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Sudan seeks negotiated settlement with U.S. victims of embassy bombing

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The Aug. 8, 1998, bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP file photo)
February 26, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan seeks to reach a compromise with the victims of the al Qaeda’s 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to fulfil the conditions posed by the US administration for the lift of sanctions.

Sudanese government on 13 February reached a deal with the families of U.S. sailors killed in the al Qaeda bombing of the destroyer USS Cole. According to the deal, Khartoum will pay them $30 million and in return, the case will be closed definitively.

Asked about his government approach with the victims of the embassies, Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Faisal Mohamed Saleh said they want to reach an agreement negotiated with the victims and their families to settle the case.

"The approach we used to negotiate a reasonable compensation for the families of the victims of the destroyer USS Cole would be the same approach that the representatives of the Government of Sudan and legal practitioners will work on in the case of the victims of the embassies bombings.," Saleh said.

"There will be negotiations and we hope to reach a reasonable compensation that the government can pay," he added in a press conference after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The minister reiterated that the government of Sudan and the Sudanese people are not responsible for these attacks. But, his government deals with them as a fait accompli issued by an American court and has become one of the conditions for lifting sanctions on Sudan.

He further said that the government is determined to close this file and address the remaining political points with the US administration to remove the name of Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST).

Under Secretary for Political Affairs, David Hale on 14 January urged Sudan’s Foreign Minister Asma Abdallah to pay financial compensations to family members of the victims of terrorist attacks before to remove the impoverished country from the SST list.

"The Under Secretary underscored that compensation for the victims of terrorism remains a priority for the U.S. government," said the State Department in a statement issued after the meeting.

The simultaneous bombings on 7 August 1998 at the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, resulted in the death of more than 200 people and thousands were injured.

On 24 February, the victims of the 1998 bombing challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court a rule by a court of appeal in favour of the Sudanese government that overturned about $4.3 billion in punitive damages of $10.2 billion initially awarded to the families.

The court of appeal said the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act bars punitive damages for events such as the bombings if they happened before a 2008 amendment to the law.

The judges of the Supreme Court have to see if this decision was right or to revoke it.

(ST)

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  • 26 February 08:12, by Langbaar

    "Sudan seeks negotiated settlement with U.S. victims of embassy bombing"
    7/08/1998 bombings in Nairobi, Dar El Salam, Tanzania and failed bombing in Kampala, Uganda; had nothing to do with *El Qada*, it was an *evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), some of their Bantuses, their gulf Arab states’ paymasters>>>

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    • 26 February 08:19, by Langbaar

      ,Indians, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their creeps in between who covet our country and our people death fellows*. I will repeat again, we are not going live side by side with these vermin fellows. the ancient Egyptians are here.>>>

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      • 26 February 10:19, by Fathi

        That’s fine. You can keep your ancient Egypt and we will raise our ancient Ta-Seti, Kemet, Kush, Meroe, and Makuria. The ancient Egyptians were losers who were conquered by Hyksos, Canaanites Persians, Romans, Assyrians, and the mighty Kushites. Don’t forget that God backhanded them with Red Sea when they were chasing Moses

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        • 26 February 10:24, by Fathi

          The ancient Egyptians were also conquered by the Libyans. They ancient Egyptians were our colony. Our colonies extended into Levantine. Our Nuer leader Taharqa saved the Jews back in the day from the Assyrians back when the jews were black like us. Taharqa was praised for that and it’s even mentioned in our former holy book, the bible, before theRomans altered the bible with their devilish scribe

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          • 26 February 10:28, by Fathi

            Langbaar,

            If you don’t want to live side by side with us then go back to your garbage school in Kenya, while the great Nuer PhD holding Riek Machar rebuilds your South Sudan and fights off the Kenyan locusts

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          • 26 February 14:27, by Khent

            Fathi

            I really do admire your open-minded approach and your full embrace of our shared Nile Valley heritage, but I feel compelled to counter some of your points. The Kushites were undoubtedly Nilotic but it’s impossible to link them directly with modern groups like the Dinka and Nuer. The Nuer are literally just an offshoot of the Dinka and this happened very recently.

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            • 26 February 14:28, by Khent

              The Nuer originated as an offshoot of the Dinkas and eventually became distinctive enough to be identified as a separate tribe. (Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, Elliott Sober)

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              • 26 February 14:51, by Khent

                I’ve seen ancient Egyptian depictions of the Hebrews and they look like Palestinians, so it’s unlikely that they resembled anyone south of Lower Egypt. I’ve read the works Diodorus Siculus, and he relays the account of the Kushites that Egypt was their colony; I think this is precisely why Kush felt entitled to Egypt and did not regard themselves as foreigners...

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                • 26 February 15:20, by Khent

                  ..Kerma (antecedent of Kush) was established almost 1,000 years after Egypt was unified by king Narmer, so they could not conceivably have been a colony of these much younger civilizations. The Northern "Nubian" kingdom of Ta-Seti was a contemporary of the Predynastic Egyptian Naqadan culture and they seem to have stemmed from a common origin so they could not have been Nilotic...

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                  • 27 February 11:47, by Fathi

                    Khent,

                    Of course, I truly believe we had one of the fascinating civilizations in all of Africa! There is so much to be proud of and to appreciate from nile valley civilizations. I definitely believe it should be taught as part of Greater Sudan’s history curriculum.

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                    • 27 February 11:57, by Fathi

                      I referred to Taharqa as Nuer mainly to pissoff Langbaar LOL but I’ve also noticed similar tribal markings on statues of Taharqa. Just my observation. Also, I don’t doubt they were Nilotic, at least the majority. I even read Herodotus referred to the Kushites as the tallest and darkest in the world, and said they referred to themselves as the oldest civilization in the world.

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                      • 27 February 11:59, by Fathi

                        The ancient greek historian Herodotus even said that the kushites informed him that Egypt didn’t exist until the nile filled it up with mud and made it land.

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                        • 27 February 12:04, by Fathi

                          Then again, I’ve seen ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs depictions of Kushites that showed them as mixed with both people who appeared nilotic and then slightly lighter black people. I remember reading Egyptians referred to nubians as Kush when several nubian groups/tribes stopped fighting each other and began to unite.

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                          • 27 February 12:08, by Fathi

                            What I find to be really cool is how ancient Egyptians depicted some nilotic nubians with orange hair and even today some nilotic groups still dye their hair orange! I’m assuming they don’t know anything about that but they still do it till this day. That’s pretty cool stuff.
                            Regarding the ancient hebrew egyptian depictions, the images i just looked up varied but I’d like to read your sources.

