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Something has gone a miss among South Sudanese. Something terrible such that the bonds of decency in our cultural tapestry and heritage have ruptured. The South Sudanese society is reeling as acts of trauma manifest themselves in savagery not known to us. People are really traumatised from the leadership at home and in diaspora to everyday individuals at home and in diaspora too. There is too much venom from one person threatening to “rape to death” to others hurling abuse because of political differences.

Recently, Tearz Ayuen wrote an article in his typical style castigating the negative role played by Rebecca Nyandeng Chol Atem, the widow of the late Dr. John following massacre of Nuer civilians in Juba. However, in his attempt to show that Nyandeng has little support Tearz invertible implied that her supporters were Twic East which many read to mean supporters of Riek by extension and in the process the message was lost in translation. For some reason (feminist solidarity – my understanding based on her writings or whatever) known only to herself, Amer Mayen Dhieu wrote a furious response. In my view, an over the top response that was characterised by abuse of Bor community especially of Michael Makuei. I also found the allusion that Riek’s White Army should have attacked “Barkazeel” a bit distasteful and not different to Tearz view that “Tuei” are supporters of Nyandeng and by extension of the rebellion. It is all self defeating as both arguments are devoid of substantial logic.

However, I have little interest in debating communities or whatever, it is akin to intellectual vigilantism on a clan level – something abominable. Nor do I want to debate Tearz or Amer on their current subject of discussion. My problem in this Tearz-Amer debate pertains to the cheering fans and the faceless commentators, especially the reaction to Amer’s article. The reaction of some few people and their commentary is disturbing to say the least. Some individuals clearly need a visit from the High Priest of Logic, Decency, and Manners.

Abusing Amer because she is a female and perceiving that as a weakness or dragging her personal life into a public debate is a low act especially when she has not interacted with these abusive individuals beyond the screen of some smart device. Name calling doesn’t killed! Well, the kind of wasaka Amer has been subjected to is not normal, uncalled for and undeserved. It ruins people’s reputations especially when unfounded allegations are made and perpetuated by unscrupulous individuals. Calling someone a prostituted because she was engaged to someone and it didn’t work out says a lot about you rather than the person you are accusing.

Amer can be criticised, fair enough, however do it on logic and especially in relation to what she has written and not what you heard or think she should be as “Dinka woman”.

Get out of the cave and get a life.


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Report on the trial of G4 in South Sudan

Makuei Kuir Biar is a member of the public who attended Court proceeding in Juba South Sudan where the four politicians are on trial on charges of treasons. This court came as a result of the December Juba crisis which was termed as a coup by the Government but disputed by the opposition as deliberate attempts by the Government in order to suppress the rest of political organisations.

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327834/t/Report-on-the-trial-of-G4-in-South-Sudan/in/english#undefined.gbpl

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Akutë kɔc ke dhetem jam në kake Panë Junup Thudän

Participants: Deng Duot Bior, Amer Mayen Dhieu, Deng Mayom Lueth, Mangok, and Adut Anthony dharuai

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327830/t/The-forum-of-6

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Interview with Dr Luka Biong Deng

BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America has signed an executive order that will allow the congress and his Government to impose sanctions to individual South Sudanese who are believed to have perpetuated the violence or wanted to promote violence across the country, These conditions will apply to all parties involves in the fighting.

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327846/t/Interview-with-Dr-Luka-Biong-Deng/in/english

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Interview with Atem Yaak Atem

Atem Yak Atem is a former Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting in Republic of South Sudan, a professional journalist who has served in various high profile positions Sudan Government, Sudanese People Liberation Movement and freelance writer for various newspapers.

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/dinka/highlight/page/id/327842/t/Interview-with-Atem-Yaak-Atem/in/english


You have given it your all; your time, your attention, your loyalty, your devotion, your energy… your love, sweet, sweet love.

The love you had was…

… that kind of ‘love’.

Whatever was felt, infatuation or love, in that short period of time, you were smitten. So, so, smitten.

Summer ends… and when it ends, all dies. The ending is crushing. The way it ended and the aftermath felt like salt added to the wound; it made it sting, worsening the pain, prolonging the pain and perhaps the healing process.

For the girl who gave her heart but was given it broken in return, it was a lesson.

As cliché as it sounds, a broken heart and an ended relationship are lessons.

South Sudan Pioneer: John Penn de Ngong

Posted: October 1, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Blogs, Featured Articles

John Penn de Ngong doesn’t, actually, think he is safe. Which is why he has been in exile in Kenya since January this year, when his fellow civil rights activist Karbino Kolen went missing. This was after the disappearance of another colleague and the assassination of yet another one, most probably by, as Penn de Ngong puts it, ‘Khartoum in Juba’. Khartoum is the Sudanese dictatorship, against which John Penn, as a member of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), fought until independence for the Republic of South Sudan was achieved in 2011. Juba is the capital of independent South Sudan which, according to Penn, is now mimicking the dictatorial ways of the erstwhile enemy. “It is very disappointing. What is happening in Juba today is a recurrence of what the Khartoum government did to us in our recent past. I am back to a refugee life, my family that fled home in 1993 during the war of liberation is now fleeing home again in 2013. This is just two years after the independence millions of South Sudanese donated their lives for. Like (Sudan’s dictator, EG) Omar al Bashir used to do, the new government is witch-hunting simple critics, labelling them traitors. The Khartoum regime carried out massacres of our rural people, but in December 2012 the Juba government did the same. About 9 people (including women and children) where shot dead when a protesting crowd was sprayed with bullets. (Later, the government claimed that the crowd had wanted to rob a bank – on a Sunday?)


