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The Wars of Sudan

it is not obvious but the sudan has been an issue since the early 70's when the 3rd larges oil field in the world was discovered there. the sudan has had an internal policy of limiting foreign oil interests. darfur sit on part of this oil field. the south of sudan sits on the oil field.

khartoum's main concession that ended the last "civil war" was more oil revenues for the south.

the world has never cared for africa unless there was something of value that could be taken from her.

if the world cared about aids in africa, why would they donate money for medicines that can only be bought from specific pharmaceutical corps?why would the u.s. initiate plans for africon?

why is it so important to build a pipeline across liberia [why is it so important to build one across afghanistan?)?

why are the gold, diamonds & uranium so much more important than the people of south africa, many still living in the tin shacks they built when p.w. botha was prime minister?

the "wars in sudan" only distract from the bigger picture:
- stalling china's economy by limiting their global access to oil resources.
- establish non-african control of african natural resources in an continuing effort to wrestle oil market dominance from opec [combine this with the application of good ole divide & conquer techniques, first in iraq and coming soon to iran.

if there was nothing to gain, the sudan and the rest of africa would be ignored like the bosnian conflict and the rwandan genocide.

besides, if we are true believers of democracy, why aren't we encouraging negotiations for fair pricing of these resources on the open market rather than falling for the governmental/media hype that instills conflict over control of these resources?

the people of the sudan, africa, the middle east, asia are not the buffoons depicted in stylized hollywood stereotypes. they are people with wants, needs & desires like anyone else in the world. they, like anyone else, want their own independence to achieve their own interpretation of 'the right to life, liberty & the persuit of hapiness'. what's the matter here, they need our non-african guidance & approval to govern their countries? their lives?

i know it's not much to get excited about here in the u.s. but there are plenty of hungry, homeless, abused, neglected and forgotten right around the corner, just across the track, down on the bayous.

Yusuf Guyot

Los Angeles, CA

Mar 2 2007 - 3:17pm

Katrina, Eighteen Months Later

In your article you all you talk about is New Orleans, yes we are all sad about what happened there. Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast we took Katrina head-on. It wasn't a levy that caused our destruction it was the actual storm and surge.

What sets us above NO is that we want to rebuild and be better than what we were before. Alot of the problem with NO is that they are not willing to go to extremes to become normal again. Don't get me wrong, I used to love NO, but look at it now. Even the places that weren't affected by the storm have become so full of crime, no one wants to go there. I don't blame the citizens to not want to return.

To my point now, when you talk about the Gulf Coast give the MS. part some credit. We are working hard to normalize the 6 most hit coastal counties. You reporters from afar have no clue to what has been going on here and only concentrating on NO. Of course, I know you'll do what you want, just my two cents.

I would definatly rather live here in MS than in "The Chocolate City."

Jay Tagert

Ocean Springs, MS

Mar 1 2007 - 10:26pm

Human, All Too Human

I wonder why The Nation did not identify Adam Lebor as a regular contributor to Harry's Place, a British blog that strongly supports the war in Iraq. After that disaster, it seems like the last thing we need is another "humanitarian intervention" to rescue people.

Louis Proyect

New York City, NY

Mar 1 2007 - 5:40pm

Green Politicians, Real and Fake

Some good points, but some weird numbers.

"clogged metropolitan areas wasted 3.7 billion hours and 2.3 billion gallons of gasoline--about $63 billion worth--stuck in traffic."

I hope that $63 billion is including wasted time, otherwise the amount you are talking about equals $27 per gallon.

Josh Kroll

Minneapolis, MN

Mar 1 2007 - 12:23pm

The Daffodil Delusion: Sensationalizing Global Warming

Sensationalization takes a variety of forms, including ignoring the fact that the melting of the Martian CO2 icecaps means that it is primarily solar, not human action.

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Mar 1 2007 - 1:44am

The Thought Experimenter

Jackson Lears, thank you for the fine essay on William James. And much more: the skewering of Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett in favor of a thinker who connected mind with body, wisdom with uncertainty, will with meaning, and psychology with philosophy.

A retired psychiatrist and sandlot philosopher, I am much in need of WJ--as are the majority of my colleagues who are in effect drugged by the pharmaceutical approach to human suffering. It is entirely probable, as you say, that WJ willed himself out of depression as an extension of the way most of us will ourselves out of bed in the morning.

E. James Lieberman

Potomac, MD

Feb 28 2007 - 9:02pm

Remembering Norma Rae

Hollywood has always been big business. In the socially conscious '30s the only movie to actually show physical confrontation between management and labor was Black Gold, starring Paul Muni.

Movie makers then did not want common people to fully realize just how badly they had been screwed over by big business.

Even progressives like Warner Bros. were careful not to be too explicit in their excellent socially conscious movies.

So the common American in the '30s continued to believe the financial disaster that had befallen him was his own fault. Failure to be able to work and provide for his family was unendurable. But yet he endured.


Bowling Green, Ohio

Feb 28 2007 - 6:30pm

Green Politicians, Real and Fake

I'm not sure of von hoffman's drift. Has Al Gore actually been taking the bus? I seem to recall that he failed even to mention global warming during the entire 2000 presidential contest. And why give him even a share of the credit that duly belongs to Ken Livingstone?

Bob Cohen

Coos Bay, OR

Feb 28 2007 - 5:16pm

North Korea: Back to the Future

Robert Scheer writes, "Pakistan has never been held to account for allowing its "father of the Islamic bomb," A.Q. Khan, to spread nuclear bomb technology and expertise to rogue regimes--including North Korea and Iran.

Khan remains protected under house arrest, off-limits to US intelligence agents seeking to interview him. No water-boarding for him, unlike the thousands of never-charged prisoners that the United States has ordered tortured around the world who couldn't tell the interrogator the difference between uranium and plutonium."

What has passed under the radar is that the Bush regime issued a kill order on US investigations of A.Q. Khan, the so-called father of the Islamic bomb, because of his ties to the Saudi royal family (Greg Palast reported this on his website).

Now we have revelations that the regime in Washington, DC funneled money to Sunni extremists with ties to al-Qaeda -- obstensibly to counter Shi'ite militias allegedly linked to Iran.

Because of the Bush crime family's protection and support for terrorists and rogues linked to the Saudis, we have 9/11, a nuclear North Korea, and indirect US funding of the very terrorist group that we are supposedly at war with.

So this is what it's like down the rabbit hole.

Michael Kwiatkowski

Cleveland, Ohio

Feb 28 2007 - 3:22pm

The Verdict's In on Bush

Wow, just when I thought the fingers being pointed at one man was over, I come across your amazing article. For as dumb as you and your people call this nation's President, you sure give him a lot of credit for erroneous claims about thie Irag War. Do some research on both ends before you point your little pointer finger at Bush. And take notice that there are four more fingers pointing at you.

One day your face will be covered in mud when we do realize that everything that Bush is doing to prevent world destruction and you and your fellow Americans (used loosely of course) are trying to block everything he is doing. Those anticts will do nothing more than ensure that we fail. Thanks for that. And by the way. The American people don't feel the way you said we feel in your opening statement.

Larry Moe

Bradenton, Florida

Feb 28 2007 - 3:02pm