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                            • 27 February 12:11, by Fathi

                              If you want to laugh, look up Gamal Nasser (president of Egypt) speech where he called the modern jews in Israel imposters and that when the real jews left they were black, and now these white jews are returning claiming Israel as their ancestral home lmao

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                              • 27 February 13:10, by Khent

                                Fathi

                                I definitely agree that the history of the ancient "Nubian" kingdoms should have been used to bind our people especially since we all have a common origin and were (until recently) genetically and phenotypically similar. It should be understood that Kush was just one of many kingdoms in ancient Sudan, and these included Irtjet, Setju, Wawat, Yam, and Medjay...

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                                • 27 February 13:37, by Khent

                                  ..So some variation is to be expected; Kush was the only competitor to Egypt in the Nile Valley and became a powerful empire; an empire that attacked and almost eliminated Egypt in the 17th Dynasty -> 3, 500 years ago; an Egyptian inscription from that period describes a Kushite invasion in which Kush was able to enlist the services of Wawat, Medjay and Punt...

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                                  • 27 February 13:58, by Khent

                                    I don’t think that the ancestors of the Beja were the only Horn-type people in ancient Sudan; a trading caravan from the kingdom of Yam shows people that look like the Dinka and some that look like the Beja. The Axumite Ezana stone also describes black and red Noba. The tomb of khnumhotep II shows "Asiatics" that scholars identify with the Hebrews...

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                                    • 27 February 14:21, by Khent

                                      ..The majority (80%) of the world’s Jews are Ashkenazi and around half of their DNA is European — a significant change. Prominent Zionists (like Ben-Gurion) believed that the Palestinians are the descendants of the ancient Jews that converted to Islam and became Arabized. Source: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-should-palestinians-return-to-judaism-1.6159270

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                                    • 28 February 10:06, by Fathi

                                      Have you heard of the Nigerian & Ghanaian tribes that claim to have migrated from Israel, Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan? For example, the Ijebu tribe of Nigeria have an oral history that state they’re the hebrew Israelites and migrated to Egypt through Sudan then west to nigeria. What is your opinion on such claims?

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                                      • 28 February 10:11, by Fathi

                                        Also, what do you think of the theory that modern european jews are descendants of the Khazars? Is there any truth to this or is it just some racist conspiracy to delegitimize the modern jews?

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                                        • 29 February 03:55, by Khent

                                          Fathi

                                          The Ijebu, Igbo and other West Africans claiming Jewish identity, are sadly delusional; there is no genetic discrepancy between any of the Yoruba sections or between the major tribes of Nigeria. There *seems* to be no basis for the Khazar origin of Ashkenzai Jews; their paternal DNA is Middle-Eastern while their mtdna is Southern European, so the whole theory is bunk.

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                                          • 29 February 12:12, by Khent

                                            The only African Jews (verified by genetics) seem to be the Ethiopian Jews and the Lemba Jews of Zimbabwe. I don’t even understand why any of these other African groups want to be Jews so bad; until recently, Jews were constantly on the losing side of every conflict — unprovoked or otherwise.

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                              • 27 February 13:10, by Fathi

                                I just looked up some old notes. Ta-Seti was a contemporary of predynastic Egypt and was referred to as Nubian. Where did you read that they stemmed from a common origin? I read that following Narmar unifying Egypt, the nubians broke off into several groups. The major groups were Wawat (northern nubians), Medjay (eastern nubians aka Beja), and Kerma Nubians who were nilo-saharans.

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                                • 27 February 13:19, by Fathi

                                  Wawat nubians were egyptianized culturally. Medjay nubians were house negroes that were employed by the egyptians to police other nubians, field negroes that didn’t want anything to do with Egypt. The nilo-saharan Kerma nubians began to develop culture and architecture separate from Egypt. Wawat & Kerma Nubians began conquering other nubians groups and absorb them into their culture.

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                                  • 27 February 13:22, by Fathi

                                    Finally, Wawat and Kerma nubians began to mingle together and formed their own ethnic group. That made Egypt scared and they began to refer to the ancient Nubians as Kush. They referred to the nubians as Vile Kush. The Hyksos up north wanted to form an alliance with Kush and split up Egypt.

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                                    • 27 February 13:26, by Fathi

                                      Eventually around 11th century BC the Kushite King Piye said that kushites were the originators of nile valley civilization and so we should dominate the region. King Piye then called for a holy war because Egypt had to be cleansed from foreign unrighteousness lol. He conquered Egypt but ruled from the Kushite capitol. We could’ve destroyed ancient Egypt but decided to colonize instead.

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                                      • 27 February 13:31, by Fathi

                                        Eventually his son Taharqa had to fight invading Assyrians but he didn’t want to waste too much manpower on saving our colonized Egyptians so he let the Assyrians enjoy colonizing Egypt while he moved the Kushite capital further south into Meroe. Kushites of Meroe became rich off iron and gold in our land but mining destroyed our green land in addition to climate change due to the orbit

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                                        • 27 February 13:34, by Fathi

                                          The nilo saharan dinka left our land and went further south to cattle graze in a green southern Sudan. The opportunists Axumites/modern ethiopians at their peak decided to invade since we were divided. They defeated us but we were able to reinvent ourselves into 3 separate Christian Kingdoms. Our Christian kingdoms then fought off the arabs for 1000 years until the ottomans finally defeated us

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                                          • 27 February 13:37, by Fathi

                                            Only reason they defeated us because after signing the baqt they sent their missionaries and arab traders which led to many of us converting over the years. Eventually when the ottomans came half of us didn’t care to fight so we accepted ottoman rule until they. pissed us off in the late 1800’s

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                                            • 27 February 14:59, by Khent

                                              Fathi

                                              Cranial, skeletal and dental samples from the Predynastic Naqadan cemetaries show that the population were closely related to the people of Ta-Seti — a kingdom that lost its contest with Egypt to dominate the Nile Valley; Ta-Seti was absorbed into the newly united Egyptian kingdom and became the first Nome of Egypt. The founder of the 12th Dynasty (Amenhemhat) commissioned a ’prophecy’...

