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China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight

CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China—Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the government.” The mother of three is among 6,600 members of the Yi ethnic minority who were moved out of 38 mountain villages in China’s southwest...

Put ‘people before politics’ in Lebanon, urges Guterres, following Beirut disaster

It’s time that leaders across Lebanon put “people before politics” following August’s explosions in a Beirut port, said the UN chief on Sept. 23, which must serve as a wake-up call following a year of upheaval and clamor for reform on all fronts. António Guterres was speaking at a high level meeting of the International Support Group for...

U.S. effort to block Ethiopian dam recalls legacy of British colonialism

(GIN)—Based on guidance from President Trump, the State Department is suspending $130 million in security-related aid to Ethiopia over a nearly-completed dam that would lift Ethiopia from poverty and end the shadow of British colonialism that favored Egypt.  Programs on the chopping block include security assistance, counterterrorism and military education and training, anti-human trafficking...

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...

Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as “Little England” announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of state in time for next year’s 55th independence anniversary.

Wreckage of slave ship that held captured Mayans discovered near Mexico

MEXICO CITY—Archaeologists in Mexico said Sept. 15 they have identified a ship that carried Mayan people into virtual slavery in the 1850s, the first time such a ship has been found. The wreck of the Cuban-based paddle-wheel steamboat was found in 2017 but wasn’t identified until researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and...

Japan’s lower house of parliament elects Yoshihide Suga as prime minister

The lower house of Japan’s parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister, following the resignation of former PM Shinzo Abe over health issues. Lawmakers voted to elect Mr. Suga by a majority of 314 votes in the 462-seat lower house of the Japanese parliament on Sept. 15. The 242-seat...

Famine threat returns to Yemen, amid upsurge in fighting

The specter of famine has returned to Yemen as donor countries fail to make good on their 2020 pledges, amidst an upsurge in fighting, fresh hurdles for aid deliveries, and ongoing efforts to nail down a nationwide ceasefire, the Security Council heard on Sept. 15. Increased funding was the main reason that famine was prevented two...

Mid-East peace deal leaves Palestinians, Iran fuming

The Middle East is going through a regional shift of relations as two Arab nations signed bilateral agreements with the Zionist state of Israel. The uncharacteristic move by the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and the Kingdom of Bahrain is part of United States mediated normalization agreements signed between the countries on September 15 at the White House.

South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along,’ UN envoy tells security council

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along,” the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Sept. 16..  David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan...

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VOTING: Not the sole solution for Black America, so how...

The question of the day is what do Black people want and how do we get it?  It is safe to say...