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Paris park honors Black woman who resisted slavery

PARIS—The city of Paris has inaugurated a public garden honoring a woman who fought for the liberation of slaves on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Mayor Anne Hidalgo also announced plans to erect a statue to the woman, Solitude, at the site in northeastern Paris. It will be the city’s first statue honoring a Black woman. Amid global protests against monuments...

African Union seeks permanent seats on Security Council

African leaders over the years have repeatedly called for enlargement of the 15-member United Nations Security Council, the only UN body whose decisions are mandatory. Security Council resolutions have the power of international law and the council includes nations who hold permanent seats with the power to veto resolutions. Through the African Union, leaders this year are again calling for...

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...

Iran’s Rouhani urges restraint over Karabakh dispute, warns of new war in region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to show restraint and reject any foreign interference over the Karabakh dispute, warning that the region cannot tolerate a new war.   During a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan Sept. 30, Rouhani voiced concern about the ongoing fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory and underlined the need for...

Thousands of African workers kept in appalling conditions

Hoping to escape the war, death and destitution rampant in their home countries, thousands of African workers embark every year on a grueling journey to the affluent Persian Gulf countries looking for employment. The more fortunate ones will end up doing backbreaking manual labor earning a pittance, barely enough to make ends meet. Should they be unlucky, a fate worse than...

Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece

Nearly 140 asylum seekers were recently relocated from Greece to Germany through a European Commission-funded initiative that has relocated more than 1,000 people so far this year alone, three UN agencies have reported. The group included families with children with special health needs, and more than 50 unaccompanied children, most of whom had been transferred to the Greek mainland after...

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...

The U.S. role in 1966 coup against Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah

The West African country of Ghana celebrated the anniversary of the Sept. 21 birth of its first prime minister and first president, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah. Celebrated annually and called “Memorial Day,” Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence. Independence from its British colonizer occurred on March 6, 1957. If March 6, 1957 is a day to be...

As U.S. struggles, Africa’s Covid-19 response is praised

JOHANNESBURG—At a lecture to peers in September, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it “The Hopeless Continent.” Then he quoted Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah: “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity.” The coronavirus pandemic has fractured...

Covid-19’s global disruption takes center stage at UN General Assembly

The United Nations reached its 75th year of existence amidst confusion, strife between nations and a global pandemic that has adversely impacted life on every continent except Antarctica. “The U.N. is marking its 75th anniversary at a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts,” said the UN...