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April 23, 2012

Posted by Nenad Marinkovic

JUBA, South Sudan – For nearly 10 days following South Sudan’s military occupation of the disputed oil-rich area of Heglig, Sudan and South Sudan were on the verge of war. On Friday, April 20, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA, announced its withdrawal from Heglig, a move regarded by the international community as a positive step toward diffusing tensions between South Sudan and Sudan. However, the two countries are not any nearer to achieving a...

April 19, 2012

JUBA, South Sudan – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir announced in a press statement released Friday afternoon that southern forces would unconditionally withdraw from Heglig—10 days after seizing the disputed oil-rich region from Sudan forces—in a gesture that is likely aimed primarily at restoring South Sudan’s declining image before the international community.

“In conformity with the United Nations Security Council Presidential Statement and in response to appeals by world leaders and to create an environment for the...

April 17, 2012

JUBA, South Sudan – Since the re-taking of the disputed area of Heglig by the South Sudan army last Monday, a move that has dramatically escalated hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan, the military situation has been marked by flare-ups along the North-South border and constant bombings of South Sudan by Sudan. Sudan first lost control of the strategic oil site in late March, when South Sudan forces took control of the region—in what southern officials said was a defensive move—and withdrew. The South once again described return to Heglig last week...

April 17, 2012

Posted by Jenn Christian

Media coverage of Sudan over the past several weeks has focused to a great extent on the intensification of fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA, which threatens to plunge the former civil war foes into an international armed conflict. Largely absent from recent coverage has been the passage of the...

April 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: International confusion and ignorance in answering this question about Sudanese geography has become one of the greatest threats to peace, and the negotiations required for peace to be sustained, writes Sudan specialist Eric Reeves. This piece is cross-posted from sudanreeves.org.

The rapid escalation of military violence between Khartoum's Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, and South Sudan's Sudan People's Liberation Army, or SPLA, is now...

April 12, 2012

This op-ed, co-authored by John Prendergast and George Clooney, originally appeared on Time.com.

On the surface, our recent trip to the rebel-held areas of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains hauntingly echoed earlier visits to Darfur and South Sudan. A huge group of people—targeted by their government in Khartoum because of their ethnicity, the rich land they live on, and their...

April 12, 2012

Posted by Jenn Christian

On April 12, U.N. Security Council and the A.U. Peace and Security Council issued statements about the rising conflict between Sudan and South Sudan yesterday, with the U.N. demanding and the A.U. calling on both countries to immediately to deescalate conflict along their ill-defined international border, including the South withdrawing from Heglig and the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, ceasing aerial bombardments in South Sudan. The two statements also called for the immediate implementation of...

April 10, 2012

A new British documentary film presents graphic visual evidence that the Sudanese government has committed crimes against humanity by bombarding civilians in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan. Surprisingly, the most irrebuttable visual evidence comes from the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, in the form of video captured by a drone flown by SAF over apparent civilian areas in advance of bombardment. The evidence convincingly shows that the Government of Sudan is operating Iranian drones.

"Unreported World: Terror in Sudan" will premiere on the UK's Channel 4 on...

April 9, 2012

Posted by Nenad Marinkovic and Jenn Christian

Reports emerged late today that South Sudan’s military forces, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, or SPLA, may have again taken control of South Kordofan state’s Heglig, home to Sudan’s largest remaining source of oil following the South’s secession. If true, this would mark the second time in weeks that the SPLA has occupied territory well within Sudan, and...

April 5, 2012

Posted by Annette LaRocco

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned a series of inflammatory statements by the governor of Sudan’s South Kordofan state, Ahmed Haroun. His speech, which was caught on camera and published by Al Jazeera, calls for Sudanese troops to take no prisoners in the fight...

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