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OAS mission visits Haiti amid concerns of violence, chaos

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—A mission from the Organization of American States arrived in Haiti on June 8 amid concerns over what it called the country’s grave political, security and human rights situation. The OAS said the three-day trip is aimed at securing free and fair elections scheduled for September and November as President Jovenel Moise continues to rule by decree for more...

Nigeria: A nation in turmoil due to internal conflict and external interference

In light of constant chaos and crisis within Nigeria, some observers and experts question if it should be considered a failed state? They point to a myriad of destabilizing security issues, endemic corruption, and a deteriorated public trust within the country. Some western analysts have already signed Nigeria’s death certificate. They argue the country has fallen and needs further assistance...

Low-paid UK workers ‘most at risk of losing jobs when furlough ends’

Low-paid workers in the United Kingdom already hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic face the highest risk of losing their jobs later this year, a thinktank says. They will be most at risk from expected rises in unemployment and job insecurity when the government’s furlough scheme ends in September, the Resolution Foundation said, recently. Millions of job losses have been prevented...

Israel, Egypt, Ethiopia and convoluted U.S. foreign policy

Israel and Egypt are America’s principal Middle East and North Africa watchdogs of United States foreign policy. Why else would Israel be endowed by Washington with $3.8 billion in aid plus $8 billion in loan guarantees annually. Coming in a distant second is aid to Egypt, which according to the State Department’s website has long played a central role...

Mali junta leader sworn in as president after 2nd coup

BAMAKO, Mali—Mali coup leader Col. Assimi Goita was sworn in June 7 as president of a transitional government, solidifying his grip on power in the West African nation after carrying out his second coup in nine months. The inauguration ceremony in the capital, Bamako, came as Mali faces increasing isolation from the international community over the junta’s power grab. Already...

In letter to UN, Eritrea accuses U.S. of destabilizing Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has blamed the United States for “stoking further conflict and destabilization” in Ethiopia’s Tigray through interference and intimidation in the northern region. In a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC) circulated on June 7, the top Eritrean diplomat said that consecutive U.S. administrations had supported the armed rebels of Tigray People’s Liberation Movement (TPLF) for...

WFP feeds more than one million in Tigray, but needs support to reach more

More than one million people in two areas of the war-ravaged Tigray region in Ethiopia have received emergency food assistance since distributions began in March, the World Food Program (WFP) reported recently.  WFP has been supporting people in the Northwestern and Southern zones affected by the conflict between Ethiopian Government forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which began in November.  Aster...

More than 200 bodies found at Indigenous school in Canada

KAMLOOPS, British Colombia—The remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, have been found buried on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school, one of the institutions that held children taken from families across the nation. Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation said in a news release that the...

South Africa chief rabbi’s ‘blind spot’ to Israeli apartheid

In South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent weekly column, the former anti-apartheid activist expressed his angst at the “total disregard for successive United Nations Security Council resolutions that call for an end to the occupation (by Israel) of Palestinian land and the denial of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.” The South African president added, that without a willingness to...

Despite Israeli political reshuffle little change likely for Palestinians

Politicians in the Zionist State of Israel working to oust embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new coalition government agreement that opens the door to remove the longtime leader.  The announcement by opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner Naftali Bennett, came June 2, after meeting a midnight deadline by less than an hour. The agreement spared...