Archive for January 18, 2012

By Ulf Laessing and Alexander Dziadosz

KHARTOUM | Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:17am EST

(Reuters) – Sudan will continue to take a share of oil from South Sudan to compensate for what it calls unpaid transit fees and said an oil deal was unlikely without an agreement on border and security issues, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

South Sudan became Africa’s newest nation in July under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between north and south, but many issues remain unresolved, including oil, debt and violence on both sides of the poorly-defined border.

Tensions escalated last week when Khartoum said it had started confiscating oil from landlocked South Sudan, which exports its crude through Sudan’s pipelines to a port on the Red Sea.

Sudan’s economy has been badly hit by the loss of two-thirds of oil production to the South, and the country is under pressure to ease the hardships of people already exhausted by years of conflict, inflation and a U.S. trade embargo.

The two sides were meant to conclude an oil agreement that would see them sharing revenues, with the south paying fees to export its oil through the north.

The African Union is sponsoring talks between the two countries this week, but Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti dampened hopes of a quick deal, rejecting the south’s criticism of its move as “childish.”

“If they are not ready to sit down and conclude an agreement, we will take our right. We will take our entitlements,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“Nobody can hamper us from taking our right. This is our entitlement,” Karti said.

He said South Sudan’s support for rebels in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile was hindering the talks. Juba denies giving support to the insurgents, who fought as part of the southern army during the civil war.

“If you are hosting rebels, preparing them against me, supporting them by munitions, by salaries, by everything, by training, by giving them all facilities. What shall I wait for? What shall I wait for you to do? I’m waiting for war,” he said.

“So if you are preparing to instigate war against me, what kind of any other agreement will be useful?”

He said Sudan had monitored conversations that proved Juba was supporting the rebels – known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Army (SPLA-N) – by continuing to pay their old salaries.

“We listen to them. They know that we listen to them. What kind of stupidity? You know I’m listening to what you say every day, and you go on talking about salaries, ammunition, supporting us, and bringing more tanks near the borders, and the rest,” he said.

Any oil agreement would likely depend on a broader deal that addressed the fighting and other security issues, such as marking the border, Karti said.

“To me, it could be a holistic approach. A piecemeal way of doing things is not enough, and it proved not to be working. It’s better to begin with the top issues – the security issue to me is very important – and then the rest will be easy,” he said.


Sudan and South Sudan have been discussing a transit fee for southern oil exports since Juba’s independence, but their positions have remained wide apart. Khartoum wants $1 billion in rear payments plus $36 a barrel to use the export pipeline, roughly a third of the South’s export value.

South Sudan has offered to sell oil to Khartoum at discounted prices and give financial aid, but Karti said some southern officials had taken a “sarcastic” approach.

“Even some of them, sarcastically, they tell us that they are donors and they will give us some tens of millions, and they will be spending those millions on humanitarian issues, and trying to solve problems in the needy areas,” he said.

“They talked to us like donors, whereas we are calling for them to sit down at a table to talk seriously,” Karti said.

“(Saying we are) taking their oil, stealing their oil – this is childish,” he said. “This is our right. If this does not (suit) them, let them block the oil. It is their oil. We will not at all fight for the oil to come through our pipeline.”

He said a debt pile of almost $40 billion for which Juba refuses to share responsibility was weighing on the economy but rejected some analysts’ forecasts that Sudan’s economy is headed for a severe crisis.

“It is not bad. I will not accept this word,” he said. “We are trying our best to emerge as a country that has good resources, and as a country that should be supported.”

Most Western firms have shunned Sudan since the United States put a trade embargo in place in 1997 for the country’s role in hosting prominent militants like Osama bin Laden.

Karti said Gulf Arab states were increasing their investments but Sudan would not ask for any outside help to overcome economic difficulties.

“We are not begging from anybody, we have our resources,” he said.

