Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sudan's Government Under Pressure

Sudan President Bashir Scrambles To Save Regime -- L.A. Times

Short of cash and increasingly isolated, Bashir orders his soldiers to overrun towns in the oil-rich Abyei region while he flies to Beijing to woo a powerful partner.

His nation on the verge of shrinking, and trouble unfolding in every direction, Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir is playing warrior and diplomat in efforts to keep his supporters loyal and his economy from collapsing under huge debt.

Bashir's northern troops unleashed weeks of bloodshed and remain massed in the Abyei oil region near the soon-to-be independent southern Sudan. His soldiers further stunned the international community when they swept into nearby South Kordofan state and the Nuba Mountains to attack tribesmen accused of fomenting insurrection.

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My Comment: Sudanese President Bashir must know that time is running out on his regime .... especially if oil revenues are cut off. He is buying time by waging war against his neighbors, but unfortunately for him and his government ..... economic problems in the north will be his undoing as oil revenues dry up, and aid from other countries (including China) will not be so forthcoming.

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