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Omar al-Bashir is no bogeyman | Simon Tisdall

30 December 2010 3:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If southern Sudan votes for independence, the west must play its part in a peaceful transition

Bashing Omar al-Bashir is a popular pastime in progressive circles, not least in the conscience-flaunting milieus favoured by actor George Clooney and other celebrity campaigners. Sudan's president, demonised by the Un over Darfur, pre-judged by the international criminal court's chief prosecutor and ostracised by western governments, makes an easy target. America always needs bogeymen and Bashir fits the bill: big, bothersome, bad-tempered, black, Arab and Muslim.

But as Sudan moves towards a 9 January referendum in which southerners are expected to vote overwhelmingly for secession from Khartoum, Bashir-bashers have fallen on lean times. Confounding his critics' predictions, Bashir has not purposefully obstructed the ballot, not fatally impeded voter registration, and not indulged in intimidation of southerners – an assessment shared by the Un and Britain. Bashir, so far, is behaving reasonably well. This is particularly impressive »

- Simon Tisdall

Permalink | Report a problem reducing 'StarCraft II' piracy

10 August 2010 2:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Blizzard Entertainment has said that has lowered piracy for StarCraft II: Wings Of Liberty. The online service, which is needed to register and play online with the game, has seen a similar effect on piracy as World Of Warcraft. "For World of Warcraft we have been able to work well around the piracy issue and we think we’ll be able to do the same with StarCraft II," international vice president Michael Ryder told McV. "The solution provides several things. It provides (more) »

- By Matthew Reynolds

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