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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...

Zimbabwe’s suffering and lingering land crisis

With the Zimbabwean economy in free fall, the government has agreed to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to White farmers. The land, which was originally attained by the White settler colony under British colonial rule, was expropriated by the Robert Mugabe government to resettle displaced Black families. The agreement...

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...

Haitian police, protesters clash; president calls for unity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Haitian police on Oct. 17 fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters who blocked roads and set fires in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Several people were injured. It was the latest unrest during more than a year of protests calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over corruption charges. Haiti...

UN: Africa loss $800B in illegal transfers in recent years

GENEVA—The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of this century, much of it linked to movements of high-value commodities like gold, diamonds, and platinum—straining the ability of the continent’s governments to provide services like health care, education, and infrastructure. The UN...

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.

UN holds dialogues to examine racism in its ranks

In a recent address during an event for UN staff, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the need to confront racism within the world body, initiating a series of discussions on the subject. “Racism challenges every government, every society, and every organization—including our own,” he stated. “Let me be very clear: racism has no place in...

India rejects high status of dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir

An Indian official has rejected an assertion by Pakistan’s foreign minister that the dispute over the Kashmir region is a global matter high on the agenda of the United Nations (UN). Vidisha Maitra, the first secretary of India’s permanent mission to the UN, said in a statement on Sept. 22 that the disputed Himalayan...

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...

Migrants trying to reach Europe pushed to deadly Atlantic

FUERTEVENTURA, Spain—The only person who wasn’t crying on the boat was two-year-old Noura. Noura’s mother, Hawa Diabaté, was fleeing her native Ivory Coast to what she believed was continental Europe. Unlike the 60 adults on board, only Noura was oblivious to the risks of crossing the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean in an...

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U.S. entertainment, music industry exploits South African musicians

Copyright is the most important type of protection available to musicians. It has even been boldly asserted that “the...