By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 24, 2016 (SSB) — I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for policing the country appropriately at a time when chaos has occupied our core ways of life. Through the execution of laws, an average citizen in this country can feel equally protected. It is very important that a well-organized and disciplined armed forces do their share to protect citizens and this has been your obligation as the man who is in charge of the army.

With that in mind, you were able to contain one of the worst social problems in the country. As you may know, a war associated with tribal connections can be very dangerous and indeed, it was quite dangerous. You have done your part and as such, you deserve my appreciation along with others who witnessed your work firsthand. Many of the people under your command are underappreciated for their work they have done for the people, which is completely wrong.

Our hope as citizens rests with the army, so when the army fails to do their job right, scholars and citizens blamed Gen Paul Malong for the failure. At the moment, we have nothing to blame you for, rather many of us have words of appreciation for you. Leaders are often blamed for something they have no proper control and these are normal drawbacks for leadership. You have been tested in your capacity as a leader and as a Chief of General Staff in the SPLA.

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By Gatluakz Khot Keat, Kampala, Uganda

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August 24, 2016 (SSB) — I said, ‘History is made not by the insatiable bourgeoisie and the fierce reactionaries, but solely the valiant revolutionaries.’ In pursuance of truth, I am made to direct my effort to articulate a concise account on the different groups of people who as a matter of convergence formed a unifying Revolutionary Movement whose noun continued to stand as Sudan People Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) and the inconsistence exhibited by the rascals who proved themselves ignorant about the cause of their stay in Pagak for one-fifth a decade.

The merger groups comprise: reformists (patriots and nationalists), jobseekers (people who joint the movement either in quest for positions or sacked post holders), followers (people who admire a leader and remain loyal comes what), escapists (people who fled because they are ethnically targeted), tribalists (people who are ethnocentric) and anti-massacre (people who strongly protest the coordinated state policy to commit ethnic massacres); some of whom especially jobseekers have thrown in the cards and given away their comrades.

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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

UN Flew Riek Machar to DRC Congo

UN Flew Riek Machar to DRC Congo

Resources in foreign lands had to be  militarily captured to keep them out of the hands of commercial rivals in opposing nation-states  who would use them to defeat our nation-states. If your own nation was to be wealthy, it could only be so by making other poorer,” Victor de Mirabeau.

It is clear that a country cannot gains unless another loses and it cannot prevail without making other miserable” Voltaire

The USA is destabilizing South Sudan to deny China oil”  writes Thomas C Mountain

August 24, 2016 (SSB) — Some weeks  ago US proposed 4000 regional force to be deployed in South Sudan as protection force to come quell down the violence in Juba. It was approved by the UN Security Council.  The US Secretary of State yesterday reiterated that the 4000 had to be deployed.

The USA is destabilizing South Sudan to deny China oil’, writes Thomas C Mountain, independence journalist in Eritrea. This sentence reminds me of the meeting between Dr John Garang de Mabior and the former Secretary of State Collin Powel in Nairobi after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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August 23, 2016 (SSB) — Sometimes it is not any interesting to start a move that one doesn’t have a great confidence of success. The Khartoum and London learned Dr Riek Machar Teny of engineering science that later shifted to doing his doctorate in Philosophy and Strategic Planning had been dreaming high for Presidency even days before the independence of the country. But does he philosophically and strategically plan well of how to get to presidency?

The Rumbek Secondary School leaver was accepted in the University of Khartoum to specialize in engineering. However, with his ambition in leadership Machar applied for another social science specialization in Philosophy and Strategic Planning, a specialization that he thought would quickly excel him to a giant leadership position in politics.

It is not bad for any South Sudanese including Machar to pursue the interest of becoming a president. Any of the millions South Sudanese can be anybody they want to be in their nation; however, that of Dr Machar has become quite extraordinary. What benefit do we make out of wars and destructions of properties and intended killings of human lives just for quest of office?

