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Aug 29th, 2013
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Given rumours in Juba about the authenticity of Salva Kiir’s signature on earlier presidential decrees, I couldn’t help but be curious about the five examples on the latest batch of presidential stationery. I’m happy to report that each of the chief executive’s signatures seems to have authentic, nat...
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Feb 25th, 2013
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By Magdi El-Gizouli The International Crisis Group (ICG) recently released a report on thewar in South Kordofan, the first as it said in a series of reports on the on-going conflicts in Sudan’s peripheries. In their introduction the author(s) offered the disclaimer that the ICG “could not obtain acce...
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Jan 8th, 2013
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By Aly Verjee 2013: a new year, but an old set of issues for Sudan and South Sudan.  Presidents al-Bashir and Kiir concluded the latest round of bilateral talks in Addis Ababa this weekend.  The statement of outcomes of the summit, issued by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), ...
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Dec 20th, 2012
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By Magdi El Gizouli Hawa Jah al-Rasool, better known as Hawa al-Tagtaga, passed away on 10 December in Khartoum. Born around 1924 in northern Kordofan Hawa moved to the capital at the tender age of 14 years to begin the career of a popular performer and entertainer. Over the years, she became an icon...
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Dec 9th, 2012
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By Magdi El Gizouli Four students were found dead Friday in a feeder irrigation canal of an experimental farm next to the main campus of the University of Gezira. The students drowned to death; their bodies carried no marks of injury, said the local police. Mohamed Yunis Nayel Hamed, Adil Mohamed Ahm...
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Nov 28th, 2012
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By Magdi El Gizouli The contradictions ravaging the Sudanese Islamic Movement (SIM) matured in the folds of its 8th General Conference into an antagonism between loyalists and dissidents, an antagonism that the state attempted to resolve by means of a purge. Media coverage tended to portray the first...
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Nov 12th, 2012
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By Magdi El Gizouli, opinion It is a sign of the times that the principal political question occupying the ‘political club’ in Khartoum these days, in government and opposition, is whether the swelling excised out of President Bashir’s throat is benign or malignant. The President...
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Sep 18th, 2012
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By Sally Healey The election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud by Somalia’s Transitional Parliament is an unexpected success for the hugely discredited political process in the country. It could prove to be a turning point in Somalia’s recovery. With twenty five candidates standing, numerous doubts about the ...
By IndepthAfrica
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Jul 16th, 2012
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By Magdi El Gizouli A frequenter of Sudanese universities, with the exception of the ‘beautiful and impossible’ Khartoum University, cannot miss the name of Ayman al-Rubo in rough print on cheap but countless posters next to stage names like Najat Gurza, Rasha al-Samrab, Hiba Jabra, Asha Bob, and man...
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Jun 25th, 2012
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By Magdi El Gizouli Unlike the 30 January 2011 protests the current wave of demonstrations gripping the capital and a number of other towns in the country has tapped into the wider resources of the Sudanese nas (common people). Over the past seven days protests erupted in several Khartoum neighbourho...