News and Analysis: Sudan
On Jan. 9 and 10, the people of Sudan voted on a referendum to divide their country. At the time of writing, no official decision on the referendum was announced though a vote for the partition of the country is likely.
Class struggle exists everywhere in Africa, but it is rarely discussed or covered in the United States. This panel features experts on the workers' struggle in Africa, discussing the conditions for working and poor people today.
"I would like it, when I have time, to thank them not for me but what they did for the people of southern Sudan," said Dr. Okony Simon Mori, in reference to the Cubans who trained him in medicine for free so he could return to Sudan to provide medical care to his people.
As of the writing of this article, the ruling party of semi-autonomous South Sudan, the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Front, has pulled out of the scheduled April 11 multi-party election in Sudan and called for a boycott along with some northern opposition groups.
In early July, Sudan once again gained the attention of the international media. This time the story was not about the exaggerated death toll of civil war in Darfur, or about the targeting of President Omar al-Bashir in the international imperialist courts, but about civilian women and their choice of dress.
The article below is an adaptation from a talk presented at the July 24 San Francisco branch meeting of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Africa has become a new focus of the imperialist powers’ inherent drive to divide and re-divide the world’s markets and resources.
"Survivors and Saviors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror" is the latest book by researcher and author Professor Mahmood Mamdani, who teaches at Columbia University in New York City. The book is the result of lengthy research, conversations and meetings carried out since 2003—the year that the armed insurgency in Darfur began raging full-force—with many protagonists, including traditional leaders, political parties and representatives of internally displaced persons from different camps, among others.
Recent revelations and events in Sudan continue to expose the ongoing campaign, by imperialist governments and "civil society," to demonize and isolate Sudan. CBS News reported on March 26 that Israel had attacked a convoy of trucks in Sudan in January.