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France 24 wrote:More than a million people have been forced from their homes in South Sudan in more than three months of fighting and immediate action is needed to avert a humanitarian catastrophe, the UN warned in a report on Friday.

"In the 100 days since the start of the conflict in South Sudan, over one million people have fled their homes," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report released late on Friday.

Over 800,000 have been internally displaced inside South Sudan while almost 255,000 have fled as refugees to the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan, the UN said.

Violence erupted in South Sudan on December 15 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and fighters loosely allied to former vice president Riek Machar.

The two men have been at odds since July, when Machar was fired from the vice presidency and accused of planning a coup. Machar responded by criticising Kiir’s leadership and declaring his intention to run for president in the 2015 election.

A ceasefire between government and rebels inked in January is in tatters with fighting ongoing.

"Fighting between government and opposition forces has continued, especially in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile state, where towns and rural areas have been ravaged by the violence," the OCHA report added.

The conflict has caused a "serious deterioration in the food security situation", with some 3.7 million people now at high risk, it read.

Peace talks in the Ethiopia capital have made little if any progress, with the two sides squabbling in Addis Ababa's luxury hotels over who can attend the negotiations.

Tens of thousands of civilians are sheltering inside UN peacekeeper bases in fear of revenge attacks, crammed into tiny areas in increasingly squalid conditions.

The UN estimates that five million people are in need of aid, with vast swathes of the countryside increasingly difficult to reach by road due to heavy seasonal rainfall.

Huge warehouses of food aid stored for the rainy season before fighting broke out have been looted.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has therefore begun delivering food and medical supplies by costly air drops. In places without an effective runway the food sacks are simply dropped out of the back of giant cargo airplanes.

Jonathan Veitch, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in South Sudan, on Friday described "worrying signs of malnutrition and disease outbreaks" and said that every effort had to be made to "avert a humanitarian catastrophe".

Chris Nikoi, head of the WFP in South Sudan, also issued a dire warning, saying that he was "enormously concerned that things could get worse".
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Another failed from birth state that had and has no chance at long term survival.

The only reason it exists is so foreign companies can loot it's resources, while the Dinka and Nuer peoples squabble over the scraps. Pathetic.
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Decky wrote:You know your stuff.


Well, what I don't know would fill an encyclopedia set in itself, but thanks for the compliment.

Despite my flailing about along the political spectrum, some constants remain, such as my loathing for international capitialism and the looting and exploitation of a 'Nation'.
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Dagoth Ur wrote:Too bad you fall for the pitfalls of fascism. Useful Idiots writ large. The nation is only as good at its service to the workers. The second it loses sight of this is must be exterminated.


For what does the Worker work for, what higher purpose?

In the context of this thread, we're dealing with a Nation which doesn't exist to begin with.
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@annatar1914: The worker works for the greatest nation of all, Humanity. Now before you get all "but culture..." on me, the USSR did more to preserve regional culture and custom (even saving languages on the brink of extermination) than any other nation to ever grace the surface of our dear womb of a planet. Really I'm just trying to stop you from falling for mysticism and ignoring the real conditions of the world. Fascism is just liberalism in combat mode.

@plaro: Comrade Stalin is incapable of failure. Comrade Stalin is a communist. Therefore communism cannot fail.
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Dagoth Ur wrote:@annatar1914: The worker works for the greatest nation of all, Humanity. Now before you get all "but culture..." on me, the USSR did more to preserve regional culture and custom (even saving languages on the brink of extermination) than any other nation to ever grace the surface of our dear womb of a planet. Really I'm just trying to stop you from falling for mysticism and ignoring the real conditions of the world. Fascism is just liberalism in combat mode.

@plaro: Comrade Stalin is incapable of failure. Comrade Stalin is a communist. Therefore communism cannot fail.


'Humanity' is a rather Chimerical 'Nation' to work for, and abstract without a Teleological framework that unites present, past and future into an organic whole. Indeed, history shows that 'Humanity' is more capable of universal progress when the Nations into which we are dispersed are left to contribute their own unique giftsto the larger world and not shoehorned into some ivory tower internationalist ideology divorced from daily life.

I would venture to say that with Stalin post WWII, and then afterwards, the USSR was in fact a kind of 'Red Fascist' State, in which the proper harmony between the Nation and Socialism was greater than that seen in many other countries at the time. However, prior to that, the Bolshevik break with History cost millions. Stalin learned to his undoing what an ideological fantasy 'Marxist-Leninism' is.

As I've discussed before with you, it is the very Materialism of the Communist system that nullifies the basis of action to commit to revolutionary goals beyond the lifetime of the particular revolutionaries in question. Fiery young men manning the barricades become bureaucrats lining their pockets out of egoism and hedonism in the face of the Eternal Night.

All that being said, 'South Sudan' has no future because it is as Historyless as the peoples behind it's illusory frontiers, rendering your analysis moot even from a Marxist-Leninist perspective.
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annatar1914 wrote:Another failed from birth state that had and has no chance at long term survival.

The only reason it exists is so foreign companies can loot it's resources, while the Dinka and Nuer peoples squabble over the scraps. Pathetic.


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I'm sure some Western governments will keep South Sudan's government propped up just enough to allow foreign companies to loot its resources. Most of former Greater Sudan's oil resources are located in South Sudan, and it's no surprise why the West paid a lot of attention to South Sudan, ostensibly for "humanitarian" reasons.
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Bulaba Jones wrote:

I'm sure some Western governments will keep South Sudan's government propped up just enough to allow foreign companies to loot its resources. Most of former Greater Sudan's oil resources are located in South Sudan, and it's no surprise why the West paid a lot of attention to South Sudan, ostensibly for "humanitarian" reasons.


This is just the beginning of a gradual march to the mouth of the Nile, breaking apart the larger nations like Egypt and Ethiopea too, in the larger liberal-capitalist game plan.

Africa had been better off under European control, that's for sure, and I bet many of those Africans who can remember those days must feel at least a slight wistful longing for those time of peace and plenty for the African Continent. Of all those lands, Ethiopia alone was a Nation in any meaningful sense, and thus preserved her independance til recent times.
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