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Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep with a mean film director, a socialite or the guy who does voice-over in movie trailers, or perhaps with one of your Facebook friends? As part of a new safe-sex initiative, the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control (SMI) on Tuesday launched an app called Provligget, or Test Nooky, allowing you to do just that…The app allows users to “test sex” with a range of fantasy characters, ranging from a personal trainer, to an unfaithful woman, to a handyman, all portrayed by more or less famous Swedish actors.

By Heskey Deng Machol

Gay Marriage is Soundless in South Sudan

I’m extremely much offended by U.S. President Barack Obama’s expression of support for same-sex marriage to be legalized in the world.

It’s an abomination and I warn all southerners and particularly our government to keep off from this so called “gay marriage” which has been signed into law by America President, that our country transitional constitution has no page to accommodate the same sex marriage law.

It has taken a lot of my work hours, and sleeping hours thinking about it, till now; I didn’t find a solution to it, because when I defined word “gay” with simple language, sleeping with another man or fuck another man’s ass {Anus}, and tell him to position himself well and put in someone penis to his tube, Wow!!…it’s an eyesore, how painful is it?, Although the women do it, God created them to do so, but not men….it is reverberation futile to me, really I pity God who wasted much time in designing man, the way they are today.

I would say to our beloved President of America to rethink about the statement that he made and know very well that it is against our norms and religion; we as Christians, we cannot support gays at all costs.

Although, I didn’t do an interview with citizens of South Sudan, I personally know, they will not allow this evil marriage in their societies, of course, in my community where I came from, it’s 100 percent impossible, because if you did that, and people learnt of it, then you are really a devil of that community, and you will end up without speaking in the public gathering place, then if you are soundless in the community forum, then you are a useless person in the society.

I thought, I was the only person who spent days and nights worried about it, but the majority of citizens in Juba have gone farther than me, as it raised debate in public places, such as tea places, public vehicles, hotels, schools and even at home, husband and wife, as I bypassed one of neighbor’s house, a woman was consistently advising her husband not to imply with so called “gay marriage”, when I heard this topic, I abruptly stopped, then I looked for a stone on which to sit, with the aim of consuming all what they said, at last she said that, it will result into break up of families, and therefore God is not pleased with this gay marriage that is why He  burned Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes by fire from the sky, when they introduced homosexuality, and concluded that, the hours of God are around the corners to judge the earth, in fact, at that time, I was really happy with everything she said, all in all, she was my friend in rejected this inhumane marriage and that why I like women sometime, they don’t support destructive things.

While in the churches, they concluded that, it’s near for the Son of God to return, as we heard what Jesus said before he was nailed on the cross, that there will be time for false prophets, and confusion in the world {gay marriage}, and if those happened, these are signs of son of man to come to judge the earth, so it’s another abortion in the believers.

The president’s immense popularity on the continent is taking a hit, even in his father’s native Kenya and special South Sudan, in April 27, 2012 – A South Sudan youth group vehemently rejected importation of what they described as western culture that allows same sex marriage, saying that South Sudan is a nation with culture, values and beliefs.

In 2010 South Sudan President, Salva Kiir promised democracy, equality and justice for everyone in the new nation but made an exception for homosexuals, saying that gay people would not be accepted. Homosexuality will not be accepted in South Sudan, thank President, I {we} will stand behind you to fight this idiotic gay marriage signed by US President.

“President Obama, I just can’t imagine  why he supports gay marriage. In fact, I’m very much bitter with him, the President of the USA supports gay marriage?  No, it can’t happen” in our beloved country.

I {We} do not want to hear and do what is done by others because South Sudan is a country known for its culture, morals and conscience,  and cannot provide a haven for such engagements.

Let us always bear in mind that the world and all its materials are not eternal. We came from the Lord without our knowledge and will return to Him without our knowledge. And creation is for a purpose, which must be fulfilled. Our failure to fulfill the mission of creation means that destruction awaits us at the end. South Sudan cannot afford to be part of the society and people who wish to earn the anger of the Creator and his lethal punishment.

Our culture in diversity opens the doors to all and sundry, but gays and lesbians and others whose actions, thoughts and conscience are by it not progressive and are opposed to the Divine Will. They cannot be entertained in our country.

Gay marriage is out of the question, “Very, very wrong.  I’m {we are} not in favor of it at all.  So if they want to withdraw their support, let them.  God will make a way for us because God would never be in favor of such a demonic thing,

Someone forwarded me this article-–Dr. Luka Biong Deng’s doctoral dissertation–which I found interesting and informative; hope you may enjoy it too!!

Social Capital–Dr. Luka Biong Deng.pdf

PaanLuel Wel.

