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By David Aoloch Bion

‘’ UN Missions have used force , sometime  beyond self-defense , the trend has been for the UN to opt out operations likely to involve combat  and has allowed groups of states to act as proxies   ‘’  said  former UN Secretary General Koffi Annan introducing a reform of the UN Mission .

Today, UN seeks to undertake the Peace Enforcement in South Sudan. Peace Enforcement is to bring back peace by violence or  force.

The UN Security Council  passed  US-sponsored  resolution that  authorized  the IGAD  Regional Protection Force  under  UNMISS   in South Sudan , to use “all means necessary” in execution of their mandates..

The ‘’use all necessary means’’ is the code  name for the war between South Sudan and the UN proxies;  the use of violence against South Sudanese  ,  the  use of the so-called legitimate  force  against South Sudanese ,  the legitimate  killing of South Sudanese by the UN proxy- the  IGAD.

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Top diplomat backs new South Sudan vice president

Published August 28, 2016 Associated Press

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JUBA, South Sudan –  The top monitor of South Sudan’s peace deal said he and diplomats support the disputed appointment of a new vice president in order to support the country’s shaky peace agreement.

Although the legitimacy of Taban Deng as First Vice President is questionable, diplomats will work with him because they “don’t have an option,” said the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, former Botswana President Festus Mogae, in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday.

Deng was appointed last month by President Salva Kiir after he controversially dismissed opposition leader Riek Machar from the vice president position.

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After Juba, July 2016

Posted: August 28, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

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This is my first article about South Sudan since I was expelled by the GRSS in late April, at which point I was part of the JMEC secretariat. It is also the first time I have written publicly about South Sudan since I joined the IGAD mediation team in May 2014, and became part of the messy world of the peace process.  

After I left Juba, I felt that anything I might say about the implementation of the peace agreement could have been counterproductive, given the animosity some felt towards me. I did not want to create any complications for those who were continuing to work for peace.

But in light of the calamitous events in Juba over the last few days, the little I can do is to offer my knowledge of the process, in the hope that it can contribute to a way forward. I agree with Matt LeRiche

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By Malith Alier, Kampala, Uganda

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August 28, 2016 (SSB) — What would writing achieve in this country called South Sudan? Some people in the past advised this writer that he and many others should pause because nobody listens! These sorts of people imagine that continuous writing changes nothing on the ground.

Writing is not about changing things instantly but it’s also about learning, entertainment and you name them. I bet that most of my fellow writers will continue to write no matter what. Whether something changes or not, writers will continue. Further, writing is as old as human civilisation itself. Therefore, it’s meaningless to advise authors to cease what they love most.

There are dangers associated with speaking one’s mind in the society as we witnessed over the past five years after the independence. Journalists, particularly those who expressed political opinions have been killed, imprisoned and tortured simply because of their views. This in itself will not stop or discourage writers. We see soldiers join the army and carry guns despite dangers associated with being in the army. This is the same with writers.

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By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan

Fighting in South Sudan

Fighting in South Sudan

August 28, 2016 (SSB) — Last week I was listening to Miraya FM when I heard a little girl speaking some words of wisdom that must have fallen on the deaf ears of the war mongers who have held the country hostage. She was contacted by one of Miraya presenters (Sunny Martin) as a follow-up on her earlier interview about the recent breakout of another senseless episode of bloodbath in Juba. In her earlier interview she narrated her ordeal before saying some heart-hitting words, assuming we all have hearts.

The ordeal: when the bullets started spraying she was separated from her mother and started running to the church for shelter with a group of scared and helpless civilians. She later contacted her mother as she memorized the phone number. On their way to the church some unknown gunmen in uniform stopped them at gun point. They ordered them to hand in their belongings and, of course, they obliged. They were lucky in some ways.

When contacted by Miraya she said that she thought her life was going to be cut short at that small age. She then passed the following message to the ‘leaders’ of South Sudan, which I will try to paraphrase, even though I wouldn’t match her eloquence and spirit. She said: “We the children of South Sudan are suffering because of the war. Let this war stop. Let our leaders know that we want to be proud of having them as our leaders. We don’t want to regret having them as our leaders.”

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By Pal Chol Nyan, Juba, South Sudan

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Riek Machar Teny, the armed rebel leader

August 28, 2016 (SSB) — 28th August 1991 goes down in the annals of history when the most renowned South Sudanese academicians in the persons of Dr Riek Machar and Dr Lam Akol, with Commander Gordon Kong Chol, the trio were members of the SPLM/A Political Military High command (PMHC), changed the political compass of the war against the North.

They adopted the idea of Self-determination for the people of Southern Sudan in Nasir versus Dr John Garang’s war for the liberation of the whole Sudan, something which was a quixotic battle. The Nasir Faction’s idea was misconstrued by many politicians and army commanders, most of them have lived through the ordeals of liberation and are now the leaders, as a betrayal of the Southern cause.

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Anataban launch in Juba


Open letter to the president of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit: We demand the removal of, Abraham Gum Makuac, Governor of Gogrial State

Your Excellency,

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The swearing in ceremony of 28 governors in Juba, South Sudan, 29 Dec 2015

August 27, 2016 (SSB) — We thank you for the creation of (28) states and for putting to practice the vision of the (SPLM) of taking towns to the people.

In reference to the above subject matter and following:-

The Youth Association leadership of Gogrial County and their entirely members had strongly to makes their voices out due to developing administrative failure by thenewly appointed governor, Abraham Gum Makuac, the newly created state (Gogrial state). Our president, as you are aware of communal conflict in between Apuk Community of former Gogrial East County and Aguok Community of former Gogrial West County had always to lead the priority in selecting for us strong competent leader who work hard to bring political stability, Peace, law and order in the state. The governor of Gogrial State, Gum Makuac has fail us all including your image as the president of the Republic due to the followings.

