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Colombia: UN mission to verify rural reform and Indigenous representation in peace process

There are plentiful opportunities ahead for peacebuilding in Colombia, the head of the UN Verification Mission in the country told the Security Council in early January.  Carlos Ruiz Massieu welcomed recent government actions on rural reform and greater equality, in line with the 2016 Peace Agreement between the Government and the FARC EP militia group that ended five decades of...

Still no peace: No reconciliation in sight for Palestine and Israel

Prospects for peace between the Zionist occupier state of Israel and the occupied Palestinian people are more distant than ever. A deadly cycle of Israeli aggression, state repression, and slaughter of Palestinians has sparked angry protests. And adding fuel to the tension is a new ultraright government angling to tighten its oppressive reign and denying  Palestinians their right to...

Motorbike ambulance saves mothers and babies in Kenya: UNFPA

The hardship being felt across the Horn of Africa by the worst drought in 40 years has left many women weak and malnourished. The UN agency dedicated to women’s sexual and reproductive health, UNPA, is helping save mothers’ lives in Kenya, through the donation of a simple but effective way of accessing hard-to-reach areas—a motorbike, to enable safe emergency deliveries in hospital. “I cannot...

Black-owned company leads delegation on pilgrimage

MECCA, Saudi Arabia—Muslims from communities across the United States recently spent 10 days traveling from Madinah to Mecca to Cairo with Hajj Pros, the only Black company taking groups to Hajj and Umrah. This was Hajj Pros second Umrah group since the pandemic. The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Eternal Leader of the Nation of Islam, visited the Holy Land, Africa...

Colombia VP says she was targeted with roadside bomb

BOGOTA, Colombia—Colombia’s Vice President said on Jan. 10 that her security team found more than seven kilos of explosives buried next to a rural road that leads to her home in the southwestern province of Cauca. She described the incident as an assassination attempt. Francia Marquez shared a police report on her Twitter account which says a drug-sniffing dog alerted...

Africa and China’s growing alliance and the de-Westernization of the continent

China’s new foreign minister Qin Gang made his first trip abroad January 9-16 to the continent of Africa. His trip comes amid changes in how the continent views the West.  It is the decoupling of Western hegemony is how Dr. Tony Monterio describes Africa’s growing dissatisfaction with the U.S.-led Western powers. He told Africa Watch that it was Gang’s first...

President Maduro denounces U.S. policy in Venezuela a ‘failure’

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has denounced the U.S. parallel institution policy in his country, calling Washington’s attempt to assault and replace the public institutions of his country a “failure.” Mr. Maduro made the remarks during the opening ceremony of Venezuela’s now-defunct opposition-led National Assembly (NA) session in the new year, according to TeleSurTv website.07 Criticizing the U.S. attempt to shift political powers in his...

Peru’s judiciary launches inquiry into key officials after deadly protests

Peru’s attorney general has decided to investigate high officials’ handling of recent protests that have seen dozens of people killed and hundreds more injured since early December last year. The top prosecutor’s office announced on Jan. 10 that it launched an inquiry into new President Dina Boluarte, Prime Minister Alberto Otarola, Defense Minister Jorge Chavez, and Interior Minister Victor Rojas...

President Macron says France will not apologize to Algeria for colonization

French President Emmanuel Macron once again says he will not “ask forgiveness” from Algeria for French colonization but hopes to continue working toward reconciliation with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmajid Tebboune. In an interview for Le Point magazine published late Jan. 11, Macron refused to apologize for atrocities the French forces committed during 132 years of their presence in Colonial Algeria from 1830...

Spain drops sedition charge against former Catalan leader

MADRID—A Spanish judge has dropped sedition charges against former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont for his role in the region’s illegal secession push in 2017 that brought Spain’s most serious political crisis for decades. Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena took the step, which also included four other Catalan separatists involved in the events of 2017, because changes to Spain’s sedition law...