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South Sudan Inches Closer to Hybrid Court on Conflict’s Four-year Anniversary
A court to try alleged war criminals in South Sudan's conflict was one step closer to reality Friday, the fourth anniversary of the day hostilities began. South Sudan’s Council of Ministers and the African Union agreed last week to the contents of a document that defines the roles of the so-called "hybrid" court, according to Elizabeth Deng, a Nairobi-based researcher for Amnesty International.   “This is the document that would specify the criminal jurisdiction of...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:59:03 -0500

South Africa: ANC Prepares to Vote on Zuma Replacement
Thousands of delegates prepared Sunday to vote for the next leader of South Africa's ruling ANC party, a vote widely seen as a decisive moment in the country's post-apartheid politics. Nearly 5,000 members of the African National Congress party prepared to vote in Johannesburg on a successor to party leader and President Jacob Zuma, who is stepping down amid numerous corruption scandals. But Zuma will remain South Africa's president before nation-wide elections in...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:36:08 -0500

Former Boko Haram Fighters Wait for Rehabilitation Facility
The multinational joint task force fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria says it will hold some 200 former terrorists until Cameroon can construct a rehabilitation center where they will be socially integrated before returning to their communities. The ex-terrorists are currently at the barracks of the multinational joint task force in Mora, on Cameroon's northern border with Nigeria. Soldiers of the Mora camp of the Multinational Joint Task Force fighting...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:07:43 -0500

East Libyan Commander Says Will Listen to 'Will of Free Libyan People'
Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control parts of the country, said on Sunday he would listen to the "will of free Libyan people", in the strongest indication so far that he might run in elections expected next year. Haftar styles himself as a strongman capable of ending the chaos that has gripped Libya since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. His comments, made at a military graduation ceremony, recall those of Egypt's General Abdel...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:57:44 -0500

2 Danish Journalists Violently Attacked in Gabon
A man stabbed two Danish journalists in Gabon's capital, declaring it was in retaliation for U.S. attacks against Muslims and leaving one reporter in serious condition, Gabon's defense minister said. The attack Saturday occurred while the journalists were shopping at an artisanal market, a site popular with tourists. It is the first of its kind in this West African country where Muslims and Christians coexist peacefully.   The stabbing was carried out in Libreville by a...

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:31:21 -0500
Sudan and Southern Sudan: separate nations
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CPJ census finds Egypt and Eritrea as Africa's worst jailers of journalists

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
December 15, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – A new report released by the New York-based press freedom group revealed that Egypt and Eritrea are Africa's leading jailers of journalists in 2017.
According to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report Egypt and Eritrea take the first and second spot, with 20 and 15 cases respectively.
The report showed a record number of jailed journalists for the second year across the world.
CPJ said the number of journalists imprisoned for (...)

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More than1700 illicit weapons captured in South Darfur: sources

December 16, 2017 (NYALA) - The security forces have captured more than 1700 weapons at Al-Nadif area in Tulus County, some 86 kilometre south of Nyala, South Darfur state capital.
Last August, the Sudanese authorities launched a six-month disarmament campaign to eliminate illegal weapons in the conflict-affected areas in Sudan, particularly in Darfur region.
The higher committee for the collection of weapons and unregulated vehicles started the forcible phase of the campaign in all the (...)

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North Darfur dignitaries seek Musa Hilal's release

December 16, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Traditional dignitaries from Musa Hilal home area in North Darfur state, Mistiriyha this week met with senior officials in Khartoum in a bid to secure his release after his arrest last month.
Hilal who is also Border Guards Forces (BGF) leader was arrested on 26 November by the government militia Rapid Support Forces (RSF) following an ambush by his fighters on government forces taking part in the forcible weapons collection campaign outside Mistiriyaha.
The (...)

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PCP to meet SRF leaders in Germany over peace in Sudan

December 14, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) led by Minni Minnawi will meet the Popular Congress Party (PCP) next week in Germany, said a statement a released by the alliance of the armed groups on Thursday.
The PCP which historically was opposed to foreign initiatives to end the war in Sudan launched several months ago an initiative to bridge the gaps between the National Congress Party-led government and the opposition groups that boycott the National Dialogue (...)

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Rights group calls to establish S. Sudan hybrid court, pointing to possible ICC referral

December 15, 2017 (JUBA) - The Human Rights Watch has called on the African Union to establish a hybrid court to prosecute war crime committed in South Sudan since 2013 pointing that the International Criminal Court can deal with the situation if government continue to obstruct it.
In a statement released on Friday, the right group disclosed that South Sudanese government officials are opposed to the court which part of the peace agreement signed since more than two years ago in August (...)

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S. Sudan peace guarantors say situation "intolerable" to continue

December 14, 2017 (JUBA) - Members of the Troika countries (Norway, the United States and Britain) have described the situation in South Sudan as "intolerable".
The Troika, in a joint statement, welcomed the revitalization forum of the 2015 peace deal, describing the forum a unique and critical opportunity to make progress towards peace in South Sudan.
The humanitarian, economic, security, human rights and political situation continues to deteriorate with devastating consequences for the (...)

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S. Sudan rebel leader delegates deputy to IGAD peace forum

December 14, 2017 (KAMPALA) - South Sudan's main rebel leader, Riek Machar has nominated a three-member delegation to represent the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) at the High-Level Revitalization Forum scheduled to take place from 17-22 December.
“I am equally writing to underline and reiterate the unshakable commitment of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to the resuscitation of the ARCSS [Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan] which we believe is the only way to restore peace in the (...)

