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While those who haven’t fallen asleep are hailing the UN’s climate deal (show of hands…anyone…?), here’s one that slipped through the cracks:

The president of Sudan has claimed victory over the International Criminal Court after it ended its probe into allegations of war crimes in Darfur.

The ICC charged Omar al-Bashir in 2009 for crimes in the region dating back to 2003, but he refused to recognise the authority of the court in The Hague.

He said the court had failed in its attempts to “humiliate” Sudan.

Announcing the suspension on Friday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda blamed it on lack of action by the UN.

She called for a “dramatic shift” in the UN Security Council’s approach, saying inaction was emboldening the perpetrators of war crimes in Darfur to continue their brutality, particularly against women and girls.

Turn that frown upside-down, Fatou. The woman and girls may still be “brutalized”, but “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow”.

What’s that? Darfur is landlocked? They couldn’t care less about the oceans? Awfully selfish of them. No wonder the UN turned its back.

Human Rights Watch said that Mr Bashir had got the wrong message from the decision to suspend the case.

“Rather than the prosecutor (Fatou Bensouda) holding up her hands in defeat, I think she threw the challenge down to the Security Council itself, that they, the Council, need to step up to the plate and assist her in the arrest and surrender of Omar al-Bashir and other accused, for fair trial at the ICC,” Human Rights Watch spokesman Richard Dicker told the BBC.

Sudan says it has carried out its own investigation and has found no proof that anyone was raped.

Given our own news on the subject lately, we Americans can relate.

A little about the climate deal (very little):

United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change.

Environmental groups have criticised the deal as a weak and ineffectual compromise, saying it weakens international climate rules.

It ended in a compromise that some participants believe keeps the world on track to reach a new global treaty by the end of next year.

Good. Everyone flew airplanes into Lima, Peru, spent lots of money and wasted lots of time, agreed to do not much of anything, and then flew home. All to be repeated next year. Most international confabs are wastes of time, money, and energy—few so ironically.

As for the “brutalization” of the women and girls of Darfur, see above comment.


Live Free or Die

New Hampshire’s motto is supposed accentuate the first two words, not the last one:

A Sudanese Christian woman once sentenced to death in her native country because of her faith arrived in her new home, the United States, on Thursday.

Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, her husband and two young children were greeted by a large crowd of supporters at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire. Ibrahim, whose sentence was overturned a few weeks ago, didn’t speak with the media.

Ibrahim’s ordeal started when a Muslim relative filed a criminal complaint saying she had married Daniel Wani, a Christian, after going missing for several years. A Sudanese court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim.

She was charged with adultery on grounds that a Muslim woman’s marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan. Ibrahim also was charged with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing what was alleged to be her original faith.

She was convicted in May, while about eight months pregnant. In chains, Ibrahim gave birth about two weeks later in a women’s hospital in Khartoum.

Ibrahim had been detained since mid-January. She refused to let go of her 20-month-old son, Martin, for fear she would never see him again.

Ibrahim was born to a Sudanese Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox mother. Her father left when she was 6 years old. She was raised by her mother as a Christian.

A court in Sudan overturned Ibrahim’s death sentence a few weeks ago, but police arrested her again June 24 when she and her family tried to leave Sudan to go to the United States. Wani is an American citizen who has lived in Manchester since 1998.

Mrs. Ibrahim is married to an American citizen; she gave birth to another. Yet her adopted country left her in a Sudanese prison to give birth and nurse her American baby. It’s her own fault, of course. If she had merely flouted American laws and traditions by slithering across the southern border in the dead of night, or tossed her visa aside like an empty Snickers wrapper, she would be feted as a feminist heroine and offered the keys to the city (if Manchester has any). President Obama would embrace her tighter than he did Sandra Fluke.

Instead, by embarrassing a great religion (of peace), she is an embarrassment herself. Obama would sooner embrace the ebola victims than he would Mariam Yehya Ibrahim.


RIP Barack Hussein Obama

Not the guy in the White House. The guy who won the Nobel Peace Prize. I shed a tear for that guy:

There was a time when Mr. Obama expressed outrage over the mass murder and aerial bombardment of civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan. In 2007, the then-presidential hopeful said the Western world’s silence regarding the slaughter in Sudan would leave “a stain on our souls.”

Now President Obama has joined that silence. These days, to learn about what is transpiring in Sudan, one must turn to Radio Dabanga, broadcasting from the Netherlands. A recent report described the bombardment of a Darfur village called Abu Tega, which was “completely burned and the population fled in all directions.”

