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Democratic Republic of Congo’s mineral wealth continues to be exploited

In 2009 African Business magazine estimated the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) total mineral wealth at $24 trillion was the equivalent to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Europe and the U.S. combined. In Susan Williams’ recent book, “White Malice: The CIA and The Covert Recolonization of Africa,” she paints a picture of a U.S. scramble for global dominance,...

Ex-Kenyan official slams UK govt. over ‘act of gross inhumanity and injustice’

Former chief justice of Kenya Willy Mutunga attacks the British government over “act of gross inhumanity and injustice” one month after two Kenyan tribes filed a case against the British government at the European Court of Human Rights over alleged colonial abuses. The Talai and Kipsigis said in the lawsuit that the abuses include tortures, mistreatment and theft of land allegedly committed in western Kenya’s Kericho...

America’s sordid history of embracing European colonialism and neocolonialism

America’s history of endorsing European colonialism and neocolonialism in face of the current scramble for Africa needs to be revisited. But to say U.S. endorsement without showing the material benefits the country derived as a “colonial accomplice,” is to give an incomplete narrative. Case in point, according to the book, “The United States and the Liquidation of European Colonial Rule...

Coups in African countries described as ‘signs of failed democracies’

Africa’s coup belt is growing. The coup d’état in seven African countries has been described as a sign of failed democracies in the affected countries. According to a report in the Daily Maverick, censuring leaders for coups is only a first step. Businessday.ng, a Nigerian business and financial news website, describes the seven countries experiencing “military interregnum,” including Guinea, Burkina...

‘Whitening’ creams undergo a makeover, but colorism persists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The world’s biggest cosmetics companies have been selling a fairy tale that often goes something like this: If your husband’s lost interest in you, if your colleagues dismiss you at work, if your talents are ignored, whiten your skin to turn your love life around, boost your career and command center stage. No company has had greater...

Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece

Nearly 140 asylum seekers were recently relocated from Greece to Germany through a European Commission-funded initiative that has relocated more than 1,000 people so far this year alone, three UN agencies have reported. The group included families with children with special health needs, and more than 50 unaccompanied children, most of whom had been transferred to the Greek mainland after...

No revolution in Iran, analysts say

DUBAI (IPS)–Iran is in the midst of its worst political crisis since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but forecasts of another revolution stemming from current student unrest and calls for greater openness are unfounded, regional analysts say. Instead, they say that the protests by students, angered by a Nov. 6 court decision against a moderate professor and Islamic thinker,...

Democracy or Theocracy?

Direction of Iraq's future gov't worries U.S. (FinalCall.com) - As both Shi’a and Sunni Muslim groups continue their protests, at times jointly, against U.S.-led occupation in Iraq, U.S. concerns are rising over the possibility of the formation of a theocracy–political Islamic rule–in post-war Iraq instead of the U.S. preferred democracy. Some observers have said the demands of competing Iraqi Shi’a Muslim...

Bush’s ratings plummet abroad too

/GIN Downing of US aircraft in Iraq brings home the harsh reality (Gulf News) WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN)–If President George W. Bush was surprised on his recent trip to Indonesia by the negative view the country's Muslim leaders had of his administration, he is unlikely to be reassured by two new surveys from Latin America and Europe. Nearly 90 percent of more...

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...