April 11, 2010 |
The joke circulating around the Sudanese capital before Sunday's elections suggested that the only billboard campaign competing with President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir came not from an opposition candidate but from a flashy nonalcoholic beer. The president's inescapable image foreshadows what is likely to unfold over two days of voting: the ruling National Congress Party consolidating power amid an opposition boycott that challenges the credibility of the nation's first serious multiparty elections in 24 years.
April 16, 2010 |
The tribal chief parked his bicycle beneath a tree, walked into a schoolhouse and cast his ballot for the man with the power to grant what he wants most: a paved road running past the fishmongers to the highway. "I am voting for our leader," Hamid Hamdoon said, referring to President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, the former general who has led Sudan for more than a decade. "I expect the country to move forward. We need water, doctors and hospitals. But in this neighborhood we desire asphalt."
October 14, 2006 |
President Bush signed an executive order that stiffens sanctions on Sudan in an effort to persuade the government to accept U.N. peacekeepers and stop killings of civilians in its western region of Darfur. About 200,000 people have died and more than 2 million have been displaced in three years of fighting in Darfur.
November 10, 2004 |
Sudan's government and rebel representatives signed accords Tuesday meant to end hostilities and guarantee aid groups access to 1.6 million people uprooted by conflict in Sudan's western region of Darfur. For the first time, Sudan agreed to the creation of "no-fly" zones over Darfur, banning military flights over rebel-held territories. Rebels and African Union mediators had demanded the no-fly zones after widespread accusations that the government bombed villages.
January 4, 2006 |
More than half the Sudanese migrants who were violently removed from a Cairo protest camp will be deported, Egyptian authorities said. Human rights organizations have condemned last week's riot police operation, in which at least 27 people died. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Fatma Zahraa Etman said 654 Sudanese would be sent home because they were "illegal immigrants or refugees who had violated security conditions." The migrants do not want to return to Sudan.
August 3, 2005 |
Northern and southern Sudanese clashed here Tuesday in a second day of violence sparked by the death of former rebel leader John Garang, who helped end two decades of war in Africa's largest country. Authorities sent in police to quell the clashes, which they said had killed 46 people. Garang, leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, a southern former rebel group, died in a weekend helicopter crash.
March 15, 2007 |
A federal judge ruled in Norfolk that the Sudanese government caused the terrorist bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole and would be liable for damages to the families of the 17 sailors killed in the attack. U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar said he would issue a written opinion later to explain his reasoning. He requested additional paperwork, including tax returns of the sailors killed, to help calculate damages.
August 30, 2004 |
Peace talks in Nigeria between Sudan's government and rebels in its Darfur region ended in a deadlock on how to resolve a conflict that has killed an estimated 30,000 people and forced more than 1 million villagers to flee their homes for refugee camps. "There is a big distance between what we think about improving the humanitarian situation in the camps and what the government thinks," said Ahmed Mohammed Tugod, the negotiator for the Justice and Equality Movement rebel group.
October 20, 2009 |
The White House on Monday unveiled a Sudan policy that seeks a middle ground between punishing the country for its actions in Darfur and appeasing it, a step away from the get-tough policy advocated by President Obama during his election campaign. The announcement of the new policy came after seven months of debate within the administration. It was cautiously welcomed by advocates of stringent measures to end the violence in Darfur, who expressed relief that the White House did not adopt a more conciliatory approach.
August 13, 2004 |
Sudan's president on Thursday accused the West of exploiting the Darfur conflict in the hope of seizing the country's gold and oil, but Washington responded that its only aim was to halt mass slayings. Sudan is under intense international pressure to rein in Arab militias accused of sacking villages and raping and killing civilians, and to provide security for more than 1 million people displaced by the turmoil.