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Sudan withdraws from Darfur peace talks in move called 'declaration of war'

Sudan withdraws from Darfur peace talks in move called 'declaration of war'

DOHA, Qatar – A Sudanese official says his government has withdrawn from peace talks with Darfur rebel groups, but it is still committed to making peace. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir threatened to call off the talks in Qatar and return negotiations to Sudan if agreement was not reached by Thursday, and he carried out his […]

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A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

By John J. Metzler  It’s once again that time of year to consult the crystal ball and to try to peer into the future. In this case I’m peering into a cloudy snow globe which stresses meteorology over geopolitics, but here goes with some predictions to inform, advise, and muse over the international situation. War […]

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Rebel chief in Darfur ready to battle Sudan

Rebel chief in Darfur ready to battle Sudan

Rebels of the Sudan Liberation Army, loyal to leader Minni Minawi, are seen in El-Fasher, the administrative capital of north Darfur, in 2008. / AFP/Ashraf Shazly JUBA, Sudan (AFP) – Minni Minnawi, the only Darfur rebel leader to have signed a peace accord with Khartoum, has accused the government of failing to implement the 2006 […]

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Sudan torpedos one referendum, prepares for war

WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Sudan has been accelerating military preparations amid the collapse of a referendum for the semi-autonomous south. Western diplomats said the regime of President Omar Bashir has ordered military strikes on southern Sudan in an effort to block independence. They said the military operations, including ground assaults and artillery shelling, have torpedoed the […]

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Sudan closes Darfur radio and rights group offices

Sudan closes Darfur radio and rights group offices

KHARTOUM  – Sudan shut the Khartoum office of Radio Dabanga, whose reports on Darfur have angered it, and arrested 13 staff from the radio station and a rights group that shares its offices, the group’s chairman said Tuesday. Abdelmageed Salih, head of Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND), told Reuters nine journalists and […]

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Sudan denies reports on Chinese military equipment in Darfur

Sudan denies reports on Chinese military equipment in Darfur

KHARTOUM – The Sudanese minister of interior has dismissed as “baseless” reports on the existence of Chinese-made arms and ammunitions in Darfur, saying that such reports were part of a Western political plot to force China to halt cooperation with his country. Minister Ibrahim Mahmud Suliyman told the UAE-based newspaper Al-Itihad that “those talking about […]

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AWOL on Sudan? War, is returning and the perception of U.S. indifference isn't helping

AWOL on Sudan? War, is returning and the perception of U.S. indifference isn't helping

John Prendergast / Wall Street Journal For a second-tier foreign policy issue, Sudan has seen its share of first-tier finger-pointing over the last decade. Congress has blamed the White House, administrations have blamed activists and Congress, and everyone has condemned the Chinese whose multibillion dollar oil investment underwrites the Khartoum regime’s war policies in Darfur […]

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UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

UN — checked by China — offers only words of concern as Darfur crisis worsens

By John Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The Security Council has unanimously renewed the peacekeeping mandate for Sudan’s embattled Darfur region. In the meantime, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has slapped charges of genocide on Sudan’s ruler. This comes amid continuing violence in the troubled region against both helpless civilians and the UN […]