Archive for March 4, 2017


By Gabriel Kucdit Kachuol, Yirol, South Sudan

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The Red Army Foundation, Juba

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March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- A few days ago, Rebecca Nyandeng was interviewed by the Aljazeera TV, about conscription of child soldiers into the SPLA, military wing of the SPLM movement, led by her late husband, who is our hero and a father of our new nation, Dr. John Garang in which she asserted a controversial statement that “Red Army were food seekers in the SPLA.’

This blatant remark has not only outraged all the “Red Army but disappointed many including the Lost boys/girls and significant number of South Sudanese community in diaspora and within.” At least that is my own observation having read reactions on the social media.

However, in my opinion, though Nyandengdid may be wrong, the ineffective role played by the Red Army in this senseless conflict is a standpoint that young people, who might have not had the chance to participate in the frontline during the war and who never had the privilege to know the history of ‘Red Army’ during the struggle may be excused in case they get convinced of Nyandeng’s derogatory assertion.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Kampala, Uganda

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Salaries in dramatic decline

March 4, 2017 (SSB) — As I said on Thursday Article that South Sudan economy has faces twin challenges of high inflation and low growth. Most of the short term policy instruments at our disposal trade off one for the other. For example, the some individuals have raised interest rates to combat inflation. This may lower inflation, but hurts growth because it increases the cost of funds for companies.

Yes it has long been considered a scourge, an obstacle to investment and a tax on the thrifty. It seems strange, then, that inflation is now touted as a solution to the rich world’s economic troubles. At first sight the case seems compelling. If central banks had a higher target for inflation, that would allow for bigger cuts in real interest rates in a recession.

Faster inflation makes it easier to restore cost-competitiveness in depressed industries and regions. And it would help reduce the private and public debt burdens that weigh on the rich world’s economies. In practice, however, allowing prices to rise more quickly has costs as well as benefits.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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The Genius of Dr. John Garang: Speeches on the War of Liberation Paperback – November 26, 2015 by Dr. John Garang (Author), PaanLuel Wël (Editor)

March 4, 2017 (SSB) — First and foremost, I would like to thank the president of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit for the declaration of March 10, 2017 as national day for prayers. According to the president, the content of that prayer ought to base on healing, peace and reconciliation amongst the people of South Sudan. He further recommends all politicians to reconcile and make forgiveness as priority in this prayer.

On additional statement Kiir also asks all the South Sudanese nationals to observe this day suitably without failed, he also encourage every citizen to forgive each other for all mistakes we might have come across during the last four years of civil war. That was statement of the president encouraging people to forgive and forget all the mistakes impose to this nation by the crisis.

The above statement stated by president has actually convinced me to have my opinion toward it, and also have a great support to his idea of national prayers as the only solution to the current economic crisis of this nation. I also learned that, war within should not force us to disgrace our nation agenda of freedom toward spirit of togetherness.

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Bible Verses for revival, repentance, and restoration: 2 Chronicle 7:14, Isa 30:26, Jer 33:6, and Mal 4:2 for national day of prayers in all over country.

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

March 4, 2017 (SSB) — 2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV) ,  “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. A Biblical verse for revival and nation repentance or change of will and action toward God as way for peace, South Sudanese are lucky to have leaders who fear God.

Isa 30:26, read, “The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted”

Jer 33:6, “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security”

Mal 4:2, “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves”

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By Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch, Bor, South Sudan

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March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- In my pervious article I suggest that students should be encouraged to select their field of study in order to get a high salary job.

And now I’m asking the South Sudanese educational institutions to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed.

According to my understanding students go to school to learn and prepare for their future careers.

It is the educational institution’s responsibility to teach, equip and prepare their students for their future by providing them with the appropriate knowledge they will need.

But is it the Institutions’ responsibility or call to dissuade their students from pursuing the field of study which they think they will unlikely succeeds? The answer to this question is no, the educational institution is not in position to do it.

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THE GREATEST LIE

Posted: March 4, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Deng Monychol Lueth, Poems.

By Deng de Monychol Lueth, Brisbane, Australia

Ramciel, the new capital city of South Sudan

Ramciel, the new capital city of South Sudan

                               

A lie to the poor is in that catchy-virus-like vision’s phrase.

“Taking towns to the people” by employment is evil indeed.

Its prescriptions are designed to cure political job seekers.

A village dweller is told a town is being brought to you but

A new governor here and new county commissioner there;

No show of delivery for the things that make town a town.

How can a town be brought without roads, without peace?

Without security, without infrastructure and social services?

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By Bol Madut Ayii, Juba, South Sudan

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March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- The Red Army (Krasnaya Armiya) was a common name for the Russian National Military Forces from 1918 to 1946, which was also known by the abbreviation RKKA (Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army). The name refers to the color red. In the workers’ movement red symbolized the bloodshed in the struggle against oppression.

