Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's in a name?

Frank's Tavern o' Flapjacks may make good flapjacks, but there's nothing in the name which stimulates the salivary glands.  The National Party in North Sudan is the ruling party, and they think a name change is in order.  Rather than something innocuous or neutral, they want to use Hizbollah.  A better idea, since it reflects the true path of North Sudan; the Party of God.

Say hello to the new flapjack.

From the Sudan Tribune Feb 15

Sudan’s ruling party considers changing its name to Hizbollah - official
February 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Karam Allah Abbas, governor of Gadaref state and head of the National Congress Party (NCP) in the eastern Sudan province disclosed that there is a trend within the ruling party wanting to change its name to Hizbollah (Party of God).

The governor who was speaking on Tuesday before the members of his new government after the swearing-in ceremony, said a such change of name is meant to confirm the NCP’s adherence to the implementation of the Islamic law, Sharia, in Sudan.

Since the secession of South Sudan and the end of the interim period provided in the 2005 peace agreement with the former rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), President Omer al-Bashir reiterated several times his commitment to establish an Islamic state in the country.

Some factions within the ruling party and the Sudanese Islamic movement press the government to found a state rooted in the Islamic law and call to ignore any compromise with the opposition or rebel groups over this issue.

Recently memorandums were circulated by Sudanese Islamists in Khartoum calling to reform the party and to establish an Islamic state in the Sudan. However, the members of the Islamic movement clearly diverge on how to ensure its implementation and the role of the party in this regard.

No quibbles on whether to implement traditional Islam, just questions as to how.

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