Dear all,
We are saddened by the tragic death of our Uncle DrToby Madut Parek. We express our deepest sympathy and most profound sorrow in the wake of Thursday´s 24th may, 2012 great national lost. We pledge to entire family our support through our sincere prayers. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all. Dr Toby Madut wasn’t only the leader of NANO party, but he was also a greatest community leader and citizen of South Sudan who stood up to mobilized and supported our people from within against the governments in Khartoum, and we appreciate his sacrifices for our nation.  For our country, Uncle Toby Madut gave his life for the liberation against marginalization. The marginalized Sudanese  in the Sudan and the people of South Sudan will always recognize his and all heroes’ sacrifices and struggle which brought to us this value of freedom, power  and a life free from Khartoum regime.
Once more, we pay our heartfelt condolences to his family and his colleagues in particular, all the people of South Sudan where ever they are in general.  May God almighty rest his soul in peace and give his family the strength and courage to overcome this great loss. Amen.
With deepest sorrow

 Gisma Mou Mou & The entire Family

Very much at ease

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe chats with former South African President Nelson Mandela at a Steve Biko memorial ceremony in Cape Town in 2002. Biko, a leader of the Black Consciousness movement, died after being beaten by members of Apartheid’s police force. Photo/AFP

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe chats with former South African President Nelson Mandela at a Steve Biko memorial ceremony in Cape Town in 2002. Biko, a leader of the Black Consciousness movement, died after being beaten by members of Apartheid’s police force. Photo/AFP 

Friday, May 25  2012

In Nigeria, one lifetime is hardly enough to crack a nut. Nothing perhaps demonstrates this better than the life story of the literary giant Chinua Achebe.

Short of renting an army and leading a coup d’état to change the system in Nigeria, Achebe is using the barrel of his pen at the age of 82.

Next to the Boko Haram terror, the commonest national anxiety at the moment, underscored by discourses in the academia and polity, is Achebe’s upcoming book with the ominous title, There Was A Country: A personal History of Biafra.

A few days ago, Achebe’s first novel and magnum opus, Things Fall Apart was named one of the “fifty most influential books of the last 50 years” alongside Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Things Fall Apart, the most widely read book in modern African literature, has been translated to over 50 languages.

Across Africa, practically no child goes through secondary school without reading this classic.

It is standard reading. The book’s central protagonist, Okonkwo, is as familiar on the continent as maize meal is to the peasantry.

Given his phenomenal following, the old man from Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria has always been someone to watch, beginning with Nigeria’s first military dictatorship in 1966

A few years back, Achebe hit the notoriety list of the Nigerian government by rejecting a national honour from President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Last year the master storyteller, confined to a wheelchair after a road accident in 1990 that left him paralysed from the waist down, did it all over again.

For a second time he rejected the same national honour from another President — the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan.

Nothing has changed in Nigeria, the writer insisted, to merit any national celebration.

Spurned and dazed by the old man’s stance, in January 2012 the Nigerian government sabotaged an international conference and lecture series designed to honour Professor Achebe.

The University of Nigeria International Conference/Chinua Achebe Annual Lectures had to be postponed after the Jonathan administration suddenly withdrew its pledged financial support and participation.

Too cash-strapped to fund a conference of that magnitude; the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), where Achebe used to teach, suffered the embarrassment of writing apologies to diplomats as well as visiting scholars from across the world.

The author had rejected the honour in a three-sentence letter.

The political attraction to the Achebe brand should be no mystery. Once the era of military dictatorship came to a close, it goes without saying that Nigerian political overlords would hanker for the endorsement of the world-famous writer. Proffering state honours is one way of attracting his endorsement.

Writers and political critics alike trace the new wave of anxiety over Achebe’s upcoming book to a watershed in Nigeria’s history and the role of Achebe in the re-engineering of the Nigerian soul.

If Achebe had gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; No Longer At Ease in 1960; Arrow of God in 1964; his fourth work, A Man of the People published in 1966 was able to hit the bull’s eye with an accurate prediction of volatile political events that were to come.

In A Man of the People, Achebe depicts the perilous adventure of an archetypal Nigerian politician, the wheeler-dealing, the corruption and a mindless orgy that is terminated by a coup d’état staged by young idealistic military officers.

The fictional coup mentioned in Achebe’s book became a reality on January 15, 1966 when Nigeria had the first military coup led by Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu, a firebrand soldier from Okpanam, a little town less than 13 kilometres from Achebe’s homestead in Ogidi.

That the book was released just nine days after the first coup earned Achebe the sobriquet “Prophet”; though political elements and military officers from the north of the country insisted that the fictional and real coups were too much of a coincidence, accusing the writer of being part of the putsch.

