By Roger Alfred Yoron, Juba, South Sudan

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September 30, 2016 (SSB) — At first, enactments and start of implementations of the laws: The Media Authority Act, The Right of Access to Information Act and The Broadcasting Corporation Act signed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit were welcomed, though with caution, as steps in the right direction to ensuring right of access to information and freedom of expression and the media in South Sudan.

However, to date, the situation on the ground continues to be the same after the three bodies, namely: the ought to be autonomous Media Authority, The Broadcasting Corporation and the independent Information Commission required for implementations of the laws have but all been established partly and to the disappointment of many, failed to live up to the task.

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Communique of the 626th PSC meeting on the Situation of South Sudan, 19 September 2016, New York

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The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 626th meeting held on 19 September 2016, at the level of Heads of State and Government, adopted the following decision on the situation in South Sudan:        

Council,

  1. Takes note of the briefings provided by the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, and the AU High Representative for South Sudan, former President Alpha Oumar Konare, on the situation in South Sudan. Council also takes note of the statement made by the representative of the Republic of South Sudan;

  1. Recalls its previous communiqués and press statements on the situation in South Sudan, in particular, communiqué [PSC/PR/1(DCXVI)] adopted at its 616th meeting held on 11 August 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as well as the decision of the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union on the situation in South Sudan, also held in Kigali, Rwanda, on 18 July 2016;

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

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September 29, 2016 (SSB) —- The Chinese proverb which states that a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step is found, translated and paraphrased in almost all other human societies. James Baldwin, a prominent African American civil rights writer once wrote that we must know where we are coming from in order to know where we are going. John Garang used that wisdom in his diagnoses of “the problem of Sudan.” The same idiom also featured in an ever present confession that “we lost track” whenever mountaineers try to get their way either up to the top or back to base.

Physicians (medical doctors) examine the physical state of patients before prescribing medication. Social scientists (historians, lawyers, sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers, psychologists, etc.) examine dynamics and trends in social phenomena prior to proposing positive paths forward. Thus, recent medical and social histories of patients and beleaguered societies (countries) are vital in both fields.

The general idea here is that conflicts are linked to their roots from which they ought not to be detached, lest we lose track of the way forward. Some societies make the mistake of assigning improper roots to their conflicts thereby fail to find sustainable solutions to their persistence. For example, a few of learned colleagues would want to attribute the current selfish  nonsensical deadly political bickering back to historical clan-centered wars between the Jieng (Dinka) and Naath (Nuer), rather than pinpointing the real issues related to personal ambition and political contestation in the country. It is not the tribes, which are God’s creation, it is individual political leaders who use tribes as their political firewood.

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The domestic Political gridlock of two South Sudanese PhD holders–Dr. Lam Akol and Dr. Riek Machar

By David Matiop Gai, Juba South Sudan

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September 29, 2016 (SSB)  —- The political genesis of the two South Sudanese PhD holders had put education in question mark, whether education changed attitudes, characters, personalities, behaviours, as it is believed that education develop and build enact qualities of leaders, but contrary, politics of both engineers is totally non-success, non-performance, and a sinking ship in the history of Sudan before session, and after session in 2011, because Dr. Riek, and Dr. Lam politics are politics of destruction and loss of lives. We are now being led by dysfunctional, paroxysm, and relapse politicians, and we are hopeless societies in their political era.

In politics, there is no permanent enemy, and permanent friend, but in South Sudan politics, leaders of political parties and tribe movements particularly Dr. Lam Akol, and Dr. Riek Machar have already built political swords against Dinka community which is not supposed to be the high tension in backup their political achievement, because how will Riek Machar in his  politics do away with Dinka, and how will Dinka do away with Nuer in course of revenge when their members were killed versus Shilluk of Lam Akol.

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By Dr. Majak D’Agoôt & Dr. Remember Miamingi

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September 28, 2016 (SSB) —- There is no end in sight to South Sudan’s man-made apocalypse so long as its ruling “Gunclass” runs the show. These, ethno-regional, sectarian warlords have benefited from the conflict through organized violence and plunder. On a number of occasions, they have organized pogroms against their own people on the grounds of ethnicity, political affiliation and social geography. The Gunclass has tapped dangerously into sediments of age-old ethnic cleavages as a means of maintaining power, literally, by the barrel of the gun.

