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May 17, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – A congressional committee in the United States House of Representatives voted to cut off aid to any state that hosts Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in Darfur war crimes.

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (Photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

The amendment to the fiscal year 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill was pushed for by Frank Wolf who is one of Bashir’s most vocal critics.

“Women are being abused and killed for the color of their skin,” Wolf shouted according to ’The Hill’ website.

“This is a moral issue,” he added and threatened to send gruesome videos of violence in Sudan to any committee member who voted down the amendment.

“One lady she pinched her skin and said, ’I’m black. Get Bashir!’ ” the US Republican lawmaker said.

Wolf’s office released his prepared remarks in support of this provision which he said is necessary to further American interests.

"In a time when the foreign affairs budget is being squeezed, I believe our assistance should be a direct reflection of American values and priorities," he said.

"Surely we can all agree that bringing a war criminal to justice is in our national interest. Leveraging our foreign assistance in this way sends a powerful message," Wolf added.

The approval of the amendment does not guarantee that it will be included in the final appropriations bill especially as the Democrat-controlled Senate will produce its own version which will later has to be reconciled with the House version and voted on.

The issue has already drawn concern by some of Wolf’s peers in light of its implications on US foreign policy.

"We all agree that the situation in Sudan is deplorable, that President Bashir must be held accountable for his crimes," Democratic Representative Nita Lowey said.

She noted that Bashir has visited many countries including Ethiopia, China, Egypt, Chad, Malawi, Qatar, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

"My colleague’s amendment would cut off US funding to all of these countries, some of them strategic allies," had it already been in effect when the visits were made, Lowey said.

Last March, the US announced that it is suspending $350 million allocated to Malawi through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) citing reasons which included receiving Bashir last year.

This month Malawi’s new president Joyce Banda asked the African Union (AU) not to invite Bashir to this year’s summit hosted by her country for fear of its implications on aid Malawi receives.

The Sudanese president denies the ICC charges and refuses to recognise the jurisdiction of the court which he denigrates as a tool of neo-colonialism by the West.

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  • 18 May 2012 10:36, by Maverick Southerners

    That is a good move by the US congress, although that should have been done long ago. criminals like bashir should never be welcomed in any part of the world b’cus they tarnished their leadership role. As a leader,Bashir has failed to transcend racism, tribalism, and division of people based on religion and culture.

    • 18 May 2012 12:30, by SEE ME

      France had colonized, maimed, killed and committed genocides in all their former colonies, and particularly the ones in Africa. France had committed unlimited and unquestionable genocides in Algeria with the selectivity of the Arabs & Muslims of Algeria who faced torture before death .The Great France had killed more than million(1000000) Algerians in unbelievable genocides and bloodsheds.

      • 19 May 2012 05:54, by Joseph Canada

        when did this happen SEE ME?. is there something thats taking place in Africa that we don’t know?

    • 18 May 2012 12:32, by SEE ME

      All these actions had taken place in the land of Algeria of North Africa.

      All these actions had taken place in the land of Algeria of North Africa.

    • 18 May 2012 12:34, by SEE ME

      May we kindly and respectfully ask the great France to send all members of their army; who were/are accused to crimes of war in Algeria? Now the men are retirees, heroes and story tellers who are very proud of their committed genocides in Africa?

      • 19 May 2012 02:17, by hsappleton

        no sorry i cannot help you in this task. and why are we talking about France. are you just stupid, this is about the US congress against an international criminal. F U you stupid terrorist arab crap.

    • 18 May 2012 12:35, by SEE ME

      If the great France will do this, then it will be the perfect justice in the history of the humanity and mankind. Also the perfect justice will be crowned if the great France will send Mr. President Jack Chirac for the trial to the International Crime Court(ICC =CPI Cour Penale Internationale ).

    • 18 May 2012 14:03, by SUPERMAN

      the last people to talk about morals and other sufferings are the American politicians the likes of Wolf. America is the biggest murderer in the history of human being.One day you will run short of power and then the real justice will come 2 place. Really that moment is very near.

  • 18 May 2012 10:53, by Maverick Southerners

    ..Bashir has to be squeezed and isolated on world agendas; otherwise he’ll exterminate all the innocent civilians in Kordufan and Blue nile state. He has to be deprived of respectibility.

