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A HOLOCAUST IN THE MAKING, AND YOU’VE PROBABLY NOT HEARD ABOUT IT

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 8, 2024) — Today THE PLANET shares the details of the most horrific development now taking place on planet earth. As you know, there’s a ton of mayhem from which to choose.

It’s not the phony kangaroo trial of President Trump. It isn’t campus unrest caused by Israel’s genocidal retribution for Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, nor is it Israel’s unrelenting overkill that has turned the once-beautiful Gaza Strip into twisted steel and dust.

Thus far, Netanyahu’s slaughter has claimed 35,000 Palestinian lives, 2/3 of them women and children. Countless injuries. Israel goes for the coup de grace in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, where half of the Strip’s remaining population is huddled, sitting ducks for a barbaric skeet shoot.

As bad as that is, THE PLANET‘s first sentence refers to a holocaust that you probably don’t even know about.

We speak of what’s happening in Sudan.

In terms of death and suffering, the current nightmare ranks with genocides of the past, although to compare such suffering is pointless. Is 8 million dead in one year worse than 6 million killed in six? Or should we turn to the wisdom of Adolph Hitler? He cannily observed words to the effect that the death of one person is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.

Who’s to blame for what’s going on in Sudan? Given the major premise of a shared humanity, what part of guilt does any of us escape?

THE PLANET presents this report, from Reuters, which just won a Pulitzer Prize for its news coverage.

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A conflict in Sudan that erupted a year ago has wreaked havoc across swathes of the country, unleashed waves of ethnic violence in Darfur, driven millions into extreme hunger and created the world’s largest displacement crisis.

WHAT TRIGGERED THE VIOLENCE?

Tensions had been building for months before fighting between Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) erupted in the capital Khartoum on April 15, 2023.

The army and RSF had been in a fragile partnership after toppling a civilian government in an October 2021 coup, a move that derailed a transition from the rule of Islamist autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted amid a popular uprising in 2019.

The rivalry between the two sides burst into the open over an internationally backed plan that would have launched a new transition with civilian parties and was due to be sealed just before the war broke out.

Both the army and the RSF were required to cede power under the plan and two issues proved especially contentious. One was the timetable for the RSF to be integrated into the regular armed forces. A second was the chain of command between the army and RSF leaders and the question of civilian oversight.

The warring parties have also been in competition over sprawling business interests that reach beyond Sudan’s borders.

WHO ARE THE MAIN PLAYERS ON THE GROUND?

The protagonists in the power struggle are General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the army and leader of Sudan’s ruling council since 2019, and his former deputy on the council, RSF leader General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, commonly known as Hemedti.

The whereabouts of the two men was often unclear in the early stages of the conflict as fighting subsumed Khartoum. Later, Burhan began to make public appearances in Sudan, as the army and allied government ministries established a presence in the Red Sea city of Port Sudan.

Both Burhan and Hemedti travelled outside the country to rally support.

Hemedti, who grew wealthy through gold mining and other ventures, is the undisputed leader of the RSF. Members of his family and clan play leading roles and the force’s support base is the western region of Darfur, where the RSF emerged from militias that fought alongside government forces to crush rebels in a brutal war that escalated after 2003.

Hemedti has also courted some civilian politicians who were involved in plans for a democratic transition before the war.

Analysts say Burhan’s position is less assured at the head of the army, where Islamist-leaning Bashir loyalists and veterans have gained sway since the 2021 coup.

The RSF routinely says it is fighting to rid Sudan of remnants of Bashir’s regime, while the army says it is trying to protect the state against “criminal” rebels.

Witnesses say the RSF and its allies have committed extensive abuses including ethnically targeted killings, sexual violence and looting. Residents have accused the army of killing civilians in indiscriminate shelling and air strikes. Both sides have largely denied the accusations against them.

WHO’S WINNING?

Though Sudan’s army has superior resources, including air power and an estimated 300,000 troops, the RSF had grown in recent years into a well-equipped force of some 100,000 deployed around the country.

In the first days of the war, the RSF’s more nimble units embedded in neighbourhoods across the capital. Towards the end of 2023, the RSF made a series of rapid advances to consolidate its grip on Darfur and take over El Gezira state south of Khartoum, a key agricultural area.

More recently however, the army has regained some footing, making its most significant advances to date in Omdurman, one of the three cities that make up the wider capital.

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WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The uprising that led to Bashir’s overthrow had raised hopes that Sudan and its population of 49 million could emerge from decades of autocracy, internal conflict and economic isolation.

But a year of warfare has inflicted massive damage on infrastructure, forced more than 8.5 million people from their homes and driven almost 5 million people to near-famine conditions.

