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  • The United Nations’ Botched Mission in South Sudan

    08/20/2016 8:08:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/20/16 | Joseph Klein
    The UN's protection of the alleged perpetrator Machar, added to the UN peacekeepers' failure to adequately protect civilians when they had the chance, adds up to a botched UN mission in South Sudan South Sudan, the youngest member state of the United Nations, began its life as an independent country with expressions of hope for a bright future. At the independence ceremony of South Sudan, held in its capital Juba on July 9, 2011, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon proclaimed that, after years of violence, “we open a new chapter: a day when the people of South Sudan claim the...
  • U.S. Embassy, U.N. Forces Abandon Americans Targeted in Sudan Rape Rampage

    08/19/2016 5:26:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 19, 2016 | Ari Lieberman
    U.S. Embassy, U.N. Forces Abandon Americans Targeted in Sudan Rape Rampage How State Department officials are trying to cover up inexcusable inaction. August 19, 2016 Ari Lieberman    In 1983, Marxist unrest in the tiny Caribbean Island of Grenada threatened the safety of roughly 1,000 Americans residing there. Many of them were medical students at the island’s medical school. President Ronald Reagan did not hesitate. He dispatched 6,000 U.S. troops to evacuate the Americans and secure the island. Within a week, U.S. objectives were met. The Americans were safe, the Cuban mercenaries were expelled and rule of law was...
  • South Sudan government rejects foreign troops, backs protest

    07/20/2016 10:08:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 20 at 12:55 PM | Jason Patinkin | AP
    The African Union this week called for a “regional protection force” to bolster a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in the East African country and separate warring parties. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has supported reinforcing the mission. The spokesman for South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar, now first vice president, says Machar has also called for a “third force” to secure the capital, Juba, after President Salva Kiir’s forces bombed his house during the fighting that raised fears of a return to civil war. The spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, said Machar fled Juba and will not return, despite Kiir’s invitation,...
  • Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers

    06/09/2016 4:27:08 PM PDT · by orchestra · 2 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Nick Turse
    (full headline) New Nation, Long War:Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers Met a few of them in the town of Pibor last year. These battle-tested veterans had just completed two or three years of military service. They told me about the rigors of a soldier’s life, about toting AK-47s, about the circumstances that led them to take up arms. In the United States, not one of these soldiers would have met the age requirements to enlist in the Army. None were older than 16. Rebel forces in southern Sudan began using child...
  • South Sudan adopts the language of Shakespeare

    10/09/2011 6:02:37 AM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | October 8, 2011 | Rosie Goldsmith
    The young nation of South Sudan has chosen English as its official language but after decades of civil war, the widespread learning of English presents a big challenge for a country brought up speaking a form of Arabic.I knew there might be problems as soon as I arrived at Juba International airport - and was asked to fill in my own visa form, as the immigration officer could not write English. The colourful banners and billboards hung out to celebrate South Sudan's independence back in July, and still adorning the streets now, are all in English. As are the names...
  • Africans sentenced for notorious hate crime torture attack in Nashville

    03/25/2016 3:16:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Stop Hate Crimes ^ | February 28, 2016
    In March of 2012, two 24-year-old white males were abducted by a group of South Sudanese Africans in Antioch, TN. It was early in the morning and the victims were getting ready to do a paper route. The victims were subjected to 45 minutes of humiliating torture. They were forced to perform sexual acts on each other, sexually tortured, beaten, and stabbed. The perpetrators taunted them the entire time. After the torture, the men were left to die. They were dumped on the side of the road naked and covered in blood. Each had ten stab wounds. One of the...
  • South Sudan's government allows fighters to rape women as a form of PAYMENT while children [tr]

    03/11/2016 6:18:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    South Sudan allows fighters to rape women as payment while children and the disabled are burned alive in 'one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world', a UN report has found. The UN human rights office painted a harrowing picture of civilians suspected of supporting the opposition being torched, suffocated in shipping containers, hanged from trees and cut to pieces. In scorching detail, the report cited cases of parents being forced to watch their children being raped during the country's two-year civil war.
  • South Sudan's President Undermines Peace Deal

