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South Sudan in the Senate

John Prendergast | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
John Prendergast

Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding a hearing on the urgent crisis unfolding in South Sudan. There are a number of specific things the U.S. can do to make a real difference in supporting peace.

South Sudanese Army On The Hunt For Coup Plotters

AP | RODNEY MUHUMUZA | Posted 02.16.2014 | World

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sporadic gunfire continued to ring out in the South Sudan's capital, Juba, as the military "cleared out remnants" of a factio...

The Stain on Obama's Soul

Mia Farrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mia Farrow

There was a time when Mr. Obama expressed outrage over the mass murder and aerial bombardment of civilians in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Now President Obama has joined that silence.

South Sudan's New Oil Laws Offer a Reason for Optimism

Dana Wilkins | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Dana Wilkins

If implemented effectively, these requirements could go a long way in ensuring the country's oil is managed transparently and benefits all citizens. So why is this so important?

Taking the Long View for the Peoples of Sudan and South Sudan

Princeton Lyman | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Princeton Lyman

Despite the peaceful independence of South Sudan in July 2011, the past year has seen tensions mount, borders close, and oil turn off. Sudan and South Sudan can now turn their attention to their economies and the needs for better governance, development and resolution of internal conflicts.

Damn the Rains

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

As our six-seater closes in on the small outpost of Walgak, South Sudan, the thing we feared most -- short of a plane crash -- happens. It starts to rain.

Model Alek Wek On Returning To South Sudan: 'I Am Always Saying Thank You'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Leon | Posted 10.02.2012 | Style

Alek Wek isn't only one of the most beautiful supermodels today, she's also one of the most politically active. At 14 years old, Wek left her nati...

South Sudan One Year Later: Indicators of Hope

Don Golden | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Don Golden

This month, as South Sudan celebrates its first year as an independent state, a great feeling of expectation lingers at the beginning of this all-important rainy season.

World's Youngest Nation Celebrates First Birthday

Posted 07.09.2012 | World

Thousands of South Sudanese came out on Sunday to celebrate the nation's first anniversary as an independent country. "We have fought for our right to...

A Year After South Sudan's Independence, a Needless War of Attrition Between South Sudan and Sudan

Earl W. Gast | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Earl W. Gast

Many Sudanese people are trapped in the conflict zone, with little access to food, water, shelter, or medical care. However, the government continues to deny international humanitarian organizations full and unfettered access to affected areas.

A Year of Freedom Without Peace in South Sudan

Andrée Simon | Posted 09.07.2012 | Impact
Andrée Simon

Though South Sudan is 7,000 miles away from the U.S., we still share the same desire to live in peace and freedom. We both share the same dreams for our children, that they can grow up safe, go to school, and maybe someday become president.

Deepening Food Insecurity Casts Shadow Over South Sudan's First Birthday

Paul O'Brien | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Paul O'Brien

If war breaks out between South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan, fewer resources will be available to make the necessary investments that will allow the South Sudanese people to lead fruitful, rewarding lives -- above the poverty line and food secure -- in the new Republic of South Sudan.

Are We Still Dedicated to Peace in South Sudan?

Don Golden | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
Don Golden

If we continue to stand now for peace in South Sudan, then their first chapter as a nation could read of new schools and children living past their 5th birthdays, instead of burned marketplaces and displaced refugees.

Who Do You Believe? War Crime Indicted Sudan President Bashir? Or Your Eyes and Ears?

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Greta Van Susteren

2012-04-17-sudanScreenshot20120417at1.04.31PM.jpgOmar Bashir is bombing his own people in another part of his country, the Nuba Mountain area. He denies it. So... watch this video and tell me.

Empowering Women in the World's Newest Country

Hilde Johnson | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Hilde Johnson

South Sudan is the world's newest nation, and while we celebrate the first International Women's Day in independent South Sudan, we must look at how we can address the great challenges faced by women and girls in one of the world's least developed countries.

In South Sudan, Violence Has Become Norm

AP | By MICHAEL ONYIEGO | Posted 03.10.2012 | World

JUBA, South Sudan -- Members of a South Sudanese tribe targeted in massive attacks late last month have killed 22 people and burned down three village...

Is Sudan Heading For War?

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 01.14.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — The presidents of Sudan and the new nation of South Sudan are both predicting the possibility of a new war in an oil-rich regio...

Reports: Sudan Bombs South Sudanese Refugee Camp

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 01.10.2012 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya — Military aircraft from Sudan crossed the new international border with South Sudan and dropped bombs Thursday in and around a c...

The World's Newest Nations

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your province or region suddenly becomes an independent country -- with recognition from the United Nations and all. After the celebrations end, and the celebrities leave, the real decision-making begins.

Thousands Flee Violent Clashes In Sudan

AP | Posted 11.03.2011 | World

GENEVA -- The U.N. refugee agency says thousands of people are believed to be fleeing to Ethiopia to escape fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile state. U.N....

More Mass Graves Reportedly Found In Sudan

AP | Posted 10.24.2011 | World

By JASON STRAZIUSO, ASSOCIATED PRESS NAIROBI, Kenya -- A U.S. monitoring group said Wednesday that satellite imagery had revealed the existence of ...

Visiting South Sudan: An Incredible Park Inside the World's Newest Country

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.12.2011 | Travel

As of midnight on Friday, South Sudan officially split from The Republic of Sudan, becoming a new country and a fresh destination. A civil war bet...

South Sudan: New Country, New Beginnings

David Weiss | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
David Weiss

The key to stability and peace is economic development. A prosperous, stable people are less likely to go to war with their neighbors.

South Sudan: A New Nation Is Born, A Rough Road Lies Ahead

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.17.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

Its grasslands have absorbed too much blood. Its winds have carried away too many sounds of interethnic, religious and civil warfare and strife in which more than two million people have been killed.

South Sudan: Birth of a Nation Amid Joy and Deadly Unfinished Business

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 09.16.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

They fought for dignity. They also fought for new shoes -- a better life in impoverished South Sudan after decades of devastating warfare. But explosive border conflicts threaten the stability of the world's newest nation.