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Ghana’s Government issues apology for rights abuse

GINNEWS The Republic of GhanaKwame Nkrumah's contribution to the decolonization process in Africa (Africaspeaks.com) ACCRA, Ghana (GIN) - The final report of the National Reconciliation Commission, appointed to investigate past human rights abuses in the country between 1957 and 1993, has just been released. The commission, set up in 2002, considered the impact of socio-economic disparities and colonial policies on the...

U.S. pulls IMF, World Bank into Iraq

WASHINGTON (IPS)–Despite launching their semi-annual get together by asserting that they are not political, it is clear the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank are prone to manipulation by their richest members, a characteristic that could sideline pressing development issues. "We are not a political institution, and our articles of agreement prevent us from interfering in the...

Africa united at UN on Security Council reform

Africa deserve membership of the UN Security Council (GhanaWeb, 0415-2005) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - African diplomats at the United Nations say they are not backing down on their demands that the Security Council reform package, which must be passed by the General Assembly, must have two permanent seats for Africa with veto power and three non-permanent seats. “Africa is together on...

Global anti-Americanism is spreading, U.S. agency says

NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - As President George Bush's confidante, Karen Hughes, prepares for her confirmation hearings later this spring as the nominee for under-secretary of state for public diplomacy, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is weighing in with sharp criticism of Washington's track record on boosting its image abroad. “Despite U.S. efforts to better inform, engage and influence foreign...

South Africa: Zimbabwe poll results reflect people’s will

President Kenneth Kaunda speaks to Black journalists (FCN, 11-18-2003)FinalCall.com Special Report on Zimbabwe (FCN, 11-05-2002) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (PANA)–The South African government said recently that the outcome of the recent parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe was a credible reflection of the will of the people of Zimbabwe. In a statement issued after a meeting in Pretoria, the cabinet said it noted the...

Nation-building falters in troubled Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (IPS)–As U.S. officials promise to rebuild and democratize Iraq, the people of that country might wish to consider Afghanistan just a year after President George W. Bush compared U.S. intentions there to Washington's post-World War II Marshall Plan for Europe. It must come as a serious disappointment both to Afghans and to Mr. Bush when Ahmed Wali...

Cuba under fire, again

Bush's new ‘axis of evil'–Castro and Chavez (FCN, 04-12-2005)China's Report on Human Rights Violations in the US (People's Daily, 03-03-2005)Secret memo exposes U.S. Government hypocrisy on Cuba (Granma International, 03-16-1994) WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - Once again, the United States government is trying to condemn Cuba as being one of the worst human rights violators in the world. America is taking her...

Kofi Annan unveils his UN reform plan

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Bio Sketch (UN)Lynch Mob's Real Target Is the U.N., Not Annan (Infowars.com) UNITED NATIONS - Observers are referring to the March 21 address by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the 191-member General Assembly as a call for action. Mr. Annan laid before the world body his plan for UN reform, ranging from investment in developing...

U.S. quietly bankrolls ‘pro-democracy’ groups in Egypt

US to fund "democracy" in Iran (Al Jazeera, 04-12-2005)  NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - President George Bush has granted one million dollars to six civil society groups in Egypt, including perhaps the most controversial in the country–the organization whose leader spent a year behind bars before being exonerated. The grants, which went totally unnoticed in the U.S. mainstream press, were announced...

Bush’s new ‘axis of evil’Castro and Chavez

JIM.LOBE Telesur, satellite TV channel aims to be Latin American voice (The Peninsula, 04-14-2005)Cuba demands U.S. Government response on harboring anti-Castro terrorist (04-12-2005, Gramma) WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - While President George Bush played nice with Mexican President Vicente Fox at the North American Summit in Texas, U.S. media attention was focused more on Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld's efforts to sound the...