“Our lives begin to end the minute we become silent about things that matter” Martin Luther King.

By Wilson Mading Koc, Juba, South Sudan

South, price of war, price of peace

February 11, 2016 (SSB)  —-  According to Miriam Webster, foreign Policy is “the policy of a sovereign state in its interaction with other sovereign states” in other words an action plan by State on how it handles bilateral relations with another nation or a multinational organization to safeguard its national interest. Foreign policy is dictated by the country’s military strength, economic power, political ideology and geo-location of the country. SPLM in its formative stages picked Ethiopia as it base, because Ethiopia  was receptive to SPLM ideology and its objectives, but was perceived by the west as a communist inclined movement, Simply because Ethiopia was a socialist state at the time…the West was  short of what the movement’s intentions where until the end of the cold war…in fact the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent ousting of Ethiopia’s Workers’ party or DERG regime was a blessing in disguise to the SPLM, because after these events, SPLM relocated its liaison offices to East Africa where it established contacts with the western nations.

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By Ter Nguth, Yambio, South Sudan

Police in Juba

new joke doing rounds in Juba: when attacked by burglars, call the police at your own risk.

February 11, 2016 (SSB)  —-  After two years monetary policy of fixing rate, the central bank witness a major challenge in term of policy control. This can be witness by the Central losing it defensive policy of allocating one million dollar weekly to the commercial bank which resulted in to shortage of foreign currency in the central bank.

This weaken the central bank by reducing its reserve in foreign currencies which resulted into disequilibrium between official and black market rate and as the result, the central bank opt for floating rate to balance the market. As the nation’s central bank opt for floating its currency, the country seem worsening it economy.

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By Gai Pac, Ottawa, Canada

girl child education

Let’s educate our girls

February 11, 2016 (SSB)  —  I think you Amer Mayen Dhieu miss certain points in your arguments which in turn makes you seem like a hypocrite. In particular, you need to analyze things from the perspective of the youths and men that tend to physically, psychologically, and emotionally abuse their spouse. Amer should have applied cultural relativism when she wrote this article. For example, you stated that, “But how and why? How could one dehumanize and degrade a person he has expend all his youth-hood working in order to legally have her in his life? I see bride price as the only way men must know the true worth of women”.

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By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

salary in rss

Salaries in dramatic decline

February 11, 2016 (SSB)  —  So  the rebellion cannot be difficult, the rebel leader told a journalist that in Zaire, rebellion was easy, all you needed was only ($10,000) and satellite phone. While this was obviously poetic exaggeration, he went on to explain that in Zaire, everyone was so poor that with these amount you could hire yourself a small army and the satellite phone.

This takes us to the third and financial economic risk factor in civil war and rich natural resources like South Sudan. Because of dependency upon the foreign imports commodities substantially increase the chances to civil war. There has been the several causes where our own brothers, neighbours and international companies have advanced massive amounts of funding to rebel movement in return for resources concession in the event of rebel victory, which will only happens unless by the spirit in the next World not this World.

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By Kur Wel Kur, Adelaide, Australia

February 11, 2016 (SSB) …After the attendees finished eating, it was already dark.  Frogs were calling for their mates. And mosquitoes, buzzing.   The crowd dispersed and Mr. Deng and his mum were alone.

“What took you so long? It has been ages since you left,” his mother asked him with tears blurring her vision.

“Mum, it takes ages to learn how to listen and respect the military officers and to acquire necessary skills to be a soldier,” Deng said knowing that her mother has a lots to say in that night.

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Very interesting graphic representation of the South Sudanese conflict by Alex de Waal

http://africanarguments.org/2016/02/05/south-sudan-the-price-of-war-the-price-of-peace-a-graphic-story/


By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

February 11, 2016 (SSB)  —  The Journalists are ought to be fair, accurate and objective in reporting news but some journalists in South Sudan do not uphold this principle. It has been a wishful thinking for the some anti-Government media houses that the Government is overthrown by rebels and they break the saddest news.

