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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...

Sanctions do more harm than good

AFRICA WATCH The sanctions concept has been around a long time. According to Foreign Policy global news publication, sanctions have a long history of use by nation states blockading their enemies, or by those that have come under the sway of Western imperialist powers. A case can be made, that for Africans and Africans of the Diaspora this form of...

Proclaiming the history and legacy of Blacks in Islam

Islam’s history in Africa  predates its spread in Arabia, let alone the neighboring countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, sent dozens of his companions to Abyssinia, now called Ethiopia, before the beginning of the Muslim calendar. During the first century of the Muslim calendar, Islam spread from Egypt through the Red Sea and the East...

‘Whitening’ creams undergo a makeover, but colorism persists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The world’s biggest cosmetics companies have been selling a fairy tale that often goes something like this: If your husband’s lost interest in you, if your colleagues dismiss you at work, if your talents are ignored, whiten your skin to turn your love life around, boost your career and command center stage. No company has had greater...

Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece

Nearly 140 asylum seekers were recently relocated from Greece to Germany through a European Commission-funded initiative that has relocated more than 1,000 people so far this year alone, three UN agencies have reported. The group included families with children with special health needs, and more than 50 unaccompanied children, most of whom had been transferred to the Greek mainland after...

South African police use tear gas on protest over race

CAPE TOWN, South Africa—South African police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons on hundreds of mainly Black protesters who gathered again outside a high school in a predominantly White neighborhood that’s become a flashpoint for racial tensions. The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party has organized protests at the school in response to a students’ prom they claim that...