(Additional reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Editing by Peter Graff)

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South Sudan: Hard Work Is the Way Forward, Says Bishop Nairobi — South Sudanese Emeritus Bishop Paride Taban of the diocese of Torit has said that hard work is the only way forward for the South Sudanese. Bishop Taban told CISA in an interview on January 13 in Nairobi that the South Sudanese
South Sudan: Roads Can Bring About Fast Development to Nation The distance between Juba and Renk through Bor, Ayod and Malakal towns which this important road will join is long and with connection to Juba-Nimule Road it will make the South Sudan section of the Cairo-Cape Town highway complete. 

By Eurosport | The Rundown 

Ali addresses his public
Muhammad Ali turns 70 today, and to celebrate the life of the Louisville Lip, we have compiled his greatest quotes.
Here are 37 of Ali’s most vicious, funny and profound sayings – one for each knock-out of his professional career.
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1 – ‘I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.’
2 – ‘There’s not a man alive who can whup me. I’m too fast. I’m too smart. I’m too pretty. I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.’
3 – ‘I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.’
4 – ‘I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.’
5 – ‘If you dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologise.’
6 – ‘There are two things that are hard to hit and see. That’s a spooky ghost and Muhammad Ali.’
7 – ‘I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.’
8 – ‘Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.’
9 – ‘People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy – nobody like him. Like The Beatles, there will never be anything like them. Like my man, Elvis Presley – I was the Elvis of boxing.’
Ali fights Joe Frazier in the ‘Thrilla in Manila’
10 – ‘Frazier is so ugly he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wildlife.’
11 – ‘Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.’
12 – ‘It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.’
13- ‘I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.’
Ali versus Foreman in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’
14 – ‘I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing. And the shadow won.’
15 – ‘Floats like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.’
16- ‘Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t!’
17- ‘It’s a divine fight. This Foreman – he represents Christianity, America, the flag. I can’t let him win. He represents pork chops.’
18 -‘That all you got George?’ (Ali during the Rumble in the Jungle)
19- ‘Hey Floyd – I seen you! Someday I’m gonna whup you! Don’t you forget, I am the greatest!’
20 – ‘I’ll beat him so bad, he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.’
Cassius Clay vs Sonny Liston: Tale of the tape
21 – ‘Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.’
22 – ‘I shook up the world! I shook up the world!’
23 – ‘Why, chump, I bet you scare yourself to death just starin’ in the mirror. You ugly bear! You ain’t never fought nobody but tramps and has beens. You call yourself a world champion? You’re too old and slow to be champion!’
24 – ‘Get up sucker and fight. Get up and fight.’ (Ali to Liston during their second fight)
25 – ‘You’re always talking about, Muhammad, you’re not the same man you were 10 years ago. Well, I asked your wife, and she told me you’re not the same man you was two years ago!’
26 – ‘I’m the best. I just haven’t played yet.’
27 – ‘When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.’
28 – ‘Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God – and I insist people use it when people speak to me and of me.’
29 – ‘What’s my name, fool? What’s my name?’ (Ali to Ernie Terrell who refused to call him Muhammad Ali)
30 – ‘I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.’
31 – ‘Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?’
32 – ‘I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a ‘nigger’.’
33 – ‘A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.’
34 – ‘Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.’
35 – ‘One of these days, they’re liable to make the house I grew up in a national shrine.’
36 – ‘A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.’
37 – ‘It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.’

On December 21st, members of the Sudanese Diaspora hand delivered a petition to the offices of the UN Security Council.  The petition has been signed by 85 international organizations and prominent individuals.  The opportunity to add your voice is now available through an online petition at
This month, it is expected that the crises in Sudan will be addressed at the African Union Summit.  Please help amplify the demands of the Sudanese people who are desperate for action that provides protection, emergency aid, justice and hope for democratic change.  When you sign this petition online, it will be sent to the African Union as well as to members of the UN Security Council.
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  • Azhari Abdalla, director general of the Sudanese oil ministry's Oil Exploration and Production Authority, points to a map as he briefs journalists in Khartoum, December 19, 2011.
Photo: AFP
South Sudan Accuses Sudan of Stealing Oil

Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Azhari Abdalla, director general of the Sudanese oil ministry’s Oil Exploration and Production Authority, points to a map as he briefs journalists in Khartoum, December 19, 2011.

