Darfur: The Search for Solutions
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President Bush has threatened to expand economic sanctions against Sudan, but he's given the UN's new Secretary General more time for diplomacy. The humanitarian crisis in Sudan is more complex than it looks to westerners. Is it time for more peacekeepers? What about climate change? Also, new questions raised over the death of former football star Pat Tillman and, on Reporter's Notebook, from inside the Bush Administration, an investigation of Karl Rove. How far will it go?
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Pat Tillman's Brother Accuses Military of 'Intentional Falsehoods' ()
Tales of heroism in the Iraq war came under fire today at a House Oversight Committee hearing involving the death of football star Pat Tillman and the rescue of Army Private Jessica Lynch. Both Tillman's brother, Kevin, and Lynch told the committee that the administration had deliberately misled the American public. Glen Lubold is Pentagon Correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.
- Gordon Lubold: Pentagon Correspondent for Military Times
The Search for Solutions in Darfur ()
In Sudan's Darfur province, a reported 450,000 people have been killed in the past four years and two million are now homeless refugees. Last week, saying that "the brutal treatment of innocent civilians in Darfur is unacceptable," President Bush announced a package of sanctions against the Sudanese government, led by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Then he pulled back--at the request of the new Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, who asked for more time for diplomacy. Meantime, Darfur's humanitarian crisis continues. The US has used the term "genocide," but others contend that ignores the root causes of a conflict that goes beyond ethnicity and culture. Are more peacekeepers needed? Is there any real peace to keep? What does climate change have to do with it?
- Larry Rossin: Senior International Coordinator for the Save Darfur Coalition
- Evelyn Leopold: United Nations Bureau Chief, Reuters News Service
- Stephen Smith: Former Africa Editor for Le Monde
- Leonard Vincent: Africa Desk Officer for Reporters Without Borders
Rove under Investigation by Office of Special Counsel ()
The latest investigation of the Bush Administration does not come from Congress but from inside the Administration itself. The Office of Special Counsel monitors low-level federal officials to make sure they obey the rules and don't engage in prohibited political activities. Now the agency's head, Scott Bloch, says he "will not leave any stone unturned" as he investigates no less a target than the President's chief political advisor, Karl Rove. That's according to Tom Hamburger in today's Los Angeles Times.
- Tom Hamburger: Staff Writer for the Los Angeles Times
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