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South Sudan: Sanctions, Meetings, and a Looming Crisis

Sanctions Imposed on South Sudan In response to the continued instability in South Sudan, the White House has imposed targeted sanctions on both the government of South Sudan and rebel forces. The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes targeting any official, either within the government or rebel camps that is determined by the U.S…. Continue reading

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Setbacks for Peace in South Sudan

South Sudan Peace Talks Suspended Again Peace talks between the government of South Sudan and rebel forces led by former vice president Riek Machar have been suspended yet again, this time until the end of April. The suspension, which was requested by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), is designed to allow IGAD to consult… Continue reading

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Model AU Abstract: South Sudan

The government of South Sudan, in keeping with the principles outlined in the constitution of South Sudan, and in keeping with the principles that guided the founding of the republic, fully supports the union of Katanga Province and the United Republic of Tanzania. The government of South Sudan believes in the right of self-determination for… Continue reading

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South Sudan: Peace Talks Resume Amidst a Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Peace Talks Resume as UN Warns of Crisis Peace talks between the government of South Sudan and rebels resumed in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, amidst warnings from the UN about a brewing humanitarian crisis across the country. The head of the UN’s humanitarian operations has said that as many as 5 million people need humanitarian… Continue reading

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Long Walk to Freedom Discussion Questions Part II

In his testimony to Justice Rumpff, Mandela indicates that he would accepts incremental and gradual reforms, such as the granting of 60 seats in Parliament to the black population of Africa, in exchange for suspending civil disobedience for five years. How does this approach to reform contrast with other approached we have seen in Africa,… Continue reading

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South Sudan: Sanctions, Oil, and More Troops

South Sudan Sanctions Threatened In a sign of mounting frustration with stalled peace talks between the government of South Sudan and rebel forces, multiple western powers, including the Untied States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have threatened to impose sanctions on both sides of the conflict. Although negotiations are set to resume in… Continue reading

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Long Walk to Freedom Discussion Questions Part I

We learn that Mandela’s mother became a Christian, wheareas his father retained the Xhosa faith? Will this multi-faith upbringing have an impact on Mandela’s approach to ending apartheid? How did the 1946 protests of Indians against the Asiatic Land Tenure Act influence Mandela’s approach to resistance against the government of South Africa? Many scholars of… Continue reading

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South Sudan: Post-Conflict Issues Abound

Anti-UN Protests Hundreds of South Sudanese marched through Juba in recent days to protest the United Nations after South Sudanese troops found landmines and other weapons in multiple UN vehicles marked as carrying food to civilian populations in the war-torn country. The government has capitalized on the incident to strengthen their campaign against to UN,… Continue reading

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South Sudan: Government on the Defensive

Upper Nile Capital Divided Fighting between South Sudanese government forces and rebels continued in the key oil state of Upper Nile, which is now the only oil producing state left in South Sudan. Even as the government publicly maintains its commitment to the January ceasefire agreement, Malakal, the state’s capital, is now split in two… Continue reading

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So Long a Letter Discussion Questions Part II

How is the role of tradition portrayed in So Long a Letter and “Xala”? Discuss Ramatoulaye’s thought process when she contemplates leaving. What does she see as the benefits and drawbacks of such a move? Compare and contrast the behavior and personality of Nabou and Binetou as wives. How have their circumstances shaped their behavior… Continue reading

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