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Old 02-14-2006, 09:14 AM   #1
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Olympic Speed Skating Gold Medalist Donates Bonus To Children In Darfur

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By Stephen M. Silverman

Olympic speed skating winner Joey Cheek has put his gold medal where his mouth is.

The 500-meter American champion declared during a press interview about his victory that he was donating his entire $25,000 U.S. Olympic Committee bonus from the event to help children in the war-torn region of Darfur in Sudan.

"I wanted to make it meaningful," said Cheek, 26, a former inline skater from Greensboro, N.C. "It's empowering to think of someone else."

He added, "I've been plotting this a little bit in my head."

On Monday, Cheek skated the two best races of his life, with a combined time 0.65 seconds ahead of the silver medalist, Russia's Dmitry Dorofeyev – considered an amazing margin in a furious sprint usually decided by hundredths of a second. South Korea's Lee Kang Seok took the bronze, the Associated Press reports.

Cheek challenged his sponsors to match his donation. He plans to visit the Darfur region, where some 180,000 people have died and 2 million forced to flee in a bitter conflict, and see how his money is helping.

"I have been blessed with competing in the Olympics," said Cheek, who recalled something his mother Chris told her two sons: "Not to have good intentions, but to do good things."
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Best story of the Olympics to date.
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Re: Olympic Speed Skating Gold Medalist Donates Bonus To Children In Darfur

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"Not to have good intentions, but to do good things."
What a great example of being a gracias winner and Olympic hero!

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Joey Cheek for President!!
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and he's cute, too ...
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and he's cute, too ...
I wasn't going to say that given the subject matter, but yes indeed
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That's fantastic--what a sweetie.
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What a generous thing to do. Good for him.
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Best story of the Olympics to date.
and is this the worst?

the United States has pressed the United Nations not to include Gosh on the list of people who should be subject to sanctions

should someone who masterminded the policy of arming the infamous janjaweed militias to burn the villages of non-Arab ethnic groups be feted and protected by the CIA? At least 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million displaced in Darfur in a struggle between the government and rebel groups.

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Our friend, an architect of the genocide in Darfur

The U.S. sacrifices moral leadership when it cozies up to killers for snippets of counterterrorism information.

By John Prendergast and Don Cheadle
JOHN PRENDERGAST is senior advisor to the International Crisis Group

(www.crisisgroup.org). DON CHEADLE was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "Hotel Rwanda."

February 14, 2006

IT HAS BEEN 18 months since the United States concluded that genocide was taking place in Darfur. Yet President Bush, the only president to declare an ongoing genocide since the term was coined 50 years ago, has done little to stop this crime against humanity.

Why not? The answer may lie in the complex story of Salah Abdallah Gosh. Gosh isn't exactly a household name, but there are two groups of people for whom his name is exceedingly important: U.S. counterterrorism officials and victims of atrocities in Sudan.

Throughout his career, Gosh has specialized in undertaking spectacular missions beneath the radar screen. From 1990 to 1996, he was Osama bin Laden's main escort while the Al Qaeda leader lived in Sudan, helping him incubate the commercial infrastructure that would finance future terrorist strikes. From 2003 on, he helped plan, organize and execute the vicious counterinsurgency campaign in Darfur in his position as chief of Sudan's security agency.

Such a resume should have put Gosh on trial for terrorism or war crimes. Instead, the CIA has made him one of its favored interlocutors on terrorism, according to U.S. officials, even flying him by private jet to Virginia for a debriefing last year. Further, the United States has pressed the United Nations not to include Gosh on the list of people who should be subject to sanctions, with the expectation that Gosh will continue to provide information about Al Qaeda suspects. Gosh boasted to the L.A. Times last year that Sudan has "a strong partnership with the CIA. The information we have provided has been very useful to the United States."

Counterterrorism exigencies have understandably replaced Cold War calculations as the dominant paradigm for U.S. foreign policy. The moral quandary is omnipresent: Should you make deals with smaller devils to get to the bigger ones? Just as detectives on the street interact with all manner of miscreants to build a case, so too must today's terrorism fighters. But Gosh's sins are too serious to ignore, and they present three stark dilemmas for U.S. policymakers.

First, should someone who masterminded the policy of arming the infamous janjaweed militias to burn the villages of non-Arab ethnic groups be feted and protected by the CIA? At least 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million displaced in Darfur in a struggle between the government and rebel groups. There are plenty of canaries out there ready to sing. Gosh should not be allowed to be one of them.

Second, Gosh's story calls into question the U.S. policy of offering incentives, such as the lifting of sanctions, to mass murderers. Although the U.S. has pledged better relations with Sudan, it has been sticks, not carrots, that have produced real movement. The Sudanese government intensified its cooperation on counterterrorism twice in the last decade. The first time was in response to being sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council for facilitating the attempted 1995 assassination of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. The second was in the aftermath of 9/11, when there was a credible threat of U.S. military action against the Khartoum regime over its support of terrorism.

Third, Gosh's story highlights the limitations of a counterterrorism policy that sacrifices other critical foreign policy objectives. It is in the interest of the U.S. to do all it can to oppose a regime conducting what Bush has called genocide. But the U.S. has not stood up to Khartoum or taken the lead in deploying a multinational force capable of protecting civilians in Darfur from further rape, murder and starvation.

The African Union force now on duty, with its inadequate troop levels and mandate, should be rehatted as a U.N. mission, with double the forces and a protection mandate. The U.S. has to lead the diplomacy in the U.N. — especially with China and Russia. And the Europeans must pony up more money.

Gosh is the tip of the iceberg of a disturbing policy that undermines U.S. moral leadership in exchange for drivels of information that could be had simply by squeezing Khartoum harder. How many more Darfurian lives must be sacrificed on the altar of expediency?
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No offense deep, but maybe you could start another thread on that subject so that this one doesn't become some argument/debate about Bush, etc. It is certainly a worthwhile topic but I intended this one to be a celebration of what Joey did. I don't mean to be argumentative or whatever..
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No offense deep, but maybe you could start another thread on that subject so that this one doesn't become some argument/debate about Bush, etc. It is certainly a worthwhile topic but I intended this one to be a celebration of what Joey did. I don't mean to be argumentative or whatever..
this is about what he did

and about Darfur

I think everyone will support his donation


but if we care really care about Darfur can we support keeping these corrupt people in power?
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I just don't want this thread to get nasty or something, that's all. It has happened to so many threads I have started here in an attempt to celebrate something positive, only to have them sidetracked and even closed as a result. We can have debates/discussions about many topics, but I find it nice once in a while to just acknowledge some good that exists in this world.
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Re: Olympic Speed Skating Gold Medalist Donates Bonus To Children In Darfur

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Cheek challenged his sponsors to match his donation. He plans to visit the Darfur region, where some 180,000 people have died and 2 million forced to flee in a bitter conflict, and see how his money is helping.
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Cheek brought the mass killings up.


I don't see anyone side tracking this.

Genocide is happening? These are real people dying.
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