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Culture Shocked Sudanese Refugees Come to America

via Policy.Mic:

Cultural divide: There are snippets of “first time” experiences meant to delight.

“They call this chips,” a host tells the men at their new home, “they fry it and put it in a bag.” Another first time, eating a sprinkled donut at a grocery store, made passersby into gawkers.

“Many of us have many questions to ask, but only have a few people to answer them,” one man says.

There are also some other first time encounters that reveal certain truths about American society that would go unnoticed if not for the outside perspective, such as the costumed Santa Claus holding children on his lap in shopping malls.

“How is that connected to the birth of Jesus Christ?” one of the men asked.

Serious issues: In the neighborhood and surrounding city, merchants filed complaints with the local police. According to the video’s narrator, the owners “felt intimidated when the men enter their stores in large numbers.” As a result, a meeting was called to advise the boys not to travel in groups.

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Tim Freccia On Shooting Documentaries In A War Zone


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My first thought? DON’T. I’m thankful that there are people who do, though, like documentarian Tim Freccia:

Tim Freccia just returned from shooting Saving South Sudan, where he worked in one of the bloodiest conflicts on earth. Here’s how he got the work done, even under threat of Ugandan gunships.

Tim’s covered crisis and conflict around the world — Haiti, Libya, Congo, Somalia, Kashmir and more — for outlets including Vice, Al Jazeera, the BBC, Der Spiegel, TIME and many others, in both photo and video. He’s been doing it since 1989 too and hasn’t died yet, so we figured he must know a thing or two about working in war zones.

IW: You’re sticking a camera in someone’s face while they’re sticking a gun in yours. How do you avoid being shot?

TF: I’ve been covering conflict for nearly three decades. This doesn’t mean just grabbing a camera and parachuting into a war zone.

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Sudan Claims it Captured Israeli ‘Spy Vulture’

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From Predator Drones to Scavenger Birds: Could Israel be using vulture intelligence agents?


Sudanese media was a buzz Thursday, with news saying that Darfur authorities had captured a vulture carrying Israeli spy gear.

The suspect bird was found to be tagged with an Israeli GPS chip and a leg band labeled “Israel Nature Service” and “Hebrew University, Jerusalem.”

Khartoum’s media claimed that the device was capable of taking photos and sending them back to Israel; but Israel’s National Parks Service dismissed the allegation, saying that both the band and the GPS chip were nothing more than standard migration trackers.

Tensions between Israel and Sudan have been high since a mysterious airstrike leveled a major weapons manufacturing compound in Khartoum in October. Sudan blamed Israel for the raid. Jerusalem has remained mum on the subject.

The Opposition in Sudan was quick to mock the “spy bird” find: The country’s Justice and Equality Movement featured the news on its website, asking: “How is it possible that the regime was able to detect one vulture, but was unable to detect the jets that bombed the arms facility?”

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Seven Countries Have Death Penalty For Atheism

Stedman-hangingDon’t tell anyone you’re an atheist if you live in Afghanistan, Iran, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Sudan! Story via Reuters:

Atheists and other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in many parts of the world and in at least seven nations can be executed if their beliefs become known, according to a report issued on Monday.

The study, from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), showed that “unbelievers” in Islamic countries face the most severe – sometimes brutal – treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.

But it also points to policies in some European countries and the United States which favor the religious and their organizations and treat atheists and humanists as outsiders.

The report, “Freedom of Thought 2012”, said “there are laws that deny atheists’ right to exist, curtail their freedom of belief and expression, revoke their right to citizenship, restrict their right to marry.”

Other laws “obstruct their access to public education, prohibit them from holding public office, prevent them from working for the state, criminalize their criticism of religion, and execute them for leaving the religion of their parents.”…

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Sudan President Bashir Threatens to Expel Foreign Election Observers

From the Christian Science Monitor:

Ahead of April 11 parliamentary and president elections, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir told supporters that if foreign election observers ‘interfere in our affairs, we will cut their fingers off, put them under our shoes, and throw them out.’

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has threatened to expel foreign election observers for “interference” after a prominent US-based observer mission suggested “minor delays” to the April 11 election date to create better conditions for free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections.
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The Atlanta-based Carter Center, which is one of many groups invited by Mr. Bashir’s government to observe the country’s vote – said that the election process thus far was “mostly peaceful” but warned that “the process remains at risk on multiple fronts including the ability of candidates to campaign freely,” and suggested that elections be delayed briefly.

“It is increasingly unclear if the [National Election Commission] can deliver a successful election on time,” the Carter Center’s report said.

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