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Published on February 10th, 2011 | by Jim Lobe

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Gration to Kenya

Moving very, very briefly from the Middle East, the White House just announced the nomination of Gen. Scott Gration (ret.) to become U.S. ambassador to Kenya, thus effectively removing him from the Sudan portfolio, no doubt to the applause of the the many NGOs and rights activists who have denounced him for allegedly being far too soft on President Omar al-Bashir. I suspect the appointment comes as a considerable relief to him, as well, and, indeed, it is likely to be a reward for the until-now successful implementation of the secession referendum in the South.

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  1. avatar scott says:

    Don’t be so brief, what do you make of the referendum, what are we doing there (splitting the country) It seems the North is cooperative, so far. Further, aren’t Kenya and Sudan very similar? like Britain and Canada (not as to size or influence) but culturally?


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Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.



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