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Claymore    8/26/2007 8:07:13 PM
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Claymore       8/26/2007 8:07:49 PM
A Khartoum boom, courtesy of China

Despite a war raging in Darfur and U.S. sanctions, Sudan's capital is thriving.
A five-star hotel is set to open. Oil money is flowing. And the Chinese are everywhere, says Fortune's Vivienne Walt.


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By Vivienne Walt, Fortune
August 6 2007: 11:34 AM EDT

(Fortune Magazine) -- Late last year Adam Ibrahim Ali and his two teenage sons fled their ravaged village in
Darfur and headed for Sudan's capital, Khartoum, riding on trucks and walking for days under the blistering desert sun.
When they arrived in this dusty city on the Nile, Ali fashioned a small mud shelter on the riverbank and hung up his most cherished possession, a small transistor radio.
His escape from the four-year war in western Sudan turned out to be a smart financial decision.
As the 115-degree heat eases in the evenings, Ali and his sons make bricks and bake them in the kiln next to their shelter to sell during the broiling afternoons. On good days they can earn about $12 - enough for them, Ali's two wives and his 11 other children languishing in Darfur's biggest refugee camp. "We lost everything in the fighting," says Ali, 35. "Here we can sell bricks. People need them to build."

One glance at the city beyond Ali's makeshift home shows why he's doing a brisk trade.
Thousands of miles from the tough talk in Washington about sanctions and peacekeeping troops, and from Hollywood's celebrity campaign to save Darfur, Sudan is booming.
Cranes loom over Khartoum's cityscape while bulldozers roar down below, churning up the earth to make way for multilane roads and tall office buildings.
Think of Sudan these days and you're likely to envision janjaweed militia in Darfur rampaging through villages on horses and camels, killing and raping, or shallow desert graves and refugees in a scorched landscape.
Those images have filled newspapers and television screens for more than four years. Yet during those same years billions of dollars have poured into Sudan - a rural country the size of Western Europe - thanks to a nascent oil industry whose production soared just as oil prices hit record highs and energy needs rocketed for Sudan's main customer, China.
The realization in the West that China's investment in Sudan might be financing the Darfur massacres has transformed a small activist organization on U.S. campuses into the biggest divestment push since the 1980s, when a similar campaign helped end white rule in South Africa. So fast has the political wave hit that without an international deal, it could cause the boom in Africa's largest country to wobble and overshadow China's biggest event in years, the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That has caused jitters in both Beijing and Khartoum.
A Texas company in Sudan
"They are starting to wonder, 'How far can this go?'" says John Prendergast, a divestment activist and former director of African affairs at the National Security Council. "Sudan totally dismissed sanctions nine months ago. Now it is a different ball game."
Revitalization
Sudan's boom - not its anxieties - is obvious the moment one lands at Khartoum International Airport. The airy new hall opened a few months ago and is filled with foreign oil workers and business consultants. (A sprawling new $500 million airport is scheduled to open in 2011.)
Just beyond the airport perimeter a showroom for Toyota SUVs opened this year, as did Khartoum's first Western-style luxury hotel, built by Abu Dhabi's Rotana hotel group. Guests at the hotel, now three-quarters full, can sip $5 cappuccinos in deep Italian sofas in the marble lobby or watch movies on large-screen TVs in air-conditioned rooms.
"There's a lot of cash and investment coming in," says Imad Elias, Rotana's executive vice president, at a cocktail party in the ballroom one evening. "Sudan is a place we want to be."
Downtown, construction crews are finishing an even more sumptuous hotel. Weeks from opening, the 19-story Al Fatih Tower on the riverfront is already Khartoum's most stunning landmark, with a soaring, curve
 
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Claymore       8/26/2007 8:08:34 PM
Photos accompagning the article:

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Brickmaker and Darfur refugee Adam Ibrahim Ali, who lives on the banks of the Nile River.






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Khartoum's Al Fatih hotel, financed by the Libyan government,
seen from Tuti Island, where many of the city's poorest residents live.






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Chinese laborers at the construction site for the new SUDAPET headquarters(National oil compagny) in Khartoum.



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Gaili Oil Refinery, built and operated by Chinese oil companies(1000 sudanese workers and 1200 chinese workers),
lies approximately 80km outside of Khartoum.




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The Al Fatih hotel is an example of Khartoum's move towards establishing
itself as a new urban center similar to Dubai.




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Heglig Oil Co.(Private sudanese oil compagny) building




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Luxury villa townhomes like these newly-constructed houses
on the outskirts of Khartoum are becoming more common.




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Young boys, representative of Sudan as the confluence of African and Arab cultures,
walk out of the Zinjing Center chinese goods shop.
 
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Claymore       8/26/2007 8:09:28 PM
Merowe dam to power Sudan from next year - official