    01/27/2016 2:00:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | Aistin Bay
    South Sudan's civil war began on the night of December 15, 2013, when a firefight erupted between soldiers serving in the presidential garrison in the capital city, Juba. "Between" is an important word. The battle pitted soldiers from the Dinka tribe (largest in South Sudan) against soldiers in the Nuer tribe (second largest). The government, led by president Salva Kiir, a Dinka, and the rebels, led by Riek Machar, a Nuer, agreed to their first ceasefire on December 31. Fire and combat, however, never ceased. Instead, it spread. Every ceasefire and peace declaration since has failed to hold. Poor communication...
  • UN accused of 'shocking' lack of action over murder and rape in South Sudan

    12/15/2015 7:13:57 AM PST · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 15 December 2015 | Sam Jones
    The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has been accused of a “complete and utter failure” to protect civilians in one of the most dangerous and volatile parts of the war-ravaged country. ..“There has not been any protection to speak of until now while the violence has been ongoing and there have been thousands of people coming into the [Protection of Civilians] sites in Bentiu from southern Unity – those who manage to flee – and they have been telling their stories.” He added: “It’s not like this is a secret. They talk about the most horrendous incidents of sexual...
  • South Sudan plane crash: 'Dozens killed' near Juba airport

    11/04/2015 4:08:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 minutes ago, 2015-11-04 | BBC
    A cargo plane has crashed on take-off near the international airport in South Sudan's capital Juba, with at least 25 killed. Some reports put the death toll as high as 40.
  • Death toll in S. Sudan's oil tanker blast tops 150: report

    09/18/2015 5:30:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2015-09-18 18:17:17
    "Our situation here in Maridi is not good," he said, pointing out that most of the injured people are women and children. He added that other badly burned bodies have also been found around the wreckage of the tanker. On Thursday, Information Minister of Western Equatoria State Charles Kisagna said over 100 people were killed and about 50 others injured in South Sudan when an oil tanker swerved and exploded. The minister noted that "those people may not survive because we do not have the facilities to treat the highly burnt people." The oil tanker was traveling from the South...
  • No Stopping Russian Arms

    07/27/2004 4:07:57 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 547+ views
    moscow times ^ | 7/27/04 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    Russia came in for harsh criticism last week when state-owned jet producer MiG delivered 12 MiG-29 planes to Sudan. Amnesty International suggested that the jets could be used against civilians in Sudan's western region of Darfur, where attacks against indigenous black tribes by the government-backed Arab janjaweed militia over the last 15 months have left at least 30,000 people dead, forced villagers into refugee camps and left some 2 million people without sufficient food and medicine. U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton blasted MiG for selling modern weapons to a government the United States considers a sponsor of international terrorism....
  • Sudan’s al-Bashir set to extend 25-year reign despite war crimes charges, insurgencies

    04/12/2015 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015 10:44 AM EDT | (Maggie Michael)
    Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, the world’s only sitting leader wanted on genocide charges, is expected to win a landslide victory in elections this week, extending a 25-year reign in which the country has endured multiple insurgencies and the secession of the oil-rich south. Despite Sudan’s seemingly perpetual unrest, al-Bashir survived the 2011 Arab Spring. His ruling party dominates the parliament and local councils, and the massive security apparatus has left the once-vibrant opposition a husk of its former self. Al-Bashir has ruled the country since taking power in a 1989 coup, but billboards across Khartoum showing him in traditional robes...
  • Abbas To Sign Accords With Putin in Moscow

    04/11/2015 10:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 4/11/2015, 10:55 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Monday where the issue of Middle East peace talks will be raised, Russian authorities announced Thursday. “The two leaders will hold talks concerning key aspects of Russian-Palestinian relations and their future, with particular attention on the trade, economy and humanitarian sectors,” the Kremlin said in a statement according to AFP. There will also be “an exchange of ideas on the process of Israeli-Palestinian talks and other problematic regional situations,” the statement continued, adding that North Africa would also be on the agenda. …
  • Armed (and under-employed) groups raid South Sudan school, abduct 89 children, U.N. says

    02/21/2015 11:56:20 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 21, 2015 | Faith Karimi
    (CNN)Armed groups raided a South Sudanese school and seized 89 children who were taking their exams, the United Nations said Saturday. It pointed out that boys were among those taken. The abduction occurred near Malakal, where thousands of people have taken refuge following months of violence in the nation. Kidnappers gathered around a community and conducted house-to-house searches, according to the U.N. children's agency. It said boys over age 12 were taken away by force. U.N. officials warned the abductors that they're violating international law. "The recruitment and use of children by armed forces destroys families and communities," said Jonathan...
  • Ugandan LRA 'in church massacre' (Catholic women and children slaughtered)

