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Sudan’s VP says American book proves local centers received US funds to topple regime


January 2, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese 1st Vice President Ali Osman Taha has defended the recent crackdown on independent pro-democracy centers and suggested they are undercover bodies whose goal is to undermine the regime.

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Sudanese 1st Vice President Ali Osman Taha (AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking at an interview on Sudan TV, Taha said that many international intelligence agencies use these centers as an "interface" to implement their agendas.

"This is no secret. There is now an American book called ’The Rogue state’. This books talks about the connection of some organization with CIA [...] in many countries. Even some Sudanese groups were mentioned by name," Taha said.

The Sudanese VP stressed that they will allow NGO’s to work as long as they adhere to the law and even if they disagree with the government.

Taha said that they will make the information contained in the book available to the public.

’Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower’ is a book authored in 2005 by William Blum in who, according to the ’Washington Post’, worked briefly at the US State department in a low-level computer-related position.

Blum said he became disillusioned by the Vietnam War, so he resigned from the US State Department and helped found the Washington Free Press, an underground newspaper.

His book became famous after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden issued a public statement in 2006 recommending his book to American readers.

A preliminary examination of the book by Sudan Tribune does not show names of any NGO’s funded by CIA as asserted by Taha.

Sudan is mentioned primarily in the book in the context of the 1998 US bombing of Al-Shifaa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum.

Late last month Sudanese authorities closed down two pro-democracy centers including Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development (KACE) and the Sudanese Studies Center (SSC).

Authorities claimed that SSC is carrying out activities that seeks to overthrow the regime of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir which came to power through a bloodless coup in 1989.

But there was no explanation to reasons behind the closure of KACE.

Aiming to promote peace, democracy and diversity, the KACE organized workshops on Darfur and South Kordofan crises, elections, and the South Sudan and Abyei referendums. In 2012 the Center worked on different projects, such as violence against women and youth.

Many of its different activities are funded by foreign embassies in Khartoum, and international foundations. KACE is also working on a project about the reform of school curriculum funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and another one related to the civil society participation in public affairs supported by the Open Society Institute.


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  • 3 January 2013 08:58, by Jalaby

    Mr. Ali Osman,
    I think what you’re saying is far from the truth, US authorities mentioned it many time and time publicly that we’ve no plan to topple Sudan government and Hillary Clinton made it clear to Salva Kiir in her last visit to Juba that toppling Sudan regime is out of our SOW (Scope Of Work)!

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    • 3 January 2013 09:03, by Jalaby

      You know very well that CIA provides fund to many independent agencies for the purpose of knowledge and information exchange and not for the purpose of toppling government!
      Please be a logical person with us and don’t tell us silly things!
      We won’t be satisfied unless we’ve a full democratic Sudan!

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      • 3 January 2013 11:29, by Logic

        Taha ya baleed... the US is a superpower/ empire and does many bad things, we know this! But what about your government, you’re a retarded group of fake Arab inbreed elite who are literally robbing this country blind under the cloak of misinterpreted religious nonsense. Who the F you think you’re fooling ya 7ayawan! No wonder why Dirty Jalabia admires you...hahahaha!

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      • 4 January 2013 09:54, by Paul Ongee

        The 1st VP is basically obsessed with publicity; he likes to be seen on media outlets 24/7 propagandizing outdated Islamic agenda. Competitive interpretation of Quran to govern Sudan does not resonate with the majority of the public and freedom lovers except the blind NCP’s audience that entertains such Islamist. NCP hosted the late Al-Qaida leader, Osama Bin Laden’s charity organizations for 8 yr

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        • 4 January 2013 10:05, by Paul Ongee

          The National Criminal Party in Khartoum had full knowledge about the plan of attacking the Twin Towers - World Trade Center in New York in September,2001. NCP failed to get Osama arrested; the Al-Qaida leader tried to run but could not hide. The same fate is awaiting all indicted NCP top leaders for war crimes. Nobody can run and hide behind a lady on earth/heaven.

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    • 3 January 2013 20:36, by Peacocktail

      Jallaba do responsible reasonably when he restarted his sense. Truth is that NCP regime is worried of upserge of violent in Sudan and demonstration. Saudia Arabia is already frustrated with Khartuom on not reforming and respect rights. Thanks Jalllaba, Al Hilu shall rescue from Bashir massacre, we celebrate today and tommorrow they will never know your support to them Jallaba. right man is Al Hilu

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  • 3 January 2013 09:07, by mohamed mahgoub

    What the heck! our VP is lying to the public like his boss the criminal & the ailing killer Omer,I read the awhile ago never saw amention of Sudan or anything like that ......

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  • 3 January 2013 09:40, by 4Justice

    Taha is so stupid! he doesn’t know the CIA is actually backing his criminal Government. The CIA is not your foe, so please relax and keep on killing because that’s the type of Government they want.

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    • 3 January 2013 20:51, by Peacocktail

      Kordofan — The Justice and Equality Movement integrated in the Sudan Revolutionary Front announced on Thursday 3 January 2013, taking control of the areas of Jerhaman, Tom Bashara, Al Zarankh, Dardoug, Faqr, Andharab and Obeid, in a widespread campaign in Kordofan.
      The movement’s deputy leader, Mohamed Al Beleil Issa Zayyed, praise the SRF for victory against NCP Criminal.

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  • 3 January 2013 11:16, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Jallaby & Mahgoub, thanks for this dear comments on Taha. NCP bigots re just being afraided 4 nothing. Sudanese pple can rise up n denounce NCP anytime, however, they r not yet fed up with de devil - NCP. It is high time, this decisive action be undertaken by innocent pple. Sacrifice those NISS n other forces will kill, but get ride of the devil Bashir & his bad boys. De terrorits in power.

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    • 3 January 2013 12:22, by mohamed mahgoub

      Akolde thanks facts had to be said,but please its not aproperite to mention this Jalabi along with me ,I don’t like retarded semi-educated pple,more than that he not sudanese but a hired internet jihadist by NCP to spread it cheap propaganda esp V South Sudanese,u insulting me sir!

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  • 3 January 2013 16:42, by Mapuor

    Mr Taha
    Those are old slogans,America intelligence capability is SATELLITE centered.If you want to block them,please block the satellite which is thousands of kilometers away in the space.Just let those poor Sudanese work for their living.

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  • 3 January 2013 22:01, by Observer

    Dear Vice President
    You are really grasping at air now.. the book was published 8 years ago and you only just read it now??
    And there is no mention of any Sudan NGOs but you tell us LIES that there are.
    Of course the ordinary blind follower who only reads Arabic papers published in Khartoum and are only allowed to publish pro government stories will believe your lies.

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  • 4 January 2013 03:54, by akoonapg

    Sudan is not safe from the US invasion, just look at Libya, Egypt and especially Syria, even George Bush said they will finish off in Sudan. Saudi Arabia will turn on Bashir as long as Bashir woks with Iran and fight Israel. You just wait because Bashir days are very numbered.

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