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The Domino effect of the Secession of Southern Sudan
Fathi El-Shihibi - 7/11/2011
Why is the July 9th, 2011 creation of a separate state in Southern Sudan is giving jitters to sates in both Africa and the Middle East and sending mixed signals depending on what side of the secession people are?
Will the Past Engulf South Sudan?
Amanuel Nayr - 2/11/2011
The situation in the Horn of Africa reminds me of the Tigrigna saying, ‘may your mother die if you dare to speak out, and your father if you dare to remain silent’. This saying captures the dilemma in maintaining, forming and dividing states in the region. States have been maintained, formed and disintegrated for good causes: to avoid conflicts, civil wars and violations of human rights. Although peoples in the region still anxiously await for the best days to come, the results of these processes have been discouraging.
How and Why Engagement with Sudan Shows Precisely What's Wrong with Obama Administration Foreign Policy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 10/28/2009
The Obama Administration apparently thinks that its policy of engaging repressive radical anti-American dictators has been working so well as to extend it now to Sudan. This is the meaning of the new policy to be on this issue October 19.
The Arab and Muslim Indifference Regarding the Suffering in Darfur
Savo Heleta - 1/8/2009
When Muslims suffer around the world in the hands of Americans, Russians, Serbs, or Israelis, the Arab and Muslim countries are very active in condemning the attacks and violence. Their governments complain and raise funds, diplomats protest, the media report, and the citizens demonstrate against "crusaders and infidels."
Early CIA Involvement in Darfur Has Gone Unreported
Jay Janson - 10/1/2007
There has been a glaring omission in the U.S. media presentation of the Darfur tragedy. The compassion demonstrated, mostly in words, until recently, has not been accompanied by a recognition of U.S. complicity, or at least involvement, in the war which has led to the enormous suffering and loss of life that has been taking place in Darfur for many years. In 1978 oil was discovered in Southern Sudan. Rebellious war began five years later and was led by John Garang, who had taken military training at infamous Fort Benning, Georgia. "The US government decided, in 1996, to send nearly $20 million...
Will the UN resolution on Darfur make any difference?
Saberi Roy - 8/12/2007
Finally, the UN Security Council has authorized 26,000 troops and police to protect civilians in Darfur and the peacekeepers are also allowed to use force to protect the civilians and aid workers. But considering the fact that 200,000 civilians have died in the region in the last four years and 2.5 million people have been displaced, it’s a tough job for the UN. Sudan’s pro-militia government has been resisting UN intervention all these years but finally agreed to deployment of UN forces after insisting on considerable changes to the resolution. What critics consider as a largely ‘watered down...
UN Inaction Would Have Led To Another Genocide In Darfur!
Iqbal Latif - 7/11/2007
The Sudanese government has agreed to the deployment of a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force to Darfur, a move facilitated by the UN Security Council.Dumisani Kumalo, South African ambassador to the UN, said: "Sudan has accepted the hybrid force without any conditionality … The acceptance was confirmed by President Bashir."
New Proposal to Alleviate Darfur Crisis
Amit Pyakurel - 6/28/2007
It's all the grieving situation with about 200,000 dead and over 2 million people displaced due to, what we perceive, as one of the most glaring humanitarian crisis of today in Darfur. The dread only seems to be elevating and the crisis has ever been sustaining its grip in the region, albeit the international efforts lurking with one or the other humanitarian aides, including the imposition of harsh measures, like economic sanctions by the U.S. and other UN member states, in an attempt to discourage the internecine war taking place between the rebelling groups and the government deployed troops in the region.
Darfur Crisis: Towards An Ever Greater Tragedy
Amit Pyakurel - 4/24/2007
The situation in Darfur seems to be bleaker day by day, notwithstanding the abundance of media coverage and ostensible international attention. May the cause is easily acknowledgeable: it's due to the inadequate international attention, let alone the international efforts, alongside the Sudanese government's indiscriminate offensive against its civilians rather than looking concretely towards the reason of the crisis, that Darfur is rapidly drowning deeper into the humanitarian catastrophe.
Darfur - Why UN Troops are not the Solution!
Sajjad Khan - 9/18/2006
Thomas Jefferson once said ‘The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.’ The sanctity of life however took a huge knock in the twentieth century and we are still feeling the consequences in the new millennium. Mankind lost millions in WW1in European trenches, we lost tens of millions in WW2 including 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians and tens of thousands in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the Korean peninsula 3-4 million civilians were killed as a result of the conflict, in Vietnam 58,000 US soldiers were killed as well as 2 m...
China’s Alarming Involvement in Sudan
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 3/26/2006
Sudan’s brutal Islamist President Omar al-Bashir and Chinese President Hu Jintao have become fast friends as of late, forging a Sino-Sudanese alliance that has serious implications for the Sudanese people and the future stability of the African continent. “China has burst on the African scene with a presence that has been frightening to many people who hadn’t realized how wide its reach is,” U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA), chairman of the new House China Caucus, noted in January.
Slaves in Sudan: Hoax To Fundraise for Sudanese Separatists?
Antero Leitzinger - 3/15/2005
Slave-trade is flourishing in Southern Sudan. We know this for it has been widely covered in news by, among others, the German TV company ZDF already in December 1995. Since then, journalists from various countries have been witnessing the slave-trade show several times every year. The show is every time arranged by a Zürich-based international human rights organisation "Christian Solidarity International" (CSI), which boasts for having bought free more than 33,000 slaves. The money comes from huge contributions that the organisation gets thanks to the publicity.
Price of Peace in Africa: Agreement in Sudan Between Government and Rebel
Adesola Orimalade - 2/10/2005
Perhaps the recently signed peace accord in the Sudan between the government and the John Garang led Sudan People's Liberation Army is worth celebrating. I am not too convinced. While positive minded people will look at the future and argue that the peace accord will bring in a period of peace, social and economic development, re-construction, social and political stability and most importantly peace of mind and security of lives and property. Sudanese children can begin to walk into a future without war.