Passion of the Present has a detailed updae on the situation in Darfur. The most hopeful news in a generally depressing situation is that
The African Union is landing about 300 troops in a few days, to protect its monitors–some of whom are already in Darfur. The AU leadership is currently considering sending more.
This marks a welcome change from the past willingness of African governments to ignore each others’ crimes and failures in the interests of “African unity”.
It’s also promising that, while the Iraq war has made intervention more difficult (for example, by handing a readymade propaganda line to the Janjaweed thugs, who can present themselves as resisting “Crusaders”) it hasn’t stopped the US and “old Europe” co-operating to put pressure on the Sudanese government. That said, the situation in Darfur is bad, and not getting any better at present.