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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...

Protesting  spreads through Africa over India’s proposed law on drug patents

GINNEWS India/Africa: Threat to Generic Drugs (Africa Focus, 03-07-2005)Drug Patents Draw Scrutiny as Bush Goes to Africa (CorpWatch, 07-09-2003) (GIN) - Protestors in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and other countries are denouncing a move by India, a key producer and exporter of generic anti-retroviral drugs, to pass new legislation that could eventually force inexpensive AIDS drugs off the market. Protestors, in Uganda and...

Bolton’s nomination could signal return of ‘unipolarism’

JIM.LOBE John R. Bolton Profile (International Relations Center)Guidance to America and the World in a Time of Trouble (Min. Louis Farrakhan, 05-03-2004) WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - Many observers, both here and in European capitals, expected that President George Bush's second term would see a modest turn toward multilateralism and a new readiness to compromise on key issues with traditional U.S. allies. Today,...