Homes, offices, warehouses and banks have been widely looted, hospitals put out of service and trade and farming disrupted. Thousands of civilians have been killed – death toll estimates are highly uncertain – and both sides have been accused of committing war crimes.

Aid agencies say fighting, looting and bureaucratic hurdles have severely hampered the delivery of relief.

Intensified political and ethnic rivalries within Sudan have led to fears that the country, Africa’s third largest by area, could splinter, destabilising a volatile region bordering the Sahel, the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa.

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to Egypt, Chad and South Sudan, with smaller numbers crossing into Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.

Both sides have been using gold, Sudan’s most valuable and widely smuggled resource, to support their war effort.

WHAT’S THE ROLE OF FOREIGN STATES?

The conflict has played into competition for influence in Sudan and the surrounding region among regional and global powers including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and Russia.

Gulf states have previously pursued investments in sectors including agriculture, where Sudan holds vast potential, and ports. Russia has been seeking to build a naval base on Sudan’s Red Sea coast.

The UAE has provided arms to the RSF, according to reporting by U.N. experts, while sources say Iran has flown in military support for the army.

Egypt, itself ruled by military man President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who overthrew his Islamist predecessor, has deep ties to Burhan and the army.

Western powers, including the United States, had swung behind the transition towards democratic elections following Bashir’s overthrow. Diplomatic attention on Sudan has been limited by the wars in Ukraine and Gaza.

WHAT EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO END THE WAR?

Last year Saudi Arabia and the United States brought delegations from both factions to Jeddah for talks, but the ceasefires agreed there were repeatedly violated and the process faltered.

Other initiatives have been launched by African regional grouping IGAD and by Egypt, leading to concern about overlapping diplomatic efforts and rivalry.

Fighting has continued in past weeks despite appeals for a ceasefire from the U.N. Security Council and Secretary General during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan

The recently appointed U.S. special envoy for Sudan is pushing for a restart of talks this month in Jeddah.

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“No man is an island. Every man’s death diminishes me” — John Donne.

OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.

LOVE TO ALL.

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Acute Angina
Acute Angina
1 month ago

So are Marxist or Islamic fanatics behind this?

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

The pick and choose propagandist in today’s press will never pick a story of war in a poor islamist country. They would not be able to use it to make their stories continua the dumbing down of their customers. There are many wars/conflicts in areas that the muslims live which is very interesting, you would think religion would be about peace and sharing wealth.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

I only glance at the local news media to see how corrupt it is and try to understand why people are so misinformed in our area.

ChainChomp
ChainChomp
1 month ago

I suppose nobody can really blame you for ignoring the fate of your hero. Of course, your categorizing his trial as a kangaroo court tells us all we need to know about your bias and denial when it comes to the man you admire so greatly. If there is a Satan in this world it is surely in the guise of DJT. The Sudans of the world are enabled by evil in the form of those like DJT.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  ChainChomp
1 month ago

Trump is an idiot and his own worse enemy, but he was a great president in many ways, and Biden has been the worst in my lifetime, and the deep state is screwing Trump over, Biggly.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  ChainChomp
1 month ago

Thank you for sharing your closed minded prejudicial pea brain with little intelligence. You try to incorporate the Democrat play book of labeling the person you disagree with but you didn’t even name who you were replying to so hopefully you can do better next time. I also would suggest that you do not presume you know how the person you are talking to thinks and I would also tell you stop reiterating the View’s hateful racist speaking points

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

No war is good. In the world wars our country killed countless innocent citizens. Our enemies did the same. I don’t believe the violent student protests in this country are just about the Palestinians although that’s what they want you to believe. They are attacking the law enforcement of this country. “Oink, oink, piggy, piggy, we will make your life sh***y” was being chanted yesterday by these protesters to the police. I think these protests have the much wider goal of destroying the law and order of America. Even before Israel fought back, young students on campuses and radical professors were cheering on Hamas. What is going on in these American campuses is being fueled by Marxists and terror groups who hate us and are calling for our destruction and the destruction of Israel.

In Da Know
In Da Know
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Hmmmmm. speaking of attacking Law Enforcement, tRump begins his Rally’s with the National Anthem being sung by the “J6 Choir” which is made up of 20 convicted felons, 16 of whom were convicted, in a United States Court of Law, by a Jury of their peers, of Assaulting Law Enforcement Officers. He also plans on pardoning these convicted felons. But they were FBI Plants and ANTIFA??? Wait ? What? So why pardon them? I am confused. BaaaaaaaaaaaHaaaaaaHaaaaa

In The Know
In The Know
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

The account above is an imposter. Tinman knows the truth.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  In Da Know
1 month ago

Did you get your Stormy Daniels pinup posters yet?

