Monthly Archives: July 2008

Now here’s some good news…

After reading what I am about to tell you, there will be no doubt in your mind that this economy is strong as an ox and we’re barrelling straight into to peace & prosperity.

Here it is….. drum roll please….. 

Exxon Mobil reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, THE BIGGEST QUARTERLY PROFIT EVER BY ANY U.S. CORPORATION.

wooo-hoooo!!! crack open the champagne!!!

Revenue rose a whopping 40% in year over year comparisons.

In a THREE MONTH PERIOD they made a PROFIT of ELEVEN POINT SIX EIGHT BILLION DOLLARS.

Are you as excited as I am? Just think of the bonuses that will be doled out to the executives. I’m getting goose-bumps thinking about all the research & development they will be doing to get gas prices back down.

You think this guy isn’t happy as a pig in slop….

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EXXON CEO Lee Raymond

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EXXON CEO Lee Raymond

Seriously though, this reeks of corporate greed and opportunistic price-gouging. Its a stinking soup with ingredients that include big (giant) corporations, an oil-man presidency, war in the Middle East, a shady vice-president, and a whole slew of other factors that just scream “BEND OVER PEOPLE, THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR YOU, WE PROMISE”.

This magic act is getting old. The old misdirection ploy is making a lot of folks rich and a hell of a lot more dead. Here’s what they tell us….

Look! Look at those evil a)Iraq, b)Iran, c)Muslim, d)fill-in-the-blank terrorists! Well, while your attention is focused on all those dangerous third world threats to your day to day existence in Iowa, we’re gonna just get in bed with the oil companies and weapons manufacturers .  

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Halliburton CEO 1995-2000

“Halliburton offers a broad array of oilfield technologies and services to upstream oil and gas customers worldwide”

(There’s a shock…how do you think their business is looking?)

 

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New Mission

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With my blog’s one year anniversary fast approaching, I thought it was time for a new & improved mission statement. So I posted one statement today in the “About Azjamon” page.

Nothing earth-shattering but in my continuing quest for simplifying the big picture, I think it sounds pretty good:

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“To joyfully participate in the creativity and evolution of the universe”

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are you as excited as I am?

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Remember (encore)

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I spent the morning witnessing an amazing gathering of high school & university level students and educators. More on that in the future.

However, to state it simply, the room was filled with an incredible vibe, fueled from a blend of innocence, experience, wisdom, hope, energy, knowledge, determination, excellence, responsibility, duty, accountability and pizza 🙂

It reminded me again of the high ideals we humans are capable of reaching.

And it reminded me of the poignant words of one brother speaking of another. 

Listen to the video below…   

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Sudan President indictment requested (video)

For an excellent BBC report on the indictment requested by the ICC for the arrest and prosecution of Sudan President al-Bashir for crimes of genocide…. click HERE 

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Genocide:

Killing members of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups

Causing these groups serious bodily or mental harm

Inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about these groups’ physical destruction

Crimes against humanity:

Murder

Extermination

Forcible transfer

Rape

Torture

War crimes:

Attacks on civilians in Darfur

Pillaging towns and villages

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Sudan President indictment requested

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Press Release: ICC Prosecutor presents case against Sudanese President, Hassan Ahmad AL BASHIR, for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.

The Hague, 14 July 2008

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Situation: Darfur, Sudan ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has presented evidence today showing that Sudanese President, Omar Hassan Ahmad AL BASHIR committed the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.Three years after the Security Council requested him to investigate in Darfur, and based on the evidence collected, the Prosecutor has concluded there are reasonable grounds to believe that Omar Hassan Ahmad AL BASHIR bears criminal responsibility in relation to 10 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.The Prosecution evidence shows that Al Bashir masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups, on account of their ethnicity. Members of the three groups, historically influential in Darfur, were challenging the marginalization of the province; they engaged in a rebellion. AL BASHIR failed to defeat the armed movements, so he went after the people. “His motives were largely political.  His alibi was a ‘counterinsurgency.’  His intent was genocide. ” The Prosecutor said.For over 5 years, armed forces and the Militia/Janjaweed, on AL BASHIR orders, have attacked and destroyed villages. They then pursued the survivors in the desert. Those who reached the camps for the displaced people were subjected to conditions calculated to bring about their destruction. AL BASHIR obstructs international assistance. His forces surround the camps. One victim said: “When we see them, we run. Some of us succeed in getting away, and some are caught and taken to be raped — gang-raped. Maybe around 20 men rape one woman. […] These things are normal for us here in Darfur. These things happen all the time. I have seen rapes too. It does not matter who sees them raping the women — they don’t care. They rape girls in front of their mothers and fathers”.   For over 5 years, millions of civilians have been uprooted from lands they occupied for centuries, all their means of survival destroyed, their land spoliated and inhabited by new settlers. ‘In the camps AL BASHIR’s forces kill the men and rape the women. He wants to end the history of the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa people’ said the Prosecutor. ‘I don’t have the luxury to look away. I have evidence’. 