South Sudan on Tuesday accused its northern neighbor Sudan of stealing more than 2.1 million barrels of oil, and warned buyers and shippers that they might face prosecution. The accusation has cast a pall over a new round of talks on sharing oil revenues.

South Sudan’s chief negotiator at the African Union-mediated talks accused the Khartoum government of confiscating and selling southern oil, saying it is creating an economic and political crisis.

The oil is shipped from landlocked Southern Sudan by pipeline to Port Sudan, where it is loaded onto ships for export. The two countries produce about 500,000 barrels of oil a day.

Disputed oil transit fees

The Khartoum government this week said it would take part of the south’s oil as compensation for transit fees, pending settlement of their dispute over how much the payments should be.

Southern negotiator Pagan Amoum on Tuesday showed reporters documents indicating that the north has seized three oil shipments in recent days worth more than $200 million. He said the action threatens to end the north-south talks.

“The government of Sudan, as we speak, has completed loading the stolen oil onto its vessels that now have cargo of stolen oil of South Sudan. This represents some $140 million of property of the people of South Sudan being taken away. And if you add the 750,000 [barrels] that may be starting to be loading today or tomorrow morning, it will amount to $215 million. This is an act of state piracy,” said Amoum.

Oil-revenue sharing disagreement

As the talks were set to begin on Tuesday, the two sides remained far apart over the amount of oil revenue to be shared. The south has offered to pay a transit fee of less than $1 a barrel; Khartoum is asking for more than $32 a barrel.

Amoum said the north has blocked southern oil from leaving Port Sudan since December 25. He told reporters that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is risking a return to war by refusing to negotiate in good faith.

“President Bashir has become a danger to regional peace, and he’s taking all what he wants whenever he wants at whims. This is not the way a responsible state within the international community operates, especially one that is trying to normalize relations with so many of the countries of the world. The government of Sudan has made clumsy pretexts in a thinly veiled attempt to justify its thievery,” said Amoum.

South Sudan’s warning

South Sudan Justice Minister John Luke warned that anyone buying stolen oil would be held responsible. He said investigations have already identified the companies that are purchasing the confiscated oil.

“We also would like to put the companies that are buying this illegally gotten oil of Southern Sudan from the government of Khartoum to a be on legal notice that this is the property of the Republic of Southern Sudan. And by dealing it and purchasing it, they are purchasing property to which the government of Sudan does not have any legal title and for that matter they will be subject to litigation,” said Luke.

Oil is considered the backbone of the economies of Sudan and South Sudan. The south took more than 70 percent of the region’s oil resources when it broke away from the north last July. But the oil can be exported only through the north.

China is the biggest investor in South Sudan’s growing oil sector, and the largest consumer of Sudanese crude.

South Sudan accuses Sudan of stealing 120,000 barrels of oil a day

By Associated Press, Published: January 17

JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s oil minister on Tuesday accused northern neighbor Sudan of stealing massive amounts of the south’s oil, an accusation that comes the same day the two sides are to begin another round of negotiations over their formerly unified oil industry.
South Sudan’s Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Sudan is each day diverting about 120,000 barrels of oil pumped from the south through a recently constructed “tie-in” pipeline.
“This amounts to nearly 75 percent of the oil of South Sudan” being pumped through the line, Dau said.South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July to become the world’s newest country, and took about three-fourths of what had been Sudan’s 500,000-barrel-a-day oil industry with it.Oil runs both countries’ economies, and the south’s oil must run through Sudan’s pipelines to get to port. But the two sides are nowhere near a deal on how to share revenues.

