By Ben Barrack
As a citizen of Kenya, Malik Obama is the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), which is headquartered in Khartoum, Sudan and is an extension of the Sudanese government – a State Sponsor of Terror led by a President wanted for war crimes. The central purpose of the IDO is to spread wahhabist Islam within the African sub-continent.
The new country of South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 when it essentially voted by a near unanimous margin, to secede from Sudan, which is led by President Omar al-Bashir, a vessel of the Muslim Brotherhood and a genocidal butcher. A significant bone of contention between both nations is that South Sudan is the most oil-rich of the two, as the New York Times pointed out during the transition two years ago:
Negotiators have yet to agree on a formula to split the revenue from the south’s oilfields, which have kept the economies of both southern and northern Sudan afloat. And Mr. Bashir’s army has been pounding southern-allied rebels who have refusing to disarm just north of the border in the Nuba Mountains, which some analysts worry could drag the whole region back into a full-scale war.
While South Sudan is awash in oil (it’s estimated to be home to 80% of the reserves), it is also landlocked; there isn’t a port in South Sudan… but there is one to the north in Sudan; Port Sudan is located on the west coast of the Red Sea. It would seem the perfect scenario for working together for mutual benefit. South Sudan has the oil and Sudan has the means to export it around the world.
But alas, genocidal butchers tend to play for keeps and prefer all-or-nothing arrangements, though the ‘nothing’ selection is usually temporary and belies the ever-present push for a future outcome that reverses such misfortune if chosen by the other side. Dictators – especially Islamic ones like al-Bashir – don’t have much interest in symbiotic relationships with infidels (the President of South Sudan is a Christian named Salva Kiir).
There is another port that South Sudan could use to export its oil – the Port of Mombasa – to its southeast in a country it borders – Kenya.
Last year, the Hudson Institute’s Andrew Natsios wrote the following in an article entitled, Sudan’s Oil Crisis is Only Bashir’s First Problem:
What the South will pay to ship oil north to Port Sudan is the divisive matter at present. Eighty percent of Sudan’s oil reserves are in the South. The newly created South Sudan initially offered one dollar per barrel — the standard international rate — and a one-time cash transfer of $2.6 billion to help with the North’s budget deficit. Khartoum refused the offer, demanding $36 per barrel. When the South refused to pay earlier in January, Bashir’s government decided unilaterally to divert enough oil (read: steal it) to make up the difference… the South turned off the spigot, shutting down 900 oil wells… Juba signed an agreement with Kenya instead to build a pipeline heading south to the port at Mombasa. South Sudan says the new route to market could be ready in 11 months; oil experts doubt a project of such proportions could be finished so quickly.
Indeed, it appears that the 11 month plan was a bit aggressive. One year later, the Economist reported:
South Sudan has productive fields farther north, plus access to an adequate pipeline owned by Sudan, its arch-enemy. Again, why pay for a new one? Because South Sudanese leaders would like to have an alternative outlet, given northern hostility. Everyone knows that. But officials are dragging their feet, since the north has just agreed to a new transit deal that will run at least until 2016.
However, as the Economist points out, issues of practicality and laws of economics will play a role:
A line to Mombasa, one of the world’s most congested ports, would have to climb high mountains and require heating the oil, to keep it flowing in the high-altitude cold…
There are other options for South Sudan; they include going through Uganda and Tanzania to the Indian Ocean or through Ethiopia and Djibouti. Terrain notwithstanding, it would seem that geopolitically, the easiest path for South Sudan to global oil exports that exclude al-Bashir’s gouging would involve a pipeline to the Port of Mombasa, directly through Kenya, and Kenya alone.
In this video from 2012, Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers, whose ministry is saving orphaned children in South Sudan / Northern Uganda from the evil perpetrated by Joseph Kony – an evil monster who is funded by al-Bashir – explains the situation between Sudan and South Sudan:
Enter the IDO, the organization for which Malik Obama works that is headed by Omar al-Bashir.
Barack Obama’s half-brother – Malik Obama – has political aspirations. Earlier this year, Malik lost an election to become Governor of Siaya, his home district in Kenya. This may be a lost battle but it is certainly not a lost war, nor should anyone be under the illusion that Malik is going to leave politics.
As an agent of al-Bashir’s government, he is on a mission.
That mission is to spread wahhabist Islam throughout Kenya, which serves the interests of al-Bashir and makes things more difficult for South Sudan.