In Sudan, the state security apparatus has adopted a new habit: confiscating and banning books. Authors and rights activists are rightly outraged, but this is helping the growth of a new reading culture in Khartoum.
In this short film openSecurity talks to the Economics Advisor to the President of South Sudan. The agreement signed in Addis Ababa on the 27th of September means the oil will start flowing again, but what does this mean for South Sudan's future economy, and stability?
The author resigned his UN mandate as one of the experts charged with administering the Sudan/Darfur sanctions agreed under the 'Responsibility to Protect'. The UN's need to preserve the pretence of a common international response to war violence forces it to deviate from the important tasks required for peace.
September deadline approaches, with little sign of an agreement on outstanding issues. A
piecemeal approach would allow the oil issue to be resolved now, but its
presence as part of a comprehensive package of agreements may
be the only thing keeping negotiators at the table over the harder issues.
During the June protests, the women of Sudan led many of the demonstrations and a call for a nation-wide “Kandaka Friday” was made on July 13. The term was used by the Kushites to refer to their queens.
Women activists challenging the fundamental structures
of their communities and calling for new terms of peaceful coexistence between the Sudanese people, are facing prosecution, sexual violence, and harsh punishment
by Sudan's security service, says Nazik Kabalo
The recent protests in Sudan attest to the rise of a new generation of
Sudanese youth activists. At the heart of this emerging political force
is Girifna, a youth-led movement which has been using internet power,
confrontational street tactics, and advocacy to stand up to the regime
of Omar al-Bashir.
If the under or mis-reported
uprisings, protests, revolts and changes of regime in many parts of Africa over
the past few years have told us anything, it is that politics on the continent
does not always, or mostly, take place at the point of a gun.
For the last month, #SudanRevolt has gripped Sudan. Last Friday, the protests brought the central role of women in the civil resistance to the fore. Heather McRobie speaks to Rawa Gafar Bakhit, representing Sudan Change Now.
The formation of an official agency charged with helping Washington identify and address threats of atrocity around the world is notable. But the United States's own foreign-policy record raises serious questions over its likely impact, says Martin Shaw.
The South Sudanese People's Liberation Army has moved into an oil town on the South Sudan/ Sudan border. While nationalist sentiment runs high, the newly separated states can ill afford renewed conflict: political dialogue is both difficult and urgent.
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