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CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT IN DARFUR! (x-posted to antigenocide, humanmajority) [Jan. 13th, 2007|03:52 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |she-ra theme music]

Email from the Save Darfur Coalition

Dear Jamie,

I want to share some important news from Khartoum. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson just released a joint statement with Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir that, if implemented, would bring some immediate security and relief to the people of Darfur as well as provide a clear path forward to long-term peace in the region.

We asked Governor Richardson to travel to Sudan to discuss ways to secure peace in Darfur and to end the genocide. The Governor was accompanied by Save Darfur Senior International Coordinator Ambassador (ret.) Lawrence Rossin, Refugees International Executive Director Kenneth Bacon, and Public and International Law and Policy Group senior attorney Amjad Atallah. Since Sunday, when they arrived in Khartoum, Governor Richardson and the delegation have visited Darfur and participated in a variety of meetings with government officials, rebel leaders, humanitarian officials, AU commanders and UN officials.

The promises from President Bashir in this agreement are encouraging. They include commitments to:

  • A 60-day ceasefire with an international peace summit to be held before March 15, 2007.
  • Sudan's cooperation to work with the African Union and United Nations on the deployment of a hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur.
  • Ensuring "zero tolerance" policies for gender-based violence in Darfur.
  • Free access for humanitarian aid workers and journalists.

Click here to read the full joint statement and the press release.

Your concerns for the people of Darfur were voiced directly to President Bashir by Governor Richardson and Ambassador Rossin. We believe that today's agreement offers a promising step forward to end this four-year nightmare for the people of Darfur. By no means, however, has the genocide ended.

We call urgently upon Sudan, the United Nations, the African Union, and the Bush Administration to make these promises become a reality for the long-suffering people of Darfur.

We must demand that the international community take advantage of this dramatic progress. Your help in this effort will be vital in the months ahead.

Thank you for your contribution to these new developments.

Best regards,

David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

The Save Darfur Coalition is an alliance of over 175 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations whose mission is to raise public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and to mobilize a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of more than two million people in the Darfur region. To learn more, please visit http://www.SaveDarfur.org.

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Human Rights Alerts [Jul. 9th, 2006|12:30 am]
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An email I just received from CARE

Hi Jamie,

Remind Congress: Refugees are NOT Criminals!

The majority of people seeking asylum are men, women, and children who were on the wrong side of a civil war, practiced the wrong faith, were part of a minority group, or expressed their political opinions. Proposed legislation changes would classify them as criminals in the United States.

Take action now!

Did you know that the US Congress is considering legislation that could turn refugees and asylum seekers into criminals? Refugees are real people who left everything they knew, often under serious threats of harm. Sign a petition urging your Congressmen not to pass legislation that criminalizes innocent refugees!

The majority of people seeking asylum in the United States are regular, everyday men, women, and children who were on the wrong side of a civil war, practiced the wrong faith, were part of a minority group, or expressed their political opinions.

Many have already survived rape, police harassment, torture, and overwhelming fear. Because of their extreme circumstances, some did not have time to go through the standard visa process.

The proposed immigration reform could incarcerate these refugees even though they pose no threat to the United States. Help prevent this from happening!

The reforms could also punish well-meaning Americans and humanitarian groups seeking to help refugees. More people could be harmed by these reforms than protected!

These freedom-seekers need a place where they can feel safe from threats of imprisonment and yet another relocation. Tell the Conference Committee on Immigration Reform to support humane immigration reform, not to criminalize people who are in real danger!

Our great nation was founded by people fleeing religious persecution in their home country. Thanks for taking action to keep our shores open while also keeping them safe!

Robyn E.
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I'm not always fond of some of these emails I get about activism, since sometimes they get annoying having a bunch sent about something that are a little bit exagerated or something, but this one definetly caught my attention.
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Forum-Type Post [Jul. 2nd, 2006|09:18 pm]
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[mood |interested]
[music |Mazika Ehab Tawfik Leih El Khesam Awel Kelma]

What is your most inspirational music artist? What is your most inspirational "political" (for lack of a better word) music artist- or even artist (painting, etc)? (ex: anti-flag, crass, the beatles, etc.)

