· March, 2006

Stories about Humanitarian Response from March, 2006

Uganda: Conflict

  31 March 2006

Uganda Conflict Action Network reports that the “current rate of death from the war in northern Uganda is three times higher than [that] in Iraq following the US invasion.” Facts and figures are provided to back up this claim.

China: Convenient humanitarianism

  29 March 2006

In his post “Arab Leaders Ignore Chinese,” lordgenius at China Intel mentions an upcoming meeting between the Arab League and the Chinese Communist Party in Sudan which will focus on Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and the ongoing civil strife in western Sudan's Darfur region. “Isn't there something missing here?...

11 Quakes Hit Southern Iran

Early Saturday morning (at approximately 07 GMT), an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8, struck in Southern Iran, as measured by the USGS. With the given depth of 44 km there were no fatalities expected, but it was said that a few people could have been injured. At the time...

Belarus: Post-Crackdown Belarus

  24 March 2006

Ivan Lenin – formerly of Minsk, now of New York – translates a post by LJ user lipski, a Minsk resident, on who benefits from the Oktyabrskaya Sq. crackdown, and shares his thoughts on the country's future: “If anything, the West should engage Belarus as much as possible. Isolation would...

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

This week is a week of rememberance. It is the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq war and the Iraq bloggers are commenting on the hopes at the start and their feelings for the future. It is also the 18th anniversary of the Halabja massacre. And the burning...

Japan, China: Organ Market

  22 March 2006

OhmyNews! reports that a growing number of Japanese are seeking organ transplants in China, where lax regulations and a high number of executions make organs available for desperate buyers.

Rwanda: Testimony to genocide

  16 March 2006

Rwandan Survivors continues to publish the testimonies of survivors of the genocide. Here Ndamyina Gisanura speaks “The genocide didn't exactly start in 1994 – we could see signs of it earlier. There were car bombings, students were beaten up; there was a bad atmosphere and it seemed as if something...

Sudan: Darfur alert

  16 March 2006

Human Rights Action calls on 200,000 to stand in for the victims of atrocities in Darfur...”At least two million people have been forced to flee their homes—and are displaced in Sudan or in camps in neighboring Chad. Help us stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We are...

This Week in Palestinian Blogs: Children are Not Immune

Happy Women's Day to every Palestinian woman who has lost a father, brother, son or a husband. To all Palestinian women who are still languishing inside the Israeli prisons waiting for justice. Palestinian women commemorate women's day to highlight their struggle and show perseverance in fighting the Israeli occupation on...

Sudan: peace talks

  13 March 2006

Coalition for Darfur points to a report on peace talks between warring parties taking place in Abuja Nigeria. The AU mediator stated “If any party refuses to sign the enhanced humanitarian ceasefire agreement, we will have no option but to conclude that it is not interested in peace and the...

Russia: Reuters and Wall Street Journal Coverage

  10 March 2006

Charlie Ganske of Russia Blog criticizes Reuters’ coverage of Russia's Middle East policies and responds to Richard Pipes’ Wall Street Journal piece (“emblematic of a deeper problem in how the West views Russia”) with shallow remarks summarizing earlier arguments presented on the blog.

Sudan: Eyewitness reports from Darfur

  10 March 2006

Passion of the Present points to two reports on Darfur from eye witnesses accounts on the violence. “As part of the “Tour of Darfur; Eyewitness to Genocide,” a national speaking tour sponsored by the Save Darfur Coalition, Steidle discussed his firsthand experience of witnessing the mass murder of African Tribes...

DRC: Labika on ” The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

  10 March 2006

At Renouveau Congolais, blogger JB Labika summarizes (FR) the entanglements of three strands of influence in the DRC as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He talks of the relationship between the Congolese Government, the European Union and foreign business based in the DRC. It's a power triangle in...

DRC: Towards elections or turbulence?

  9 March 2006

At Le Blog du Congolais, blogger Philippe Lomboto Liondjo questions (FR) whether elections will happen as scheduled on June 30, 2006. Liondjo thinks back to the aborted election of June 30, 2005 and fears that the DRC will have to endure another extension. Among reasons for his skepticism, Liondjo cites...

Sudan: education for girls & women

  9 March 2006

Sudan Watch reports on an Irish aid NGO that is providing schools for girls and adult education for women in rural Sudan. She also points to a message on IWD from the Physicians for Human Rights on Darfur.