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Monday, August 20

Sudan roundup

The LA Times' Edmund Sanders looks at the oil-fueled development boom in Khartoum. Despite US sanctions, Khartoum's economy keeps racing, with projected 13 percent growth this year. Sanders also describes the growing disparity between those that are riding wave of oil money and those that have missed it. Reuters also looks at Sudan's prospects for joining the East Africa telecoms boom. Meanwhile:

  • The Sudan Tribune has an interview with former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the northern opposition Umma Party.
  • It looks like Khartoum will allow influential Dafar rebel Suleiman Jamous to travel to Kenya for medical treatment.
  • The UN is thinking about naming as the commander of its new Darfur mission a Rwandan general who has been accused of human rights violations. The UN says it is taking the allegations seriously. Nordic countries, meanwhile, agreed to send peacekeepers to the mission.