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Nigeria moves to tackle food crisis

Could the global food crisis impact America? (FCN, 04-30-2008) ABUJA, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has announced plans to import 500,000 metric tons of rice and release an additional 11,000 metric tons of grains from its strategic reserve to cushion the effect of the global food crisis. Already, the government has allocated about $678 billion for the massive rice importation. The decisions...

A native son returns to help his people

Calherbe Muhammad was sent to the United States some 17 years ago by his family to attain an education to help him return one day to be a help to his people. He joined the Nation of Islam in New York City and after moving to Virginia Beach, Va. several years ago and completing his formal education, founded the organization Christians...

West demands regime change for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Ambassador: Self-determination is at root of conflict (FCN, 04-22-2008) Zimbabwe and the Power of Propaganda (GlobalResearch.ca, 04-16-2008) Zimbabwe President rips 'hypocrites' Bush and Blair (UN Streaming Media, 09-26-2007) Demonizing President Robert Mugabe (Race and History, 07-28-2005) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - Pressure to act against Zimbabwe came from Britain and the United States and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon voiced concern...

Rising food prices increase Haiti’s agony

One-on-One Interview with Haitian activist Noluthando Williams (FCN, 11-15-2007)Haiti represents more than chronic poverty (FCN, 10-26-2006)How the U.S. impoverished Haiti (FCN, 09/10/2003) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The Organization of American States and an ad hoc advisory group representing the United Nations Economic and Social Council recently met in Washington to discuss deepening cooperation to promote stability and socio-economic development in...

Do county payments to judges amount to bribes?

They are drafting legislation to require judges to provide financial disclosure forms to parties that come before them in courtrooms, including who gave political donations, and organizations they belong to and serve on board of directors. The disclosures are already mandated, however, you have to probe the Secretary of State and County Registrar’s Office, said to Atty....

U.S. allies in Middle East accused of rights abuses

NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - At least 14 Middle East and North African governments are systematically violating the civil liberties of their citizens, according to one of the most widely respected Arab nongovernmental organizations. In a March report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies said there have been “huge harassments of human...

Venezuela; tensions eased in Colombian standoff

Activists protest in New York UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - Activists answered the call from El Comite Contra La Violencia En Colombia and the International Action Center to gather in front of the Colombian Mission to the United Nations in mid-town Manhattan to protest “state sponsored terrorism.” “For too long, Colombians have suffered torture, displacement, disappearance, and general misery under the dark...

U.S. human rights hypocrisy exposed

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The same day President Bush decided to tell Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) that if he met with leaders of unfriendly nations, “It’ll give great status to those who have suppressed human rights and dignity,” a United Nations Special Rapportuer in Geneva, Switzerland told the U.S. delegation America must take immediate steps...

Rice apologizes for Britain over renditions

NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - The U.S. and British governments revealed in late February that two U.S. “extraordinary rendition” flights carrying terrorism suspects refueled on British territory on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in 2002. Meanwhile a federal court bowed to pressure from the George W. Bush administration to dismiss a case against a Boeing...

AU plans investment bank to bolster industrialization in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA)–The African Union (AU) recently announced plans to create an investment bank to finance private sector developments within the continent, as part of efforts to put the continent on a sound growth path towards its industrialization. AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Maxwell Mkwezalamba said talks on the formation of the continental development bank were underway to...