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                                              • 27 February 15:09, by Khent

                                                "A comparison with neighbouring Nile Valley skeletal samples suggests that the high status cemetery represents an endogamous ruling or elite segment of the local population at Naqada, which is more closely related to population in northern Nubia [Ta Seti] than to neighbouring populations in southern Egypt." [p. 237]

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                                                • 27 February 15:10, by Khent

                                                  Tracy L. Prowse and Nancy C. Lovell (1996) "Concordance of Cranial and Dental Morphological Traits and
                                                  Evidence for Endogamy in Ancient Egypt," _Am. J. Phys. Anthropol.

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                                                  • 27 February 15:18, by Khent

                                                    I should have continued on the ’Prophecy’ of Amenemhat; this self-serving (and materialized) ’Prophecy’ says that a "Son of a woman of Ta-Seti" would save Egypt by defeating Libyans, Asiatics and rebels. I think that the people of Ta-Seti were more like the Upper Egyptians while the Kushites were mostly Nilotic.

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                                                    • 28 February 10:00, by Fathi

                                                      Khent,

                                                      Thank you for providing the source, I’ll definitely look into it.

                                                      Btw are you AroDeng @SurvoftheDopest on twitter?

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                                                    • 28 February 10:13, by Fathi

                                                      I also remember reading a statement by Amenemhat I saying he conquered the people of wawat and seized the people the Mejday.

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                                                      • 29 February 03:14, by Khent

                                                        Fathi

                                                        You’re welcome, mate. I take it that AroDeng sounds a little like me, but I can assure you that I’m not him because I don’t have any social media accounts; I’m a little too private for any of that. Amenemhat I waged war on some Medjay but he also allied with others and so did his descendants in the Uahka family.

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  • 26 February 10:33, by Fathi

    Sudan Tribune where are you getting this 30 million from? A bunch of the US outlets and propagandists are saying 70 million was paid for the USS Cole.

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  • 26 February 10:54, by Fathi

    This whole thing bogus. Sudan expelled bin Laden and his cronies in 1996. Sudan even gave all the intel files on Al Qaeda and bin Laden to the US. To then hold Sudan accountable for 1998 & 2000 attacks is the US attempt to deflect blame for their repeated intelligence failures and justify extorting a 3rd world country, which they later divided.

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    • 26 February 11:00, by Fathi

      Sudan must continue reject complicity for 1998 and 2000 attacks but attempt to payoff the US, which is acting like a mafia boss. If we don’t reject complicity, I wouldn’t be surprised if the US tries to blame 9/11 on Sudan.

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      • 26 February 11:03, by Fathi

        How come only official state sponsors of terrorism are held accountable? What kind of bullshit law is that? Anyone sponsoring terrorism should be held to the same standard, not just those countries labeled as a SST. We know that isn’t the case because half their allies in sponsor terrorism in the middle east.

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        • 26 February 11:07, by Fathi

          Perfect example is Turkey sending jihadists (Al Nusra) to Idlib and Libya, while Israel is arming terrorists throughout Syria and treating wounded ISIS soldiers in Israel. Don’t even get me started on the western praised white helmets, who in reality are likely terrorists themselves and fake chemical attacks to get western support against Assad.

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          • 26 February 11:10, by Fathi

            For those who deny this, answer me this: Why was Baghdadi in the US controlled Idlib, Syria? It wasn’t until the Syrian forces were on an offensive that he was killed. Every time Syrian Army is on an offensive, Israel slows them down, by acting as the jihadi airforce lol

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            • 26 February 11:18, by Fathi

              Notice how US outrage against Turkey changed when Turkey started to cause problems in Idlib. Meanwhile the idiot US president, who lacks morals and ethics, tells his cult that he has removed troops from Syria and is bragging about actively and illegally stealing their oil.

              Why was bin Laden in Pakistan? Another US "ally" ....

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  • 26 February 11:23, by Fathi

    Also, why is it that the trial is being held and carried out by US courts? There is a clear conflict of interest. This is a political trial. Lower court judges could easily be removed if they don’t agree with the US ruling.

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    • 26 February 11:27, by Fathi

      If you want to talk about the supreme court, well that court is bullshit also. Trump recently appointed 2 new judges, one is a janjaweed-like rapist too. Trump, himself, criticized 2 of the liberal judges recently and pointed out that they are not impartial and requested they recuse themselves from trials involving him.

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      • 26 February 11:33, by Fathi

        I find it suspicious that the supreme court randomly decided to pick up this case, despite having hundreds or thousands pick from, and deal with it now, 22 years after the attacks. They know damn well Sudan is desperate to get off the SST. They could’ve done so more easily by dealing with the 6 billion instead of the now possible 10 billion. US courts are not impartial.

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        • 26 February 11:38, by Fathi

          The US supreme court recently ruled that border patrol agents can legally shoot people, in the Mexican side of the border, from the US side of border and not be held accountable. How is that not a biased ruling?

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          • 26 February 11:44, by Fathi

            Sudan being on the SST list is a way for the US to colonize Sudan without attacking it directly. The US could remove Sudan while Sudan is negotiating payments to victims. Instead the US is delaying removal while they continue to exploit Sudan.
            I even read that the US involvement in mediating Nile water shares includes forcing Sudan to sign as a precondition.

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            • 26 February 11:49, by Fathi

              Despite being in a terrible economic condition, Sudan should slow down complete compliance with all the new US demands, except for counter terrorism compliance. Sudan should slow down compliance with these demands until after the donor conference. Following removal from SST, Sudan should demand military aid as part of the counter-terrorism compliance like how every country receives

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  • 26 February 11:56, by Fathi

    One last thing ... how is it legal that the US can unilaterally make up laws 10 years after the attacks and then apply them retroactively to increase the amount they are going to extort Sudan? If that’s the case why not declare colonizers state sponsors of terrorism and let us sue the British Empire and Ottoman Empire?

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    • 26 February 15:43, by Khent

      Fathi

      I agree with absolutely everything you’ve outlined on the immorality of US foreign policy; the United States is a hyper-power that routinely engages in destructive collective punishment in order to achieve its foreign policy goals. Iran is being prevented from accessing essential, life-saving medicines. We all know that former Secretary of State ,Madeleine Albright...

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      • 26 February 16:06, by Khent

        ..answered "yes" when asked if the deaths of half a million Iraqi children was worth it as a consequence of horrific US sanctions on Iraq. Omar al Bashir should NEVER have attracted the sights of the Washington-Wall-Street consensus. I don’t think it’s advisable for relatively weak Nations to challenge US hegemony without the backing of regional blocks...