Sad Day As Renowned Blogger And Coder Idd Salim Passes On

Even before Kenyans are over with mourning the souls that we lost in the Westgate attack, we are hit by more bad news. The Kenyan online community has lost renowned blogger, coder and twitter bigwig Idd Salim who passed on Yesterday night at St. Mary’s hospital. Reports claim that the blogger died from a chest infection (Tuberculosis) after ailing for a few days.

His blog

http://www.iddsalim.com/blog/2013/07/08/3-reasons-why-silicon-semenya-kenya-will-never-match-silicon-valley-us/

Tribute Articles

1. http://www.trending.co.ke/even_when_gonethus_spaketh_idd-267564315.html?xrs=RebelMouse_tw

2. http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/blogs/KAMUNYU-A-tribute-to-Idd-Salim/-/634/2006370/-/15h5l9qz/-/index.html


Weakleaks!

Government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the investigation into Awuol’s assassination was ongoing and rejected Biar and Ngong’s harassment claims. “It is mud-slinging on the government. It is not true. If it is true, bring it to the police,” Benjamin said.

About his police that he believes in to handle our security cases, we remain suspicious that some of the elements of this law-enforcing organ are behind the terror witch-hunt against our citizens. This is seen in one of my previous conflicts with an ‘investor’, who was shielded by Marial himself and the police to the extent that he got away with my magazine, South Sudan Business Review, a reformed business branch of The Younique Generation Magazine, its first sequel, The Liberator, having been commandeered by the SPLA 4 years before.

This response to Reuters’ journalist by our official government spokesman, who is equally my Minister for Information (and Broadcasting), came to me as shocker news…

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Weakleaks!

I have an important edict from my media source of holy news. Today, February 28, 2013, marks the official benediction of Pope Benedict XVI, who officially steps down. Another pope I am yet to predict from the Conclave 117’s verdict will step up, but from where? Let us do the Bet-ican for the next president of the Vatican. The answer is obvious. Not from Africa again! Don’t ask why. And if you do, I will give you a ‘stupid’ answer. And this is it.

African leaders, be it religious or political, have a leadership adaptability of sticking into the big seat forever. We have too many leaders with little leadership. And the timeless adverb ‘forever’ here points at their undying holy matrimony’s vow: Till Death Do Us Part. Aha’men!

So the Conclave today or after today at St. Peter’s Square will not think of electing or selecting a Papa with an African origin, lest he clings onto…

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Getting rich in South Sudan?

Posted: February 17, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Blogs, Featured Articles

the art of constructing

An article has appeared recently that getting some attention.  It’s an opinion piece, or blog entry (depending on where you find it), that asserts a few people are getting rich from the aid and development industry in South Sudan, while most South Sudanese are given much lower pay. You can read the article at the Sudan Sudan News Agency website: how-aid-agencies-cheat-donors-in-the-name-of-south-sudan.  But that is only the text.  The full impact is felt when the images are also included, as in the blog piece at PaanLuel Wël Blog Entry: How Aid Agencies Cheat Donors in the Name of South Sudan.

I am interested in the article because it probably voices thoughts that many people have: that there are a few people getting rich out of the aid and development industry in South Sudan.  Such criticism of the aid industry has been around for a long time, notably in the book…

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A Country Betrayed by Her Children

Posted: January 23, 2013 by PaanLuel Wël in Blogs, Commentary, Featured Articles

A Country Betrayed by Her Children.


Weakleaks!

I am a man born and grown through a series of serious dilemmas. A dilemma (I call it die-lemma) is a situation where you are forced to choose between sacrificing your mother or your father, as practised by those ruthless parasites in the name of parricides, patricides, matricides, fratricides, sororicides and infanticides of Jonglei State. What are these? These terms describe murderers of relatives, namely: parents, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and babies (infants) in that order.

