Riek Machar
Riek Machar

IGAD – Friday May 03, 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The meeting of the leadership of the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2 to 3 May 2019.

At the meeting, the Parties took stock of the status of the implementation of the R-ARCSS, identified progress made, challenges encountered and deliberated on the way forward and agreed on a roadmap. The Parties observed that key Pre-Transitional tasks that are critical for the formation of the Revitalized Government of National Unity such as the cantonment, screening, training, unification and deployment of forces and the determination of the number and boundaries of state are pending.

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Twic East Elections in the United States of America: Why You Should Vote for Bany Lual Bul Manyok

By Ajang Bior Ajang, Eldoret, Kenya

Twic East Community in the USA

Friday, May 3, 2019 (PW) — I am very impressed with the current campaigns in the US, I must confess! The gears are on perilous mode as we march towards the finishing line. We’ve seen Twi citizens beyond the US borders, whose participation in these elections is not legally binding, taking serious roles of campaigning for the candidates of their choice. I will not be different from them though I will be scrutinizing the ideals of the two camps; this will assist us in making the right choices when we get to the ballot in July.

Choices have consequences! I believe this is the reason as to why responsible members of our community are racing against time to feed us with the right information as captured in the platforms of the two political divides in this political campaigns. Your agenda is your identity in an election and therefore they’re very right to sell their ideals.

However, Have you made up your mind? Whose platform squarely has the interest of the community at heart? Well, I will not vote, but were I to cast a vote my choice would be loud and crystal clear; I would cast it in favor of LUAL BUL MANYOK! Yes, I mean team ONE VISION! 

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The unheard peaceful protest of health workers across South Sudan

Posted: May 3, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Liberty Brown, Juba South Sudan

Friday, May 3, 2019 (PW) — Earlier this year, the National Ministry of Health introduced a harmonized scale named, “Health Workers harmonization Incentive Scale”. This scale is a degrading scale instead of upgrading all the health workers of different categories. It ranges from Medical Doctors to supportive staffs (cleaners & watchmen), the money were reduced to the level that you can even bite the decision maker of this scale with your teeth in case you meet him face to face.

The person is none other then the long serving undersecretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Makur Matur Koriom and the other high position holders in the Ministry including H.E the Minister. The three pages letter was subjected to all the NGOs & NNGOs supporting health services across the state and more especially the non-independent ones getting their funds from Health pool Funds/healthful Funds.

The salaries were reduced into incentives of which these health workers are not Government health workers to entail incentives. Their names are not in the Government payroll/pay sheets and this scale is affecting South Sudanese nationals only excluding the favoured foreigners who are of the same qualifications as the nationals.

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By Majok Arol Dhieu, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, May 3, 2019 (PW) — In Africa, if you want to obtain money by deception from a leader, write a monograph of more than ten pages and put the contents of the deal in page 6 of 11 or 12 depending on number of pages and give it to him not her because ladies competition with men on everything has made them exploit the possibility of a mass readership. Don’t try women, though you are a practised liar.

After you have written it, give it to the target leader. He’ll read the first two pages and the last two pages and ask the bearer of what he might be in need of, instead of going through a cluttered piece with jargons. As the bearer of the letter, just say, “for medication Sir”. The Leader will refer you back to his Private Secretary (PS) or Office Manager (OM).

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Posted: May 2, 2019 by Awuol Gabriel Arok in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Poems.

As I mark 12 years of my face bettering;

Within the imaginary book of fiery face boosters;

I watched the masked face of Mark Zuckerberg with extremity,

Comrading the impalpable book where fake bulls dodge the doctrines,

And bomb the crawlers with their on-liners pethboot;

Facebook where shares are socially flabby,

Fury users drop the ill born of the unknown into the busy lot;

Where heaps of likes, comments and shares heal no guilt.

