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Disney+ streaming service places restrictions ON ‘classics’ with racist stereotypes

(NNPA)—DISNEY+ has announced they are restricting the viewing of “Dumbo,” “The Aristocats” and “Peter Pan” from its platform because of their racist stereotypes. The network will set its app to prevent children under seven from watching those shows. “The crows and musical numbers pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where White performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed...

‘Racist lie’ must end, UN chief warns on Remembrance Day for enslaved people

Although the Trans-Atlantic slave trade ended more than two centuries ago, “the ideas of White supremacy that underpinned it remain alive,” the UN chief said on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. “We must end the legacy of this racist lie,” Secretary-General António Guterres said at a commemorative meeting of the...

Collective commitment needed to end the ‘poison’ of racism: UN cultural chief says

With the Covid-19 pandemic providing fertile ground for the resurgence of racism and discrimination, the head of the UN’s educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, called on March 22 for countries to stand united in what she described as “these testing times.” Addressing the Paris-based agency’s Global Forum on Racism, Director-General Audrey Azoulay said racism “is the calling card of populist and xenophobic groups,” while hate speech is becoming increasingly pervasive on social...

‘Invisible shipwrecks’ hide true number of migrants lost at sea—UN

 (GIN)—The sight of refugees clinging to leaking boats, barely floating in frigid waters, or worse, washing up lifelessly on sandy shores, almost fails to shock after these images repeat over and over, year after year. But consciences were re-awakened this week when a toddler from Mali was seen lifted from a sinking vessel packed with refugees. A team of Red...

Haiti court orders release of those accused in alleged coup

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—A Haitian appeals court on March 24 ordered the release of more than a dozen people accused of plotting a coup against embattled President Jovenel Moise, a decision that opposition leaders celebrated. Police in early February arrested people, including a judge and a police inspector general, for the alleged plot, a move that unleashed protests led by opposition leaders....

Recognize ‘true value’ of water, UN urges, marking World Day

The UN is marking World Water Day on March 22 with a global conversation on how people value the lifegiving resource in different parts of the world, according to local needs. “For me, water means protection,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message.  He explained that a well-managed water cycle, encompassing drinking water, sanitation, hygiene, wastewater, transboundary governance, and other key issues, “means defense against...

Anti-dam activist killed in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—A Honduran Indigenous activist who helped to lead a fight against the construction of a dam has been killed, authorities said March 22. National Police Inspector Juan Sabillon said one suspect had been detained in connection with the killing of activist Juan Carlos Cerros Escalante on March 21. Cerros Escalante, 41, was a member of Honduras’ Lenca Indigenous community. He...

Brazil officials warn clash looms over land

BRASILIA, Brazil—A potential clash is looming in northern Brazil between the Munduruku people and mining prospectors armed with rifles and handguns who have intruded into Indigenous lands in the Tapajos River basin of Para state, federal prosecutors warned in late March. Officials in the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Para told The Associated Press that the Munduruku community is prepared to...

Afghan president rebuffs U.S. proposal for power-sharing, seeks to offer counterproposal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has rebuffed a U.S. proposal to replace his elected government with an interim administration sharing power with the Taliban, and plans to put forward a counterproposal, officials say. According to Reuters, quoting senior government officials, Mr. Ghani will propose a new presidential election within the next six months under the observation of the United Nations. The proposal is likely...

Indian PM calls for cordial relations with Pakistan

 ISLAMABAD—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his Pakistani counterpart saying he desires cordial relations with Pakistan, officials said March 23, in what appeared to be a rare peace overture. Mr. Modi wrote Imran Khan to congratulate him on the country’s annual Pakistan Day, which commemorates March 23, 1940. On that day the Muslim leadership in the eastern city of...