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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...

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...

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...

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...

South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along,’ UN envoy tells security council

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along,” the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Sept. 16..  David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan...

Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as “Little England” announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of state in time for next year’s 55th independence anniversary.

Annual report: Pandemic recovery must be measured in ‘human rather than economic terms’

We must “commit” to building a more inclusive and sustainable world, the UN chief underscored in his annual report on the Work of the Organization. In the introduction, Secretary-General António Guterres said the international community should reflect on “our shared progress as well as … our vision and values.” He highlighted...

Libya’s unclear future marred by internal, external conflict

Civil war is currently ratcheting up in Libya as internal saber-rattling escalates and foreign actors involved take sides and add to heightened threats of military action. Libya has been absent a cohesive government since a United States-led overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi and the Great Jamahiriya government in 2011. Since the U.S. and NATO (North...

‘We are not a vassal state’: Philippines’s Duterte won’t stop infrastructure projects with U.S.-sanctioned Chinese firms

The Philippines will not be cowed by a U.S. blacklist on Chinese companies and will continue doing business with the sanctioned firms, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said, insisting Manila will not bow to a foreign power. Duterte won’t halt ongoing projects with Chinese businesses despite the American blacklist, spokesman Harry Roque told...

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