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By Dr. James Okuk Padiet (PhD), Juba, South Sudan

Dr. James Okuk, professor of political science at the University of Juba, South Sudan

Thursday, May 02, 2019 (PW) — This article is written with informed intention to provide constructive way forward for the Parties, the Stakeholders and Guarantors who signed the 2018 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to overcome the stalemate on the polemics of establishment of the Revitalized Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) on 12 May 2019 as expectedly agreed in the peace deal. The author contextualizes this problem technically with a cogent proposal for pragmatic exit and soft landing in peace that would avoid rush for disastrous crash. The objective is to persuade the Parties and Guarantors to reach a consensus on deferring the formation of RTGoNU not later than 12 September 2019.

The suggested limited extension of pre-transitional period by 4 months has to be justified by reasonable evidence rather than malicious whims so as not to risk the R-ARCSS for a second relapse. It is hoped that the extraordinary meeting of the leadership of the Parties and mediation Guarantors of the R-ARCSS in Addis Ababa on 2 – 3 May 2019 would quickly break the deadlock and ensure that the peace process is kept moving on the right track of the critically agreed priorities and timely benchmarks. This must be reinforced urgently by IGAD Council of Ministers Meeting followed by Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government, which should untangle any emerging complication or confusion that may scare the undesirable hell out of purgatory of unpredictable contradictory South Sudan.

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By Mangar Marial Amerdid, Juba, South Sudan

Alfred Taban Logune
Alfred Taban Logune, South Sudanese veteran journalist and politician

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (PW) — On Saturday, April 27, 2019, South Sudan lost one of its pioneer journalist; Alfred Taban, the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the Juba Monitor Newspaper. Taban was born in Kajo-Keji in 1957. In 1976, he joined the University of Khartoum as a medical student majoring in medical laboratory sciences. He studied for the duration of three years, but then his education was interrupted by political problems.

Due to his love for writing, Taban had begun writing articles for the Nile Mirror Newspaper and the South Sudan Magazine. He extended his writing to advocacy work by becoming the chairman of the Kajo-Keji Student Union. Due to his advocacy work on behalf of the people of Southern Sudan, this created conflict between him and the Sudan government.

Alfred Taban Logune, South Sudanese veteran journalist and politician

According to Taban, “They didn’t like my politics and I didn’t like their politics, so conflict was inevitable.” While problems persisted in his life, Taban continued to focus on his studies and received high marks. When he sat for his final third year exams, the School of Medicine at the University of Khartoum informed Taban that he had failed the exams and would be required to repeat his third year.

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Final Report on Our Trips conducting Educational Development Researches Across China, 2017-2019

Prepared by Mr-John Monyluak Thon Lal, Master’s Degree Student/ Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua City, China

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao

Introduction

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (PW) — The report will focus on all trips; most of focus will be Hangzhou, Zhejiang, Wuhan and Beijing. But before disseminating the report in details, let explain my bona-fide start for coming to China, first was a initial and a wonderful admission, after when Zhejiang Normal University decided to enroll me as a Master Degree student in The Program of Comparative Education; I officially made my decision to came and study here, because never forgot that a chance came at once and go.

My desire for study in abroad I was specifically interested to study in probably two Countries, the China and Japan, the reason behind this, I though that I am naturally socialistic when viewing the way I want people to live, people should respect each other, always smile, do right things and refrain from bad ones. The humanism should be guided base on natural norms sharing of equal opportunities and cooperation.

These two Countries should have these principles most importantly China. Because I learned a lot about China History especially Mao Zedong and Confucius their history is well known worldwide, These are the reasons allowed me to came, this report will much talk of trips that we had last year in Hangzhou, Wuhan as well as the development in Hangzhou and this University, it will also in collaborate the trip that we had in Beijing.

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By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (PW) — From Arab-Islamists’ controlled country, Sudan, now many South Sudanese have moved to some Western countries, only to find out that they have moved to where, also, racism is deeply and historically rooted.