President Obama’s critics have denounced his foreign-policy choices, which they believe have weakened the global credibility of the U.S. But Mr. Obama has managed to avoid scrutiny about his most tragic foreign-policy failure: standing by as Sudan’s Islamic regime perpetrates a slaughter against its own citizens who belong to non-Arab ethnic groups. Bashir continues a 10-year annihilation, slaughtering many tens of thousands, and very likely more.

Oh, will you do-gooders just get over yourselves? If you piled all of Barack Obama’s pious, self-important bloviations on top of each other and jumped off, you’d float away in zero gravity. He yapped about Darfur in 2007 precisely because he was in no position to do anything about it, just as he’s dumb on the issue today precisely because he is.

Why is Darfur his responsibility? He hasn’t burned any villages or slaughtered any non-Arab ethnic groups. He may even have gifted some of them with CDs of his greatest speeches.

I grant you the hypocrisy is pretty galling:

President Obama and his current National Security Advisor Susan Rice… in 2007… separately condemned the Bush administration for its inaction in Sudan, specifically citing the Clinton administration’s failure in Rwanda. Both proclaimed that the U.S. should never again fail to intervene when innocents are being slaughtered.

In 2007 he said, “Today we know what is right, and today we know what is wrong. The slaughter of innocents is wrong. Two million people driven from their homes is wrong. Women gang raped while gathering firewood is wrong. And silence, acquiescence and paralysis in the face of genocide is wrong.” He made his solution clear: “We’ve got to have a protective force on the ground.”

As the authors, Mia Farrow and Daniel Goldhagen, point out, President Obama still talks the talk:

Mr. Obama has cited humanitarian reasons to intervene in a crisis when politically convenient. He entered Libya “to prevent a bloodbath,” despite no mass slaughter of civilians in that country. This disingenuous explanation only damaged his credibility as a humanitarian, though it did placate the international human-rights community.

Curiously, they don’t mention the cluster[bleep] that was his policy (-ies) on Syria. To have done so would have been an atrocity.

But they do get their licks in:

Yet those suffering in Darfur can expect no such “protective force” from the U.S. For reasons that are unclear, Sudan doesn’t meet Mr. Obama’s threshold for action. His words at the U.N., including generic rhetoric “that it is in our interest to see a Middle East and North Africa that is peaceful and prosperous,” offer little hope if any. Mr. Obama has abandoned his own moral standards and left the people of Darfur to perish.

You’ll have to forgive Mia. She’s cranky because she’s on another hunger strike.


Good News From the UN! [UPDATED]

Rapes by peacekeepers (piece-seekers more like) are down!

UNITED NATIONS, February 20 – The UN found three “substantiated” cases of sexual exploitation or abuse by its peacekeeping personnel in 2012, having reached conclusions on 16 of the 60 complaints for that year, the UN told Inner City Press late Tuesday.

But the UN did not, as Inner City Press requested, provide any answer about repatriation, much less to what countries and about prosecution and conviction, despite the claim of a “zero tolerance” policy by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous.

On the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse, DPKO and DFS report that in 2012, a total of 60 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were reported, down from 74 allegations reported in 2011. Of the 60 allegations reported in 2012, close to half involved the most egregious forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, namely sexual activities with minors or non-consensual sexual acts. Twenty-five (25) allegations involved civilian personnel, 19 involved military personnel, 9 involved police personnel, six were non-UN, and 1 was unknown. Of these, the status of investigations is as follows as of 1 February 2013: 30 are pending, 13 are unsubstantiated, and 3 are substantiated.

In line with its zero tolerance policy, UN Peacekeeping is determined to continue its efforts to strengthen accountability for prevention, enforcement and response including criminal accountability where warranted – and in accordance with national laws. Victim assistance must also remain a priority.

While appreciating the response, we note that the numbers do not add up.

It’s UN accounting. What are you going to do?

Anyway, at this rate, the UN will have eliminated rape, statutory and rape rape (™Whoopi Goldberg), among its personnel by 2016. Let’s focus on the positive!

Less optimistically:

When Sudan was elected at the end of January as Vice-President of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UN Watch, together with film star Mia Farrow rightly objected.

ECOSOC is a top U.N. body, regulating human rights groups, shaping the composition of key U.N. women’s rights bodies, and adopting resolutions on subjects ranging from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation. Thus, genocidal Sudan seemed a highly inappropriate choice.

Ain’t that the UN all over—raping and mutilating women in the name of peace and human rights.

And if the rape don’t get you, the cholera will:

The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed almost 8,000 people.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him of the decision.

The UN says it is immune from such claims under the UN’s Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN.

Evidence suggests cholera was introduced to Haiti through a UN base’s leaking sewage pipes.