Was there a specific event or time period that inspired you to become interested/ concerned about current events, philosophy, or whatever your major interests are, or did it happen over a period of time?
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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2006|08:55 pm]
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[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music | Ilahije i Kaside - Allahu, Allah, hu-Allah]

I realize that this community is rather dead, but I figured since it's summer I'm going to try and revitilize it. It'll give me something to do, and hopefully will be created into a decent community that updates quite frequently.
Here is a post I made to Human Majority a few weeks ago, thought it might interest some of you. It's about the use of depleted uranium. At the end there is also information about a Darfur Conference at Harvard University (in Boston).
Thanks for your time,

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Darfur [Feb. 18th, 2006|09:34 pm]
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I was watching CNN and saw that they announced something about Darfur, Sudan.
The President and the United States have finally acknoledged the fact that the situation occuring in Sudan is a genocide.
Bush said that he had requested NATO troops to enter Sudan, and was considering the possibily or necessity of sending US troops.
I just though I'd let you know. I might post a link of an article if I can find one.
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A post away from true understanding... [Oct. 15th, 2005|03:57 pm]
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Hey, I haven't written in a while- but for once I've been focused on something. Lately I've been digging deeper and deeper into a ... better comprehension of my beliefs in regards to a higher power or religious entities. I don't mean to bring up my personal beliefs "time line" in regards to any religious beliefs... but I guess some background of where I'm coming from would help you fellow intelligent ones who are able to comprehend things well... understand what I'm saying. I could write this post so that it makes complete sense without any confusion, but I have a headache (due to frequent migraines, blackouts, etc... the list is quite large).
EDIT: There will be common spelling mistakes, and yes- I do know how to write properly... but I do not feel like putting an extra hour to look and edit this!! I understand how to spell some of these things but when I type things like this that are personal, I just type and don't correct spelling. Also, this does reflect a small portion of my religious background, but in no way reflects what I am continuing to develop on my religious beliefs. I say religious beliefs because I have no intention to belong to an organized religion. The 20 page paper that I will refer to much later from right now (deeper in this post) doesn't convey 1-5th of what I feel on religion.... so imagine that. In order to describe in depth my beliefs, it'd take multiple entries, longer and more time consuming than this one.
Past history (warning, this is long).Collapse )

Anyways. I do alright. It's real hard, but I get by. I try to stay educated on so many matters. This is getting lengthy, so I'll cut to the chase.
The new things I found on Animism, and my newly found beliefCollapse )
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Our Pornographic Culture [Sep. 25th, 2005|11:50 pm]
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Over the next few days, Nuvolab writers will post a series of comprehensive, well-researched articles relating to pornography in American culture. The subject matter will range from politics to business to social issues. We will not be posting actual porn, only a discussion on the topic (our sincere apologies to all the horny boys). We hope you enjoy and leave plenty of comments.

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So I'm breaking the rules, sorry. [Sep. 22nd, 2005|04:23 pm]
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Don't post your bullshit, especially if you have teen angst. If you have a story that involves yourself or others, please make sure it's not something we're your just "venting" about something personal.

So I'm breaking them.
I've been having a really hard time lately, and I can even straighten out my thoughts for you guys to know, nevermind anyone else. The part that seperate's me from typical teen angst and what not is that I'm having a hard time having so many thoughts and appreciating... well basically a lot that I'm presented in life, and hating many things as well- but not having enough reasoning that I could write a paper. That's the hardest thing for me to get over- not having enough reasoning (when I already have a lot) behind basically everything.
I feel bad that I've neglected this community for so many reasons.
Espiecally that you guys have these really interesting thoughts that I would LOVE to hear.
Few of you know me, and those who do, don't know me real well. Haha, it's the internet though, isn't it?
I'm extremly self-conscious, and the reason why I'm clogging your friends list and a good community is because I was wondering if I don't know... I could leak some low pressure shit out of you guys :)

I guess that I'll have you pick a question to answer ( I realize some of these are only beneficial for me, I apologize. Don't answer them if you don't feel comfortable ).

How do you sort out your beliefs? Do a lot of them run together? Do any of you have a "mental disorder" as doctors would say, and do you also have a strong disbelief on ... anything in regards to mental disorders?

What are some contemporary problems that you have been interested in lately?
Have any of you heard of totalitarian agriculture, or have read "Story of B" or other daniel quinn's books?

I'd write more, haha but I have too much to deal with right now.
Sorry for going against my own rules that I created, heh.
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(no subject) [Aug. 30th, 2005|01:27 pm]
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[music |Skrewdriver- I don't need your love]

I Hi- I just wanted to say that in a week or so I'll start posting more. I've been kinda busy, going to Cape Cod and stuff. And doctors appointments. I read the post before this, and I liked it- but haven't gotten around to commenting on it. I also told someone in here that I'd comment more on their application, and haven't gotten around to that either. School starts for me tomorrow, and after that I think I'll be able to post somethings. I feel guilty because this community has definetly gotten pretty dead, but I promise it'll (hopefully) be "revived".
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(no subject) [Jul. 26th, 2005|04:03 pm]
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