06-December-2019

Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest

 

KHARTOUM (Sudanow)—In a column that was published by Alwatan daily newspaper of Sunday, Al-Fatih Mohamed al-Amin discussed the past and present political positions of the ruling National

Congress Party (NCP) of the defunct regime and its incumbent chairman Ibrahim Ghandour.

At first the NCP allied with Iran which carried out bomb attacks in Mecca and triggered panic among the pilgrims and later on changed sides when Saudi Arabia pressured on then-President Omar al-Beshir and his party and vowed to defend the Holy Mosque, said Amin.

He wondered how those who killed their own people in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, September 2013 demonstrators, the Ailufoun, east of the Nile's Ailufoun camp students and the sit-in protestors would defend the Holy Mosque in Saudi Arabia.  

Led by Ghandour, the NCP, which switched from alliance to animosity with Iran, would not hesitate to establish alliance with the United States of America and persuade it into keeping the Sudan on the list of the state sponsors of terrorism, the columnist said, adding that the US holds that the NCP and its various arms still pose a threat to the US security.

Ghandour alleged that Washington did not place the Sudan on that list against the Beshir regime but against the Sudanese people, though in response to this allegation, the US replied that the ISIS is still active in Sudan despite an allegation by the extinct regime that it had ceased support to terrorism, Amin said.

He also criticized a proposal by Ghandour for appointing a member of the military council as a vice-president, demonstrating that totalitarianism still runs in the NCP veins by trying to impose another despotic regime on the Sudanese people.

Amin further criticized a statement by Ghandour that the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) is not alone in controlling the street by rallying the masses of the people, while, according to the columnist, the street is controlled only by the Sudanese youth who could rally the masses whenever necessary.

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Columnist Asma'a Juma'ah has praised the Sudanese youth for forming committees that carry out activities in the neighborhoods for correcting the worse situation left over by the popular committees of the past regime.

It was the youth who have triggered the revolution and who are prepared to protect it for achieving their ambitions and dreams and for this reason, the youth committees they have formed are now busily engaged in public activities such as cleaning the streets, repairing schools, alleviating the crises and detecting the corruption, said Asma'a in a column that appeared on Altayyar daily newspaper of Monday.

Yet, those youth committees sometimes commit mistakes and resort to violence and defiance due to their little experience, rashness and slowness by the transitional government in effecting the needed change and in dealing with corruption and corrupts, the columnist said.

She advised the youth to maintain patience and resolve and to correct their mistakes, calling upon the state to support and advise the youth who, according to Asma'a, run those committees voluntarily.

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 Columnist Ahmed Yusuf al-Tay wonders why the Sudanese Islamists are now harshly attacking their secular political rivals while in the recent past they dropped the word "Islamic" from the named of their Islamic coalition.

Writing in Alintibaha daily newspaper of Tuesday, Tay recalled that the coalition of the national Islamic parties led by Islamist Al-Tayeb Mustafa in 2013 decided to drop the word from the name of their organization which comprises 25 parties on grounds that the word "Islamic" has become repulsive and that the then-ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has marred the image of Islam.

Referring to repeated to criticism by Mustafa and others of the secularism advocates, including himself, who favor separation of religion from the state, Tay said the description of the word "Islamic" as repulsive is nothing less than separation of religion from the state and the argument that the NCP has damaged the image of Islam is not justification for deserting the description.

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 It is taken for granted that an economy cannot improve without the  stability of the rate of exchange which in turn will gain constancy only in the existence of a foreign exchange reserve that is sufficient for covering the local demand, said Ammar Mahjoub in a column carried by Akhir Lahza daily newspaper of Wednesday.      

He said the rising rate of exchange that made the US dollar reach 80 Sudanese pounds in a short period of time is not due only due to the demand for the dollar but there are other reasons, including a recent turning back by Saudi Arabia of Sudanese livestock exports in view of reports on cases of a rift valley fever in the River Nile and Red Sea states.

The dollar has become a commodity on the market to the point that at one point it had three rates- one in the now-dissolved market mechanism in which the dollar was equal to 47.5 pounds, sale in cash and sale by cheque when the liquidity was rare, said Mahjoub, adding that the ordinary Sudanese have become more concerned with the dollar than the Americans to the extent that even a green grocer justifies the high price of his vegetables to the rise in the rate of the dollar compared to the declining value of the Sudanese pound.

The columnist said he would not preclude the existence of persons who trifle with the Sudanese economy to weaken it, citing recent reports of anonymous persons buying great amounts of dollars.

He said that securing a sufficient reserve of foreign exchange requires scientific studies and practical steps which were not so far made by the transitional government for fixing the rate of exchange and checking the skyrocketing prices of the basic commodities and services.

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 Columnist Lina Yagoub discussed in a column that was published on al-Sudani daily newspaper of Thursday the issue of videos as evidence in the investigation into last June's disbanding of the sit-in protest beside the Sudanese Armed Forces Headquarters in Khartoum.

She said clips of videos have recently been disseminated about the events of the regrettable dismantling of the sit-in protest near the Army Headquarters last June depicting persons firing live ammunition on the protesters from afar, others chasing them and yet others beating and insulting the protesters.

It was obvious that the pictures were shot from vehicles parked at the roads of access to the Army Headquarters and definitely not by a protester or an ordinary person but certainly by someone affiliated to a military organization, Lina said.

She referred to a recent statement by the chairman of the committee of enquiry Advocate Nabil Adeeb that he would consider videos and photos as acceptable pieces of evidence in his investigation.

She wondered whether the committee would interrogate officers detained by the armed forces and reported by the then-military council that they confessed to have issued orders for dispersing the sit-in and the motives of issuing those orders.

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 Columnist Hanady al-Siddeik devoted her column that was published by Aljareedah daily newspaper of Saturday to the Resistance Committees which she has identified as the safety pin for the revolution all over Sudan, imposing the authority of the transitional government, in absence of the role that should have been played by the security and organized bodies for maintenance of the country's security and protection of the citizens.

However, the columnist went on, those committees have of late become a target of a campaign by elements of the obsolete regime mainly on the social media criticizing their performance.

She said this campaign indicates a conspiracy by those elements targeting the transitional government and exploiting an apparent public depression for the lagging performance of this government in dismantling the deep state and its institutions and organizations and the still unresolved crises, particularly that of the public transportation.   

 The columnist called for trusting and defending the Resistance Committees and developing their performance and distancing them from the partisan affiliation.

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