A remarkable opportunity has presented itself, one that allows the administration to create an important legacy for the two Sudans, one that would endure long after the end of President Obama's term in office.
Washington obviously intends sanctions to cause economic hardship, but for what purpose? In the early 1990s Khartoum supported Saddam Hussein's Iraq against America and dallied with Islamic radicalism, even inviting Osama bin Laden to stay. However, that practice ended after 9/11.
There are times when decisions by the Obama administration are simply morally incomprehensible. An ongoing example is the refusal by Obama's Department of Justice to release information about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas.
In spite of declarations to pursue reform following South Sudan's secession from Sudan in 2011, the political landscape in Sudan has remained bleak, with the government of Omar al-Bashir continuing to repress the country's marginalized populations.
On the occasion of Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, I got the chance to interview the charming Tri Angle Records founder Robin Carolan at my local neighborhood diner.
Sudan holds national elections in the coming days, including for the office of president. The result is a foregone conclusion, indeed to speak of the voting process that will occur as an "election" is deeply misleading.
Sudan holds elections in mid-April, including a vote for the next President. It is a foregone conclusion that the victor will be the same man who has ruled Sudan with an iron fist for more than twenty-five years.
When we are abroad, we are not only tourists, but we are guests of the locals. And as guests, we should be grateful and appreciative of our hosts. With that mindset, we realize that we are all connected to help each other as we walk along the paths we choose to travel.
How can this Sudanese "Wannsee Conference"--made public by virtue of the leaked minutes of this extraordinary meeting--not be the occasion for the most robust warning to Khartoum not to pursue this campaign of starvation and ethnic annihilation?
Every year the international community (meaning the developed Western nations, the UN and the European Union) spends millions of dollars bankrolling ballots in profoundly undemocratic places. Why do we bother?
This week Leon Panetta said America has "a responsibility to go after al Qaeda wherever they are." He was referring to U.S. efforts to assist the French in Mali. Yet, not that far away, the U.S. turns a blind eye to extreme Islamist policies and actions that threaten America's security.
Life-saving breakthrough or yet another broken promise? That is the question that hangs over the news of an agreement made by the Sudanese government to finally allow aid into South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
Family music has changed much in recent years, with groups representing every possible musical genre (folk, rock, bluegrass, jazz, Latin, Americana, hip-hop, etc) only under the sub-genre of Kindie Rock.
It sounds like the beginning of a semi-decent joke: A movie star, four Congress members, leaders of several NGOs, two rabbis, a journalist and a great comedian walk into a jail cell. Last Friday, that is what happened though.