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Reaction to Malaysian Prime Ministers remarks highlights split in world views

Malaysian Prime Minister's address to OIC (FCN) UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) - Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the 77-year-old Malaysian prime minister, said the global reaction, including criticism from international leaders to his remarks at a summit of Islamic nations shows that he was on target. In an interview with the Bangkok Post on October 22, Dr. Mohamad said he would stand by his...

English cricket racism exposed by former player at parliament

LONDON—English cricket was forced to confront its racist culture when former player Azeem Rafiq testified through tears at a parliamentary hearing but with a determination to expose the Islamophobia and bullying he suffered for more than a decade. “Do I believe I lost my career to racism? Yes, I do,” said Mr. Rafiq, who played for Yorkshire—England’s most successful cricket...

Progress of West African nations must be forged through cooperative economics

Last month Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, called on member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to remove what he described as “outdated physical and psychological boundaries and other colonially-inspired differences” for the region to progress economically. Buhari, who because of the two-term limit cannot run again for a third-term in the upcoming February...

Ex-lawmaker: NATO special forces did killing in Libya, could have killed me

- WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - It was one of the most bizarre incidents during the NATO-supported uprising in Libya. The Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a retired member of the Congressional Black Caucus went missing in Tripoli for several weeks during a self-sanctioned mission to that war zone, as rebel forces advanced toward the capital and their eventual overthrow of Col. Muammar Gadhafi ,...

Bush defends Israel; activists charge genocide

Death toll passes 1,000, over a third are children  Israel: No Friend of Obama (FCN, 01-13-2009)Outrage as Israel attacks schools, ambulances (FCN, 01-07-2009) (FinalCall.com) - Israel seized control of high-rise buildings and attacked houses, mosques and smuggling tunnels as it pressed its offensive against the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers on Jan. 5, while the U.S. joined a stream of countries pushing for a cease-fire. At...

UN: Africa loss $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

GENEVA—The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of this century, much of it linked to movements of high-value commodities like gold, diamonds, and platinum—straining the ability of the continent’s governments to provide services like health care, education, and infrastructure. The UN Conference on Trade and Development on...

The power of a name and Ali’s trip to Africa

After Cassius Clay, who soon after was renamed by Nation of Islam patriarch Elijah Muhammad as Muhammad Ali, defeated world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston in 1964, the new world champion embarked on a U.S. tour before an extended tour of Africa. While in Boston the Muslim champion told the Nation of Islam’s legendary Muhammad Speaks newspaper about his upcoming...

War Hawks fret over U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

JIM.LOBE WASHINGTON (IPS/GIN) - Eclipsed by the war in Afghanistan, growing tensions between Israel and its neighbors, and the continuing reverberations of the so-called “Arab Spring,” Iraq is inching back into the news here as a debate over the future of U.S. military forces there gathers steam. Military commanders and foreign policy hawks have been distressed by reports that the...

Destruction in Gaza could take decades to fix, warn analysts

Palestinian residences, hospitals, schools, government offices, businesses, local and international media outlet buildings lay in ruins after massive airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. A ceasefire ended an 11-day barrage of missiles between the Zionist State of Israel and primarily the Palestinian resistance group Hamas on May 20. It left massive destruction of property and a carnage...

Sudan election a good first step

-Contributing Writer- KHARTOUM, Sudan (FinalCall.com) - During two press conferences the recurring theme of European Union and Carter Center observers was, recently concluded Sudan elections “were not up to international standards”– but were a good first step for Africa's largest country. Meanwhile African Union chief Jean Ping hailed Sudan April 17 for “peacefully conducted” elections as Khartoum kicked off vote-counting...