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Blog Profile / Meskel Square


URL :http://www.meskelsquare.com
Filed Under:Local Interest / Africa
Posts on Regator:74
Posts / Week:0.2
Archived Since:August 11, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Acronym of the week: OAG

"Other armed groups" As in – So there are the four or five blood-thirsty militias that we know about lurking outside our town, kidnapping our children, attacking our women and stealing our cattle. And then there are also these other...

You know you lived in Khartoum when...

Facebook has got a very khawaja-focused group called You know you lived in Khartoum when… you think that 35 to 39° C is a good outside temperature. you were involved / witnessed rickshaw crash. you had 2 occasions in a...

Darfur shrinks

It used to be so easy. If you wanted to give your readers an idea of the sheer scale of Darfur, you told them it was "about the size of France". I've done it at least six times in the...

The biro is mightier than the AK-47 M-16

In the old days, the pen was mightier than the sword. Now, according to the logo of Darfur's United Revolutionary Force Front (URFF), the biro is mightier than the AK-47 M-16 (thanks rcfiver - see comments). Although, given the fact...

It's hot

NPR's reporter took a break from the usual who-why-what-where-when of journalism to talk about the current weather in Khartoum: Today's it's as dry as an old piece of toast...It's hot. It's so hot that even the insides of oranges ar...

Do not panic

Your capital has just gone through the first rebel attack that anyone can remember for decades. Your population is jumpy after a week of door-to-door searches and mass arrests. So what do you do? Sudanese armed forces hold shooting exercises...

From today's papers

British newspapers often try to increase circulation by serialising parts of a bestselling book – often the bonk-buster memoirs of a disgraced politician. Here is the Sudanese version, from the front page of today's Advocate newspaper: Announcement The Advocate Daily Newspaper...

An afternoon out in Omdurman

Another sunny Saturday afternoon – and what better way to spend it than visiting the new Chadian invasion exhibition - AKA the 'Exhibition of the Brave' - in Omdurman. Just in case you missed it (and I understand the story...

The Khartoum attack explained some more

It looks like opinion is slowly swinging behind options 5 and 8 - see last but one entry. Here is Alex de Waal on Khalil Ibrahim, leader of JEM, the Darfur rebel force that attacked Khartoum over the weekend, from...

Fair trials for all

Minister of Defense: Captured rebel elements will receive fair trial Khartoum, May 12 (SUNA) - The Minister of National Defense, General Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, on Monday said who were arrested and who had been involved in the recent attack on...

The Khartoum attack explained

So, after hours of exhaustive interviews, in depth research and the refining of my own expert analysis, I have at last come up with the motive behind JEM's shock attack on Khartoum. It is any one of the following 10...

A multi-million mistake

This is going to be very awkward for someone. Sudan's state news agency SUNA put out this statement earlier today, offering a multi million reward for the capture of Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)...

Attack on Khartoum

About half an hour ago we could still hear the dull thudding of aerial bombardments coming in over the Nile from behind our house. The Darfur rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) launched their attack on Omdurman, a.....

File under C for conspiracy

I was left on my own for a few minutes in the press office in the Sudanese embassy in London. So, as you do, I had a quick scan of the bookshelves. There was a row of black folders -...

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