Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Be careful woman: wearing trousers my land you in court in Khartoum!

The trial of the journalist for wearing trousers or if you believe he government version for "wearing clothes that were indecent to the public" has been postponed yet again. And that is for a reason.

The government does not like the huge publicity it generated. The international TV networks were running live commentaries from Khartoum, having public debates and journalists were and human right activities were having a field day.

According to Luban Hussein, the journalist at the centre of the issue, she was on trial not because she wore trousers, but because she had been a critic of the government. They are trying to nail her.

When you read the headlines about it, you will be led to believe that not a SINGLE woman wear trousers in Khartoum these days! You are wrong!

Secondary school girls wear trousers, unless their trousers are not trousers, just school uniforms.

So back to the publicity, I think it is becoming embarassing to the government. Their attempt to dehumanise Lubna has backfired. They have postponed the hearing for a month until the haboob has died down again. I guess it will not go away. Lubna will mobilize women again and bring them with her to court.

That law about wearing indecent clothing has to be repealled.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

We are 39,154,490!

It is now official: the census results shows that Sudan has a poplation of 39,154,490 people. It is here but for the analysis, come back later.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Sudan election pushed back to 2010!

 It kind of not surprising that he elections has been put back to 2010. The selected date of of somewhere in July has been overshadowed by events so huge that it is inevitable that soemthing gives way.

Reasons of census results and borders are all true but they masks the real issues. Even before the ICC debacle and others, the impelemntation of the CPA was on a snail pace. There are still more to be desired.

Let the count down begin . . .

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Another peace process for Darfur?

Will there be peace in Darfur . . .? I began to see it as a long gone possibility. Let us resign to the fact that it is going to be a long, long process. . .

With the myriad of peace processes coming up everyday: African Union, Libyan, Saudi Arabian, Nigerian, Qatari, I wonder which one will bear fruit. Can't someone just merge all these together?

Egypt is again throwing its lot into the peace process business. That is making the whole thing interesting? Was it to counter the Qatari Peace process? Egypt skipped the Arab Summit in Qatar and now comes up with another peace process. I know not for what reason.

While they keep on meetimg in the Arab capitals, Darfur still cries . . .


Queen Noor speaks . . .

Darfur an "obscenity", we are told . . .

 Queen Noor has added her voice to the cry coming out of Darfur. If not for the timing I would ask where has she been hiding all this time.

Maybe the ICC thing shook her from her slumber . . .(Sorry Queen!)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The culture of violence

I wonder what is going in South Sudan these. I week never goes without deadly clashes some where. If it is not the SPLA soldiers causing havoc, it is the pastoralist going about the business they know best: cattle rustling.

It is a shame that we are still being ravaged by the notion of these groups, whose still think that cattle rustling is aprt of culture that cannot be abandoned.

I will talk more . . .

Arab backing and the showdown: round 2

Bashir made it to the  Arab Summit, had a faceof with the UN General Secretary and got Arab backing against the ICC.

It is a big public relations coup for the government against the West. When a big chung of the world  countries expressed their dis-satisfaction with events, I think the world better listen.

Ocampo has used his ighest card, as some analysts think, and th eonly last resort to apprehend the president is by invading the country.

Looking at what happened to Iraq, I don't think Obama will want to go that road again. It is just getting nastier by the day.

Monday, March 30, 2009

ICC, Arab League and Bashir

So Bashir is in  Doha for the Arab Summit

It is expected that the Sudanese president will want to show the world that he cannot be intimidated by the ICC warrant, about which he once said "soak in water and drink it". Nothing new there.

I was watching the news and all are concerned whether the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will sit and listen to Bashir delivering his speech. My advise: Mr Moon, don't listen to the Americans, sit there and listen to what Bashir wants to say . . . Walking out is not a good sign ffrom the wolrd's top diplomat.

Let us wait and see.

BK featured in US Site

Black Kush featured among the top 100 sites in Africa on an  Online University Reviews website. Cool.

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