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Friday, October 21, 2005

Why American Express "Gets" Blogging

Quick interruption during six week blogging break to post these notes to myself for future reference.

Today, Rob at BusinessPundit writes Why American Express "Gets" Blogging [via Instapundit 21 October 2005]
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Yesterday, Genocide Intervention Fund launched its new name Genocide Intervention Network (GF-Net). The more donations GI-Net receives from private citizens around the world, the more politicians will listen up and take note.

Right now, millions of women and children in the Sudan are suffering at the hands of Sudanese men while men around the world watch. Whatever name is given to it, genocide, ethnic cleansing - it is a crime against humanity.

Long time visitors to this blog will recall when I started blogging Darfur 18 months ago, the death toll was reportedly 10,000. Experts now estimate around 400,000 Darfuris have perished. 2.5 million Darfuris are still too frightened to go home and 3.5 million are now in need of food. Darfur is sliding into chaos. UN warns today there are just weeks left to save Darfur. For latest links see Sudan Watch.
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Note to self, the day has probably arrived when some blogs are used as a weapon of war. Propaganda blogs could easily entice bloggers to unwittingly link and spread disinformation that undermines mainstream media reports on countries like the Sudan where there is a media clampdown and no freedom of speech.
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This post may not make much sense to readers, or the Sudan Lobbying post at Coaliton for Darfur I am noting here with this excerpt about a U.S. public relations consultancy C-R International Llc hired by the Khartoum regime:
"The Government of Sudan has hired Mr. Robert J. Cabelly, managing director, C/R International, to lobby on its behalf.

Sudan is hiring this firm to help counteract the ongoing worldwide campaign against the government’s policy in the Darfur region of the country. This American company is taking money to wage a lobbying war against the hundreds of organizations and more than 130 million Americans who have voiced their concern about the situation in Sudan."
# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 10/21/2005
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