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 23, 2016 (SSB) — It has become obvious that the SPLM Former General Secretary Pagan Amum has become committed to the idea of handing over South Sudan to international and regional bodies of control. If we were to interview the deceased who this country took and the living, who are depressed and probably overwhelmed, it would be made clear that no one envisioned South Sudan being run by foreigners after what we went through during the civil war. You must wonder why Pagan Amum is so interested in involving the international community in South Sudan’s affairs.

 I am not surprised, though, because I am not sure why our officials have this selling out tactics that leaves people vulnerable. Early this year, former Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin made a statement that contradicted our ownership of the Abyei, and the government wasn’t heard in its attempt to address the premature statement from the Minister. Why wasn’t he confronted, many of us asked. Someone is always trying to sell people out, and all which is done in response is removing the person from their position, but without proper investigation.

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Jonglei state turns to prison service farm to feed its population

By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

farm in Bor, Jonglei state

farm in Bor, Jonglei state

August 23, 2016 (SSB) — Jonglei State prison service is expected to produce tones of food this year subsequent by the directorate strategy planting mammoth terra firma in the state with sorghum

Meager food commodities in the market furnish business community to swell prices of the few existing goods, making lives difficult for common citizens without an exception. The percentage increase of dollar against South Sudanese pound has been taken as scapegoat by most foreign and domestic traders as a chance to raise the prices in the Market.

Major General Alfred Manyang Agok the director of Prison service in Jonglei State who has 10 hectares farm said the indigenous must supplement the little they have by engaging in agriculture subsistence farming.

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John Kerry, US secretary of state, with former South Sudanese minister for international affairs, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin

US Secretary of State, John Kerry: “With respect to Machar, it’s not up to the United States; it’s up to the leaders of South Sudan and the people of South Sudan and the political parties and the political process, and their neighbors, to weigh in on what is best or not best with respect to Machar. But I think it’s quite clear that legally, under the agreement, there is allowance for the replacement in a transition of personnel, and that has been effected with the appointment of a new vice president. And what they decide to do is going to be dependent on them in the context of the implementation of the peace agreement.”

James Gatdet Dak : “The recent Summit in Addis Ababa of the Heads of State and Government of IGAD-Plus, including participation of representatives of the United States, passed a resolution which expects the “illegal” First Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, to step down and for a third party force to be deployed in Juba before the “legitimate” First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, can return to Juba. Any other rumoured opinions are irrelevant and against the IGAD resolutions. We dismiss them as rumours or opinions from individual officials, and call on them to abide by the contents of the peace deal and the IGAD resolutions. We thank IGAD leaders for sticking to their resolutions! Having said that, despite the “rumoured irrelevant opinions attributed to some uninformed officials”, it is the prerogative of the leadership and members of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) to decide how best to stop the violations of the August 2015 peace agreement by President Salva Kiir.”

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By Dr. Simon Wuor Gai, Colorado, USA

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — While many South Sudanese in the social media always argue that Dr. Riek Machar is a comeback kid, this writer always argues that Dr. Riek Machar is a dying horse politically and militarily. The man lacks intuitive leadership coupled with, self-pride, and blind ego. Such a leader never intuitively sees dangers ahead of time due to aspects above. Meaning, he always puts the society at a greater risk of butchering themselves while he enjoys being served with the scarce resources people have at their disposals as a leader.

For example, the incidence of Juba in July 2016 could have been mitigated and averted had it not been Dr. Riek’s way of doing things. There were many signs showing that the danger was looming before the outbreak of the fighting in Juba. He knows his few soldiers would be in danger because the government forces would outnumber them. He knows his military logistics is not in good shape. He knows that there could be collateral damage when two armies fight in the capital city.

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By Kenya Standard Reporter, Sun, August 21st 2016

Reports from Isiro in DRC where ousted South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar is under protection indicated yesterday that he is seeking a visa for eye treatment in South Africa. On Friday, UN helicopters carrying Dr Machar returned to Dungu where he was evacuated from days earlier to take away about 75 soldiers from his army.