For over 5 years, AL BASHIR has denied the crimes. He says rape does not exist in the Sudan. This is a fabrication. “By preventing the truth about the crimes from being revealed; concealing his crimes under the guise of a ‘counterinsurgency strategy’, or ‘inter tribal clashes’, or the ‘actions of lawless autonomous militia’, AL BASHIR made possible the commission of further crimes. He promoted and provided impunity to his subordinates in order to secure their willingness to commit genocide” The Prosecutor said. 

Al BASHIR’s intent to commit genocide became clear with the well coordinated attacks on the 2.450.000 civilians who found a haven in the camps.  “AL BASHIR organized the destitution, insecurity and harassment of the survivors.  He did not need bullets. He used other weapons: rapes, hunger, and fear. As efficient, but silent.” Said the Prosecutor.   

Today, the evidence shows that AL BASHIR, instead of assisting the people of Darfur, has mobilised the entire state apparatus, including the armed forces, the intelligence services, the diplomatic and public information bureaucracies, and the justice system, to subject the 2.450.000 people living in IDP’s camps, most of them members of the target group, to conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction.  

“AL BASHIR is the President. He is the Commander in Chief. Those are not just formal words. He used the whole state apparatus, he used the army, he enrolled the Militia/Janjaweed. They all report to him, they all obey him.  His control is absolute.” added Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo.

The Pre-Trial Chamber I will now review the evidence. If the judges determine that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the named individual committed the alleged crimes, they will decide on the best manner to ensure his appearance in court. The Prosecution has requested an arrest warrant.  

For a pdf summary of the case against Omar Hassan Ahmad AL BASHIR  CLICK HERE 


For more information please contact:Florence Olara, OTP Public Information Coordinator
+31 (0) 6 5029 4476 (cell)
Email:
Florence.olara@icc-cpi.intIn The Hague:Ms Nicola Fletcher, OTP Media Liaison
+31 (0)70 515 8071, cell: +31 (0) 65 089 0473
Email:
nicola.fletcher@icc-cpi.int  


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Sudan’s President may face ICC indictment

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The NBC “Today” video in the post below details the charges and players involved in today’s news that the sitting Sudanese president may face a criminal warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide in Darfur….

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Sudan President Omar Bashir

UNITED NATIONS – The chief prosecutor of the Internationals Criminal Court will seek an arrest warrant Monday for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, charging him with genocide and crimes against humanity in the orchestration of a campaign of violence that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the nation’s Darfur region during the past five years, according to U.N. officials and diplomats.

The action by the prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina, will mark the first time that the tribunal in The Hague charges a sitting head of state with such crimes, and represents a major step by the court to implicate the highest levels of the Sudanese government for the atrocities in Darfur.

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ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo

“I will present my case and my evidence to the [ICC] judges, and they will take two to three months to decide,” Moreno-Ocampo said in an interview Wednesday, referring to a pretrial panel made up of judges from Brazil, Ghana and Latvia. “We will request a warrant of arrest, and the judges have to evaluate the evidence.” On Thursday, Moreno-Ocampo’s office said in a statement that the prosecutor will “summarize the evidence, the crimes and name individual(s) charged” at a news conference Monday in The Hague.

The ICC does not issue formal indictments, but simply presents its charges to the pretrial chamber and asks it to issue an arrest warrant for a suspect.

Moreno-Ocampo has charged at least 11 people since 2004 — in countries including Congo, Sudan, Uganda and the Central African Republic — and the pretrial chamber has never refused a public request for an arrest warrant.

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The violence in Darfur began in February 2003 when two rebel groups attacked Sudan’s Islamic government, claiming a pattern of bias against the region’s black African tribes. Khartoum organized a local Arab militia, known as the Janjaweed, and conducted a brutal counterinsurgency campaign that has left more than 300,000 people dead and has driven more than 2 million more from their homes. The Bush administration accused the government of genocide.

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Ahmed Haroun and Ali Kushyab

Officials familiar with Moreno-Ocampo’s investigation said Bashir is unlikely to surrender to the ICC anytime soon. The leader has refused to release to the court two other Sudanese nationals indicted in April 2007…

….and astoundingly even appointing one of them, Ahmed Haroun, to oversee international peacekeepers and humanitarian relief efforts.

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Try to find the time or inspiration to read Don Cheadle and John Prendergast’s incredible book, “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond”

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…or at the very least, rent or buy, and watch, the startling movie “Darfur Now”.

And yes, it’s available at Blockbuster and Wal-Mart.

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John Mayer & Alicia Keyes

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My images from Summerfest 2008 performances by Alicia Keyes and John Mayer are up (HERE).

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Darfur Now on DVD

Please click on the post below this one for the myspace page of “Darfur Now” to learn more about the genocide and what you can do.

Better yet, rent it.

Even better yet, BUY it.

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A Must See

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