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U.S. seeks to use Africa as pawn in war of influence against China and Russia

In a speech unveiling U.S. strategy to counter Chinese and Russian influence in Africa, National Security Advisor John Bolton, a “notorious hawk who advocates the unilateral wielding of U.S. might,” accused Beijing and Moscow of  “deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage over the United States.” Delivered at the American conservative public policy...

Pan-African solidarity in the midst of a crisis Final Call Covid-19, Africa forum unites experts across continent with audience in U.S.

WASHINGTON—According to recent figures published by Johns Hopkins University, over 2.7 million cases of Covid-19 have been detected worldwide, with 192,019 deaths and 752,148 people now recovered. In Africa, Nigeria has logged about 981 cases and 31 deaths; South Africa about 3,953 cases and 75 deaths; Ghana about 1,279 cases and 10 deaths and Kenya about 336 cases and 14 deaths. Those numbers may seem...

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...

Challenging cultural norms and removing stigma is key to confronting Lesotho’s rape culture

Commentary THABA-TSEKA, Lesotho—The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and given rise to a new, deeply concerning wave of rape culture in Lesotho. Although the true extent is not known yet, we have noticed concerning reports that the onset of the pandemic has worsened sexual violence with more women and girls being confined to small living places whilst social tensions are exacerbated. According...

Freed Nigerian schoolboys welcomed; calls for more security

KATSINA, Nigeria—Bleary, barefoot, apparently numbed by a week of captivity, more than 300 Nigerian schoolboys, freed after being kidnapped in an attack on their school, were welcomed by the governor of Katsina state and Nigeria’s president on Dec. 18. Reunions with their parents began late in the day. “Since this incident happened, I have not been able to sleep, but...

Deadly politics: Cuba’s Covid-19 treatment and U.S. refusal to save lives

During a phone interview with Africa Watch, Dr. Melissa Barber, the program coordinator of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine program and IFCO Passage for Peace, said of the island nation’s 11 million inhabitants it has registered only 88 Covid-19 deaths and 3,482 confirmed cases since the March outbreak of the pandemic. Compare this with the United States. With a...

Iran: U.S. attempts to impose unilateral sanctions doomed to failure

The Iranian Foreign Ministry says any attempts by the “sanctions-addicted” U.S. to impose unilateral restrictions on Iran will fail as the move is in violation of international law. “The sanctions-addicted United States is not far to once again compensate for some of its blatant failures in the Security Council and its inability to reimpose previous sanctions that ended following...

Mural at Black archive in Amsterdam vandalized

AMSTERDAM—Vandals daubed white paint over the faces of Black historical figures on a mural outside a Black cultural archive in Amsterdam in early December in what one of the archive’s founders called a racist attack. The vandals also stuck stickers on the mural saying in Dutch “soot-smudge Pete is genocide,” a reference to the long-running and increasingly polarized debate about...