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In South Sudan, an internal conflict between two factions of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA/M) has exploded into a war.
Following a period in 2013 when SOUTH SUDAN President Salva Kiir deposed several members of his cabinet, including vice President Riek Machar, violence broke out in Juba on December 15. In the weeks since, each faction has tried to claim territory within the world's newest country.
The international Crisis Group has estimated that the inter-ethnic violence that has resulted has claimed the lives of 10,000 people with over 400,000 internally displaced. Peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have so far failed to resolve he situation although President Omar al Bashir from Sudan in the North and President Zoweri Museveni from Uganda in the South have been openly suppporting the South Sudanese government against the rebels with the US likewise appearing to side with Kiir.
The Global Research News Hour has decided to take a closer look at this situation and what it portends for the wider region.
Ann Garrison is an independent Journalist and writer based in Oakland. She has devoted much of her energies to reporting on war and resource extraction on the African Continent.
Mahdi Nazemroaya if a geo-political analyst, author of The Globalization of NATO and a Resource Associate for Global Research.
Interviews by Michael Welch
(2:00-7:45) News Notes
(7:45-8:57) Introduction to South Sudan violence
(8:58- 29:50) Ann Garrison part 1
(30:10-42:50) Ann Garrison Part 2
(42:55-57:48) Mahdi Nazemroaya