Saturday, November 5, 2016


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.



As someone who grew up in war conditions and lived as a refugee for a long time, I'm sometimes considered by many people in the 'west' to be prone to (or have) low self-esteem, be poor or illiterate. Living as refugees or displaced persons, who depended on the good will of others put people in a situation where they don't think much about themselves. But that's not everyone though.

As I stood by our front desk at my place work talking about Race and Identity in relation to my book, Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?, the issue of why many African peoples in North America become so over-sensitive when racial issues come up! For many rational people, this owes its origin to slavery and racial segregation.

But one of my coworkers, a person of European descent, was surprised to realize that her 'black' friend, a very intelligent woman, easily becomes irritated by simple things she [friend] considers racist. The friend considers any mention of a watermelon racist; and complains a lot about 'white privilege.' This means that discrimination is considered something 'whites' don't face because of 'white privilege.' In any discussion between 'blacks' and 'whites', 'white privilege' issue comes up!