Saturday, November 5, 2016

RIEK MACHAR TENY-DHURGON vs. TABAN DENG GAI

The greatest threat to IO-Riek isn't JCE, Malong or President Kiir. The greatest threat is Taban Deng Gai and his IO faction in Juba. Taban has been plotting to oust Riek Machar since they started the rebellion. He's now succeeded in ousting Riek Machar and his next step is the complete destruction of IO-Riek and the eventual disempowerment of JCE and President Kiir. Taban has his eyes on the prize: PRESIDENCY. JCE will soon clash with Taban once they realize that he's no political friend but a fiendish political schemer.
Taban managed Itang Refugee camp in late 80s and earlier 90s in Ethiopia like a 'city.' Even Dr. John Garang was amazed by Taban's abilities. Undermine Taban at your own risk! Believe me, Riek Machar has many fine ideas but he has no idea how to implement them.
While I know that IO-Riek supporters now despise Taban with all their elements, they have to realize that he has a platform and resources to further manipulate things against Riek Machar. Taban is more of a mobilizer and pragmatist than Riek. Riek is a populist and that tends to frustrate decision-making and makes implementation of his ideals tricky. Taban is a go-getter. He focuses first on his ideals before he turns his mind to what the populace wants. Taban prioritizes his wins. Riek wants to win ALL at the same time. Taban knows who his political friends and allies are and knows how to manipulate his skeptics. Riek thinks his ideas can automatically win friends. He believes in his truth so much so that he forgets that 'convincing' others is important.
As Riek recovers, it's high time IO-Riek supporters realize the bitter reality of things as they stand. IO-Riek has no central, functioning leadership or organized forces. The collection of IO-Riek-affiliated forces are too disorganized to do anything. They neither have material nor moral support.
Indeed, the recent deportation of Gatdet Dak is a manifest testimony of IO-Riek's problems in the region. It says that Riek is losing friends in the region to Taban Deng Gai. With Riek unable to do anything now, Taban is using state resources to make Riek Machar irrelevant. It's a bitter reality, a mammoth task IO-Riek's supporters need to analyze with care. Simply dismissing Taban as JCE foster boy is to undermine the man's abilities. The question IO-Riek supporters need to ask is:
- Where's IO-Riek headquartered and what are they doing?
- Where are those of Gatwech Dual and CDR?
While this doesn't mean that IG and IO-Taban have won, it still means that the odds are stacked badly against IO-Riek.

ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.