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African Union seeks permanent seats on Security Council

African leaders over the years have repeatedly called for enlargement of the 15-member United Nations Security Council, the only UN body whose decisions are mandatory. Security Council resolutions have the power of international law and the council includes nations who hold permanent seats with the power to veto resolutions.

Sudanese refugees face uncertainty in Israel if bilateral ties are resumed

(GIN)—Sudanese refugees who live in Israel are wondering what their future holds if ties are normalized between the two countries as predicted and the Israeli government launches deportation proceedings against them. There are around 6,500 Sudanese nationals in Israel, representing 20 percent of all the asylum seekers in the country. Of these, 4,500 have...

The toll of binge drinking on South Africa

The South African Alcohol Alliance (SAAPA), is a collaborative initiative of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that advocate for evidence-based alcohol policies in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the years the group has reported on the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. Its reporting included the fact that even though over 60 percent of South Africans do not consume alcohol, the population...

Annual report: Pandemic recovery must be measured in ‘human rather than economic terms’

We must “commit” to building a more inclusive and sustainable world, the UN chief underscored in his annual report on the Work of the Organization. In the introduction, Secretary-General António Guterres said the international community should reflect on “our shared progress as well as … our vision and values.” He highlighted...

Iranians protest French magazine’s reprinting of offensive cartoons of Prophet Muhammad

Iranians protest in front of France’s embassy in the capital, Tehran, to vent their spleen at a French weekly satirical magazine for its recent reprinting of blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The rally was held on Sept. 9 in condemnation of the decision by Charlie Hebdo to recirculate cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.

Wave of massacres signals new chapter in Columbia’s conflict

BOGOTA, Colombia—Jose Manuel Mancilla was taking a break from his job at a local gold mine. So on Sept. 20 he gathered with friends at a hillside home in his village of Munchique, where about 20 people were drinking and staging cockfights. The 19-year-old’s life ended abruptly when hooded men began to shoot at...

Number of fires more than doubles in Brazil’s Pantanal

BRASILIA, Brazil—The number of fires in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, more than doubled in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to data released by a state institute. Officials said it was the largest number of fires in a six-month period in the last two decades.

Cuba medical school trained doctors share lessons for dealing with Covid-19

“First and foremost, we have to understand and look at ourselves and say we have the power to make change,” said Dr. Arabia Mollete, a board-certified emergency medicine physician and graduate of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine. Participating in a video forum and one of eight panelists, including...

Sanctions do more harm than good

AFRICA WATCH The sanctions concept has been around a long time. According to Foreign Policy global news publication, sanctions have a long history of use by nation states blockading their enemies, or by those that have come under the sway of Western imperialist powers. A case can be made, that for Africans and Africans...

Turkey condemns EU ‘bias’ in Libya-related sanctions

Turkey says the European Union (EU) has acted with “bias” by imposing sanctions on a Turkish firm over its alleged violation of a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya. The EU on Sept. 21 slapped sanctions on three companies, including Turkey’s Avrasya Shipping, whose cargo vessel Cirkin was involved in a stand off ...

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Politics, promises and power

The country’s national election will be held Nov. 3 and the run up to voting for the next president is in full...