769 that passed by the UN SC  last 2 years July 2007.
Also all Student and the Universities have to support the ICC The International Criminal Court in it’s efforts to bring Al-bashir the President of Sudan to the justice. Universities and all Americans and others need to support  the ICC to bring the arrest warrant
against Sudanese president for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. Universities could do more by raising awareness and asking the new administration and the United Nation a long African Union and the International Community to work to bring justice first before peace. Because there’s no justice without peace.**

Do you believe that the situation in Darfur has improved?

The situation in Darfur doesn’t improved yet. Unfortunately, it gotten worse everyday. Still Sudanese government and the Janjaweed militia targeting the Innocent Civilians everywhere in Darfur. Bombing the refugees and the IDP’s Internally Displaced People. Rape and looting is still going on.

*I rolled on the floor laughing when I realized he meant to write ‘Apartheid’

**It tickles me when people regurgitate clichés!

Do you believe divestment to be a valid and viable aid to the Darfur situation? Feel free to answer the questions I asked Mr. Yahya, or otherwise voice your comments about his responses.

Creationism vs. Evolution

10 Dec

Do you believe in one or the other exclusively, or do you believe that they are both compatible?

When asked about the subject President George W. Bush said: “I think you can have both. I think evolution can — you’re getting me way out of my lane here. I’m just a simple president. But it’s, I think that God created the earth, created the world; I think the creation of the world is so mysterious it requires something as large as an almighty and I don’t think it’s incompatible with the scientific proof that there is evolution.”

What do you think? And why do you think it?

You Know You Want To

16 Nov

You do not have to have an account anymore to comment on any of the blog posts. Anyone can now leave a comment.

So. Don’t just be a spectator. Chime in.