Dau’s accusation comes just days after the government of Sudan announced that it was taking southern oil in lieu of pipeline transit fees it says the south is not paying. Oil officials in Khartoum said they began taking southern oil in December, but would not specify how much oil was being taken.

Dau said the seizures at Port Sudan coupled with the oil taken from the new pipeline amounted to nearly all of South Sudan’s shares of oil pumped from its territory.

“This is a crime and it is a threat to peace and security,” said Dau.

The two countries were to begin negotiations on Tuesday in Ethiopia primarily over the transit fees that South Sudan will pay to use the northern pipelines. South Sudan has offered to pay an average of $0.70 per barrel for the use of the two pipelines, but Khartoum has asked for $36 per barrel.

Khartoum’s chief negotiator Sabir Mohammed Al-Hassan said Sunday the figure includes other fees that South Sudan will be required to pay, such as transportation fees, a transit fee, and a marine terminal fee.

But South Sudanese officials say the levies amount to theft. Dau warned that the south would take legal action against any foreign oil companies caught buying “the stolen oil.”

Pagan Amum, the secretary general of South Sudan’s ruling party, said on the sidelines of scheduled oil talks in Ethiopia that the theft of billions of dollars worth of oil by Sudan would probably cause the talks to collapse.

“Sudan should take note that the south’s patience is close to reaching its expiration period,” Amum said.

Amum said that Sudan is stealing oil “that would be the equivalent of purchasing two new pipelines a year, every year.” Amum said an oil company on Monday alerted the south’s government of another 750,000 stolen barrels worth $140 million.

Amum said the north has repeatedly threatened oil companies to load southern oil into its vessels. Copies of letters that backed these claims were distributed to journalists at a news conference.

Despite the difficulties, South Sudan is trying to expand its oil industry. Last week it signed its first post-independence oil deals with the state petroleum companies of China, India and Malaysia for oil-producing concessions in Unity and Upper Nile states. The agreements replaced exploration and production agreements made previously with the government of Sudan.


Associated Press reporter Luc van Kemenade in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia contributed to this report.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Sudan – South Sudan Negotiations Resume

Written by: 

January 17, 2012

Economic issues, primarily the division of oil revenues, are expected to dominate today in Addis Ababa the negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan on the issues left unresolved since independence in Juba, said the minister and presidential adviser Mohamed Abdul-Gadir.

According to the Sudanese representative, quoted by the official press “SUNA” during talks mediated by the African Union, South Sudan will be asked to pay six billion dollars in arrears to the use of pipelines oriented toward the Red Sea.

The division of Sudan in July last year has necessitated a new compromise on oil revenues after the expiry of the peace accords of 2005 which provided for a division on an equal basis.

The oil is mostly concentrated in the southern oil fields, but it can only be sold and delivered to international markets via the pipelines linking the oil to the north.

Khartoum is seeking payment of a transit fee of USD35 per barrel, while Juba is offering 74 cents with the addition of an initial allocation of two and a half billion dollars.

The tensions between the ‘Sudans’ grew over the past weekend, with Khartoum announcing that it had taken and sold 650,000 barrels from the south. In addition to oil, in the Ethiopian capital until next Monday, there will be a discussion over foreign debt and trade agreements.

A key issue on a humanitarian level risks being ignored, in a period characterized by a series of other armed clashes. The enduring conflict along the borders of two countries: the legal status of some 700,000 South Sudanese migrants, who, in the absence of an agreement, in April could be expelled from Khartoum and other northern regions where they have worked and lived or years.

About the author:MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the ‘world’s Souths’, not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.


South Sudan: 47 killed in revenge attack as tribal conflicts escalate

Victims of ethnic violence in Jonglei state, South Sudan, wait in line at the World Food Program distribution center in Pibor to receive emergency food rations Photo: AP Photo/Michael Onyiego
Members of a South Sudan tribe that was previously targeted in a massive ethnic assault killed 47 people in another revenge attack, escalating the tribal conflict in the world’s newest nation, an official said.

