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Has General Kiir Ever Accomplished Anything?!

By: Luk Kuth Dak

April 7, 2015 (SSNA) -- Watching the crooked South Sudan's so-called legislators extend the life of General Salva Kiir Mayardit's term in office for three more year, as they had a few weeks ago, is enough to make a man despair about the future of this young nation we all hold dear!

You look at the scale of the challenges that we face as a result of more than a decade long of willful destruction of our country, and then you weigh that against lack of vision and the institutionalized tribalism displayed by this regime, you really have to wonder about what warranted the generous extension!

That brings us face-to-face with a simple question: what Salva Kiir has ever accomplished during his tenure in office since the birth of our nation, to deserve an award of such magnitude? The quick answer is, a zero. Indeed, for someone who has spent an entire decade and counting at the helm, Gen. Kiir has absolutely nothing to show for all those, except the cold-blooded massacre of the innocent Nuer civilians; the creation of a Jieeng state, and the legalization of second-class citizens' status for non-Jieeng in South Sudan.

To change course in South Sudan would require a new approach, certainly not more of the same of the divide-and-rule policies mastered by this tyrant, Kiir. And more importantly, the regime change.

Evidently, millions of people around South Sudan who rested their hope on Dr. Riek Machar now find themselves in a lonely island of despair ever since he decided to engage in a nonproductive marathon of negotiations with the regime that made it abundantly clear that it has no intention to resolve the outstanding issues in a peaceful manner.

The trouble is that Dr. Machar, the Chairman and the Commander-in- Chief of the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement in Opposition, is taking General Kiir's strengths for granted, which is a strategic failure. Instead of taking advantage of Kiir's isolation by the Western nations, not to mention the UN, Machar has confined the movement at the hands of the so-called IGAD. That strategy didn't work then, and it wouldn't work now, because the IGAD is only interested in getting rich quickly from the revenues they collect from Kiir's regime and the international community at large. Nothing more!

The question is, what could be worse than failure? The quick answer is, false success.

In essence, the logical thing to do when you fail at some endeavor, is to take steps to correct the situation. At the very least, you can learn from the experience and resolve to do better next time around. On the other hand, false success is entirely different in the sense that under its influence, you can think that you are winning when in fact you are losing. By the time you see the need to change, it may be too late.

But it's no too late. There still are a few options and new avenues left to pursue, but from this point on, Machar must take some drastic, positive actions in the behalf of the millions of his followers, one of which is to stand up to Kiir, push him to wall, and more importantly, hit him where it hurts most; his pocket, if you know what I mean!

Luk Kuth Dak is a former anchorman at Juba radio. He writes for a wide range of newspapers. Hit me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The movement needs a radio service

By: Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut

April 2, 2015 (SSNA) -- I know many people out there have thought of this initiative and many might know how the Radio Service can really help the SPLA-IO to mobilize and create a rapid awareness to the south Sudanese communities who are there in their villages misinformed by the government of Salva Kiir since the outbreak of the carnage and pogrom against the Nuer ethnicity.

Dear supporters and fans of SPLM/A Resistance movement as a whole, I will like to draw your attention to convince the top leadership for the importance of Radio Service at this particular time where our supporters are really in need of our objectives, visions, missions and the way forward to create the south Sudan we all want.

The movement needs to extend awareness and mobilization to the people out there in their Tukuls through the help of the Radio Service. They need to brainwash them so that they refrain from Juba SSTV that always feed them with uncooked information that based on tribal basis programms.

SPLM/A as a struggling movement that aim at bringing reforms and changes to the nation need all faces to join the movement.

SPLM/A –IO is neither for politicians nor soldiers, but for all the people of South Sudan of which it is the people in the rural areas that are the backbone and the first priority for the Movement. They need to be aware!

I ought the top leadership, military wing, Politicians, Business groups, Youth Leagues, Women Leagues and the entire supporters of the movement to help me in this campaign. My voice alone will not ring.

Our people down in the villages are not aware of the root cause of the conflict especially in Greater Equatoria and Greater Bhar el Ghazal, they need awareness and mobilization. And this should be done so easily if there is a Radio wave Service covering the whole country.

The Merits of the Radio Services:

1. Act as the links between the leadership and the people in the remote areas.

2. The Radio must work to create awareness to the people in rural areas that have no access to internet.

3. The Radio service must work to mobilized people to join the movement.

4. The Radio service will also work to preach the root cause of the conflict and change the minds of people who were misinformed by the tyranny government.

5. The Radio can be use by the Spokesmen and women in the leadership to air the names of people who join the movement if there any so that the moral of the army and that of the fans can be high.

