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Thursday, April 30, 2009

DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA - HERE IS MY DISSENTING VOICE

A drawing by a Darfuri refugee child

Here is my latest (fourth) letter to our President about Darfur. Yes, it gets personal. But, I really don't know if it matters. He doesn't read these letters, but someone hopefully does. And I just wrote in my stream style of writing. I'm sending it the old-fashioned way - with a stamp.

April 30, 2009

GENOCIDE FLOURISHES WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY
Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction
of an ethnic, religious or national group.






The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

In Darfuri refugee camps, that are fortunate to be in Chad since March 4, 2009,
the following rations are for one month
for a family of five:
2.5 ounces of salt
6 cups of sugar
11 lbs of cereal
8 cups of oil
25 cups of yellow split peas
70 lbs of sorghum grain

I fasted today along with hundreds of others for the Darfuri people. I noticed I had no energy and I was tired. I couldn’t go about my yard work as was on my list of things to do. And this was only for a single day. The Darfuri children and adults do this every day for years now. And those are the fortunate ones who aren’t inside the Sudanese borders where no food, no water and no medical attention is getting to one million of our brothers and sisters. As I am sure you know, since March 4, 2009, the humanitarian agencies’ aid workers have been forced out by the very President who made it necessary for them to come to Sudan in the first place.

On this day of chosen fasting, on rations that I would have as a Darfuri refugee in camp Djabal, the irony for me was that, I was in my local grocery store shopping for food to take home and put in my refrigerator and cupboards. The rations that I was to live on today are the following:
Cracked Wheat - Daily, 7 oz. (weight not volume) (686 Calories)
Farina Wheat Cereal - Daily - 1.17 oz (weight not volume) (123 Calories)
Yellow Split Peas - Daily 1/6 Cup (82 Calories)
Oil - Daily 2.4 TSPNs (96 Calories)
Sugar - Daily 2 TSPNs (30 Calories)
Salt - Daily 1/10 Teaspoon per day.
Total of 1,017 Calories

President Obama, I am shocked over your administration’s lack of leadership regarding Darfuri families. Extermination by dehydration, starvation and diseases of cholera, meningitis and diarrhea are already happening increasingly since March 4, 2009.

Hearing what our Special Envoy Gration said on his trip to Khartoum recently, I find myself in disbelief. Gration used the word “friendship” when referring to a man you said was behind the genocide on his own people. Is diplomacy with the perpetrators of the genocide really going to be your policy for ending a genocide? You are a smart man and I am sure you know the history of Bashir saying one thing and doing another. Why are you disregarding the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant out for President Bashir and his genocide associated crimes?

How can you believe that we can affectively use diplomacy with a génocidaire? When you ran for President, you said you wanted, we the people, to let you know when you are wrong. You are wrong. You are wrong because you are not taking the lead on handling the Darfuris situation. You are wrong because your administration is talking as if Bashir is a rational human being who can have a shred of trustworthiness. We need your leadership regarding Sudan and the Darfuri families. We need your leadership for the short term. We need it for the long term. We need you to be the man you claim to be on this defining issue. It defines us because of what you choose to do and what you choose not to do. I don’t want to be defined by another administration who says “never again” and means it only in the terms of what sounds good in the immediate moment.

"The United States has a moral obligation anytime you see humanitarian catastrophes...We can't say 'never again' and then allow it to happen again and as President of the United States I don't intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter.” Barack Obama http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEd583-fA8M Where is this man? I would stand with him in any kind of storm.

Darfur and genocide are deeply important issues to me. For the first time in my life, I volunteered for a candidate this past election. And it was for you. I remember being so disappointed January 8, 2008, when we all expected to be at the Primary Night Party in Nashua South High School celebrating a victory. As a volunteer I was in a special section, and was standing where you and Michelle entered and exited that night. It was the “Yes We Can” night. I remember the rhythm of the first and second “Yes We Cans” and knew you were going to keep up the rhythm for a rousing acceleration. I remember calling out to you as you exited, “Good-bye, President Obama!” Irish TV requested to interview me on camera that night and their reporter asked me why I was for you and not the other candidates. My answer was that you weren’t promising to solve our problems for us, but calling us to get involved and solve the problems along side you. My picture was taken by AP and shown in many newspapers across the country, as well as on many websites – a picture of my response to watching CNN on the big screen when you edged closer to Hillary Clinton. When the photographer section ask for my name, I handed them my Save Darfur card.