Jack Smith’s kangaroo show has hit a dead end for evidence tampering in collusion with: THE FIB, DOJ, and Biden Junta

ChainChomp
ChainChomp
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Wishful thinking is factual evidence, up is down, wrong is right, white is black, kindness is evil and the trial is a “trial”. We get it – it is the PLANET standard of truth.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  ChainChomp
1 month ago

Do you know which bathroom to use?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  ChainChomp
1 month ago

Imagine what Putin has on Trump.Putin owns Trump and Trump can’t pay him off in cash…MAGAs don’t get it.Trump is desperate to get elected and Putin owns America

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

How can Putin own America ? Bumbles Joe sold it long ago.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

You do not know Ivanka has 17 China patents

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

What’s the verdict?

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

The whole corrupt judicial process going on against DJT can be condensed to one statement. Before we hang you we will give you a fair trial.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

He bought a baa , baa Daniels inflatable sheep.

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  In Da Know
1 month ago

Don’t be a chump vote for Trump.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  In Da Know
1 month ago

It’s a cult.It is not confusing when you understand cult think.

Lenny
Lenny
1 month ago

Dan,
Do you still stand by your earlier column regarding the Miss Hall’s teacher accused of sexual misconduct? More facts are out which appear to indicate Ruttledge had sex with two former students. I think your earlier comments were a bit premature.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

It’s pretty strange that school that won’t admit boys hires male teachers. What do parents think is going to happen when they send their teenage daughters there? And they invited this guy into their homes too. Is this some upper class practice to keep girls from getting pregnant by lower class boys or having relationships with female teachers? Then the parents should go to jail, the teacher was just doing his job.

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

They probably thought their daughters would avoid predatory lesbians

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

What is the WHOLE STORY here, please? I would like to know what really went on at Miss Hall’s in Pittsfield back then. The man teacher resigned his position. The full grown women are making allegations against him many years later, now in 2024.

Over the years of my adult life, there have been vicious rumors spread about me – Jon Melle – all over Pittsfield (Massachusetts). It hurts me, of course, but they NEVER tell the WHOLE STORY about me. Everything negative thing that has been said about me never includes even one single piece of positive information about me. I never had my day in court in Pittsfield politics. I was only 20 years old when my dad, Bob, began his successful campaign for Berkshire County Commissioner in the Spring 1996; 1997 – mid-2000. Luciforo is a piece of shit for conspiratorially persecuting me over the past 28 years now.

Jon Melle

In The Know
In The Know
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

Has he been arrested? Or is this the Eagle running with a story with no regard for actual, irrefutable facts?

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago
  • When you’re up to your ass in allegations , it’s difficult to remember you came to drain the swamp’ 
Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

Has anyone been charged with a crime in connection with these allegations?

Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
1 month ago

Dingo

JoePesci
JoePesci
1 month ago

And in other news, The Eagle has more details on consensual sex between teacher and student. Any allegations of criminal sex should be investigated by Pittsfield Police Detectives not the DAs office, which prosecutes cases. So far, Eagle is not reporting any non consensual sex and not reporting ages of girls who appear to be 16 or older when they consented to sex. If girls were 16 or older, consensual sex is not a crime.

will Eagle report all allegations of student / teacher sex, of 16 and older students, as alleged, in county school systems?

Carnell Nowlidge
Carnell Nowlidge
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

He could plead a worm ate his brain. It’s all about lawyers and lawsuits with a little woke thrown in. Consent and age slam dunk for the teacher.

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  JoePesci
1 month ago

It’s absolutely a crime if the person is the students teacher. Balance of power comes into effect and they are tasked with the protecting the welfare of the students. Even if they are 18

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
1 month ago

How about taking showers with your pubescent daughter?

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

That’s not weird in da know showers with young sheep and occasionally with a chicken.

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Pretty sure you are aware Incest is illegal. Just because you were never caught doesn’t mean it’s legal (or right)

Other news outlets (Boston Globe) have clearly stated the “abuse” happened when they were 14/15. which puts this squarely within the Statutory Rape Laws in Massachusetts. Do your own research. You are all correct that The Eagle is withholding certain tidbits.

And even if it wasn’t illegal based on age, it’s against school policy. Schools don’t need actual evidence now anyways, Stephen Dravis did this exact thing to the Lenox Principal years ago. He was allegedly investigated by both the DA’s office AND the state police and not a single crime was proven. What a shit show that district has been since.

