Thursday, March 24, 2011

Neo-Arabism spreading to the Sudan

Women in the Sudan protesting
Bashir's government is taking strides to "crush" any uprising instigated through social networks against the government.  The government has reacted violently to street protests organized by the youth and detained many activits.

Unlike Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, Sudan has not attracted any international attention. Many are waiting for the formal cessation of the oil-rich Southern Sudan from the Arab North in the summer.

Bashir is not a happy camper at the moment. He is about to lose a valuable national commodity - oil reserves - in the south. He was recently accused by the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) of plotting to overthrow the southern government.

Will Bashir be relevant after the cessation?  The wind of change blowing across the Middle East could pass by northern Sudan leaving significant government changes.  But like in all these countries where people want government change, there is no identified successor.

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