I believed what you said in your interview with the Save Darfur Coalition (which by the way isn’t solely made up of high school and college age students), and is still on Youtube. We need you to be engaged as you led us to believe you would be.

Following Gration to Khartoum and representing you, was Senator John Kerry, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When I volunteered for the “Obama for America” campaign, I was asked to introduce Senator John Kerry to the Obama volunteers in the Newport, Rhode Island Obama campaign office at the corner of Thames and Memorial. One thing I noticed as I volunteered for you and spoke of that day was the impression the young people have made on me. Made while volunteering along side them for your candidacy and also for the work that http://www.StandNow.org does for Darfuri families to survive a genocidal government. The young people are standing up and being counted for what is important. And Darfur is important. And the story defines us as a nation and a human race. It is a more defining issue than our economy crisis.

Senator Kerry signaled on his recent April Sudan trip, that the USA is prepared to grant Khartoum what it has wanted for years – the removal from the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism. “Kerry, who says a new dialogue has been brought about by Obama's special Sudan envoy Scott Gration, suggested diplomacy could eventually result in a lifting of sanctions against Sudan and its removal from a US list of state sponsors of terrorism. ‘Absolutely. That is entirely on the table. I can't tell you when, that's a decision President Obama makes,’ said Kerry.” (Reuters [dateline: el-Fasher], April 17, 2009)

President Obama, it frightens me that this talk may be true. If you are serious, then I want my dissenting voice to be clear. I believe you are wrong to shake hands with a génocidaire and to try to be “friends” with him. And I believe you are wrong to think you can trust Omar al-Bashir. He has never shown he is trustworthy. I don’t believe he is going to change because you have the gift of bringing people together. I feel like the man I thought you were has deserted me. When I first signed on to your “Obama for America” website, my page stated one thing: I am for Barack Obama for President because I believe he will make a difference and end the genocide on the unarmed Darfuri families.

Please remember Martin Luther King’s words: “In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” And Elie Wiesel’s words "...to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all..." The collective indifference to this human disaster is numbing and stunning. Words mean something. But so do our inactions.

Please go out on a limb and do what is right regarding our humanity. We who believe in our goodness as a human race will be right there with you.

Sincerely,

In the month of April – Genocide Prevention Month there were 450 ACT NOW FOR DARFUR events across the USA – Youtube link of our Rhode Island event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQH-BIS4taE

Included in the text with our Youtube video:

MALNUTRITION
When food is not readily available, the body is thrown off balance, which results in weight loss from the digestion of body fat first, then muscle, then vital organs to keep the body alive.

With extreme malnutrition comes starvation. The skin hangs on the body, the facial contours change with temple wasting as a giveaway sign. Hair begins to lose pigment, thin, and then fall out. The person becomes so weak that appetite is radically diminished: the effort to eat and the energy needed to digest exceed bodily strength. Lethargy, apathy and onset of opportunistic diseases (bacterial, parasitic) besiege the helpless system.

In open circumstances, such as starving populations, disease usually kills first.

Kwashiorkor is a disease of children caused by protein deficiency in malnutrition. Signs of this are orange hair, swollen bellies from liver disease, vomiting, diarrhea (which contains undigested food), ulcerated peeling skin and sloughing of tissue/development of ulcers throughout the digestive tract. Extreme pain is present. The ulcers are entry points for bacteria and death usually occurs from overwhelming infection.

THIRST AND DEHYDRATION
Thirst drives a person to consume fluids of all types and juicy foods to make up the deficit.Unless fluid intake is successful, signs of dehydration occur, the most obvious of which is tenting. Gently pinching up a bit of flesh on the back of the hand creates a small tent which should fill and sink back if all is well. If there is dehydration, the tent stays up.

Sudden life-threatening dehydration brings on cholera. A healthy adult can die from cholera in 2-6 hours because of the acute and massive diarrhea it causes. There is no effective vaccine and antibiotics do not act quickly enough.