Racism; in other words, white supremacy, is expressed in overt and in covert ways. It has been instilled in the mind and in the heart of the black man and the woman in such a way that makes it difficult, without a proper education, for them to even have a glimpse of the full, negative impact it has made upon their characters.

You, the receiving end of white supremacy have, in turn, become the giver, the promoter and the agent of white supremacy. You have become an agent who works for the white folks. I am also an agent who, likewise, works for the white folks.

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Image  —  Posted: April 30, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan, R-ARCSS, R-TGONU


The logical and practical reasons for the extension of the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU)

By Garang Kuot, Juba, South Sudan

2 Dinkas, 3 Nuers, and one Equatorian - The Proposed Presidency of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU)
2 Dinkas, 3 Nuers, and one Equatorian – The Proposed Presidency of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 (PW) — The ongoing debate over the delay or immediate formation of a transitional government of national unity, slated for May 12, 2019, is already losing track on facts as the Juba propaganda machinery is seizing the opportunity to sadly mislead the people of South Sudan one more time. South Sudan was here before and so the people of South Sudan shouldn’t risk falling into the same trap of manipulation and deception. 

The Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) never left any room for ambiguity, everything is adequately and clearly spelled out. It would, therefore, be a colossal and unforgivable mistake to repeat the blunders of the past considering the carnage and suffering the people endured in the last five years. 

The SPLM (IO) Chairman, Dr. Riek Machar’s proposal to extend the formation of a transitional government has drawn a mixed reaction. However, the critics of his proposal are either deliberately refusing to see the truth for ulterior reasons or they have not read the agreement. Drawing from past experiences, the R-ARCSS has laid out a step by step processes and modalities on how to execute its implementation. No room was left for guesswork in the R-ARCSS and so there is no reason to start guessing now.

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Position of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) on the Extension of the Pre-Transitional Period: Why the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU) should be extended.

2 Dinkas, 3 Nuers, and one Equatorian – The Proposed Presidency of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 (PW) —– Reference is made to the National Democratic Movement (NDM)’s Report on the mid-term evaluation of the Pre-Transitional Period dated 14 January 2019 which we shared with the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, the stakeholders, guarantors and friends of South Sudan. In that report, we showed that the implementation of the activities slated for the Pre-Transition on which the commencement of the Transitional Period depends were horribly behind time and recommended doubling up the pace of implementation.

In particular, we listed ten (10) areas that called for special attention so as to beat the deadline, chief among these were: unification of the forces, funding the implementation process, the IBC and demilitarization of civilian centres. Unhappily, not much has changed since our last report as outlined below. Additionally, the issue of the Transitional Constitution has come up to add to the list of the unfulfilled promises. 

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By Archangelo Adup, Rumbek, South Sudan

say no to early child marriage

Sunday, April 28, 2019 (PW) — This morning, I was reading a news from Radio Tamazuj and I saw a very disturbing news of a girl beaten to death by her parents because she refused to marry a man arranged by the parents to marry her in Eastern Lakes (Yirol).

Not only this news, but there have been several reports that girls are being forced to marry those they didn’t love and others are forced to sleep with them because they did not want the men. Has justice become blunt and blind that these practices are being condoned? What happened to our government and where is the constitution governing and regulating our nation?

I know it is not easy to publish this article but it is better to speak up rather than seeing society driving to a different direction. South Sudan became independent to have a better life by having access to quality education, health, clean water and good infrastructure/roads and affordable food and living. But what do we see today? Evil has engulfed everywhere.

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South Sudan: Provide justice for girl killed for refusing to marry

Posted: April 28, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

​​​ AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’s PRESS RELEASE​: South Sudan: Provide justice for girl killed for refusing to marry 

Sunday, April 28, 2019 (PW) —- A 20-year-old girl has been killed in South Sudan for refusing to marry a man her family had selected for her, according to a government official in Yirol. The inhumane consequence of this forced marriage that resulted in her death only highlights the need for an urgent end to this practice which is widespread in South Sudan, Amnesty International said today.