Thursday 16 August 2007


Sudan’s Merowe Dam will start generating power next year, and will eventually increase the vast African nation’s electricity supply by 150 percent, officials said on Tuesday.
"In our aspiration to solve Sudan’s problems, we realized that one of the biggest problems we faced was power," Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said after touring the site.
After signing a peace deal with southern rebels in 2005 ending more than two decades of conflict, the government has more cash for development and has encouraged local and foreign investors to set up shop.
Khartoum has received most of the investment but even the rich capital faces electricity problems, especially in the hot summers. Few towns outside the capital enjoy regular power supplies.
Sudan moved tens of thousands of people - in certain cases by force — from villages in the vicinity of the dam, 350 kilometres north of the capital Khartoum, saying it was a national necessity.
"Many industries in Khartoum, Port Sudan and the major industrial areas virtually came to a standstill because of intermittent power supply," said Bashir.
"Besides, the amount of power currently being generated meets only a fraction of the requirements of the Sudanese people," he added.
Immediate beneficiaries will include farmers in northern Sudan who use diesel-fuelled pumps to irrigate their crops, according to Ahmed.
CHINESE AND FRENCH
Once completed, the $2 billion dam project that employs some 5,000 people, half of them foreigners, is expected to produce 1,250 megawatts of electricity.
"It’s about one and a half times what is available now," Tag Elsir Ahmed, chairman of the High Technical Committee for Merowe Dam, told Reuters.
Involved in the project, are Chinese, French and German companies, with the bulk of the funds coming from Arab countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman in the form of soft loans and grants.
A Chinese consortium CCMD is carrying out the bulk of the work on the dam structure and French industrial group Alstom (ALSO.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) won a contract to supply its equipment.
The dam has a total length of 9 kilometers and 10 units, each with an output of 125 mega watts.
But only two will be operational next year, which officials said would ease the pressure on existing sources of energy.
"That means 250 megawatts will be available for the system and it will be connected to the national grid," said Ahmed.
He added that "the other eight units will come in sequence until sometime in 2009."
One serious challenge builders faced was diverting the flow of the Nile, which was done twice — to the left and then to the right — to enable construction.
"From now on the river will only pass through the spillways and the power station," said Ahmed.
(Reuters)

 
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Claymore       8/26/2007 8:10:01 PM
Picture of the massive project:



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Claymore       8/26/2007 8:10:31 PM
I figured i would beat the paid PRC propagandists to posting this
 
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Herc the Merc       8/27/2007 2:35:11 PM

I figured i would beat the paid PRC propagandists to posting this


Excellent post Clamore. could u find the ant-China in Sudan to?? Its obvious China is winning big where the West won't step a foot into.
 
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Softwar       8/27/2007 2:59:11 PM



I figured i would beat the paid PRC propagandists to posting this



Excellent post Clamore. could u find the ant-China in Sudan to?? Its obvious China is winning big where the West won't step a foot into.

Duh...  We have repeated statements from such nice people as Mugabe that the PRC does not ask pesky questions about humanitarian issues and corruption when it comes to trade.  Of course, that also explains why the life expectancy in Zimbabwe declined from 60 in 1990 to 37 (34 if you are female) today - the worst in the world.  Tyrants like to stick together - makes good company.
Thank you for your demonstration of goodwill, HTJ.  I take it from your posting you support the US doing business in Sudan - to compete with the PRC - despite the 400,000 dead and 2.5 million displaced souls in Dafur?
 
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Herc the Merc    Softwar ethics in Sudan   8/27/2007 3:06:58 PM






I figured i would beat the paid PRC propagandists to posting this




Excellent post Clamore. could u find the ant-China in Sudan to?? Its obvious China is winning big where the West won't step a foot into.


Duh...  We have repeated statements from such nice people as Mugabe that the PRC does not ask pesky questions about humanitarian issues and corruption when it comes to trade.  Of course, that also explains why the life expectancy in Zimbabwe declined from 60 in 1990 to 37 (34 if you are female) today - the worst in the world.  Tyrants like to stick together - makes good company.

Thank you for your demonstration of goodwill, HTJ.  I take it from your posting you support the US doing business in Sudan - to compete with the PRC - despite the 400,000 dead and 2.5 million displaced souls in Dafur?


I am not sure of the ethics here so no comment. But Iraq,well does anyone have ethics there historically?? I mean neither did the US kill innocents in Iraq, but did the Chinese do that in Sudan ?? The Sudanese violence and Chinese association angle is something I do not know, could u clarify??
 
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Softwar       8/27/2007 3:21:08 PM


I am not sure of the ethics here so no comment. But Iraq,well does anyone have ethics there historically?? I mean neither did the US kill innocents in Iraq, but did the Chinese do that in Sudan ?? The Sudanese violence and Chinese association angle is something I do not know, could u clarify??

You seem to have missed 10 years of news when it comes to China and Sudan.  How you manage to work in Iraq is a mystery to me since Saddam used French, Russian and Chinese equipment to do his killing.  Ask the Shia what kind of tanks or artillery rained death on their villages - you will find it was T-59, T-55, T-72, 122mm and 155mm french.  Planes - J-7 from China, MiGs from Russia and a few Mirage F-1s from France.  Choppers - Hinds from Russia and Gazelles from France.  Of course, dealing with dictators is nothing new for any of these three modern wonders of global weapons trade.
Now look carefully at the Sudanese armed forces, Chinese artillery, J-7 and Q-5 jets, mortars and small arms provided by the PRC.  Heck, even the Janjaweed are armed with PRC made AKMs and travel in Dongfeng trucks to do their killing.  It does not take a whole lot of training in a Q-5 to bomb unarmed refugees trying to feed themselves from UN trucks.
 
So I ask you once again - its okay to deal with Sudan in your book since it means $$?

 
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tigertony    Herc   8/27/2007 3:44:59 PM
  Well now i got just 2 words for ya "Oil" and "Empire". And i don't mean "British". However, i think you will find that CCP has even less regard for "African Slaves" then "It's Own People"!. And they will have no trouble using their new empire, and it's people, for cannon fodder!. The problem CCP seems to not understand is that "Big Projects,Make Big Targets!".
 
 Hey herc it seems i caused quite a stir on that "British Defeat In America" post you started on the UK board,LOL!.
 What i find quite funny is that your post only had a few hundred views and even less posts "Till i got in on the game!". Mrs Paul and Ehran the Expert helped me turn that into the most watched site on the entire UK board. And nobody even gave me "Credit for it's success"  but instead "Insulted my English!". LOL!!!.
 
                                                                                   tigertony
 
 
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