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        • 27 February 13:41, by Fathi

          The most important thing you just said is that it is not "advisable for relatively weak Nations to challenge US hegemony without the backing of regional blocks". That is precisely true. Look at Assaad with the backing of Russia. Even if you have regional backing, you shouldn’t cross them. Best case scenario is that your country is destroyed & exploited but you retain power

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          • 27 February 13:47, by Fathi

            The naive inexperienced young power-hungry bashir was dumb allowing religious zealot Turabi dictate foreign policy. The cold war was over at the time and war-hawks needed someone else to focus on or exploit. Bashir is the most selfish dictator. He should’ve abdicated to Dr. John Garang instead.

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            • 28 February 06:28, by Khent

              Fathi

              The entirety of this pathetic continent is filled with myopic, selfish, corrupt despots. Our ’leaders’ must be made to understand that the Country is bigger than any one individual; Bashir should have negotiated a peace deal instead of listening to the very man (Turabi) that poisoned the mind of Gafaar Nimeiry...

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              • 28 February 07:01, by Khent

                ..and the devil’s whispers sparked an unnecessary and terribly destructive war. I think we’re all beginning to understand that family infighting only benefits the would be conqueror of us all. We need to resolve our disputes and build large regional blocks; and I’m not referring to something akin to the so called "African Union"; an organisation that receives its operating finances from the EU...

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                • 28 February 07:17, by Khent

                  ..And the golden rule is simple -> he who has the gold, rules. Financing should strictly come from within and our institutions should serve only us. We need a multi-polar world and regional (and eventually Continental blocks) will be essential in building that. It’s depressing contrasting these thoughts with our current reality.

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                  • 28 February 10:20, by Fathi

                    Khent,

                    Do you know why Sadiq al-Mahdi was unable to make peace with the SPLM when he became prime minister? I genuinely want to know. I’ve heard rumors that Sadiq al-Mahdi wanted peace with the SPLM but was pressured not to make peace after the downing of civilian airliner.

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                    • 28 February 10:27, by Fathi

                      Even if our leaders weren’t corrupt & selfish despots, it is hard to build large regional blocks without the backing of western powers. Then we have to work with leaders that are western backed surrogates. It feels like everything has to align perfectly in order to achieve our goals. Then if you piss them off in the process they could easily cause instability in your country.

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                      • 28 February 10:32, by Fathi

                        For example, look at France’s hold on west africa. Even when several countries grouped together to get rid of the CFA Franc and establish the ECO as the new currency, France was able to infiltrate the ECO and still have a grip on the currency.

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                        • 28 February 10:35, by Fathi

                          The AU is a joke and we aren’t closer to achieving the goals of the founding fathers since the AU was established.

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                          • 28 February 10:39, by Fathi

                            African countries must fly under the radar and only trade resources in exchange for technology and investments. We must continuously work on establishing greater independence and decrease reliance on conditional aid. That is exactly what China did. China surprised the west and now China can sanction any country that sanctions it.

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                            • 28 February 10:43, by Fathi

                              We must minimize corruption as much as possible in the process. We must keep all documentation pertaining to resources secret as long as possible since that is all western nations are interested in. We must gradually develop our defences and create our own weapons so that any future invasion will be costly.

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                              • 28 February 10:47, by Fathi

                                We must be extremely careful with loans, especially ones from the IMF, World Bank, and even China. They’re predatory and lead to exploitation. For example, look at how Chad is forced to sell its oil at lower rates now.

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                                • 28 February 10:48, by Fathi

                                  Lastly and possibly 1 of the most important things is to develop defence agreements with neighboring countries, regional powers, and even eastern global powers.

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                                  • 28 February 10:51, by Fathi

                                    I’m assuming you already know him but you should really watch this speech by Noam Chomsky. He discusses exactly how European & American elites control the world and rob us (Southern hemisphere of the world) of wealth and how they reinforce wealth inequality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JduPGFNwB7A&t=1467s

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                                    • 29 February 04:52, by Khent

                                      Fathi

                                      I don’t think that Sadiq Al Mahdi was ever truly serious about achieving a mutually beneficial peace; upon becoming Prime Minister, Mahdi declared that Sudan’s identity is Arabo-Islamic; another major impediment was Sadiq Al Mahdi’s refusal to repeal the September Laws-> laws that denied the Presidency to a non-Muslim. Garang made it clear that he would declare a comprehensive cease-fire...

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                                      • 29 February 05:05, by Khent

                                        In a meeting with Mahdi, Garang said:

                                        Sudan is a unique country, nowhere in the world would the chief rebel meet the Prime-Minister he is rebelling against in such a cordial manner. If you go back to Khartoum to initiate the process for the abrogation of the September laws, I shall unilaterally declare a comprehensive cease-fire. From then on, we shall be set for a government of national unity.

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                                        • 29 February 05:59, by Khent

                                          ..Al Mahdi also funded, armed and unleashed the Murahaleen on Southern populations on the border; this created an artificial famine that resulted in the deaths of 250, 000 Southerners in just one part of Bahr el Ghazal in 1988. Salva Kiir has done the same thing and is even more deserving of condemnation.

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                                          • 29 February 06:34, by Khent

                                            One of my favourite Sudanese sayings is: "No one can ride you unless your back is bent."

                                            An inclusive Nation with strong, independent and permanent institutions are very difficult to be torn asunder. A Nation with an intimate understanding of Western subversive tactics can pre-empt them - especially in concert with Russia and China...

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                                            • 29 February 07:06, by Khent

                                              ..The West has a history of using NGOs to stage colour revolutions in Haiti, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and many more other Nations. To counter this we need something more stringent than the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act; all foreign NGOs (and domestics receiving foreign funding) should be barred from operating in our political environments...

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                                              • 29 February 07:21, by Khent

                                                ..as we simply don’t have the resources to keep tabs on all of them. Our Nations consistently make the mistake of over emphasising individual Messiahs instead of building Institutions; a Nation requires a Sovereignty-affirming ideology and thousands of like-minded people (positioned in power centers) to keep the Nation on a certain trajectory...

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                                                • 29 February 07:42, by Khent

                                                  I don’t mean to deride the West Africans, but they have a history of showing deference to Europeans, so I’m not surprised that the slave-master arrangement endures. The AU could not even finance the construction of its own headquarters without running to the Chinese — who then apparently bugged it. It’s remarkable how much you and I think alike...

