Last week the New York Sun ran a five-part (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), front-page series on how Omar el-Bashir’s Islamist government of Sudan is systematically exterminating or driving out the black population of the province of Darfur:

Mr. el-Bashir came to power in a military coup in 1989. His National Islamic Front regime is so tyrannical and brutal it has earned the moniker the “Taliban of Africa.” It practices Sharia law to its most extreme. It supports a penal code known as hudud that includes cross-amputation [the severing of the right hand and left foot.] The government sanctions stoning young women to death for committing adultery.

Mr. el-Bashir has been trying to expand Sharia law to all of Sudan. His latest attempt to expand the reach of Sharia came during negotiations aimed at ending another conflict in the country–a 21-year civil war between the black Christian Sudan People’s Liberation Army in southern Sudan and the Arab Muslim government in the north.The application of Sharia has been one of the unresolved issues.

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