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French lawmakers condemn ‘bloody and murderous’ 1961 massacre of Algerian protesters

PARIS—French lawmakers on March 28 condemned an infamous 1961 police crackdown on Algerian protesters in Paris as a “bloody and murderous repression,” marking another step in the country’s recognition of the massacre that authorities sought to cover up for decades. The National Assembly, parliament’s lower house, voted 67-11 in favor of a nonbinding resolution that condemned the police brutality that occurred on...

Surge in long-term sickness in UK coincides with rollout of COVID shots

by John-Michael Dumais - The Defender The number of people on long-term sick leave in the U.K. has risen by 700,000 since the spring of 2021, coinciding with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, according to healthcare commentator John Campbell, Ph.D. Campbell questioned the government’s transparency and handling of the data on disability and deaths. This article was originally published by The...

Israel and America are becoming isolated pariahs on the world stage

The Zionist State of Israel has flaunted political impunity and an “above the law” swag on the world stage. Despite being backed by the might, money, and global influence of America, its longtime benefactor, the chips appear to be falling hard and fast for both, but especially Israel, argue some observers and analysts. The United Nations Security Council finally voted...

Is South Africa prepared to embrace a coalition government?

As South Africans approach their upcoming national elections, scheduled for May 29—some with reservations—a plethora of critical issues loom large over the country’s political landscape. One that is getting a lot of attention is whether Africa’s most influential nation-state is possibly prepared to embrace coalition governance on a national scale. According to the South African news site Isolezwe, more...

Senegal’s president-elect pledges to fight corruption 

DAKAR, Senegal—Senegal woke up March 26 to a new president-elect, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a former tax inspector and political newcomer who inspired voters, including many unemployed youth, with a vow to fight corruption and reform the economy. Mr. Faye, 44, was catapulted into the presidential campaign when he was backed by the popular opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who had been barred...

Cuba summons U.S. diplomat after Washington’s ‘meddlesome’ remarks

Cuba has summoned the United States’ charge d’affaires to the country, denouncing Washington for “intervening” in the island’s internal affairs. The move came on March 18, a day after the U.S. government said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that the Latin American state had to “respect the human rights” of demonstrators, who had protested power cuts across the...

Book of drawings reflect regular violence shaping childrens’ lives in a Rio de Janeiro favela

RIO DE JANEIRO—Dozens of young children and teenagers from Rio de Janeiro’s Mare neighborhood gathered for the launch of a book in which they show, with their own words and pictures, how violence in their poor, bayside community weighs on their young lives. The book, titled “I Was Supposed to be at School,” features drawings and testimonies collected from youngsters...

A Moroccan town protests water management plans

RABAT, Morocco—Regional and local leaders in eastern Morocco recently met with residents and civil society groups after months of protests over a water management plan set to take effect later this year. Thousands in the town of Figuig stopped paying water bills and have taken to the streets since November to protest a municipal decision transitioning drinking water management from...

UN says 758 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse reported in 2023

The UN received 758 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by staff last year, together with related personnel and partners, according to its latest report on the issue.  The findings published on March 26 state that although progress has been made since 2017 through the establishment of new frameworks, policies and procedures, sexual exploitation and abuse continue to occur across the UN...

South Africa’s Naledi Pandor visits the U.S. and Jamaica

Dr. Naledi Pandor is South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. From March 18-26, she embarked on a working visit to the U.S. and Jamaica. During her visit, she was scheduled to engage in high-level discussions with various stakeholders, including members of Congress. She also addressed a reception in honor of anti-apartheid activists and the South African diaspora,...