Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Kordofan War and its casualties: Anyone paying attention?

Al Jazeera claims to be the only news source on what's going on in Kordofan, which is in south Sudan -- the southern part of the new Sudan, after Southern Sudan was carved out of it.

Sudan has a reputation for indifference to the needs of its population so long as the "Arab" elite in northeast Sudan, led by Bashir, can remain safely in control of the key institutions of government.  After 37 years of war with the south, which it has now given up to become a separate country, and many years of deliberate exploitation of its western province of Darfur, the government still seems unable to be at peace with itself. One wonders if some countries -- some administrations -- cannot remain in power without having an enemy to justify an continued internal mobilization.  Sudan may be such a place.

But it seems that few people are paying attention.  It is fair to doubt that any of this will appear on American TV, and so will go unnoticed, unreported as far as most of the world's audiences are concerned.

Click on the title above for a link to a video on what it's like to live under a regime that regards any form of independent living as a threat to its own existence.

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