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                                                  • 29 February 08:11, by Khent

                                                    ..The part about trading natural resources for technology is a strategy I’ve long thought the continent should pursue; we have 80% of the world’s strategic resources and it should be leveraged to extract technologies from the United States, China, Russia, Japan, Germany, Britain, Israel, South-Korea and Singapore. We can learn from the EU’s mistake and establish a better Union...

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                                                    • 29 February 08:36, by Khent

                                                      ..Each Nation should keep its own currency but this should run parallel with a Continental currency (designed like a checking account) specifically for the trade of natural resources; trade agreements should be based (strictly) on collective bargaining. You should read Michael Hudson’s:

                                                      Super Imperialism. The Origin and Fundamentals of US World Dominance.

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                                                      • 29 February 09:35, by Khent

                                                        ..I agree with you about foreign debt; We need to establish our own development banks and prohibit foreign loans while simultaneously creating public banks on both the State and local level. We should act on the basis of Realpolitik instead of behaving like children. Closer relations with Russia will be essential; Russia’s value is in its military technology, rocket and space technology.

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                                                        • 29 February 10:07, by Khent

                                                          Thanks for the link to the Noam Chomsky video. I already watched it before but thanks nonethless. Noam Chomsky is beyond brilliant and I really should read his books as well.

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                                                          • 29 February 13:07, by Fathi

                                                            Khent,

                                                            It’s sucks that you have chosen not to use twitter. I wanted your perspective on a number of issues regarding the Greater Sudan and Africa in general.

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                                                            • 29 February 13:11, by Fathi

                                                              Your response regarding Sadiq al-Mahdi led me to read a letter, by Dr. John Garang, which I’ve been pushing back for a while. He held the same sentiments toward Sadiq al-Mahdi and elaborated as to why held those views. I personally enjoyed reading it. I’m assuming you’ve read it already.
                                                              https://paanluelwel.com/2011/11/22/dr-john-garang-de-mabior-responding-to-sadik-el-mahdi-open-letter/

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                                                              • 29 February 13:13, by Fathi

                                                                I definitely plan on reading both "Concordance of Cranial and Dental Morphological Traits and Evidence for Endogamy in Ancient Egypt" and Michael Hudson’s "Super Imperialism. The Origin and Fundamentals of US World Dominance". Thanks again for the recommendations.

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                                                                • 29 February 13:41, by Fathi

                                                                  Regarding west africa, many have tried. Every single legitimate leader that wants to improve his country gets killed or removed via military coup orchestrated by France. Do you remember what they recently did in ivory coast? Even US congressman called it blatant colonialism. They forced the president and his wife to go to Togo. Straight up mafia shit.

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                                                                  • 29 February 13:45, by Fathi

                                                                    Do you Nigeria, who once had Africa’s greatest reserves for oil, is going to runout of oil in the next 20 years? That is crazy. They place submissive corrupt presidents, who loot their nations and prevent development. I bet even if they tried to develop their nations while accepting exploitation, that would make the west feel uneasy and cause problems.

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                                                                    • 29 February 13:58, by Fathi

                                                                      They want us to remain non-factor. They know if we properly develop, we have the power to shift the balance of power toward the east. If you are able to develop your nation, minimize corruption, develop your nation, & if they can’t divide you on religious, ethnic, or tribal lines, then they will cause instability through bogus sanctions & send terrorists to justify military strikes

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                                                                      • 29 February 14:01, by Fathi

                                                                        The military strikes will then result in your overthrow, military dictatorship, destruction of everything that was built in the last 20+ years, and reliance on western nations. This is exactly why we need to establish relations with Russia & China while trying our best not to piss them off or get their attention.

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                                                                        • 29 February 14:05, by Fathi

                                                                          Speaking of colour revolutions, did you see the one they orchestrated in Bolivia? It really made me mad. The propaganda surrounding that was absurd.
                                                                          Don’t get me started on their NGOs..I can go on a long rant. The issue with NGO’s is that any action against them will lead to their propaganda machine destroying your reputation. Such action needs to be taken by groups of countries at the same time.

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                                                                          • 29 February 14:11, by Fathi

                                                                            Exactly! We can’t trade our resources strictly for things that aren’t going to expand the economy.

                                                                            Regarding currency, have you read up on what BRICS (Brazil, Russia,India, China, South Africa) are planning? They’re going to keep their currency but use digital currency to convert $ in trades. Look into it if you haven’t.

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                                                                            • 29 February 14:12, by Fathi

                                                                              I really enjoy listening to Noam Chomsky. Not only is he brilliant, but he is brutally honest, especially when it comes to America.

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                                                                              • 1 March 17:24, by Khent

                                                                                Fathi

                                                                                I really do appreciate you inviting me onto that social media thing, but it’s just not my scene. But seriously, thank you.

                                                                                Regarding Dr. John Garang’s letter to Sadiq al Mahdi... this is actually the first time I’ve come across it; the letter revealed certain details I was unaware of. It’s a real gem. Thanks a million, mate.

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                                                                                • 1 March 18:00, by Khent

                                                                                  I think I may have come across a little flippant with my statement on West Africa’s relations with Western powers. West Africa has produced great revolutionaries like Thomas Sankara and I applaud them for that, but countries (like Vietnam) have paid a higher price to affirm their Sovereignty, and so should we; even Russia and China had to do the same...

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                                                                                  • 1 March 18:45, by Khent

                                                                                    ..The reason coups continue to be a clear and present danger in Africa (and the global South) is because the political leadership routinely fail to re-structure the military and the security sector; the army is invariably the only capable land force when it should be 1 of 2 -> Army and Marines; the branches should be of equal size and be under civilian control...

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                                                                                    • 1 March 19:01, by Khent

                                                                                      ..The composition of all branches of the military is also of tremendous importance and can be used to render coups very difficult to achieve. I’ll use South Sudan as an example: South Sudan has 3 Regions -> Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Equatoria; a National army should be representative, so it would make sense for the Regions to be equally represented down to the unit of 9 soldiers and marines..

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                                                                                      • 1 March 19:28, by Khent

                                                                                        ..This matrix would be applied in the Air Force, "Navy", National-Guard and Air Defence Force. A coup could not conceivably succeed without the participation of most of these branches. A civilian body (not Generals) should be tasked with paying all serving members in the military; the military should also be prohibited from engaging in politics and in business.

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                                                                                        • 1 March 19:59, by Khent

                                                                                          ..I had no idea that Nigeria is that close to running out of oil. The Nigerians have failed to diversify their economy and will pay for it unless they act now. Noam Chomsky is right — the West truly do believe that the world belongs to them and anyone that does not kiss the ring is a "rogue State". I would like us to be a sgnificant power in our own right - instead of shifting it anywhere..

