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Bashir's Savings for his Day In Court (ICC)

by Oui Sat Apr 20th, 2019 at 05:37:07 PM EST

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Sudan crisis: Cash hoard found at al-Bashir's home | BBC News |

A source in Sudan's judiciary told Reuters news agency that suitcases loaded with more than $351,000, €6m ($6.7m; £5.2m) and five billion Sudanese pounds ($105m) were found at Mr Bashir's home.

The source also confirmed Mr Bashir was under investigation, telling Reuters prosecutors would "question the former president in Kobar prison".

A picture carried by the Netherlands-based media outlet Radio Dabanga shows men in army uniforms standing over what appears to be several sacks full of cash.

The Prosecutor v. Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir | ICC Court - The Hague |

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In addition former CIA asset General Haftar on the siege of Tripoli in a strange command of allies ...

Haftar has clearly been given the green light to conquer Tripoli | MEMO |
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Italy and France in opposing militant power-play:

Libya - Tripoli - U.N. - Italy - Qatar - Turkey (Muslim Brotherhood alliance) vs. Haftar (ex-CIA asset) - Egypt - KSA - Emirates (UAE) - France! Haftar has the oil fields along the coastline in Eastern Libya. Russia is backing Haftar .... of course! Strange bedfellows ...

Libya crisis: Egypt’s Sisi backs Haftar assault on Tripoli | The Guardian |

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More to follow:

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Thanks, Oui! @Radiodabanga is a fascinating path to interior Sudan protest against al-Bashir's racket and council conspirators, of course, a long-run civil warfare ending with his imprisonment.

On that note, I'd like to add the disposition of the ICC's warrant (2010) re-appears here 2019 as a dead letter. al-Bashir is in the custody of Sudan's military council, but doubt about remand, endorsed by AU inter-governmental bodies, to the Hague lingers (Assembly/AU/Dec.270(XIV), Kampala, June 2010). Sudan is not party to Rome Statute. Sudan is not party to the African Court on Human and People's Rights, but Sudan is party to the AU. While thirty African nations ratified the Rome Statute, none of the UN SC's permanent members have ratified it. The Statute's prosecutorial legitimacy and juridical coherence is understandably suspect.

An essential conflict of interests between "universal" and "specious" authorities among nation-states appears in the two essays that I posted before --"The African Union and the International Criminal Court" and "Eichmann in Jerusalem." Without direct reference to one another, both authors recognize the sense of natural rights relating procedural intimacy and reparation due those directly injured. ICC jurisdiction today perverts that judicial authority established in the name of jews by Israel, for one.

With respect to ICC warrants, AU opposition is still non-cooperative. Expressed arguments of members' political and prudential reasoning are manifold. Responding to parallel tests of (externalized) immunity and (internalized) justice claims, the AU delivered and ultimatum to Sudan's so-called transitional government. Perhaps I am overly credulous, but I think, as "interventions" go? This one is an extraordinary maneuver --or "disintermediation"-- to dispel further thrall of NATO around the continent.

The proof is in Bashir's penalty, of course, not merely Sudan's military rehabilitation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 05:33:02 PM EST
African leaders urge 'democratic transition' within three months in Sudan
Egypt hosted African leaders for emergency talks on Tuesday on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned against "a slide into chaos". ... An extension would ease international pressure on the council to yield power.
Addressing the Sudan meeting, Sisi called for "African solutions to African problems" and urged the country's political actors to "safeguard the state's institutions... in order to prevent a slide into chaos".
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday announced three billion dollars (2.7 billion euros) in financial aid for Khartoum.
The summits in Cairo were the first to be convened by African leaders on the crises in Sudan and Libya. The summit on Libya would focus on "relaunching a political process... (and) the elimination of terrorism", Egypt's presidency said.
Egypt and the UAE, which strongly oppose Islamist militants and the Muslim Brotherhood, back Haftar, who also spoke by telephone to President Donald Trump last week, according to the White House. Before the launch of the Tripoli assault, AU commission chair Moussa Faki had said the organisation would host a "reconciliation" conference in July aimed at uniting Libya's political rivals.