“Forcing someone to marry against their will is a clear violation of South Sudan’s own constitution as well as its international human rights obligations,” said Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and Great Lakes Region.

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Reuters: South Sudan court drops treason charge against Peter Biar Ajak

Posted: April 28, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Reuters – South Sudan court drops treason charge against Peter Biar Ajak. Biar was arrested in July 2018 and later charged with treason. However, judge Sumaya Saleh Abdalla ordered him to be tried on new charges.

Peter Biar and Kerbino Wol

Sunday, April 28, 2019 (PW) — A South Sudanese court threw out charges including treason against a prominent economist on Friday but said he still must face trial on new charges of disturbing the peace over interviews he gave to foreign media.

The case of Peter Biar Ajak, a former child refugee who returned to his native South Sudan as an internationally renowned academic, has thrown a spotlight on what rights groups say is repression of dissent in Africa’s youngest country.

The South Sudan country director for the International Growth Center which is part of the London School of Economics, Biar was arrested in July 2018 and later charged with treason.

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LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL TRAVELS IN CHINA

ByMr. Bek Dhuorjang Chol

Masters of Art Student in Comparative Education 2017/2019, Institute of International and Comparative Education, Zhejiang Normal University – Jinhua, People’s Republic of China

Table of Contents

Table of Contents. i

Executive Summary. i

1.    Introduction – Learning Experience in China. 1

1.1.     A visit to Shanghai city. 1

1.2.     A visit to Shanxi Province and Jingangshan District 2

1.3.     A visit to Beijing and Lesson Learnt 3

1.4.     Chinese Food and Cuisines. 3

2.    Educational Travels in China. 5

2.1.     Academic Trip within Zhejiang Province. 6

2.2.     Academic Trip to Hubei Province. 7

2.3.     Academic Trip to Yunnan Province. 8

2.4.     Academic Trip to Beijing. 9

3.    Obstacles and Subjective Impressions. 10

3.1.     Teaching and Classroom Management 11

3.1.1.      The Dimension of Rational Class: 11

3.1.2.      Helpful Classroom Situation: 12

3.2.     Advanced Technology and Apps. 13

3.3.     Obstacles. 14

4.    Conclusion and Recommendations. 14

 Executive Summary

Sunday, April 28, 2019 (PW) —- My postgraduate learning experience as a foreign international studying away from home and loves ones has been most remarkable, and interesting in terms of having adopted the life one couldn’t imagine before. I consider this paper as an opportunity of brainstorming to pen down such wonderful memories which have a positive impact in one’s life and learning resulting in the development of academic knowledge and skills.

This paper presents personal account on life and educational experience in China since 2017-2019 as a refreshing up memories and highlights some social, historical and cultural aspects of my learning experience and educational travels in China while paying close attention to the progress of technological advancement made by the Chinese higher learning institutions and mechanism to continue improving and maintain contacts with concern authorities as envisaged in the academic code of conduct and principles of shared future for the benefit of the educators, learners and leadership. In addition, it identifies some shortcomings on the relativity of the areas visited; topics presented for discussions and the major being undertaken by the students.

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By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Saturday, 27 April, 2019 (PW) – The twelfth of May – the dateline for the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) is fast approaching. The Revitalised Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) gave the parties eight months pre-transitional period before forming the TGONU. This is unlikely. The parties during this period nurtured a wide chasm not even the Vatican can abridge. The government of South Sudan, SPLM/IO, SSOA, and OPP are the signatories to the power sharing accord. Things are rapidly evolving and positions unpredictably shifting, putting the whole agreement in jeopardy.