    • 18 May 2012 20:22, by SEE ME

      Members of the Ku Klux Klan dressed in white robes to stress their belief that whites were superior to blacks.

      As a result many black people did not register to vote and kept away from white areas.

  • 18 May 2012 10:53, by man of the people

    bashir is a curse on the continent something dirty that you can not touch buh i have a dream that oneday south sudan will be militarly equip and we will invite bashir in our soil with condition if he step his dirtiest foot on this soil will hand him over to icc then he gonna ignore it becoz he is a fool.

    • 18 May 2012 22:53, by mohammed ali

      What a hypocricy! Until recently there were places where they write frnkely in the US " Dogs and black are not allowed" Basheer will remain and if necessary we will renew his presidency.We don’t need America, America needs us!

      • 19 May 2012 01:23, by katipajungle

        Khatoum folks are full of complaining even if they are wrong in any scenario.Al-basher is the red evil.

      • 19 May 2012 06:30, by zulu

        Mohmed,
        You are just a user of a stooge. Beshir may not be an obstacle, but as a means, or accessory to genocide, he is held responsible. once he is in jail he will crack and give your name up. this I am very sure. We know how many people control the NCP. Beshit is just being used as a proxy, and bears not strict liability.

  • 18 May 2012 10:57, by solider

    even if al bashire is gone and rebels took control of sudan they will turn on you , abyie still a north sudan land.still u have to pay 36$ per barrel if u wish to use north pipelines ,still u will continue hating north ppl for just been muslims.

    • 18 May 2012 11:11, by Daniel Buolmawei

      No Mr. Soldier. There’s no leader among the rebels who will ask South Sudan to pay $36.5 per barrel. These leaders have consciences and they reason what can be possible, unlike criminals who complicated issues for the sake to cause conflicts and war in order to stay in power since this is the only means for their survival.

      • 18 May 2012 11:17, by Daniel Buolmawei

        We have Muslim people in the South. Who told you we hate Muslims? Salva Kiir, the President of the Free Republic of South Sudan has even sometimes attend Mosque prayers and publicly speak on Muslim Day and Muslim public events. Just tell me when did Bashir prayers, Christian events or even give thank you on Christian Day. Why lied publicly like this? Just accepted the truths. They don’t hurt.

        • 18 May 2012 11:25, by Daniel Buolmawei

          I meant when did Bashir attend Church prayers?

          About Abyei, you are wrong. The case of Abyei will not be a big deal if we negotiate with AW, MM, GI or MA. They know the truth and there will be no reason that these rebel leaders will insist that Ngok Dinka people can be cut off their cousins from Bhar el Ghazal Dinka. They know they are automatically southerners.

          • 18 May 2012 20:58, by SEE ME

            More than half the population of South Sudan are facing food shortages due to the continuing conflict with Sudan, the UN is warning.

        • 18 May 2012 13:38, by SEE ME

          DO YOU THINK THAT -“ BLACKS ARE JUST TOOLS “ IN THE HANDS OF THE WHITE COLONIZATIONISTS ??????

          • 18 May 2012 17:41, by zulu

            See no See,
            without US, Europe would have been, racially controlled by Nazis,
            Without US, Japan would have racially eliminated most of Asia, ask philipinos, Chinese and most of Asia
            without US, most of the world would have been anamists, the economy would have suffered graviousely.
            Sudan wants to be friends with us again, why?

            • 18 May 2012 20:08, by SEE ME

              Slavery in the United States was a form of slave labor which existed as a legal institution from the early colonial period.

            • 18 May 2012 20:11, by SEE ME

              Africans sold as slaves in the Americas had to rely on their owners providing them with housing or building materials, pots and pans for cooking and eating, food and clothing. Many slaves did the best they could with what they were given. Most did not dare complain for fear of receiving a whipping or worse punishment.

            • 18 May 2012 20:16, by SEE ME

              A slave is someone who is owned by another person.

              A slave has:

              No choice

              No freedom

              No money

              That was in USA not in SUDAN

            • 18 May 2012 20:21, by SEE ME

              The Ku Klux Klan was a white underground terrorist group. They would not accept black people as equals.