See what the investigation turns out before on Miss Hall’s…

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
1 month ago

Chapter and Section please

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
1 month ago

You are absolutely wrong and teachers have been boffing students for hundreds of years and that includes many other schools in the county and you never hear of allegations now do you, in The Eagle. How many age of consent teenagers report sex with teachers and why doesn’t Eagle report on this?

Age of consent is 16, period. End of story.

Name*
Name*
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

If she was 14 when he touched her sexually and he didn’t stop for many years; was she adult or minority? 9th grade to adulthood, crucial years, beginning 1991-2002; age 14-22.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

So you can’t consent to see if your under 16 but you can have a chopacockoffam at any age ?

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
1 month ago

Where can I view that law?

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  Goslow
1 month ago

You can’t because it doesn’t exist. That only applies when with under age participants, as in under 16.

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Goslow
1 month ago

I agree. I see no crime here. Unethical and manipulative behavior but no criminality.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
1 month ago

Balance of power like Clinton/Wilensky? Wasn’t she a student intern at the time?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
1 month ago

Pearl, you should try researching a topic before posting. I’ll give you a little help with this.
First, do a search for Mass General Laws (MGL) concerning child sexual assault. Rape is covered under MGL 265 section 22 (see below).
The first sentence states: “Whoever has sexual intercourse……with a child under 16.
***Read that last part, “a child under 16.”
I see defense to prosecution for anything related to “Even if they are 18,” as you claim.
Where did you find this?
My bet, the same location Voltron has “lost” a few action figures going spelunking.
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter265/Section22B

Last edited 1 month ago by Markus Aurelius
Jon Melle
Jon Melle
1 month ago

Please keep this news article in mind when reviewing Mayor Peter Marchetti’s 5% spending increase municipal budget proposal for Pittsfield politics:

https://247wallst.com/income/2024/05/07/towns-in-massachusetts-with-the-worst-poverty/

Pittsfield (Massachusetts) is on the list of the towns with the WORST poverty. Pittsfield’s budgets are record setting. Pittsfield is billing the average Senior Citizen households municipal tax bills over $5,000 per fiscal year.

Pittsfield is like a dystopian movie such as Back to the Future II. Pittsfield hosts Level 5 public schools, violent crime rates that more than double the statewide average since the early-1980’s, capped leaky landfills full of GE’s industrial chemicals called PCBs, over 50 years of large losses in population and living wage jobs, corrupt career politicians who only provide DISSERVICES to the common people, and so on.

In light of blogger Dan Valenti’s postings about conflicts and genocides around the world, which are tragic, of course, Pittsfield is a basket case.

Jon Melle

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
1 month ago

I believe the conflict is all about the controlling of the vast gold mines. Outsider’s want the gold and those fighting are willing to give them it at all costs to enrich themselves and be the power structure to do so.Hence the conflict being funded with money and weapons by those outsiders.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

I feel bad for the people of Sudan, but I think America needs to start taking care of Americans. We need to stop being the world’s policeman.

Look at Ukraine for example. What Americans have benefited from our intervention into their conflict with Russia?

Well, I guess besides the sons of China Joe Xiden, Nancy Pelosi, Mittens Romney, and the Ayatollah John Kerry, who all sit or sat on the executive board of Burisma Energy Company and benefitted financially and then some.

Kind of comical when you think the Ayatollah John Kerry’s son sits on an energy company’s e-board and the Ayatollah will then get up and lecture us on “climate change” and how we need to cut our “carbon footprint,” right before he whisks away in his private jet enjoying a Wagyu steak and laughing all the way to the bank.

Four years under Trump and we had no wars, lived in relative peace, and the cost of living was affordable. And Russian naval jets weren’t buzzing our naval ships at sea.

3+ years later under Hussein Obama/Joe Xiden, go to the store, fill up your gas tank, try and buy a house, or get an affordable auto loan. The results speak for themselves.

But I know, Trump is a threat to democracy.

I only wish someone would explain to me like I’m a 4th grader what exactly “the threat to democracy” is?

Carnell Nowlidge
Carnell Nowlidge
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

I want to know is where are the 35,000 dead people supporters at Park Square innocent people? You can’t have it both ways Pittsfield hypocrites.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Carnell Nowlidge
1 month ago

Drive by tomorrow and honk for world peace. I think it’s working.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Do they pay for the right to have the same spot every week to hold their signs? And aren’t they creating a driving hazard, having drivers taking their eyes off the road? I honk but it’s usually at someone running the yield sign in front of Patrick’s who is about to hit me. Can’t we put a stop sign there and have the cops ticket drivers running a stop sign?