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    SUDAN : US recalls envoy accused of insulting Prophet Mohamed March 4, 2006, Andnetwork .com The US State Department has recalled the US chargé d affairs in
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      SUDAN : US recalls envoy accused of insulting Prophet Mohamed
      March 4, 2006,
      Andnetwork .com


      The US State Department has recalled the US chargé d'affairs in Sudan,
      Cameron Hume, after he was accused of insulting the Prophet in
      Khartoum last week.


      On 1 March, local newspapers reported that Hume had said to a Sudanese
      businessman in a reception at the US Embassy in Khartoum "go and tell
      this to your government and your prophet".

      But the chargé d'affairs denied the accusation when he was summoned by
      the Foreign Ministry to inquire about what had been attributed to him.

      Members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum
      yesterday gathered in the Headquarters of the party protesting against
      Cameron's statement.
      The crowd expressed their anger and called for the immediate expulsion
      of the US diplomate and the closure of his embassy.

      Alwan newspaper expected that Hume's issue would be discussed and
      commented on during yesterday's Friday sermons..
      (ST)

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      March 1, 2006
      Beware Boltan's Sudden Humanitarianism
      Look Out Sudan!
      By MIKE WHITNEY
      http://www.counterpunch.org/whitney03012006.html


      Judith Miller's swivel-chair at the New York Times was never
      officially retired. Rather, it was awarded to the most promising
      propagandist on the Times staff, Warren Hoge. Hoge's task has been to
      take pot-shots at the United Nations; criticizing the world body for
      its lack of organization and pointing out its many imaginary
      indiscretions in the recent past. So far, the "Oil for Food" scandal
      has been a complete bust and provided no damning evidence against Kofi
      Annan or the UN senior staff. But you'd never know it from reading the
      Times where the slanderous innuendo creates a rich "tapestry of lies"
      as thick as Grimm's Fairy Tales.

      Thanks, Warren.

      Now the UN is on to bigger things, like the re-colonization of Sudan
      under the rubric of "humanitarian intervention". As Noam Chomsky
      points out, "humanitarian intervention" was first invoked by the
      Fuehrer when he liberated Poland George Bush-style some 60 years ago.
      Now the mantra has been raised again by its zealous advocates at the
      NY Times front office.

      Hoge notes the Security Council's frustration with Sudan for rejecting
      its appeals to bring on the troopserI mean the "peacekeepers". Citing
      the massive carnage in Darfur which has resulted in the killing of
      over 200,000 people (numbers which are widely disputed) the United
      States is pressing for troop-deployment to stave off "genocide".
      (Colin Powell's phrase)

      America's mad-hatter ambassador, John Bolton said, "It is something we
      have pushed hard for, and we're going to continue to push hard, even
      though tomorrow is March 1, because this is something that we feel
      very strongly about."

      "Feel strongly about"?

      Has Bolton gone "wobbly" or has compassion for the lives of black
      Sudanese natives finally affected his thinking? If so, then where was
      the Bush administration when 60,000 mostly black citizens of New
      Orleans were shunted into the filthy, excrement-littered Superdome in
      the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and kept there at gunpoint?
      Bolton's empathy is ludicrous, as is the administration's palavering
      about "humanitarian intervention".

      Fortunately, the Sudanese government is blocking the charade realizing
      that Washington has its eyes on its lavish oil and natural gas
      deposits. The UN Security Council has, once again, disgraced itself by
      taking part in this farce and providing cover for another
      American-engineered takeover of foreign resources.

      Sudan knows exactly what to expect from an American-led "peacekeeping
      team". The capital, Khartoum, will be secured as will the oil and
      natural gas reserves, while Darfur will face persistent fly-overs with
      laser-guided munitions directed at errant wedding parties or civilian
      enclaves. (aka; Al Qaida "safe-houses")

      Why would anyone expect anything different? Has the US made any effort
      to provide security for the Afghani people beyond the capital of
      Kabul, or have they been left to the mercy of warlords and drug-kingpins?

      How about Iraq? How's the U.S. security-program progressing in Babylon?

      Sudan would have to be crazy to allow the US or its Security Council
      minions to enter their country without a fight. There's no faster way
      to surrender one's sovereignty, independence and moral-legitimacy.

      That hasn't dimmed the hopes of the imperial-scribes at the "paper of
      record". Hoge and his colleagues still doggedly support the colonial
      venture despite its glaring setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. The
      "Gray Lady" is forever sharpening its talons for the next unwitting
      victim of American benevolence. This week is Sudan's turn.

      Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at:
      fergiewhitney @ msn.com

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