Members of the Murle community attacked a community called Duk Padiet in Jonglei state Monday evening, said Philip Thon Leek Deng, a member of parliament who spoke from South Sudan‘s capital of Juba.

Some of the residents of Duk Padiet – who are from the Lou Nuer tribe – fought back, killing an unspecified number of attackers, “but the majority of the 47 killed are young children who could not run, old women, old men, disabled people,” said Deng, who is a Lou Nuer. There was no immediate confirmation of his casualty tolls.

In a statement, US National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor acknowledged the escalation in violence in recent weeks and urged all sides to refrain from further attacks.

“We welcome the South Sudanese government’s launch of an investigation into these attacks and its deployment of additional military and police forces to the region, and we support efforts by the UN and non-governmental organisations to provide urgently-needed humanitarian assistance to those who fled the fighting,” the statement said.

The Monday attack is the latest in a series of raids carried out by the Murle against the neighbouring Lou Nuer community in Jonglei. Similar attacks took place over the past week in neighbouring Uror and Akobo counties. With the attacks in Duk County, the death toll since the revenge attacks began Jan 8 has risen to more than 120.

The revenge attacks are the latest in a long-running cycle of violence between the two communities. Officials say the attacks are being carried out in retaliation for raids by the Lou Nuer tribe on Murle communities in Pibor county in late December and early January.

No reliable death toll has yet been released from those attacks, but the United Nations estimates that as many as 60,000 people were affected by the violence and are in need of assistance. One Murle official said more than 3,000 Murle died in the December-January attacks. That toll has not been corroborated by the UN or central government.

Deng said the residents of Duk County are fleeing the county in anticipation of an impending second attack.

“What happened in Duk Padyiet is not the end,” he said. “We are expecting another attack this evening from similar forces because they did not take cattle. They attacked the town. There were no cattle in the town.”

The United Nations has recently launched operations in Jonglei to reach the tens of thousands affected by the violence. South Sudan has deployed 3,000 soldiers to the area in an attempt to quell the ethnic clashes.

Cattle raids between the Lou Nuer and Murle have gone on for decades. The 23-year civil war between the newly independent South Sudan and its northern neighbour, Sudan, flooded this region with weapons.

The crisis in Jonglei is just one of a host of problems in one of the world’s most underdeveloped nations, which gained independence last July. Besides the 60,000 displaced in Jonglei, the country is also hosting more than 80,000 refugees who have fled rebellions in neighbouring Sudan. Thousands of South Sudanese have returned from Sudan since independence and thousands more have been displaced by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group plaguing Central Africa.

South Sudan attackers kill 51 in clashes: governor

By Hannah McNeish (AFP) –

JUBA — Gunmen killed at least 51 people in the latest ethnic clashes in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei state, the region’s governor said Tuesday.

“The whole night (Monday) they burned the town… 51 are confirmed dead and now we have 22 (injured) evacuated to Juba,” said Jonglei governor Kuol Manyang.

Armed men stormed the village of Duk Padiet in northern Jonglei late Monday, with most of those killed “women, children and the elderly,” Manyang told AFP.

“We are expecting more to be injured because they ran to the villages last night,” he said, blaming gunmen from the Murle ethnic group for the attack.

Remote and impoverished Jonglei has seen a dramatic escalation of bloody tit-for-tat attacks between rival ethnic groups over cattle raids and abduction of people.

Newly-independent South Sudan has declared Jonglei a national “disaster area” while the United Nations has launched a “massive emergency” operation to help over 60,000 people affected by the violence.

Last month an 8,000-strong tribal militia of Lou Nuer youths marched on Pibor, to exact revenge on the Murle people there for alleged attacks, abductions and cattle raiding.

Now officials claim the latest violence is the Murle’s response.

One attacker was killed, a suspected Murle man wearing military fatigues, Manyang said.

