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Old Dog, Old Trick: US, Saudis, Qatar Attempt “Arab Spring” Retread in Sudan





Protests are smokescreen for unfolding US-Saudi-Qatari backed violence seeking regime change in Sudan.


September 28, 2013 (Tony Cartalucci) – The Associated Press reveals that recent and ongoing “Arab Spring-style” unrest in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum is led by Sudan’s Western-backed opposition, the National Umma Party, and the various faux-NGO’s and “independent media” organizations created by the West to prop it up. This reveals yet another Western-engineered uprising designed for regime change in favor of a new, Western friendly client regime.


The AP article, “Sudanese protesters demand the regime’s ouster,” first claims:


Activists acknowledge they have no unified leadership or support from political parties but express hope the spontaneous nature of the current round of protests means they’re gaining momentum.


However, AP then admits [emphasis added]:


One of Sudan’s most prominent opposition leaders, Sadiq al-Mahdi of the National Umma Party, told worshippers at a mosque in the district of Omdurman that al-Bashir has been spending the state’s budget on “consolidating power” and failed “to lift the agony off the citizens’ shoulders.”


After the sermon, protesters marched through the district, a longtime opposition stronghold, chanting “the people want the downfall of the regime,” the slogan heard in Arab Spring uprisings that began in late 2010 and have led to the ouster of the leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.


Clearly, the “activists” indeed have a leader – Sadiq al-Mahdi of the National Umma Party who was literally leading the protesters out into the streets. And while comparisons to the “Arab Spring” invokes images of peaceful “pro-democracy” protests – AP admits that the protesters are already turning to violence:


Angry protesters torched police and dozens of gas stations and government buildings, and students marched chanting for al-Bashir’s ouster.


AP, perhaps hoping readers would not bother researching the matter further, also quotes “local blogger and journalist Reem Shawka” to bolster their narrative. Shawka is a columnist at Sudan’s 500 Words Magazine. While 500 Words maintains that it is “a Sudanese independent online magazine,” it proudly advertises in the right column of its website an upcoming US Institute of Peace “Sudanese and South Sudanese Youth Leaders Program.” Like Thailand’s deceitful US-funded propaganda front Prachatai, 500 Words is most likely directly funded by the US government, and is most certainly in tune with the US State Department’s agenda and talking points regarding Sudan.



Image: Sudan’s “independent online magazine,” 500 Words proudly advertises for the US Institute of Peace on its website (right-hand side), exposing the predictable ties between its support for Western-backed opposition inside of Sudan and the US State Department through the National Endowment for Democracy and others, who most likely funds the online propaganda front. 


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Indeed 500 Words’ editor-in-chief, Moez Ali, has his own page on “Open Democracy” – funded by convicted criminal George Soros‘ Open Society Institute, the Oak Foundation, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, TIDES, and many others.


It should be mentioned that the US Institute of Peace – advertised for on 500 Words – has played an instrumental role in the Western-engineered “Arab Spring,” where it literally crafts the constitutions and structure of proxy regimes the West plans to create once targeted nations have been overthrown.


Who is Opposition Leader Sadiq al-Mahdi?


Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of Sudan’s National Umma Party, is a member of the EU-US-Saudi-Qatari run Arab Democracy Foundation and the Club de Madrid which features former US President Bill Clinton as a “full member” amongst many others, and is backed by Wall Street and London’s myriad of “international institutions” and foundations including the World Bank, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Ford Foundation, Walmart, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Microsoft, and many others.


Al-Mahdi himself was Oxford educated, according to his official Club de Madrid biography, which also states [emphasis added]:



Al-Mahdi was elected president of the Umma party in November 1964, and led a campaign to promote political activity, develop political Islam, and reform the party by expanding its base and promoting democracy behavior. Despite his efforts towards a democratic government, there was another coup d´état in 1969 that led to a dictatorship referred to as the May Regime.


He was soon arrested by the military government, exiled to Egypt, and detained in Sudanese prisons repeatedly until 1974. Later that year, he traveled abroad and toured Arab and African Capitals where he delivered a number of lectures. While in exile, he formed the National Democratic Front (NDF), comprised of Umma, the Democratic Unionist Party, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Through his efforts, the NDF was able to make an accord of national reconciliation in 1977 with the May Regime that mandated democratic reform.


His direct association with the Muslim Brotherhood is important, as this is the organization that as far back as 2007, under then US President George Bush, began receiving US-Saudi-Israeli support to prepare the violent overthrow of several nations, including in particular, Syria. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article,  “The Redireciton: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” would reveal US-Saudi-Israeli support behind funding and arming the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria:


“the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations.”


Hersh also reported that a supporter of the Lebanese pro-US-Saudi Hariri faction had met Dick Cheney in Washington and relayed personally the importance of using the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in any move against the ruling government:


“[Walid] Jumblatt then told me that he had met with Vice-President Cheney in Washington last fall to discuss, among other issues, the possibility of undermining Assad. He and his colleagues advised Cheney that, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be “the ones to talk to,” Jumblatt said.”


