|Reviving the ‘New Sudan’ vision|
In the face of growing unrest, former statesmen John Garang’s vision could serve as a banner of unity.
|The late Sudanese politician John Garang reframed the overarching narrative about Sudan’s internal conflicts [EPA]|
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – John Garang, the Southern Sudanese Christian rebel-turned-statesman, was arguably one of the best and most charismatic leaders Sudan has had. He surely had many flaws, but one of his greatest contributions was his “New Sudan” vision, which widely appealed to many Sudanese, even in the predominantly Muslim Arab north.
What Garang essentially did was reframe the overarching narrative about Sudan’s internal conflicts and struggles. Rather than talk in terms of either the counter-productive Arab Muslim north versus African Christian south narrative or Darfur’s Arab versus African tribes storyline, he took an honourable stance and made an important valid observation………………..
|Liberating Juba from Khartoum: the future of South Sudan|
The recent squabble over oil between the country and Sudan points to its need to forge new regional alliances.
Although South Sudan has gained independence, it remains economically dependent on Sudan [GALLO/GETTY]
Addis Adaba, Ethiopia – When South Sudan seceded in July 2011, the world knew that they would be taking the vast majority of the Sudan’s oil wealth with them. A new country with dismal infrastructure but vast oil reserves, hopes were high that despite years of conflict, South Sudan could use its oil wealth to build itself up.
But what good is all that oil in a country that cannot get it safely and reliably to market? This question is especially pressing due to the fact that domestic crude refining capabilities are non-existent and the only immediately available partners are their old foes to the north…….
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