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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

JUST WHAT HUMAN DISASTER WILL WE CONDEMN, IF NOT GENOCIDE?

Included in the post today:
* Darfur
* Roar ~ Heath Ledger
* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus ~ Heath



Darfur

Our being silent is used as a tool in the arsenal of Bashir.


Genocide in our time

MUST Be Noticed,

Must be Reported by our media,

Must have the leaders of free nations use their political clout

To End the Darfur Genocide

And actually put some meaning to the words

Never Again

Words we love to use

At the languishing end of each genocide that this planet has hosted.

There has been no acceptable genocide.


Complicity is not a policy.


Complicity comes from a lack of will.


It comes from an administration that has lost its moral compass.

It comes from a world too wrapped up in its self-importance to stop and contemplate

just what human disaster will we condemn, if not genocide.

Choosing to live in a world where it is okay to murder, torture, rape and starve to death a group of human beings truthfully

means we live in a world with a moral vacuum.

Just exactly when is genocide not okay with us?

Just exactly which ethnic group of people can genocide be used to rid the earth of them

and Just exactly which group of people can we turn our backs on and the definition of genocide fits our values?

A Moral Nation Needs to Stand Up for Right

And Know that Genocide flourishes when there is no accountability.

Stopping Genocide is a Choice.

What does it say about us If We Choose to Allow Darfuri families to live this 5th (March 2010 will be 7 years) year of genocide as a way of every day life?

Where there is a Will there is Always a Way

Where there is No Will there is Never a Way

One voice won’t stop a genocide, but that is no excuse to be silent.

The above is from a speech I gave while George W Bush was our President, April 28, 2007.

The entire speech can be found at
Why-is-genocide-okay-with-us?


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The press releases included here, are in response to the news that is just below the press releases themselves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 7, 2009

Omar al-Bashir arrests prominent Sudanese politicians

Obama administration must condemn crackdown on peaceful protest in Khartoum


(Washington D.C. – December 7, 2009) This morning the Sudanese police shut down a rally in Khartoum sponsored by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and northern opposition parties and arrested a number of high profile leaders and other activists. The rally was organized to demand that the Sudanese parliament change laws that restrict basic political freedoms.


Today’s acts by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) reveal the Omar al-Bashir-led government’s intolerance for freedom of speech and freedom of association in Sudan. The Save Darfur Coalition calls upon the Obama administration to condemn strongly the behavior of the Sudanese government, which clearly demonstrates the emptiness of their promises to hold free and fair elections in April 2010.


Jerry Fowler, President of the Save Darfur Coalition, said, “The demonstrators were rallying peacefully to change laws in Sudan that currently prohibit them from speaking freely and expressing their opposition to the Bashir regime. The government’s thuggish response demonstrates why that change is necessary. The Obama administration has said little about the political environment necessary for free and fair elections in Sudan – choosing to focus on the technicalities of the process rather than the ongoing repressive environment in Sudan. These events make clear that, for all its rhetoric over the last few months, the Bashir government will not tolerate peaceful dissent in Sudan nor is it willing to create the conditions necessary for credible elections in April.”

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About Save Darfur Coalition: The Save Darfur Coalition – an alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations – raises public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of people throughout the Darfur region. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur. For more information on the coalition, please visit www.SaveDarfur.org.


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PRESS RELEASE
December 7, 2009


STATEMENT: THE ENOUGH PROJECT DEPLORES SUDAN'S ARREST
OF OPPOSITION PARTY MEMBERS



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress today released the following statement in reaction to news that the government of Sudan had arrested several members of the opposition political party, the SPLM:

"It was fanciful of the United States and other donor nations to think that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), which has ruled Sudan with an iron fist and tolerated no peaceful dissent, would suddenly loosen its grip and allow peaceful elections and their necessary precursor: peaceful freedom of assembly," said Enough Co-founder John Prendergast.

"Today's reaction by the NCP-controlled security services demonstrates further that the U.S. should not be financing this electoral charade unless the laws are amended to allow the basics of a credible election," Prendergast continued. "President Obama should recognize that any benchmarks-based policy of incentives and pressures will have no credibility unless consequences are imposed immediately when such an obvious benchmark like today's denial of a basic element of the existing North-South peace deal -- freedom of assembly for the elections -- has been violated."

