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Now end this Darfur denial

Luis Moreno-Ocampo: We have laid charges for genocide. The UN must seize the moment to act for the victims of Sudan

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Haboob dust storms engulf the greater Metro area, almost yearly. Haboobs only occur here, and in the Iraqi desert. Fact.

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A dust storm or sandstorm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions. Dust storms arise when a gust front blows loose sand and dust from a dry surface. Particles are transported by saltation and suspension, causing soil erosion from one place and deposition in another. The Sahara and drylands around the Arabian peninsula are the main source of airborne dust, with some contributions from Iran, Pakistan and India into the Arabian Sea, and China.

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Dust Storm, Rajasthan, India. (This setting was the inspiration for Arinn Dembo's short story "Monsoon". I haven't read it, but since I'm repinning from her, and she pins the coolest stuff, I figured I'd include that part of her caption.)

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✯ Cool Clouds - Palm Springs, CA [looks pretty here, but was it actually a tornado or hurricane forming, maybe?]

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