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Sudan Tribune wrote:
Independence means a "new life" for South Sudan - W. Equatoria governor

July 9, 2011 (JUBA) – On the day of South Sudan’s independence the state Governor of Western Equatoria Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro said partition signified the end of genocide against southerners "and the beginning of new life free from fear and intimidation.”

Independence celebrations in Yambio started at Tomb of the King Gbudue at 6:00am. The late Zande King ruled Zandeland as an independent Kingdom until his death after being shot by British soldiers in 1905. Citizens and government officials converged at his grave to celebrate Africa’s newest nation and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the course of war.

A peace deal in 2005 ended decades of conflict and gave the South the right to secede in a referendum earlier this year.

It was followed by planting of trees by the state governor and speaker of the state legislative assembly.

Thousands of Western Equatorians and vistors from other ethnic groups from other states and foreigners attended the Gbudue stadium in Yambio County the state capital to witness the historic declaration of the southern Sudan region as a sovereign state after 21 years of struggle spearheaded by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Addressing the rally the governor stated that it is the beginning of true nation building based on pluralistic government and above all the beginning of development of a new nation.

“This is a day in which we should burry all our differences in terms of ethnicity,” appealed Bakosoro.

He said the war against slavery had come to an end. There were some instances of South Sudanese being captured and taken in slavery during the war but the term slavery is widely used by southerners to describe the overall relationship between South Sudan and the North.

“We are no more slaves and we will never be slaves again. We are free citizens in our own country; the Republic of South Sudan.”

Bakosoro revealed his plans for the next four years of the interim period for the state.

“I would like to bring to your attention my plans for Western Equatoria for the next 4 years. My plans consist of provision of security in the state, focus on agriculture for development; continue construction and rehabilitation of roads in the state and the provision of effective and efficient telecommunication system,” he said.

The governor stressed that security is the “cornerstone for development and there can be no meaningful development in the absence of security.”

He noted that in Western Equatoria, security was paramount not only for citizens directly but also for investment, development and hummanitarian work to be carried out. The organised forces, he said, especially the police should be retrained to “uphold the task of keeping law and order in the state.”

Bakosoro stated that in the past six years, most people in the state had suffered at the hands of Ugandan rebels - the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). He also said that a few people believed themselves to be above the law and this had caused further insecurity in the state.

“We must begin to behave as a nation that is governed by law and order and I would also like to make it clear that law is supreme and everybody is under the law including ministers, advisers, MPs and governors,” decried Bakosoro.

The governor also focused on agriculture saying a country without food security is insecure.

“Western Equatoria is a land endowed with natural rainfall and rich soil and for this state to develop and be prosperous; food production must be our priority,” he said.

Bakosoro urged all citizens particularly the farmers in this state to devote more time to farming because agriculture will help to reduce hunger, improve livelihoods and increase the economic growth of this state.

“In order to encourage good agriculture production in the rural areas and to lessen scarcity of food items in the state, there must be good main and feeder roads that connect all the counties and payams within the state,” disclosed the governor.

He said, road rehabilitation and construction program will be one of his top priorities for the next 4 years and road toll will be introduced in the state to maintain the existing roads.

“Beside the above mentioned priorities, I want to address some key areas of interest for a speedy reasonable development in this state. Some of the areas that I have identified that can help our state to be strong and more independent are; revenue collection, education, health, and private sector,” he said.

He further added that most people in this state depend on white-collar jobs citing that there is no way every person in the state can be employed by the state government.

The governor remarked that the historic day marks the end of tyranny and the beginning of renaissance for South Sudanese and Western Equatorians in particular.

The independence proclamation in Yambio was attended by several dignitaries from the US, British, Uganda, neighbouring DR Congo and other nations.

The historic celebration was coloured with various cultural shows, Acrobats from Kenya, local artists, school children and amongst other activities.

The celebration in the state will continue for four days until July 11.

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http://www.sudantribune.com/Independenc ... -for,39493


The New Age wrote:
Editorial: The birth of a new nation
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The birth of a new nation, South Sudan, will hopefully signal the beginning of peace for one of the most troubled regions on the African continent.

