World

Home World Page 3

Virgin Islands protests UK’s direct rule plan after premier’s arrest in U.S.

Hundreds of people in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) protested against a proposal by the Queen of Britain to put the overseas British territory under the direct control of the United Kingdom. The demonstration on May 2 came days after the BVI premier was arrested in the U.S. city of Miami on money laundering and drug-related charges. The protesters rallied outside Governor John...

Extremism surging among Canadian military ranks, says report

The number of White supremacists and other violent extremists within Canada’s military is growing at an “alarming rate” and the officials have failed to address the problem, a report has revealed. The report by a four-member government advisory panel, published on April 25, found widespread anti-Indigenous and Black racism, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism within Canadian military ranks. “Membership in extremist groups is growing,...

Young innovators win video competition with ideas for a better future

Marking World Intellectual Property Day, on April 26 UN patent experts announced the champions of this year’s youth video competition. Selected among 142 entries from 63 countries, the top three winners come from Syria, Ghana, and China, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) winners sent the message globally that young people are stepping up to innovation challenges, using their energy and creativity to...

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi gets jail term for corruption

A court in Myanmar has reportedly sentenced former elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a five-year prison term after finding her guilty of the first of 11 corruption charges filed against her by the country’s military junta. Citing sources with knowledge of the matter, media outlets reported on April 27 that the ruling was announced in Myanmar’s capital of...

Mali army discovers mass grave near former French base

Malian troops have discovered a mass grave close to a military base French forces handed back to the Malian army just days ago in Gossi. The Gossi military base in the north of the country was handed over to the Forces Armées Maliennes (FAMa) on April 19 as part of the French forces’ planned exit from the country. Paris plans to end its...

Use sand resources ‘wisely’ or risk development fallout: UNEP report

All countries should be aware that their development is at stake unless they take better care of a common but precious resource, found on many of the world’s beaches, and in our seas, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) said in a new report launched on April 26.  Sand and Sustainability: 10 Strategic Recommendations to Avert a Crisis, makes clear that...

The history David Livingston and Zanzibar’s slave trade

Petina Gappa’s 2019 novel “Out of Darkness, Shining Light” about the explorer David Livingston and the extraordinary group of Africans that carried his body, minus his heart, across Africa’s impossible terrain “illuminates the agonies of colonialism and blind loyalty.” Some wood from a tree in Zambia under which Livingston’s heart is buried, a testament to his last adventure after leaving...

Whistleblower reveals U.S. role in Zuma’s corruption inquiry

(GIN)—Business consultant Athol Williams said he witnessed high-level corruption under the presidency of Jacob Zuma—but a good portion of it emanated from a U.S. company with connections to U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, according to a new report. Mr. Williams had been a consultant with the American financial firm Bain Capital founded by chief executive Romney. Bain & Co took...

Tanzania’s Muslim female president seeks partnerships during ‘royal tour’

On the heels of a White House visit, Samia Suluhu Hassan, Tanzania’s first female president, made a special stop in New York City: The world premiere of Emmy award-winning journalist and travel editor Peter Greenberg’s global television special, “Tanzania: The Royal Tour.” “This is a very special, up close and personal journey to and through a country, seen through the...

The blockade also impacts agricultural companies and farmers in the U.S.

by Nuria Barbosa León, Granma Farmers and representatives from companies in the United States and Cuba agreed that the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. government seriously limits agricultural commerce and hinders further development of the potential that exists in this sector, which includes technology and inputs, as well as harvested food products, during the Third Cuba-U.S....