archived Feb 2019
Egypt's Sisi takes over as new head of African Union
and strong oppo to data grab by African WTO delegation

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 12:43:59 AM EST
Opposition leader denies Bashir ouster was 'military coup', calls for Sudan1 to join ICC
Sadiq al-Mahdi, a former prime minister and head of the opposition National Umma Party that has backed the protests, also told reporters that the army's ouster of Bashir was "not a military coup".
Thousands of protesters reached the sprawling military headquarters in central Khartoum on April 6, demanding that the army support the demonstrations against Bashir. ... Mahdi, who said his party would not join a civilian transitional government, told reporters "it is possible to agree on a civilian authority with the military council because they did not plan a coup".
eurocentric hegemon: "racialize" language, religion, or both, ignore political economy, divide, stir
The war in Darfur 2 erupted in 2003 when ethnic black3 rebels took up arms against Khartoum's Arab-dominated [!] government, accusing it of social and political ["]marginalisation["].
The Alliance for Freedom and Change, which brings together grassroots organisers with opposition and rebel groups, said the committee was holding its first meeting on Saturday. It gave no details however on who would represent the protesters and who would represent the military, nor did it say how long the meeting was expected to last.
Western governments have expressed support [for whom?], but Sudan's key Gulf Arab[-speaking] lenders have backed the military council, while African states have called for more time for the army to hand over to civilians.
Let's not talk about oil exploration in Sudan

colonial mischief--not even "sub-Saharan"
1 Sudan, "The term derives from the Arabic bilād al-sūdān ('land [sic] of the black peoples') and has been in use from at least the 12th century"
2 Dafur, "(Arabic: 'Land of the Fur') also called Western Darfur, historical region of the Billād al-Sūdān (Arabic: 'Land [sic] of the Blacks')"
3 Fur, "Fur languages make up one of the branches of the Nilo-Saharan language family."
"the template of European history"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 04:45:23 PM EST
Egypt border dispute Hala'ib Triangle Sudan

Republic of Sudan has warned against an "illegal" offering of oil and gas exploration blocks by Egypt in the Red Sea area of Halayeb, a territory claimed by both countries.

Egypt's occupation of the Halayeb Triangle, which lies in a mineral-rich border region of the Red Sea, has been a bone of contention for years between Cairo and Khartoum despite an overall improvement in ties since an October summit.

"This is an illegal operation that could face legal consequences for the parties that are involved in carrying it out," Saad el-Deen el-Bushra, Sudan's minister of state for oil and gas, said in a statement on Wednesday carried by the official SUNA news agency.

Egypt spurns Sudan's claims over Hala'ib Triangle

Damming the Nile - Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia battle it out | The Jerusalem Post |

That Egypt's economic well-being is dependent on the Nile has been a geopolitical fact of life since ancient times.  Fly over the country, and Egypt's dependence on the river is starkly illustrated.  Amid vast deserts, the river and its cultivated banks appear as a narrow green ribbon snaking its way to the north, where it widens into a delta before reaching the Mediterranean. The vast majority of Egypt's 94 million people live adjacent to this fertile belt, along which its main cities from Aswan to Cairo to Alexandria cluster.  The lower Nile valley and the delta together comprise about 3.5 percent of Egypt's total area.  The remaining 96.5 percent is mostly desert.

The Nile that enters Egypt is fed from two sources.  The White Nile, flowing through Sudan, supplies Egypt with 15 percent of its water; the Blue Nile, emanating from Ethiopia, provides 85 percent.

During the colonial era the fact that one of the the Nile's main tributaries rises in Lake Victoria, which lies in Tanzania and Uganda, and runs through what are now eleven African countries before discharging into the Mediterranean, held little significance.  Scant consideration was given by colonial rulers to the needs or the rights of the African hinterland. Given the priorities of the time, it is scarcely surprising that a 1929 treaty with Britain provided Egypt with a virtual monopoly over the Nile waters with veto rights over all upstream projects. In 1959, under the provisions of this treaty, Egypt signed a deal with Sudan which guaranteed the two countries use of 90 percent of the Nile waters.

