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Israel ramps up attacks on human rights defenders 

Extra-judicial killings, illegal land grabbing and an apartheid system of rule continues as the order of events in occupied Palestine. Israel fell under heavy criticism for its military raid and shutting down of seven human rights organizations servicing the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The predawn move on August 18 targeted groups Israel designated as “terrorist” affiliates since October 2021. There is...

Is U.S.-European strategy for Africa an effort to revisit the Cold War? 

If history, as the saying goes, is best qualified to reward all research then the past and present history of U.S. and European global imperialism against so-called third world nations can never produce in its latest “strategy for Africa,” anything of parity, equity, or freedom to independently determine the continent’s best interest. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of...

Homeless population exploding in Canadian cities

Canadian officials have requested the government’s help to clean up the cities’ neighborhoods where homeless people have set up encampments. Vancouver’s Mayor Kennedy Stewart called for more support from all levels of government to help find safe, adequate housing for the country’s homeless people living in tents, makeshift shelters and dilapidated campervans lined on the streets of Canadian cities that are...

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis pushes health system to brink of collapse

Sri Lanka is in the midst of the worst socio-economic crisis in its history, and the once robust health-care system is nearing collapse, with patients at risk from power shortages, a lack of medicines, and equipment shortages. When Ruchika found out she was pregnant with her second child, in October 2021, she could not have imagined that she would find...

Troubled British economy edging toward recession, new data reveals

British economy contracted in the second quarter of the year, according to official figures, with the country swiftly heading towards recession under a yet-to-be-selected new premier in September by the ruling Conservative Party. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) dropped 0.1 percent in the April-June period following an increase of 0.8 percent in the first quarter, the Office for National...

U.S.-China powerplays for global influence increase hostilities

The manifest loss of America as a dominant global power was apparent during a visit to Africa by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that ended a multicontinental tour where he also went to Southeast Asia. The Africa portion was seen as another strategic move in the China-U.S. competition for inroads and dominance on the continent and the vying...

Sudan’s political and leadership turmoil continues

Understanding Sudanese politics is like a long-distance relationship. You never fully appreciate the relationship until you are living with the person you are in the relationship with. Understanding Sudanese politics is historically difficult. It’s like everyone speaking at the same time, resulting in a cacophony of voices trying to understand what’s really going on. Add to this equation a new...

London police strip-searched 650 mostly Black youth in two-year period, report unveils

Police in London have strip-searched 650 mostly Black children—most of whom were found to be innocent of the suspicions against them—over a two-year period, the UK’s children’s commissioner says. Slamming the Metropolitan Police (Met’s) record on child protection, Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza said in a report released on Aug. 8 that she was not convinced that the force was “consistently...

Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada jump by 71 percent: Study

Hate crimes against Muslims across Canada jumped by 71 percent in 2021, according to a newly released report by the government agency Statistics Canada. Released on Aug. 9, the study found that the number of recorded attacks against Muslims increased from 84 incidents in 2020 to 144 in 2021. In 2019, a total of 182 incidents targeting Muslims had been...

Young Gaza artist was among those killed in Israeli strikes

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip—When Israeli bombs began falling recently, 22-year-old Duniana al-Amour ran into her room and tried to escape into her art and drawing, just as she had during Gaza’s past wars. But this time around, her pencil never met the paper. An Israeli shell struck outside her home on Aug. 5, making her one of the first of at...