    • 18 May 2012 11:19, by Anti Dinka’s

      To solider,

      well killing of two Millions & half southern Sudanese citizen
      was mistaken calculation

      what goes around comes around

      all northerners including Darfurians where involved in the killing fields
      you will never ever gonna get away with it
      I promise you mark my word!

      • 18 May 2012 23:47, by solider

        where r you motherfucker?plz can we meet so i can put a fine beautiful bullet between your eyes

        • 18 May 2012 23:54, by solider

          then take out your liver and kidney and rush to the nearest hospital to sell it for fair amount of money

          • 19 May 2012 02:36, by hsappleton

            you better hurry before i catch you, cut out your heart, kidney and private parts and sell them to a Jew.

  • 18 May 2012 10:57, by AgwerJimmy

    "Somethings are easier said than done", I don’t believe in or trust the international communities any longer. Bashir’s case is not an issue of debate for decades when his atrocities and crimes against Africans and humanity are well known.

    Unless I see US, UNSC, ICC and AU bringing Bashir to justice, I will never trust them any more...

    • 18 May 2012 13:41, by SEE ME

      THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE WHITE COLONIZATIONISTS FOR AFRICANS ARE SPREADING “AIDS & OTHER VIRUSES”-IN ADDITION TO THE TACTICS OF “DIVIDE AND RULE”

  • 18 May 2012 11:03, by Ayom Dor

    Bashir is a criminal and needs death sentency now to avoid more blood shed in this world..

  • 18 May 2012 11:11, by viper

    The man called Beshir has expired alive. Fake Arabs should prepare mungulas for him to play them in the palace and full stop

    • 18 May 2012 11:46, by Albino

      We have been waiting this statement from US for all this time good move bravo bring this Man (al bashir) to an end he he is not fit to live full stop.

  • 18 May 2012 11:21, by weltahir

    ICC indictment does not concern the interest of Suddanese people and is not meant to bring down Bashir’s presidency, it is a pretext used to meddle with our sovereignty, we in Sudan are wise enough to cut down any hand that try to mess with our internal affairs, we will deal with Bashir and NCP on our own.

  • 18 May 2012 11:32, by Beneben Bai

    Bashir has become an issue for the next American elections. Both parties will compete to deal away with his internatinal case. every country will turn its blind eyes to Bashir in terms of sending him to ICC inorder to get aid from USA especially African countries

    • 18 May 2012 11:50, by weltahir

      I thisk you are exaggerating,, US is not part of ICC and is not interested to be one, plus no country in the world will indict president Bashir and so far he has been to all countries he planned to visit.

      • 18 May 2012 12:44, by Beneben Bai

        weltahir, we are here talking about international politics and US forign policy. Americans can simply deal away with AlBashir not because they are part of ICC, but as part of their forign policy interests. It could be one of their forign policy agenda when they are going for elections. put this in your mind because they have a long hands in this world as you use to say

        • 18 May 2012 13:19, by weltahir

          Quote: "put this in your mind because they have a long hands in this world as you use to say"
          Of course, we should be looking out for US policy in the region because we need to limit their meddling with our affairs. US is only using ICC for two reasons, 1) PR campaign before elections, 2) Justification to its biased and unfair policy towards Sudan in general.

          • 18 May 2012 13:45, by Beneben Bai

            weltahir, US is only looking for justice no more no less. if Albashir go for that court - ICC, and you stop killing inocent people in Darfur, stop attacking S. Kordufan, same thing in Blue Nile and S. Sudan, also stop stealing South Sudan oil, stop sponsoring Islamic Jihadists, then you will be living in peace with all including USA Government. take this from me

        • 18 May 2012 13:51, by Peacocktail

          US delay even the most Pressuring Insecurity across the World.
          Bashir is a criminal even they should had gone ahead and call for regime and urge Bashir to step down and Leave the Power or risk his Life.Stop Aid to Countries that hosted him is the right decision but wouldn’t help now. Support the Sudan Rebels, equiped them with Modern Weapon like way the World was concern on Libya.France act faste

      • 18 May 2012 17:45, by zulu

        wadter,
        Let us see if will ever set foot on South Sudanese soil again.

