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The historical impact of African musicians on the geopolitical stage

When it comes to appreciating the power of African artists and their historical impact on geopolitics there is no shortage of icons from which to choose. A recent documentary produced by France24 focusing on the legacy of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie is a case in point. His historic 1963 speech to the United Nations General Assembly inspired reggae legend Bob...

U.S. foreign policy mess leaves fear, uncertainty in Afghanistan

“And the devil will say, when the matter is decided: Surely Allah promised you a promise of truth, and I promised you, then failed you. And I had no authority over you, except that I called you and you obeyed me; so blame me not but blame yourselves. I cannot come to your help, nor can you come to...

UN, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations

The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have reiterated their commitment to continue to support Sudan consolidate peace as the AU-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in the country’s Darfur region ends its operations on Dec. 31.  In a joint statement on Dec. 31, Secretary-General António Guterres and Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat also called on all Sudanese actors to...

‘Not a friendly signal’: EU foreign affairs chief hits back at UK snubbing bloc’s request for full diplomatic status

The EU has slammed the UK government’s decision not to award full diplomatic status to the bloc’s ambassador to London, Joao Vale de Almeida, and the rest of his 25-strong mission in the wake of its exit from the bloc. “We will not accept the UK the only country in the world that doesn’t recognize the delegation of the...

UK act of parliament authorizes torture and rape under ‘certain circumstances’

Proposed legislation giving police sweeping powers to decide whether protests are justified, the power to impose start and finish times and even the right to disband one-person protests has led to nationwide protests. The legislation includes vague criteria such as being “too loud” or a “nuisance” as being sufficient justification for any action undertaken by UK police during protests.  The protestors...

Spain: Protests erupt after rapper’s insults lead to prison

LLEIDA, Spain—Violent street protests erupted in some Spanish cities on Feb. 16 following the arrest of a rap artist who barricaded himself at a university with dozens of supporters to avoid prison and has portrayed his case as a fight for free speech. In Barcelona, several thousand protestors set trash cans on fire and threw rocks at the police. Several...

Irish PM sorry for ‘profound wrong’ of unwed mothers’ homes

LONDON—Ireland’s prime minster issued a formal state apology Jan. 13 to the thousands of unmarried women and their children who endured pain, shame and stigma at church-run institutions, saying his government was determined to start righting the country’s wrongs. Prime Minister Micheal Martin’s apology came a day after the final report of an inquiry said 9,000 children died in 18...

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 six Cuba medical school trained physicians, Dr. Mollete shared her coronavirus...

Discontent in Sudan increasing, protesters demand dissolving transitional government

Dissatisfaction with government in Sudan is growing. Zakia Muhammad Sadeeg, a former schoolteacher and current executive member of the Sudan Future Campaign (Party), said to Africa Watch via phone from her home in Khartoum that “activists” are calling for demonstrations on the second anniversary of the massacre of peaceful protesters gathered outside Sudan’s military headquarters. Ms. Sadeeg said she’s...

Vaccine News from Cuba: Soberana 02 clinical trials expanded

(GRANMA)—Expanded phase II B clinical trials of Cuba’s anti-Covid-19 candidate vaccine Soberana 02 with volunteers between 19 and 80 years of age, began at the 19 de Abril and No. 1 Polyclinics, in the Havana municipalities of Plaza de la Revolución and La Lisa, respectively. For the purpose of evaluating reactions, safety and immunogenicity of the candidate, created by the...