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New satellite imagery of the border area between Sudan and South Sudan shows that neither government has fulfilled international obligations to demilitarize their shared border. Despite public recommitments made by both presidents in early September 2013, Sudanese and South Sudanese forces retain military units within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ), including areas that are still subject to border dispute. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery shows that Sudan has kept a military presence along the border at six locations with 14 occupied positions. Sudan appears to have made an effort to remove or relocate some units positioned inside the SDBZ, but only the unit at Radom appears to be vacated. South Sudanese forces dismantled and then reoccupied a highway defensive position at Teshwin and have reduced their presence at Al Abyad Lake, Kiir Adem, Al-Kwek and Joda. Still, South Sudan maintains a presence at 10 locations in the SDBZ with 22 units. Tanks, technicals (truck-mounted heavy machine guns) and tents are visible on both sides of the border in satellite imagery (Figure 1).
The human rights and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei continues to worsen. The long history of rebellion and inter-ethnic clashes in Jonglei has evolved into three overlapping crises: major intercommunal attacks between Murle and Lou Nuer militias, which have led to thousands of deaths and displacements; anongoing destructive rebellion led by David Yau Yau; and major human rights abuses committed by South Sudan’s army against Murle civilians. The suffering of Jonglei’s civilian population is intensifying from the continuing violence and a lack of access to humanitarian assistance.
A new report by Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) details how the Sudanese government’s insistence on dismantling IDP camps in Darfur only increases the risk of violence and further displacement for Darfuri citizens. According to SDFG, this plan will not contribute to peace and stability in Darfur, but instead will create “a space for manipulation of the political context and for the commission of further crimes against civilians in Darfur.”
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The U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced today that it has issued a Geographic Targeting Order that requires U.S. title insurance companies to identify beneficial owners of companies that purchase high end real estate in Miami-Dade County and Manhattan in “all-cash” transactions. The move is a milestone in the fight to prevent the illicit proceeds of crime and corruption from entering the U.S. real estate market. The move follows a series of high profile exposés in 2014 and 2015 that highlighted the extent to which anonymous shell companies have been used to conceal the ownership of high end real estate in the United States.
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This op-ed was written by NOOW partner Enough Project Senior Advisor Omer Ismail and originally appeared in Sudan Tribune on January 7, 2016.
As economists and analysts keep their eyes on Sudan’s growing hard currency shortage and the falling value of the Sudanese pound against the U.S. dollar, many Sudanese consumers have been watching the price and availability of bread in local bakeries and the outcome of a dispute between a major flour supplier and the Sudanese government. The state of Sudan’s currency, its bread, and private sector enterprise has a direct impact on the daily lives of many Sudanese people and provides signals about the tactics and stability of the regime itself. There are signs that the hard currency shortage is driving elites to take over private enterprise and gain control of even the less lucrative markets, including agriculture, in their bid for more cash.
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On the two-year anniversary of the start of South Sudan’s brutal civil war, a peace agreement has been signed and implementation is underway. Yet personal political and economic interests continue to threaten the prospects for peace in South Sudan, as well as the economic future of the country for its citizens. If those spoilers benefiting financially and politically from the continuation of the conflict are not countered, the peace agreement will remain imperiled...
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The 26 years of rule by the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party (NIF/NCP) regime in Khartoum have been marked by extraordinary levels of graft, corruption, cronyism, and outright theft of national wealth. The regime has adapted to changing circumstances with remarkable skill...
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