That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed that appeared today in Time today in which she called on the UN Security Council to take action against Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir after hearing the results of an International Criminal Court investigation of the leader’s involvement in the Darfur crisis.
But she also expressed the difficulty of keeping the plight of Darfur refugees as a high priority, even as she and other entertainment figures have used their fame to point attention to the crisis.
She writes, “Darfur has almost disappeared from the news, and experts now call it a “low-intensity” conflict. But the intensity of the crisis has not lessened for those who are struggling to survive. More than 250,000 people from Darfur have lived destitute lives in refugee camps in Chad for six years now. Camps with more than 2 million internally displaced persons inside Darfur are even worse. Thirty percent of those displaced are school-age children. Girls leaving the camps are raped; boys leaving the camps are killed. They want an education; they want to go back to their villages, to their land; they want peace. But they also want justice.”
She adds, “According to the U.N. Charter, the Security Council exists “to promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security.” If the results of the Darfur investigation, which they ordered, don’t merit their active engagement, what does?
“Today the Security Council member states will be faced with a simple decision: to embrace impunity or to end it.”
The prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said that the arrest of al-Bashir and others is “first and foremost” the responsibility of the Sudanese government, but that countries that created the International Criminal Court also bear responsiblity for taking action. One human rights official said that meant a “framework” whereby the Security Council can follow through on its commitment, such as a travel ban or asset freezes.
Gore to North Korea?: A state department official did not rule out the possibility that Al Gore could be sent to North Korea to negotiate the release of two Current TV journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, detained in the country. Gore is the chairman of Current TV.
New Ambassador: Music industry exec and Obama fund-raiser Nicole Avant is officially nominated as Ambassador to the Bahamas.
NBC’s “Today” looks at the awarding of ambassadorships.
The Other Cheney: Media Matters says that Liz Cheney has made 22 TV appearances in less than a month, surely signalling the birth of a new favorite pundit, one that org cites with carrying messages of misinformation.
World Oceans Day: Keith Addis and Keri Selig host a celebration of the first World Oceans Day at their Los Angeles home on Monday. Hosts also include January Jones, Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage, Ben Harper and Dustin Hoffman. La Mer and Oceaa are sponsors.
Support for Olson-Boies Suit?: On “Hardball” on Thursday, Human Rights Campaign exec director Joe Solmonese and LA Gay & Lesbian Center exec director Lorri Jean offered some cautious support of the Ted Olson-David Boies federal suit against Prop 8. Some established gay orgs fear that it will set back the movement for same-sex marriage if they lose in the Supreme Court. “It’s a good idea if they win the fight before the Supreme Court and it’s a really bad idea if they lose it,” Solmonese said. Jean said, “I think it’s a big risk, but there’s something I like about it.”
Meanwhile, a vid segment on Daily Beast from Jason Bellini has drawn strong denials from HRC. Bellini reported that the lobbying org cut a deal not to pursue a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in favor of hate crimes and non-employment discrimination bills this year. HRC denies the report.