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Sudanese coup leaders’ riches feed military power

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known as Hemedti), head of Sudan’s feared Rapid Support Force, pledged over $1 billon to help stabilize the Sudanese Central Bank after an economic crisis and overwhelming protests which led to the military ouster of President Omar el-Bashir in 2019. His promise two years ago is a sign of how Sudan’s military coup leaders have...

‘Water grab’ by profit-seeking corporations starve African lands of vital resources, report says

(GIN)—In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, a blistering new study has emerged on the escalating climate crisis in Africa and the threat to water for millions of Africans. Large-scale agricultural plantations have been drying up African lands, according to the California-based Oakland Institute in its newly published report released on the eve of the Forum Alternatif Mondial de...

Biden administration’s military action in Africa shows U.S. footprint still there

The latest iteration of “scramble for Africa” by foreign interests, is not only being seen in the number of countries involved, but with the U.S. military strategies utilized. The United States African Command (U.S. Africom) is pushing military might as seen in the August return of its annual Senior Enlisted Leader conference in which NATO participated. According to several...

Africa’s place in global diplomacy defined by colonial and post-colonial history

Africa’s placement in global diplomacy has almost always been informed by its “colonial and post-colonial history,” wrote Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza, a barrister, journalist and social media content professional. “When African countries got independence, they inherited the colonial power structures of the colonizers without fundamentally altering them, thus perpetuating the dominance of capitalism to the detriment of the masses: the urban...

Uniting Africa and the U.S. Black diaspora to forge a new global economic destiny

ATLANTA— Bridging the gaps between the African continent and the coast-to-coast diaspora was a big discussion point at the National Black Business Conference, which recently took place. The conference, hosted by the National Business League, the National Black Chamber of Commerce and The World Conference of Mayors, welcomed African representatives from all over the continent. Present were the Minister of...

Trillions of dollars in mineral resources but still poor

Despite being rich because of $24 trillion in mineral resources that are ready to be turned into consumer electronics and batteries in electric cars for Western industrialized democracies, the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest in the world. In fact, according to the World Bank, the DRC is among the five poorest nations...

Annual report: Pandemic recovery must be measured in ‘human rather than economic terms’

We must “commit” to building a more inclusive and sustainable world, the UN chief underscored in his annual report on the Work of the Organization. In the introduction, Secretary-General António Guterres said the international community should reflect on “our shared progress as well as … our vision and values.” He highlighted some of the United Nations’ accomplishments, such as putting in...

With crime wave comes call for racial partition of Guyana

GEORGETOWN (IPS)–A violent crime spree that has eluded government control for months has revived calls to partition this tiny multiracial country, reserving half for Afro-Guyanese, the other half for the Indian community. In quieter times, no one pays heed to such delicate issues, but the crime spate, with a record of nearly 140 murders so far this...

Japan walks tightrope with U.S./UN after Saddam

TOKYO (IPS)–Japan is walking a political tightrope, balancing its traditional support for the United Nations against the strategic value it puts on Washington’s backing as tension grows on the Korean peninsula. Tokyo found itself in a bind before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, caught between its ties with the United States and widespread pacifist demonstrations at home. Now, in...

Israel still defiant over apartheid wall

Correcting CNN's measurement of Israel's Apartheid Wall (Electronic Intifada)Israel used uranium against Palestinians: Arafat (UNI) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - Observers called the 144 to 4 vote in the United Nations General Assembly, demanding that Israel dismantle part of its security wall that runs through the West Bank, a "barometer of international opinion." The resolution says that Israel must stop and...