An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Olympics, Mia Farrow and Darfur – what to do

PBS-TV recently carried two programs (can watch one online) reporting how the govt of Sudan is sponsoring horrific ethnic killings and rape-as-warfare in its Darfur region, shielded primarily from international sanctions by the Chinese government. China buys oil from Sudan in exchange for weapons and vetoes all U.N. resolutions demanding international supervision in Darfur. The U.S. govt (as India and others) has largely refused to intervene or pressure Sudan since it is perceived against Chinese interests, although the US govt now officially acknowledges the happenings in Darfur as genocide.

Yesteryears’ actress Mia Farrow has singlehandedly spearheaded a movement to spur action against the atrocities and it has had some effect with China yielding slightly to allow limited UN oversight in some parts of Darfur in late 2007 but 2008 has seen fresh deterioration with escalation brutality. Farrow has put pressure on China by calling the Beijing Olympics as the Genocide Olympics and urged people to dissuade its corporate sponsors from participating. If you care, you may want to consider visiting her site and pass this message along.


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  1. Andrew says

    I am part of a campaign to not watch the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics if the Olympic Sponsors do not condemn China’s support of Sudan and Sudanese Oil. While there is no way to organize enough people in this last month before the Olympics (at the time of writing) to force the sponsors hand, we can at least hope to send a clear message. The sponsors of the games are not sponsors to support China or the Olympics as much as they are simply trying to get their name out.

    That is why I am part of this campaign, if this interests you check it out here: https://www.thepoint.com/campa… if you would like to join With 2008 people we can at least mar that image and send the message that blindly supporting a country that funds a genocidal regime is not okay, and is not good for your corporate image.

    Any help would be great in making this campaign a success. Thanks

  2. Andrew says

    I am part of a campaign to not watch the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics if the Olympic Sponsors do not condemn China’s support of Sudan and Sudanese Oil. While there is no way to organize enough people in this last month before the Olympics (at the time of writing) to force the sponsors hand, we can at least hope to send a clear message. The sponsors of the games are not sponsors to support China or the Olympics as much as they are simply trying to get their name out.

    That is why I am part of this campaign, if this interests you check it out here: https://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/olympic-sponsor-speak-out-on-darfur if you would like to join With 2008 people we can at least mar that image and send the message that blindly supporting a country that funds a genocidal regime is not okay, and is not good for your corporate image.

    Any help would be great in making this campaign a success. Thanks

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