As Prendergast testified last week before the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee: "Until the parties agree to conditions that will allow a credible election, the United States and broader international community should suspend all electoral assistance. Non-credible elections should not be financed and legitimized by American taxpayers. The parties should agree to delay the election until these CPA-mandated conditions exist, because the U.S. and international community should not recognize any election that does not meet basic standards."

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Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org/.


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From Sudan Tribune:

Sudan arrests SPLM SG Pagan Amum and Yasir Arman

Monday 7 December 2009.

December 6, 2009 (KHARTOUM) �" The Sudanese authorities arrested the SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum and his deputy Yassir Arman, Sudan Tribune has learned.

They were taken to the police station after appearing for the planned protest in front of the National Assembly.

The Qatar based Al-Jazeera TV website said that its TV crew was prevented from covering the demonstration and their tapes were confiscated.

Reuters said that around 25 SPLM and opposition supporters gathered outside the parliament in the early hours of Monday and were surrounded by police armed with batons and shields.

Arman, a senior member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) scuffled with police outside the National Assembly and was driven away to a police station, a Reuters witness said.

Police officers beat demonstrators and onlookers with batons as Arman was driven away chanting "freedom."

Amum speaking through his cell phone from the police station to Al-Jazeera said that they have recieved permission from the interior ministry to carry out the demonstration.

He said that the law allows for staging protests if they notify the authorities beforehand. He accusd the government of breaching the constitution and resorting to restricting freedoms.

The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) issued a statement calling on all its supporters in the capital to join the demonstration and “extract their rights to express their free will in their present and the future of their country”.

“The movement urges all Sudanese opposition forces to join forces” the statement read.

It was also reported that the police detained the SPLM figure Abbas Goma’a who also holds the post of the state minister for interior in the coalition government.

The Sudanese authorities surrounded the headquarters of the Umma Party. An eyewitness said that the police threw tear gas.


The Sudanese opposition groups vowed to stage mass demonstration at the parliament on Monday despite a last minute ban made by the authorities on the rally raising fears of a confrontation between the two sides.

The Sudanese interior ministry issued a statement saying that the political parties did not receive proper permission to proceed with the mass protest and warned that those intending to take part in this “illegitimate” demonstration with legal action.

The move is a reversal in position by the government which has previously stated that political forces “are entitled to engage in any manifestation that is in accordance with the laws to express their opinion”.

Eyewitnesses who asked not to be named told Sudan Tribune that thousands of heavily armed policemen took up positions in the capital since early morning hours in an apparent bid to curb the protests.

The bulk of the parties which signed up to take part in the rally include those signatories to the Juba declaration last September in a conference hosted by Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The parties are protesting the delay in passing crucial laws including the national security and referendum bill. A memorandum is set to be delivered to the national assembly.

However, the Sudanese cabinet unexpectedly announced that Monday will be a holiday in order to allow people to register for voting before the deadline expires. The decision prompted some opposition figures to view it as an attempt to kill the planned rally.

The SPLM Secretary General, Pagan Amum said that around 50,000 are expected to take part in today’s demonstrations. He added that the number will increase within two weeks if the laws do not get passed in this timeframe.

Yesterday Amum said that Monday will be a “historical day for the start of mass popular movement for freedom”.

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir met today separately with Umma Party leader Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) chief Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani.

Al-Mirghani, who boycotted the Juba conference, told reporters afterwards that Sudanese issues cannot be handled only between the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the SPLM.

The Umma party leader Al-Mahdi said he proposed to Bashir an “elections Code of honor” and Sudan state media reported that Bashir told the ex-PM that it is needed in order to pave the way for the coming Elections, stressing the necessity of displaying it to all political parties for reviewing and studying it.

Al-Mahdi added that strong national efforts are needed in the upcoming period to address the issues of differences. He indicated that an inclusive national gathering shall be called to tackle points of differences with regard to the Act of the Security, the referendum, the issues of Darfur and the freedoms.