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                                                                                          • 1 March 20:20, by Khent

                                                                                            ..And it would be a Herculean (and dangerous) task — one that would require decades of establishing alliances regionally, continentally and internationally. We need Russia and China to help us establish effective intelligence agencies; we also need their Veto power in the Security Council. The West has to be challenged in a such a manner that their usual propaganda tactics would not work...

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                                                                                            • 1 March 20:40, by Khent

                                                                                              The Coup in Bolivia was especially vexing, in light of all that Evo Morales had done to lift his people out of poverty; the percentage of Bolivians living in extreme poverty was cut from 36% to 17%; Morales built 4, 500 educational facilities and built over 500 hospitals and clinics; his push to nationalize Bolivia’s lithium reserves...

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                                                                                              • 1 March 20:50, by Khent

                                                                                                ..is likely what prompted the US controlled OAS to falsely declare that Morales had rigged the election; not that it was needed, but even American researchers at MIT have now debunked the lie.

                                                                                                I understand what you’re saying but the West will attack you for every action you take to reclaim and affirm your Sovereignty, so you might as well go all the way.

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                                                                                                • 1 March 21:05, by Khent

                                                                                                  I know of BRICS and I think that the entire continent needs to be part of something like that in the future. US dollar dominance must come to an end if the vision for a multi-polar world is to be achieved.

                                                                                                  Noam Chomsky is of Jewish descent; his criticisms of Israel is precisely why I trust him. That kind of objectivity is very rare.

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                                                                                                  • 2 March 11:30, by Fathi

                                                                                                    No problem. I’m not too big on it and rarely post, but I mainly use it to receive info in a timely manner. It’s also nice to see the diverse opinions within the diaspora.

                                                                                                    You’re welcome! I really enjoyed the letter. It was brutally honest and a beautiful backhand to Sadiq al-Mahdi. It should be published again in all Sudanese newspapers.

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                                                                                                  • 2 March 11:31, by Fathi

                                                                                                    No problem. I’m not too big on it and rarely post, but I mainly use it to receive info in a timely manner. It’s also nice to see the diverse opinions within the diaspora.

                                                                                                    You’re welcome! I really enjoyed the letter. It was brutally honest and a beautiful backhand to Sadiq al-Mahdi. It should be published again in all Sudanese newspapers.

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                                                                                                    • 2 March 11:33, by Fathi

                                                                                                      His statements also reaffirm my belief that he would’ve been the 2010 president of Greater Sudan. That is exactly why he signed his death certificate when he signed the CPA in 2005.

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                                                                                                      • 2 March 11:46, by Fathi

                                                                                                        You’re right. There is a heavy price to pay in order affirm Sovereignty. However, some nations are burdened with higher prices than other.
                                                                                                        All Africans must learn exactly how China was able to outmaneuver the west. It will take creative solutions, tremendous political expertise, and a great amount of national unity in order to do the same.

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                                                                                                        • 2 March 11:54, by Fathi

                                                                                                          Yes, the military must be under civilian control, representative, and have multiple forms of internal checks and balances. Military should be prohibited to participate in politics and business. Look at how Egypt’s military has destroyed the private sector which has now led to lack foreign investments. Military members should be prohibited for 10 years post retirement from participating in politics

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                                                                                                          • 2 March 11:58, by Fathi

                                                                                                            Yes, the Nigerians have also completely failed their people. They failed to diversify because rampant corruption. Fortunately, they still have huge natural gas reserves to help them rectify the mistakes of their predecessors.

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                                                                                                            • 2 March 12:03, by Fathi

                                                                                                              I think we have same sources of information in regard to where we found our info on Bolivia lol. Did you see the rise in Germany’s ACISA & Tesla stocks following the coup. Eventually the military reversed Evo’s decision on the agreement which led to the rise SMH.

                                                                                                              I must say though... nothing pisses me off more than Venezuela propaganda

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                                                                                                              • 2 March 12:08, by Fathi

                                                                                                                Yes, the west will attack you for reclaiming your sovereignty. We must also realize which battles we choose to take and when to make concessions. If we make everything a battle, they’ll use their unlimited resources and willing to wait forever until you give up or die. Also, covert wars/4th generation warfare. Look at Cuba for example. We need to find balance.

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                                                                                                                • 2 March 12:12, by Fathi

                                                                                                                  I’m not saying we should shift the power to the east. I’m saying that is what they fear we will do. I definitely believe we should invest in our self. We should find a balance in discreetly playing them against each other for our interest. I say discreetly so we don’t end up like Turkey right now or how Egypt was in the past.

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                                                                                                                  • 2 March 12:16, by Fathi

                                                                                                                    You know, I find it interesting how American jews differ significantly in their views of Israel vs. Palestine when compared to the views of jews in Israel or those of evangelical christians in America. There is a stark divide. For example, look at Bernie Sanders’ approach to conflict.

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                                                                                                                    • 2 March 12:27, by Fathi

                                                                                                                      You should definitely read Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky! Also, one my journalists Chris Hedges. He has several amazing books: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, What every person should know about war, Empire of Illusion, and America The Farewell Tour. He is honest and objective. He has great speeches on YouTube too. Currently he is the host of On Contact on RT.

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                                                                                                                      • 2 March 12:30, by Fathi

                                                                                                                        I have a question. What is your opinion on South Sudan being part of the EAF? Some South Sudanese on twitter are requesting to hold off and to fully assess the pros and cons.

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                                                                                                                        • 3 March 04:56, by Khent

                                                                                                                          Fathi

                                                                                                                          Social media definitely has a place and can be a great tool to connect with people and exchange ideas with people from all over the world , and that seems to be how you use it.

                                                                                                                          Like a lot of descendants of great men, Sadiq Al Mahdi thinks that Sudan is his birthright and every action he has taken has been in service of that delusion.

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                                                                                                                          • 3 March 05:30, by Khent

                                                                                                                            Like you, I think that Dr. John Garang could have won the 2010 election, and may have been able to avert the partition of the country depending on dynamics in the Interim Period. I still believe that his death was the result of a conspiracy; Dr. John Garang spoke out against "international interests" in the wake of the 91 split in the SPLM/A...

