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CHARLENEM (FinalCall.com) - Once praised for good deeds, a U.S. charity worker goes to jail for raping boys who needed helpA Haitian activist and lawyer declared December 21 “a good day for justice and decency” after a federal judge sentenced convicted pedophile Douglas Perlitz to almost 20 years in prison for molesting eight boys in Haiti. Mr. Perlitz opened the Project...

Díaz-Canel highlights the role of creation and innovation in Cuba’s future

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel reiterated Jan. 17 the call to encourage innovation as one of the essential mechanisms to achieve the country’s development, amid the current difficulties. “There is too much imitation, and salvation lies in creation. Creation is the password of this generation,” the Cuban president wrote on his Twitter account, recalling those words of National Hero José Martí,...

Are White Farmers reaping what they have sown?

HARARE–David Hasluck asks a question that has been asked for nearly a century in this southern African country.  Only this time, the question comes from the other side of the table. “Where’s the justice in this?” he ponders, speaking to Black reporters from America on the spacious property that houses the Commercial Farmers Union building on the outskirts of...

Israeli leader lobbies America for war with Iran

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - Less than a week after Republicans made major gains in the U.S. midterm elections, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on President Barack Obama to “create a credible threat of military action” against Iran. Initial official reaction was negative, with Defense Secretary Robert Gates insisting that Obama's preferred strategy of enhanced multilateral sanctions and negotiations, which...

Criticism of U.S. human rights record voiced during UN review

By Saeed Shabazz -Staff Writer- UNITED NATIONS - The United States met with criticism from human rights activists and analysts during a two-day review by the United Nations Human Rights Committee tasked with studying reports concerning Washington's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty ratified by the U.S. in 1992. The review spotlighted the U.S. domestic human rights...

Chinese, Palestinian presidents pledge to establish strategic partnership

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing where they agreed to establish a strategic partnership between the two countries. During the June 14 meeting, Xi said this partnership will mark a new stage in their relations that will build on their past achievements and open up new prospects for the future. China will work with...

Activist: Sudan’s kleptocratic military system won’t stop the people’s movement from rising

Sudanese activist, educator Nour Tawir Aburass Anti-military coup, pro-democracy marches occurring in Sudan with growing numbers and increasing frequency since October show there is a renewed, unquestionable call among the people for civilian rule. The growing protest movement is a sign, this writer was told by longtime Sudanese activist educator, Nour Tawir Aburass who hails from the Nuba Mountains, that the...

Internal emails reveal WHO knew of sex abuse claims in Congo

BENI, Congo—When Shekinah was working as a nurse’s aide in northeastern Congo in January 2019, she said, a World Health Organization doctor offered her a job investigating Ebola cases at double her previous salary—with a catch. “When he asked me to sleep with him, given the financial difficulties of my family … I accepted,” said Shekinah, 25, who asked that...

Response plan launched to support 1.4 million Rohingya and Bangladeshis

“Robust and sustained international support” is again needed for Rohingya refugees and the Bangladeshi communities generously hosting them, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on March 29. “Humanitarian agencies are seeking more than $881 million to support approximately 1.4 million people, including over 918,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char, and around 540,000 Bangladeshis in neighboring communities,” UNHCR spokesperson Babar...

South Africa chief rabbi’s ‘blind spot’ to Israeli apartheid

In South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent weekly column, the former anti-apartheid activist expressed his angst at the “total disregard for successive United Nations Security Council resolutions that call for an end to the occupation (by Israel) of Palestinian land and the denial of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.” The South African president added, that without a willingness to...