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Duane Shank: Daily News Digest

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Darfur. “A global day of action is held calling for peace in Darfur… Activists rallied in several major cities, calling on Sudan to allow UN peacekeepers into Darfur, where tens of thousands of people have been killed.”

Interrogation. “President Bush’s national security adviser signaled on Sunday that he was seeking a compromise with the Republican senators who are rebelling against the administration’s proposal to explicitly permit certain severe interrogation practices against terrorism suspects.”

Faith and Politics. “Both religious flanks are looking nervously over their shoulders at the Internal Revenue Service, which this year announced a renewed effort to enforce laws that limit churches and charities from involvement in partisan political campaigns.”

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Darfur. World rallies for peace in Darfur – “A global day of action is held calling for peace in Darfur… Activists rallied in several major cities, calling on Sudan to allow UN peacekeepers into Darfur, where tens of thousands of people have been killed.” Global Protests Call for Intervention – “In New York, a crowd in Central Park estimated by organizers at about 20,000 demanded that the Bush administration pressure the Sudanese government to stop the killings and displacements in Darfur and to allow a U.N. peacekeeping force to enter the country.” UK faith leaders pray for Darfur – “Religious leaders pray for peace in Darfur outside Downing Street as part of an international day of action.” UN hears outcry to act soon on Darfur – “World leaders will have their pick of trouble spots to focus on when they gather this week at the United Nations, but the area that both human-rights activists and U.S. officials say is in urgent need of decisive action is the Darfur region of Sudan.” As Peace Mission Nears End, War in Sudan Intensifies – “As the African Union prepares to abandon its troubled peace mission to Darfur, the region is descending ever more steeply into war.”

Peacekeeping. Peacekeeping Grows, Strains U.N. – “The United Nations is set to field its largest peacekeeping enterprise in its 61-year history, with more than 100,000 troops and police to be deployed by year’s end in missions around the world.”

Interrogation. Compromise Called Possible on Interrogations – “President Bush’s national security adviser signaled on Sunday that he was seeking a compromise with the Republican senators who are rebelling against the administration’s proposal to explicitly permit certain severe interrogation practices against terrorism suspects.” Why GOP trio is bucking the White House – “For the Bush White House, this week’s showdown with the Senate over US treatment of detainees sets up a rematch with a triumvirate of GOP senators who have been the president’s strongest supporters in the war in Iraq – and his most effective critics.”

Iran. Two Tracks on Iran: Keep Talking, and Weigh Penalties – “After intense talks about Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and other major world powers face two unappealing choices as the United Nations General Assembly opens this week: introduce a resolution in the Security Council for sanctions against Tehran that may not be tough enough to make a difference, or delay any punitive measures, rendering their diplomacy on Iran meaningless.”

Faith and Politics. I.R.S. Eyes Religious Groups as More Enter Election Fray – “Both religious flanks are looking nervously over their shoulders at the Internal Revenue Service, which this year announced a renewed effort to enforce laws that limit churches and charities from involvement in partisan political campaigns.” IRS Orders Pasadena Church to Yield Documents on ’04 Political Races – “Stepping up its probe of allegedly improper campaigning by churches, the Internal Revenue Service ordered a liberal Pasadena parish to turn over all the documents and e-mails it produced during the 2004 election year with references to political candidates.”

Rally here a first, testing Dobson’s appeal in region – “James Dobson, the evangelical radio psychologist and powerful conservative activist, will be at Mellon Arena Wednesday for the first major Religious Right event ever held in Pittsburgh, and the first Stand for the Family Rally outside the South and the Plains states.”

Poverty. Poverty rates rise in many suburbs – “In much of suburban Chicago, poverty rates are rising, according to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau late last month.”

Pope Benedict and Islam. In a Rare Step, Pope Expresses Personal Regret – “Pope Benedict XVI sought Sunday to extinguish days of anger and protest among Muslims by issuing an extraordinary personal apology for having caused offense with a speech last week that cited a reference to Islam as “evil and inhuman.”

Rev. Forbes to retire. Minister of Riverside Church to Step Down – “Dr. [James] Forbes told that congregation yesterday that he planned to retire in June after 18 years as senior minister. He said in an interview that he wanted to concentrate on a new ministry aimed at “maximizing the witness for spiritual revitalization and the nation’s spiritual revi
talization.”

Op-Eds

JAMES CARROLL: Judge, jury, and torturer – “ … the White House argument is straightforward: terrorists are such a mortal threat that established due process must be suspended. In particular, the classified secrets of anti terrorist operations must be so closely held that the most basic pillar of jurisprudence — the accused’s right to know and respond to evidence — must be discarded. The legislation was drafted by Franz Kafka.”

JOSEPH CIRINCIONE: Lost chances to contain nuclear arms – “In recent years, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons has been a major preoccupation of US foreign policy. But what if our best efforts fail? What if Iran gets the nuclear bomb? Or if a North Korean nuclear test vaporizes any doubts of its arsenal?”