6. The Radio should be use by the concern department to inform the supporters of any development if there is any.

7. The Radio can be use to dismiss mere allegations and refutes fake accusations that might cause doubts to the members of SPLM/A

8. The Radio can be use to host opposition cadres to aware the public about the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa.

9. The Radio service can be use for hot debates and presentation.

10. The Radio can transmit news on daily basis.  And many more others.

If you people can reminisced/ recalled those years of our struggle with Sudan, the Army under the command of Dr. John Garang De Mabior Atem made it possible that all people are reached by the radio coverage used to be hosted by the Late. Marum Dut. Why not this time that technology has emerged?

In my own opinion, the establishment and the setting up of the Radio Service for the movement is vital and extremely important in many perfections.

This call need no ignorant just because it comes from minority voice. It should be done at once for the benefit of our movement and it multiplication by multitudes of people who wants change and reforms but do not know our objectives, visions and missions.

I have spoken my words and may gods of the land hear my voice……………….

Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yiei Rut is a writer and He is the Chairman of SPLM Youth League Chapter in Egypt he can be simply reach through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Economic Woes Compel a Shift in Khartoum’s “Strategic Alliance with Iran”

By Eric Reeves

March 30, 2015 (SSNA) -- Sudan Tribune reports today a remarkable declaration by the Khartoum regime’s foreign minister, Ali Karti: “We were never allies with Iran: Sudan Foreign Minister”

The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti vehemently denied that his country was ever an ally of Iran and described reports saying otherwise as baseless and stressed that relations between Khartoum and Tehran did not exceed the traditional diplomatic framework.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday following the return of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir from Sharm el-Sheikh where he participated in the Arab summit, Karti said that what links Sudan to Arab countries is neighbourhood and Arabism and that Khartoum is on board in its alliance with the Arabs away from Tehran.... Karti said that relations with Tehran were nothing more than "normal" explaining that when Iranian expanded their cultural presence in Sudan the government closed these centers last year.

"I have been in the foreign ministry for some time and never heard of an alliance [with Iran],” he said.

But Sudan Tribune concludes with what is surely the real explanation for the radical shift from Khartoum's well-documented “strategic alliance” with Iran:

[R]ecent visits by Bashir to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates appeared to signal a strategic shift by Khartoum from Iran in favour of oil-rich Arab Gulf states with the resources to support Sudan’s beleaguered economy.

That this “shift” has entailed a profound disavowal of previous assertions about Iran as a “strategic ally” is clear from any examination of the leaked minutes of a meeting of the most senior military and security officials, as well as two senior political officials, on 31 August 2014 (notably, Karti was not included in the meeting). The minutes for this meeting have been fully authenticated by a very wide range of sources (see http://wp.me/p45rOG-1w5); they reveal a relationship between Khartoum and Tehran of which Karti is either ignorant or about which he is lying. The latter is the more likely.

The minutes also reveal a painful ignorance of the state of the Sudanese economy on the part of nearly all in attendance—but a very clear understanding that there is money to be had from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. The crushing effects of an almost total lack of foreign exchange currency (Forex) has made imports impossible in a great many cases, including yet again imports of wheat to be ground into flour for bakeries to make into bread. There been numerous reports of bread lines and bread shortages going back almost two years.

As the excerpts below reveal, the economic pain caused by a lack of Forex, high inflation, high unemployment, low revenue generation, and overwhelming external debt (some US$48 billion) has forced Khartoum into a dramatic about-face in its relations with Iran on the one hand and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States on the other. This certainly extends to reversing what had previously been Khartoum’s support for the Houthi insurgents in Yemen: Sudan is one of the Arab countries providing military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its campaign against the Houthis as they march on to Aden.

Examples of statements about Khartoum’s relationship with Iran, and with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf State, from the 31 August 2014 meeting. These are brief excerpts; substantially fuller excerpts providing greater context for these statements may be found at | http://wp.me/p45rOG-1EY:

• Major General Bakri Hassan Salih, First Vice President (arguably the most powerful figure in the regime after al-Bashir):

A primary recommendation: Maintain and protect the relationship with Iran. Managing this relationship through the military and security agencies.

• General Abdalla al-Jaili, Popular Defense Forces General Coordinator:

We have been targeted for the last twenty-five years because of our relationship with Iran. Both revolutions are committed to Islam. There is no country, other than Iran, who has the courage to say no to the whole West. Iran is an essential partner to the National Salvation Revolution. It was Iran who provided us with free and unlimited support, whereas Saudi Arabia was supporting Garang and the National Democratic Alliance. We shall be testing the credibility of these Gulf States, despite my belief that they are pro-America.