The new country was formed last week after years of conflict between the north and south of Sudan in which at least two million people are believed to have been killed.

Former president Thabo Mbeki played a key role in bringing an end to the conflict and this was acknowledged by President Jacob Zuma when he attended the celebrations in Juba, the new country’s capital on Saturday. “President Mbeki is a man of integrity and enormous experience,” Zuma was reported as having said.

The new nation – the world’s 193rd and Africa’s 55th state – was ushered in with celebrations that continued at the weekend. A new flag was unveiled as well as a statue of John Garang, who signed the 2005 peace deal with the north that has finally been realised.

The new country will face an uphill battle over the next few years as it tries to build a future almost from scratch. While it has access to oil and mineral resources, it will still depend on its northern neighbours in some cases. One hopes that the two states will be able to work together as separate countries and more than as a united nation.

http://www.thenewage.co.za/blogdetail.a ... log_id=894


Politico wrote:
Sudan leader's hat tip to Bush

By REID J. EPSTEIN | 7/11/11 1:44 PM EDT
Updated: 7/11/11 2:13 PM EDT

When the new nation of South Sudan’s leader, Salva Kiir, signed his country’s constitution this weekend, he did so while wearing a cowboy hat given to him by former President George W. Bush.

Bush gave Kiir the black Stetson in 2006, according to the blog of the Middle East Institute. The hat instantly became Kiir’s trademark, and the institute said he has not been photographed without it since.

Conservative blogs were quick to celebrate South Sudanese independence as a major victory for the former president, who pushed for the 2005 accord with Sudan’s government that allowed for the south to secede.

“What a triumph for former president George W. Bush!” Right Wing News proclaimed.

And Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit wrote that “Bush liberated more than 50,000,000 people during his time in office. Today the people of South Sudan were liberated thanks to his efforts.”

The New York Times reported revelers in the new South Sudanese capital of Juba this weekend loudly thanked Bush his role in the 2005 agreement.

One man, the paper said, held a sign that read “Thank You George Bush.”

The Los Angeles Times quoted a Sudanese writer and professor who credited Bush for his nation’s independence.

“It was George Bush and the Christian fundamentalists who heard the cry of South Sudan,” Tabon li Liyong told the paper. “Today is Barack Obama’s day. We don’t know what he is going to do.”

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ok someone educate me. What exactly did Bush do to deserve all that praise?

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regularjoe12 wrote:
ok someone educate me. What exactly did Bush do to deserve all that praise?

Wikipedia wrote:
Sudan/Darfur conflictOn October 14, 2006 Bush signed a law imposing sanctions against people responsible for genocide and war crimes in Sudan. It enables the Bush administration to deny Sudan's government access to oil revenues. Furthermore to the signing of the law, he signed another executive order that confirms the existing sanctions but eases some on parts of southern Sudan. It also includes exceptions to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid to Darfur. On the other side the order toughens some sanctions, including a provision that bars any American from engaging in oil-related transactions in Sudan. The order comes as the Bush administration's new special envoy for Sudan, Andrew Natsios, began a trip to Sudan, where he plans to meet with government officials and visit war-torn Darfur.[43]

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I have today signed into law H.R. 5531, the "Sudan Peace Act." This Act demonstrates the clear resolve of the United States to promote a lasting, just peace; human rights; and freedom from persecution for the people of Sudan. The Act is designed to help address the evils inflicted on the people of Sudan by their govern-ment—including senseless suffering, use of emergency food relief as a weapon of war, and the practice of slavery—and to press the parties, and in particular the Sudanese Government, to complete in good faith the negotiations to end the war.
Section 6(b) of the Act purports to direct or burden the conduct of negotiations by the executive branch with foreign governments, international financial institutions, and the United Nations Security Council and purports to establish U.S. foreign policy objectives. The executive branch shall construe these provisions as advisory because such provisions, if construed as mandatory, would impermissibly interfere with the President's exercise of his constitutional authorities to conduct the Nation's foreign affairs, participate in international negotiations, and supervise the unitary executive branch.