However, the Umma party leader made no mention of the planned demonstration though other officials confirmed their intention to participate.

The leader of the Darfur rebel group, Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur said he supports the SPLM in “achieving the legitimate rights of Southerners”.

“The problem of the South is the same problem of all Sudan whether in Darfur or in the east. We need a new state based on values of liberalism, citizenship and secularism” Al-Nur said.

For Updates:

whilewewaitsudan.blogspot.com

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GENOCIDE IS NOT OKAY

USE YOUR VOICE
TO CALL UPON OUR LEADERS
TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT
ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS VERY WRONG

Contact

The Whitehouse

202-456-1111

More ways to contact the President:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Please include your e-mail address

Phone Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

facebook.com/WhiteHouse

twitter.com/whitehouse

Speak Up

You Have A Voice

standnow.org
www.savedarfur.org

www.henryjacksonsociety.org/stories



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When I was doing my wash today, I was thinking. Almost every night, I go to bed with the TV timer on, while I have in a dvd of a Heath Ledger movie. Then, often while I am getting up, I have the same dvd on. I was watching the Roar episode of Sweet Bridget. It is superb.

Part 1 of 4th
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Sweet Bridget Episode 13 of 13
Part 2 of 4 uploads by lostwithoutme
at 5:33 ~ Beautiful
~ flesh of the soul so loved ~
Music: Loreena McKennitt
Dark Night of the Soul

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Sweet Bridget Episode
Part 3 of 4 uploads by lostwithoutme


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Sweet Bridget Episode
Part 4 of 4 uploads by lostwithoutme
If you live in Region 1 ~ Roar is easily available:
Roar-Complete-Heath-Ledger


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Outtakes
Uploaded by DomaVaquera

More outtakes

And more outtakes



If you live in Region 1 ~ Roar is easily available:
Roar-Complete-Heath-Ledger

As I watch Roar, I am thinking how I could make a tribute with it. And I am always trying to think of music that I could use on youtube. Not so easy to do, as much of what I would think is suitable for a tribute won't be allowed on youtube with worldwide accessibility.

I think often of one or two lines from a song that I already am familiar with....today I thought of
A Case of You....if you read the lyrics below ~ I think you will see why I might think of Heath Ledger.

The best part. . .

I remember that time you told me you said
"Love is touching souls"
Surely you touched mine
'Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you're in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet.
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Diana Krall sings Joni Mitchell's A Case of You

Uploaded by elbioubiou

Just before our love got lost you said
"I am as constant as a northern star"
And I said "Constantly in the darkness
Where's that at?
If you want me I'll be in the bar"

On the back of a cartoon coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice
Oh you're in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
Still I'd be on my feet
oh I would still be on my feet

Oh I am a lonely painter
I live in a box of paints
I'm frightened by the devil
And I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid

I remember that time you told me you said
"Love is touching souls"
Surely you touched mine
'Cause part of you pours out of me
In these lines from time to time
Oh, you're in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet

Oh I could drink a case of you darling
And I would still be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

I met a woman
She had a mouth like yours
She knew your life
She knew your devils and your deeds
And she said
"Go to him, stay with him if you can
But be prepared to bleed"

Oh but you are in my blood
You're my holy wine
You're so bitter, bitter and so sweet

Oh, I could drink a case of you darling
Still I'd be on my feet
I would still be on my feet

1970 ~ Joni Mitchell

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Jodelle's work from the Dr Parnassuss support website
Click the image to enlarge
The grass roots support website for
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

www.imaginariumofdrparnassus.com

Sunday, December 06th, 2009 | Author: Administrator
Exclusive ~ By Theresa Shell


Help get The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassu in our local theatres in the USA. It is our last chance to see Heath on screen in a new film. Don't let us be left out.
Go to this link to DEMAND IT:
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


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My Youtube Channel:
www.youtube.com/user/ilovemylifesblog

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Uploaded by jopicca
A tribute for Heath and to the TV series Roar. Scenes of Roar and pictures of Heath Ledger, as Conor with Loreena McKennitt's Dark Night of the Soul and Dante's Prayer.

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