UN admitted that peacekeepers in DRC rescued Machar and his wife Angelina Teny from the jungle. The Standard on Sunday independently established that the ousted VP’s entry into DRC was facilitated by Chad with support from Sudan. Following the Chadian intervention, the Kinshasa government authorised its military intelligence to extract Machar from Dungu, about 90km from DRC’s border with South Sudan but the planned rescue mission was abandoned for lack of adequate capacity.

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Marko Mawien Mawien, Kampala, Uganda

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — In a good faith, I kindly urge the government of South Sudan to serve the country from the wide spread of tribalism by simply shutting down both Facebook and Twitter. It is because some people misuse those pathways but when it comes to those who used social media outside South Sudan, I think it can’t have much effects within the country. You know how they misuse them.

Telling the public lies and if the social media is shutdown then they will learn how to use them properly if they are reopened. I know it is ill advised if anyone shuts down or blocks social media. Social media has totally brought divisions among our people. It has increased tribalism and hatred in our beloved nation. The government has to do something to safe our country from being torn apart by a well-known disease which is social media.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — More than 600 candidates in Bor County sit for Bor county mock examination in five centers Monday.

The number of candidates sitting for exams this year across five centers of Bor A, Bor Public, Baidit and Lualdit Primary schools amplified from 470 as of last year to 649 and out of this figure girls are 135 with boys tallying 514.  This year, 23 schools emerged with candidates compared to 13 schools of 2015.

The examination that will run for 3 days is meant to prepare, measure the performance and challenge students’ capacity of understanding including teachers’s teaching methodology according to Bor County deputy director Mr. Gabriel Panchol Anyang

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By Mok Dei Gual, Kampala, Uganda

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President Kiir with President Obama of the USA at the White House, Washington DC

August 22, 2016 (SSB) —- Before I get started to analyzing some events happening around the world, therefore I want to remind the people about what the current US president said when he was doing his campaigns in his first term in United States of America. As I have watched him traveling to other States to mobilize citizens to vote for him. All he used to tell his supporters is the change we believe in. Most people have seen him as the change maker within the country and around the world. Sooner than later, the man was democratically elected by the US citizens. It’s the first time in US history for the black person to enter to white house as the US president.

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G-10 press statement on the UN resolution 2304 on South Sudan


By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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August 22, 2016 (SSB) — Who is Pagan Amum?  Mr. Pa’gan Amum Okiech is a South Sudanese politician. He is the co-founder of South Sudan the reborn Country. Pa’gan Amum was born in a small post known as WAT in the Lou Nuer area and his father was a commissioned police officer responsible for the WAT post. His family moved to Malakal after his grandfather, Okiech of the Ubuar people, died and Pa’gan’s father was asked to take over the role of his father. His father went from being a clan chief to later being paramount chief and president of the court.

In 1982 Pa’gan Amum left law school in Khartoum to organize and command a group of young revolutionaries committed to the establishment of a new Sudan project. This group jointed by Mr. Pa’gan with other insurgent groups to form the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement SPLA/M under the leadership of his mentor or adviser or counselor Dr. John Garang De Mabior 1983.

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MONDAY AUGUST 22 2016

By TABU BUTAGIRA

KAMPALA. A Ugandan diplomat has “accidentally” shared a confidential government brief about South Sudan with the UN Security Council, triggering a diplomatic incident and embarrassment.

In Kampala, Foreign Affairs ministry officials in an attempt to mute the backlash held an emergency meeting with and apologised to US Ambassador Deborah Malac whose country sponsored the August 12, 2016 UN resolution on Africa’s newest nation.

Our investigations show that in the tense run up to the vote on the resolution, Kampala on August 10 prepared a two-page document to provide talking points to guide its diplomats in presenting the country’s position to the world body.