    12/30/2008 6:03:51 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 890+ views
    BBC ^ | December 29, 2008
    Uganda's army has accused the Lord's Resistance Army rebels of hacking to death 45 civilians in a Catholic church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Capt Chris Magezi said the scene was "horrendous... dead bodies of mostly women and children cut in pieces". The attack happened on 26 December. A rebel spokesman has denied responsibility for the killings, which follow a collapse in the peace process. The UN says at least 189 people were killed in several attacks last week. Some reports say more than 100 people were killed in the church alone. The armies of Uganda, South Sudan and DR...
  • Gunmen kill 20 in attack on South Sudan UN base

    04/17/2014 10:51:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    indiatimes.com ^ | 18 Apr, 2014, 10.35AM IST
    UNMISS said in a statement that "the armed mob forced entry into the site and opened fire on the internally displaced persons sheltering inside the base". Its forces returned fire -- first firing warning shots and then taking part in a ferocious gun battle -- before the fighters retreated, it added. The civilians had fled into the base weeks ago amid brutal ethnic massacres in the world's newest nation. Information Minister Michael Makuei said that a "huge number" of gunmen had come seeking revenge for the rebel capture of the oil town of Bentiu two days ago hoping to kill...
  • WH: Sending U.S. Troops, Military Aircraft to Uganda Doesn't Change U.S. Advisory Role

    03/24/2014 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/24/14 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony. A senior U.S. military official confirmed Monday that the U.S. is sending at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft about about 150 more Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. The official confirmed the plans, first reported by The Washington Post, on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss them on the record.
  • US sending more troops and aircraft to hunt Ugandan war lord Kony

    03/24/2014 6:11:25 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 49 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 3/24/14 | unknown
    <p>President Obama is committing more military resources, including aircraft and special operations forces, to the hunt for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony.</p> <p>Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending "associated support personnel," and a "limited number" of CV-22 Osprey aircraft to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops to help the African forces in 2011.</p>
  • African Union Welcomes Phase Two of South Sudan Peace Process

    03/07/2014 7:54:08 PM PST · by IsraelBeach
    South Sudan News ^ | March 7, 2014 | Joe Odaby
    African Union Welcomes Phase Two of South Sudan Peace ProcessADDIS ABABA — March 7, 2014 … The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomed the conclusion of Phase II of the South Sudan Peace Process. The South Sudan Peace Process has consisted of two weeks of substantive consultations on a Declaration of Principle and a Framework for Political Dialogue towards National Reconciliation and Healing. She commended the IGAD Special Envoys, including its Chair, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, for their relentless efforts towards the resumption of the political negotiations and the progress they have achieved thus...
  • Douala-Djibouti Corridor-France is enabling bloc of non-Islamist, liberal democracies in Africa

    02/06/2014 5:29:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jerome Vitenberg
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - The Douala-Djibouti CorridorPosted By Jerome Vitenberg On February 6, 2014 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The current French involvement in the Central African Republic, which follows in the footsteps of its ongoing “Operation Serval” in Mali, has led many to wonder about President Francois Hollande’s goals in his African campaigns.In recent months, the CAR’s ex-Séléka Muslim rebel fighters, bolstered by Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries, have waged a campaign of murder, rape and pillage against the country’s 80% Christian-majority population. With the government in disarray, Christians have organized defensive “anti-balaka” (“anti-machete”)...
  • South Sudan: Rebels Stole 1,700 Tons of Food From Poor

    02/07/2014 9:29:10 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 6 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | February 7, 2014 | Joe Odaby
    South Sudan: Rebels Stole 1,700 Tons of Food From PoorBy Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsJuba — February 6, 2014 … In its latest analytical report from the respected African think-tank The Fashoda Institute, it is pointed out that “in South Sudan the ceasefire is becoming a political nightmare. Localized fighting continues because coup leader and former Vice-President Riek Machar has no control over the rebel forces, while the administration of President Salva Kiir in Juba is under international pressure to make more and more concessions to rebels”. The Fashoda Institute points that “liberal West’s traditional approach — that the “rebels”...
  • South Sudan: Cease-Fire Signed