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IGAD accepts Riek Machar’s ouster as South Sudan vice president

FRIDAY AUGUST 26 2016By KEVIN J. KELLEY, New York

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) said on Friday that it is up to the South Sudanese government to decide whether Dr Riek Machar should be reinstated as the country’s first vice president.

That decision would be “naturally accommodated by Igad,” Sharon Kuku, a spokeswoman for the eight-nation grouping of East African states, said in an email message.

Ms Kuku noted that Taban Deng Gai, appointed by President Salva Kiir as Dr Machar’s replacement, had pledged at Igad’s August 5 summit to abide by the South Sudan government’s decision on the first vice presidency.

“Igad did not stop Gen Deng from attending the summit nor speaking for the South Sudan government,” Ms Kuku pointed out.

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By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan

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South Sudan’s coat of arms, in which the eagle symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty, and the shield and spear the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

August 26, 2016 (SSB) — It was bound to happen sooner rather later. For the government supporters who were holding their breath, waiting to hear what is on president’s mind about the recent adopted United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the renewal of UNMISS Mandate and approval of 4,000 strong protection or intervention force; they got what they were waiting for on Monday 15th August when President Salva Kiir officially inaugurated the Transitional National Assembly.

The business remains as usual; and the pessimists who were speculating the business to be as usual got away with right prediction as the winners of political prediction. To their dismay, the supporters of the government who were expecting their government to be “born again” and look forward to seeing their President firing verbal missiles and incendiary rhetoric Like Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth against the UN, IGAD and US regarding the recent adopted UNSC resolution on sending 4,000 protection or intervention force to South Sudan and the renewal of the mandate of UNMISS, didn’t see any change in business.

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By Ariik Atekdit Mawien, Juba, South Sudan

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August 26, 2016 (SSB) — In 2011 when South Sudan was preparing to get its independence from the Muslim dominated and Arab minded Sudan. Countries like Ivory Coast and Libya were badly experiencing the United Nations and United States planned continental coups to undermine Africa.

Alassane Ouattara has been a prominent opposition leader in Ivory Coast intending to take over the country’s leadership from the then incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo. After elections, Gbagbo was declared the president defeating his rival and UN backed politician Mr. Ouattara.

A number of countries, organisations and leaders worldwide claimed Ouattara had won the election. After months of attempted negotiation and sporadic violence, the crisis entered a decisive stage as Ouattara’s forces began a military offensive in which they quickly gained control of most of the country.

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By Mok Dei Gual, London, UK

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August 26, 2016 (SSB) — Before I started to examine some events happened after the signing of the August peace agreement between SPLM in Opposition and the government of South Sudan, therefore I want all readers to recall the speeches of the two leaders when signing the agreement proposal in Addis Ababa. The president Kiir started his speech by saying that, Iam the president of South Sudan and I must always remain in that position as the president, the leader of that country.

He worried about his position as the president instead of thinking about the sufferings of the citizens affected by the civil war in the country. Dr Machar also went on saying that by signing of this agreement, Iam sending the signal that, this conflict must be ended peacefully, I hope the other side will be serious for the implementation of this peace agreement. He believed in the implementation of the peace agreement and restoration of the permanent peace in the country as whole.

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South Sudan’s future uncertain as Machar plans pull back from peace deal

FRED OLUOCH Thursday, August 25   2016

Former first vice president of South Sudan, Dr Riek Machar has thrown prospects of stability in the country into further uncertainty after his allies said they were rethinking their role under the August 2015 peace agreement.

The allies said Dr Machar planned a review of the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) involvement in the transition government once he recovered from injuries sustained last month.

Sources close to Dr Machar —who arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday afternoon from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for treatment — told The EastAfrican that the rebel leader was consulting Igad before making his decision known.

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Gruesome Pictures of Riek Machar in the DRC Congo

Posted: August 25, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in History, Junub Sudan

 

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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peace and reconciliation in South Sudan

August 25, 2016 (SSB) — It’s almost three years now since the war broke out in Juba on December 15, 2013 between the soldiers loyal to Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the republic of South Sudan and his former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

The war started in Juba and moved to States. And to the saddest, it moved to social media that are operated in and outside the country. Most of these social media fighters are having their bases abroad. How the war is being successfully fought on social media? They fight in this useless way;

Nuer in Diaspora: ” You Dinka in Juba, we have finished your Mathiang Anyoor, now we are on our way for Juba so we could crush you with your president.”

Dinka in diaspora: ” Why did you run away in 2013 and on July, 2016 with your rebels leader, Dr. Riek Machar? You come and you will get us here in Juba, you will face us.”

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By David Aoloch Bion, Juba, South Sudan

August 25, 2016 (SSB) —- The work of any good government is to enlarge the middle class in the pyramid of the society by downgrading the upper class and upgrading the lower class.  The government ensures that no citizen is left behind. This is in order to achieve a just society where there is no one go to bed hungry , where there is no beggar on the street except the mad , where there  are no barefoot citizens .

The society is constructed as a pyramid whereby the top is occupied by top class, the middle by the middle class and the bottom by the lower class. Who are the top, middle and lower classes in the pyramid of society?

Class is the person’s economic position or hierarchy in the society. There are three classes in the society, the top/upper/first class, second/middle class and lower/third class. The first class is the well-born, rich, powerful or combination of. The second middle class are the working class. The lower classes are employed in low-paying wage job.

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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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