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Kashmir parties opposed to Modi win seats in local polls

SRINAGAR, India—An alliance of political parties opposed to India’s policies in Kashmir has won a majority of seats in local elections, the first since New Delhi revoked the disputed region’s semiautonomous status and took direct control last year. The alliance, which is pro-India but favors self-governance in Kashmir, won 112 out of a total of 280 seats in District Development...

Growing movement demands return of cultural art, artifacts

Two-years-ago, a study, “The Restitution of African Cultural Heritage,” found at least 90 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s cultural legacy remains preserved outside of the African continent. “Whereas many other regions of the world represented in Western Museum collections are still about to hold on to a significant portion of their own cultural and artistic heritage, this is not the case...

Indonesia rebuffs Israeli media allegations about imminent norma-lization with Tel Aviv

Indonesia has dismissed Israeli media allegations that the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country is seeking to establish diplomatic ties with the Tel Aviv regime, after Israel and Morocco agreed recently to normalize relations in a deal brokered by the United States. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said in a statement on Dec. 15 that there was not any such possibility, and that...

Syria: Millions displaced, impoverished and traumatized, Security Council hears

As the end of another year of war looms, “families in Syria remain without respite after almost a decade of conflict,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Dec. 16. Speaking via videoconference, Humanitarian Affairs chief Mark Lowcock said that millions have been left displaced, impoverished, traumatized and suffering “deep personal loss.” Moreover, a declining economy, Covid-19, rising food insecurity and malnutrition,...

Freed Nigerian schoolboys welcomed; calls for more security

KATSINA, Nigeria—Bleary, barefoot, apparently numbed by a week of captivity, more than 300 Nigerian schoolboys, freed after being kidnapped in an attack on their school, were welcomed by the governor of Katsina state and Nigeria’s president on Dec. 18. Reunions with their parents began late in the day. “Since this incident happened, I have not been able to sleep, but...

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...

Palestinians: West Bank teen wounded by Israeli gunfire dies

RAMALLAH, West Bank—A 13-year-old Palestinian died after being shot by Israeli troops during clashes with a stone-throwing crowd in the occupied West Bank, the official Palestinian news agency reported. The Palestinian Health Ministry said Ali Abu Alia was hit in the stomach and died later at a hospital. The Wafa news agency showed a photograph of the teen being carried...

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...

Mural at Black archive in Amsterdam vandalized

AMSTERDAM—Vandals daubed white paint over the faces of Black historical figures on a mural outside a Black cultural archive in Amsterdam in early December in what one of the archive’s founders called a racist attack. The vandals also stuck stickers on the mural saying in Dutch “soot-smudge Pete is genocide,” a reference to the long-running and increasingly polarized debate about...

UN expert calls for Assange’s release, cites prison’s Covid outbreak

Amid a Covid-19 outbreak at London’s Belmarsh prison, an independent UN expert appealed to British authorities to release Julian Assange or to place him under guarded house arrest during extradition proceedings to the United States.  “Mr. Assange is not a criminal convict and poses no threat to anyone, so his prolonged solitary confinement in a high security prison is neither...

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UN expert calls for Assange’s release, cites prison’s Covid outbreak

Amid a Covid-19 outbreak at London’s Belmarsh prison, an independent UN expert appealed to British authorities to release Julian Assange or to place him...

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