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Darfur: The "Genocide Olympics?" campaign roars into high gear

Friday 11 May 2007 03:48.
By Eric Reeves

May 10, 2007 ? An extraordinary column by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated gives us perhaps our clearest
and strongest view of the deplorable implications of Steven Spielberg’s decision to serve as artistic director
in the 2008 “Genocide Olympics” in Beijing (see below).

A May 9, 2007 letter from 108 Members of the US House of Representatives, including Majority Leader Steny
Hoyer (D-MD), warns Chinese President Hu Jintao of China in stark terms:

“Already there are calls to boycott what is increasingly being described as the 2008 ’Genocide Olympics.’
As Sudan’s single largest trading partner, and the main beneficiary of their significant crude oil exports and
construction contracts, we urge you to protect your country’s image from being irredeemably tarnished,
through association with a genocidal regime, for the purposes of economic gains.”

The full letter, along with cover letter from Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), appears below. Lantos,
Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the only Holocaust survivor in the US Congress,
declares in the letter:

"This appalling genocide has already destroyed untold numbers of families, due to displacement or death
of a loved one. The international community must immediately stand up---and stand together---to bring an
end to this horrific tragedy. This is a moral challenge for us all; if China fails to do its part, it risks being
forever known as the host of the ’Genocide Olympics.’"

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), a longtime and passionate champion of Sudan, declared on the floor of
the House (May 1, 2007):
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article21817


Amnesty International: Russia, China Break Arms Embargo on Sudan

By DAVID BLAIR
The Daily Telegraph
May 9, 2007
LONDON ? Russia and China have broken a U.N. arms embargo by supplying Sudan with attack helicopters,
bombers, and other weapons in the knowledge that they are being use against civilians in Darfur, Amnesty
International said yesterday.

Chinese strike aircraft and Russian helicopter gunships have been photographed at three airports in Darfur.
Their presence violates U.N. Resolution 1591, which banned Sudan from transferring any weaponry to Darfur
without the Security Council's official permission. Both Russia and China approved the passage of the
resolution in March 2005. But Amnesty's new report finds that both countries went on to breach the very
arms embargo they were party to imposing.

China sold arms and ammunition worth $24 million to Sudan in 2005, along with spare parts worth $60 million
for military aircraft.
http://www.nysun.com/article/54099