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“Is President Obama’s Sudan Policy Becoming One of Capitulation?”
www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article31042

The Sudan Tribune
By Eric Reeves
April 28, 2009

Activisit Brief on Obama and Sudan www.enoughproject.org/publications/president-obama-and-sudan-blueprint-peace-0

President Obama and Sudan Blueprint for Peace

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Write to President Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Tell him we need his leadership for the short and long run
on the issue of genocide and the
6 year old genocide on the unarmed Darfuri civilians, families.

President Obama can be called:
202-456-1111
or
1-800-GENOCIDE

Find USA elected politicians contact information at this link:
www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Check this out
www.darfurscores.org
Your elected officials get graded on Darfur

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JOIN OTHERS TO PUT AN END TO GENOCIDE
www.enoughproject.org
www.savedarfur.org
www.standnow.org

Urge UN and Sudanese Ambassadors to use their influence to press the government of Sudan to fully restore humanitarian aid in and around Darfur.

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JOIN IN THE FAST FOR DARFURIS FREEDOM TO LIVE

There will be 2 fasting options: water only, and refugee rations that mirrors the rations people get in the refugee camps that we have observed.

To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

Water only fast

In this fast only water is consumed.

Refugee rations fast

Cracked Wheat - Daily, 7 oz. (weight not volume) (686 Calories)
Farina Wheat Cereal - Daily - 1.17 oz (weight not volume) (123 Calories)
Yellow Split Peas - Daily 1/6 Cup (82 Calories)
Oil - Daily 2.4 TSPNs (96 Calories)
Sugar - Daily 2 TSPNs (30 Calories)
Salt - Daily 1/10 Teaspoon per day.

Total of 1,017 Calories

People Fasting in Solidarity are listed at
fastdarfur.org

Darfur Fast for Life was created so that you and many more around the world can participate in saying no to the status quo on Darfur. Mia will be blogging here and at MiaFarrow.org. Others will join by participating in water-only and/or “refugee rations” fasts to bring attention to the immediate humanitarian crisis in Darfur created by the expulsion of aid organizations by the government of Sudan. Darfur Fast for Life demands from our leaders around the world to be ambitious and work on creating lasting peace in Sudan and guaranteeing the respect for the human rights of all.Darfur Fast for Life

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Rome Tennis Update

Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome


Photo credit: Daylife

Rafael Nadal defeated Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-0
April 30, 2009
Soderling won the first game, then Rafa went on to win the next 12 games.

Friday, May 1, 2009
Quarter Final: Rafa Nadal vs. Fernando Verdasco

The match is scheduled as the third day match on Stadio Pietrangeli.

Play starts at 1:00 PM local time (Rome)
and 7:00 AM USA, EDT

To enlarge click the Order of Play above.



Round 2 match with Soderling
Photo credits: Daylife

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

FASTING FOR DARFUR, PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT REAL PEOPLE, RAFA NADAL AND SODERLING IN ROME

I am fasting tomorrow with Mia Farrow and many others.

JOIN IN THE FAST
FOR DARFURIS FREEDOM TO LIVE

There will be 2 fasting options: water only, and refugee rations that mirrors the rations people get in the refugee camps that we have observed.

To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

Water only fast

In this fast only water is consumed.

Refugee rations fast

Cracked Wheat - Daily, 7 oz. (weight not volume) (686 Calories)
Farina Wheat Cereal - Daily - 1.17 oz (weight not volume) (123 Calories)
Yellow Split Peas - Daily 1/6 Cup (82 Calories)
Oil - Daily 2.4 TSPNs (96 Calories)
Sugar - Daily 2 TSPNs (30 Calories)
Salt - Daily 1/10 Teaspoon per day.

Total of 1,017 Calories

People Fasting in Solidarity are listed at
fastdarfur.org

Darfur Fast for Life was created so that you and many more around the world can participate in saying no to the status quo on Darfur. Mia will be blogging here and at MiaFarrow.org. Others will join by participating in water-only and/or “refugee rations” fasts to bring attention to the immediate humanitarian crisis in Darfur created by the expulsion of aid organizations by the government of Sudan. Darfur Fast for Life demands from our leaders around the world to be ambitious and work on creating lasting peace in Sudan and guaranteeing the respect for the human rights of all.Darfur Fast for Life
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Larry King talks with Mia Farrow, about why she is going on a hunger strike in efforts to raise awareness about Darfur. April 28, 2009
Uploaded by dingerses

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Write to President Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Tell him we need his leadership for the short and long run
on the issue of genocide and the
6 year old genocide on the unarmed Darfuri civilians, families.

