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South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along,’ UN envoy tells security council

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along,” the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Sept. 16..  David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan...

China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight

CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China—Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the government.” The mother of three is among 6,600 members of the Yi ethnic minority who were moved out of 38 mountain villages in China’s southwest...

Pandemic shaping economic, social climate of East and Southern Africa

In many East and Southern African countries, local, regional and national lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been extended, reported Equinet. “Their impacts raise questions on their sustainability. The conversation inevitably turns to when and how countries will exit them. South Africa’s President Ramaphosa said recently in introducing their risk adjusted strategy: ‘We cannot sustain a...

Amazon Indigenous group patrols to expel invading loggers

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil—A bit after sunrise, dozens of Indigenous Tembé men began preparing for the important day ahead. They danced, chanted and donned matching black T-shirts before setting off on motorbikes into Brazil’s Amazon forest. Self-declared “forest guardians,” their aim was to find and expel illegal loggers and miners within their...

Yemen: Crisis reaches new low, top UN officials tell Security Council

By UN News The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has never been worse, with conflict escalating, famine on the horizon, the economy in tatters and Covid-19 out of control, senior UN officials told the Security Council on July 28 as they issued a fresh call for an immediate ceasefire. Four months on, negotiations between...

The U.S. role in 1966 coup against Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah

The West African country of Ghana celebrated the anniversary of the Sept. 21 birth of its first prime minister and first president, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. Celebrated annually and called “Memorial Day,” Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence. Independence from its British colonizer occurred on March 6, 1957.

Rape and killing of Dalit woman shocks India, draws outrage

NEW DELHI—The gang rape and death of a woman from the lowest rung of India’s caste system sparked outrage across the country in late September, with several politicians and activists demanding justice and protesters rallying in the streets. The attack of the 19-yearold is the latest gruesome case of sexual violence against women to...

Africa’s development tied monetary sovereignty and an alternative economic development model

In an open letter signed by 550 internationally renowned personalities, which includes African economists, in a move that’s the intellectual equivalent of marching in the street, they challenged the continent and its leaders “to forge ahead and aspire to a better future in which all of its people can thrive and realize their full potential.”

South Africa wants proof of Africa-Iraq nuclear connection

***image1***JOHANNESBURG (IPS)—The government of President Thabo Mbeki has raised strong objections to a British intelligence dossier that suggests that an African country may have discussed selling uranium to Iraq for use in its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently released an intelligence dossier on Iraq’s alleged attempts to develop nuclear weapons. The report says: “There is...

The myth of Western economic development

Brazilian economist Celso Furtado’s classic 1974 book, “The Myth of Economic Development,” he argues the very idea of Latin America and Africa someday enjoying a similar livelihood as Western Europe and North America is “unrealizable in practice.” He writes that any attempt to generalize, or use as a model, the lifestyles of the world’s...

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Iran’s Rouhani urges restraint over Karabakh dispute, warns of new war...

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint and reject any foreign interference over the Karabakh dispute,...