Given the university credentials of the coup leaders; including Major Victor Banjo and Major Emmanuel Ifeajuna, many political observers concluded that the coup plotters had acted under a strong influence, perhaps unwittingly provided by an angry writer.

Whatever inspired the coup would lead to a counter coup by northern military officers in July of the same year, a trajectory in political turmoil that saw the killings of Achebe’s Igbo kinsmen in the north of the country, the declaration of the Republic of Biafra by secessionist leader Chukwuemeka Odumuegwu Ojukwu and a 30-month civil war that claimed close to three million lives.

During the Biafran war Achebe served as a Biafran diplomat. He travelled to different countries giving voice to the plight of the Igbos, particularly protesting the use of food as weapon by the Nigerian government to starve Biafran children and women.

He wrote articles for newspapers and magazines about the Biafran struggle and camped in Enugu, the capital of Biafra where he founded the Citadel Press with the poet Christopher Okigbo. Okigbo enlisted in the war and died fighting on the side of Biafra.

Last Sunday at the Life House in Lagos, the writers’ community gathered for a heritage reading in honour of Christopher Okigbo.

Inevitably, Achebe’s upcoming book sneaked into discussions. The fraternity recalled that There Was A Country would not be Achebe’s first book on the civil war.

In 1973, three years after the Biafran war, Achebe had published a collection of poems titled Christmas In Biafra.

The work is a reflection during a period of great social and psychological disturbances across Nigeria.

Until that publication the front line novelist was not known to be a poet. The collection has sections such as Poems About War, Poems Not About War and Gods, Men and Others.

In 1983, Achebe published a book titled The Trouble With Nigeria, that attempted to challenge the complacency of Nigerians, urging the citizenry to reject old habits which inhibited their fatherland from becoming a modern and attractive state.

In the book Achebe professes that the only trouble with Nigeria is the failure of leadership, maintaining that with good leaders Nigeria could resolve its inherent problems such as tribalism; lack of patriotism; social injustice and the cult of mediocrity; indiscipline; and corruption.

The book contains sections on: Where the Problem Lies; Tribalism; False Image of Ourselves; Leadership, Nigerian Style; Patriotism; Social Injustice and the Cult of Mediocrity; Indiscipline; Corruption; The Igbo Problem, and; The Example of Aminu Kano.

The book, he writes, is a call to ordinary citizens to do more; in fact a couched invitation to revolution.

Playing the agent provocateur, Achebe questioned the On Unity and Faith motto on the Nigerian coat of arms.

He asks: unity in what? Faith in what? The book pointed out that it is easy to be united in disorder and corruption.

Needless to add Nigeria experienced yet another coup after the publication of the book, though a belated one in December 1993 sweeping aside the monumentally corrupt civilian government of President Shehu Shagari.

Speaking on Achebe’s upcoming book Odia Ofeimun, poet and playwright and author ofThe Poet Lied and Nigeria The Beautiful, said that since the book is about the civil war, he expects the aged Achebe to produce a trademark work that will be provocative and haunting.

However, Ofeimun who in his early twenties served as private secretary to one of Nigeria’s founding fathers and Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo, expects Achebe in the upcoming book to do a better job given that some of the things mentioned in The Trouble With Nigeria, in his view, are not in sync with the facts.

Ofeimun, former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) said: “I have problems with The Trouble With Nigeria. Achebe is too important in our history to have any inaccuracies in his book. I felt very bad about his grasp about some of the things that happened during the war, one of them being the roles and motives of Aminu Kanu to whom he bestowed a radical identity when in fact Aminu Kanu was pushing a regional agenda of the North; for all we know There Was A Country: A personal History of Biafra, might be the old man’s last major work; so I expect that this time around, minute details in our political history are properly placed in their correct places.”

The greatness of Achebe as a novelist is that he relays a unique idiom of everyday Africa – through Igbo eyes – unparalleled by any other living writer.

His mastery of proverbs and folkore of his people is unmatched, which makes his novels so evocative.

It is a mark of Achebe the writer that whatever angle literary critics take on his upcoming book, it will not dent his towering reputation.

The Biafra story has been a compelling theme to many Nigerian writers since the civil war ended in 1970.

Oddly, Achebe has steered clear of this intense subject despite being a key participant in those tragic events.

There was a Country ends his silence on this subject. And that is why this book is so anxiously anticipated, more so in his own country.

May 20, 2012 (BOR) – The Dachuek and Ayual ethnic groups of Wangulei were finally reunited by Rebecca Nyandeng who led the community peace initiative in the area, according to the Twic East county commission, Dau Akoi Jurkuch.