President Obama can be called:
202-456-1111
or
1-800-GENOCIDE

Find USA elected politicians contact information at this link:
www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Check this out
www.darfurscores.org
Your elected officials get graded on Darfur

JOIN OTHERS TO PUT AN END TO GENOCIDE
www.enoughproject.org
www.savedarfur.org
www.standnow.org

Urge UN and Sudanese Ambassadors to use their influence to press the government of Sudan to fully restore humanitarian aid in and around Darfur.

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Part Two

As I was taking a moment's break from my aerobic exercise tonight, I picked up a book to read from the bookshelves beside my contraption. The book was Listen to Love - a collection of poems and excerpts. But in between the pages I found a newspaper clipping, yellowed with jagged edges - the paper, Boston Herald Traveler, Monday August 3, 1970. It was a letter in the Dear Ann Landers column.

Dear Ann Landers,

This is an answer to the reader from Port Jervis, New York, who wrote about a friend who committed suicide. Last December a pal of mine killed himself. Another friend attempted suicide three times in the past 14 months. I tried to take my own life a few years ago.

We all had promising futures and financial security, but we lacked one thing - the ability to relate to others. I stopped wanting to kill myself when I realized my death would make a difference. That somebody really cared.

If people want to help, they can. Here are a few things everyone can do: Smile more - even to people you don't know. Touch people. Look them in the eye. Let them know you are aware they exist. Be concerned about those you work with. Listen when they speak to you. Spend an extra minute. If someone has a problem, let him tell you about it. Sometimes just listening means more than you'll ever know.

To those who are in a depression say this: "Everybody has highs and lows. Nobody is on top of the world all the time. You'll crawl back up again if you give yourself a chance. Tomorrow will be better."

You could save a life without realizing it by letting a depressed person know he has value. He counts. Somebody cares. I care. - Age 27

It takes so little to be kind. It costs us nothing. It makes you better and it certainly brightens others' day. The energy we put out to the universe can be positive or negative. I tend to think no energy we put out is neutral. We affect those around us as we are affected by others who we see or hear in passing.

Take a moment to consider how much richer you would be to be kind throughout your day. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. And then at the end of the day - consider how that kindness was better than negative, angry or cold thoughts or words that you could have chosen to put out in the world.

Recently, I notice how nice it is to actually call a business and talk to a live person, not some automated voice on the other end. And then have the person, be kind, take their time with me and actually listen to my questions and attempt to directly answer my questions. And also to walk into a local business and be treated with respect and get thoughtful help.

Maybe, feeling alienated by all the technology that has no person, texting as on Twitter, automated "assistance" or told to go to a website and go to "frequently asked questions" to hunt for the one question I have - all this makes person-to-person kindness seem rare. When calling a business, I halfway expect to get "automated" people and am surprised when a real person "appears". It is really nice.

Being human is more pleasant when actual people are, well, human.

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Part Three


Round 2 match with Seppi photos
Photo credits: Unsure but possibly
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi,
Julian Finney/Getty Images
and AP Photo/Carlo Baroncini, CBS Sportsline
and from
internazionalibnlditalia.it


Round 3 ~ April 30, Thursday, Rafa will play Robin Soderling
USA EDT 2:30 PM
Stadio Pietrangeli

Rafa Nadal d Andreas Seppi Wednesday, April 29, 2009
6-2, 6-3


Websites to check out:
vamosbrigade.com
The Original Forum at Rafa's Site
www.rafaelnadal.com

Watch it live at


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A typical Fantastic point by Rafa and the ending of the match today in Rome
Round 2 with Seppi
Uploaded by NadalPower

Rafael Nadal vs. Andreas Seppi - Part of the match
6-2, 6-3 Round 2 ~ Rome Masters 2009, April 29
Uploaded by tennis24TV








A note about the photo credits: I retrieved the Rafa pictures at a site that didn't credit the photographers. I did see some of the same pictures other places and these names were given for sources for those pictures: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi, Julian Finney/Getty Images, and AP Photo/Carlo Baroncini, CBS Sportsline, internazionalibnlditalia.it website.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

JOIN THE FAST FOR DARFURIS' FREEDOM TO GO HOME. RAFA NADAL PLAYS ANDREAS SEPPI IN ROME'S RD 2

JOIN IN THE FAST FOR DARFURIS FREEDOM TO LIVE

There will be 2 fasting options: water only, and refugee rations that mirrors the rations people get in the refugee camps that we have observed.

