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Ambitions, plans of African Union Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat raising questions

The pretty bizarre exhortations by current Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Moussa Faki Mahamat and published in the daily Sudan Tribune, speaks to the ambitions of the former Chadian prime minister. The AU chairperson is a “ceremonial head” position, but Chairman Mahamat sometimes acts more like a chief potentate than a spokesperson representing 55 heads of African states.    Born...

Powerful blast at Havana hotel kills at least 31, injures 54

HAVANA—A powerful explosion apparently caused by a natural gas leak killed at least 31 people and injured dozens when it blew away outer walls from a five-star hotel in the heart of Cuba’s capital. No tourists were staying at the 96-room Hotel Saratoga because it was undergoing renovations, Havana Gov. Reinaldo García Zapata told the Communist Party newspaper Granma. “It...

Reflecting on Ramadan

Muslims around the world observed and celebrated the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, rejuvenation, service and renewed commitment to faith. Eid-ul-Fitr (Id-Al-Fitr) or “Festival of Renewal” or “Holiday/Festival of Breaking the Fast” celebrations took place in various Muslim communities. Families enjoyed communal prayers, food, fellowship, games and gifts for the children and much more. Eid...

Chinese national gets 20 years for abusing Rwandan worker

By Emmanuel Ali A Chinese businessman was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Kigali, Rwanda, after a video of him beating a worker tied to a pole went viral last year. According to Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Sun Shujun, 43, was the manager of a mine that produces cassiterite, the primary source of tin metal. The viral 45 second clip...

Biden Rebuked for ‘Openly Praising War Profiteering’ at Lockheed Martin

‘This is all the can deliver,’ said one critic. ‘War, policing, capital consolidation for warmongers, and more war.’ While reproductive rights advocates across the U.S. called on the Democratic Party to do everything in its power to codify abortion rights into federal law, President Joe Biden called on Congress to approve more military aid for Ukraine after visiting a...

Haiti: Gang clashes in capital force hundreds to flee their homes

Clashes in Haiti between rival gangs in the capital, Port-au-Prince, have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes, the UN Deputy Spokesperson said on May 3. Speaking at the regular daily press briefing, Farhan Haq said that according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, in Haiti, unrest has been growing between gang members in the neighborhoods of the commune...

Renowned Iranian media figure Talebzadeh laid to rest in Tehran

Veteran Iranian movie producer, director and researcher Nader Talebzadeh has been laid to rest at a cemetery in southern Tehran. The burial ceremony held at Behesht-e Zahra on the morning of May 1 was attended by hundreds of mourners, including senior officials, luminaries, family members, friends, colleagues, journalists, among others. Among the participants were Peyman Jebelli, head of the Islamic Republic...

Germans fail to pay up for sacking Namibia’s indigenous lands

(GIN)—Reparations, a system of redress for egregious injustices, are not a foreign idea imposed from the outside of the United States. On the contrary, the U.S. has given lands to Native Americans, paid $1.5 billion to Japanese Americans interned in the U.S. during World War II, and helped Jews receive reparations for the Holocaust, including making various investments over...

Accidents and evictions by mining companies pile up as search heats up for minerals

(GIN)—Seydi Sow, a landowner in Djogo, Senegal, contemplated his eviction by a mining company with joint headquarters in Australia and France and which mines zircon in central Senegal. The elderly landowner said he was wronged in the compensation process. With two fields over 4.94 acres in size, he complained he received a small payment, much less than others with smaller farms. The...

Yazidis, displaced again, fear more strife in Iraqi homeland

by Rashid Yahya and Samya Kullab  ZAKHO, Iraq—Iraqis in a northern town still traumatized by memories of the Islamic State group feared more violence May 3, after hostilities between the military and a local militia erupted, people internally displaced by the fighting said. Tensions reached a fever pitch when Iraq’s military launched an offensive in Sinjar district May 1,  to...