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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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March 22, 2017 (SSB) — A parallel market, popularly known as black market, is a market whereby goods or service are traded illegally. The illegal economy consists of the income generated by engaging in the production and distribution of prohibited goods and services such as prostitution, illegal drugs dealings and smuggling of contraband weapons or ammunition.

According to scientific American Journal, says around 1.9 billion people are engaged in the black market. Every country has been spending a considerable amount of money and time but they all failed to eradicate black markets.

Take example of USA who spends billions of dollars annually to fight the war on illegal market but there are stills numerous numbers of black market in America today. “With estimates of $ 100 to 110 billion for heroin, cocaine and $ 150 for synthetic drugs”

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

New Sudan Vision-John Garang

THE 6TH-12TH SEPTEMBER 1991 TORIT RESOLUTIONS: SOLUTION MODALITIES IN THE SUDAN CONFLICT AS ENVISAGED THROUGH DR. JOHN GARANG’S VISION OF THE NEW SUDAN

March 21, 2017 (SSB) — National building begins with ideological building.  Without defining and identifying proper ideology, the nation remains confused, corrupt and stranded.  As it has been defined, an ideology is a collection of beliefs held by an individual, group or society. It can also be described as a set of conscious and unconscious ideas which make up one’s beliefs, goals, expectations, and motivations.

 In this regard, an ideology is a comprehensive normative vision that is followed by people, governments, or other groups that is considered the correct way by the majority of the population, as argued in several philosophical tendencies. Hence, as those of Karl Marx and Frederick Engel observed in their work, the ideology is set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of society such as the elite to be followed by all members of society.

In relation to politics, the ideology refers to the system of abstracted meaning applied to public matters, thus making it central to politics. Implicitly, in societies that distinguish between public and private life, every political or economic tendency entails ideology, whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought. In the Althusserian sense, Ideology is “the imaginary relation to the real conditions of existence”.

Where the nation does not have a clear ideology like South Sudan, the whole system becomes corrupt as there is no ideology that directs people on what to do, when to do it, where to do it, how to do it and why it should be done.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Juba South Sudan

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March 21, 2017 (SSB) — As I said in Monday’s article that government needs to stop emphasizing the need for austerity and hard times.  Yes I agree on ‘growth’ but we don’t understand how to achieve sustainable growth. This can only come from either continuing to increase the South Sudan’s population or by continuing to improve efficiency.

The first is clearly impossible as we would bust at the seams. This means the only choice we have is INVESTMENT and in the RIGHT areas. Our politicians and most economists do not understand this. I believe that I have some of the answers.

Investment is a good idea however, going back to basics, investment alone will not stimulate the economy, and firstly you need real demand for products and services. That comes from me and you the consumers providing there is the disposable income available, with wage restraints and uncertainty in the economy this will take time.

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The New Nation South Sudan is Torn Apart: Politicians are not important and permanent than a Nation.

By David Matiop Gai, Juba, South Sudan

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March 21, 2017, (SSB) — I have putted rightly earlier last year that South Sudan is an album of tribes, and each tribe is fitted on its column. There is no single tribe who has rights to remove and replace any tribe with God angels to stay with and be comfortable because they are trying to live with God perfect angels.  All tribes have their evil men/women who can public unrest, and (64) tribes living in South Sudan have rights and equal rights of humanity dignity to be respected and honoured as South Sudanese wonderful citizens who made South Sudan to be called a young nation among the league of nations.

Political conflicts have high consequences when it started like fire of fuel tank breakout which may not be easy to control simply. With war and conflict caused by politicians on the innocent civil population in South Sudan, 3.6 million were drive out of their homes as well as my family refuge in Uganda for more than four year now; truly 305,000 are in Sudan, 342,000 in Ethiopia, 89,000 in Kenya, 609,000 in Uganda, 68,000 in Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC), and 4, 900 in Central African Republic.

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By Deng Kiir Akok, Juba, South Sudan

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March 20, 2017 (SSB) —- It was on Friday, March 10, 2017 night when I was thinking of what would be the fate of the Dinka travellers on Juba – Nimule and Yei roads this time after the national prayers.

In the minds of South Sudanese people, the Friday national prayers were meant to change and prepare the hearts of the country’s politicians to be ready for the involvement in the long awaited national dialogue which was due to start this month.

Another hope for the prayers was to forgive one another.  Some of us were praying to the almighty God asking if He could change the minds of the Equatoria’s roads terrorists to abandon their evil nicknaming and killing of Dinka people.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala, Uganda

Mahatma Ghanzi, the champion of non-violent resistance, on truth-telling facts.

