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The National Constitutional Amendment Committee(NCAC) on 27 January 2016 has its work come to standstill

Malcolm X

It is all about the mindset

WHY?

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  This is because the government representatives have requested for indefinite adjournment. They claimed that until the outstanding contentious issues have been resolved, the amendment process could not continue. We have called this as ‘technical withdrawal’ from the process since we could have cleaned the whole amended text of the Constitution and to only fix the contentious areas once they are resolved.

The contentious issues are the following:

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New Joke in Juba: Call police at your own risk

Posted: January 28, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Police in Juba

new joke doing rounds in Juba: when attacked by burglars, call the police at your own risk. This week, report emerged that a man who called 777 mobile police after his home was attacked by robbers, was shot dead by the very police that he had called for help.


By Amol De Mabior, Liverpool, the UK

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Tolerance, not unity, is what is needed within the SPLM party

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  No doubt, that the level of hypocrite amongst president Kiir’s inner circle these days in Juba is unbelievable. In fact, the old days comrades are really making use of Lonnie Lee Best’s hypocrite formula, which states that the degree of hypocrisy one possesses is equal to the absolute value of the difference between their beliefs and actions.

Mathematically it reads: HYPOCRITES = BELIEFS- ACTIONS

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Twic East Community of South Sudan-USA Press Release: Invitation to the 3rd Anniversary of Dr. John Garang Memorial Day on the 4th of July, 2016

John Garang

January 28, 2016 (SSB)  —  The Eastern Twic Dinka community in United States of America is hereby announcing the Third Anniversary of Dr. John Garang Memorial Day. For people who might never heard about this fundamental Event before.

The First Anniversary was done in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 27th, 2014, and the second one was done last year in Syracuse, New York. And for this year, the Dr. John Garang Memorial Day is going to be observed in State of Nebraska.

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Dear Mama Ayendit,

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

Madam Ayen Mayaardit

The first lady, Madam Mary Ayen Mayaardit holding a sick baby on SSTV

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  I reach out to you today as a son of South Sudan—as a man who has seen violence firsthand, and knows what it has done to our country. Our people have been through enough pain, Mama Ayendit, but we all continue to pray for the future of our country with what little hope we have left. Our hope is in people like you, Mama Ayendit. You have done some remarkable things for the right cause; you have shown that you care about the people of South Sudan. In fact, you and our President General Salva Kiir have never deserted our struggles, which is very important when we speak about solving the more pressing issues in the country.

As a First Lady of South Sudan, you are an undisputed champion for the people. You stand beside the President throughout our country’s most trying times, and during our struggles even now. You continue to be very instrumental to what we stand for as a country. As a citizen of our beloved country of South Sudan, I have heard great things about you as a First Lady, which is why I am reaching out to you now with a request: I would like to see you to do more on your part to address the education of girls and the harmful practice of early marriage. The South Sudanese all watched with pride when you visited a little girl in the hospital after she become an orphan from an airplane crash. I was very proud of you and overjoyed to see you in action.

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By Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Riek Machar

Politics is hindering public investment in South Sudan

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  In order to explain the important role people’s purchasing power will always have on economic growth, John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern macro-economics, once referred to gainful employment as being at the heart of his theories. He supported his arguments with an assertion that even if there was no jobs to give, the government could make people dig holes and give them money, then make them refill the holes and give them money. They will use that money to purchase goods and services, hence provide an incentive for producers to produce, and employ more workers for more production. It creates and economic cycle which includes more taxes for government from higher economic activities.

To the simple mind, Keynes’ contention would seem absurd, but it is what makes presidents win elections in the developed world. [Un]Employment has been at the heart of all presidential debates across the world because it determines whether a clique of leaders understand the fundamentals of running an economy or not.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

alliance high, Bor

The first form one students of Alliance [2009]. Front line from left; Akau, Achol, Thon, Guet, Bol, Amer, Chol. Back line from left; Diing, xxxxxx, Bok, Ngong, Deng, xxxxx, Alier

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  It is obvious that we the people of Jonglei have uttered enough complaints for something that we would fight for at any cost. It seems that South Sudan has been liberated, but Jonglei has yet to be liberated from the enemy within. Therefore, it is now our obligation to use the right hammer on the right nails, and we are hoping that comrade Aguer is overwhelmingly seen as the right man for this job.

For far too long, we have shown faithfulness to our neighbors, but now, these more languorous approaches are not working. Therefore, we must adopt better language to get our messages across. Governor’s actions may be looked at or considered as a regional war if it takes such turn, but if the intent is to maintain security in the state, then such actions are the only way to contain these many problems in Jonglei.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

famine, hunger

The specter of famine is haunting South Sudan

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  We will never settle very fast and would always be suffering from backwardness because of the above-mentioned subject. In the International point of view, class conflict can take many different forms: direct violence, such as wars fought for resources and cheap labour; indirect violence, such as deaths from poverty, starvation, illness or unsafe working conditions; coercion, such as the threat of losing a job or pulling an important investment; or ideologically, such as with books and articles promoting capitalism.