To join Darfur Fast for Life for one day or more, send an e-mail to join@fastdarfur.org with your name, date(s) fasting, hometown, and form of fasting you will participate in (water only or refugee rations). Please be sure to check with your doctor, if you intend on doing any extended form of fasting.

adef-w-peas

Water only fast

In this fast only water is consumed.

Refugee rations fast

Cracked Wheat - Daily, 7 oz. (weight not volume) (686 Calories)
Farina Wheat Cereal - Daily - 1.17 oz (weight not volume) (123 Calories)
Yellow Split Peas - Daily 1/6 Cup (82 Calories)
Oil - Daily 2.4 TSPNs (96 Calories)
Sugar - Daily 2 TSPNs (30 Calories)
Salt - Daily 1/10 Teaspoon per day.

Total of 1,017 Calories

People Fasting in Solidarity are listed at
fastdarfur.org

Darfur Fast for Life

Activist-actress Mia Farrow will began an extended hunger strike in solidarity with the people of Darfur on April 27, 2009. She intends to continue this water-only fast for 21 days. Darfur Fast for Life was created so that you and many more around the world can participate in saying no to the status quo on Darfur. Mia will be blogging here and at MiaFarrow.org. Others will join by participating in water-only and/or “refugee rations” fasts to bring attention to the immediate humanitarian crisis in Darfur created by the expulsion of aid organizations by the government of Sudan. Darfur Fast for Life demands from our leaders around the world to be ambitious and work on creating lasting peace in Sudan and guaranteeing the respect for the human rights of all.

Darfur Fast for Life
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We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

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Adef’s food rations

Our Act Now for Darfur event in Rhode Island - April 18, 2009 ....
Quiet Riot for Darfuri Families
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Genocide in Darfur - Silence and Indifference...Are Necessary for Genocide to Happen
Uploaded by ilovemylifesblog



Text from the Youtube from Quiet Riot for Darfuri Families:

Music Selections:
"Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" ~ sung by Kathleen Emery
"This Little Light of Mine" ~ sung by Odetta

Genocide has never happened when there is space on our "To Do" list making it more probable for us to add Prevention or Stopping Genocide to our list. The holocaust went on for 12 years. Many claimed they didn't know. We know this time. Sudanese President Bashir says that he will protect the people that he is murdering.

The refugees in Sudan have been cut off from potable water, food and medical attention since March 4, 2009. Meningitis, cholera and diarrhea are spreading in the camps inside the Sudanese borders.

President Obama repeatedly said during his campaign "This is a defining moment". This story is a defining issue because of what we choose to do or not do. If effect, we have spoken with our failing. In place of choosing political will, our leaders have chosen indifference. HUMANITY BEFORE POLITICS is on the t-shirts of StopGenocideNow.org -unless, our message is clear to our leaders it will be politics before humanity.

MALNUTRITION
When food is not readily available, the body is thrown off balance, which results in weight loss from the digestion of body fat first, then muscle, then vital organs to keep the body alive.

With extreme malnutrition comes starvation. The skin hangs on the body, the facial contours change with temple wasting as a giveaway sign. Hair begins to lose pigment, thin, and then fall out. The person becomes so weak that appetite is radically diminished: the effort to eat and the energy needed to digest exceed bodily strength. Lethargy, apathy and onset of opportunistic diseases (bacterial, parasitic) besiege the helpless system.

In open circumstances, such as starving populations, disease usually kills first.

Kwashiorkor is a disease of children caused by protein deficiency in malnutrition. Signs of this are orange hair, swollen bellies from liver disease, vomiting, diarrhea (which contains undigested food), ulcerated peeling skin and sloughing of tissue/development of ulcers throughout the digestive tract. Extreme pain is present. The ulcers are entry points for bacteria and death usually occurs from overwhelming infection.

THIRST AND DEHYDRATION
Thirst drives a person to consume fluids of all types and juicy foods to make up the deficit.Unless fluid intake is successful, signs of dehydration occur, the most obvious of which is tenting. Gently pinching up a bit of flesh on the back of the hand creates a small tent which should fill and sink back if all is well. If there is dehydration, the tent stays up.

