Meanwhile, in Sudan…

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Darfur is getting worse, by the way:

Top UN aid official Jan Egeland warned that relief operations in Darfur may have to be halted because of an upsurge in violence in the western Sudanese region. Egeland, the overall humanitarian aid coordinator for the United Nations, said the risks faced by the world body’s 11,000 relief workers in Darfur could soon be too great.

“The level of violence has been escalating again sharply,” he told reporters.

Renewed fighting is undermining a cease-fire between government and rebel movements which was agreed in April 2004 and which had largely held despite sporadic attacks.

Meanwhile, Eric Reeves discusses in detail how the North-South agreement in Sudan seems to be crumbling before everyone’s eyes, as the National Islamic Front is “delaying implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, reneging on benchmark commitments, and engaging in threatening military behavior.” Fortunately, there’s not much there but instability, Islamic terrorism, and millions of dollars worth of oil money. Surely not the sort of thing the West needs to pay any attention to.

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