Archive for June 28, 2012

Prior to the historic decision by the Council of Ministers to completely shut down the country’s oil production, oil revenues accounted for over 98% of the Republic South Sudan expenditures, 99% of foreign exchange earnings, and over 70% of South Sudan GDP.  The 10 states of South Sudan depended on transfers from the Central Government for the bulk of their own expenditures.  This post outlines macroeconomic impact of the shutdown and possible scenarios that may emerge.—By Peter Biar Ajak, Director of C-SAR

Analysis: Sudan rulers dig in as foes look for Arab Spring

Posted: June 28, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Outside the University of Khartoum, riot police in blue fatigues perch on pickup trucks, keeping watch as young women in bright headscarves and men in button-down shirts walk by carrying textbooks to class in Sudan’s intense summer heat. Less than a week earlier, the campus – just a few hundred meters (yards) from the national security headquarters – was a battleground. Police fired teargas and used batons to break up hundreds of protesters, who threw rocks back at them. No one expects the shaky truce to last. After more than a week of anti-government demonstrations fueled by budget cuts and tax increases, Sudan’s rulers are digging in. Riot police have been deployed, coverage of protests in local media restricted, and scores arrested, activists and opposition groups say.

Foreign weapons ‘fuelling South Sudan conflict’

Posted: June 28, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Foreign weapons ‘fuelling South Sudan conflict’
BBC News
Weapons from China, Ukraine and Sudan are fuelling conflict in South Sudan and being used in indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas, Amnesty International 

EU earmarks €11.5m for South Sudan’s primary education
Sudan Tribune
By Julius N. Uma June 27, 2012 (JUBA) – The European Union (EU) has earmarked €11.5m (US$14.3m) for strengthening primary education in South (…)