We all know this by experience when we fought Khartoum government.  In the past the term Class conflict was a term used mostly by socialists, who define a class by its relationship to the means of production — such as factories, land and machinery. From this point of view, the social control of production and labour is a contest between classes, and the division of these resources necessarily involves conflict and inflicts harm.

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The Perils of Power-Sharing in South Sudan

Posted: January 27, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

Patrick Wight

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir agreed this week to (re)institute a power-sharing arrangement that would put the fractured country on the road to forming a new transitional government for peace. Included in the deal is a provision allowing the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM-IO) rebels, at least nominally under the control of Riek Machar, to put forth a candidate for prime minister. In addition, a constitution-making process would be implemented to “better reflect South Sudan’s diversity along the principles of federalism and devolution of power to the states” (Radio Tamazuj, 2014).

That the SPLM/A-IO rejected this deal should come as no surprise given its mandate that Kiir would remain as president for the duration of the 2-½ year transition period, that the proposed prime minister would be subject to his approval and would be barred from then running for president (Davison, 2014). There is little doubt that Kiir…

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By Bul Deng Yol, Nairobi, Kenya

Riiny Thiik

Justice Ambrose Riiny Thiik, chairman of the Jieng council of Elders

January 27, 2016 (SSB)  —  Historically, All warfare  that have been staged all over the world have factor bordering oppression, ranging from the biblical wars, Napoleonic Wars, Russian Civil War, world wars (1&2), Mongol Conquests and many more.

However, the struggle to be free from all forms of oppression was the sole reason behind the two liberation wars that Southern Sudanese fought for (1955-1972) (1983-2005). Literally, the two wars were fought by figures that were not driven by economic gains, political positions or prove of braveness. Southerners were galvanized into war because One group wanted to monopolize the economic, social and political space at the expenses of others resulting into erosion of national pillars that cohest them.

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By David Matiop Gai, Kampala, Uganda

Nuer white army

South Sudan Rebels: Nuer White Army Fighters

January 26, 2016 (SSB) — With the long suffering and pain of civil war in the Sudan, the longest civil war in Africa, millions of South Sudanese lived with different types of mental illness, and mental health problems such as alcoholic addiction, drugs addiction, personality disorder, defense mechanism or representing problems, social anxiety, insecure and fears, nightmare, survival of rape, and family dysfunctional. All these huge problems were not handled and addressed after comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) in 2005 until today in 2016.

The reasons why are demands of psycho-social counseling remained as the main factor for South Sudan today than tomorrow is because a healthy mind is life; a healthy mind is wealth, and a power point for development. Always sound-minded, mental health and physical fitness, and normality of mind are incorporate development of individuals, families, and the country.  Dr. John Garang said in the past that, “Weak people represent weak government, because where will government get its resources without people?” which mean healthy people in term of brain functioning produce strong productions of government ability. It is also correct to mention that mental treatment is part of government priority when healthy minds know what to do, and not to do, and if South Sudan wants healthy people in the country, they should go along this treatment otherwise the whole nation is not healthy in mind.

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By Kuol Alberto Makuach, Juba, South Sudan

A cartoonist's impression of the power struggle that ensued between the top two principals of our new nation. This prediction has now come to pass, and will still come to pass...! Let's just wait and see...!

January 26, 2016 (SSB)  —-  The National Legislative Assembly for Southern Sudan was formed right after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ushered in an era of peace to Sudan after years of bloodshed. Its roles like any other parliament around the globe is to formulate laws that govern the country. We have to applaud our representatives at our national assembly for having tried to do their best although we have never had one. The next generation of parliamentarians will do extremely well.

Whether they did to the expectations of the people is not the concern of this article. But surely they are to raise issues affecting the communities and come up with modalities on how to tackle them.

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By Majur Mading, Kampala, Uganda

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham

Tribute to Isaiah Abraham: The Dark Ages of South Sudan Liberation

January 26, 2016 (SSB)  — Juba has become a hub of murder, where people are killed and the blame goes to anonymous gunmen. This practices of rare killing by shadowy gunmen which use to kill only poor people with unknown reason.

These strange killing have disoriented people and now South Sudanese citizens are living under fear from their own government. It is bad to hear that sentence of unknown gunmen all the time which haunt the people to endlessly.

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South Sudan’s UN Penal of Experts Report

Posted: January 26, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Reports

South Sudan panel of experts report-1 (Download the DPF)

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Bentiu, UNMISS Camp

The President of the Security Council presents his compliments to the members of the Council and has the honour to transmit herewith, for their information, a copy of a letter dated 22 January 2016 from the Panel of Experts on South Sudan established pursuant to
resolution 2206 (2015) addressed to the President of the Security Council, and its enclosures.

