July 12, 2011

COWBOY UP:

Sudan leader's hat tip to Bush (REID J. EPSTEIN, 7/11/11, Politico)

When the new nation of South Sudan’s leader, Salva Kiir, signed his country’s constitution this weekend, he did so while wearing a cowboy hat given to him by former President George W. Bush.

Bush gave Kiir the black Stetson in 2006, according to the blog of the Middle East Institute. The hat instantly became Kiir’s trademark, and the institute said he has not been photographed without it since.


Independent South Sudan is jubilant, wobbly a day later: South Sudan is a bit quieter after Saturday's independence hoopla, although the celebrations continue, particularly in Christian churches. Now, in this region beset by illiteracy, hunger and internal strife, the real test begins. (Christopher Goffard, 7/11/11, Los Angeles Times)
Like many in South Sudan, [Taban lo Liyong, a South Sudanese writer and literature professor at the University of Juba] credited the United States, and President George W. Bush in particular, with pushing north and south toward the 2005 peace agreement that ended generations of civil war and paved the way for partition. But his concerns now have turned to future aid.

"It was George Bush and the Christian fundamentalists who heard the cry of South Sudan," he said. "Today is Barack Obama's day. We don't know what he is going to do."


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