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — In John 8:32 Jesus told His disciples, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Consequently as it has been observed by some people “the truth will set you free” has become a common saying in academic circles as a way of promoting academic freedom and the power of learning. As a result, many universities have this statement emblazoned on a sign near the entrance of a building.

When Jesus said the above well-known statement, he had just finished a speech at the temple where He delineated differences between Himself and His listeners. He told His listeners that “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins” (John 8:23–24). The result of Jesus’ message was that “even as he spoke, many believed in him” (verse 30).

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By Gum Thany Mon, Juba, South Sudan

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — For those whose Luanyjang is not familiar to, be informed that this community is one of the largest sections of Dinka of Bahr el Gazal in South Sudan. The community is situated in the then Tonj East in the defunct Warrap state. Luanyjang shared Tonj East with Rek Jalwau of a renowned sultan Gum Mading Akuecbeny until the idea of having many states and counties emerged.

Due to the creation of more states that led to the subsequent creation of unregulated more counties, Luanyjang was lucky to be divided into four counties of its own. Luanyjang is currently part of Tonj state. The community was known for its famous spiritual leader Aguer Adel Makol.

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By Gum Thany Mon, Juba, South Sudan

March 20, 2017 (SSB) —- On 24/12/2015, there came the most celebrated presidential decree of appointing the first ever governors of 28 states that were established shortly before the appointment. Gen. Rin Tueny Mabor was among the lucky government officials whose names went down into the history of South Sudan. He became the first ever governor of Eastern Lakes state shortly after disintegration of then 10 states.

His appointment was one of the best celebrated. You could then ask yourself why? Gen. Rin was the man wanted by the community as simple as that, was the answer. Lots of applause ran the air with lots of ululations almost everywhere from the communities on a pretext that a right leader whom they had been longing was finally brought to lead them. Based on the community’s excitements, President Salva Kiir became the best leader ever since given the fact that his decision to bring them Gen. Rin was a response to the call of the community.

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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — In the society where the law is not operating properly, then people suffer.  Law is the cement and foundation of the strong society. Society is collection of different communities who work in relation to achieve common goal.

Common goal is the ultimate aim of the society in which all the activities of the society are geared to. At greater level the country is a society. Hence, a country is supposed to be run in accordance with the law as agreed by members of society called a country at a greater level.

In fact, the Bill of Rights of the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan is a covenant among the people of South Sudan and between them and their government at every level and a commitment to respect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. This means that the Bill of Rights is the cornerstone of social justice, equality and democracy.

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By Reuben G. Panchol, Juba, South Sudan

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — Sincerity and Honesty are pre-requisite of attending God present through the veil of sanctuary and coming closure to the present of Heavenly father, but imitation and copycat can create a bearer between mankind and his Heavenly Father. On March 2, 2017, Mr. President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared March 10, 2017 as a National Day of Prayer which had raised and turned some people hair grey. For some doubting Thomas (me included) started to wondered of what the National Day of Prayers will presented to innocents civilian who have been hit hard by “man-man disaster” however, it turned out that the prayer was imitation of Yom Kippur and copycat of some Saint Prayer.

For those who have no idea of You Kippur, let me walk you through it briefly. Yom Kippur is fulfillment of Leviticus 16:29-33  “29This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves[c] and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you— 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of Sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

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President Kiir and Riek Machar, challenges of the TGONU

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — I stood; with a pair of shoes in one hand and one on another, staring at the man in a well-fitting black suit neatly ironed. He seated in a car with a cigarette in his hand and smoke penetrating his nostrils and his mouth. A man whose name I later learned was Paul. His second name was untold.

He pressed a button that lowered the glass in order to speak to the people whom I was standing with. The imprudent look in the man’s eye gave me way to fear. I goggle-eyed elbow my way through the crowd of the people to the roadside little a bit far away from him because his eyes were starting to betray him as if he was having a different plan for us.

He was asked if there’s something for the day by the people I suspected to be his tribesmen because they were speaking the same dialect, but negatively, he said, “kɔc aɣöc”. I heard, but wasn’t floating my boat since I haven’t familiarized myself with the word.

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By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan

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President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar praying with Bishop Daniel Deng Bul in Addis Ababa, May 9 2014

March 20, 2017 (SSB) — On July 9th 2011 a nation was born out of protracted armed struggle and many years of pain, suffering and oppression. The ideals of the liberation war for freedom; freedom from oppression, freedom from racism, freedom from human indignity and violation, freedom from poverty, marginalization coupled with the urgent and pressing need for the development of South Sudan were the driving force behind the fight for liberation.