    01/23/2014 4:02:14 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 7 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | January 23, 2014 | South Sudan News Staff
    South Sudan: Cease-Fire SignedBy South Sudan News StaffNAIROBI, Kenya — January 23 … The government of South Sudan was pleased to announce that rebels loyal to the country’s ousted former vice president signed a cease-fire agreement today. The cease-fire ends more than a month of fighting that displaced thousands of people. Under the agreement, signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, both sides in the conflict promised to lay down their weapons. But they have also said that a cessation of hostilities would be a temporary measure, short of a formal peace agreement, and that negotiations would have to continue....
  • South Sudan Optimistic Of Reaching Ceasefire

    01/15/2014 4:13:49 PM PST · by IsraelBeach
    South Sudan News ^ | January 15, 2014 | South Sudan News Staff
    South Sudan Optimistic Of Reaching CeasefireBy South Sudan News StaffJuba — January 15 … The head of the South Sudan governmental delegation on peace talks has expressed optimism over the ongoing peace talks with rebels loyal to former South Sudan Vice President Dr. Riek Machar in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa. Nhial Deng Nhial, the Head of the South Sudan government negotiation team arrived home from Addis Ababa on Monday for consultations with President Salva Kiir following the start of face to face talks with the rebels in its first day on Monday. “We are hopeful,” Nhial told journalists in...
  • US to Start Training Libyan Soldiers at Midyear

    01/11/2014 5:41:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | January 10, 2014 (AP) | LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press
    The top U.S. military commander for Africa says the Pentagon is planning to begin training 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan soldiers by midyear to help bolster the nation's security. The U.S. is also looking into providing additional airlift assistance to South Sudan, where violence has killed more than 1,000 people and driven 180,000 from their homes in the last month. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Africa Command, said the U.S. is planning a 24-week training program to help the Libyans, as part of a broader international effort to shore up security in the country...
  • Bishop Pates Embarks on Fact-Finding Mission to Middle East

    01/05/2014 3:40:10 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Kresta in the afternoon ^ | January 5, 2014 | Al Kresta
    Bishop Richard E. Pates Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa will depart January 6, 2014 on a two-week fact-finding mission in the Middle East.  Bishop Pates, who serves as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, has a special concern for Syria and the Holy Land, and plans to show support for the local Church and the relief work of Catholic agencies in the region.  He echoed the words of Pope Francis in his Urbi et Orbi message, particularly addressing the violence faced in Syria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Holy...
  • South Sudan: Khartoum’s Aid to Machar’s Tribal Violence

    12/24/2013 3:32:31 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 12 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | December 24, 2013 | South Sudan News Staff
    South Sudan: Khartoum’s Aid to Reik Machar’s Tribal ViolenceBy South Sudan News StaffJuba — December 24 … During the weekend of 20-22 December, the Republic of South Sudan underwent a political crisis, an attempted coup and emerged to the next phase of putting down what's become known as the Machar Revolt. The African think-tank, The Fashoda Institute, has published a current analysis of the South Sudan’s crisis. “Juba entered the weekend having lost control over most of Jonglei State. However, this loss of control was the result of an uneasy cease-fire and tenuous cooperation between the predominantly Nuer ex-SPLA forces...
  • U.S. Marines poised to enter South Sudan

    12/23/2013 10:05:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon December 23, 2013 | Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Antonia Mortensen
    The U.S. military is moving about 150 Marines from Spain to Africa, most likely Djibouti, to be prepared to go into South Sudan to either provide security for the U.S. Embassy in Juba or to help evacuate the estimated 100 U.S. citizens believed to be there, two U.S. military officials told CNN's Barbara Starr on Monday.
  • Fleeing workers tell of brutal killings as South Sudan edges towards civil war

    12/21/2013 6:27:01 PM PST · by fella · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 21 Dec 2013 | Daniel Howden
    A long line of evacuees stretched from the departures area of Juba airport into the baking sun of South Sudan. Meanwhile, the dented doors of the arrivals building slowly disgorged dazed and exhausted oil workers in filthy overalls. They had fled to the capital from the further reaches of the world's youngest country, on the first leg of journeys home, bringing with them news of factional fighting that has taken the country to the brink of civil war. Many of them such as Hassan Ali, a Pakistani engineer, with dark circles around his eyes, had just escaped from Unity state...
  • India shuts down South Sudan oilfields, evacuates employees

