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New hotspot opens up in North Africa despite UN bid to defuse tensions

(GIN)—War is breaking out all over. Fighting shows no signs of ending in Ethiopia as the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, attempts to put down a rebellion by the sovereign-seeking state of Tigray. Eritrea now appears to have been drawn into the fighting. A massacre was reported by Amnesty International.  In the Amhara region, political...

UN holds dialogues to examine racism in its ranks

In a recent address during an event for UN staff, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the need to confront racism within the world body, initiating a series of discussions on the subject. “Racism challenges every government, every society, and every organization—including our own,” he stated. “Let me be very clear: racism has no place in...

An African Giant Passes Remembering Ghana’s President Jerry John Rawlings

Another African tree has fallen with the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings, 73, who led Ghana’s successful transition to a stable democracy from military rule. “It is with great sadness that I announce to the nation that the first president of the Fourth Republic, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings, has joined his...

EndSARS movement born out of young Nigerians’ outrage against police brutality

“For people who are not familiar with the histories of (global) policing and even just youth struggles, political struggles in Nigeria, the #EndSARS uprising may have come by surprise. The narrative in the U.S. about policing and police brutality (at the root of which is) White supremacy and racism … to be the same really in the...

Covid-19: Slow road to jobs recovery for Latin America and the Caribbean

The labor market in Latin America and the Caribbean faces a slow recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for “active macro policies” and other measures to promote sustainable development alongside getting people back into the workforce.  That is the main finding of a joint report published on Nov. 10 by the UN’s...

Poverty, corruption, conflict are factors in Nigeria’s SARS protest movement

What may be worse than law enforcement officers in U.S. cities receiving police training in Israel? Nigeria’s recently disbanded notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS receiving police training from the United Kingdom College of Policing. According to the African program director for the International Crisis Group, Dr. Comfort Ero, “We should acknowledge that SARS was part of...

Sudanese refugees face uncertainty in Israel if bilateral ties are resumed

(GIN)—Sudanese refugees who live in Israel are wondering what their future holds if ties are normalized between the two countries as predicted and the Israeli government launches deportation proceedings against them. There are around 6,500 Sudanese nationals in Israel, representing 20 percent of all the asylum seekers in the country. Of these, 4,500 have...

Libyan sides agree plan on implementing ceasefire deal

Military officers from Libya’s warring parties have agreed practical steps towards implementing a ceasefire agreement, following the signing of an historic accord in Geneva in October, the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL, has reported.  The two-day meeting of the Joint Military Commission (JMC)—which comprises five members each from the Government of National Accord (GNA)...

In Peru’s Cuzco, pandemic devastates tourism and economy

CUZCO, Peru—Efrain Valles guided world leaders, pop stars and a princess on exclusive tours through the land of the Incas. He now makes ice cream to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Valles, once one of the most sought-after tour guides in Cuzco high in Peru’s Andes, is one of the 1.3 million people...

Kosovo’s president resigns to face war crimes charges

PRISTINA, Kosovo—The president of Kosovo, who served as a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s war for independence from Serbia in the late 1990s, resigned Nov. 5 and will face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based in The Hague. President Hashim Thaci said he decided to relinquish his post...

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