July 9th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

U.S. recognizes South Sudan

The United States recognizes South Sudan as a sovereign and independent state, U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday.

"After so much struggle by the people of South Sudan, the United States of America welcomes the birth of a new nation," Obama said in a statement. "Today is a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn."

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  1. Philip

    And I've been 'Ahkmed' since Windows '98, the year Usama bin Laden made the FBI's "10-Most Wanted"...years before 911. Maybe we should have sent some of those guys who track down old Nazi war criminals after bin Laden?

    July 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HRH banasy

    What do you want? Vindication, Philip?

    July 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    @ RUFFNUT
    " What's a Zionist" ?
    Check with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) of western Jewish organizations Or with of the respected Jewish writers Naom Chomsky, Uri Avnery, Ilan Pappi or Rabbi Brent Rosen Or Jeremy ben-ami of JStreet.

    July 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ RUFFNUTT:
    I answered you Zionist question soon after you posted it.
    Hal, Jr., rejected it.
    Too late now: you had to be there.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mad Hatter

    @Phillip Well here's a * someday you might get a chest to pin it on.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HRH banasy

    @Mad Hatter:

    Be nice.....lol.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Avser Bastian

    DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION....LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com WHO/WHY//HOW CREATED SCHOOL SHOOTINGS(Arizona incl.) – HAARP AUSTRALIAN FLOODS(Incl. deliberately busted oil pipe in gulf of Mexico) – LEARN ABOUT REAL HUMAN FLASH EATING MACHINE – WIKILEAKS is CIA – BREAST FEEDING INSANITY PROTESTS – FACEBOOK or CIABOOTH !!? - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" – NWO MULTICULTURALISM SWINE/PIG FLUE SYNDROME – NEWS/MEDIA OR SIMPLY BIG FAT VACUUM WORLD OF LIES !!?? – THE REAL DON'T ASK DON'T TELL, BUT DIE !!! – OBAMINATOR'S FREE HEALTH CARE PLANE or GENOCIDE BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET – UN-chef Ban Ki-moon or CHINESE BAN KEY MONKEY(who is he in reality) !!? – NEW WORLD ORDER POLITICAL PARTIES(not there for you, but instead to seal your faith for their own parliament pay$$ scale !!!) EURO DIC TRAITORS vs DICTATORS or what is worse !!? LEARN WHAT DO LIBYA AND EUROPE OR USA HAVE IN-COMMON !! AND FINALLY.....COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY IN 2011 !!! "SLOVENIA" TODAY, WHERE COMMUNIST GENOCIDE GOES ON 24/7 FOR CREATION OF GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIA UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only). Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = CRIME = ZIONISM) !!?

    July 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Diether

    @ Philip:
    Ja, und now you will be sending more Busy-bodies into our South American jungles to cause more Fallings-off from mountains.
    The war is finished and we have been paying our retributions.
    We have even abandoned our greatest romantic musical style in performances to feign for you shame.
    Stop using the word "NAZI" so frequently.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ajd041

    They would have been better off as a single nation the south has absolutely nothing in terms of infrastructure no hospitals a poor economy and bad law enforcement etc. They shouldve pushed for peace had some upgrades made and then declared independence

    July 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Diether

    @ Philip:
    You said that word at 4:16 PM precisely.
    It is true that we killed many.
    But do you know what they did?

    July 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Not only is it high time for the U.S. to recognize Vascagondas, Chechnya and Kurdistan as sovereign states but it's long overdue!!! These people definately deserve their independence from Spain, Russia and Turkey respectively. The tragedy here is that the Tamils of Sri Lanka never got to enjoy their independence as thet were crushed by the Sri Lankan forces in 2009!

    July 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I did not post at 7:11 PM.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Hey Buddy, if you're such a fan of Russia, Spain and Turkey, can you kindly post that under your own name instead of mine? I have nothing against these countries but they should consider the rights of their minorities to secede if they wish to.

      July 9, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Jazzzzzzz:
    Diether means no harm either.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nazi Resistance

    Philip (me) has been having the same problems with his neighbor's, friends, AND family that German citizens who resisted Hitler had with theirs. MANY German citizen's knew it was Hitler who had the Reichstag burned down but blamed it on terrorists. Yes. hitler called them "terrorists". But 99% of the German people were NOT anti-Hitler. They might not have been FOR him...but they sure as hell didn't work AGAINST hitler. At first, they just made fun of the people who were saying Hitler did it, like you people do me. Then they started informing the NAZIs, like many American's do today. (paid informants even) What really irks me is when they pay more attention to the messenger (me) than they do the message. It's childish really.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @Diether...of all the filthy crap that gets posted here, you wait for a NAZI to come along before you open your piehole? Do yourself a favor and never ever watch The History Channel. It'll kill ya.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
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