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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Violence in Darfur and the Bush adminstration

From the Washington Post, an article about the Bush adminstration and its efforts to quell the violence in Sudan. The full article can be found here, but below is a portion of the article:

Sudan is pressing for Washington to lift sanctions imposed years ago for Sudan's ties to terrorist groups. The Bush administration, which last year accused Sudan of permitting genocide in Darfur, is not yet prepared to take that step, officials say. But the State Department recently removed Sudan from the list of the worst offenders of human trafficking, and it has waived rules that prevented Sudan from hiring a Washington lobbyist. Earlier this year, the CIA flew Sudan's intelligence chief, who has been implicated in the Darfur attacks, to Washington for talks.
Those steps have alarmed some members of Congress, who accuse the administration of sending mixed signals and not being tough enough with Khartoum. "The administration is on the wrong track and sending exactly the wrong message," said Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.), a co-chairman of the House Sudan Caucus.
At the same time, Congress has sent its own mixed signals. The House Appropriations Committee voted this week to kill $50 million sought by the administration to expand the African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

--Tom Hayes


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