The village “was attacked by people positively identified as the Murle armed youth,” said Philip Thon Leek Deng, the local MP.

Deng said that large herds of cattle had been stolen in a series of raids in the area last week, but the attack Monday targeted people.

“They did not take cattle… they are only coming for annihilation,” he said.

The people of Duk Padiet are from the Dinka ethnic group, who are also traditional rivals of the Murle.

Minister of Information Barnaba Marial Benjamin said around 3,000 extra security forces had been deployed in Jonglei, mostly to Murle areas, but now attacks were happening in Nuer and Dinka areas.

“The forces we have taken in cannot cover every area,” he said.

Jonglei, an isolated and swampy state about the size of Austria and Switzerland combined has limited mud roads often impassable for months during heavy rains.

Guns are common in the region devastated by two decades of war with northern Sudanese forces, a conflict that paved the way for the South’s independence last July.

The UN says that last year, violence between the two tribes left around 1,100 people dead and tens of thousands displaced in a series of cattle raids involving abductions of women and children.

South Sudan accuses Sudan of stealing 120000 barrels of oil a day; talks open 
Washington Post
JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s oil minister on Tuesday accused northern neighbor Sudan of stealing massive amounts of the south’s oil, an accusation that comes the same day the two sides are to begin another round of negotiations over their 

Sudan rebels say key govt outpost taken
Oil-producing South Kordofan remained under Khartoum’s administration when South Sudanbecame independent in July, but fighting since June has pitted ethnic Nuba rebels, once allied to rebels in the South, against the Sudanese army. 

Tribal violence in South Sudan kills 47
JUBA Jan 17 (Reuters) – Around 47 people have been killed in tribal violence in South Sudan, the latest in a cycle of attacks that have displaced some 60000 people in the new African nation, officials said on Tuesday. South Sudan became independent in 

South Sudan: two priests kidnapped
Independent Catholic News
But, reporting an upsurge in kidnappings in the region, Bishop Adwok said he feared the men may be conscripted to fight amid reports of worsening internal conflicts involving Sudan and South Sudan. He said: “It is not as if the law cannot be maintained 

Russia likely to withdraw from UN’s South Sudan force
Reuters India
By Louis Charbonneau | UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia is likely to withdraw its military helicopters servicing the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan after voicing alarm at attacks on Russian personnel there, a Russian official said on Tuesday . 

US Warns of Impending Food Crisis in Parts of Sudan
Voice of America
He acknowledged problems only in some “pockets” where, he said there are rebels he accuses of being armed and assisted by South Sudan,” said Osman. “The envoy said it is not possible to allow aid workers into these areas because they are unsafe. 

South Sudan Accuses Sudan of Stealing Oil
Voice of America
January 17, 2012 South Sudan Accuses Sudan of Stealing Oil Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia South Sudan on Tuesday accused its northern neighbor Sudan of stealing more than 2.1 million barrels of oil, and warned buyers and shippers that they 

Sudan – South Sudan Negotiations Resume
Eurasia Review
Economic issues, primarily the division of oil revenues, are expected to dominate today in Addis Ababa the negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan on the issues left unresolved since independence in Juba, said the minister and presidential adviser 

Syria; Iran; South Sudan; 2012 World Economic Situation and Prospects Report 
UN Dispatch
South Sudan: Russia is likely to withdraw its military helicopters servicing the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan after voicing alarm at attacks on Russian personnel there, a Russian official said on Tuesday. Although Moscow has not made a final 

US and Sudan spar over humanitarian crisis
South Kordofan and Blue Nile border the newly independent nation of South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July. Both Sudanese states contain large groups that sided with the south during more than two decades of civil war but remain part of the ..