    12/23/2013 4:47:41 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 23 Dec, 2013, 05.29PM IST
    NEW DELHI: India today evacuated all its oil employees from strife-torn South Sudan and shut down oilfields amid escalating violence in the world's youngest nation. All 11 executives working on 40,000 barrels per day Greater Nile Oil Project and Block 5A were airlifted, a top source with direct knowledge of the development said. "The evacuation happened in two batches. All the officials have arrived in India safely," he said. Before departure, the last job the Indian executives did was to shut down the oilfields yesterday. ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), had...
  • South Sudan rebels hold key oil-producing city

    12/22/2013 8:59:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    FNC ^ | 23/12/13
    KAMPALA, UGANDA – South Sudan's central government lost control of the capital of a key oil-producing state Sunday, the military said, as renegade forces loyal to a former deputy president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of full-blown civil war in the world's newest country. Bentiu, the capital of oil-rich Unity state, is now controlled by a military commander loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, said Col. Philip Aguer, the South Sudanese military spokesman. "Bentiu is in the hands of a commander who has declared support for Machar," he said. "Bentiu is not in our hands."...
  • Trapped Americans Flown Out of Violence-Torn City in South Sudan

    12/22/2013 2:09:57 PM PST · by kristinn · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sunday, December 22, 2013 | Luis Martinez
    American relief workers trapped in Bor, South Sudan, were evacuated Sunday aboard United Nations helicopters that took them to the capital city of Juba. Three U.S. military aircraft sent to evacuate the Americans from Bor on Saturday came under small arms fire from undetermined forces forcing the mission to be aborted. Four U.S. military service members aboard were injured by the fire. “This morning, the United States — in coordination with the United Nations and in consultation with the South Sudanese government — safely evacuated American citizens from Bor, South Sudan, ” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki in a...
  • South Sudan rebels fire on US military planes, say government officials

    12/21/2013 10:11:34 AM PST · by traumer · 12 replies
    <p>US aircraft came under fire on Saturday on a mission to evacuate Americans from spiralling conflict in South Sudan and four US military service members were wounded.</p> <p>Nearly a week of fighting threatens to drag the world's newest country into an ethnic civil war just two years after it won independence from Sudan with strong support from successive US administrations.</p>
  • 4 wounded as US military aircraft takes on fire during evacuation mission in South Sudan

    12/21/2013 10:11:28 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 21 , 2013 | AP
    Rebel gunfire hit a U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens caught in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded. The U.S. military aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and scene of some of the nation's worst violence over the last week. One American service member was reported to be in critical condition.
  • South Sudan: US Military Aircraft Hit By Rebels

    12/21/2013 5:47:18 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 77 replies
    news.sky.com ^ | December 21, 2013
    Two US military aircraft have been fired at during an evacuation mission in South Sudan, wounding two service personnel. One is said to be in a critical condition, and it is thought at least one of the planes was damaged. South Sudan has blamed the attack on renegade troops. Officials said the aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and the scene of some of the country's worst violence in the past week. After being fired at the planes turned around and headed to Kampala in Uganda. From there the wounded service personnel were flown...
  • U.N. Sends Rescue Helicopters to South Sudan as Crisis Worsens

    12/20/2013 11:34:36 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2013 | ALAN COWELL and RICK GLADSTONE
    LONDON — The United Nations said Friday that it had sent helicopters to rescue personnel from a base in South Sudan that came under lethal attack amid a worsening political crisis, and President Obama warned that South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, “stands at the precipice.” The number of civilians seeking refuge in the United Nations’ other outposts there exceeds 30,000, and diplomats expressed fears about the potential for a civil war. Britain, which began evacuating its citizens on Thursday, said Friday that it would send a second airplane to Juba, the capital. “We strongly advise all British nationals in...
  • Indian UN peacekeepers killed in S Sudan attack

    12/20/2013 4:57:32 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 December 2013 Last updated at 06:29 ET
    Two Indian peacekeepers have died in an attack on a United Nations compound in South Sudan's Jonglei state, India's foreign ministry has said. Rebels from the second-largest ethnic group, the Nuer, stormed the base on Thursday, targeting civilians of the majority Dinka ethnic community. South Sudan has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of mounting a coup. The unrest, which broke out on Sunday, has killed some 500 people so far. The conflict first erupted in the capital Juba but has since spread. Mr Kiir, who is a Dinka, has blamed the violence on...
  • Statement by the President on South Sudan (45 US Troops sent in)