In every prayer for repentance and forgiveness, there are things to be asked and things to be disowned. What have South Sudanese asked and what have they disowned?

Personally I have solicited for national wisdom such that South Sudanese can be able to separate the bias from the realities and forward diplomatic connote of tackling them and totally forget the sightless beliefs on the immovable tribes, tribe can never be dismantled but bias can be discouraged, fought and dismantled. The tribal holler and hypothesis are giving an upper hand to individuals who have hidden their political aggressiveness behind the tribal curtains.

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By Baak Chan Yak Deng, Juba, South Sudan

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March 18, 2017 (SSB) — For the South Sudan, I really feel the economy could be helped, if there is strong and decisive leadership. The fundamental thing is the government need to stop emphasizing the need for austerity and hard times. This is currently trying its best to take us into a recession. It is not just a fiscal crisis; the real problem is prospect of a second recession.

For us to come back to our normal position like 2005 and 2012 we have to reconcile and look into the following fundamental problems which led the dwelling and crippling of our economy so much and these problems include; Lack of Economic growth, High Unemployment rate, Long term structural deficits and Lack of Confidence in finance and consumer sector.

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Child Soldiers Recruitment was justifiable in the Pre and Post Independent South Sudan

By Dak Buoth, Nairobi, Kenya

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Mabior Garang and Madam Nyandeng in Arusha, Tanzania

March 18, 2017 (SSB) —- ‘‘My aim here is to suggest how to organize for power: how to get it and use it. I will argue that the failure to use power for more equitable distribution of the means of life for all people signals the end of the revolution and the start of the counterrevolution’’ Paul Alinsky. This excerpt is meant to shed lights on what Rebecca Nyadeng uttered in Aljazeera TV on child soldiers’ recruitment during John Garang’s era in the 1980s. A few who have not had the glimpse of this talk show, she was hosted by one renowned Mehdi Hassan in program dubbed ‘‘Upfront’ in Washington DC on 24th February 2017.

I would like to compliment and add weight on what she said with view to make it fit and comprehensible in the context of human Rights. In doing this, I will try as much as possible to be factual for I think the number ten ‘rule of the radicals’ still right that ‘‘never go outside the experiences of your people’’. Bear in minds that this agenda is diverse and real. As such, we should not be too quick to judge Mama Nyadeng wrong with only one word she said regarding the same. It is very unfortunate that some people had already thrown the first stone on her forgetting the log in their eyes.

I find it unnecessary to mention her name as Rebacca Nyadeng Garang De Mabior for people to know and accord her the attention and respect she deserves. Of course, she and late John Garang are one and the same by virtue that they are married, and only death separated them. However, in the context of their roles in the pre-and post-independent South Sudan’s struggles for democracy, I would say they’re comrades serving under SPLM/A but performed distinctive functions for the movement.

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An open letter to H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic: For the success of the Proposed National Dialogue: First reconcile with true SPLM Rank and file and put aside SPLM late comers in your government Mr. President.

By Ustaz. Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Your Excellency,

March 12, 2017 (SSB) — I am deliberately adopting an uncommon open letter approach to draw your attention to the ongoing carnage by International community and security organs, who are perpetrating what some are now calling genocide and crimes against humanity in South Sudan power struggle in the country for nearly four years since 2013 to date. A lot has been said about the Nuer/Dinka political conflict problem over political appointments and removal of constitutional political post holders, which you acknowledged in your traditional year-end address to the nation. But it appears you have a superficial understanding of the problem; in which case, I am compelled to school you on the problem, so you can end the nation’s drift and save South Sudan from the looming anarchy. Mr. President, we should stop chasing shadows. The power struggle problem is not about promoting individual political interests or multi-ethnic behavior.

I will spare you an academic definition, but for practical purposes, the power struggle problem is the systemic marginalization and institutionalized discrimination against particular ethnic communities and states for example, Apuk Juwiir community in Tonj state, which has been reduced to second-class citizens in a country they voted to join as equal partners. This community was the host of the SPLA Headquarters in Yinhkuel of present day newly created Thiet County has been marginalized for so long and had not been rewarded. It is the plunder and gross mismanagement of their resources, to finance Southern states, captured and held hostage by a vampire elite of tribal bigots and power hungry politicians; corrupt politicians and rent-seeking bureaucrats, operating a system of ethnic -inspired clientelism with mindless impunity.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala Uganda

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March 12, 2017 (SSB) — Corruption has become meaningless since it has become a common topic in South Sudan. Because of that it no longer appeals to many people as it has become monotonous.  However what is clear is that corruption is increasing day and night in South Sudan as it is indicated by various reports. And each time the report on corruption is released corruption is shown to be eating the society to the core as it permeates every part of the system.