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Chris

posted September 19, 2006 at 2:25 am


Thanks for starting this!>



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Debra Bender

posted September 19, 2006 at 2:48 am


Hey, Duane, here’s a couple interesting tidbits you might find interesting and relevant to your daily news digest. http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0918-31.htm “>http://pol.moveon.org/dontpardon/?id=8810-7250276-tCbOlGC0taY45kfVOab1_Q&t=2>



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Milton Stanley

posted September 19, 2006 at 3:30 am


Thanks for the digest. If you’re interested in what’s going on in Darfur, the best source I know of online is Sudan Watch at “>http://sudanwatch.blogspot.com/>



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Jay McGinley

posted September 19, 2006 at 4:41 am


SEPT 17TH: AWESOME! BUT WE ARE NOT STOPPING GENOCIDE IN DARFUR DARFUR VIGIL DAY 116 (now in NYC); 56 DAYS HUNGER STRIKE since July 4, 2006 It only took just one failed component, one failed component out of millions that painstaking effort had made right, to cause the searing tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. You’ll remember that for Challenger it was a faulty “O ring.” The contributions of the many that led to a brilliantly executed September 17th series of worldwide events is something we all should humbly honor, praise, reverence and express our deep respect and gratitude for. I do. It was awesome. And a handful of truly heroic efforts took place – promoting/filling busses from Pittsburgh, Boston, Ohio, DC, All Parts Global ; logistics; PR…. Thank you and God bless your commitment. What the September 17th teams worlwide did is absolutely necessary! But there is a faulty “O ring” in the Campaign to Save Darfur. SEPTEMBER 17TH, AND THE FOLLOW-ON EVENTS CONTEMPLATED AND PLANNED WILL NOT STOP THE GENOCIDE. And I have yet to have anyone prominently involved with the Darfur movement that disagrees. And I’ve asked. And I’ve received responses. A crucial component is missing; a component that has been essential for every previous social-change movement. Stopping Genocide requires Monumental Social-Change – NEVER has genocide been stopped. N-E-V-E-R. Never. Not Rwanda, Cambodia, Kurds, Serbrinka, not 6,000,000 Jews…. Kosovo was far too late addressed to some degree. What is profoundly missing is a Core Group of Leaders that anyone, EVERYONE SEES is heroically putting their skin in the game, standing up for, getting in harms way for, SACRIFICING PERSONALLY for Darfur. Name major social change that has ever come without this. Civil Rights? Apartheid? Stopping Vietnam War? Suffrage? IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED. Unmistakable-Sacrificial-Leadership-visible-to-the-masses is the spark plug; the inspiration; the moral clarity; THE PROOF OF IMPORTANCE THAT INSPIRES COMMITTED ACTION IN OTHERS. Leadership of this kind, in sufficient quantity is – the price to Save Darfur. Until the “price” is paid, the genocide will not stop, no matter what else we do. We can do everything else right (and these are NECESSARY): advertising, PR, rallies, celebrity participation, strategy, Sudan Envoys… but without the ignition, without the spark-plug we’ve got our “O ring,” our efforts will crash in defeat, and 4,000,000 family members in Darfur are exterminated. I have been begging for two years for such effort: 9/23/04: http://platform.blogs.com/passionofthepresent/2004/09/radical_commitm.html; 10/17/04: http://platform.blogs.com/passionofthepresent/2004/10/jay_mcginley_ai.html, 8/11/05: http://rescuerestoredarfur.blogspot.com/2005/08/hunger-strike-day-6-pioneers-must-pay.html, 8/14/05: http://platform.blogs.com/passionofthepresent/2005/08/the_latest_from_1.html; 7/11/06: http://standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com/2006/07/call-to-battle-launch-all-out.html; 8/16/06: http://rescuerestoredarfur.blogspot.com/2005/08/hunger-strike-day-12-enough-radicals.html; 8/22/05: http://platform.blogs.com/passionofthepresent/2005/07/jay_mcginley_hu.html So Jay, does all this make you right? What matters is: 1. Might it be correct?; 2. That YOU decide, correctly, in time. As Reverend Gloria said in NYC on Sunday, It s about T-I-M-E. Someone(s) cried out about the “O ring” long, long before the Challenger exploded. I’m sure of it. He/She/They were blown off as troublemaker, renegade, lone ranger, loner, outsider, not-a-team-player…. The Challenger exploded. All that was left were, regrets. Jay McGinley (jymcginley@cs.com) 484-356-6243 DARFUR VIGIL DAY 116 (now in NYC) http://www.StandWithDarfurWhiteHouseII.Blogspot.com>



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John Strader

posted September 19, 2006 at 12:08 pm


With aparthied in South Africa, the people who controlled wealth divested its investments in South Africa. We should get serious about this and divest ourselves of investments in all countries and corporations who do business with Darfur. An example is China’s support of Darfur with their need for oil will give any support Darfur asks, such as weapons. Most governments are controlled by large corporations and divesture in the largest economy, China, is too risky, and for what reason! We are just debating this issue, while genocide continues. Debate is a nice, safe and comfortable position. Divest, divest, divest!>



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