In South Sudan, tribal militias exact revenge (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Some 2000 people may have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by tribal conflict since Christmas, in what may be new South Sudan’s greatest existential challenge. By Hereward Holland, Correspondent / January 17, 2012 Victims of ethnic violence 
Sudan actions on aid risk ‘famine’: US envoy
She said the conflict, large-scale displacement of the population into neighboring Ethiopia and South Sudan and the block on aid agencies “has pushed the people of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile to the brink of a major humanitarian crisis. 
South Sudan attackers ‘kill 51’ in clashes
JUBA — Gunmen killed at least 51 people in the latest ethnic clashes in South Sudan’s troubled Jonglei state, the region’s governor said Tuesday. “The whole night (Monday) they burned the town… 51 are confirmed dead and now we have 22 (injured)
Japanese peacekeeping personnel arrive in South Sudan
DefenceWeb (press release)
The first Japan Ground Self Defence Force (GSDF) personnel have arrived in South Sudan ahead of a larger deployment to assist South Sudan rebuild after its long civil war. Thirty-four GSDF troops departed Narita airport on Saturday. 

MTN Sudan Plans to Boost Revenue, Subscribers in 2012, CEO Says
After South Sudan’s secession following a peace agreement in 2005 that ended a two-decade war between the north and south, MTN Sudan had to reconfigure its Sudanese network in the south to be a separate operating entity. Since December, the operations 

South Sudan: What Are the Relations Between Ministry of Housing Ross and the
In the third episode, the author gave an overview about housing, both as a package of goods and as a process; with special emphasis on the need to build cities for South Sudan, which at the moment are lacking due to obvious reasons. 
South Sudan: Christian Aid assists civilians fleeing violence
Afrique en Ligue
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Urging a swift end to escalating hostilities, Christian Aid has begun assisting civilians displaced by the recent spate of inter-communal violence in the remote town of Pipor in Jonglei state of South Sudan
South Sudan: Why Choose This Particular Career Not Any Other?
When I was growing up I thought I wanted to take over father’s law firm but not mother’s heredity, and whenever he asked who of my sons would follow in my footsteps, I was always quick to answer him that I would be the one. As soon as I was old enough, 
Armenia’s MFA establishes contact with its citizen in South Sudan
Information-Analytic Agency
Armenia’s MFA established contact with its citizen in South Sudan, MFA Press Secretary Tigran Balayan told Armenian In his words, the citizen of Armenia is free and safe, and South Sudan authorities have no problems concerning Armenia’s 

South Sudan
: Sudan’s Two States – Post-Secession Opportunities and Risks
Symposium under the title: Sudan after the Secession of the South sponsored by Al Jazeera Center for Studies, January 14-15, 2012, AT Doha, Qatar By Nhial Bol Aken, Editor-in-Chief, The Citizen, Juba, South Sudan. This paper gives a brief highlight of 

South Sudan: Church Launches Biography Book On Retired Bishop Paride
The Catholic Church main publication entity in South Sudan which is known as Pauline Publication Africa has launched a new book on biography of Retired Bishop Paride Taban who used the bible as a tool toward the attainment of a new independent country, 

South Sudan: The Undersecretary of Culture Should Resign
Of late, Dr. Jok Madut Jok, the undersecretary of culture, a government official and an elder of my own state, has shown that he has courage and that he can actually defend the rights of the citizens of South Sudan in his recent writings and postings 

South Sudan: Let Us Sort Out Easily Grown Crops From the Rest
In recent press statements attributed to the minister of agriculture in South Sudan, some of the food crops that can be grown to overcome problems of food insecurity are root crops naming cassava, sweet potatoes and yams. As these are some of the food 

South Sudan: Arabs Have a History of Enslavement of South Sudanese Not the Jews
The above statement follows the sarcastic remark made by the current Secretary General of the Arab league Nabil Al-Araby that it would be to the benefit of South Sudan to join the Arab League instead of establishing diplomatic relations with the state 

South Sudan probes killing of aid worker
Sudan Tribune
January 17, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan has launched immediate investigations into the motive behind Saturday’s brutal murder of Dr. Alemayehu Seifu, hitherto the Country Director of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF).