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United Arab Emirates struggles to recover after heaviest recorded rainfall ever hits desert nation

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The United Arab Emirates tried to wring itself out April 18 after the heaviest recorded rainfall ever to hit the desert nation, with its main airport allowing more flights even as floodwater still covered portions of major highways and communities. Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, allowed global carriers on the morning of April 18 to...

20 years later, Abu Ghraib torture victims get their day in court

by Brett Wilkins, CommonDreams.org Two decades after they were tortured by U.S. military contractors at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, three Iraqi victims are finally getting their day in court as a federal court in Virginia takes up a case they brought during the George W. Bush administration. The case being heard in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria,...

Iran shoves Israel and Western cohorts back with missile attack

The Islamic Republic of Iran sent shock waves across the world when it sent a retaliatory barrage of missiles and drones into the Zionist State of Israel. At Final Call presstime, leaders were holding emergency meetings of the UN Security Council and the G7 nations—the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and the European Union...

27 percent of Saudis in ‘bombshell’ study experienced heart issues after mRNA COVID shots

A study from Saudi Arabia reported on by TrialSite News found that 27.11% of participants experienced heart complications following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, with onset ranging from within one month to more than a year later. by John-Michael Dumias - The Defender This article was originally published by The Defender—Children’s Health Defense News & Views Website on April 4, 2024. More than a...

Modern capitalism encourages debt that Africa can never repay

Debt as a form of imperialism went global, as mentioned in David Graeber’s 2011 book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” He frames the IMF (International Monetary Fund) as the world’s debt enforcers or “The high-finance equivalent of the guys who come to break your legs.” In his book, Graeber explained how modern-day capitalism encourages the debt that underdeveloped Global...

Migrant rights report examines global anti-Black immigration policies

When anti-Black racism, xenophobia and its relevant expressions raise their hideous heads against Black migrants and immigrants, they must be resisted without equivocation. An online seminar conducted by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) did just that. The United States based alliance fights for the rights of Black migrants and African Americans through organizing legal advocacy, research, policy,...

A Dubai company’s staggering land deals in Africa raise fears about risks to Indigenous livelihoods

ABUJA, Nigeria—Matthew Walley’s eyes sweep over the large forest that has sustained his Indigenous community in Liberia for generations. Even as the morning sun casts a golden hue over the canopy, a sense of unease lingers. Their use of the land is being threatened, and they have organized to resist the possibility of losing their livelihood. In the past year,...

Forbes billionaires list shows ‘utterly unconscionable’ wealth growth of world’s richest

by Julia Conley - CommonDreams.org Forbes recently released its latest catalog of, as one economic justice campaigner put it, people who should be regulated “out of existence” as the business magazine unveiled its 2024 Billionaires List, featuring near the top a number of U.S. tech billionaires who have aggressively opposed workers’ rights movements and fair taxation. The magazine reported April 2...

Zimbabwe launches ‘gold’ currency to replace dollar

Zimbabwe has introduced a new national currency aimed at stabilizing the economy and countering the devaluation of the local dollar in the southern African nation. Harare has also appealed to the United Nations for $2 billion in aid to help with food insecurity. The “structured currency”—Zimb Gold (ZiG)—will be anchored mainly on gold and foreign currency reserves, Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank...

At least 38 migrants are dead and others are missing off Djibouti after a shipwreck

NAIROBI, Kenya—The United Nations migration agency says 38 migrants are dead and 22 others have been rescued from a shipwreck off Djibouti on a popular route to Yemen. Rescue teams searched for six other migrants who were thought to be on board, the International Organization for Migration said on April 9. Djibouti is the main transit country for migrants trying to...