Archive for June 20, 2012

South Sudan outlines budget for “uncertain times”

Posted: June 20, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan’s finance ministry presented a 2012/13 budget that aims to slash state spending, boost tax revenues and raise loans to make up for the loss of almost all state revenues with the country’s shutdown of oil production in January. The proposed budget put annual spending at 6.4 billion South Sudanese pounds – roughly $1.3 billion at recent black market rates – of which about 2.9 billion pounds would go to salaries. Landlocked South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan a year ago, dependent on oil for about 98 percent of its state revenues, but halted output in January in a row with Khartoum over how much it should pay to export via pipelines in Sudan.

Egypt president announcement delayed

Posted: June 20, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Africa

In a series of swift moves the past week, the ruling generals have cornered for themselves sweeping powers that effectively subordinate the next president and severely limit his capability for independent action. A court order dissolved parliament, which was led by the Brotherhood, and the military issued a constitutional declaration that makes the generals the nation’s legislators and gives them control of the budget. They will dominate the security system after reshaping a key National Defense Council to keep it under their control, not the president’s. The generals will also oversee the process of writing Egypt’s new, permanent constitution. Allies of the military and Mubarak-era officials also hold sway in the judiciary, the prosecutor’s office and the election commission.

Malawi refusal to host the AU summit and its Implication in International Law

Posted: June 20, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Africa

African Union (AU) has moved a July summit from Malawi after it blocked the attendance of Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges he is alleged to have masterminded genocide and other atrocities during his country’s Darfur conflict. Malawi is a signatory of the Rome Statute and therefore making her a state party to the International Criminal Court. Malawi is supposed to arrest Al-Bashir as soon as he enters its territory.

The Republic of South Sudan is the fourth on the list of the world’s failed states, after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia and Sudan respectively, the latest edition of the Failed States Index (FSI) has revealed.

Top Ten Failed States  (whole list here)

The Failed States Index

Holding the title as the world’s newest nation, South Sudan gained its independence on July 9, 2011. With only a half year of data belonging to the new country, it was scored but not ranked on this year’s Failed States Index (FSI). Had it been ranked, it would have come in 4th on the index, just better than its parent to the north, Sudan.

Star of redemption

Posted: June 20, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Poems.

By Atok Dan

On this day, a star shone in the east,

in the East of the Nile

it was star of redemption,

nay did anybody bother to comprehend the star,

it was on June 23rd of 1945 that a star illuminated a cattle camp,

in the village of Wangulei,

an icon glowed the land of oppressed

none did anyone adore the coming of Garang De Mabior on the land

who was born

to liberate the suppressed masses of the South of Sudan

For nobody visited the star,

not even wise men of East

in the Bible

it was a star among the oppressed

the star of mission

Oh the oppressed people, did we build a monument for him,

in our hearts

to remind us of the struggle,

of beautiful generations that perished,

in the struggle,

whose blood cemented the foundation of nation,

Oh land of long oppressed masses,

where did an icon live?

in the bushes of struggle

Oh freed masses,

where did the star die, in the bushes of struggle

Oh June 23rd who gave?

Oh July 30th of 2005, why did you give us tears?

of unfinished business, why did you take him,

leaving us in skid row,

were you a bad day,

were you a day cursed,

for the oppressed shall hate you

Oh disciples of the icon,

oh living heroes and heroines of the struggle

where did we put the agenda?

did we misplace it,

the guiding star of liberation,

the yellow star,

Oh corruption, did you rob us

oh V8 of Japan,

why did you impoverish us?

you robbed our gallant heroes,

The men that led the struggle,

You robbed them

Oh June 23rd, shall you give us again

the star of justice, equality and progress,

oh expecting mothers,

the custodians of life,

an icon had left

for we still need the likes

the follower of the star