Monday, January 23, 2006

Senator Obama and Samantha Powers

I called Senator Obama's Office today to see if Samantha Powers still worked for him.

They said yes.

Senator Obama's hiring of Powers was pretty noteworthy and I'm not sure what she's really produced for him.

The Chicago Defender wrote back in July 2005 after an interview with the Senator Obama,
Obama said he is troubled that the situation in the Sudan has been moved “off the radar screen” by other stories such as the bombings in London the last two weeks.

"The fact of the matter is we still have a major humanitarian crisis there, though the wholesale slaughter that had been taking place has diminished," he said.

Obama said he met with Anne Patterson, acting U.S. representative to the United Nations, as well as the ambassadors to Sudan and China. "I told them the killing, which started in 2003, has to stop," he said.

Obama is a co-sponsor of a Senate bill to make sure the United States allocates "the millions of dollars needed to help these African union countries, like Rwanda and South Africa, airlift and supply the troops they've sent in to provide help to assistance to the people in Darfur camps.”

This week, he has also hired Samantha Power to advise him on foreign policy, especially as it pertains to genocide. In 2003, she won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for the book, “A Problem from Hell: American in the Age of Genocide.”
Anyone know what she's up too, please comment.

cross posted at Illinoize

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Policy Adrift on Darfur