June 05, 2004


From the Boston-based American Anti-Slavery Group:

Next Thursday, Harvard is hosting Kofi Annan as Commencement speaker and giving him an honorary degree. Local activists, led by Bostonís Black Ministerial Alliance, and Sudanese survivors of genocide will be rallying to protest at Annanís inaction on the genocide in Darfur.

The coalition of activists is appealing to people around the world to sign their petition demanding Annan take action. We hope you will alert your readers about the campaign.

Sign the petition here.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 5, 2004 02:42 AM

I'm glad to hear that this issue is being taken seriously.

Question is, why lobby the UN? Sure, Sudan getting a human rights seat or whatever is something that should not happen, but if we want something serious done, shouldn't we lobby the US instead?

Posted by: Andjam at June 5, 2004 at 03:53 AM

Lobbying Kofi to "take action" is laughable. How many divisions does he have again?

One piece of fallout from Iraq folks better get used to: the US won't be in any hurry to help in any UN "peacekeeping" missions anytime soon. We liberate 50 million people and the world tells us how evil we are. Fine. Whatever. Don't call us, we'll call you.

Posted by: DSmith at June 5, 2004 at 04:19 AM

DSmith, I agree. After Iraq, the US should just sit back and just worry about itself. Cut off all aid to every program and every country. Do that for a few years until the world appolgizes.

If the world really just hated Bush, they wouldnt march around waving american flags with swastikas painted on them.

Posted by: Oktober at June 5, 2004 at 04:33 AM

Annan is complicit in the tradition of slavery in Ghana, his homeland- at least by his inaction. Does Khofi Annan or his high status family own slaves in Ghana? If he is prepared to at least tolerate slavery at home, I see little chance of any action on his part against Sudans bigger and more intractable problems.

Posted by: Bruce Eggins at June 5, 2004 at 04:34 AM

It's only slavery or genocide when white people are doing it!

Posted by: Sean at June 5, 2004 at 04:44 AM

Kofi - and the UN - are impotent these days.

Posted by: Zach at June 5, 2004 at 05:04 AM

I'm trying to comprehend what Harvard's reasoning would be to give Kofi an honorary degree (obviously to honor the man). Seems the UN has been one disaster after another with Kofi manning the helm (not that it was better before him though); impotence, coruption, scandle, humanitarian failures, the list goes on and on.

Posted by: SleepyInSeattle at June 5, 2004 at 06:20 AM

Harvard giving Kofi an honorary degree is probably an attempt to bolster the image of UN support by Americans, as opposed to supporting the war on terrorism, Iraq invasion, etc. You know, just the usual screeching from the sidelines, instead of actually doing something.

This way, Harvard can tickle the fancy of its left wing contributors without actually advancing the cause of peace and freedom. Maximum return for minimum effort, as it were.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 5, 2004 at 06:40 AM

Kofi is acting with typical African indifference to the plight of his fellow Africans. What else is new? We suffered in the Middle Passage and after, but the SOBs on the continet kept right on selling us out. Plus Áa change....

Posted by: Helen at June 5, 2004 at 07:16 AM

Kofi's visit will be articulately and visibly protested. And no one at all will hear about the dissent (save for those who read blogs).

Posted by: ras at June 5, 2004 at 08:47 AM

Hmmm. So Muslims are killing Muslims.

Muslims are killing non-Muslims on 20 fronts. Where's the petition on that?

Sorry, guys, but I just don't have any resources to devote to saving Muslims from Muslims when my side isn't safe yet.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 5, 2004 at 02:35 PM

Harry -- Sudan is not just Muslims killing Muslims. Non-Muslims are the target the as well.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 5, 2004 at 03:43 PM

Harry -- Sudan is not just Muslims killing Muslims. Non-Muslims are the target the as well.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 5, 2004 at 03:45 PM