Therefore, while celebrating (better word is commemorating) the major milestones leading to our in/dependence on January today, a group of youth to which I subscribe in principle put me at a crossroad of whether to ‘commemobrate’ (commemorating by celebrating) or mourn the arrival and/or departure of peace in South Sudan on such a day. This message seems to massage, however, not my mood of the day, though it is un/ethical to celebrate when your home state, or even your homestead, has been ( and is still) moaning…

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Reuters launches podcast about South Sudan

Posted: December 28, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Africa, Blogs, Featured Articles, Junub Sudan

This year, Reuters explored the most important issues facing the world’s youngest country in an eight-part series, “Birthing a Nation – South Sudan’s first year.” Now we are publishing podcast versions of some of the reports in Juba Arabic, and making them available to South Sudanese listeners and radio stations.
This story, by reporter Alexander Dziadosz, focuses on the town of Pibor, which saw cattle raids and fierce fighting a year ago. You can listen to it here: http://audioboo.fm/Reuters.Enterprise

And you can read the story in English here.

You can follow all of our stories on Twitter @SpecialReports and on our Facebook page.


As the Movement grew and became strong she became a victim of her own success. The movement gained in quantity of members, while declining in the quality of membership. The administrational anarchy is further exacerbated by an increasingly authoritarian regime which reacts to criticism rather than act towards reform. The current state of collapse of all sectors in South Sudan should not be blamed on the loss of our leader. We should take it as a deliberate program of the leading clique in Juba not to serve the interests of our people. The notion of all power belonging to the people has been completely usurped! Instead of using the goodwill expressed by the people when they affirmed their sovereignty by voting in overwhelming numbers for independence, the new elite has instead focused their efforts on grotesque accumulation of wealth. The popular goodwill could have been mobilised again in a popular constitutional referendum, as many people of goodwill had urged the SPLM to do. That is another opportunity squandered. There exists currently two scenarios in our country; either we have an honest and free dialogue on the future of our Republic, or we can descend into the abyss.

Complete the story on this link: http://newsudanvision.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2669:capt-mabior-garang-de-mabior-a-call-for-fundamental-change-in-south-sudan&catid=1:sudan-news-stories&Itemid=6

Meet the Modern African Woman on the Prowl

Posted: December 24, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Blogs, Featured Articles

They are young, beautiful and live on the fast lane — enjoying every city luxury, yet their monthly pay is peanuts, writes Shirley Genga. The Nairobi woman is barely 23, but she lives in a Sh55,000 apartment in Kileleshwa. She wears shoes worth Sh4,000 (in five different colours); her handbags cost Sh6,000 and her long fake European hair costs a whopping Sh8,000 to attach. She has an iPhone 4 or the latest gadget that everyone in town lusts for. She drives a new red Toyota Ist and, to top it off, has an accent that can easily be confused as American yet she has never stepped out of the country. When she goes out with her girlfriends, she pays a Sh20,000 bill without blinking — yet she barely earns that in a month. Brilliant budgeting? Nah! Shrewd saving skills? Of course not! If you examine her life closely, you realise her rich lifestyle can all be attributed to one thing:  ‘Multitasking’. To survive today’s tough economy, young Nairobi women have taken multitasking to a new level by ‘triple dealing’ — dating three, or even more men depending on their financial ambitions. Their excuse? You cannot eat love.

http://standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000073571&story_title=Kenya-Nairobi-women-and-their-many-%E2%80%98hoes%E2%80%99


Weakleaks!

“It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” This sarcastic quote from Woody Allen is the same answer I give to one of my Facebook friends who dropped one rumour bomb into my chatbox the other day,

“You are the next to be assassinated?”  (said Wen de Madyt?)

When I asked why amidst varied reactions from my worried friends around, he quit! But what keeps me still scavenging in Juba after such scaremongering series of serious dooms-say on my doomsday, which is the order of the day from my relatives, including one negative relative, and my friends, including my fiends, is summed up by Patrick Moore in one of the books that I read and quote thus:

“At my age I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look at the obituaries page and if I’m not there…

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I was delightfully shocked and elevated to receive an invitation recently to attend Africa-India Partnership Summit that was scheduled to take place in Le Meridien lle, Mauritius, on 12 December 2012. The invitation also pointed out that I was going to be honoured with Africa Education Leadership Award for 2012 during the summit. All happened as planned. I travelled to Mauritius and participated in that Summit accordingly, and received the Africa Education Award for 2012 for “Outstanding Contribution to Education”, it says in the invitation letter. The Africa Education Leadership Awards is an annual event that takes place in Mauritius and are organised and presented by World CSR Day, in partnership with CMO Asia, and Stars of Industry Group, among others; all of which are not-for-profit bodies active in promoting good governance, business excellence, leadership, sustainability, innovation, and corporate responsibility both regionally and globally.

Manyang Mayar

By Manyang David Mayar

I just returned from a visit to United States of America two weeks ago. I was one of the two journalists from South Sudan, and one of the 130 journalists from around the world to participate in Edward R. Murrow program for journalists this year. This trip gave me a better understanding of why democracy is far above than just holding elections. U.S embassy in Juba and the U.S Department of State’s office for International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) deserve credit for giving me the opportunity to have an insight understanding of American politics, press and culture.

Apart from what you might have read in theory about American politics, Edward R. Murrow program allowed me to explore America and became an eyewitness as I observed its democratic elections with keen interest. And the most interesting part of this, to single out, is how individuals as well…

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