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Mexican president irked by French auctions of artifacts

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s president said on Feb. 7 French auction houses had gone beyond the pale with brazen sales of pre-Hispanic artifacts. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said some auction houses had gone so far as to send Mexico’s archaeological institute photos of relics, asking if they were genuine, so they could sell them for more money. Mr. López Obrador said he...

‘Poor Africa has to get her head in the right direction’

(FinalCall.com) - During the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's 1997 World Friendship Tour that included Liberia, he proclaimed even though Africa needs substantial assistance, it has the ability to help itself. “Africa does not need to be a beggar at the foot of America, or at the foot of Europe,” Min. Farrakhan declared in response to a reporter's question. “We...

Happy independence anniversary? French nuclear testing health hazards, dirty war deaths, torture, abuses and Algeria’s yet unresolved post-war issues 

(GIN)—Tucked away in the treaty that signaled Algerian independence from France was a “gerboise bleue”—a “blue desert rat” and a code name for the first French nuclear test on Algerian soil. In the independence pact, known as the Evian Accords, France reserved the right to test atmospheric and underground nuclear bombs in Algeria, helping to make France the fourth largest...

Remittances to poor countries fall

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - The amount of money immigrants from poor countries send to their families back home is expected to decline between seven and 10 percent in 2009 compared to 2008 levels, according to a new report released here by the World Bank. Poor countries in Europe and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean will...

Spain opens 2nd migrant camp on overrun Gran Canaria island

BARCELONA, Spain—Spain’s government is scrambling to manage the steady stream of migrants to its Canary Islands from West Africa by opening a second holding camp, officials said Nov. 18, as political tensions rise in the Atlantic archipelago. The establishment of a second temporary migrant processing center on the island of Gran Canaria comes amid increasing criticism from local authorities and...

Wyclef brings excitement to Haiti’s politics

ERICTOUREM -Staff Writer- Hip hop artist may have major impact on Haiti politics, but can he pull the country together? (FinalCall.com) - On the streets of Port-au-Prince, Wyclef Jean, the popular musician and founder of the Yele Haiti foundation, formally announced his run for president of the country. His music career and humanitarian work, have made him well known to Haitians and...

Latin America wary of U.S. military expansion

WASHINGTON (IPS)–While much of the world’s attention has been focused on Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel-Palestine, Washington has quietly boosted its military presence in Colombia, supposedly to search for contractors kidnapped by leftist insurgents. But observers call the stepped-up militarization part of a strategy to tighten U.S. control of the country, and the region. Published figures show that...

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...

Zimbabwe opposition expels MP over policy differences

HARARE, Zimbabwe (PANA)–Zimbabwe’s main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party Nov. 23 expelled a rebel MP, accusing him of deviating from the party’s principles. Party spokesman Paul Nyathi said Munyaradzi Gwisai, MDC legislator for Highfield constituency in Harare, had been expelled with immediate effect. The move follows a series of incidents in which Mr. Gwisai, who is...

Political leaders moving continent towards a United States of Africa

(FinalCall.com) - John Atta Mills has become president of Ghana, returning the National Democratic Congress, the party founded by former president, Jerry Rawlings, to power after an eight year hiatus. Some analysts believe the recent election in Ghana marked a new era of democracy in Africa. “That is the greatest lesson for Africa,” stated a representative of the Nigerian-based Alliance...