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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Spielberg chooses Darfur over Olympic fame

Internationally-renowned director Steven Spielberg will no longer be an artistic adviser for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, BBC News reported Wednesday. In a formal statement, he accused China of being unresponsive regarding the five-year conflict in Darfur, where 200,000 people have been killed, and two million have been forced from their homes.

Spielberg believes that the international community, especially China, should take greater responsibility for the crisis in Darfur.

Beijing sells weapons to the government of Sudan in exchange for roughly two-thirds of the country’s oil. China, however, prefers to separate politics and the Games, and has attacked those who attempt to connect the two.

Spielberg’s action was described as “noble” by Abdul Wahid Mohammad Ahmed al-Nur, the leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM). “He will certainly go down in history as someone who gave human lives precedence over fame and money,” al-Nur said.

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