The Red Army was founded immediately after the 1917 Russian Revolution when the Bolshevik Party came to power. But the official day of its creation is considered February 23, 1918. This was when the Soviet Republic announced the first victory of the Red Army over the Germans on the very last days of Russia’ s World War I campaign.

Two weeks later the Bolsheviks signed a peaceful agreement with Germany, as it was difficult to fund the army, which was short of everything including guns, ammunition and human resources. Some historians argue that the victory never happened. However, February 23 is still today celebrated in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus as Defender of the Motherland Day.

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What does repentance mean in Kiir’s Bible?

Posted: March 4, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

By King David, Juba, South Sudan

Bishop Garang Anyieth Jakdit

Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth: The Spiritual Leader of our Time

March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- It was fascinating to hear President Salva Kiir boldly announcing a national day of prayer on South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) on Wednesday. In his pronouncement, he asked South Sudanese to turn out for the day to ‘repent, forgive one another and seek forgiveness from God almighty’.

While it is encouraging to see our president seeking divine solutions for our country’s troubles through repentance and prayer, I am keen to understand what repentance means to Salva Kiir and his government? In his definition, perhaps according to his version of a Bible, turning to God after moving a wrong path is what repentance means as in the following quote.

“Repent and forgive each other for the problems that we might have committed against one another for the last four years”, Kiir said. He went on to say, “Our time as people who aspire for a common destiny is now ripe to turn to God and ask him for forgiveness and blessings. We have not been that perfect and we need to submit ourselves to the Almighty through prayers.”

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What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist: The case of illegal detention of John Madol panther

By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

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March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- (If the one who arrested John Madol happens to be the government of Gok State, then the Government of Gok State will know from today that its days are numbered because we will never support it and we shall use all powers available in our means to expose every problems in the state to the public of South Sudan because the government that oppresses its citizens for no reason is no longer government of the people).

Human beings have mouths to talk and to express what they think is not going on well with them. Instead of arresting the person who talks against bad governance, the government should address the cause of bad governance.

Bad governance is the opposite of good governance. The reason why freedom of expression is protected by law even in our Constitution is the fact that the Government is supposed to allow people to talk provided they are within the limit of the confine as laid down by the law.

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By Hon. Isaac Tut Machar, Juba, South Sudan

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March 4, 2017 (SSB) — Dialogue is always done in a secure and peaceful environment where every citizen can participate freely, without fail or fear. But who is going to participate in that unilateral and one-sided dialogue being circulated in the media by Juba rogue regime of Taban Deng, Salva Kiir Mayardit? Who can buy such a false idea? This dialogue has nowhere to go. Except between Taban’s SPLM-IG Crown Hotel faction and Salva’s SPLM-IG Amarat faction.

The dialogue won’t involve any single refugee from abroad, the people in Kajokeji, the people in Raja/Bagari of Wau, and the people in Pagak. It will not either involve the IDPs in Juba’s PoCs, Bentiu, Bor and Malakal’s PoCs or the grassroots’ areas within the country.  The people’s resistant movement, the SPLM-IO under the wise Leadership of Dr. Riek Machar, is not going to participate in that partial Dialogue which will not grant needed peace for South Sudanese people.

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H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit

President of Republic of South Sudan,

Patron of the National Dialogue Initiative

Juba, South Sudan

March 4, 201

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

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The tragicomedy of the South Sudanese politics: SPLM-IG vs SPLM-IO

Dear Mr. President,

March 4, 2017 (SSB) —- I live in Australia and the worsening situation in South Sudan have affected us in Diaspora.  We have become, more or less, dysfunctional communities.  Dysfunctional, because we are not interacting among ourselves they way we used to do.  Dysfunctional, because our communities have become communities without peace.  When the poison of hatred emanating from the violence in South Sudan is directly and indirectly being instilled into our children’s young minds and souls, we feel we will not have a bright future in Diaspora given the fact that the countries we live in present us with their own realities, realities full of socio-economic issues.  Many of us, therefore, feel duty-bound to contribute with ideas that may bring peace to all the people of South Sudan.

When I heard that you had proposed that this year, 2017, is a year of dialogue, I thought our suffering people would now have a glimpse of hope.  However, I also heard that Dr. Riek Machar-Teny, call the proposal a ‘bogus’ and Mrs. Rebecca Nyandeng DeMabior and others are saying that you are the one to be ‘blamed’ for the situation created in the country and, therefore, you should not possibly be the patron of National Dialogue Initiative.  This argument takes away any possibility for peace.  In my opinion, the grass-roots should step in and attempt to break the deadlock.  The people should be the ones to drive this initiative.  I presume that the leaders would give people a chance to play a role that would determine their own destiny.  In this light, I made a proposal on social media, urging people to join me in writing dialogue peace plan.

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