Sudden life-threatening dehydration brings on cholera. A healthy adult can die from cholera in 2-6 hours because of the acute and massive diarrhea it causes. There is no effective vaccine and antibiotics do not act quickly enough.

We honored three familes at
QUIET RIOT FOR DARFURI FAMILIES

Raouda (12 years old) and Hassanya, her grandmother

Adef and Achta and their 4 children
A family that the SGN team had made friends on their trip June 15, 2008 and again this trip in March 2009:
Guisma, daughter
Bashar and Bashir, twins sons
Abdelmouni, son

Dajhima - Mother
Khadija Daughter
Ibrahim Son

As bad as it is for these families, it is much better than for those Darfuris inside the Sudanese borders.

Elie Wiesel says "...to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all...

The collective indifference to this human disaster is numbing and stunning.

While in Chad...
www.stopgenocidenow.org/iact/iact5/day 6 - June 15, 2008


www.stopgenocidenow.org/iact/iact7/day5 - March 28, 2009

www.stopgenocidenow.org/iact/iact7/day7 - March 30, 2009



SGN
visited a school in camp Djabal where the students share songs from their homeland in March of 2009.

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Write to President Obama
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

President Obama can be called:
202-456-1111
or
1-800-GENOCIDE

Find USA elected politicians contact information at this link:
www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

JOIN OTHERS TO PUT AN END TO GENOCIDE
www.enoughproject.org
www.savedarfur.org
www.standnow.org

Pictures in
ilovemylifesblog's video are from camp Djabal, a Darfuri refugee camp visited March 23 - April 1, 2009 by the Stop Genocide Now iAct team. I have obtained permission from Gabriel Stauring, the founder of Stop Genocide Now, for use of the pictures. The other pictures are mine and of Newport (also known as Eastons) Beach, Newport, Rhode Island on the Atlantic Ocean on April 18, 2009 at our event.

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March 4, 2009, the Sudanese government decided to expel 13 international humanitarian aid groups from working in and around Darfur.

These are the consequences...

According to a joint UN-Sudanese humanitarian assessment team, around May 1st we will see a sharp drop in the health and well-being of people living throughout the Darfur crisis region. Emergency food rations will run out. Clean water, an already rare commodity, will become even scarcer. And to top it off, a "rainy season" will render on-the-ground movement extremely difficult, escalating the risk of disease and danger to children and the elderly.

If Sudan's leaders won't step in to steer their country away from inevitable doom, then they will bear the blame for this new phase to the crisis in Darfur.

Urge UN and Sudanese Ambassadors to use their influence to press the government of Sudan to fully restore humanitarian aid in and around Darfur.


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Rome Tennis Tournament

April 29, 2009

Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Rome
Rafa Nadal vs Andreas Seppi in Round 2- Wednesday April 29th.

The match is scheduled
third on Stadio Pietrangeli.
The first match beginsPlay starts at 7:00 AM USA EDT.

Link to find live streaming at vamosbrigade.com
Pay to watch live streaming ~ www.tennistv.com

Official Site for Rome
Singles Draw


Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point and 6-2,7-6 victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the semi final match during day 6 of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 18, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco.
Photo credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images


Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day seven of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco. Photo credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images



Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day seven of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco. Photo credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal (l) of Spain holds the winners trophy alongside Prince Albert II of Monaco (r) after his 6-3,2-6,6-1 victory in the final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day seven of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco. Photo credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point on his way to a 6-2,7-6 victory against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the semi final match during day 6 of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 18, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco. Photo credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images


Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day seven of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco. Photo credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Monte Carlo
Rd 2 Rafa d Juan Ignacio Chela ~ April 15 ~ 6-2, 6-3
Rd 3 Rafa d Nicloas Lapentti ~ April 17 ~ 6-3, 6-0
QF Rafa d Ivan Ljubicic ~ April 17 ~ 6-3, 6-3
SF Rafa d Andy Murray ~ April 18 ~ 6-2, 7-6(4)
Final Rafa d Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Fifth straight year Rafa won Singles at Monte Carlo
Last year he also won the doubles

Rafael Nadal (l) of Spain poses with the winners trophy after his 6-3,2-6,6-1 victory in the final match against Novak Djokovic (r) of Serbia during day seven of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Pictures of Monte Carlo


