1: PRIMARY INFORMATION SOURCES
"A not-for-profit provider of news relating to Sudan
and Africa... one of the largest directories of news on Sudan
in the world". Contains some interesting news and documents,
but is associated with the controversial Lyndon LaRouche,
the US Labour Party and "Executive Intelligence Review".
"[A] national [United States] organisation that works
for political, economic and social justice in Africa. Through
the provision of accessible information and analysis combined
with the mobilisation of public pressure we work to change
the policies and policy-making processes of US and multinational
institutions toward Africa". Although partisan this organisation
is a particularly good source of public documents, reports,
peace agreements etc. Use their search engine to locate material
"A project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and is acknowledged as the
premier online source of information on natural disasters
and complex emergencies". Provides an ongoing selection
of press coverage on relief and related topics, as well as
background details on Sudan. Go to the country index to locate
the Sudan pages.
South Sudan Development and Relief Association
Sudan Foundation, The
"Our aim is to further good relations between the British
and Sudanese peoples, and to provide comprehensive information
about the political, economic and social , and religious situation
in Sudan. Since our founding, in July 1996, we have published
upwards of a hundred documents. Some of these are republished
from various Sudanese sources. Others are entirely original".
An independent and privately funded group which is an excellent
source of objective material.
Probably the best general internet resource on Sudan. Provides
a constant source of news agency, press and media coverage
on Sudan, as well as information on Sudanese government, education,
weather, society and culture, travel and tourism, geographical
and statistical facts, and a general discussion forum.
A new website set up by Joe Clawson intended as "a complex
regional resource containing news, books, pictures and links".
As of writing the site contains links sections devoted to "Catering", "Hotel", "News", "
Restaurant" and "Khartoum", a number of book
reviews, and picture resources.
"Provides an information and referral service for individuals
and organisations seeking a politically non-aligned briefing
on the situation in Sudan ... an independent media review
... an information and referral service for individuals and
organisations seeking a politically non-aligned briefing on
the situation in Sudan." Founded and edited by Peter
Verney, this regular publication, together with its briefings
and special reports, is, however, not quite as "non-aligned" as
Verney worked in Sudan until shortly after the 1989 coup
d'etat. For some time he was a staff writer with 'Sudanow',
a publication of the Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information.
Verney has been a bitter, public opponent of the present Sudanese
government since 1989, signing anti-government statements
as early as March 1990.
Despite claims on the 'Sudan Update' website that the publication
is required "to maintain an objective, non-partisan stance"
and that it cannot "promote...particular political, religious
or other ideological viewpoints", 'Sudan Update' has
nevertheless forwarded rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army
(SPLA) and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) press releases
as well as statements by anti-government groups such as the
New Sudan Council of Churches and Nuba Mountains Solidarity
Abroad. In February 2002 'Sudan Update' "urgently"
circulated details of a protest against the Chinese national
petroleum corporation - the company being involved in the
Sudanese oil industry. This hardly constitutes a "politically
'Sudan Update''s claim to be independent, "objective"
and "non-partisan" is also difficult to sustain
given that it was specifically set up as an anti-government
publication by Emma McCune, a British aid worker who subsequently
married SPLA leader Riek Machar. In her biography of her daughter,
Maggie McCune states that Emma and others "set up a four-page
newsletter called 'Sudan Update' which attempted to disseminate
information coming from the front lines, and whose sympathies
ran counter to the official government in Khartoum...'Sudan
Update' survives to this day."
In any event Verney has constantly projected questionable
images of Sudan and seen fit to repeat a wide variety of subsequently
discredited claims about Sudan, including allegations that
Iraq had moved weapons of mass destruction technology to Sudan,
that black southern children were being drained of their blood
in return for sweet lemon juice, that the Sudanese President
kept four slaves in his household, and that Osama bin-Laden
was using Ugandan child slaves as labour in his marijuana
plantations in Sudan. Verney has also alluded to alleged Sudanese
government involvement in the first bombing of the World Trade
Center in 1993. This sort of claim was comprehensively contradicted
in 1996 by Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox Jr., the Department
of State's Coordinator for Counterterrorism.
And also see:
"How Objective a Source?: Peter Verney and Sudan Update"
Dr. Sean Gabb, "Allegations of Slavery in Sudan:
An Open Letter to Peter Verney of Sudan Update, October 1997",
Debate File No. 6, The Sudan Foundation, 1997
Sudanese American Society
"Information and news about Sudan from American media
discussions of current Sudan issues". Material here is
generally critical and corrective of the propaganda emanating
from partisan campaigners. Includes such sections as "Facts
About Sudan" and a "Chronology of Major Events in
Sudan Since 1920".
Wisdom Fund, The
"The mission of The Wisdom Fund is to advance social
justice and interfaith understanding by presenting The Truth
About Islam". Has taken a largely objective stance on
Sudanese issues. Use their search engine to locate material