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A ‘lost decade’ for developing countries?

by Daniela Leyva Fernánde, Granma An unsustainable debt erodes the capacity of developing countries to progress towards sustainability and poverty reduction. The high increase in fuel and food prices, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the current conflict in Ukraine have undeniably worsened the economic scenario and, with it, the generalized risk that indebtedness implies for the most vulnerable countries. The recent “United...

Reflecting on the accomplishments of African Women

As 2023 comes to a close we reflect on the accomplishments of African women, a demographic whose voices and contributions often receive too little coverage and insight. The increasing presence of African women as public leaders for example, in positions in the World Trade Organization, African Union and United Nations and as head of state in Tanzania, and foreign...

Racially diverse Puerto Rico debates bill that aims to ban hair discrimination

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Legislators in racially diverse Puerto Rico have opened a public debate on a bill to explicitly prohibit discrimination against hairstyles such as cornrows and afros, sparking a heated debate. Local government officials argue the legislation is unnecessary because federal and local laws already ban such discrimination. But Puerto Rican activists said at a hearing January 23 that...

Zuma loses bid to stay out of jail, in latest top court ruling

(GIN)—Former South African President Jacob Zuma has lost his latest bid to remain out of jail after refusing to respond to a corruption inquiry.  “The application for rescission is dismissed,” Justice Sisi Khampepe said as she read the majority decision, which included an order for Mr. Zuma to pay court costs.  It was the latest legal setback for the 79-year-old anti-apartheid...

New round of cultural festivals planned in West Africa despite sanctions

(GIN)—Festival season is around the corner in West Africa despite ongoing insurgencies that have hurt tourism. The region has long been known for its music, dance and cultural shows, among them the Amani festival in Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, which opened on Feb. 4. Congolese rumba took the place of  honor after its recognition from UNESCO as the...

Racial profiling by French police challenged in class action

PARIS—Three leading rights organizations joined with grassroots groups to launch France’s first class action suit targeting the country’s massive police machine, contending that it lawfully propagates a culture leading to systemic discrimination in identity checks. The NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Open Society Justice Initiative, allege that police target Black people and people of Arab descent in...

Africa Union chairman visits U.S., shares frustrations over preconditions for peace in Libya

Why the West Want the Fall of Muammar Gaddafi (Analysis by Jean-Paul Pougala, 04, 2011)Wikileaks Cablegate reveals unflattering U.S. view of African 'client states,' leaders (FCN, 12-09-2010) (FinalCall.com) - Dr. Jean Ping, chairperson of the African Union Commission, and his high level delegation recently paid an official visit to the United States. The AUC chairman's visit was part of the...

Congo Brazzaville president elected African Union Chairman

President Denis Sassou Nguesso succeeds Obasanjo as AU chairman African Union opens with plea for peace, economic development (FCN, 01-23-2006) Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - African leaders Tuesday elected President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville as the next African Union (AU) chairman, to succeed Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who led the Union for 18 months. Nguesso's election on the second day of...

U.S. effort to block Ethiopian dam recalls legacy of British colonialism

(GIN)—Based on guidance from President Trump, the State Department is suspending $130 million in security-related aid to Ethiopia over a nearly-completed dam that would lift Ethiopia from poverty and end the shadow of British colonialism that favored Egypt.  Programs on the chopping block include security assistance, counterterrorism and military education and training, anti-human trafficking programs, and broader development assistance funding,...

Millions spent on war, but there is more inequality and poverty

by Raúl Antonio Capote A dangerous escalation of expenses that seems to have no end, endangers the existence of humanity. The U.S. military cost reached $916 billion in 2023, 68 percent of the total used by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), recently stressed the member of the Political Bureau and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. The...