by Abdul Hussain (massive hat tip to X./Grace Tussen/BB/Mohammed Hafeez)
Update: I’ve found this opinion piece while doing additional research on Sudan, or more specifically, how the transitional government/leadership installation is being handled:
It’s an opinion piece by an analytical organisation called United World International in which the article is named “Op-ed: The Attempted Coup in Sudan & The Global Changes in African Geopolitics”. I think it’s worth a read, even if you may not agree with the views expressed in the linked article.
So, for the original article that I wrote on Sudan, here it is:
Now, as for what has been mentioned in the original article, I would like to start off with apologising for any mistakes made in the above article as I was writing about the situation as it has unfolded, but as the article was shared and as soon as I have talked about this situation more, especially with others on and off social media, and looked at how it has unfolded, it has led to additional information being found with regards to Sudan.
Firstly, my conversations with two folks named X. and Grace Tussen regarding Sudanese affiliations to Israel and and Arab political forces has actually inspired me to dig up information regarding the possible motives for the Sudan Uprising, so I ended up looking into the situation and links to the aforementioned story, in which I have found three articles from Middle East Monitor regarding Sudan-Israel relations:
- MEMO: Sudan – Relations with Israel will harm us [Sudan]
- MEMO: Bashir – I was advised normalising relations with Israel will stabilise Sudan
- MEMO: Sudan’s Bashir rejects ‘normalisation with Israel’
In addition to the aforementioned links, Grace Tussen has provided some links with regards to the Sudan-Arab relations and its happenings both in Sudan, and in its neighbouring territories and allies:
- France 24: Saudi, UAE pledge $3bn for Sudan following Bashir overthrow
- France 24: Sudan General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo vows to back Saudi against Iran
- Sudan Tribune: Sudanese troops to remain in Yemen: military council
- Press TV: After Chad, Israel eyes inroads into more African (and Gulf/Arab) states
- Jerusalem Post: Israel seeks rare Arab state partnership to protect Red Sea corals
- Saba News: US, Israel seek to enable Daesh/al-Qaeda in Bab al-Mandab (location)
- FMT: Oil prices jump by 3% after ‘attack’ on tankers in Gulf of Oman (which happened at the same time period as the Shinzo Abe (Japan)-Iran meetup)
On top of all of those links to news articles, I was told of a Sudanese political figure, by X., named Mubarak al-Mahdi, and how he was instrumental to Sudan and its current political alliance with Israel, and his endorsement of the Sudan Uprising, so I decided to do research on this, and as it turns out, Mubarak al-Mahdi is a monumental fangirl for Israel, and that normalisation with Israel is ‘no big deal’, while not having a necessarily favourable view of Palestinians (also reported by/published on 5Pillars, and MEMRI – yes, THAT MEMRI, which was “co-founded in 1998 by Yigal Carmon, a former Israeli military intelligence officer and Meyrav Wurmser, an Israeli-born American political scientist”), and that he supported the protests and wanted Bashir to step down. I also have found an article from Haaretz that makes a mention of Mossad personnel meeting up with Sudanese officials, alongside confirming Israel-Sudan ties, and having close relations with both sides of the Sudan conflict (military forces, and Bashir’s “regime”) (nota bene: Haaretz shoves some articles behind a paywall, so I had to archive it so, enjoy).
If the news article URL overload is not enough, Al-Jazeera reported that Omar al-Bashir is to be charged for corruption, but not only that would be the case, Sudan’s military council chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan “expressed Sudan’s aspiration to strengthen its relations with the United States as a superpower that has a positive role which the Sudanese people looks up to,” (H/T X.)
That all being said, and the first main part of this write-up being very long, consisting of several paragraphs, the second part of this write up involves the retired US Army General Wesley Clark, and “how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” (H/T Aunt BB), which to me, and perhaps to others will most definitely see correlations of today’s (2019) political climate and events with what was said by Wesley Clark.
Thirdly and lastly with regards to the political research on the Sudan Uprising in this write-up, as of June 13, 2019, there was a viral social media campaign for the Sudan Uprising on Twitter that is littered with accounts donning a solid, blue color with the hexadecimal color code #1E6291, and people telling folks to change their avatars to said color, with one account showing several accounts donning said color as their avatar, people being gleeful over celebrities getting involved in the matter, and folks sharing statistics that are not immediately verifiable or is verified to be legitimate (as of June 2019) (someone please show this guy the Quran, and pull out Surah al-Baqarah (2), verse 111, where it says “show us the proof if you are truthful”).
This viral social media campaign then led to me having to respond to this social media campaign, in which the responses are available in two parts – here (part one), and here (part two), but that said, if I am wrong here, I will apologise and amend this article accordingly.
However, as it turns out, according to Al-Jazeera, the social media campaign (#blueforsudan) is in reference to a reported victim named Mohamed Mattar, in which he is reported to have been killed, and that his favourite colour is “blue”. In response to this article, if this is really the case, then I would apologise in advance for being wrong in my thoughts, again, but I must admit that I am still somewhat sceptical about the whole affair
Finally, to summarise and to conclude this write-up, all of these reports on Sudan, and its relationships with Israel, the US, and the Arab states, and Iran, and the Sudanese political catastrophes that is happening (correct as of June 2019) makes one wonder with regards to the legitimacy of the Sudan Uprising; so much so that one person (H/T Mohammed Hafeez) asked these series of questions:
- “if Omar al-Bashir was (really) an evil dictator, then why the sudden outrage now? Why not well before 2019, or while the oppression were reportedly happening if the reports are legitimate in the first place?”
Come to think of it, one person on Twitter was making claims that “the regime was cutting off access to Internet to silence us”, just as the wonderful social media campaign kicked off, but like the statistical claims, this one cannot be immediately verifiable, and the timing of this story, and the backstory surrounding it would make one question the whole legitimacy of it.
Come to think of it, one person on Twitter was making claims that “the regime was cutting off access to Internet to silence us”, just as the wonderful social media campaign kicked off, but like the statistical claims, this one cannot be immediately verifiable, and the timing of this story, and the backstory surrounding it would make one question the whole legitimacy of it, and it would even make one ask this very question:
- Cui bono? (Latin: to whom does it benefit?)
It surely is not going to benefit the Sudanese civilians who are suffering because of this catastrophe – that is for certain, and my heart truly goes out to those who are suffering from this event.