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‘We are not a vassal state’: Philippines’s Duterte won’t stop infrastructure projects with U.S.-sanctioned Chinese firms

The Philippines will not be cowed by a U.S. blacklist on Chinese companies and will continue doing business with the sanctioned firms, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said, insisting Manila will not bow to a foreign power. Duterte won’t halt ongoing projects with Chinese businesses despite the American blacklist, spokesman Harry Roque told reporters Sept. 1, arguing infrastructure is...

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...

Migrants trying to reach Europe pushed to deadly Atlantic

FUERTEVENTURA, Spain—The only person who wasn’t crying on the boat was two-year-old Noura. Noura’s mother, Hawa Diabaté, was fleeing her native Ivory Coast to what she believed was continental Europe. Unlike the 60 adults on board, only Noura was oblivious to the risks of crossing the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean in an overcrowded rubber dinghy. As the waves quickly...

Deadly politics: Cuba’s Covid-19 treatment and U.S. refusal to save lives

During a phone interview with Africa Watch, Dr. Melissa Barber, the program coordinator of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine program and IFCO Passage for Peace, said of the island nation’s 11 million inhabitants it has registered only 88 Covid-19 deaths and 3,482 confirmed cases since the March outbreak of the pandemic. Compare this with the United States. With a...

The myth of Western economic development

Brazilian economist Celso Furtado’s classic 1974 book, “The Myth of Economic Development,” he argues the very idea of Latin America and Africa someday enjoying a similar livelihood as Western Europe and North America is “unrealizable in practice.” He writes that any attempt to generalize, or use as a model, the lifestyles of the world’s well-to-do would lead to a collapse...

The toll of binge drinking on South Africa

The South African Alcohol Alliance (SAAPA), is a collaborative initiative of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years the group has reported on the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. Its reporting included the fact that even though over 60 percent of South Africans do not consume alcohol, the population that does...

Zimbabwe’s suffering and lingering land crisis

With the Zimbabwean economy in free fall, the government has agreed to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to White farmers. The land, which was originally attained by the White settler colony under British colonial rule, was expropriated by the Robert Mugabe government to resettle displaced Black families. The agreement signed July 29 at President Emerson Mnangagwa’s State House offices in...

Yemen: Crisis reaches new low, top UN officials tell Security Council

By UN News The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has never been worse, with conflict escalating, famine on the horizon, the economy in tatters and Covid-19 out of control, senior UN officials told the Security Council on July 28 as they issued a fresh call for an immediate ceasefire. Four months on, negotiations between the Government and Houthi rebels on a ceasefire and the...

‘We survived, now it’s time to thrive’ Perseverance and passion to become doctors in Cuba

Surviving the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba, has been a seven year-long process for Maryam and Ruqayyah Farrakhan. Maryam, 29, daughter of Louis Farrakhan Jr. and Lesil Farrakhan, and Ruqayyah, 30, daughter of Student Supreme Captain of the Nation of Islam Mustapha Farrakhan and Karen Farrakhan––both made the bold decision to leave the United States...

‘Whitening’ creams undergo a makeover, but colorism persists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The world’s biggest cosmetics companies have been selling a fairy tale that often goes something like this: If your husband’s lost interest in you, if your colleagues dismiss you at work, if your talents are ignored, whiten your skin to turn your love life around, boost your career and command center stage. No company has had greater...