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Via ABC:

"The secretary-general has been appealing to governments worldwide to contribute or increase their financial support to this appeal," U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

Okabe said the United Nations has only received $158 million of the $349 million in pledges to humanitarian agencies, "which means that $191 million are still required to allow the U.N. and humanitarian partners to carry out its assistance program."

The story doesn't mention that $130 million of that has come from the U.S., while:

Annan's latest appeal for funding reflects growing frustration as the United Nations has failed to collect even half of the $350 million it requested in March to run its relief operation in Darfur, a violence-torn, impoverished province roughly the size of France. In an effort to reach that goal, Annan will send private letters asking Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Belgium -- which have provided a total of just over $11.5 million in contributions since March -- to increase their funding for the United Nations' operations.

Meanwhile, we're the only nation pushing for any kind of action on Sudan in the U.N.

Hundreds of people are dying every day in Sudan because of a failure to act against militias, according to the US ambassador to the United Nations.


But seven council members - Pakistan, China, Russia, Algeria, Angola, the Philippines and Brazil - want the reference to sanctions to be removed because they believe Khartoum needs more time to act.

They don't believe the Sudanese government needs more time to do anything. They don't want sanctions because countries like Pakistan and China get large amounts of oil imports from Sudan, and they don't want that spigot to stop flowing.

Where are the liberal protests? Where the signs of "No Genocide for Oil?"

Meanwhile, countries like France and Germany, supposedly on the moral high ground, are welching on their financial pledges and ignoring the issue. The Bush Administration is the only one in the world pushing for some kind of action.

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