|Republic of the Sudan|
|Member of||Arab League, Organisation of African Unity|
In 2001, in the Pentagon, a general told me : "I just received a classified memo from the Secretary of Defense: we will take seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finally, Iran."
Conflict and partition
The Sudanese conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile in the early 2010s between the Army of Sudan and the Sudan Revolutionary Front started as a dispute over the oil-rich region of Abyei in the months leading up to South Sudanese independence in 2011, though it is also related to civil war in Darfur that is nominally resolved. The events would later be known as the Sudanese Intifada, which would end only in 2013 after Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir promised he would not seek re-election in 2015. He later broke his promise and sought re-election in 2015, winning through a boycott from the opposition who believed that the elections would not be free and fair. Voter turnout was at a low 46%.
On 13 January 2017, US president Barack Obama, signed an Executive Order that lifted many sanctions placed against Sudan and assets of its government held abroad. On 6 October 2017, the following US president Donald Trump lifted most of the remaining sanctions against the country and its petroleum, export-import, and property industries.
On 19 December 2018, massive protests began after a government decision to triple the price of goods at a time when the country was suffering an acute shortage of foreign currency and inflation of 70 percent. In addition, President al-Bashir, who had been in power for more than 30 years, refused to step down, resulting in the convergence of opposition groups to form a united coalition. The government retaliated by arresting more than 800 opposition figures and protesters, leading to the death of approximately 40 people according to the Human Rights Watch. The protests have continued since the overthrow of his government on 11 April 2019, when President al-Bashir was arrested and a three-month state of emergency was enacted. Over 100 people died in early June in clashes between pro-democracy protesters and state security forces, resulting in Sudan's suspension from the African Union. Sudan's youth has been reported to be driving the protests.
- Full article: Better Than Cash Alliance
- Full article: Better Than Cash Alliance
In June 2020, the Republic of Sudan announced a commitment to accelerate the transition from cash to digital payments, a surprising choice for a country that has been in the CIA's crosshairs and vulnerable to cyber attacks. . The program will provide monthly direct digital transfers of $5 per person to around 80 percent of Sudanese families.
The 'voluntary' commitment to abolish cash and the accession to the Better Than Cash Alliance are the work of the interim finance minister Ibrahim Elbadawi. The US-trained economist had previously worked for the World Bank in Washington for many years. Since 2009, he has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
|Wesley Clark||“In 2001, in the Pentagon, a general told me : ‘I just received a classified memo from the Secretary of Defense: we will take seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finally, Iran.’”||Wesley Clark||2 March 2007|
Ambassadors to Sudan
|Ambassador to Sudan|
|UK/Ambassador to Sudan|
|US/Ambassador to Sudan|
Event Participated in
|Bandung Conference||1955||1955||Indonesia||Important conference for the global south; participants soon became prime targets for US foreign policy|
|Document:A Brief History of the CIA’s Dirty War in South Sudan||Article||31 July 2019||Ryan Dawson||The CIA are now almost completely out of the picture in South Sudan though one should never underestimate the Agency’s capacity for evil. It's in the US national interest to deny China access to African oil so it will always continue to be US vs China in South Sudan, as part of Pax Americana’s designs for Africa as a whole.|
- Interview radio Democracy Now, 2007-03-02
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- "They'll have to kill all of us!"