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                                                                                                                            • 3 March 07:27, by Khent

                                                                                                                              ..And British business interests (namely Tiny Rowland) were instrumental in providing Riek with supplies and support in the 90s. Khartoum connected Tiny Rowland with Riek Machar, and this made things significantly worse. Khartoum supported an apparent separatist, instead of negotiating with someone intent on preserving Sudan’s unity and territorial integrity...

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                                                                                                                              • 3 March 07:30, by Khent

                                                                                                                                Riek Machar linked up with Western instruments of regime change (IRI) in 2013. The International Republican Institute is an offshoot of the National Endowement for Democracy, which is an unofficial derivative of the CIA. The National Endowement for Democracy deposes elected Presidents and governments by orchestrating coups and "colour revolutions"...

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                                                                                                                                • 3 March 07:56, by Khent

                                                                                                                                  ..I think Riek’s meeting with the IRI may have spooked Salva Kiir, and this may have motivated him into thinking that he was pre-empting. For all his faults (and many failures) Salva Kiir maintained economic relations with China and I would not be surprised if this arrangement angered certain Nations...

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                                                                                                                                  • 3 March 08:33, by Khent

                                                                                                                                    ..But then again, I may be according Salva Kiir with far too much credit and this entire tragedy is actually just a power struggle between two painfully myopic men.

                                                                                                                                    China was able to dislodge the US supported "Nationalists" with Soviet assistance and directly confronted the West in Korea and supported the Viet-Cong...

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                                                                                                                                    • 3 March 08:49, by Khent

                                                                                                                                      ..China’s dealings with the West became a lot more nuanced in the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping; China allowed itself to be ’exploited’ in order to gain access to technology but it still did not open up its financial markets to the West. You’re absolutely right that we must be level-headed, patient and skilful in our engagements with the West...

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                                                                                                                                      • 3 March 09:29, by Khent

                                                                                                                                        ..We have to ensure that our Nations are representative in order to govern them more equitably, but also to close off avenues to hostile powers.

                                                                                                                                        The Egyptian military has achieved "State-takeover" through their control of business and politics; we have the same problem in Greater Sudan but it’s more of a naked patronage system...

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                                                                                                                                        • 3 March 11:29, by Khent

                                                                                                                                          ..I am certain that Nigeria can rise to the challenge as they have little in the way of choice; Nigeria also has a lot of educated people that can formulate better economic policies in the future. Having a lot of resources is a double edged sword; it can certainly be a gift when used to build and nurture other sectors in the economy, so I hope Nigeria charts a new course...

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                                                                                                                                          • 3 March 12:10, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                            Sadiq Al-Mahdi definitely believes ruling Sudan is his birthright. Despite the numerous atrocities during Mahdiya, many Sudanese view the era with pride due to it signifying a huge middle finger to the oppressive western empire, Egyptians, and Turks. The time has come to reassess the period & reflect on how that period impacted our longterm relations with our brothers in the South.

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                                                                                                                                          • 3 March 12:19, by Khent

                                                                                                                                            Did you also read the NPR article? That’s where I got the figure for the educational institutions that Evo Morales built. Source:

                                                                                                                                            https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/11/26/781199250/how-evo-morales-made-bolivia-a-better-place-before-he-was-forced-to-flee

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                                                                                                                                            • 3 March 12:40, by Khent

                                                                                                                                              The West (and its corporate interests) don’t even hide their hand, so it’s not surprising that Tesla’s stocks shot up at the heels of that coup. Venezuela has become a buzzword in Right-wing circles at this point; the U.S. actively stops the flow of aid to Venezuela and then pretends to be concerned about the unfolding humanitarian crisis...

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                                                                                                                                              • 3 March 12:43, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                Regarding why I believe Bashir supported Machar, it’s because he had no intention of giving up power. I also think it’s because he hoped the rift between the two would cause SPLM/A to fight each other and weaken them enough for Bashir to finish both. It’s clear Bashir cared more about remaining power than unity otherwise he would’ve abdicated instead of signing the CPA.

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                                                                                                                                                • 3 March 12:44, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                  As Sun Tzu said in his Art of War, "If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them."

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                                                                                                                                                  • 3 March 12:47, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                    I know the US is mad that they don’t get to exploit South Sudan as much as China. They thought helping the South succeed would allow them to do as they please in the south. It’s actually pretty impressive how China beat the US in South Sudan. I wouldn’t be surprised if the US had more to do with the Civil War.

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                                                                                                                                                    • 3 March 12:53, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I read that NPR article. Although I don’t trust reuters, I read their report on the MIT analysis on the OAS. I’m pretty big on MintPressNews, especially their author Whitney Webb. I also have a great independent news sources on youtube including Corbett Report, Jimmy Dore, and The Last American Vagabond.

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                                                                                                                                                      • 3 March 12:59, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                        US media always spreads images of the suffering of the Venezuelan people but doesn’t even mention their oil and gold reserves. They even attempted to justify Britain preventing the venezuelan government access to Venezuela’s gold. I believe Britain has been stealing other nations gold for a long time.

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                                                                                                                                                        • 3 March 13:01, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                          Britain pretends to protect the gold in safe storage but there’s always problems when countries try to check if their gold is still there or if they request for their gold back. Several countries became suspicious including Australia and i believe Germany & some other eastern european country. They struggled to get it back but finally did.

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                                                                                                                                                          • 3 March 13:04, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                            I briefly skimmed over Tiny Rowland mentions in Keith Harmon Snow articles. He seems to believe that Tiny Rowland had some kind of role in Zimbabwe’s instability but didn’t find a mention in regard to his relations in Sudan.

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                                                                                                                                                            • 3 March 13:09, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                              Btw I don’t believe Keith Harmon Snow is a Bashir apologist. I think he is trying to call out western covert intervention and propaganda in Sudan. In the process of doing so, he might come off as pro-bashir, despite he admitted that he is not. He has held similar stances in western activities in Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, etc. He had a website called
                                                                                                                                                              allthingspass.com you should check it out

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                                                                                                                                              • 3 March 13:09, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                .I agree with you that we must not be reactionary in our dealings with the West. I just don’t see how we could regulate and curtail the activities of Western NGOs without risking regime change if we allow them to operate in our Nations.

                                                                                                                                                Apologies for misinterpreting your position on the shifting power.

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                                                                                                                                                • 3 March 14:37, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                  I think the reason that American Jews are a lot more reasonable than their Israeli counterparts is because they’re significantly less religious. Their religion just so happens to consider them God’s chosen people — something that would inhibit humility and reason.

