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Will We Be Fooled Again?

An unnamed American official is non-too-pleased with the Bush administration’s moves to normalize relations with Sudan, and so leaks to Helen Cooper documents detailing the entente. The United States, reports Cooper, is offering to take Sudan off the list of state sponsors of terror and take steps to normalize relations if Sudan agrees to cooperate more fully on the deployment of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Why would this official think this is such a bad idea? Roger Winter, a former USAID and State Department official with twenty-years experience in Sudan explains: “Given the fact that Khartoum has been involved in negotiations repeatedly over the years regarding Darfur and the comprehensive peace agreements and has signed documents and consistently failed to implement what they’ve signed, why are we discussing normalization with them?”

I think this is exactly the point. Khartoum has yet to live up to most of the agreements it has signed. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (which ended a 20 year civil war between the Islamist government in the Khartoum and southern rebels) is on the verge of collapse because the government has decided to unilaterally withdraw from some of its key passages, including on the boundary of the oil-rich Abyei region. The Darfur Peace Agreement was basically dead on arrival–and the government (to this day) routinely violates its obligations contained therein. The President of Sudan, Omar el Bashir has also backed down from personal commitments he has made to the Secretary General to desist from the government’s campaign to retard the deployment of UNAMID.

This “is a fool me twice, shame on me” sort of situation. And we’ve been fooled time and time again. As John Prendergast of the Enough Campaign (and formerly of the NSC) likes to point out, Khartoum tends to respond only under pressure or the threat of pressure. For real progress to take hold in Darfur, the United States should work with the international community to press the government of Sudan to comply with the agreements it has already made–not reward a regime that has consistently failed to live up to its past agreements.

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Will We Be Fooled Again?

An unnamed American official is non-too-pleased with the Bush administration’s moves to normalize relations with Sudan, and so leaks to Helen Cooper documents detailing the entente. The United States, reports Cooper, is offering to take Sudan off the list of state sponsors of terror and take steps to normalize relations if Sudan agrees to cooperate more fully on the deployment of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Why would this official think this is such a bad idea? Roger Winter, a former USAID and State Department official with twenty-years experience in Sudan explains: “Given the fact that Khartoum has been involved in negotiations repeatedly over the years regarding Darfur and the comprehensive peace agreements and has signed documents and consistently failed to implement what they’ve signed, why are we discussing normalization with them?”

I think this is exactly the point. Khartoum has yet to live up to most of the agreements it has signed. The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (which ended a 20 year civil war between the Islamist government in the Khartoum and southern rebels) is on the verge of collapse because the government has decided to unilaterally withdraw from some of its key passages, including on the boundary of the oil-rich Abyei region. The Darfur Peace Agreement was basically dead on arrival–and the government (to this day) routinely violates its obligations contained therein. The President of Sudan, Omar el Bashir has also backed down from personal commitments he has made to the Secretary General to desist from the government’s campaign to retard the deployment of UNAMID.

This “is a fool me twice, shame on me” sort of situation. And we’ve been fooled time and time again. As John Prendergast of the Enough Campaign (and formerly of the NSC) likes to point out, Khartoum tends to respond only under pressure or the threat of pressure. For real progress to take hold in Darfur, the United States should work with the international community to press the government of Sudan to comply with the agreements it has already made–not reward a regime that has consistently failed to live up to its past agreements.

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As Seen in the New York Times

Our sister site, On Day One, made the old gray lady today.

Kitchen Gardeners International, a nonprofit organization [Roger] Doiron founded in 2003, is a virtual community of 5,200 gardeners from 96 countries. “We’re trying to reframe the backyard in terms of global sustainability, without losing any of the fun,” said Mr. Doiron, who manages to make a living from donations to his nonprofit and a fellowship from the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute.

He sees his audience as “people out there who are concerned about peak oil, or the gardening gastronomes who want the freshest food possible,” he said. “Or the people who joined a C.S.A.” — a community-supported agriculture project — “last year, and this year are thinking, you know what? I can do some of this myself.”

Mr. Doiron’s latest cause is challenging the presidential candidates to plant a garden on the White House lawn. He has posted his proposal, “Eat the View,” on www.ondayone.org, a Web site where people record their visions for the next president.”

