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Ethiopian rabbis win court victory in Israel, but struggle continues for Africans in the Zionist State

Sixteen Ethiopian rabbis recently won what is being touted as a landmark court case against discrimination in the Zionist State of Israel. In proceedings that spanned 12 years, the case was part of nearly 20 years of struggle by the clergymen against the state. Observers say the friction stems from years of Ethiopian Jews struggling to integrate into Israel since...

Pandemic shaping economic, social climate of East and Southern Africa

In many East and Southern African countries, local, regional and national lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been extended, reported Equinet. “Their impacts raise questions on their sustainability. The conversation inevitably turns to when and how countries will exit them. South Africa’s President Ramaphosa said recently in introducing their risk adjusted strategy: ‘We cannot sustain a nationwide lockdown...

Venezuela – past and present

I remember so many wonderful things about the place I was born. I would travel back to Venezuela with my mother—the entrepreneur who would go down to sell the latest fashions she bought in Miami or New York. My father worked for an airline in those years so, flying back and forth was a constant.  We had moved to...

Resistance leader’s death deepens Kashmir strife

NEW DELHI—The death of a top separatist leader in disputed Kashmir and the ensuing crackdown on public movement and communications by Indian authorities have highlighted the turmoil seething just below the surface in the region. Here’s a closer look at what Syed Ali Geelani meant to Kashmir and why problems still roil the region two years after India revoked its semi-autonomy and...

Canada appeals decision on indigenous children but seeks settlement talks

The Canadian government has appealed a federal court decision upholding a ruling that would require that it pay billions of dollars to indigenous children and their caregivers harmed by a discriminatory welfare system, saying it would instead seek to negotiate a deal. At a news conference on Oct. 29, Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu said that two advocacy groups, the...

U.S. tries to pretend nothing has changed, but everything has changed

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is the reproach of a people,”—Proverbs: 14:34 (Bible) The U.S. continued to impose illegal sanctions without a United Nations mandate to choke the economies of nations she wanted to bow to her will throughout 2021. These U.S. gangster moves led targeted countries to keep tightening their connections to America’s foes like Russia, China, and Iran...

World’s rivers awash in pharmaceuticals, historic study reveals

Experts warn ‘pharmaceutical pollution poses a global threat to environmental and human health.’ Underscoring the value of collaboration, experts from around the world unveiled what they described as the first “truly global study” of pharmaceutical drugs contaminating rivers, which has “deleterious effects on ecological and human health.” The historic analysis, published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,”...

UN’s Bachelet hails ‘millions of voices’ tackling racial discrimination

More than two decades after the signing of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (PoA)—the UN’s blueprint to tackle racism and other forms of discrimination—UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on March 28, hailed the “millions of voices around the globe” who’ve made it their mission to eradicate the scourge, while also noting that more work needs to...

Accidents and evictions by mining companies pile up as search heats up for minerals

(GIN)—Seydi Sow, a landowner in Djogo, Senegal, contemplated his eviction by a mining company with joint headquarters in Australia and France and which mines zircon in central Senegal. The elderly landowner said he was wronged in the compensation process. With two fields over 4.94 acres in size, he complained he received a small payment, much less than others with smaller farms. The...

Countries urged to ‘dig deep’ and support Afghanistan in aftermath of deadly earthquake

The top UN official in Afghanistan appealed for greater international support for the country, following a one-day visit to communities hit hard by the devastating earthquake in late June. “Yesterday’s visit reaffirmed to me both the extreme suffering of people in Afghanistan and their tremendous resolve in the face of great adversity,” said Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for...