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Sudan says US waging “stealth war” against it

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April 8, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the Sudanese parliament, Ahmad Ibrahim al-Tahir, accused the United States (US) on Sunday of engaging in a “stealth war” against his country.

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Sudanese parliamentary speaker Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir speaks during a meeting in Khartoum on March 28, 2012 (GETTY)

Al-Tahir, who was speaking in a press conference at the parliament headquarters in the capital Khartoum, cited the postponement last week of the inauguration of a $1 billion sugar plant in the country’s White Nile State, saying it was caused by US economic sanctions.

Sudan has been under comprehensive economic US sanctions since 1997, and remains on the US list of state sponsors of terror. At the time, the country provided safe haven to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and other figures designated by Washington as terrorists.

Al-Tahir said that the US is walling Sudan off from progress, and accused Washington of being engaged in a multi-front war against his country.

“America is waging a stealth war against us, not only in Blue Nile and South Kordofan but even on individual level it is being touch on us” he complained.

The two areas are the scene of fighting between government forces and African indigenous rebels who fought alongside South Sudan before it won independence from Sudan in July last year.

Washington is spearheading a campaign to force Khartoum to allow international aid groups to access the country’s border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, which are the scene of fighting between government forces and indigenous African rebels who fought alongside neighbouring South Sudan before it won independence from Sudan.

But Khartoum is highly skeptical of US motives and accuses Washington of wanting to support the rebels.

Sudan’s top MP pointed out that his country’s issue with the US remains “political” and vowed that Washington will not break the will of his country.

He added that Sudanese people could live without food or drink if it as a choice between that an loosing their dignity.

“We are weathering the harm that was inflicted on us due to the postponement of the inauguration of the White Nile sugar plant but we will solve the problem via another technology,” he concluded.

"HUNGER STALKS THE LAND"

In October 2011 Sudan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the British Ambassador to Khartoum over comments made on his blog regarding the prevalence of hunger in the country, lack of progress on the disputed region of Abyei and other issues.

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Ambassador Nicholas Kay (UK Embassy)

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) said that Nicholas Kay had apologised to the foreign ministry for his article in which he asked: "How do you celebrate World Food Day in a country where hunger stalks the land?"

Kay observed on his blog that "the past month has seen a further half a million people fall into food insecurity," due to "both natural forces – poor rains– and man-made causes, such as conflict," in Sudan’s regions that border newly independent South Sudan.

The British diplomat regretted that civilians continue to suffer from the armed conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan as result of government’s refusal to allow aid groups to reach the affected populations there.

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  • 9 April 2012 11:34, by viper

    Fake Arabs, you have only two options. Either you get rid of Hague indicted international crimnals,or face more sanctions and isolation from the world community. Crying is not going to solve your problems. Send Beshir, Harun, Kushaib and Abdelrhaim mohammed Hussein to Hague and the world will make you a friend without those criminals,OK?

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    • 9 April 2012 17:45, by Northern Sudanese

      Viper

      why do you care so much about our business? why are you crying over here? stop wasting your time and go start a charity for your poor nation.......

      our factory will start running before the end of this year, and in 2016 your oil wont be needed anymore because we will be producing 320,000 b/d while by 2020 your oil will be nearly ran out.........in addition, we have gold and will become the

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      • 9 April 2012 17:49, by Northern Sudanese

        10th gold producer in the world and the 3rd in africa.....another point is that the time we produce that oil is the time when oil prices become very high, by 2016 oil barrels will cost nearly $200 a barrel and by 2020 it is likely to hit $250 a barrel and all that compared to about $120 a barrel today......the time you run out of oil is the time when prices get high.....by that time sudan will be

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        • 9 April 2012 18:05, by Northern Sudanese

          producing and exporting tons of sugar to foreign countries....... don’t forget that the gold prices are also rapidly rising while sudan gold production is extremely rising.....our gold target this year is to hit 50 tons of gold while we already hit 11 tons on the first quarter of this year......agriculture in our east will be developed as we complete our dam in the east

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          • 9 April 2012 18:14, by Northern Sudanese

            sudan’s economy will become much larger and stronger than even before separation.....also, by 2020, USA wont be the superpower in this world anymore.....china, our ally will overtake the US in the coming 8 years.....the west, specially EU, is rapidly collapsing economicly and halve the economy of the EU will likely be wiped out by 2018.....the US cant afford to save south sudan economicly

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            • 9 April 2012 18:19, by Northern Sudanese

              the US is on the edge of disaster and is today having a race of world domination with china and the US is already losing......south sudanese, when i say care about your own business then i mean it......the only thing you care about is the fall of the ncp, which will never happen.....

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              • 9 April 2012 18:28, by Northern Sudanese

                south sudan has lots of fertile land which it can use but in reality it is nothing more than another Congo........for example, Congo has proven minerals which are worth nearly $24 bilion and is full of fertile and green land........but look at Congo today, congo is under western hands......thanks to that, Congo is nearly the poorest nation today with nearly the lowest per capita in this world....

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                • 9 April 2012 22:09, by zulu

                  Northern,
                  Surely you are one delusioned chap. but the stakes and volumes of venting and raving by the elite means they are feeling the pinch. you need to realize the fact that though the ncp tries anything, it is treated like el qaida. change your regime and you will succeed.

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  • 9 April 2012 12:10, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

    Why should AMERICA give you terrorist a piece of software to operate terrorist factory? Omer Al Bashir was the one that gave Osama Bin Laden dwelling in khartoum in 1990s so that Bashir and Bil Laden wage a war of "JIHAD" against SOUTH SUDAN and America. Do you think America is stupid to give you software to operate terrorism against it ? KHARTOUM is still linked with ALQAEDA and Somali terrorists

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  • 9 April 2012 14:59, by E. Defense Forces
  • 9 April 2012 15:05, by E. Defense Forces

    Southern Kordofan: Unfinished Business.
    With exclusive access, Al Jazeera investigates a hidden war in the remote state of Southern Kordofan in Sudan.

    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/326/Inside_Sudan_-_Southern_Kordofan:_Unfinished_Business/

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  • 9 April 2012 17:45, by hellonearth

    Shut the hell up and enjoy your fruits of your own making. who are you complaining to. these useless arabs complaining, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, and worst of all Palestine. you all can go to hell and stop fucking complaining

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  • 9 April 2012 21:12, by James Maker Akok

    To live without food is not work

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