The party begins here. 🙂 Good show. I discuss Iraq and Pakistan with our good friend and Middle East expert Brian Katulis. I then chat with Eric Boehlert from Media Matters about the role of bloggers in this next election.
Outgoing U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will ask Friday how the international community can allow the “horror” in Sudan’s Darfur region to continue and say there is more than enough blame to shared all around.
In a speech to be given in New York, Annan says blame can be shared by those valuing abstract notions of sovereignty over human lives; those whose response of solidarity puts them on the sides of governments and not people; and those who fear commercial interests could be jeopardized.
“The truth is, none of these arguments amount even to excuses, let alone justifications, for the shameful passivity of most governments,” Annan says in the speech to be given to mark International Human Rights Day.
“We have still not summoned up the collective sense of urgency that this issue requires,” said Annan, who pledged earlier this week to make the killings in Darfur his priority until he leaves office on December 31.
Some 200,000 people have been killed in Darfur since the rebels took up arms against the central government in 2003, while another 2 million have been driven out of their homes. more
Remember when the Bush Administration said they were going to take a active role in the region. Secretary Rice made several statements and held meetings. So, what happened?