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Twic East county commissioner, Dau Akoi, May 2012 (ST)

Ayual and their neighbouring clan, Dachuek, had a long-term land dispute that led to the killing of more than 20 men and left about 37 people with injuries, in fighting that broke out in Wuanglei on March 3.

The Nyadeng peace initiative has brought the two clans under the same umbrella, according to Akoi on Sunday.

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Bayern Munich 1-1 3-4 Pen Chelsea (Final)

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19 May 2012, 23:29

Didier Drogba was the hero as Chelsea shattered Bayern Munich’s Champions League dream on Saturday with victory in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena.

Drogba stepped up to rifle home the winning penalty for Chelsea after earlier saving his side with an equalising goal two minutes from time to cancel out what looked like the winner from Thomas Mueller as the final finished 1-1.

It was an agonising defeat for Bayern, who saw midfield maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger miss with their final kick to give Drogba the opportunity to score the penalty to clinch the shoot-out 4-3.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech also saved brilliantly from Ivica Olic to get his team back into the shoot-out after Juan Mata had missed the Premier League side’s opening effort.

Cech had earlier saved a Bayern penalty from Arjen Robben in the first period of extra-time as the English side defied the odds once more.

Drogba’s winning spot-kick was a fairytale ending for the 34-year-old Ivorian striker, who had been sent off in the final minutes of Chelsea’s Champions League final defeat in Moscow four years ago.

“We have been doing this for years and years. There is a great spirit at the club, we never give up until the end,” said Drogba.

“Today was just amazing. Even if they had scored their penalty in extra-time, Juan Mata said we can get another goal. We all believed.”

Full-back Ashley Cole added: “We should have lost the game with the amount of chances they had.”

“After we lost in Napoli (last 16 first leg), we thought if we can beat them at home then we have the luck and we can win the tournament.

“Even when Robben missed the penalty, we still thought we had time to get another goal and with Petr Cech in goal, we knew we could do it.”

The win capped a rollercoaster season for Chelsea, whose campaign has been transformed since Roberto Di Matteo was appointed as interim manager in March following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Di Matteo has guided the club to a Champions League and FA Cup double in the space of a fortnight and is now favourite to land the job on a fulltime basis.

Chelsea’s victory – the club’s first European crown and the first by a London team – also means they will qualify for next season’s Champions League as tournament winners despite a poor league campaign.

But the loss left Bayern shattered as their dream of lifting their fifth European title before their own fans at their home ground ended in agony.

A match Bayern had dominated went to penalties after a frenetic finish to normal time, with Mueller heading Bayern into the lead seven minutes from time only for Drogba to equalise in the 88th minute.

A dramatic start to extra-time then saw Bayern’s former Chelsea winger Robben miss a penalty – saved by Cech – after Drogba had needlessly brought down Franck Ribery in the area.

For much of the match a Bayern victory had looked the likeliest outcome, with the Bundesliga giants revelling in the raucous support of their home fans.

Schweinsteiger was the first to set alarms off in the Chelsea back four, having his shot deflected behind by Gary Cahill after only three minutes.

Chelsea coach Di Matteo had sprung a surprise by handing a first Champions League start to youngster Ryan Bertrand in an effort to cut off the supply lines to Robben down the right flank.

However the wily Dutchman found space with ease in the eighth minute, cutting in from the flank and curling a shot over the bar.

The former Chelsea winger produced the best chance of the half on 21 minutes, teasing the ball past Jose Bosingwa to dart into the area. Robben’s shot was low and hard, but Cech stuck out a leg and the ball cannoned to safety.

The closing stages of the half saw Bayern up the tempo and they carved out a string of openings that they could well have scored from.

On 36 minutes Ribery and Diego Contento combined down the left to send Contento racing away. The left-back whipped in an inviting cross but Mueller could only slash his first-time volley wide of the post.

The second half followed largely the same pattern as the first, with Bayern having a goal disallowed for offside by Ribery on 54 minutes.

The Germans were thwarted by some dogged Chelsea defending, with Cole saving the Londoners with a series of telling interventions.

It looked all over for Chelsea when Mueller headed in to put Bayern 1-0 up seven minutes from time. But Drogba had other ideas to set up the extra-time finale.

Chelsea looked to have squandered parity in the fourth minute of extra-time, when Drogba needlessly clipped Ribery to concede the softest of penalties from referee Pedro Proenca.

Once again though Chelsea’s refusal to yield came to their rescue, Cech diving low to his left to thwart Robben’s spot-kick with his legs as the tension rose to excruciating levels.