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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

February 11, 2016 (SSB) — Journalists are ought to be ‘’fair, accurate and objective’’ in reporting news but 33% of journalists in South Sudan do not uphold this principle. When the Government of South Sudan accuses some journalists of promoting the rebel ideology by falsifying or fabricating the news, some journalists categorically deny the allegation and they hit back by accusing the Government of attacking the press or freedom of expression .

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By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

girl rights

say no to early child marriage

February 10, 2016 (SSB)  —  There is nothing more feminine than honoring a woman. Any act that shows appreciation to womanhood is promotable. Talking of a place where feminism should be preached more, one can think of communities where parochial social norms dehumanize women.

However, if the table could turn around for one to critically look into some of these degrading social norms and strictly weigh and analyze them, a feminist like me would madly go for an opportunity that customarily avails itself.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Bor, South Sudan

salary

salary

February 10, 2016 (SSB)  —  Allows me to have my voice on economical confusion in the heart of juba town, the question of hard currency has been a serious deal to tolerate for so long. Our government has failed to monitor the problem of hard currency across the country. Now, in South Sudan one Dollar has raised to 22 SSP in central Bank of South Sudan while in black market 1 Dollar has gone up to 35 SSP Yet our local citizens are not aware of the U.S dollar currency policy in the nation.

Though, The U.S. dollar is the world’s reserve currency and the founded nation of U.S dollar is the world’s biggest consumer of other currency. Other countries whose economies are centred on exports rely heavily on America’s consumption. Hence, a falling dollar is an issue many countries cannot afford to ignore. Further devaluation of the dollar is sure to come.

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By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

Kongoor-District

Old Map (1988) of New Jonglei state

February 10, 2016 (SSB)  —  Although there is a restriction or no method of analysis that will allow the citizens to determine the endpoint of small rural towns in the new established 28 states, I am quite sure that SPLM as a party do allow ground approach policies for attaining the views of the grass root levels or constituencies, and for this reason, the new designated Jonglei state of the 28 states in South Sudan deserve 13 counties compare to geographical areas, population and statistics of human capital and manpower.

The requirements of how counties upgrade are achieved already by all the payams of greater Bor community. Am sure each payam has development process and number of educated sons and daughters. The development process in County involves comprehensive reviews by numerous county and non-county agencies and may involve many steps before a project can be approved. In Greater Bor Community, we have this plan and approach since the community has 13, 000 well educated and professionals who can make payams-counties develop very fast.

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By Makuer Marial Agok, Nairobi, Kenya

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February 10, 2016 (SSB)  —  Governance consist of distribution of powers among institutions of government, the legitimacy and authority of states institution the rules and norms that determine who holds powers and how decisions are made about the exercise of authority relationships to accountability among staffs official or agencies.

The ability of government to make policies manage the administrative and fiscal affairs of the state and deliver goods or services and the impact of institutions and polices on public welfare. There is societal acceptance of corruption. We live in a country where thieves are made of kings and good people are regarded as fools. Those who have stolen public funds awarded traditional title and even national honors.

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By Abraham Majur Mading, Juba, South Sudan

corruption in RSS

A “Donations to VIP personalities.”?

February 10, 2016 (SSB)  —- Government as an institution of the state is empowered with various resources to maintain law and order in the nation but with a rotten head, the body cannot functions as it should. However, with good head the body is certainly left with no choice than to perform.

Our government in my opinion is responsible for a greater part of misfortune that has befallen the country; citizens won’t be left out as well as onus lies on us demanding for good governance and show the persona of good followership.

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All children must be protected from violent crime, and individuals who are confined should receive education, training and treatment needed (2-2)

By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

peace for RSS

February 10, 2016 (SSB)  —  However, government programs from its creation has been an all-hands-on-deck making effort to bring together individuals found guilty into justice, communities leaders, civil and faith leaders, philanthropy and the private sector to address a long-recognized crisis problems  as a whole in our country.  The author hope that this article will be the beginning of many announcements, deliverables and actions taken to help all young people reach their full potential. While government seek  to create greater opportunity and remove barriers to young  people’s success, we will continue to encourage  all  youths to  seize every opportunity and pursue excellence despite  any  odds  they  may face.

