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Another Failed South Sudan Peace Agreement

Before the ink was dry on yet another peace agreement to end South Sudan's hostilities, violations occurred between President Salva Kiir's forces and troops belonging to rebel leader and former South Sudan vice-president Rick Machar. The two leaders, meeting June 26 in Khartoum with President Omar Bashir and after two days of talks that included Uganda President Yoweri Museveni,...

Iran’s Leader: Colonialists waging soft wars to pillage nations

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned Iran’s scientifically-elite community of the soft wars being waged by the world’s colonial powers with the aim of rendering nations indifferent or ignorant towards their genius and setting the stage for the pillaging of those nations. Ayatollah Khamenei issued the warning at a meeting on Nov. 17 with a group of young scientifically elite...

The importance of exploring the cultural history of Islam in the Motherland 

In W.E.B. DuBois’ 1939 book, “Black Folks Then and Now,” the prolific author, scholar, and convener of Pan African Congresses explains the substance of the continent of Africa during pre-colonial times and during the heyday of global imperialism. While on my many trips to Egypt and Sudan, my last time in 2021 having spent two months living in the capital...

UN told it must do better in conflict prevention

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The United Nations may be spending a lot of money on peacekeeping missions ($18 billion over five years), but the world body isn't doing enough on preventing conflicts–the conclusion of a daylong session on August 28, which saw 35 speakers take their turn at the microphone in the Security Council chambers. UN Secretary-General told the meeting...

U.S. gives conditions for lifting sanctions on Sudan

Misleading Congress On Sudan (BlackElectorate.com) KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA)–Secretary of State Colin Powell recently reiterated to visiting Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail that economic sanctions against Khartoum would only be lifted after an accord has been signed with southern rebel group. "The Secretary of State told me that economic sanctions against us could be lifted immediately after a draft peace...

Kenya marks ‘Jamhuri Day’ with Independence Day speeches, military bands

(GIN)—Jamhuri, the Swahili word for “republic,” was celebrated across Kenya on Dec. 14— when the country attained its independence from the British in 1963 and became a republic in 1964. That was followed by a flurry of new national holidays. Some survived, others are being questioned and maybe heading for the dustbin of history. The now-abolished Moi Day was created to...

UN rights office warns over violent escalation in Yemen and beyond

Escalating conflict in Yemen has seen an alarming number of air and drone strikes already this year, notably against civilians and non-military targets, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Jan. 18. “We are deeply concerned by the continuing escalation of the conflict in Yemen. Overnight, air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on the capital, Sana’a, are reported to have left at...

Will ‘grand bargain’ work with Taliban?

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - The Pentagon appears to be moving in support of engaging leaders of the resurgent Taliban who are prepared to disassociate themselves from Al-Qaeda. While the seeds for that strategy are being planted now, the next U.S. president–be it the current front-runner, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, or his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain–will likely be advised by...

Who benefits from a divided Syria?

By Saeed Shabazz-Staff Writer- UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - As battles in Syria rage, there appears to be talk of breaking the country into pieces as a way to end conflict. But the question arises over whose interests would be served by cutting up the Arab nation? “The partitioning of Syria is the Israeli solution–their overarching goal is to weaken every Arab...

African National Congress and internal squabbles

(FinalCall.com) - An interesting development in post apartheid South Africa is current African National Congress internal political squabbling, including Youth League leader Julius Malema, and questions about whether discussion of the infighting creates a cover for more serious economic issues. It has also been charged that the “family squabble” may have lessened ANC credibility and party leaders have been...