The UN has never acknowledged responsibility for the outbreak – which has infected more than 600,000 people – saying it is impossible to pinpoint the exact source of the disease, despite the mounting evidence the epidemic was caused by poor sanitation at a camp housing infected Nepalese peacekeepers.

In a terse statement, Mr Ban’s spokesman said damages claims for millions of dollars filed by lawyers for cholera victims was “not receivable” under the 1947 convention that grants the UN immunity for its actions.

Isn’t that special? The UN can literally p*ss (or sh*t) on your head and tell you it’s raining.


UN, as in SkUNks

We’ve already demonstrated ad infinitum that the UN is a pit of venomous Jew-haters. (And I’m sure we will again.) Maybe you care, maybe you don’t.

We’ve also shown how misogynist it is, electing nations that oppress and abuse women to committees that oversea the welfare of women. And raping or pimping some of the women (and underage girls) under their armed care. Again, maybe not your thing.

But kids? The UN is at best indifferent, more accurately hostile, to the plight of children.

Now do we have your attention?

Yesterday the U.N elected Sudan as vice-president of its 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a top U.N. body that regulates human rights groups, shapes the composition of key U.N. women’s rights bodies, and adopts resolutions on subjects ranging from Internet freedom to female genital mutilation. UN Watch’s Executive Director, Hillel Neuer, together with Mia Farrow, film star and human rights activist, have already spoken out against this absurdity.

Not only is it preposterous that the genocidal Sudan will hold a position of responsibility on a committee that decides which nations will sit on various UN Commissions – such as, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund – but also Sudan is clearly an extremely unsuitable candidate for the general activities of the Committee itself.

In his speech before the elections, outgoing President of ECOSOC, Miloš Koterec, spoke about the previous year 2012. In this speech he emphasized that the Council had striven to ensure greater involvement of young people in its activities, “listening to their voices and delivering on their concerns.”

With youth at the centre of ECOSOC’s activity, it is laughable that Sudan be elected as one of the body’s vice presidents. Sudan’s record of abuses against children and youth is extensive and shameful. According to the Child Rights International Network, Sudan recruits and abducts children to their armed forces; conducts attacks on civilians, including children; and still has a high percentage of girls subject to female genital mutilation. Furthermore, according to Human Rights Watch, the Sudanese government continues to violently disperse youth-led protests against austerity measures and ruling party policies.

Jews and women find no friends at the UN. And children are useless to it, too, unless they can be used to bash Israel.


Sudan You’re Rocking the Boat

There’s never a B-52 around when you need one:


Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior official Khaled Mashaal met Sudanese President Omar Bashir in Khartoum Thursday, taking turns warning the Sudanese president of Israel’s stepped-up efforts to “Judaize Jerusalem” and asking for financial support, Lebanese news outlet Elnashra reported.

According to Elnashra, Mashaal spoke gravely about the “Judaization of Jerusalem,” which has been a common theme of Haniyeh’s during his tour of Arab nations that began this last week in Egypt.

Well, what else are a bunch of accused genocidal maniacs going to talk about, fruitcake recipes?

BTW, it appears less likely than ever that Israel’s friendship with South Sudan is a coincidence.

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Apartheid State Update

Israel making friends in the neighborhood:

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in Israel overnight Tuesday for a 24-hour visit during which he is scheduled to meet with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Officials said the Israeli leaders will discuss with Kiir possible solutions to the overflow of illegal immigrants from Sudan and will ask that he assist in the absorption of Sudanese nationals Israel will fly back to the new African country.

Knesset Member Danny Danon (Likud), who heads the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, will accompany the South Sudanese leader during his visit. “I visited South Sudan in August and got the impression that they were very interested in Israeli assistance on issues such as the military and welfare, and development in general,” said the lawmaker.

“During my visit I discussed the illegal immigration problem with (Kiir), and he is aware of it,” Danon said.

The Foreign Ministry has recently unveiled a plan to provide illegal African immigrants with professional training that would ease their return to their home countries. Israeli officials are expected to ask Kiir to launch a similar project that would encourage Sudanese nationals who reside in Israel illegally to return to their homeland.

I don’t want to pick on Egypt too much (see below), but they solve their illegal immigration problem by just shooting ‘em. In the back.

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It’s Egyptian Cleric Time!

As Rebecca Black sings, “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.”

Following are excerpts from Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hassan on Al-Rahma on November 28, 2011:

The Jews are expert in the globalization of false allegations. They spread false allegations, and then these allegations are repeated time and again by the media, which is owned by the Jews in the US and elsewhere. They give these allegations a specific direction in an extremely professional method in the media. After a few years, these allegations become fact in people’s minds.