Picture from Barcelona Tournament
Rafael Nadal of Spain on his way back to the players lounge after attending a press conference on day 1 of the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2009 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 20, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Photo credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe

Barcelona ~ Rafa did it again
Rd 2 Rafa d Frederico Gil ~ 6-2, 6-2 Rd 3 Rafa d Christophe Rochus ~ 6-2, 6-0 QF Nalbandian withdrew SF Rafa d Nikolay Davydenko ~ 6-3, 6-2 Final Rafa d David Ferrer ~ 6-2, 7-5

Link to pictures of Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2009

Former tennis great Manolo Santana (L) holds a racket used by him in the year he won the Wimbledon Championships flanked by Rafael Nadal during a promotional event for Nadal's foundation on
day 2 of the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2009 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 21, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.
Photo credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Link to pictures ~ Day 2


Rafael Nadal of Spain heads the ball during a training session on day 2 of the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2009 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 21, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Link to pictures - Day 3 ~ Rafael Nadal vs. Frederico Gil of Portugal
at the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2009 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 22, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Nadal won the match in two sets, 6-2 and 6-2.

Link to pictures ~ Day 4


Link to pictures of Rafael Nadal vs. Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during his
semi-final match on day 6 of the ATP 500 World Tour Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell 2009 tennis tournament at the Real Club de Tenis on April 25, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Nadal won the match in two sets, 6-3 and 6-2.


Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot against Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia during day 6 of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 28, 2009 in Key Biscayne, Florida ~ Miami. Photo credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Link to more pictures in Miami.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

RAFAEL NADAL AND ANDY MURRAY ON THE CLAY IN MONTE CARLO APRIL 18, 2009

I HAVE A DARFUR EVENT I AM RUNNING SATURDAY....
SO THIS IS ALL I HAVE TIME FOR

ORDER OF PLAY

Click for Worldwide TV Schedule

SATURDAY, 18 APRIL, 2009

COURT CENTRAL start 11:30 am
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)


Not Before 1:30 PM
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [13] S Wawrinka (SUI)


[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [4] A Murray (GBR)

START TIME FOR RAFA AND ANDY - PROBABLY AROUND 8:30 A.M. OR 9:00 A.M. USA EST/DST


N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) vs [2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

Worldwide TV Schedule

Source: montecarlo.masters-series.com


2009 RESULTS

Friday, 17 April / Vendredi 17 Avril

Singles - Quarter-finals / Simples - Quarts de Finale
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) 63 63
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [7] F Verdasco (ESP) 62 46 63
[4] A Murray (GBR) d [8] N Davydenko (RUS) 76(1) 64
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] A Beck (GER) 62 64

Singles - Third Round / Simples - Troisi�me Tour
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] N Lapentti (ECU) 63 60
[4] A Murray (GBR) d [Q] F Fognini (ITA) 76(11) 64
[8] N Davydenko (RUS) d [12] D Nalbandian (ARG) 64 57 63
[WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) d S Bolelli (ITA) 75 76(2)

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

WHAT'S YOUR NAME DARLIN'? MY NAME IS SUSAN BOYLE - FOR THE SUSAN BOYLE IN ALL OF US

Susan Boyle - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009

Go here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPZh4AnWyk

47 Year old Susan Boyle wows the judges with her performance in the auditions for Britains Got Talent, singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.

Here are the Lyrics...

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used
And wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung
No wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame.

And still
I dream he'll come to me
That we will live our lives together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms
We cannot weather...

I had a dream my life would be
So different form this hell I'm living
so different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed
The dream I dreamed.

Article about Prejudice by Eyesight


Flawless - Chase the Dream and not the Competition

North London dance act Flawless' audition for Britain's Got Talent 2009.

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Link
How Do You Mend A Broken Heart? ~ Al Green at the Newport Jazz Festival August 12, 2007
Al Green - Just One of The Most Fun Singers Ever
Newport, Rhode Island
Narragansett Bay
On the grounds of Fort Adams
It happens every August
In the year 2009, "The Newport Jazz Festival" will be named "The George Wein Jazz Festival 55".


I'm working on figuring out how to do these Youtube videos and make them clear.
Bear with me.
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Al Green Medley Newport Jazz Festival Aug 12, 2007

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