  • 18 May 2012 13:35, by 4Justice

    El Bashir works for the kingdom of darkness. The only time he may be arrested is if he decides to stop killing people.

    • 18 May 2012 14:00, by Peacocktail

      US Congressional Committee should direct the Aid aim for Sudan to SRF Forces to change the Khartuom Regime NOW. they are harboring Terrorists Organization including Alqaeda, FATA of Palestine, LRA of Eastern Africa and Malia Northern Alqaeda.
      Support the Rebels in Sudan to bring bashir down and Give Anti Aircraft to SPLA to safeguard South Sudan Now. Right Calls done on right time.remove Bashir

      • 18 May 2012 15:33, by SEE ME

        Thus, with the increasing number of Jews in office and the Lobby’s influence on the Hill, Jews are emerging as the “New Wasps,” replacing the representation of the 60% Protestant majority with a disproportionate representation of the 2% Jewish minority — indeed — an inordinate number of Jews on Capitol Hill.

      • 18 May 2012 15:38, by weltahir

        Mr Peacocktail
        Why dont you add the Irish Revolutionary Army and the ETA in spain.. this is truly nonsense!! the facts on the ground is that SAF has the upper hand over SPLA forces, fuirthermore, the economy in south sudan is near total collapse since oil export is shutdown,, south sudan is in a gridlock and US knows that very well, the only way for south sudan to survive is to make peace wit suda

  • 18 May 2012 14:11, by Lasu lo Denis

    Bravo Congress,the modern world of democracy do not allow murderers like Bashir to loiter around unpunished. let him follow his friend Gadafi to the land of the ancestors for his crimes against Dafurians.

    • 18 May 2012 15:28, by SEE ME

      THE JEWS WHO RUN CONGRESS
      THE JEWS WHO RUN CONGRESS

    • 18 May 2012 15:30, by SEE ME

      Beginning in January 2009, 45 Jews took the oath of office:

      13 Jews in the Senate and 32 Jews in the House. Names like Adler, Cantor, and Levin now appear in Congressional rolls usurping Christian names like Findley, Ryan, and Byrd.

  • 18 May 2012 15:37, by SEE ME

    Beginning in 2003, numerous accounts of abuse and torture of prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq (aka. Baghdad Correctional Facility) occurred.

    The acts were committed by personnel of the 372nd Military Police Company, CIA officers and contractors involved in the occupation of Iraq.

  • 18 May 2012 15:40, by SEE ME

    An internal criminal investigation by the United States Army commenced in January, 2004, and subsequently reports of the abuse, as well as graphic pictures showing American military personnel in the act of abusing prisoners, came to public attention the following April, when a 60 Minutes news report (April 28) and an article by Seymour M. Hersh

  • 18 May 2012 15:42, by SEE ME

    The resulting political scandal damaged the credibility and public image of the United States and its allies in the prosecution of ongoing military operations in the Iraq War, and was seized upon by critics of U.S. foreign policy, who argued it was representative of a broader American attitude and policy of disrespect and violence toward Arabs.

    • 18 May 2012 16:46, by Beneben Bai

      SEE YOU, when SPLA galant forces went to see you in Panthou you run away twice. what do you call that? second, America is the one defending gulf countries from Iran, Israel is the USA first alley in Middle Eeast with upper hand all over the area. Americans Killed Osamma Bin Ladden ..... Do you have more to say? American can simply do what they can with Bashir if they want to. Understood?

      • 18 May 2012 16:58, by SEE ME

        You need to find how to change "violence and racism" that reside in "your system thinking" by "Peace and EAUALITY".

        You need to find how to change "violence and racism" that reside in "your system thinking" by "Peace and EAUALITY".

      • 18 May 2012 17:14, by weltahir

        SPLA was thrashed in Heglig, thats a known fact now and its only denied by SPLA, even the Associated Press reporter in Unity state said that SPLA troops were thrashed in Heglig. US in middle east is complex, and can instantly change just like we’ve seen during arab spring, US guard its interest only. I wish South Sudan would do the same oneday!

        • 18 May 2012 18:18, by Albino

          All in all Bashir must be brought to the book and be sentence to hang till death like Sadam he is not fit to live full stop.

