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Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


 
KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Journalist writer Sumayah Sayyed wrote a column titled 'Revival of Trust in the Banks' commending an initiative by the Commercial Chambers Association for expressing in a meeting with the Governor of the central Bank of Sudan willingness for depositing cash by the businessmen of the Association in the commercial banks on condition that those banks will permit the clients to withdraw money from their accounts at any time.
This initiative will certainly help restore the trust by the clients in the banks and will help the banks to do their job normally, Ms. Sumayah wrote in the column that was published by Al-Sudani-daily newspaper of Monday.
The failure by those banks to allow their clients withdraw from their accounts was one of the reasons that have sparked the demonstrations in various parts of the Sudan, she said. A client could not withdraw the smallest amount of money that he needs for purchasing the daily necessities or drugs or the minimum-limit wage by a poor worker who has to stand in the queue all the day in vain, the columnist noted.
She cited the recent conflagration in the main market of Omdurman as an example for avoidance by the merchants to deposit their money in the banks and prefer to keep them in shop or home safes.
However, the writer wondered whether or not the Association would be able to persuade its business members to deposit their money with the banks. The matter, she believes, depends largely on the issue of revival of the trust in the banks to assure the client that he can withdraw any part or all of his deposit at any time without delay.
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-Jamal Ali Hassan said in a column published on Alyoum Altaly daily on Tuesday that the protestors this time were smart enough to invest the acknowledgement by the government more than once that the people have the right to protest peacefully and that the present living difficulties logically make the people to shout their protest.
The columnist said the protestors could have been equally smart if they guarded the demonstrations by themselves against acts of subversion and sabotage by individuals within their ranks. This, Hassan went on, would provide a test for the credibility of the government in the eyes of the world opinion which nowadays monitors everything everywhere and if the government opted for violence, the world would sympathize with the protestors if they observed the peaceful way of demonstration.

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The Chief Editor of Almeghar Alsyasy daily, Salah Habib, discussed in his column of Wednesday the issue of external deposits extended by sisterly countries whenever those countries hear of economic difficulties in Sudan and turn up for rescue.
The senior journalist is of the viewpoint that the effect of such deposits, offered mainly by Arab brothers, on the country's economy does not last long and the crisis returns, perhaps harder than before the deposit was received.
He said that, with the start of the recent unrest and protests sparked by the economic crisis, it was reported that the State of Qatar had offered the Sudan a deposit of 2 or 2 billion dollars as a deposit, wondering about its whereabouts now and predicting that it would not resolve the accruing economic problems, irrespective of how much it was.
Even before the recent deposit, Qatar was reported to have offered Sudan a deposit of 2 billion dollars but, Habib said it seems that the pity-motivated deposit was not properly used and therefore it had no effect as the demonstrations erupted all over the country due to the squeezing economic crisis.
The Chief Editor said any government should adopt a policy of self-reliance and instead of feeding its people false and futile promises of ships loaded with wheat and fuel arriving in Port Sudan, the government should make use of such an external deposit in projects that may bring in profits that exceed the offered funds. It should activate the agricultural and industrial operations instead of waiting for another aid and without production, the country will never be able to achieve a single step forward. 
The government should borrow experiences of countries like China, Japan and Turkey which were once in poor economic conditions but with serious efforts of production have now become among the world's most advanced nations, Habib said,
The Sudan is rich in resources and the government should push the people for production, rather than pushing them for demonstration in the street, destroying what already exists, the columnist advised.
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It seems to me that Premier and Finance Minister Mutaz Mussa intended to acquit himself when he said during his speech of presenting the new 2019 budget bill in the National Assembly that there were influential and leading figures in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) behind the rise in the rate of the US dollar, said analyst Ibrahim Dagash in a column published in Almeghar Alsyasy daily of Tuesday.
Dagash deduced this as a mere evasion because the Prime Minister did not give names nor did he indicate that any action was taken against them and if he knows them why does he disguise them? And why do the listeners benefit from an incomplete piece of information?
He believes that Mussa could not reveal the facts he knows because he is organizationally bound (by the rules of his ruling party).

