Most Recent Articles by Samuel Totten:
Open Letter to US Government, UN: Urgent Action in relation to Chemical Attacks in Darfur
Oct 15, 2016 — Samuel Totten
To: President Barack Obama; US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power; UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon; Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Mr. Ugo Solinas, Mr. Jan Eliasson, Mr. Edmond Mulet, Mr. Herve Ladsous, Ms. Daniela Kroslak, Prince Zied, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Special Advisors on the Prevention of Genocide (Mr. Adama Dieng) and Crimes Against Humanity (Dr. Jennifer Welsh) to the UN Secretary General, respectively;
Key UN Personnel Dealing with Human Rights Issues;
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and,
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR); U.S. Congressman McGovern (D-MA); and, U.S. House of Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY).
From: Scholars of Genocide Studies from Across the Globe, Human Rights Activists, Anti-genocide Activists, and People of the Cloth
Re., Actions That Must Be Taken Immediately in Regard to the Chemical Attacks on Darfur
As most of you are no doubt aware, this past week Amnesty International issued a report in which it decried and spelled out in great detail how the Government of Sudan has recently carried out chemical attacks against civilians in Darfur. In part, the report asserts that “horrific evidence,” including satellite imagery and more than 200 in-depth interviews with survivors, along with the analysis of dozens of images, suggest “at least 30 chemical attacks between January and September took place in the Jebel Marra region.” AI estimates that between 200 and 250 people were killed as a result of these attacks, “with many or most of them being children.” Whether you deem it a continuation of the genocidal actions against the Darfurians, a case of crimes against humanity, or war crimes, it is an outrage.
The Teflon “Blonde”: Hillary Clinton and Her Lies, Half-Truths, Obfuscations
Aug 13, 2016 — Samuel Totten
In the 1980s mob boss John Gotti wrangled his way out of so many prosecutions that the media deemed him the Teflon Don. In light of her habitual habit of trafficking in lies, half-truths, obfuscations, and smirking off important questions about potential malfeasance, Hillary Clinton has rightly earned the sobriquet of The Teflon “Blonde.” (Blonde is in quotes for it has been reported that Clinton is, in fact, a natural brunette. To maintain her blonde mane, Clinton reportedly “spent $2,500, in just two months, with Isabelle Goetz, her long-time hairstylist.)
It’s common knowledge today that Hillary Clinton has “a truth problem.” She has repeatedly scored dismal ratings on polls in regard to trust. Not surprisingly, beyond Donald Trump’s coinage of “Lyin’ Hillary,” she has garnered a host of other sobriquets that allude to her dishonesty and lack of trustworthiness: Shillary and HiLIARY are but two of them. And now there’s The Teflon “Blonde.”
Obama Never Really Planned to Keep His Promise About Recognizing the Armenian Genocide
Jun 11, 2016 — Samuel Totten
“Two years ago, I criticized the Secretary of State for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, after he properly used the term ‘genocide’ to describe Turkey’s slaughter of thousands of Armenians starting in 1915. … as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.” — Barack Obama on the Importance of US-Armenia Relations”
There you have it – in black and white. President Obama’s own words. A promise. A declaration.
To date, however, after being in office for almost eight full years, Barack Obama has not honored his promise to “recognize the Armenian Genocide.”
Samantha Power: From Fiery Activist to a Typical “All Talk, No Action” Bureaucrat
Feb 3, 2015 — Samuel Totten
Samantha Power made her name on both her hard-hitting, Pulitzer-prize winning book, “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” and her no holds-barred lectures and articles decrying the U.S. Government’s lax responses to crimes against humanity and genocide. In the aforementioned book, Power excoriated a host of presidential administrations for what she deemed to be their “toleration of unspeakable atrocities, often committed in clear view.” Proudly, she welcomed the sobriquet—and took on the mantle of—“the genocide chick.”
Obama’s Atrocity Prevention Board’s Silence: Where is the Action and Transparency?
Jun 12, 2013 — Samuel Totten
Over the past several years U.S. President Barack Obama has touted his administration’s concern vis-à-vis crimes against humanity and genocide and for its transparency. Pathetically, his administration has fallen sorely short on both fronts. There’s been some movement in the former, alright, but a lot of it has been more cosmetic than real.
Why Does the US Continue to Appease Sudan?
Apr 5, 2013 — Samuel Totten
Imagine a corrupt Third World dictator who took power in a coup, who locks up opponents, journalists, civil society leaders, students and anyone else who dares doubt his right to absolute power.
A Horrific Joke: As the Nuba Mountains People Starve, U.S. Leaders Praise their Anti-Genocide Effort
Oct 27, 2012 — Samuel Totten
Each and every day, innocent citizens (infants, toddlers, grandmothers, grandfathers, and others) are perishing from forced starvation in the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. It doesn’t have to be that way, but it is.
Severe Malnutrition and Starvation Consume the Nuba Mountains
Jul 31, 2012 — Samuel Totten
Empty promises by the world’s statespersons are as useless as dead donkeys to the people of South Kordofan and the Nuba Mountains who continue to face an onslaught of violence and forced starvation at the hands of the Government of Sudan (GoS).
President Obama Needs to ACT NOW to Prevent Mass Starvation in the Nuba Mountains
Jun 30, 2012 — Samuel Totten
For nine long months now, the Government of Sudan (GoS) has laid siege to the Nuba Mountains. Irate at being challenged by the people of the Nuba Mountains over what the people perceived as a rigged election that eventuated in Ahmed Haroun becoming the Governor of South Kordofan and their aversion to the GoS’ goal of Islamacizing the region, Sudanese President Omar al Bashir began an aerial and ground campaign last July. Yes, that is the same Ahmed Haroun who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for atrocities perpetrated in Darfur. And, the very same Omar al Bashir who is also wanted by the ICC on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly perpetrated in Darfur.
Has “The Genocide Chick” Checked Out?
Feb 5, 2012 — Samuel Totten
Because of the threatening and murderous actions of the Government of Sudan (GoS), thousands of people in the Nuba Mountains are suffering malnutrition. This is a well-known fact amongst UN personnel, U.S. officials, and human rights activists. At one and the same time, the GoS continues to bomb towns and villages at will in an effort to either subdue the Nuba Mountains people or altogether force them out of Sudan.
Where is Samantha Power When the People of the Nuba Mountains Need Her Most?
Jan 4, 2012 — Samuel Totten
At the dawn of the new year, some 200,000 thousands of people in the Nuba Mountains are huddled in caves and crevasses in the mountains in an effort to evade potential death at the hands of the Government of Sudan (GoS). Many thousands have been in the mountains since the GoS first attacked the people of the Nuba Mountains back in July, and the vast majority has gone for months without access to adequate amounts of food. One has to wonder, “Where is the Samantha Power who once lashed out at government insiders in the Clinton and Bush administrations for their silence in the face of crimes against humanity and potential genocide?” Indeed, where is her voice now that she is a heavyweight (Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council) in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama?