25 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





 A blessing or a curse?

As south Sudan approaches probable independence, Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have started discussions to resolve disputes over borders, leadership – and finances.  

Sudan’s biggest asset is oil, representing about 90 per cent of the nation’s export earnings. Around 400,000 barrels are shipped every day, mostly to Asia’s increasingly energy-hungry nations – China and India. 

Since the 2005 peace agreement, that wealth has been split equally with each territory taking 50 per cent of the revenue. For the north, it makes up 65 per cent of its budget, but the south is almost entirely dependent on the oil money – it accounts for an estimated 98 per cent of its earnings.
Despite its oil revenue, Sudan is $38bn in debt – a burden the north has reportedly promised to take on in its entirety should the south secede. 



Eye on Algeria



PA selling short the refugees

Palestinian Authority proposed that only a handful of the nearly six million Palestinian refugees be allowed to return.
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2011 10:49 GMT

Blair’s continuing thirst for war

Stefan Simanowitz 24 Jan 2011 14:43 GMT
Tony Blair has been summoned to another session of the Iraq Inquiry to clarify previous testimonial discrepancies.

The meaning of the Palestine papers

MJ Rosenberg 25 Jan 2011 14:43 GMT
The ‘Palestine Papers’ show that it is the Palestinians – not Israel – who do not have a negotiating partner.

The revolution was not televised…

Listening Post 22 Jan 2011 11:02 GMT
Social media helped tell the story of Tunisia’s unrest, but Western news outlets were slow to grasp its significance.


Middle East


 Ground: Ten years of the Palestinian conflict in pictures   new  

Photojournalist Bruno Stevens has spent the last ten years on the front-line in Gaza, photographing the effects of the Israeli-Palestine conflict on the people who live there.   



Moscow airport security ‘in anarchy’

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev says heads will roll at security service in wake of airport blast  

Medvedev accuses officials at Domodedovo airport as reports say Black Widow suicide bomber was behind blast

In pictures: Moscow airport bombing 


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