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S. Sudan's ruling party factions in government commit to ceasefire accord

December 16, 2017 (JUBA) - Three factions of South Sudan's ruling party (SPLM) in the coalition government have signed a new deal recommitting themselves to ceasefire, saying reunification of the party is key to the resolution of the current crisis.
The country's foreign affairs minister, Deng Alor Kuol, defense minister, Kuol Manyang and petroleum minister Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth signed the deal.
The group, documents Sudan Tribune obtained showed, recommitted themselves to cessation of (...)

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SPLM-N Agar urges EU to link cooperation with Sudan to peace and democracy

December 16, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N Agar) led by Malik Agar has urged the European Union (EU) to link its cooperation with the Sudanese government to peace and democratic reforms.
SPLM-N Agar deputy chairman Yasir Arman has met with the EU's African affairs and members of the office of the EU special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan in Brussels.
Arman told Sudan Tribune the meeting discussed the political situation in Sudan as well as the issues (...)

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SPLM-N Agar warns against renewed fighting with al-Hilu in Blue Nile

December 15, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N Agar) led by Malik Agar has warned against hostile moves by the SPLM-N al-Hilu faction that could usher in renewed fighting between the two groups in the Blue Nile state.
The SPLM-N is now divided into two factions: one led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu and the other led by Malik Agar. The rift emerged several months ago over the right of self-determination and other issues.
As a result of the rift between Agar and (...)

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Security Council extends UN mission mandate in S. Sudan

December 14, 2017 (NEW YORK) - The Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 March 2018.
The 15 member Council authorized the mission to use all necessary means to carry out its tasks as set out in resolution 2327 (2016).
The Council also adopted a presidential statement on South Sudan, expressing deep concern about the political, security, humanitarian, human rights, and economic (...)

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South Sudan president removes key officers in army reshuffle

December 15, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has issued command orders announcing changes in the top army command.
President Kiir, according to the reshuffle broadcasted by the state-owned South Sudan Television on Thursday evening removed General Malek Ruben from his assignment as the assistant chief of defence forces, inspector general, and General Malual Ayom from the assignment as the assistant chief of defence forces for operation, training and intelligence.
Separate (...)

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South Sudan rebels vows participation in revitalization forum

December 15, 2017 (JUBA) - The deputy leader of South Sudan's main rebel movement (SPLM-In Opposition)led by Riek Machar said his group would participate in the revitalization forum in order to end the four-year war, build peace and pave for stability in the country.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led High-Level Revitalization Forum set to begin in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 18 December and expected to end on 22 December. The organisers worked during the past months to (...)

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South Sudan resumes issuing new passports

December 14, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Thursday said it had resumed issuing passports after a system failure forced those seeking new passports and renewal of old ones to abandon external travels.
The director general of the nationality and passports at the ministry of interior, Majak Akec Malok attributed the cause to technical failure, although multiple immigration officials claimed failure to pay a German-based company its pending arrears caused the problem.
Malok told a news (...)

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South Sudan's Maiwut governor appoints cabinet ministers

December 16, 2017 (JUBA) - The governor of Maiwut State in South Sudan has issued several orders appointing ministers, advisers and commissioners.
The appointments follow months of consultations and negotiations with members of ethnic Koma community, whose section of members wanted to be annexed to Northern Upper Nile in protest over the manner in which they were treated by members of Nuer who are currently the majority in the state.
Officials and traditional leaders told Sudan Tribune (...)

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Sudan, map and flag from Wikipedia, below. Southern Sudan was part of this nation until 2011.
Location of  Sudan  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)
Southern Sudan, map and flag from Wikipedia, below. Declared itself an independent nation on Jul 9, 2011.
Pictures above, below and background: a conference called in Philadelphia, at Temple University, in Dec 2011, to bring together all factions involved in the ongoing Sudanese genocides and other human rights abuses  in Sudan and South Sudan. The convener, Dr Abdel Gabar Adam, founder of Darfur Human Rights and adviser to Sudan Sunrise, is sitting below, with his hands raised, addressing the speaker.
The Kingdom of Northern Sudan was proclaimed on June 16, 2014 by US Army veteran, former congressional candidate in Virginia and neo-colonist Jeremiah Heaton rocks. He maintains that 1300 square kilometers of desert was previously unclaimed by either Sudan or Egypt. He is not limited by his imagination; he wants to turn the land into a food-producing area to alleviate world hunger. However, I hope he knows that the other Sudans are not getting along, and I really hope there is no oil in his country of North Sudan.
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Forget Washington. Facebook’s Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing.
As the social media giant grows in the developing world, its platform is being used to spread misinformation and incite violence.

In Long-Isolated Sudan, ‘Lot of Excitement’ as U.S. Sanctions End
Economic sanctions imposed on Sudan had turned it into a pariah state, with a national airline reduced to one plane. Their lifting is expected to increase Western investment.

My Sister’s Murder in Darfur
For our family, this is a tragedy. For the European Union, which subsidizes the militia group her killer belonged to, it is a scandal.

Russia’s Sudan Ambassador Found Dead
Mirgayas Shirinsky, 60, was said to have been discovered in the pool of his Khartoum home. He was at least the fourth Kremlin envoy to die prematurely since December.

The Rebel Puppeteers of Sudan
Fighting bombs with satire.

The Rebel Puppeteers of Sudan
Fighting bombs with satire.

The Starving Lands
More than 20 years after visiting East Africa, I am still weighed down by the hunger I saw there. Today, millions of people are hungry again.

Trump Administration Formally Lifts Sanctions on Sudan
State Department officials emphasized that while the Sudanese government was still far from perfect, there were enough signs of progress to move forward.

U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Issues Warning on South Sudan
The under secretary general for peacekeeping exhorted South Sudan’s antagonists to “bring the country back from the impending abyss.”

U.S. Is Open to Removing Sudan From Terrorism List, Diplomat Says
As relations thaw, a State Department official said the Trump administration wanted to see more progress on human rights.