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Egypt under international fire for rights abuses

The United Nations Human Rights Council has called out the Arab Republic of Egypt to end suppression of freedoms of expression and assembly. The council expressed “deep concern” for pervasive human rights violations committed with impunity by Egyptian authorities. A joint statement was signed by 31 mostly Western nations, including the United States, which has observer status on the council....

Libya’s unclear future marred by internal, external conflict

Civil war is currently ratcheting up in Libya as internal saber-rattling escalates and foreign actors involved take sides and add to heightened threats of military action. Libya has been absent a cohesive government since a United States-led overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi and the Great Jamahiriya government in 2011. Since the U.S. and NATO (North Atlanta Treaty Organization) invasion, resulting in...

Congo atrocities just the cost of doing business?

(FinalCall.com) - President Obama's upcoming trip to Tanzania may have more to do with Rwanda than meets the eye.   During the recent 21st African Union/Organization of African Unity summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho remarked that Rwanda should “negotiate” with the FDLR (Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda), a rebel movement operating in the...

DR Congo: Abuse allegations amid Ebola outbreak ‘a sickening betrayal of the people we serve’

Sexual abuse and exploitation allegedly carried out by World Health Organization (WHO) staff during the UN health agency’s response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “a sickening betrayal of the people we serve,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said on Sept. 28.  An independent panel commissioned by WHO identified more than 80 alleged cases of abuse...

NATO intervention in Libya rooted in access to oil?

(FinalCall.com) - For decades European oil companies had enjoyed contracts that allowed them access to half of the high-grade crude produced in Libyan fields, reported the May 4, 2012 Wall St. Journal. “Some major oil companies hoped the country would open further to investment after sanctions from Washington were lifted in 2004 and U.S. giants re-entered the North...

The Unholy Alliance Between Israel and South Africa’s Apartheid Regime

(FinalCall.com) - You'd think with all the recent ink, with both Foreign Affairs and the UK-based Guardian articles “Bringing Israel's Bomb Out of the Basement” and “Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa (SA) nuclear weapons,” that Israel's nuclear arsenal would be big on the WikiLeaks list of revelations. And if that's not enough you'd think the...

Questions about EU, World Bank, IMF ties with Sudan

Davoe Malpass recently landed in Khartoum, the first visit for a World Bank president to Sudan in more than 50 years, announced Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The prime minister of the East African nation hailed the visit as a sign that Sudan’s integration into the international community “is progressing in strides,” Hamdoks’s office said. Malpass tweeted that the World Bank “is...

France to open archive for period covering Rwandan genocide

PARIS—France’s role before and during the 1994 Rwandan genocide was a “monumental failure” that the country must acknowledge, the lead author of a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron said, as the country is about to open its archives from this period to the public. The report, published in March, concluded that French authorities remained blind to the preparations for genocide...

Kenya reopens case on woman allegedly killed by UK soldier

NAIROBI, Kenya—Police in Kenya say they are reopening the case of a local woman allegedly killed by a British soldier years ago. The country’s police inspector general, Hilary Mutyambai, announced it while urging the British government to collaborate to “conclude the case and administer justice.” Attention has returned to the death of Agnes Wanjiru after her family told British media they...

Thousands of African workers kept in appalling conditions

Hoping to escape the war, death and destitution rampant in their home countries, thousands of African workers embark every year on a grueling journey to the affluent Persian Gulf countries looking for employment. The more fortunate ones will end up doing backbreaking manual labor earning a pittance, barely enough to make ends meet. Should they be unlucky, a fate worse than...