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By Ariik Atekdit, Juba, South Sudan

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) —- South Sudan leadership has been shaking since the disappearance of Dr John Garang de Mabior, the former Rebel Leader who was successfully anointed as the First Vice President in the Sudanese government of 2005. Garang was believed to be a good friend to the West and being a man of his own principles. He had established South Sudan’s bush military administration in the name of democracy but maintained it only to his principles of New Sudan and secularism opposed to the dictated Arabized and Islamized Khartoum administrations.

In the beginning Garang’s rebel movement of the Sudan People Liberation Movement and army (SPLM/A) seemed to be opposed to the Western Administrations and ideologies until when Dr John Garang switched from his socialistic ideology to Capitalism in order to get support from United States of America and the European Countries; a business that was made successful in order to weaken the Khartoum regimes or change it in totality.

When this popular man known as Dr Garang de Mabior signed a peace agreement in Nairobi that has given him the position of First Vice President in Khartoum and a President of Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) in Juba, he was made to shortly die in a plane crash before establishing an office for the autonomous government of then Southern Sudan.

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By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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Meeting of the GBC-USA

August 21, 2016 (SSB) — Our people don’t seem to understand that we are seen as a positive example to many communities in South Sudan and that so many communities look up to us to be a good example. It is worthwhile for our fellow South Sudanese citizens in other states to imitate such good behavior. Searching for a leader is not as easy a task as people perceive it to be because the job is complex and requires maneuvering on a number of problematic issues.

At some point, it is more than likely the case that things will become complicated at the county level if they are not handled carefully. In such an environment, feelings are bound to get hurt in the process but that is what happens when you must lead the people who need protection from organized self-hate individuals.

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By Mach Samuel Peter, Bor, Jonglei State

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) — The governor of Jonglei State Philip Aguer Panyang Jot has said over 100 SPLA/IO soldiers have been killed when over 3,000 SPLA/IO soldiers counter attack Pajut Military barracks under the operation of Mechanized division.

“The Sudan People Liberation army in opposition lost 101 white army soldiers along the trenches and many bodies still being collected in the bushes where the SPLA had flanged them after they (SPLA/IO soldiers) sneaked into the Pajut Military fence,” Aguer said.

“Meanwhile the SPLA lost 20 soldiers,” he continued. The fighting erupted at 5:00 am and the IO soldiers were repulsed and the counter attack at 6:30 am let to such huge lost.

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Accrediting generation, which fought for independent of south Sudan, and zero accreditation for current generation, which is killing south Sudan

By Ajang M. Ajang, Juba, South Sudan

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) —- Trillions of thanksgiving for our heroes and heroines who offered their respective time to bring us freedoms of today. Their bloodshed was not in vans.  I also flush my lovely two blood brothers who lost their lives during struggle then.

My mother and father have really contributed and no fathers and mothers who lost their love one should be left behind.  Without them, there will not be south Sudan today.

Generation before us has shown usability of the youth.  Their images contribute to independent of south Sudan.

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Giant of the SPLM— Comrade Pagan Amum: ‘Take over Temporarily’

By Deng Kur Deng, Pennsylvania, USA

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August 21, 2016 (SSB) — It is rage and concern that has loomed over those whom should be in charge of our country. To give you an idea of how senseless this subject matter is getting. Recently, one of the unknown members of the SPLM—by name, Miss Susan Jambo—called you lazy, visionless, and all sorts of names, but I doubt the credibility of her words, as we all know that you, Comrade Pagan Amum, started the SPLM/SPLA, so you spent 21 years in the bush like many of us. You were very popular among South Sudanese, but your rating as we speak has gone down drastically because of your position against us.

With that in mind, though, how could you be lazy and visionless when you in fact created the vision through which the SPLM/A has succeeded? You are not lazy, nor visionless. You remain one of the icons of the South Sudan regardless of our current differences. Now, like many South Sudanese, I have this surge of anger toward you for betraying us at the time we the people needed your positive contribution. Yes, it is true that the state of anxiety in the country has created all kinds of problems, and you have become one of these problems.

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