Allah will not allow the slayers of the prophets to live in Jerusalem forever. Allah, who made Jerusalem the abode of the prophets, will not allow it to remain the abode of their slayers forever.

Yeah, I think maybe He will.

Meanwhile, just next door:

Following are excerpts from a Gaza Friday sermon, which aired on Hamas Al-Aqsa TV on December 2, 2011:

Preacher: Our banner is “There is no god but Allah,” our slogan is “Allah Akbar,” our mantle is “Death to the Jews and to America.”


The Prophet said: “Judgment Day will not come until you fight the Jews – you to the east of the river, and they to its west. Then the stones and the trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

They won’t say: “oh Westernized Muslim…” They won’t say: “oh Muslim who does not know his religion…” They will say: “oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” Soon you will hear the stones and trees crying “Allah Akbar,” saying: “oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

What about the settlements? Will they too cry out to the FoAs (Friends of Allah) “Oh Muslim, there is a family of Jews living within me. Come and slay them.” Oh wait, they already have. How could I forget the Fogels in Itamar?

But some of your Egyptians are really wiggy:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian presidential candidate Tawfiq Okasha, the owner of Al-Faraeen TV, which aired on November 13, 2011:

There is no such thing as a “Sudanese.” I, Tawfiq Okasha, do not recognize the state of Sudan. There you go. I’ve said it live on TV. I do not recognize the state of Sudan. I do not recognize the Sudanese president or the Sudanese regime. Full stop!

This is “the country that split away from Egypt.” I say to the people in Sudan that the right thing to do next is to reunite South Egypt [i.e. Sudan] with North Egypt. If you are patriotic, South Egypt should return to North Egypt. There should be a federal regime. There are many such regimes, made up of various provinces.

I swear by the Prophet Muhammad – you freemasons, you Jews, you deceivers! You freemasons! Oh, you freemasons! I am ready for you, you freemasons!

Decaf, Tawfiq, decaf! Holy baloney!

Freemasons, Jews, and deceivers—oh my!

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From the Country That Brought You the Darfur and South Sudan Civil Wars…

We now present a new genocide—slaughter and inhumanity on unimaginable scales.

The hits just keep on coming:

Hundreds of rebels have been killed in Sudan’s South Kordofan state following clashes with the army, governor Ahmed Haroun has said.

He said the SPLM-North rebels were killed when the army repelled an assault on the city of Teludi.

The rebels have not commented on the claims but previously accused the army of “ethnic cleansing” in the oil-rich area.

The state borders South Sudan, which became independent in July.

“Hundreds of soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-North) were killed during an attack on the city of Teludi this morning,” Mr Haroun said.

Mr Haroun is indicted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, where he was once the governor.

Sudan lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council in August, accusing South Sudan of backing the rebels.

The SPLM, in power in South Sudan, denies Khartoum’s claims, even though it fought alongside the northern rebels during Sudan’s decades-long civil war.

Sudan agreed to give the south independence in July, but held on to South Kordofan, Abyei and Blue Nile states.

Where’s Mia Farrow looking concerned—gaunt and concerned? It’s just not an African genocide without Mia’s pained expression. Sting? Bono? Bueller…Bueller? Anyone?

PS: Is the Symbionese Liberation Army still in one piece? Maybe they should get the band back together to help the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

Nah, forget it.

Who can take these factions seriously anymore? I’m sorry about the hundreds dead and all—and the rapes, maybe they need a Sudan Jobs Act to cut down on the rapes—but when I read the name Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, I have to laugh. Taking the word for how it is, I think genocide and ethnic cleansing may be cultural norms in some societies.

That doesn’t make me racist, it just makes me literate.

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Apartheid State Update

No, not the Apartheid State we usually report on, and not even the Apartheid State the Palestinians intend to set up (no Jews allowed—it’s official, and they can’t even fake any shame).

The Apartheid State of Egypt:

She has lived in Cairo for 12 years, a refugee from war torn Darfur in Sudan. But she says she is regularly the subject of catcalls on the streets. People often ask her if her family descends from monkeys and some other African animal. Her skin color is the brunt of jokes. Egyptians routinely express surprise that she can read and speak Arabic.

“They tell me how amazed they are that a black person can do things Egyptians can do,” the woman, who asked not to be identified, told The Media Line.

Refugees from Darfur and sub-Saharan Africa’s other strife-ridden regions have streamed into Egypt in the hope of finding safely and shelter – if not permanently, at least until they can get permission to move on. But the reception they get is often so hostile that they are anxious to leave as soon as possible.

