[Marxism] Darfur

Greg Dunkel gdunkel at mindspring.com
Sun Apr 30 13:49:45 MDT 2006

I have an article in the current issue of Workers World on the 
interimperialist rivalry over Chad and the Sudan.


Here are the first few paragraphs:

Oil is behind struggle in Darfur
By G. Dunkel
Published Apr 27, 2006 9:49 AM

The mass media in the U.S., France and Britain are writing a great deal 
about the suffering in the Darfur region of western Sudan and the 
tensions between the Sudanese government and neighboring Chad. Not 
surprisingly, they write very little about the economic interests these 
three imperialist countries have in the oil recently discovered in this 
part of Africa.

Chad, which was once a French colony and still is occupied by French 
troops, is accusing Sudan of supporting and encouraging an April 14 raid 
on its capital, Ndjamena. It is threatening to expel 200,000 Sudanese 
living in Chad who get their support from the office of the United 
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Sudan—which at one time was a British colony, but has since been using 
its oil to develop an independent economy—charges that Chad has been 
supporting rebellion in Darfur. Sudan wants the UNHCR to financially 
support the 15,000 Chadians who have fled to Sudan recently to escape 
heavy fighting in eastern Chad.

The fierce fighting in eastern Chad at the end of March resulted in the 
combat death of Chadian Army commander Brig. Gen. Abakar Youssouf 
Mahamat Itno, underlining the army’s decline.


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