• General Siddiq Amer, Director General of Intelligence and Security:

I think we should improve the relation with the Saudis and benefit from them, but it must be clear that they are not trustworthy. At the same time we maintain our strategic relationship with Iran.

• General Yehya Mohammed Kheir, Minister of State for Defense:

Our relationship with Iran is strategic. We will inform [Iran] of our intention to close down their cultural centers for security reasons; because there is a threat to these centers from some Sunni radical groups who may target them and cause conflict. But again we must take a similar step towards the Wahabi group, to avoid any misinterpretation by the Iranians of these measures as targeting only the Shiite group.

• Major General Mohammed Atta, Director General of National Intelligence and
Security Services:

As soon as the incident [attack on a Shi’ite proselytizer in Darfur] happened, I received a call from the Iranian Security Advisor and the Chief of Republican Guards. We agreed to separate between the two issues: The strategic military and security relationship on one side, and the cultural relationship on the other. After that they reported the agreement to their leadership.

I say that our relationship with Iran is strategic and should be above all other interests. Anyone who wants to sabotage it doesn’t understand the art of keeping balances and lacks the necessary information.

• General Abd al-Rahim Mohammed Hussein, Minister of Defense:

I shall start with our relationship with Iran and say it is a strategic and everlasting relationship. We cannot compromise or lose it. All the advancement in our military industry is from Iran. They opened the doors of their stores of weapons for us, at a time the Arabs stood against us. The Iranian support came when we were fighting a rebellion that spread in all directions including the National Democratic Alliance. The Iranians provided us with experts and they trained our Military Intelligence and security cadres. They also trained us in weapons production and transferred to us modern technology in the military production industry.

• Major General Hashim Abdalla Mohammed, Chief of Joint General Staff:

We rule the people by power, not all the people support us and it is possible that some radicals can create problems like what happened in Western Sudan, when they killed a Shi’ite over religious differences. So let us separate between the two issues... the strategic relation [with Iran] and the Shi'ia Cultural Centers.

We have a problem with Saudi Arabia because they found out about the weapons we sent by way of the Red Sea to Abd al-Malik Al-Huthi’s Shiia group in Yemen [the Houthis are supported by Iran—and formerly by Khartoum].

• General Imad al-Din Adawy, Chief of Joint Operations:

Libya border is totally secured, especially after the victory of our allies (Libya Dawn Forces [Libya Dawn is a radical Islamist organization in Libya]) in Tripoli. We managed to deliver to them the weapons and military equipment donated by Qatar and Turkey and we formed a joint operations room with them under one of the colonels in order to coordinate and administer the military operations.

• General Abd al-Qadir Mohammed Zeen – National Service Coordinator:

The balance in our relationship with Iran on one side and the Gulf States on the other side is important, but my question is: Will Saudi Arabia change its position after it has classified the Muslim Brothers as terrorists? On the other hand, our relationship with Iran is linked to our relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood International Organization. Accordingly, we must consult with Iran and the rest of our Islamist group, before taking any step in this regard, specially that the relationship with the Saudi Arabia Kingdom is not guaranteed, despite their knowledge that we are in a position to threaten their rule.

• General Salah al-Tayeb, DDR Commissioner:

We should set our military and security relationships with Iran apart.

• Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Political Secretary of the regime’s National Congress Party (former foreign Minister in the regime):

In my personal view our relationship with Iran is strategic in the areas of defense and security... I suggest that we maintain good relations with the Gulf States in principle, yet work strategically with Iran, in total secrecy and on a limited scale, through Military Intelligence and security. Thus, diplomatic relationships remain the same.

We have security and political agreements with Iran and they might refuse the suggestion of fresh relationships with the Gulf States, especially that Saudi has concerns regarding the Iranian military presence in Sudan.

• Ibrahim Ghandour, Deputy Chairman of the regime’s National Congress Party:

The relationship with Iran is one of the best relationships in the history of the Sudan. Accordingly, the management of this relationship requires wisdom and knowledge of all its details. The assistance we received from Iran is immeasurable. The commonalities between us are many. People should not limit their concern to the aspect of converting to Shi'ism only. There are many infiltrators who are working to see us lose our relationship with Iran. We must note that Iran is a friend to all the Islamic movements worldwide. We need to conduct internal consultations first and then we put our Iranian partners in the picture about all the details.

Eric Reeves is the Author of Compromising With Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007-2012 www.CompromisingWithEvil.org

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