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08 Feb 2011 09:53


World: Dividing Sudan: Forgive us of our foreign debt. Please?

  • $38B the amount Sudan owes in foreign debt – $30 billion in debt arrears
  • 1993 the last time the country could get a loan from the World Bank
  • 75% the amount the country hopes to get forgiven before it splits source
  • » The spit has something to do with it: The size of Sudan’s debt could effectively limit the region’s ability to get a fresh start as it splits into two. Southern Sudanese official Gabriel Changson Chang is making a hard push for the changes before the countries divide. “We want both the north and south to be economically viable,” he says. Current president Omar al-Bashir has made similar claims as well, and with good reason: Half of the country’s population currently lives on less than $1 a day and need some sort of food aid.

07 Feb 2011 10:19


World: Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir: We’re OK with the secession vote

  • We will announce today in front of the world our acceptance and respect for the choice of the people of the south.
  • Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir • Revealing that his country would accept the results of a country-splitting referendum between the north and south. The south chose, by a wide margin, to secede, a result that cuts back Bashir’s clout but could help stabilize the entire region. source

17 Jul 2010 11:41


World: Sudan: Darfur has looked especially violent this week, guys

  • 375 people, including over 300 rebels, have been killed source

26 Apr 2010 10:19


World: Officials: Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir re-elected handily

  • 68% of the vote went to the
    war criminal guy source

12 Apr 2010 09:55


World: Sudan’s historic elections smoother on day two than day one

See the dude in white? He’s Omar al-Bashir, the man who benefits least from democratic elections in Sudan. In this photo, he’s voting. Hm. source

08 Mar 2009 10:20


World: Sword-waving Sudanese president al-Bashir is not helping his case

  • We will expel anyone who goes against Sudanese law, whether they are voluntary organizations, diplomatic missions or security forces.
  • Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir • On expelling aid groups in Darfur, which is suffering through a major wartime crisis at his hands. (He said this while waving a sword, by the way.) Al-Bashir was recently charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court, the first time they’ve done that to a sitting head of state. • source

04 Mar 2009 10:43


World: Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir charged with war crimes

  • He is suspected of being criminally responsible … for intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan; murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing, and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property.
  • International Criminal Court spokesman Laurence Blairon • On Omar al-Bashir, who is the first sitting president to be charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the six-year conflict, nearly 300,000 Darfuris have died. • source