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Following more than sixty years of independence and thirty years of the current government, the Sudan has reached a catastrophic situation that calls for an objective and serious consideration for identifying the correct course to save the country or, otherwise, continue marching on this path of conflicts, failures, chaos and suffering.
This was how veteran analyst Mahjoub Urwah described the situation in Sudan in a column published in Altayyar daily newspaper of Wednesday, saying that the Sudan is nowadays taking an erroneous path which, according to the analyst, is an extension of the mistaken beginnings that followed the independence when Prime Minister Abdulla Khalil of the Ummah Party handed on November 17, 1958 his office over to the army due to disputes between his party and the National Unionist and People's Democratic parties and to inter-disputes within his party.
The November 17 military coup or actually the handing of power over to the army was followed by a coup detat on May 25, 1969 led by army officer Ja'afer Nimeiry and then came the third military coup detat led by then Brigadier Omar al-Beshir and supported by the Islamic Movement in June 1989.

He noted that the difference between the military regimes was that November's was a traditionally military one of a national nature that did not form a political party, while May and June regimes were doctrinal ones, the former a socialist and the latter an Islamist. The three military regimes disregarded and resisted democracy and although they alleged to observe this system of government, the three regimes adopted a totalitarian way of ruling, Urwah said.
The Islamists of June (aka Ingaz) regime were smarter that the leftists of May regime as they managed to win over factions of the traditional political parties and rebel movements for personal ambitions or bribery, the analyst said.
He added that the domination of power and policies and adoption of the erroneous course and lack of a wise vision for an overall reform for running the affairs of the state led to an economic decline and to a severe suffering of living by the people and, moreover, this situation caused a political deadlock that could lead to a greater calamity if it was not corrected in time.
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Mohi al-Dinn Shajer said he has previously written much about the government's failure to defuse many crises and he has repeatedly asked the government to undertake the economy and import the strategic commodities to be sold in the cost prices and then it can rule in any way it wishes and that he has several times reminded the Sudanese people are self-conscious and they have suffered beyond their capacity.
Shajer noted in a column published on Al-Sudani daily of Thursday that a number of Arab states suffered a great deal and underwent tremendous destruction due to the so-called Arab Spring, citing Syria as an example and a statement by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which he said the demonstrators in Syria have not chosen the right time and place for staging their protests which he predicted would not last long but would lead to the destruction of their country,
The columnist said he supports peaceful demonstrations demanding unfulfilled rights but, probably bound by the newspaper's policy, he strongly objects to subversion which he said is exploited by elements with personal agenda and purposes.
Shajer advised the security authorities to respect the peaceful protests and monitor them closely so that they would not be exploited by sneakers who plan to achieve their own goals.
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In a column titled "Where has the Islamic Movement brought those people from", Mahjoub Urwah has shown extreme anger for beating and insulting senior Al-Sudani daily journalist Yassir Abdulla while he was standing in front of the newspaper's building in Khartoum center during Wednesday's demonstrations.
He recalled that in 1965 he joined the Islamic movement and became an activist for 30 years in that organization because it used to call for the Islamic ethics and Islamic activities and for making Islam the mainstay of the community and the government.
Yassir was severely beaten and was insulted in person, his dear mother and his faith by an extremist group belonging to the popular security organization that was formed by the Sudanese Islamic Movement (SIM), Urwah wrote.
He said he was told by Yassir that the group impolitely insulted the faith of a senior police officer who was standing by just because he asked them to stop the beating.
The former Islamist and proprietor of Al-Sudani newspaper said in the column that was published on Altayyar daily of Thursday that he passed the incident on to a senior Islamist and told him if they are true Muslims and truly believe in God, let alone their well-known political mistakes, they should investigate this incident in which their faith was insulted and in which the ethics were discarded.
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In her column that was published by Altayyar daily newspaper of Friday, Asma'a Juma'ah wrote about slavery markets held in Libya by Libyans selling, in auctions, people of their own African Continent as slaves.
She said the world was shocked by videos showing this inhumane practice by Libyans selling Africans as slaves without thinking that this practice brings about shame on their country and their people, describing this as an ethical degradation.
Before the world recovered from this shock, another tragedy occurred also in Libya but this one was more hideous, Ms. Asma'a said.
Videos spread showing Libyans torturing Sudanese nationals in a brutal way and they take pictures and send them to the families of the victims in order to get ransoms to save them, the columnist said.
She added that those victims left Sudan not to stay in Libya but to travel further north for countries of more humane people but, unluckily, they fell in the hands of persons who think only of gaining money in a guilty way.
The tragedies of the Sudanese in Libya are numerous but the Sudanese government shows no concern, said the columnist, adding that Khartoum government must be forgotten because, as usual it will certainly do nothing. Instead, she suggested that the social society and jurist organizations assisted by international organizations should move for seeking those brutes and take them to justice with the help of the honorable persons among the Libyan people who she is certain that they must be embarrassed by these practices.

 

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