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Protests in Sudan and the IMF

The hope of protesters in Khartoum, Omdurman, Wad Medani, Port Sudan and every other town where people have taken to the streets is that this time will be different. Despite the daunting odds and the unsuccessful record of protests in recent years, they believe the regime can, and will, fall. That popular action in the cities of the riverine centre will succeed where traditional opposition parties have failed. That where wars on the margins of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile remain mostly distant, classic economic strife will alienate those who have kept the regime in power or assented to its position. That shutting down the internet and shooting unarmed civilians on the street are signs of desperation. Fervent though those hopes are, there’s no guarantee that this time will be different. Only hope. Continue reading