The Gunclass in South Sudan consists of cliques of ‘former liberators’ and former Khartoum-sponsored counterinsurgency warlords who fought on both sides of the civil war during the decades-long liberation movement for South Sudan. These individuals include the current President, Salva Kiir (a liberator), and his former deputy turned armed opposition leader, Riek Machar (once a liberator turned a COIN warlord).

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By Apioth Mayom Apioth, USA

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September 28, 2016 (SSB) —-The Dinka are everywhere like the MTN network, as opposed to Vivacell mobile which has accessibility only in some areas”, the Equatorians would say. All tribes go through some sort of a culturization process where some ideas work and other ideologies fail to effect change. It is a common tradition in many African cultures that more people means more wealth. The Dinka had the sheer luck of having brought their best minds and intelligentsia together to create a situation where their population became more numerous. It is not that other tribes didn’t give it a good shot; they perhaps tried a couple of times, but it didn’t bear fruits.  Would it be such a bad idea had all the 64 tribes been equal population-wise? No, it would be a great blessing since that would be the easiest way to get rid of complaints and behind-the-back bad talks.

Now the Equatorians wait for the Dinka to pass about just anywhere and snatch the innocent lives out of them. The Dinka are being punished because we have a failed leader in Juba, who also happens to be from the said tribe. Our leader took a good nap for the last 11 years, and when he woke up, everything that was neatly organized at his house was nowhere to be seen; his house was completely emptied of everything he once owned. From a well, furnished house, full of amenities; his house now even has cracks all over and holes in the rooftop. It terribly gets cold at night. His life is in ruins. Of course this is not what Kiir’s life looks like in the real sense. This is an actual depiction of what a normal South Sudanese citizen has been through in the last two and half years.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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Deng Mabior Deng, Bor-South County commissioner

September 28, 2016 (SSB) —- The 14 new commissioners of Jonglei State have been deployed to their headquarters on Wednesday in Bor. In a rally organized at Jonglei State Constitutional Square (council of ministers), the fourteen Commissioners re-affirmed their commitments and explain opportunities and strategies in realization of SPLM vision of taking town to the people.

Subsequent by the Presidential Order No.36/2015 AD, for the Establishment of 28 States in the Republic of South Sudan and announcement of defunct ten states, several voices amplified by the citizens across the country continue to welcome the devolution of powers through decentralization saying it will enrich the service delivery and boosting of development of the country side which has suffered for decades.

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By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

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John Garang’s prophecy

September 28, 2016 (SSB) — Last night, of the lust seen in the Kush republic, was a term so harsh to define, not so, had the vacuum opened to breathe away this dull wind. I saw no way illuminated to surrender my little mind, had the sake produce the consequence, however, the must still cast out to the public. In respond to their betterment sold to the bunch of seats in the gleaming contained tower, I rally the ailments to caressing motions and sit among the world of “Atheists or Intelligentsia”.

This, notwithstanding the fracture, is a land doomed and the revolutionists throw to corners their eyes of which the light never escorts the sight. I congratulated the society for its “conservatism” and “realism” over the life decadence, in the meantime, thinking of the benedictions sprayed onto these seats, is a way so tattered to move not even in the day but also stumbles even though in a plane.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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September 27, 2016 (SSB) — Though it is inappropriate to rejoice at this moment in which it has been bad time for Gok Community for losing one of its respected and hard working generals (may his soul rest in peace), it is also important to inform Gok people and the rest of the world for the Great development that has just taken place in Gok State.  Telling the good news at this critical time in which Gok people are morning their son is based on the Dinka’s saying that though a person dies, people should continue to eat in order to survive. Thus, based on the above Dinka’s saying, I would like to tell all the Gok people, South Sudanese and the rest of the world good news that Gok State has received a gift from China as I will explain what the gift is about shortly.

