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Somalia: Military action won’t resolve crisis

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - President Barack Obama vowed there would be an international crackdown to halt piracy off the Somali coast during an April 13 press conference, where he talked about the rescue of the captain of the Norfolk, Va.-based Maersk Alabama. The captain was seized by four Somali pirates on April 6. Three of the youthful so-called pirates were killed...

Donors promise Haiti $324 million to rebuild

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - International donors have pledged $324 million over the next two years in additional aid to help Haiti recover from food riots and damage to roads and other key infrastructure caused by four hurricanes that ravaged Latin America's poorest nation last summer. The commitments were made during an all-day, all-star meeting April 15 that featured former...

Spanish prosecutors pursue Bush aides

NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - Human rights organizations and legal scholars are applauding the efforts of Spanish lawyers in seeking the indictment of six former officials of the George W. Bush administration in connection with the torture of detainees at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay prison. Some, however, think more should be done at home. Ben Wizner, attorney in...

Helping Haiti may turn on ‘affirmative engagement’

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - Forty-speakers addressed the 15-member UN Security on April 6 concerning the commitment of member states to help the people of Haiti move forward with sustainable development. The discussion is partly-driven by what some see as a need for “affirmative engagement,” a more proactive effort to assist Haiti and proposed economic development strategies that advocates say would help...

U.S. threatens to deport thousands of Haitians

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - An independent human rights expert, the special envoy of the UN secretary-general to Haiti, the NAACP, and a plethora of activists say this is not a good time for the Department of Homeland Security to move on a plan to deport approximately 30,000 Haitians living in the United States. UN envoy Hedi Annabi noted four back-to-back...

U.S. seeks seat on rights council

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - President Barack Obama has taken yet another step in distancing his administration from the past eight years under George W. Bush by announcing U.S. intentions to run for a seat on the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council in May. The Human Rights Council is a UN inter-governmental body that monitors governments and promotes international human rights. Ajamu Baraka,...

What about Obama’s policy for Africa?

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - President Barack Obama March 3 extended for a year Executive Order 13288, which declared a national emergency and blocked access to the property of persons undermining “democratic processes or institutions” in Zimbabwe. In explaining his actions, the president said the extension was necessary “because the actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an...

Somalia piracy and the untold story

Somali piracy connected to toxic dumping, illegal fishing Orginally posted: Nov 20, 2008 While CNN, FOX, Times  and other  corporate media sources have fixated on  one-dimensional reporting of the  "Somalia Piracy" story, some diligent reporters and outlets have reported the broader picture.   The following article and attached video offers that broader picture. UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - The head of the UN's...

Activists demand U.S. attends race conference

NEW YORK (FinalCall.com) - The December 12th Movement, a Brooklyn-based advocacy group, spearheaded a March 21 national grassroots day of protest against a decision by the Obama administration not to attend the Durban Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland April 20-24. The meeting is a follow up to a major international conference on race eight years ago. Standing in front of...

Report spurs new call to investigate Bush

NEW YORK (IPS/GIN) - A leaked Red Cross report, detailing chilling accounts of prisoner torture in “black sites” run by the Central Intelligence Agency, has underlined the need for an independent commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed by senior officials during the presidency of George W. Bush, according to a statement by 25 prominent clergymen and...