The article would continue by explaining how already in 2007 US and Saudi backing had begun benefiting the Brotherhood:


“There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.”


That al-Mahdi, whose coalition included the Muslim Brotherhood that’s played an instrumental role executing recent Western designs in Syria and Egypt, and whose uprising and calls for faux-reform is echoed by the likes of Sudanese extremist leader Hassan al-Turabi (who had in fact invited Osama Bin Laden to Sudan), is now leading protesters through the streets of Sudan’s capital, torching infrastructure, government buildings, and police stations (just as was done across Egypt and Syria), indicates another attempt by the West to overthrow the Sudanese government via proxy militancy.


That the West has once again “coincidentally” arrayed its vast resources behind al-Mahdi’s “revolution,” which includes Al Qaeda-linked leaders like al-Turabi, once again illustrates that so-called “Islamic” extremism is a geopolitical tool both created and intentionally perpetuated by the West, both as a pretext for direct military invasion and occupation (Mali, Afghanistan) and as an inexhaustible proxy mercenary force for overthrowing targeted nations (Libya, Egypt, Syria).


What to Watch For


Sudan shares borders with NATO-overthrown Libya, destabilized Egypt, and US military proxy Ethiopia. It is also across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia itself. Both Libya and Egypt have sizable US-Saudi-Israeli-Qatari-backed terrorist organizations and their affiliated political arms – the Muslim Brotherhood being the most prominent. Sudan is a potential tinderbox made more volatile in recent years due to the Muslim Brotherhood’s US-Saudi-Qatari-Israeli enabled rise, along with the Western-backed terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, that form it’s armed factions.


The West’s interest in Sudan is not causal or spontaneous. It was listed as one of several nations the US had intended to violently overthrow and subjugate as a client regime since at least 2001, revealed in a speech given by US Army General Wesley Clark in 2007.



With a recent terrorist attack by US armed and backed Al Qaeda in Nairobi Kenya threatening to justify new joint African Union-US AFRICOM incursions into Somalia, and destabilizations ongoing in both Egypt and to a much greater extent in Syria, the words of General Wesley Clark are both prophetic and indicative of the true nature of both the so-called “Arab Spring” and the attempted violent regime changes being organized behind the smokescreen of “pro-democracy protesters.”


While Sudan may not seem to have significance to most across the West, the geopolitical implications of an entire region from Mali to Pakistan under Western destabilization directly impacts oil, logistics, and stability across the globe. Nations like China which relies on African and Middle Eastern trade, are directly impacted by US attempts to destabilize and overthrow Sudan – and is in fact one of the driving motivations of the West’s so-called “Arab Spring.”


Following the “Arab Spring” playbook, we should expect attempts to justify the increased militarization of the so-called “opposition,” who will at first be portrayed as “pro-democracy” moderates forced to “defend themselves,” but will be fully revealed as Al Qaeda as full-scale proxy military operations get underway. The only way to avert a destructive military conflict is for the Sudanese government to swiftly and severely crush the opposition and secure the borders where NATO-backed militants and their equipment are most likely to flow.


Sudan’s government must also make real attempts at reform, while exposing the foreign-backed nature of opposition leaders trying to divide and destroy the nation. By breaking the predictable “evil dictator” mold Sudan’s leadership has been cast in by the Western media, it, and other nations targeted by Western regime change can even the odds leveled against them by the still formidable Western press and their partners in propaganda across Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel.


Unprecedented amounts of resources have been committed to the geopolitical reordering of North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. It would be a considerable mistake for any nation overtly listed by the US as “pending regime change” to underestimate any beginnings of unrest clearly backed by foreign interests. While some operations may be “testing the waters,” the final push can come at any time with fully militarized proxies pre-positioned and prepared to sow the same genocidal destruction US-backed terrorists in Syria are carrying out.





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Re: Old Dog, Old Trick: CIA Bullseye on Sudan
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2013, 12:31:29 AM »
Sounds like Monsta should be warning relatives it is time to GTFO of Dodge.

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Re: Old Dog, Old Trick: CIA Bullseye on Sudan
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 12:13:58 PM »
The first thing to remember is Sudan, like many of the surround Arab states, has been ruled by dictator who has committed various war crimes. People talk about rebel groups creating instability but life under the current regime is miserable and continues to get worse. People in Sudan have never been rich yet the cost of living has been going up relentlessly. I am actually quite surprised there have not been any marked protest in Sudan given the circumstances of low pay, little job security, no welfare state and rising costs of living. Those factors can easily cause social unrest and you do not need to look for other secondary factors like the rebel group stirring trouble. They could be having a effect, that is true, but their effect is secondary I feel and the primary causes of instability are to do with resources.

