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last update: december 24th, 2015

december 10th, 2015

Testimony of Board Member John Prendergast - Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership

Testimony of John Prendergast, Not On Our Watch board member, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on “Independent South Sudan: A Failure of Leadership”, given on December 10, 2015.

 

Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the committee, I’m grateful for the opportunity to testify about South Sudan at such a critical fork in the road for the youngest nation in the world. Working with the executive branch and through your actions, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has the opportunity to help this new country change course and make progress on implementing the hard-won peace agreement that was signed back in August. If these efforts fail, South Sudan will likely be plunged back into a full-scale civil war that surely would be – based on past experience – one of the world’s deadliest.

 

Follow the link for the full testimony.

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december 10th, 2015

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "From FIFA to Sudan, Let’s Make the World Unsafe for Kleptocracy"

This op-ed, co-authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared in The Daily Beast.

 

The arrest of two FIFA officials last week in Switzerland was an important milestone for soccer’s governing body. The criminals who brought the organization to its knees are finally being removed and paying a price, paving the way for FIFA to begin rebuilding its tattered reputation and legitimacy.

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last updated january 14th, 2016

january 14th, 2016

Quiet Violence: New Report Shows How Govt Plans to Dismantle IDP Camps Will Further Destabilize Darfur

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.”

 

A link to the full report follows after the jump.

january 13th, 2016

FinCEN Moves to Curb Real Estate-based Money Laundering in Miami, Manhattan

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.

 

Click through for a link to FinCEN’s statement.

january 7th, 2016

Sudan Tribune Op-Ed: "Flour Power: Bread crisis, a cash crunch, and Sudan’s shrinking private sector"

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.

december 15th, 2015

Report: "Deadly Enterprise: Dismantling South Sudan's War Economy and Countering Potential Spoilers"

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...

 

Follow the jump for a link to the full report.

december 1st, 2015

Report: "Kleptocracy in Khartoum: Self-Enrichment by the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party"

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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