          • 18 May 2012 18:53, by weltahir

            Am amazed at how you are more concerned with Bashir’s fate than your own!! South Sudan is on the verge of starvation, China wont fund alternative pipeline, and oil exports are shut down, wake up please.

            • 18 May 2012 20:22, by eye-of-an-eye

              We should be abide by the law, Bashir should be more asolated and who ever hosted him will pay by heavy prize, this is great lession to who ever try to mess with international laws, US should strongly take action on this, USA has secured civilian from the hands of terorist and Sadam, president who killed his own people for many years in Iraq, we thanks USA for safing Afaghans and Pakistani.

              • 18 May 2012 20:32, by SEE ME

                Does satan influence dreams?

                Many Africans in dreams that USA is....

              • 18 May 2012 23:38, by weltahir

                Are you talking about US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the 1 million casualties of that disgraceful war? This law will only affect weak and needy nations who rely on US aid like South Sudan and Malawi, its definitely not gonna have affect on Bashir’s visit to strong nations, so far he has been to all countries he wished to be and will continue so.

            • 18 May 2012 20:51, by SEE ME

              weltahir
              Leave...
              Leave them alone; they are blind leaders of blind: but if blind lead blind, both will fall into a ditch.

          • 18 May 2012 21:03, by SEE ME

            Those factors include:

            1. clashes between north and south along the contested border regions
            2. inter-communal violence in Jonglei state
            3. the closure of oil production in a row over transit fees with Khartoum.

            • 18 May 2012 22:56, by zulu

              See and Welter,
              You as the goons of the sudan, the ncp, need to cease hurting, enslaving, raping and robbing africans. that done, the us congress, the jews and south sudanese will leave you alone. these three nations hold the keys to moral aptitute.

              • 18 May 2012 23:47, by weltahir

                Likewise,, South Sudan needs to stop harboring terrorists who kill our people in Darfur and South Kordofan before you ask for openning border trades and exporting oil thru our pipelines. You have to listen to Obamas message and cease your hostilities and focus on your Huge development challenges, dont forget that South Sudan is on the brink of Starvation and Economy avalanche, wake up please.

                • 19 May 2012 04:42, by Akol Liai Mager

                  The embargo that the Khartoum Criminal regime has imposed on South Sudan is just working absolutely great for the regime-change in Khartoum than in Juba. Why, because the Messeriah both Blacks and Browns are the primary victims of the embargo. They are depending on trade with South for years. So, it is a double-edged weapon that the desperate regime has taken.

                  • 19 May 2012 10:14, by weltahir

                    Messeriyah will not object to sacrifice there lives for Sudan, Our economy will not collapse because we are exporting oil and gold and corps and many other goods, south sudan is in the gridlock thanks to mindless SPLA leadership.

                • 19 May 2012 06:38, by zulu

                  Al-ter,
                  you are just wishing, yeah? Our oil, your pipe line which one is expensive, the resource of material? Do you have the economics?
                  The Jews are coming in numbers to South Sudan instead of having you. We had you in South Sudan for how many years, and what did you do? We are trying the Jews who developed America and saved blacks from slavery.

                  • 19 May 2012 10:21, by weltahir

                    Good luck for you and the Jews,, bring as much as you can, jews are already in Kenya and Uganda, we have not seen any development in both countries, so what makes south sudan any different??
                    Just know that as long as mindless SPLA is there in South Sudan, you will continue living under poverty line.

            • 19 May 2012 04:36, by Akol Liai Mager

              Simple questions; where were you when the oppressive and racist regimes in Khartoum ordered the elimination of 2.5millions South Sudanese lives? Why are you, and your criminal President running away from justice? Please, just turn up at Hague and answer the questions about why have you killed 10,000 Darfurians that Bashir has just admitted having killed them.

              • 19 May 2012 10:28, by weltahir

                The fact that SPLA has not been indicted by ICC doesnt make you innocent, you are just as brutal and savage as those who committed crimes in Darfur,, SPLA has never brought anything but War and poverty to the south, and it continues to do so,, when the whole world is warning you about the famine and economical collapse, you are buying weapons?? is this the development that you promised your people

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