But the world was changing fast. The eight other nations that shared the Nile basin at that time viewed Egypt's historic dominance of the Nile as increasingly untenable.  Egypt's upstream neighbours were all undergoing rapid socio-economic development, and these emerging regional powers began to challenge Egypt's control of what each regarded as its river.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

A new dam on the Nile could trigger a war over water unless Ethiopia can agree a deal with Egypt and Sudan, writes the BBC's Africa Correspondent Alastair Leithead. It is often said the world's next world war will be fought over water and there are few places as tense as the River Nile.

Egypt and Ethiopia have a big disagreement, Sudan is in the middle, and a big geopolitical shift is being played out along the world's longest river.

There's been talk about a dam on the Blue Nile for many years, but when Ethiopia started to build, the Arab Spring was underway and Egypt was distracted.

"Egypt was the gift of the Nile" the pharaohs said, and they worshiped the river as a god.

The limits of the new "Nile Agreement" | Al Jazeera - April 2015 |  

Israel said to encourage Western ties with Sudan | Times of Israel - Sept. 2016 |
Bridging the Gap in the Nile Waters Dispute | Crisi Group |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 08:42:13 PM EST
Not that Sudan, the other one. This Sudan has drawn concern from the northern hemisphere about selective universal "war crime" prosecution which permits investment by China in exploration and development. This elementary intrusion on the civil war --once touted the end of an era in unreasonable, likely savage ethnic rivalry, on the continent-- is comparatively easy for western consumer-donors to calculate. China is the wrong, unscrupulous foreign influence, according to some geo-political specialists, writing less than arms-length from the matter.

That is who takes custody of al-Bashir and all that his fate seems to represent to guardians of the Rome Statute. Then again, I am much impressed by diverging opinions about its utility, summarized in the ecdpm document (2016), that preceded flight of favored nations to the third Forum for Africa-China Cooperation (2018).

Scrutiny of Tripartite Fund trustees of the GERD's construction floats in and out of focus. I thought, I had mentioned here the resolution of '18, on or before Sisi rotated to AU president, but could not retrieve what I recalled. It might only have been another note to self, among the several EU values tours in '17 and of course bogus pledges of FDI from the US since Bush I and II learned how to spell Tanzania.

Anyway, it's difficult for me to forget that any business opportunity denied NATO's agents in the region seems to assure long-term delays, crisis, and looming incompetent heads of state expropriating monies. Multinational cooperation to develop and conserve water rights may be dismissed as futile.

I admit, the dynamic evolution of sovereignty defies imagination of "peace and stability." On the other hand, the volatility --howsoever perceived by spectators as needlessly heartless-- should be understood as a predictable phase of constituting post-colonial governments which are hardly "independent."

I recovered East Africa: 'Evolving Ethnicities' [Podcast Transcript] that seems to me to fit pan-africanists' perspectives as well as particular nationalists, "that whole Westphalian concept".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 06:44:57 PM EST
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Before the bloody decision to intervene in Libya in 2011, the US under "leadership" of traveling secretary of state Clinton was ready to compete with China on the African continent. The US under Bush neglected both Africa and South America - it's backyard - in favor of extending the war in Afghanistan to Iraq and the Middle East.

How China will spur Africa's economic growth

Fom my earlier diary ...

HRC Lost it in DRC by Oui @BooMan on Aug. 11, 2009

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 08:36:49 PM EST
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Sudan's army, protesters strike some deals in negotiations
For his part, al-Bashir remains jailed in Khartoum and was charged this week with involvement in the killing of protesters and incitement to kill protesters during the uprising against his rule.

The military has said it would not extradite him to The Hague, where the International Criminal Court has charged him with war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s.

Former Sudanese president charged over killing of protesters
This is the second time, the former president is invested into criminal charges. Earlier this month he was accused of money laundering and financing of terrorism.

On 11 May, Al-Jareedah a local newspaper reported that al-Bashir acknowledged the charges of money laundering brought against him. The newspaper said al-Bashir disclosed the names of other people involved in the criminal activities.
However, opposition officials who are expected to rule Sudan during the transitional period say normalization with the international community requires his handover.

Sudan's junta declines to scrap death sentences on [Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North] SPLM-N's Agar and Arman

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 09:35:36 PM EST

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