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KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - News of financial assistance, whether loans, grants or deposits, from the Gulf or other states, like the recent news of a two-million-dollar Qatari deposit that was later on denied by the Bank of Sudan and the Foreign Ministry, is widely circulated, whether true or rumor, with the foreign exchange rate dropping down in the black market.

This remark was made by Columnist Sumayah Sayyed in a column published by Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Tuesday, saying that the Sudan, with vast arable lands and other natural resources, can offer similar grants and loans to the gulf and other Arab and African countries, if not for the mismanagement, improper governance and corruption.

She said the Arab countries food imports total 60 billion dollars which the Sudan, with its 42 million feddans (acres) of arable lands, can easily feed those countries and achieve the Arab food security, a statement which Ms. Sumayah said has become a topic of sarcasm, because the Sudan stretches a begging hand to others.

The columnist indicated that the Sudan is among the important cotton-producing countries and is the world's third sesame-producing country next to India and China, besides producing sunflower, wheat, groundnuts, gum Arabic and other crops, in addition to gold and other minerals.

The Sudan possesses an animal wealth amounting to 103 million heads, a quantity that is not found in any Arab country and, in spite of these tremendous resources, it gets delighted for getting grants and loans from the Gulf states, or from China and Russia and, moreover, 40% of the country's population lie under the poverty line, Ms. Sumayah wrote.



The recent protests were justifiable, logical and objective as they were in concert, harmony and compatibility with the security theory which says the security and development are two faces of one coin.

Hassan Yahia Mohamed Ahmed added in Al-Sudani daily of Saturday that this theory further indicates that if the essential necessities of livelihood are provided, the security will be maintained and if those necessities are not provided insecurity will prevail.

If the people have not protested in case that the necessities are not available, it means that the situation has reached a point of resignation which according to the theory, will lead to an uncontrollable revolutionary violence and will not stop until the protestors reach their legitimate and illegitimate goals., said the journalist writer.

He said the Sudanese people are politically conversant and although they have reached that point of resignation, they took to patience for maintenance of the security of their country and President Omar al-Beshir himself has acknowledged that the people have been patient but there are always limits for patience.

What is now required for resolving the situation is to apply the principle of accountability after pinpointing the shortcomings and speed up finding solutions to the crises that motivated the recent protests, Ahmed said.



It is an improper, hideous crime for a person to threaten and declare in a public park that he would chop off the heads of people for protesting against the government.

This remark was by columnist Murtadha al-Ghali in a column that appeared in Al-Akhbar daily newspaper of Sunday in which he harshly criticized a threat that was recently made in public by Al-Fatih Izz al-Dinn, an Islamist, senior official of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and former parliament speaker.

 "It is an ISIS crime" said Ghali and without mentioning his name, he wondered about the jurisdiction of this person to make such a threat and what makes him think that the Sudan is his own property and that the Sudanese are his subjects so as to allow the protestors a week's time to shear their heads.

 It is a precedent similar to one made by one of the leaders of his group who disclosed on the television that they have clandestine battalions prepared to die (in defense of the Islamic regime), the columnist said, without naming this leader it is public knowledge that he is the former vice president and veteran Islamist Ali Osman Mohamed Taha.

He questioned about the silence of senior officials who were present during the speech or heard those remarks, wondering whether they concur with them.





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