This all stems from a power struggle between Sudan’s top two generals. In 2021, the Rapid Support Forces (a paramilitary group led by Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo) and Sudan's army (led by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan) worked together to overthrow the country's transitional government — two years after helping oust President Omar al-Bashir from power. Fast forward to last week, the two military groups were supposed to sign an internationally-backed agreement that would hand over the power to civilian-led parties. Instead, the two groups began firing at each other and are now holding Sudan hostage. After 10 days of violence, more than 400 people have been killed — including one American — as nearly daily ceasefires continue to fail. Now, amid growing security risks, the US isn't taking any chances and has cleared out its embassy in the capital of Khartoum.
What’s the latest?
Over the weekend, special forces evacuated nearly 100 people from the embassy via helicopter and brought them to nearby Djibouti. There are reportedly about 16,000 Americans in Sudan — mostly dual citizens. The Pentagon said it’ll work with the State Department “in the coming days” to “help American citizens who may want to leave Sudan.” Other countries, like France and the UK, have also moved to evacuate their diplomats. Meanwhile, Sudanese nationals are trying to escape to safety. Many have no choice but to leave Khartoum by road, risking their lives as the fighting continues.
What’s next for Sudan?
It doesn’t look like the violence is going to end any time soon. Sudan’s army has reportedly said it won’t negotiate with paramilitary forces. Turkey, the US, UAE, Egypt, and others have called for immediate peace and offered to help mediate. Meanwhile, the UN called the situation in Sudan “catastrophic.” Some aid groups have also had to postpone humanitarian aid to the country because of the violence. Experts are worried the conflict could turn into a civil war — which could threaten access to fresh water in the Nile, affect gold trade, and create another refugee crisis in the region. Even if the conflict ends sooner rather than later, it still derails the little progress made toward democratic elections.
Sudan has experienced little stability since it became independent in 1956. Now, two military leaders have thwarted the country's chances of democracy, leaving citizens caught in the middle.
The NAACP. On Friday, the group sued Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) after he signed two bills. The first expands the state-run Capitol Police jurisdiction over Jackson, the state’s capital. The second creates a temporary court system with state-appointed judges rather than elected. Reeves said the bills are necessary due to the rise of violent crime — including a homicide rate that’s 15 times higher than the rest of the US. He also said Jackson’s police department is understaffed and needs the extra support. However, critics argue the new bills would shift the power to mostly white conservative officials who'd be making decisions for a city that's 83% Black. Now, the NAACP says the state government is overreaching its authority by giving itself more power over the courts and police and taking it away from citizens. The Capitol Police's jurisdiction will expand starting July 1.
…Oh and speaking of lawsuits, yesterday, the family ofcinematographerHalyna Hutchinssaid they’re still pressing ahead with their lawsuit againstAlec Baldwin, even after his criminal charges were dropped.
What people are keeping an eye on…
First Republic Bank. Today, the bank is going to report its first-quarter earnings. It’s one of several banks that got caught in the crossfire after SVB collapsed. Last month, JPMorgan Chase and others rescued First Republic Bank so it could avoid a similar fate. Since then, First Republic Bank’s stock has lost nearly 90% of its value. Now, investors are paying extra attention to how the bank is doing and the overall financial health of other regional banks. Meanwhile, the Fed is meeting next week to talk numbers and potentially raise interest rates (again).
Who’s officially out…
NBCUniversal’s CEO. Yesterday, the company announced its CEO Jeff Shell is leaving his role — effective immediately. The move comes after an investigation found Shell had “an inappropriate relationship” with a woman at the company. Comcast hired an outside team to investigate the relationship following a complaint. His former team will now report to Comcast President Mike Cavanagh. Shell, who'd been CEO since 2020, said he “deeply” regrets the relationship and was “sorry” he let his colleagues down.
...Oh and speaking of packing it up, Bud Light’s marketing exec is taking a leave of absence after the company received backlash for its collaboration with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
Who could be bringing the house down for some…
The Biden admin. A new federal rule could have borrowers with better credit cover costs for risky borrowers. The goal is reportedly to close the racial homeownership gap — which some say is unfair to them. Now, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) could have homebuyers with good credit scores see their mortgage costs go up by more than $60 a month starting May 1. The news comes days before 46 is expected to announce his re-election.
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