The article, which appeared in the Home and Garden section today, goes on to discuss the various ways presidents through history have used the White House lawn to grow food and vegetables. Mr. Dorion’s proposal, though, is much more ambitious than what’s been done in the past. Dorion says the next president should transform the White House lawn into a garden large enough to sustain the produce needs of the White House, with the left-over produce going to local food pantries. I like the idea. And kudos to New York Times writer Anne Raver for giving it some play.

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As Seen in the New York Times

Our sister site, On Day One, made the old gray lady today.

Kitchen Gardeners International, a nonprofit organization [Roger] Doiron founded in 2003, is a virtual community of 5,200 gardeners from 96 countries. “We’re trying to reframe the backyard in terms of global sustainability, without losing any of the fun,” said Mr. Doiron, who manages to make a living from donations to his nonprofit and a fellowship from the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute.

He sees his audience as “people out there who are concerned about peak oil, or the gardening gastronomes who want the freshest food possible,” he said. “Or the people who joined a C.S.A.” — a community-supported agriculture project — “last year, and this year are thinking, you know what? I can do some of this myself.”

Mr. Doiron’s latest cause is challenging the presidential candidates to plant a garden on the White House lawn. He has posted his proposal, “Eat the View,” on www.ondayone.org, a Web site where people record their visions for the next president.”

The article, which appeared in the Home and Garden section today, goes on to discuss the various ways presidents through history have used the White House lawn to grow food and vegetables. Mr. Dorion’s proposal, though, is much more ambitious than what’s been done in the past. Dorion says the next president should transform the White House lawn into a garden large enough to sustain the produce needs of the White House, with the left-over produce going to local food pantries. I like the idea. And kudos to New York Times writer Anne Raver for giving it some play.

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Thursday Morning Coffee

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>>Russia and friends – Yesterday Russia announced its expanded support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two separatist republics in Georgia. The “support” falls short of full recognition, a step that Russia has threatened in response to the declared independence of Kosovo and Georgia’s bid for NATO membership, but will include direct relations and deeper trade, agriculture, education, diplomacy, and social ties, modeled after the U.S. relationship with Taiwan. Georgia’s foreign minister David Bakradze said that Georgia will seek a special session of the UN Security Council in response.

>>Olympics – Tibetans living in New Delhi greeted the Olympic torch’s arrival with protests yesterday. Over 15,000 police will guard the torch today as it continues its route through the capital, which has already been barricaded and truncated to about a third of its original five-mile length. In advance of the torch’s arrival, protesters lit an alternate torch at Ghandi’s burial spot and planned a parallel relay. Delhi police said they would allow the relay, but would extinguish any alternate torches.

>>South Korea – Yesterday South Korea announced that it would cull 3 million farm birds due to three more bird flu outbreaks. The nation has already had 15 confirmed cases of H5N1 in the last two weeks.

>>East Timor – President and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta returned home yesterday following more than two months of treatment in Australia for injuries sustained in an assassination attempt by those loyal to rebel leader Alfredo Reinado. Ramos-Horta was greeted by a military parade and thousands of supporters.

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>>Russia and friends – Yesterday Russia announced its expanded support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two separatist republics in Georgia. The “support” falls short of full recognition, a step that Russia has threatened in response to the declared independence of Kosovo and Georgia’s bid for NATO membership, but will include direct relations and deeper trade, agriculture, education, diplomacy, and social ties, modeled after the U.S. relationship with Taiwan. Georgia’s foreign minister David Bakradze said that Georgia will seek a special session of the UN Security Council in response.

>>Olympics – Tibetans living in New Delhi greeted the Olympic torch’s arrival with protests yesterday. Over 15,000 police will guard the torch today as it continues its route through the capital, which has already been barricaded and truncated to about a third of its original five-mile length. In advance of the torch’s arrival, protesters lit an alternate torch at Ghandi’s burial spot and planned a parallel relay. Delhi police said they would allow the relay, but would extinguish any alternate torches.

>>South Korea – Yesterday South Korea announced that it would cull 3 million farm birds due to three more bird flu outbreaks. The nation has already had 15 confirmed cases of H5N1 in the last two weeks.

>>East Timor – President and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta returned home yesterday following more than two months of treatment in Australia for injuries sustained in an assassination attempt by those loyal to rebel leader Alfredo Reinado. Ramos-Horta was greeted by a military parade and thousands of supporters.

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