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Peru’s Congress appoints third president in one week

Peru’s Congress has named centrist legislator Francisco Sagasti as caretaker president, amid a political crisis that has gripped the Andean country since its leader, who maintained an anti-corruption stance, was impeached recently. On Nov. 16, the 76-year-old Mr. Sagasti received 97 votes in favor and 26 against to head Congress, which means he would constitutionally assume the interim presidency. Mr. Sagasti,...

U.S. military flexes on Iran in waning days of Trump administration

American geopolitical friction against the Islamic Republic of Iran worsens, even as the U.S. has come under heavy domestic strain with open insurrection at the U.S. Capitol around election disputes from outgoing President Donald J. Trump. The U.S. Capitol was breached by supporters of Mr. Trump as lawmakers were deliberating on the certification of election results to confirm President-elect Joseph...

Amnesty decries ‘arbitrary’ arrests of Paris protesters

Amnesty International France has condemned the “arbitrary” arrests of dozens of people during a protest against a controversial security bill that would place restrictions on filming French police. The French branch of the group said on Feb. 8 that out of 142 people who were arrested in Paris on December 12, including 124 who were held in custody, “nearly 80...

Armenia to hold early parliamentary election in June

YEREVAN, Armenia—Armenia’s prime minister on March 18 set an early parliamentary election for June as he sought to defuse the country’s political crisis. The opposition pushing for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation has demanded that he step down before the vote. In a Facebook statement that followed his talks with the leader of an opposition faction in parliament, Mr. Pashinyan said...

Coup crisis in Myanmar exacerbates old problems

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has demanded a halt to the violence and killings gripping Myanmar stemming from a military coup staged in early February. The leaders of South East Asian countries met in a special summit with the coup leader to address turmoil ravaging the troubled country once known as Burma. The regional bloc of 10...

Cuba keeps fighting Covid-19 and unjust U.S. embargo

A year ago, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan called for an end to the unjust U.S. embargo against Cuba and urged the United States to look into and accept the island nation’s effective treatments and potential answers to the Covid-19 crisis. But after over 606,00 U.S. deaths, the embargo remains in place despite global condemnation and Cuba’s continued work...

UN human rights chief calls for global halt to sales of dangerous AI technologies

‘The power of AI to serve people is undeniable, but so is AI’s ability to feed human rights violations at an enormous scale with virtually no visibility.’ By Brett Wilkins, CommonDreams.org Noting the ubiquity of artificial intelligence in modern life, the United Nations’ top human rights official on Sept. 15 called for a moratorium on the sale and use of AI systems...

Libya’s unclear future marred by internal, external conflict

Civil war is currently ratcheting up in Libya as internal saber-rattling escalates and foreign actors involved take sides and add to heightened threats of military action. Libya has been absent a cohesive government since a United States-led overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi and the Great Jamahiriya government in 2011. Since the U.S. and NATO (North Atlanta Treaty Organization) invasion, resulting in...

Macron’s Anti-Islam Platform And France’s Presidential Race

Anti-Islamic comments made by French president Emmanuel Macron and a speech he made offer previews of his rhetoric in preparation for a presidential election that is two years away. “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today, we are not just seeing this in our country,” he said during a speech introducing a law to...

Zimbabwe unveils statue honoring anti-colonialist heroine

HARARE, Zimbabwe—Zimbabwe’s president on May 25 unveiled a towering bronze statue in the center of Harare, the capital, honoring a 19th-century Black anti-colonialist heroine who was hanged for leading a rebellion against White occupation. President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to press for the return of her skull from Britain. Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana, more widely known as Mbuya (grandmother in Shona) Nehanda, was hanged...