Several provisions of the Act purport to require executive branch reports to congressional committees concerning the contents of U.S. diplomatic advocacy, plans for U.S. diplomatic activities to achieve particular foreign policy objectives, and information on particular activities abroad. The executive branch shall construe these provisions in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to withhold information, the disclosure of which could impair the foreign relations, the national security, the deliberative processes of the Executive, or the performance of the Executive's constitutional duties. The Secretary of State will, of course, continue as a matter of comity to keep the Congress appropriately informed of the Nation's foreign affairs activities.

A provision of the Act defines a particular entity as the "Government of Sudan" for purposes of implementing the Act. The executive branch shall construe the Act in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority for the United States to recognize foreign states and to determine what constitutes the governments of such foreign states.

GEORGE W. BUSH

The White House, October 21, 2002.

Read more at the American Presidency Project: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index ... z1Rphds6yb

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Washington Post wrote:
In Break With U.N., Bush Calls Sudan Killings Genocide

By Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 2, 2005

President Bush said yesterday that the killings in Sudan's Darfur region constitute genocide, breaking with the United Nations and some administration officials who in recent months have carefully avoided using the term to describe the violence and death in Darfur.

Bush, under pressure from some lawmakers and human rights groups to speak out more forcefully against the rising death toll in Darfur, told reporters that he concurs with former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, who had previously "declared the situation a genocide." The United Nations, which conducted a legal analysis of the killings, has said the situation is tantamount to crimes against humanity but technically not genocide.

Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, recently dispatched by Bush to survey the situation in Darfur, has said he was trying to avoid the debate over what to call the killing of tens of thousands of Africans over the past two years. The United States, under the 1948 U.N. convention on genocide, is committed to preventing such killings and punishing the killers if it deems a genocide is taking place.

Bush discussed the two-year conflict in Darfur with South African President Thabo Mbeki and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the White House, and he later told reporters that the United States will continue to provide financial and logistical assistance, but not U.S. troops, to help stop the genocide. "Our government has put a lot of money to help deal with the human suffering there," he said.

The United Nations and other groups have accused Sudan's government of arming Arab militiamen known as the Janjaweed to bomb villages and crush the rebels. But Mbeki said: "It's critically important that the African continent should deal with these conflict situations on the continent. And that includes Darfur. And therefore, indeed, you will notice that we have not asked for anybody outside of the African continent to deploy troops in Darfur. It's an African responsibility, and we can do it."

The African Union is taking the lead militarily, but critics say African nations are not providing enough troops to prevent the killing and rape of innocent civilians. "We are working with NATO to make sure that we are able to help the AU put combat troops there," Bush said. "And, as a part of that, I believe a transport plane of ours, for example, will be a part of this mission."

Bush rebuffed British Prime Minister Tony Blair's efforts to persuade the world's wealthiest nations to double aid to Africa. Blair, who is scheduled to meet with Bush in Washington next week, wants to raise an additional $50 billion per year to help African nations.

"It doesn't fit our budgetary process," Bush said.

The president yesterday also talked by phone with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, repeating the U.S. appeal that the upcoming election in Egypt be "fair and free" in the wake of a violent crackdown on government opponents in Cairo.

The Bush administration has praised Mubarak for scheduling the first-ever multi-candidate presidential election in Egypt, though critics say the unfolding election process makes it difficult, if not impossible, for some pro-democratic opposition groups to participate.

Egypt's voters recently approved a constitutional amendment calling for elections later this year.

"He publicly stated he's for free and fair elections, and now is the time for him to show the world that his great country can set an example for others," Bush told reporters. "He assured me that that's just exactly what he wants to do."

But a day earlier police in Cairo violently broke up demonstrations by an opposition group known as the Egyptian Movement for Change. "People ought to be allowed to vote without being intimidated; people ought to be allowed to carry signs and express their displeasure or pleasure," Bush said. "People ought to have every vote count."

Questioned by reporters about his reaction to the revelation that the number two official at the FBI was the secret Watergate source Deep Throat, Bush said that "it's hard for me to judge" whether W. Mark Felt was a hero.

He added: "All I can tell you is . . . it was a revelation that caught me by surprise, and I thought it very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading about it, reading about his relationship with the news media. It's a brand-new story for a lot of us who have been wondering a long time who it was."