Saying all that the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood is significant in Sudan and one of the biggest sponsors for this group is the Qatarian government. The situation here is interesting though because traditionally the Qatarians have been supporters of the al-Bashir regime in Sudan. It is this support that explains why Al-Jazeera (a news company from Qatar) never reports on the crimes against humanity that this guy has committed. He cannot travel to many countries because he is wanted by the UN although not even to warrant significant action.

In any case the economic situation is precarious in Sudan as not only does it face the usual resource/population issues but the Sudanese government is a black-listed country to the US meaning there are significant amount of sanctions imposed. This has caused the government a whole host of problems and the financial situation is deteriorating considerably over the past few years. To add to these problems the revenues from the oil in the south has not materialised as much as expected due to the break-up of the country and the subsequent disputes over transit charges. The oil is in the south but South Sudan is a landlocked country surrounded by mountains to its neighbours of Kenya and Ethiopia making transport difficult and dependent on pipelines from North Sudan. This lack of oil money has caused both governments to haemorrhage money and is causing financial stress.

This lack of certainty has caused people to panic and people wish to convert their Sudanese pounds of dubious value into more secure US dollars but the Sudanese government does not allow this to happen legally so it must occur through the black market. I suppose other capital controls have been imposed which acts as an addition to the previously mentioned sanctions imposed by the UN. So you see J6P or even the richer folks are getting hit by multiple sides here. Still despite these obstacles, people are finding ways to take money out of the country and a good number including some of my family members have invested in a few properties in London to protect some of their assets. I think a move out of the country is a better option but people cannot be easily swayed to leaving their mother country. Heck this past last weekend I was in a discussion about why it was in my best interest to be an investment banker in Qatar as I would make the big bucks. Really I do think the vast majority of people in the Middle-East see no resource constraints; only incompetence and corruption in their respective governments. Sound familiar anyone?

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Re: Old Dog, Old Trick: CIA Bullseye on Sudan
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 03:17:36 PM »
The first thing to remember is Sudan, like many of the surround Arab states, has been ruled by dictator who has committed various war crimes. People talk about rebel groups creating instability but life under the current regime is miserable and continues to get worse. People in Sudan have never been rich yet the cost of living has been going up relentlessly. I am actually quite surprised there have not been any marked protest in Sudan given the circumstances of low pay, little job security, no welfare state and rising costs of living. Those factors can easily cause social unrest and you do not need to look for other secondary factors like the rebel group stirring trouble. They could be having a effect, that is true, but their effect is secondary I feel and the primary causes of instability are to do with resources.


You should flesh this out for a blog article Monsta.

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Re: Old Dog, Old Trick: CIA Bullseye on Sudan
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2013, 06:45:26 PM »
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Really I do think the vast majority of people in the Middle-East see no resource constraints; only incompetence and corruption in their respective governments. Sound familiar anyone?

In USA various political minions are pushing the idea that financial/resource constraints require the rollback of social security, SNAP/food stamps, veterans benefits, government pensions, etc..  Despite the realities of limits to the ponzi and diminishing resources, it is difficult to take them seriously when the same folks favor shoveling multiple times the amounts of the proposed cuts to support TBTF banks, MIC empire / security state expansion, and various payoffs to connected corporations.

It is hard to know, in USA, what info is visable to the "average" Middle-East citizen.  One might presume that his "Government" (royals, oligarchy, official mafia, warlords etc) is syphoning 1-2 thirds of the wealth/resources off the top in various ways and he is aware of some of this.  Of those realising these thefts, how many will then look further and see resource limits rather than reacting (openly or otherwise) in opposition?

In Sudan the official mafia might point (with some justification) to US/UN sanctions as the cause of financial problems, while they continue their customary thefts.  How many in Sudan are aware that many protests/rebellions, though justified, are at the behest of a larger (UN/NATO/US) competing mafia??

Yes, the "pie" is shrinking for everyone.  It is not surprising that few can see this, despite it motivating further conflicts as all parties are too busy "running the red queen's race" trying to recoup their losses and/or maintain their tribute levels.
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Re: Old Dog, Old Trick: CIA Bullseye on Sudan
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2013, 07:30:43 PM »
The first thing to remember is Sudan, like many of the surround Arab states, has been ruled by dictator who has committed various war crimes. People talk about rebel groups creating instability but life under the current regime is miserable and continues to get worse. People in Sudan have never been rich yet the cost of living has been going up relentlessly. I am actually quite surprised there have not been any marked protest in Sudan given the circumstances of low pay, little job security, no welfare state and rising costs of living. Those factors can easily cause social unrest and you do not need to look for other secondary factors like the rebel group stirring trouble. They could be having a effect, that is true, but their effect is secondary I feel and the primary causes of instability are to do with resources.


You should flesh this out for a blog article Monsta.

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Would also be interested in reading this, Monsta. FWIW.

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