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White farmers in South Africa exploit workers, diplomat charges

HARARE, Zimbabwe (PANA)–South African Labor Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said recently that White farmers in his country grossly exploited Zimbabwean immigrant farm workers, most of whom entered the country illegally. Mr. Mdladlana was in Harare for talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart on how to harmonize labor laws between the two countries when he made the statements. An estimated two million...

Deadly cyanide dump unearthed near Namibia coast

GINNEWS WINDHOEK, Namibia (GIN)–Twelve drums of highly toxic calcium cyanide, plus loads of other chemicals, including nitric and sulphuric acid, were left behind when its owners abandoned the Namib Lead Mine about four years ago. The drums pose a serious danger to the health of thousands of people in the vicinity. They were recently found in an abandoned mine in the...

Sudan Government and southern rebels sign peace pledge before Security Council

UNNEWS Center Video of Security Council meeting November 19 2004 - The Government of Sudan and southern rebels today pledged to end two decades of war by 31 December, signing a memorandum in front of the United Nations Security Council which had convened in neighbouring Kenya in a rare session outside New York to press for peace in Africa's largest...

‘Jackson 17’ platoon refuses order in Iraq

US soldier captured as two car bombs explode in Mosul (Al Bawaba, 11/02/2004) WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - The ghosts of poor equipment and logistical support haunting National Guard members and reservists literally for months in dangerous combat zones in Iraq made themselves known to U.S. military commanders again recently. On Oct. 13, an entire 18-member platoon from the 343rd Quartermaster Company...

U.S. lifts arms embargo to Haiti as violence grows

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - Amid growing violence in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, the United States announced Oct. 19 it will consider requests to sell weapons to the country's interim government on a case-by-case basis, signaling the end to a 13-year arms embargo. The decision, confirmed by the State Department, appears designed to begin supplying weapons to the 2,500-man police force that...

Bush policies spur Iraqi rebel resistance, say 500 national security experts

JIM.LOBE Is “Zarqawi” Another Black-Op? (Al Jazeera.info, 10/25/2004)A Failed 'Transition': The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War (AntiWar.com, 10/22/2004)Farrakhan: The Duty of The Righteous in a Time of War (FCN, 06/17/2002) WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - The Bush administration's failure to accept advice on Iraq from its military and foreign service officers has led to policies that have fuelled the insurgency against U.S.-led...

Sudan needs help, not sanctions – A report from Darfur

Nine things that we did not know 1. KHARTOUM, Sudan (FinalCall.com) - The Arab/African identity is the term constructed around the language the people speak–not their race. All of them speak Arabic, so they all considered themselves Arabs. However, to further distinguish those tribes who retain their local and Arabic language, those tribes are called African. The conflict is...

New Israeli spy probe has a 30-year history, insiders say

JIM.LOBE SEATTLE (IPS/GIN) - The burgeoning probe over claims that a Pentagon official passed highly classified secrets to a Zionist lobby group is part of a much broader network of FBI and Pentagon investigations of prominent U.S. neo-conservatives and their ties to Israel dating back some 30 years, according to knowledgeable sources. The sources, who asked to not be identified,...

How does the U.S. aid Africa?

Bush's Goal: Bring African leaders in line with U.S. policy (FCN, 07/25/2003) (FinalCall.com) - The Bush administration has worked “hard” over the past three-and-a-half-years to build relationships with the nations of Africa said Secretary of State Colin Powell July 8, addressing the Africa Policy Advisory Panel, a group of high-level “leaders” from Congress, the executive branch, the business sector, academia...

U.S. Iraqi ambassador: The man in the shadows

Profile of John Dimitri Negroponte UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - John Dimitri Negroponte had served as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations since September 18, 2001. He was macho and charismatic in the early days of his tenure–that's the word in the corridors of the UN secretariat. “A diplomat's diplomat,” observers said. Human rights activists had been able to hold...