    12/19/2013 7:28:50 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 20 replies
    The White House ^ | December 19 | White House Staph
    Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 19, 2013 Statement by the President on South Sudan In 2011, millions of South Sudanese voted to forge a new nation, founded on the promise of a more peaceful and prosperous future for all of South Sudan’s people. In recent years, against great odds, South Sudan has made great progress toward breaking the cycle of violence that characterized much of its history. Today, that future is at risk. South Sudan stands at the precipice. Recent fighting threatens to plunge South...
  • Britain to Evacuate Its Citizens From South Sudan

    12/19/2013 4:39:27 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 19, 2013 | ALAN COWELL
    LONDON — In a sign of mounting international concern about fighting in South Sudan, Britain said on Thursday that it had dispatched an airplane to evacuate British nationals as clashes were reported to have spread following claims of an attempted coup. The Foreign Office said that around 150 of the estimated 500 Britons in the newly created country had been in touch with British officials, many of them wanting to leave the country. The developments came a day after the South Sudanese Army said that it had lost control of a town in the north of the country. South Sudan...
  • Renegade vice-president denies South Sudan coup after fighting claims 400 lives

    12/18/2013 4:38:56 AM PST · by Pan_Yan
    The Telegraph ^ | 11:57AM GMT 18 Dec 2013 | David Blair
    South Sudan’s fugitive vice-president has denied mounting a coup after three days of fighting in the capital of the world’s newest countryclaimed at least 400 lives. Riek Machar, who was formally sacked as vice-president in July, said the clashes were caused by a “misunderstanding” and no attempt had been made to overthrow President Salva Kiir. The clashes began on Sunday night when military bases in the capital, Juba, were attacked. On Monday, Mr Kiir appeared in military uniform and said that his government had foiled a coup. The president has been locked in a power struggle with Mr Machar, reflecting...
  • South Sudan President Kiir Declares Curfew In Juba As Attempted Coup Fails

    12/16/2013 2:20:04 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 7 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | December 16, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    President Kiir Declares Curfew In Juba As Attempted Coup FailsBy Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsJuba — December 16 … The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit has imposed a curfew over Juba following heavy gunfire that started early Saturday, December 15, in the city and its suburbs. The situation though is under control; sporadic gunfire still continues to be heard in some parts of the capital. The curfew, the President says takes immediate effect. In a press briefing in the early hours of the day, President Kiir called for calm among the citizens while assuring...
  • South Sudan: SPLM Supports President Kiir, Accuses Splinters Of Aiding Khartoum

    12/12/2013 5:01:11 PM PST · by IsraelBeach
    South Sudan News ^ | December 12, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    South Sudan: SPLM Supports President Kiir, Accuses Splinters Of Aiding KhartoumBy Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsJuba, South Sudan — December 12, 2013 … The Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) top leadership has asserted that there is no crisis in the party and dismissed the party rebels as “disgruntled elements”. A group of SPLM party members led by former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar and ex-Secretary General Pagan Amum accused in a press conference held in Juba, South Sudan last Friday the leadership of the ruling party of deviating from the party’s initial vision, and of corruption. In response the...
  • South Sudan: Congo Nile Canal Will Save Egypt, Avert War, Make Juba Hub of Africa

    11/28/2013 7:41:31 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 15 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | November 28, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    The leading South Sudanese think-tank, The Fashoda Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies has published a strategic analysis of why and how the Egyptian Government is reviving a three-decade-old old idea — one going back to the Anwar as-Sadat Administration — to resolve the country’s acute water crisis. Egypt is reconsidering the idea of a canal diverting waters from the Congo River into the White Nile near Juba, South Sudan, and thus markedly increasing the quantities of water which would eventually reach Lake Nasser behind the Aswan Dam. According to the Egyptian calculations, the quantities of water required to revolutionize...
  • South Sudan: Abyei Region Votes To Leave Islamic North, Join Christian South

