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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...

With Just One Percent of Farms Controlling 70 Percent of Global Farmland, Study Reveals ‘Shocking’ Level of Land Inequality

By Andrea Germanos, CommonDreams.org A new report details the “shocking” state of global land equality, saying the problem is worse than thought, rising, and “cannot be ignored.” Among the key findings is that the largest one percent of the world’s farms operate 70 percent of farmland and “form the core of production for the corporate food system.” What’s more, “given the...

Syria: Millions displaced, impoverished and traumatized, Security Council hears

As the end of another year of war looms, “families in Syria remain without respite after almost a decade of conflict,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Dec. 16. Speaking via videoconference, Humanitarian Affairs chief Mark Lowcock said that millions have been left displaced, impoverished, traumatized and suffering “deep personal loss.” Moreover, a declining economy, Covid-19, rising food insecurity and malnutrition,...

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 agency raises alarm over ‘targeted’ violence against women in Myanmar protests

The United Nations entity dedicated to protection of women’s rights has voiced deep concerns over “targeted and disproportionate” violence against women being recorded during the crackdown against peaceful protesters in Myanmar.  In addition, women in detention are also reportedly experiencing sexual harassment and violence, UN-Women said in a statement in mid-March.  “Women have long played a celebrated and vital role in the history of Myanmar....

Thai police use water cannon against protest outside parliament

Riot police in Thailand have used water cannons to disperse protesters trying to cut their way through razor wire hurdles outside the parliament in Bangkok as legislators debated a possible revision of the constitution. Police forces set up barricades outside the parliament building on Nov. 17 after hundreds of royalists earlier staged demonstrations to call on lawmakers not to amend...

Cuba protests spotlight suffering caused by U.S. embargo and punishing sanctions

Much of the world took notice when thousands of Cubans began demonstrations in Havana, and other cities, towns and villages to protest severe shortages of flour, bread, sugar, other basic items and the scarcity medicine and vaccines to combat an alarming increase in Covid-19 cases. But discontent has been brewing at least since last year when rappers, artists and creative...

Marc Lamont Hill champions Palestinian rights following in footsteps of SNCC

Developments in East Jerusalem reveal it has been turned into a war zone. According to TRT World, “Israeli police have been unleashing violence on the neighborhood even targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its compound with stun grenades, teargas, and rubber bullets.” Several news outlets have confirmed that police are supporting Jewish settlers who are determined in executing a wider, illegal...

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...

Early agreement reached in dispute over Suez Canal ship

CAIRO—The owners and insurers of the giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year have reached an agreement in principle over their dispute with canal authorities, representatives from both sides said June 23. Stann Marine, the lawyers representing the vessel’s owners and insurers, and a spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Authority both confirmed...