Thus, in this article, I intend to comment on the impact of corruption in general and with specific regard to the recent report on corruption scandals in the South Sudan Crisis Management Committee (CMC) of 2013. The CMC was formed in the aftermath of the outbreak of civil war in 2013. It was made up of several Government ministers and some technocrats.  The purpose of the CMC was to manage crises that were caused by the civil war in order to help citizens that were affected by the war.

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A rebuttal to the Sudan Tribune report that published my name among South Sudan government alleged corrupt officials and beneficiaries of the misappropriated funds of the Crisis Management Committee

By Biel Boutros Biel, Currently in Exile

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March 12, 2017 (SSB) — Dear family members, friends, colleagues and members of the public, I would like to inform you that I have come to learn that my name has been published among the alleged suspects and beneficiaries of the alleged misappropriated funds of the 2014 South Sudan’s Crisis Management Committee formed by the government of South Sudan under Salva Kiir. The committee was meant to preach lies to cover up fabrications of a false coup alleged to have happened on 15 December 2013 in Juba, South Sudan.

Source: http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article61835

I want to categorically state that including my name as one of the alleged corruption beneficiaries, is a desperate attempt by a desperate regime, is a big lie, an organised blackmailing and a scheme intended by Juba regime to divert public attention from their plan to kidnap and deport me to Juba as planned over the last one month or so. No one, even a coached witness can face me in a court of law to produce any evidence against me on this allegation. SIMPLE COMMON SENSE: HOW COULD I BE BENEFICIARY OF LOOTS OF A REGIME THAT IS YEARNING TO HARM ME JUST BECAUSE OF MY HUMAN RIGHTS WORK THAT EXPOSES ITS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES? The agents are in a complete despair!
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By David Deng Chapath, Kampala, Uganda

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Jonglei state Director of traffic police Col Solomon Mabior Ruar on fouth independence day picture by Mach Samuel

March 12, 2017 (SSB) —- Some time back I wrote an article attacking those who were campaigning for the post of Inspector General of Police (IGP). In that Article I pointed that the Police office is not a political office but it is an office established based on training and skills. Because of that I concluded that politicizing the police as it was happening would be disastrous to the integrity hence negatively affects the effectiveness of the police force.

However, someone from Western Lakes attacked me directly thinking that I was criticizing the one from Western Lakes who was campaigning for the IGP office. Therefore, this article is in response to such an unjustified attack by telling that person that I was not protecting the IGP post but my aim was to protect the integrity of the police force.

Thus, the reason I wanted to protect police integrity and ethics is that they are fundamental to effective policing and help build trust within communities and are only achieved through training and practice in policing. Because of that sound conduct by police improves community interactions, enhances communication, and promotes shared responsibility for addressing crime and disorder.

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By Daniel Machar Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan National Day of Prayers

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — I wish to advise all politicians in our Country to attend the national prayer day which is schedule to place tomorrow 10th March across the country in person without fail.  We need to tend up in big number to show that we are ready to end the conflict that affecting our country. We need to confess our problem within us, let repent and finally ask Almighty God to forgive us in whatsoever we did wrong to either ourselves or to the creator. Forgiveness is the first priority in the kingdom of God; God will possibly forgive us if we forgive ourselves.

The national day of prayer on 10th March declared by His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit should not just be perceived as a question of logical debate but goes to expose the absence of religious principle in his personal life and that of the party he leads. Let come-up with the spirit of nationalism to handover our problems to our creator who is in-charge of everything to bless us with everlasting peace in our nation.

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By Daniel Juol Nhomngek, Kampala Uganda

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President Kiir at the 18th graduation ceremony of the university of Juba, April 2015

March 10, 2017 (SSB) — Nasser Road University is found in Kampala city. It is one of the roads within the City. Because Nasser Road is well-known in Kampala, Uganda, I will only direct anybody who is interested in finding it to go to Kampala city where Cham Towers and Uganda House are located. Nasser Road is behind those two tall buildings. In short, it is not hard to get to Nasser Road once one is within Kampala city square because it is a road well-known to the people in the city unless by bad luck one comes across a person who is not familiar with the city.

The above is the brief guidance that I can give to anyone who wants to go Nasser Road University. However, to go straight to the subject matter of this article and as it can be understood from its title, I must state that Nasser Road is not a normal university as some of us may know. This is because Nasser Road University is a peculiar university with peculiar programme driven by money.

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