Nonetheless, before I explain the important gift given to Gok State and Gok people by the Chinese people through Government of South Sudan, it is imperative to tell those who may not be aware about Gok State and the economic standing of China in the world. Gok is one of the 28 states of South Sudan. It is located in the Bahr el Ghazal region and it borders Tonj to the west and Western Lakes to the east. It should be noted that last year (2015) this time, it was not known that that there was going to be something called Gok State that was going to be recognized by one of the second largest economies in the world: China.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Ambrose Riiny Thiik, Chairperson of the Jieng Council of Elders

September 27, 2016 (SSB) —- I believe in constructive criticism and cohesion among leaders. However, it has become the norm among our current generation that some of us hate hearing the facts—but that won’t stop me from stating them. While that is true, pretending that, there are contended issues, which could be easily addressed through covert strategies isn’t valid. Otherwise, don’t expect these issues to slip away on their own once they reached past rational. As many of us may know, a leader’s greatest fulfillment is in satisfying the people, so their work should be dedicated completely to the country in their leadership.

I support the President of the Republic of South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, and many members of the SPLM; however, I feel that there must be room to acknowledge the Jieng Council Elders (JCE) are major threats to even Dinka’s politicians who might have shown no rational reasoning behind their decisions against President Kiir and his administration. Yes, they are politicians in this country and we all need to work together for the welfare of the people, but they must still be viewed as a major concern among Dinka communities.

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Oil Exploration: Uses and Benefits of Geological Survey

Posted: September 27, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Economy

By John Deng Ateny, Perth, Western Australia

September 27, 2016 (SSB) — Geological survey is an integration of location’s geological composition, recording of its structural and stratigraphical formation. The survey investigates mineral endowment, rock composition, hydrological distribution, plate tectonic and other natural hazards. This information are compiled in a geological survey map.

The main purpose of geological survey maps is to create a single source of information relating to resources and natural hazards. These maps assist governments (central and states), local councils and other government agencies in making important decisions.

They are used in land planning, engineering projects, infrastructure planning etcetera. Marking high risk zones on the maps save citizens, organisations and governments from making misguided investments. It also assist land allocation agencies in maximising land use and land value.

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Dear Mr. President

By YihHon Alewei, Juba, South Sudan

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September 27, 2016 (SSB) —- Our country has been experiencing turbulent since, from George Athor and David Yau Yau rebellions to Riek Machar madness of 2013. Our country has never been stable. The expectations of our people have been buried before their eyes and the introduction of suffering re-surfaced again.

Mr. President as our leader, you have to start listening to us… You need to introduce radical policies that will help our country to get back on its feet. You need to show to the people that you are the man they depend upon. As a president,

  1. You have to start visiting the areas that have been affected by war, by doing that Mr. President, it will give our people back their confident in you as their leader.
  2. Take out all our people in UNMISS care and relocate them to their respective areas and provide security for them. After that, ask the UNMISS to respect our sovereignty or else leave our country since their extended mandate expired on the 12th of August, 2016. Stands your ground and keeps saying no to their additional troops. If you have taken out all the IDPs in their camps across the country, there will be no point of having more troops in the country.

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Respond to Cartoonist Mr. Kangi Achom: You Seem Not to be Aware of the Revolutionary Struggle and the SPLA/M Red Army Veterans

By Abraham Majak Makur, Juba, South Sudan

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September 26, 2016 (SSB) — Yesterday, I came across a cartoon sarcastically drawn by Kangi Achom and published by The Dawn Newspaper on 16th September, 2016, Vol. 1, issue No. 170. On the satirical cartoon in question, Mr. Kangi Achom, depicted the Red Army as an old man insulting a young man saying: “stay away from me you lost boy.” Don’t speak to me, I’m from Red Army.” The young man on his part responded by saying “Mmm! How comes an old man like you be a Red Army?” Of the bet, Lost Boys and Girls are a constituency with the Red Army, meaning they are also Red Army – as majority of them participated in Red Army Service during the liberation struggle.

