Monthly Archives: November 2010

Border Bombings

In the past two weeks, there have been two separate rumblings–in the form of aerial bombardments by the northern Sudanese army–in one of the contested zones along Sudan’s north-south border. Here is my analysis (for ForeignPolicy.com) of what the first … Continue reading

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“Fear needs to be replaced by hope”

Here is a letter to the editor of The Guardian written by Eduardo Kussala Hiiboro, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tambur-Yambio in Western Equatoria state–a green, lush corner of the south which borders Congo and the Central African Republic … Continue reading

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Kala Azar and Petrodar

I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to Upper Nile state. If you’re paying attention to Southern Sudan right now, watch this state, there’s a lot going on here (how’s that for imprecise? just trust me on this one). Despite … Continue reading

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One hand or two?: Ballot symbols chosen for the southern referendum

The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission unveiled yesterday the symbols which will appear on the ballots indicating the two choices voters have in the January 9 vote on southern self-determination. Those choices are “unity” or “separation,” and the commission has opted to … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown: Part II

Above: 1) Voter registration posters have been put up all over Juba and the large billboard on the main road leading into town from the airport went up this past week 2) The SPLM’s “Referendum Operations Room,” launched yesterday (November … Continue reading

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Alternatives on Abyei?

“Discussions continue on Abyei, and we will continue to hold the parties to their obligation to a referendum on Abyei… unless they arrive at an alternative that is mutually agreeable to both sides.”–State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, Washington, November 10. … Continue reading

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Lighter note

Wanted to post a couple snaps from the preliminary round of Miss Malaika 2010, a beauty pageant that brought out the Juba masses last Saturday night. It was an enjoyable evening–in my view not because of the cat-walking and high … Continue reading

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Complicated Sudans

My last post here, on “media and war-mongering,” was picked up the other day by Christian Science Monitor’s Africa Monitor blog. This prompted varied reactions, among them a missive along the lines of “I told you so” from former East … Continue reading

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Media and War-Mongering in Sudan

JUBA, Sudan—If you’ve read any news articles lately about Southern Sudan’s upcoming self-determination referendum and are basing your opinion on where Sudan is headed in the immediate future solely on this information, you would be hard pressed not to have … Continue reading

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What Referendum?

YIROL COUNTY, Sudan—Where I live in the capital of Southern Sudan, the south’s looming self-determination vote is a daily topic of conversation among locals, government officials, and diplomats and international donors. In the most crowded traffic circle in town, a … Continue reading

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