February 2005

Self&The art of blog28 Feb 2005 09:00 pm

Looks like my proper post will have to wait until tomorrow, as I just can’t squeeze it in tonight. Boo! À demain then.

Self&The art of blog28 Feb 2005 03:51 pm

I am, as the Governor of California always promised he would be, back.

If I have any readers left: hello!

Thank you so much to all those who sent emails or left comments asking after me. How thoughtful of you. I’m touched.

I’ll do my best to pick up where I left off here, and will be dropping by to your blogs soon too. And I plan to drop a proper post in here later today, although I’ve got something else to write first. Er, sorry. You know you’re my number one though, right?

So – group hug, everyone, and then the first in a possible series of Quotes of the Day:

“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.”

Felix Holt – George Eliot (1866)

Jusqu’à la fois prochaine, my lovelies.

Middle East02 Feb 2005 01:49 am

An Iraqi view of Sunday’s election:

Dahr Jamail’s Iraq Dispatches

I won’t quote any of it here, as there’s not a disposable word in it. I urge everyone to read it at source.

See also this post by Ka.

Africa&American politics&Europe&Human rights01 Feb 2005 02:10 am

“70,000 dead and 1.6m homeless, but the UN says it’s not genocide”

What’s in a name? Is 70,000 enough murders to count as genocide? If it is, it legally obliges the UN member countries to take action in Sudan. Under the 1948 Genocide Convention, UN members must actively “prevent and punish” other countries who systematically murder people. Seems fair.

Yet the UN has not conclusively stated that the Sudanese military slaughter campaign is genocide.

But the label is the least of the issue. Britain, France, Denmark and Greece want the Sudanese government to be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court. Kofi Annan is also pushing for this course of action. The majority of the 15 Security Council members will support this view.

An open and shut case? Nope.

The USA opposes a prosecution, because it sees the International Criminal Court as “a threat to its national sovereignty… The Bush Administration revoked President Clinton’s signature of the Rome Treaty, saying that it feared that the court would be used for political prosecutions of American soldiers and officials.”

Would 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians count as genocide*, just out of interest?

(* Is it ever called genocide when we do it?)

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