Indeed, many of the Sudanese refugees trying to enter neighboring Israel aren’t fleeing war and oppression in their homeland but life in Egypt. It is a risky business because the refugees are unwelcome in Israel and Egyptian troops stationed on the tense border between the two countries shoot to kill.

“There’s a huge problem of racism in Egypt, which is generally denied,” Barbara Harrell-Bond, founder of Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) and an experts on refugees globally, told The Media Line. “But, I think it’s getting more and more difficult to deny it, because more and more people are seeing the consequences of the lives refugees lead and the fears that they live under because of the refugees.”

So, did this come up at the recently concluded Durban Conference on… what was it again—oh yes, RACISM!

Until human rights organizations rid themselves of their antisemitism (and I mean you, Human Rights Watch, though not only you) and address racism and human right abuses where, you know, they actually occur, I think I’m going to side with the dictators. At least they’re honest about who they are. I sure as hell can’t side with the human rights scum.


Hi Neighbor!

Have a Gansett! (Local reference)

Following are excerpts from an interview with Muhammad Abbas, Egyptian author and journalist, which aired on Al-Hekma TV on September 4, 2011:

If the Egyptian army were capable of wiping Israel out, I wish it would.

Oh army, do what you can. If you are capable of killing 70 of them in retaliation for each of our martyrs – do so. I demand that the army do its best, but it should not go too far, so that they do not destroy us. Remember the defeat of 1967.


I wish we had the ability to take revenge. If we do, we should destroy them completely, and not leave a single one of them alive. Anyone who immigrated to Israel without the legal authorization of the Muslims must return to his country or be annihilated. “And the stone shall say: There is a Jew behind me”… But I fear that our enthusiasm might be detrimental to us. I have been against Israel all the way, and I am certain that it will come to an end. Indeed, it will. If you tell me that 10 million Egyptians will be martyred in return for the destruction of Israel – I am all for it.

How about showing us how it’s done, Mo? We all gotta go sometime, so it might as well be as a martyr, right?

But don’t you just love that sniveling, cowardly exhortation to the army to do its best to wipe out the Jews, yet not go too far lest they get spanked again? What a human pant-stain.

Surely, there are more friendly types in the area:

Following are excerpts on a report on a delegation of Sudanese Islamists visiting Gaza, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on August 26, 2011:

The way to achieve change is through fighting, through Jihad. There is no other way. Today, on Jerusalem Day, we saw the banners of the various mujahideen factions raised… You could see these banners raised by the men, whose cries ripped through the skies: “The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet Muhammad is our master, Jihad is our path, and death for the sake of Allah is our loftiest aspiration.” I wish I could have kissed all these banners.


We’ve come here [Gaza], along with the mujahid Hajj Majed, commander of the mujahideen in Sudan. He has come from Kurdufan, along with 5,000 mujahideen, in order to fight the enemy who incited against us – the Jews. Allah willing, we will be victorious.

You might want to check with the boys back home. Almost all the migrants
who come to Israel to look for work are Sudanese.

But crikey, is there anyone over there who doesn’t hate Jews?

Following are excerpts from an interview with former Turkish MP Mustafa Eyiceo?lu, which aired on Palestine Today TV, which aired on September 5, 2011:

[T]he freezing of all the military agreements constitutes a major blow to the Zionist government, because it has been well known throughout history that a Jew would rather die than lose any money.

That was a rhetorical question.


Round Up a Posse, Dep’ty

I don’t know which to say: that was fast; or what took you so long?

At least 500 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the eastern state of Jonglei, according to the South Sudanese authorities.

A senior official told the BBC hundreds of people had been wounded and more than 200 abducted, mainly children.

The clashes took place on Thursday when members of the Murle group are said to have attacked the majority Lou Nuer, stealing nearly 40,000 cattle.

Jonglei is one of the newly-independent country’s least safe areas.

The fighting took place, according to several sources including the state governor, when young Murle men attacked several locations inhabited by the Lou Nuer in and around the town of Pieri. Much of the town has apparently been burnt down.

The Murle were apparently seeking revenge for a recent attack by the Lou Nuer.

The state’s minister for law enforcement, Gabriel Duot Lam, also said an estimated 38,000 cows had been stolen by the Murle.

Rustlers, huh? You know how we handle rustlers in these parts.

Hasn’t it been just weeks since South Sudan won its independence? And already the Murle are at the throats of the Lou Nuer. I am going to have to bite my tongue to avoid saying something patronizing at best, and something worse at worst. For now, I’ll just remind the Murle (if that’s whom I mean) that in the 21st century gentlemen do not steal each other’s cattle, massacre 500 of their adversaries, and abscond with 200 of their children.

Where do you think you live, Somalia? Please!

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