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Press statement from SPLA in response to Sudan tribune

South Sudan army chief threatens unrest if sacked from office

 “We will see how this country will be stable if the only way is to bring peace is to reward people who have brought the country and the people to this level”, Awan told high-level military officers from his Malual Dinka tribe, whom he ferried to Aweil town for reasons yet to be established. “We will not accept anyone to be victimised for defending the system”, he added. “As we are meeting here, there are people calling from Juba to ask why we are here. We did not escape; the president knows we have come here and we are here to discuss things which concern us as people of Aweil. And here I want to say that the creation of the new states does not mean division. We are still one. What has happened is just for administrative purpose. It has not affected our unity and our identity. We are still people of Aweil,” told his audience at the SPLM secretariat Sunday. He added, “If there are people who think the creation of more states has divided us, they need to know this was not the purpose for creating them”. “We will meet with the three governors and we shall discuss with them what we have discussed here and anyone who will refuse to listen then we will go to the president and thereafter we shall see who will not work with the people”, said Gen. Awan.

Press statement from SPLA headquarters


Malakal City is our Land: Press Statement from Collo MPs in national legislative assembly

The Republic of South Sudan

National Legislative Assembly

Date: February 8, 2016

origin of the 28 states

The colonial root of the proposed 28 states in South Sudan

February 9, 2016 (SSB)  —  We, the Collo MPs in South Sudan National Legislative Assembly are hereby obliged to bring to   the attention of the peace loving people of the Republic of South Sudan, the blunders of the Governor of the so-called Eastern Nile State. He has become so obsessed with the power given to him up to the extent of continuing to cause havoc to the Collo and Nuer government official whom he has now dismissed illegally from the civil service. He has also appointed the town Mayor and the deputy from his Dinka Padang with disregard to the feelings of the original inhabitants of Makal County, the Collo Community who are the right historical owners of Malakal town.

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“Hard work pay better than wealth: you have to look after wealth, and you have spent on work’’

By Abel Majur Leek, Bor, Jonglei State

Alfred Manyang Agok

Gen. Alfred Manyang Agok, the Director General of Jonglei State Prison Services during the official opening ceremony of a 2-storey office of prison services, officiated by Governor Philip Aguer Panyaang.

Your Comradeship,

February 9, 2016 (SSB)  —-  Congratulations on your mission you accomplished that give joy to all Officers, NCOs and Men plus entire people of Jonglei State. We look forward for having a loyal and hardworking General among your comrade , proud as the communities of Greater Bor for the task in putting such infrastructure building within your state.

Sir Winston Churchill, a famous British politician who served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45) and (1951-55) once said that ‘ a leader must have ‘the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen’. Hence, a leadership career is meant for the people of high integrity and additional skills to achieve results and finding better ways of making life better for the people they represent.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Bor, South Sudan

Majak, Marial Benjamin

Majak and Marial Benjamin, during the SPLM extra-ordinary Convention in Juba, January 2016

February 9, 2016 (SSB)  —  Whether we are concerned with suffering born of poverty, with denial of freedom, with armed conflict in our nation, or with a reckless attitude to the natural environment everywhere, we should not view these events in isolation. Eventually their repercussions are felt by all of us. We, therefore, need effective directives from government authorities to address our national issues from the perspective of the oneness of humanity, and from a profound understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of today’s violence.

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THE SONG OF THE YEAR

Posted: February 9, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Poems.

By G. Naih Peter

Every year, month, week and day,

In my country,

I am well known,

For I stay within the citizens

Who want to eat, eat,

The sweat of their fellow citizens.

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All children must be protected from violent crime, and individuals who are confined should receive education, training and treatment needed (1-2)

By Lino Lual Lual, Juba, South Sudan

peace for RSS

February 9, 2016 (SSB)  —  On the path to adulthood, youths and middle ages may fall victim to violence or experience an interaction with the criminal justice system that permanently alters their trajectory for the worse. While crime has generally decreased across the South Sudan in recent years, but violence continues to plague in many communities and disproportionately affects communities. Among males and females ages 10 to 24 years old committed atrocities of murder, rape, robbery, prostitution and drug abuses are the leading causes of death among the youths.

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