Mr. Kangi’s depiction of the Red Army on his cartoon is not only misplaced but an utter mockery of the true historical context and meaning of the SPLM/A Red Army. Neither the old man nor the young man depicted on the cartoon said anything close to what the Red Army is. On the outset, I would inform Mr. Kangi Achom and the general public that the Red Army were young veterans of the revolutionary struggle, currently organized under the Red Army Foundation and many of whom are serving in armed forces.

The purpose of this piece is to try and educate both Mr. Kangi Achom and reading public of the historical background of the SPLM/A Red Army. The Red Army is not an entity that mysteriously appeared after the signature of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. In many occasions, I have heard people asking what the Red Army is and what it stands for.

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Do you know CDR Gabriel Jok Riak was SPLA Commander who fought as foot soldier in liberation war (1983 -2005)

By David Aoloch Bion, Bor, Jonglei state

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September 26, 2016 (SSB) —- CDR Gabriel Jok Riak had planned, commanded, executed and participated as foot soldier in 23 battles of SPLM/SPLA against Sudan government in the liberation war from 1983 to 2005. He was critically wounded three times and slightly wounded four times.

CDR Jok was trained at Bilpam in Jumus Battalion, attended Shield one cadet and went Cuba for military course. He was given fire baptism at the Battles of Jokou and Nasir in 1984 at the rank of CPL and 2nd Lt.

 In 1989, as Captain, he commanded a coy in the battle of Nasir where he was wounded at the leg. In 1991, he commanded a coy in the battle of Payom at Panyagor in Twic East when the SPLA Torit was fighting the SPLA Nasir, at Payom he was wounded at the leg.

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By Dr. Ayii Ayii Madut, Juba, South Sudan

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The late Akook Ngor, one of the medical students at the Kajo-Keji Health Training Institute who were killed after they were identified to be MTN=Dinka

September 25 (SSB) —- Why a medical student trainees would be killed just because of his ethnicity? A case of Kajo-Keji Health Training Institute, I never wrote and worried when I heard MTN a code for a Dinka being used to kill on the major roads that lead in and out of Equatoria region, because if MTN is going everywhere than there is a need to reduce the distant it should go so it was up to those who choose a MTN line which goes everywhere when there are other lines like Vivacell, Zain etc.

I never wrote and worried when I heard some Dinka men were caught and given option to be sodomized or be killed on the road to Bahr el Ghazal, yes might be others want to proof that they are more men than them. I never wrote and worried when I heard some Kraal of cattle had been shot at and later exchanges of gun fire took lives of both human and animals because in the first place why would a cattle keeper travel all the way from Upper Nile or Bahr el Ghazal just to grazed his animals on some one’s farm in Equatoria region, leaving the grass in his/her home state.

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By John Deng Ateny, Perth, Western Australia

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September 25, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudan national economy mainly depend on the nation’s extraordinary mineral wealth, especially on petroleum. Maintaining resources reliance economy requires new discoveries. Effective national exploration, data acquisition and minerals distribution is required to provide ongoing economic prosperity. South Sudan has only limited geological work and this work is either unrecorded or locked away in former masters’ archives.

More geological survey needs to be done to continue resource and reserve upgrade. Unfortunately, there is non-existence financial investment, lack of related legislations, political instability and other threats, in including the presence of active landmines. South Sudan is still categorised Greenfield. Majority of land remain virgin despite oil discovery and ongoing active work in other areas.

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Image  —  Posted: September 24, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in History, Junub Sudan, Press Release


By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

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September 24, 2016 (SSB) —- Sexism- the very so offensive notion that emotionally, logically and practically explain the way states and non-nation states see and perceive women. Jonglei state, the previous largest state in the Upper Nile region which has recently been subdivided into four mini-states, one of which has been allocated to the four sub- sections of the Dinka community—the Bor Dinka, the Twic Dinka, the Nyarweng Dinka and the Hol Dinka.

These sub-sections of Dinka are well known for decency, open-mindedness and the respect toward their women and children. Many old and young men of these sections have suffered and died in many wars in the name of protecting their women, children and elderly. These and many others portray their determination to see their women live in absolute freedom, free of rape, killings and many other insecurities. However, this does not mean that they have done enough to promote the welfare and dignity of women in Jonglei state.

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