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holy crap that was fast! thank you for the education, I really had no idea. Guess Ill have to stop saying he had the worst foreign policy I've ever heard of now. :wink:

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Finally! This has been going along for a long time!

Bush doesn't get the credit he deserves for his work in Africa. He forcibly went into the Middle East but through peaceful means has sparked a new nation in Africa. One is faster than the other, but people totally ignored his work in the other areas of peaceful foreign policy because of the other side of the coin he played. He was on both sides.

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July 11th, 2011, 7:28 pm
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The reason no country went into Sudan during the genocides was China had a major oil drilling agreement. The oil was in the south, the government and soldiers came from the north, with China having arrangements with both. The muslims in the north killed everyone they could to gain control, and this won't change anything. The oil is the only economy the country relied on and there's supposed to be a revenue split on the oil, but it won't take long before the north starts killing again. China buys the oil off the south, sells weapons to the north, so for them its a win win. As long as China is making a profit, the U.N. can't and won't do a thing.

And say what you want about Bush's foreign policy, but at least countries feared US warnings back then. We might not have been the most liked, but we garnered respect. Now the world likes us but don't respect us. They can and are getting away with everything.


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I thought it was all about oil ;) Everyone asks: "No one cares about Dafur because there is no oil." Well there is and Bush did it the peaceful way.

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the United States will continue to provide financial and logistical assistance, but not U.S. troops, to help stop the genocide.


translation = no oil


July 11th, 2011, 8:14 pm
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Lol.. nice way to play into the ignorance post Blueskies. Sudan produces more oil than Afghanistan, Syria, Vietnam, Israel, Korea, etc. It is 20th in countries with proven oil reserves, 30th in production. It has at least 1/5th the output of oil output of Iraq and a huge magnitude more oil than Afghanistan which doesn't rank in any of this.

The facts FLY in the face of these nonsensical comments... If it is about oil to go to war, Sudan should be high on the list and it ain't.

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I've also heard from missionaries that the Bush family is well loved becasue of extensive funding in Aids research throughout Africa. I'm not positive on this, and I'm going off of memory, but it seems to me that the money that was supposed to go to the United Criminals, I mean Nations, went to this research back when he suspended their funding. In turn BO, yes he stinks, quickly did an override and reinstituted the funding of a criminal organization.

how are they criminal?

Oil for food
$500 million dollars worth of theft by son of Kofi Annan

France, Germany, Russia oil for arms in violation of the Kuwati Peace Treaty of 91. France Mirage Jets, Germany CBR suits, Russia anti radiation smoke screen for Satellite guided missle systems. all discovered during GW2, no wonder they fought so hard to keep us out of Iraq.

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Were those articles attempting to be politically correct or something? They don't explain why there was civil war and genocide in Sudan. I prefer to call it, "Muslims Behaving Badly", as if that should be a surprise or anything. The Arab Muslims in the North were killing, raping, and enslaving Black Muslims and the Non-Muslims in the South just because they felt their religion gave them the right to do so. Just another example of the "Religion of Peace" being anything but.

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Were those articles attempting to be politically correct or something? They don't explain why there was civil war and genocide in Sudan. I prefer to call it, "Muslims Behaving Badly", as if that should be a surprise or anything. The Arab Muslims in the North were killing, raping, and enslaving Black Muslims and the Non-Muslims in the South just because they felt their religion gave them the right to do so. Just another example of the "Religion of Peace" being anything but.


;) Only mimicking their religions founder.

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I was joking, Steensn.

So if Bush was so successful in this endevour, why didn't he follow the same policy in Iraq and Afghanistan?

In terms of worst foriegn policy I think it goes like this:
1) Woodrow Wilson - Got us into a war we had no business fighting, and made WW2 inevitable
2) LBJ - Vietnam
3) GWB
4) Obama - continued GWB's failed policy and actually expanded it. You could argue that he's worse than GWB in this manner, but since he didn't actually start any of it, I'll give him the benefit of a slot lower on the list.


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Blueskies, don't forget about Libya. Douchebag started that one without a legitimate reason.

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