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Morocco freezes ties with German Embassy amid Sahara tension

RABAT, Morocco—Morocco’s Foreign Ministry has suspended ties with the German Embassy because of “deep misunderstandings,” notably related to the disputed Western Sahara. The move came amid diplomatic tension around Western Sahara since the U.S. under then President Donald Trump took the unusual move in December of recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the territory. A letter leaked online from Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser...

Okonjo-Iweala is 1st woman, African to lead world trade body

FRANKFURT, Germany—Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed to head the World Trade Organization, becoming the first woman and first African to take on the role amid rising protectionism and disagreement over how the body decides cases involving billions in sales and thousands of jobs. Ms. Okonjo-Iweala, 66, was named director-general by representatives of the 164 countries that make up the...

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...

Meghan’s racism claims come as no surprise to Black Britons

LONDON—Explosive allegations by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, that she faced racist attitudes from both the palace and the UK press have sent ripples of shock around the world. But they came as no surprise to many Black Britons. Whether it’s the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people of color or the lack of non-White faces at the top of British...

Collective commitment needed to end the ‘poison’ of racism: UN cultural chief says

With the Covid-19 pandemic providing fertile ground for the resurgence of racism and discrimination, the head of the UN’s educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, called on March 22 for countries to stand united in what she described as “these testing times.” Addressing the Paris-based agency’s Global Forum on Racism, Director-General Audrey Azoulay said racism “is the calling card of populist and xenophobic groups,” while hate speech is becoming increasingly pervasive on social...

As U.S. struggles, Africa’s Covid-19 response is praised

JOHANNESBURG—At a lecture to peers in September, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it “The Hopeless Continent.” Then he quoted Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah: “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity.” The coronavirus pandemic has fractured...

Disgruntled Haiti police raid stations, free jailed comrades

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Masked officers who said they belonged to a disgruntled sector of the Haitian police force known as Fantom 509 stormed several police stations in Port-au-Prince on March 17, freeing jailed comrades accused of participating in an alleged coup against embattled President Jovenel Moise in February. The group of officers, along with some civilians, set a police station ablaze and...

New Venezuela parliament sworn in, U.S.-backed Guaido out

A new Venezuelan parliament has been sworn in, with President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party consolidating control and U.S.-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido left without a job. A total of 256 of the National Assembly’s 277 seats are now in the hands of Maduro’s United Socialist Party and its allies following the December 6, 2020 elections, which were boycotted by the...

The toll of binge drinking on South Africa

The South African Alcohol Alliance (SAAPA), is a collaborative initiative of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years the group has reported on the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. Its reporting included the fact that even though over 60 percent of South Africans do not consume alcohol, the population that does...

Former Marine gets prison time for smuggling guns to Haiti

RALEIGH, N.C.—A former U.S. Marine found guilty of conspiracy to illegally export and smuggle firearms and controlled equipment from the U.S. to Haiti has been sentenced to more than five years in prison, federal prosecutors have announced. A March 2 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh said Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau, 34, was sentenced by a U.S....