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Public Statement by General Salva Kiir Mayaardit, president of the Republic of South Sudan

corruption and rebellion in RSS

Corruption and rebellion in South Sudan

January 25, 2016 (SSB) — My dear beloved citizens of South Sudan, this is to inform you that during the last three weeks, soon after Christmas, I had decided that we must normalize our relations with our brothers and sisters of our sisterly neighboring Republic of The Sudan.

I had dispatched my personal special envoy to Khartoum since the end of December 2015, who has been discussing this matter of the normalization of our common borders with the Sudanese authorities in Khartoum

Today, I want to announce to you, beloved citizens of the Republic of South Sudan, that I have instructed those who are concerned with this matter within our government to withdraw forthwith, any of our Republic of South Sudan army units on the borders, to at least five miles south of our common borders of 1st January 1956, in accordance with our commitment to the terms of The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005 with Khartoum.

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“I am not DEAD,” Declares David Yau Yau

Posted: January 25, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers

David Yau Yau

Yau Yau, Lul Koang Ruai and Akot Lual

David Yau Yau is dead; David Yau Yau has been arrested by the national security. “Nope,” said his spokesperson, “David Yau Yau and Baba Medan are currently in a meeting with the president at J-1.” I think we shud go with the message from the spokesperson, rather than the wild rumors.

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David Yau-Yau, the Murle militia leader who led a military rebellion against the gov’t of South Sudan leading to the creation of the Greater Pibor Administrative of which he (Yau-Yau) has been appointed the administrator by President Kiir.

January 25, 2016 (SSB)  —  “Can dead person again talks. This is just very useless allegation that I cannot even put consideration to it,” said General Yau Yau. “They are not responsible for the killing,” he said. Adding “And Yau Yau is the General of this country so the information is just a propaganda created by the enemies of this country. We cannot really pay attention to such wild allegations; well, I am not the only one to be centred on such allegations but it is the common allegation that normally happens. For them they want to threaten the security wise of the nation,”


By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya

RUMBEK YOUTH UNION IN NAIROBI KENYA (RUMYU).jpg

January 25, 2016 (SSB)  —  The  youth  have the capacity to change the way this nation’s  politics  is run. Nobody can undermine the power of youth. First they are majority in south Sudan. The majority of the current generation youths are learned and very enlightened. They also have the potential to be opinion leaders in society because fortunately our parents do not believe in the power of knowledge.

We have had enough of the politicians telling us. Youths are the leaders of tomorrow. We have had enough of older people seeking to win our support and not keep their word we honesty have had enough of some of the leaders claiming to be grooming the youths for tomorrow that never comes.

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The Padang Jieeng Federation Union Challenges The Collo Kingdom over her malicious claim over Padang territories, and blasts off the SPLM-IO Chief Representative and Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai over his recent controversial Remarks against Ruweng State & Eastern Upper Nile State

origin of the 28 states

The colonial root of the proposed 28 states in South Sudan

January 25, 2016 (SSB)  —  We, the Padang Community Representatives comprising Community Leaders, members of Council of States, members of National and State Legislative Assemblies, Youth and Women Associations, met today 19th January 2016 under the auspices of Padang Community Union (PCU), to respond to Taban Deng Gai on his reckless remarks on media and Collo Community for claim of our land.

Padang Community would like to inform the public that Taban Deng Gai’s statements on the media are irresponsible instigations and a public call for inter-ethnic war to further conflict between Padang, Nuer and Collo Communities and that Collo’s claim of land grabbing by Padang Community is a baseless fabrication formulated by few individual Collo politicians.

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By Samuel Reech Mayen, Juba, South Sudan

28 states map

Map of 28 states

January 24, 2016(SSB) — Oppositions promise citizens to tarmac for them a road from town A to town B if it is voted into power. But when the government buys that idea and paves the road, it doesn’t cause alarm. A government in power does what is in the interest of the citizens to win their support. It is not a problem in the rest of the world.

But this is not the case in South Sudan. Because some politicians are politically naïve, they do not want their ideas to be implemented by someone in power. They prefer the ideas buy from the public to wait until one comes into power to implement them. This is the reasons the newly created states brought peace implementation to a deadlock.

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“Tomorrow belongs to those who prepared it today’’

By Abel Majur Leek, Juba, South Sudan

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Baakulu bus that crashed head-on on the Jub-Nimule Highway, near Nesitu

January 24, 2016(SSB) —- Driving is a serious responsibility with physical and mental abilities impacting on the driving activities of a driver. It is more than moving a vehicle and knowing how to use the accelerator, brake pedals and steering. Driving is at best when you have knowledge and required skills to drive competently in accordance with those rules and regulations guiding the public roads.

A safe and responsible driver has responsibility which makes him a good citizen. Driving is a learned skill acquired with much practice. It is also more important to drive with due regards for safety and convenience of other road users. Driving entails concentration, calmness, and with consideration and respect for others. And at the same time, a driver should ensure proper and total control of his vehicle at all times. That means a driver must not allow anything to take their attention from the road, therefore good anticipation and concentration will help to prevent these usual incident becoming accidents on our roads. The safety of others depends on you when you are on the wheel.

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