Peter Gatdet, which I will call “Peter the Great” has met his creator finally this month after sending William Nyuon and Karbino Kuanyin many years ahead of himself. Peter Gatdet was a military man not to hesitate to fire a bullet at any target during his time in the bush or out of it. A month or two ago, he fired the first political bullet at the head of SSOA or South Sudan Opposition Allaince, Mr. Changson Chang with the backing of Dr. Lam Akol. He then retreated to Khartoum to the tender care of Omar Al Bashir. Al Bashir, the guarantor of R-ARCSS fell on his political sword and the logical option to Peter ………

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One-Year Anniversary of the Arrest of Kerbino Wol: The piece describes the ongoing case of Kerbino Wol, who stands on trial in Juba, alongside Peter Biar Ajak and 5 other defendants, for the 7 October protest at the Blue House. Tomorrow, 27 April, marks exactly one year since the unlawful arrest of Kerbino Wol. 

By Dr. Robert A. Portada III, Pennsylvania, USA

South Sudanese businessman, Kerbino Wol Agok, and South Sudanese PhD student, Peter Biar Ajak

Friday, April 26, 2019 (PW) — One year ago, on 27 April 2018, Kerbino Wol, the young, South Sudanese entrepreneur and philanthropist, was arrested without charge and incarcerated at the Blue House, the headquarters of the National Security Service (NSS).

Following his unlawful arrest, Kerbino was subjected to torturous conditions.  He has been accosted in his cell in the dead of night by masked agents threatening his disappearance.  Injuries to his kidneys from these struggles left him urinating blood for several weeks.  He would spend months in solitary confinement, nursing his wounds on his own without access to medical care.  Kerbino’s requests to meet with his family and lawyers were repeatedly denied. 

Kerbino Wol

He frequently went days (often consecutively) without receiving any food, only to learn later on that his relatives had been bringing food to the facility for him, which was instead eaten by officers of the NSS.  Kerbino has suffered from typhoid, ulcers, and malnutrition, leaving him in a frail condition that was only alleviated by an emergency visit to a clinic in February.  

Through all of this, he has lived in fear of being abused and abducted by agents of the NSS.

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The Legal Status of Establishing a Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGONU) without the Participation of Riek Machar’s SPLM-IO Faction

By Bol Chol Kucdit, Juba, South Sudan

Friday, 26 April 2019 (PW) — It has been observed since last week that one of signatories to R-ARCSS in person of Riek Machar and his SPLM-IO faction requested for the extension of timeline of 12th, May, 2019 for other six months to form the Transitional government of National Unity in South Sudan. This news was received by peace lovers of this country as bad news.

Many people were perplexed by this one step backward approach by Riek Machar again. People thought Riek Machar shall never be the same again given his commitment to come to Juba for official celebration of peace last year at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum. People’s positive thoughts about his commitment were later corroborated by the high level spiritual retreat to Vatican City but all in vain.

No wonder to those who have been eye witnesses to Riek Machar’s war series! Many people who witnessed his volume of war series of 1991, 2013 and 2016 respectively, still held some doubts that South Sudanese should be prepared to watch for his 4th edition of war in 2019 or later date. Pathetic!

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The Tri-stage Cycle of Racism: The Self-brainwashing, Self-victimizing and Self-destructive nature of Racism on the People of Africa

By Thiik Mou Giir, Melbourne, Australia

Friday, April 26, 2019 (PW) — Being subjected to racism, studying racism, understanding racism, and struggling against racism often happen simultaneously. One approaches the subject thinking that racism is something normally carried out by the majority against the minority people. Although this is true at the preliminary stage of racism, it is not the case in a more advanced stage of racism.

In the more advanced stage of racism, the victims of racism; namely, the black people themselves, start to practice racism against themselves. They become self-brainwashing, self-victimizing and self-destructive people. In any place, in any region, and in any country, where racism exists, white supremacy enters into the popular consciousness of the oppressed, the black people.

For instance, you observe your daughter’s skin is getting lighter and lighter and you suspect right away that she is applying some whitening creams on her body. You get disappointed and no matter how much you try to dissuade her, she is determined not to give in. You tell yourself that she is only a girl; she is immature; she is weak; she wants to become a Kawajia.

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