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Growing movement demands return of cultural art, artifacts

Two-years-ago, a study, “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage,” found at least 90 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s cultural legacy remains preserved outside of the African continent. “Whereas many other regions of the world represented in Western Museum collections are still about to hold on to a significant portion of their own cultural and artistic heritage, this is not the case...

UN human rights chief calls for global halt to sales of dangerous AI technologies

‘The power of AI to serve people is undeniable, but so is AI’s ability to feed human rights violations at an enormous scale with virtually no visibility.’ By Brett Wilkins, CommonDreams.org Noting the ubiquity of artificial intelligence in modern life, the United Nations’ top human rights official on Sept. 15 called for a moratorium on the sale and use of AI systems...

UN refugee agency: Keep borders open for fleeing Ethiopians

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Nov. 11 that it is working with Sudanese authorities to help more than 7,000 refugees who have fled Ethiopia over the past two days, following major clashes in the Tigray region of the country.  The Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and local authorities are screening and registering people arriving in...

UN: War in Ukraine to hurt poor nations importing grain

by Frances D’emilio, Associated Press ROME—Poorer countries in northern Africa, Asia and the Middle East that depend heavily on wheat imports risk suffering significant food insecurity because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, and the conflict is poised to drive up already soaring food prices in much of the world, the UN food agency warned March 11. Ukraine and Russia, which is under...

Rights experts condemn UK racism report attempting to ‘normalize White supremacy’

UN independent human rights experts on April 19 denounced a government-backed report into racism in the United Kingdom, saying that it further distorted and falsified historical facts, and could even fuel racism and racial discrimination. “In 2021, it is stunning to read a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into fact, twisting data and misapplying...

PAKISTAN: ‘US Missile Strikes Will Affect War on Terror’

Purported Osama Bin Laden tape offers Americans truce (Al Jazeera, 01-19-2006)Bush, Neocons and The Truth about the "War on Terrorism" KARACHI , Jan 18 (IPS) - Missile strikes carried out by the United States on Damadola village near the Afghan border, killing 18 people, can fuel religious fanaticism in this country and seriously complicate President George W. Bush's...

With crime wave comes call for racial partition of Guyana

GEORGETOWN (IPS)–A violent crime spree that has eluded government control for months has revived calls to partition this tiny multiracial country, reserving half for Afro-Guyanese, the other half for the Indian community. In quieter times, no one pays heed to such delicate issues, but the crime spate, with a record of nearly 140 murders so far this...

Palestinians, Israelis agree to a ceasefire

Sheikh Yassin: Hamas still committed to truce (Al Bawaba)Minister Louis Farrakhan's Peace Mission Report (FCN, 07.22.2002)Nation of Islam leader offers his vision for Middle East peace (FCN, 06.26.2002) Farrakhan initiative accepted one year later UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com)--Almost one year to the day after the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan proffered a plan to get the peace process moving between Palestinians and Israelis, that plan...

Judge dismisses UN, Haiti cholera lawsuit

(FinalCall.com) - A judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Haitians infected with cholera has not deterred activists who will continue seeking justice.   U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York made the ruling last month, dismissing the 2013 lawsuit against the United Nations for introducing cholera...

UN-backed court to start trial of Charles Taylor in June

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The war crimes trial against the deposed former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, will begin on June 4 with opening arguments, according to a UN News Service, dated May 8. The United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone announced the starting date during a recent pre-trial conference in The Hague. “That Charles Taylor will now face...