    10/30/2013 6:31:05 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | October 30, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    South Sudan: Abyei Region Votes To Leave Islamic North, Join Christian SouthBy Dr. Richard WilliamsJuba, South Sudan — October 29, 2013 (SSN) … The official results will be announced on October 31, but the observers claim that about 65,000 eligible voters, residents in the remote and disputed Abyei region on border between Sudan and South Sudan, voted almost unanimously on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in a non-binding referendum in favor of secession from Sudan and joining South Sudan. The vote came despite fears it could trigger violence. The ownership of Abyei was left undecided when the predominantly Christian South Sudan...
  • Kony 2013: U.S. quietly intensifies effort to help African troops capture infamous warlord

    10/28/2013 10:35:03 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 28, 2013 | By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    NEAR GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Congo — For 15 hours, a team of U.S. Special Forces soldiers shepherded four dozen South Sudanese commandos through an unremitting nighttime rainstorm, plunging into elephant grass so tall and thick they could not gaze beyond the reach of their arms. They heard the telltale cry of a panther and the ripples of crocodiles lurking in the bogs. Quicksand sucked a few men down to their waists before their comrades could haul them out. Their destination was a crude encampment used by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a band of rebels led by the messianic warlord Joseph...
  • South Sudan: China Challenges US In Africa

    10/16/2013 1:59:42 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 13 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | October 16, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    South Sudan: China Challenges US In AfricaBy Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsJuba, South Sudan — October 16, 2013 … The leading South Sudanese think-tank, The Fashoda Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies, has published a strategic analysis of Chinese grand diplomatic strategy in Africa. The Fashoda Institute asserts that the key component of the Chinese long-term grand design has long been to “converge all the flow of oil, gas and minerals to a single export point on the shores of the Indian Ocean – that is, in the direction of China. This vision is getting closer to realization given the...
  • The mega-port that threatens to sink Sudan

    10/14/2013 7:13:47 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 13 Oct 2013 14:37 | Tom Stevenson
    As plans for a mega-port on Kenya's northern-most coast begin to take shape, new concerns are emerging that the project could damage already-strained relations between Sudan and South Sudan. Kenya's $25.5bn Lamu Port and New Transport Corridor Development to Southern Sudan and Ethiopia (LAPSSET) includes the construction of a 32-berth port, three international airports, and a 1,500km railway line. A new oil refinery, in nearby Bargoni, and an oil pipeline are also planned. The pipeline would run to Kenya's Eastern Province before splitting, with one branch running to South Sudan's capital, Juba, and another through Moyale in the north to...
  • South Sudan Implements Major Diplomatic Reforms Planned by FM Barnaba Benjamin

    10/14/2013 5:07:42 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | October 14, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    South Sudan Implements Major Diplomatic Reforms Planned by FM Barnaba BenjaminBy Joe Odaby South Sudan NewsJuba, South Sudan — October 14, 2013 (SSN) … South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin has announced that a major diplomatic reform is underway in the South Sudan Foreign Ministry. The move comes after national legislative assembly lawmakers from the south-governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) expressed concerns over the manner in which its embassies handle the country’s foreign affairs matters. “There remains a lot of work to be done and it is imperative that the ministry devise policies...
  • Sudan Prepares Major Military Offensive To Divert From Internal Unrest

    09/30/2013 2:17:59 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    South Sudan News ^ | September 30, 2013 | Joe Odaby
    Sudan Prepares Major Military Offensive To Divert From Internal UnrestBy Joe OdabyJuba, South Sudan — September 30, 2013 … The leading South Sudan think-tank, The Fashoda Institute of Strategic and Regional Studies, has published a strategic analysis of the recent military buildup in the neighboring Sudan. Northern Sudan, from which the South has seceded in 2011 after a long civil war, is led by the Islamist government of President Omar al-Bashar who was indicted in 2010 by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. The Fashoda Institute points out that “the escalating fuel riots in Khartoum, and increasingly other...
  • Holocaust Scholars: Arrest Sudanese President for Darfur Genocide at U.N. Assembly

    09/28/2013 7:45:23 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Saturday, September 28th, 2013 | JNS.org
    Seventy global Holocaust and genocide experts in a letter asked U.S. President Bararck Obama to arrest Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir for his role in the Darfur genocide if he arrives at the United Nations General Assebly in New York City this week. The International Criminal Court indicted Bashir in 2009. The letter calling for his arrest was organized by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C. Signatories include Prof. David S. Wyman, author of "The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945," Prof. Yehuda Bauer, senior historian at Israel s Yad Vashem...