                                                                                                                                                  My responses are a bit disordered; they’re not sequential as I did not respond until recently - and my posts have been gradual...

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                                                                                                                                                  • 3 March 15:11, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                    I’ll certainly get around to reading Noam Chomsky’s Manafacturing consent very soon — in addition to his other books. It seems that you and I listen to the same people; I watched the debate between Chris Hedges with the late Christopher Hitchens years ago and I was incredibly impressed; he’s one of the few journalists that I trust.

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                                                                                                                                                    • 3 March 15:30, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                      South Sudan is not ready to join the EAF or anything akin to that until we’ve at least had the semblance of recovery — especially one that gets us to the point where we are economically approximate to our neighbours; apart from oil, we have no other name-worthy sectors in our economy, and opening up now would stall our development.

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                                                                                                                                                      • 3 March 15:53, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                        The Mahdiya is a complicated period in our history; some Dinka sections joined the Mahdi whereas others were victims of its slave-raids; the Mahdiya resulted in the complete destruction of certain tribes - especially the tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal. Over 2 million South Sudanese were taken as slaves during this period...

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                                                                                                                                                        • 3 March 16:18, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                          People were taken as slaves during the Turkiya and the Mahdiya; Northern tribes participated in slave raids in both periods. Chief Awutiek Awuetik assisted the Mahdi in several battles and reportedly even gave his daughter to the Mahdi; his daughter converted to Islam and was apparently the mother of Abd al-Rahman al-Mahdi — the grandather of Sadiq Al Mahdi...

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                                                                                                                                                          • 3 March 16:53, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                            ..A more critical assessment of that period can heal the wounds that continue to divide us.

                                                                                                                                                            Dr. John Garang would NEVER have allowed Sudan to be exploited by any power had he lived and assumed the Presidency; Garang saw beyond Sudan and wanted to unify all 300 million people in our region, and this undoubtedly made Western powers very uncomfortable - especially in relation to the DRC.

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                                                                                                                                                            • 3 March 17:04, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                              ..The article I’m about to share mentions Tiny Rowland in addition to other notable people. Here’s the article that details Tiny Rowland’s destructive adventurism.

                                                                                                                                                              https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/exmkpm/unholy-alliance-0000293-v21n4

                                                                                                                                                              Be warned, there’s the usual creepy Western fetishization of our people.

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                                                                                                                                                              • 3 March 17:42, by Khent

                                                                                                                                                                I’ll read your article recommendations. Thanks for sharing these articles with me.

                                                                                                                                                                Britain and the United States have a history of economic blackmail; Venezuela is just one of many victims and none of this will not change until more Nations re-assert their Sovereignty.

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                                                                                                                                                                • 4 March 11:24, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                                  I really don’t know how to deal with the western NGOs.
                                                                                                                                                                  We will likely have to make concessions until we can establish proper surveillance to deter such actions. If your neighbors are on the same page, maybe we can pass regional policy to ban them. If the region refuses, it’s harder for their propaganda machines to target your nation specifically.

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                                                                                                                                                                  • 4 March 11:27, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                                    A side note, I remember learning that the saying God’s chosen people was meant to be taken as having to hold themselves to high moral standard/ moral responsibility.

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                                                                                                                                                                    • 4 March 11:30, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                                      I’ve noticed that Ethiopia is trying to form something similar with Djibouti, Eritrea, and Somalia.

                                                                                                                                                                      South Sudan has tremendous potential and could catch up if resources are utilized properly and if lasting peace is able to be established. There is also significant agriculture potential.

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                                                                                                                                                                      • 4 March 11:34, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                                        The Mahdiya is complicated but we must objectively assess it. In the North we have tendency to ignore the negative and pretend it doesn’t exist. Looking back and acknowledging wrongs in the past can help prevent them in the future, expand our perspective and help us heal old wounds.

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                                                                                                                                                                        • 4 March 11:41, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                                          I definitely want to look into Chief Awutiek Awuetik. I’ve never heard about him. I want to learn more about him.
                                                                                                                                                                          I recently found out that some South Sudanese even went as far as Mexico to fight with the French. I also wonder about the origins of black people in Turkey and if they’re originally from Greater Sudan.

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                                                                                                                                                                          • 4 March 11:43, by Fathi

                                                                                                                                                                            I’ll definitely try to read the vice article today. Western fetishization of our people is creepy af. Thank you for the recommendation.

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  • 5 March 09:15, by Fathi

    Khent,
    If you access this again, let me know your email. I want to send a pdf of a book.

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    • 6 March 13:06, by Khent

      Fathi

      Apologies for the late response, mate. I got caught up.

      I think that a combination of patience and vigilance will be essential if we intend to bridle Western NGOs whilst also controlling at least part of the narrative; in addition to legislating our own foreign registration acts, we need to require NGOs to pay the expense of keeping tabs on them...

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      • 6 March 13:49, by Khent

        You’re right that a united position (regional or continental) on NGOs would make it prohibitively difficult for them to succeed.

        I readily admit that there might be a more benign explanation for the "God’s chosen people" belief among the Jews — but this belief has also created a great degree of arrogance and obstinance. Their literature is filled with it.

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        • 6 March 14:07, by Khent

          Abiy Ahmed is putting Ethiopia on the right path and seems to understand that his landlocked country needs Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia to secure its economic growth and to reduce hostilities and security threats with Eritrea. I just hope that we don’t become fragmented and create ethnic based blocks in the region...

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          • 6 March 14:18, by Khent

            Provided that the peace holds, South Sudan will have to get a real handle on corruption in order to realise any sort of economic growth; the diaspora will have to return with knowledge of policies and systems to increase transparency and accountability. We have to replicate some of the anti-corruption systems that countries like New Zealand and Denmark have put into place.

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            • 6 March 14:29, by Khent

              We will all have to confront the past if we mean to improve relations between ourselves; it’s human nature to ignore negative accounting of ourselves, so it’s not unique to the North. The Dinka (my tribe) are taking land from multiple tribes in Upper Nile, and every time I’ve mentioned this there’s been a hostile reaction and a rejection of the facts.

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              • 6 March 14:35, by Khent

                I only found out about Chief Awutiek Awuetik recently through Google books and I never knew that South Sudanese troops fought in Mexico on behalf of France; I’ll have to be a lot more thorough in my research in order to get a more complete picture of our history.

                Thanks for sharing some historical facts with me.

                My email is: takhent@gmail.com

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