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Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia battle for Nile River rights

During recent talks by phone between Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa—current chairperson of the African Union (AU)—El-Sisi reiterated concern about Ethiopia’s filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). El-Sisi said he seeks a fair and balanced agreement and rejects any unilateral filling of the dam’s reservoir. Ramaphosa said he hopes “intensive coordination” between...

The historical impact of African musicians on the geopolitical stage

When it comes to appreciating the power of African artists and their historical impact on geopolitics there is no shortage of icons from which to choose. A recent documentary produced by France24 focusing on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie is a case in point. His historic 1963 speech to the United Nations General Assembly inspired reggae legend Bob...

India rejects high status of dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir

An Indian official has rejected an assertion by Pakistan’s foreign minister that the dispute over the Kashmir region is a global matter high on the agenda of the United Nations (UN). Vidisha Maitra, the first secretary of India’s permanent mission to the UN, said in a statement on Sept. 22 that the disputed Himalayan region was an integral part of...

UN, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations

The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have reiterated their commitment to continue to support Sudan consolidate peace as the AU-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in the country’s Darfur region ends its operations on Dec. 31.  In a joint statement on Dec. 31, Secretary-General António Guterres and Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat also called on all Sudanese actors to...

Peru’s Congress appoints third president in one week

Peru’s Congress has named centrist legislator Francisco Sagasti as caretaker president, amid a political crisis that has gripped the Andean country since its leader, who maintained an anti-corruption stance, was impeached recently. On Nov. 16, the 76-year-old Mr. Sagasti received 97 votes in favor and 26 against to head Congress, which means he would constitutionally assume the interim presidency. Mr. Sagasti,...

‘We survived, now it’s time to thrive’ Perseverance and passion to become doctors in Cuba

Surviving the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba, has been a seven year-long process for Maryam and Ruqayyah Farrakhan. Maryam, 29, daughter of Louis Farrakhan Jr. and Lesil Farrakhan, and Ruqayyah, 30, daughter of Student Supreme Captain of the Nation of Islam Mustapha Farrakhan and Karen Farrakhan––both made the bold decision to leave the United States...

‘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...

Turkey condemns EU ‘bias’ in Libya-related sanctions

Turkey says the European Union (EU) has acted with “bias” by imposing sanctions on a Turkish firm over its alleged violation of a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya. The EU on Sept. 21 slapped sanctions on three companies, including Turkey’s Avrasya Shipping, whose cargo vessel Cirkin was involved in a stand off  between France and Turkey in the...

Poverty, corruption, conflict are factors in Nigeria’s SARS protest movement

What may be worse than law enforcement officers in U.S. cities receiving police training in Israel? Nigeria’s recently disbanded notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS receiving police training from the United Kingdom College of Policing. According to the African program director for the International Crisis Group, Dr. Comfort Ero, “We should acknowledge that SARS was part of the UK...

Put ‘people before politics’ in Lebanon, urges Guterres, following Beirut disaster

It’s time that leaders across Lebanon put “people before politics” following August’s explosions in a Beirut port, said the UN chief on Sept. 23, which must serve as a wake-up call following a year of upheaval and clamor for reform on all fronts. António Guterres was speaking at a high level meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon to reaffirm its support for...

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Breaking our covenant with death

In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful. As-Salaam Alaikum. When I participated in “The State of Black America” symposium on Feb. 25, the...