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Poverty, corruption, conflict are factors in Nigeria’s SARS protest movement

What may be worse than law enforcement officers in U.S. cities receiving police training in Israel? Nigeria’s recently disbanded notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad or SARS receiving police training from the United Kingdom College of Policing. According to the African program director for the International Crisis Group, Dr. Comfort Ero, “We should acknowledge that SARS was part of the UK...

Cuba medical school trained doctors share lessons for dealing with Covid-19

“First and foremost, we have to understand and look at ourselves and say we have the power to make change,” said Dr. Arabia Mollete, a board-certified emergency medicine physician and graduate of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine. Participating in a video forum and one of eight panelists, including six Cuba medical school trained physicians, Dr. Mollete shared her coronavirus...

Haitian police, protesters clash; president calls for unity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Haitian police on Oct. 17 fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fires in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Several people were injured. It was the latest unrest during more than a year of protests calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over corruption charges. Haiti is currently experiencing a political impasse...

Fans jeer as players take a knee in English soccer match

LONDON—Fans attending an English second-tier match between host Millwall and Derby jeered as players took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In video footage published on social media, booing was clearly heard from some fans in the stands containing Millwall supporters as both sets of players made the symbolic gesture after the referee blew the whistle...

Haiti braces for unrest as opposition demands new president

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Flying rocks. Burning tires. Acrid smoke. Haiti braced for a fresh round of widespread protests starting Jan. 15, with opposition leaders demanding that President Jovenel Moise step down in February, worried he is amassing too much power as he enters his second year of rule by decree. “The priority right now is to put in place another economic, social and...

Libya’s unclear future marred by internal, external conflict

Civil war is currently ratcheting up in Libya as internal saber-rattling escalates and foreign actors involved take sides and add to heightened threats of military action. Libya has been absent a cohesive government since a United States-led overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi and the Great Jamahiriya government in 2011. Since the U.S. and NATO (North Atlanta Treaty Organization) invasion, resulting in...

Time for Black South Africans to control the economy?

During a wide-ranging interview with Africa Watch, Redge Nkosi, the Pretoria-based founder and executive director of First Source Money and Public Banking of South Africa, said, “You cannot have a (White) minority determining an agenda in a country that is overwhelmingly African.” South Africa, which is 80 percent Black African, still has an economy controlled by a White minority. Nkosi, who...

Mid-East peace deal leaves Palestinians, Iran fuming

The Middle East is going through a regional shift of relations as two Arab nations signed bilateral agreements with the Zionist state of Israel. The uncharacteristic move by the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and the Kingdom of Bahrain is part of United States mediated normalization agreements signed between the countries on September 15 at the White House. While Israeli officials...

Armenia PM agreed to Karabakh truce to avoid ‘full collapse’

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says he agreed to a Russian-brokered peace deal with Azerbaijan to avoid further losses in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, adding that the continuation of fighting would have resulted in “full collapse.” “The document secured what we could lose, according to military estimates and other assessments,” Mr. Pashinyan said on Nov. 10. “In a situation when...

Global chaos, confusion and uncertainty

When Bob Marley sang the prophetic “So Much Trouble in the World” in 1979, the lyrics are just as prophetic for 2020. As the year concludes, the United States has a new regime, and lingering trouble on the world stage. Although incoming President Joseph Biden is espousing an “America must lead again” position, contrasting his predecessor Donald J. Trump’s “America...