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National Union of Students executive committee votes to boycott Israeli goods

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The National Union of Students (NUS) has passed a motion to boycott Israeli goods in solidarity with the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which aims to exert economic pressure... »

Jamaican gov’t sees IMF successes but no benefits for the poor

by Zadie Neufville | Jun 12, 2015 - 1:30:13 PM

For Jamaicans like Roxan Brown, the Caribbean nation’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) successes don’t mean a thing. Seven consecutive tests have been passed but still, the mother of two can’t find work and relies instead on the kindness of friends and family. »

Australia’s ‘stolen generations’ not a closed chapter

by Silvia Boarini | Jun 10, 2015 - 9:45:12 AM

Every year since 1998, Australia has marked ‘National Sorry Day’ on May 26, a day to remember the tens of thousands of indigenous children who, between the 1890s and 1970s, were forcibly removed from their communities by government authorities and placed into the care of White families or institutions to be assimilated into settler society. »

Farmers fight real estate developers for Kenya’s most prized asset: Land

by Miriam Gathigah | May 28, 2015 - 4:05:12 PM

NGANGARITHI, Kenya—Vegetables grown in the lush soil of this quiet agricultural community in central Kenya’s fertile wetlands not only feed the farmers who tend the crops, but also make their way into the marketplaces of Nairobi, the country’s capital, some 94 miles South. »

French president visits slave memorial in Caribbean museum

by AP | May 28, 2015 - 4:04:13 PM

French President Francois Hollande marked the memory of millions of slaves in an inaugural visit to a memorial in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, where Black men and women were sold to work on sugar cane plantations from the 17th to 19th centuries. »

Haiti grants appeal of abuse case against U.S. man

by David McFadden | May 28, 2015 - 4:02:50 PM

Haitian justice authorities are making plans for a new criminal trial against a U.S. citizen who has been accused of physically and sexually abusing boys in an orphanage that he has run for decades in the impoverished Caribbean country, a top government official and lawyers said. »

Beyonce visits Haiti to see progress made since 2010 quake

by AP | May 28, 2015 - 3:47:47 PM

Pop queen Beyonce paid a visit to Haiti to look at the progress made since an earthquake devastated the country five years ago. »

U.S. hosts arms bazaar at White House Arab Summit

by Thalif Deen | May 26, 2015 - 6:17:57 PM

When the United States sells billions of dollars in sophisticated arms to Arab nations, they are conditioned on two key factors: no weapons with a qualitative military edge over Israel will ever be sold to the Arabs, nor will they receive any weapons that are not an integral part of the U.S. arsenal. »

Confronting violence against Indigenous peoples in Costa Rica

by Diego Arguedas Ortiz | May 20, 2015 - 9:31:47 AM

SAN JOSE, (IPS) - After years of violence against two indigenous groups in Costa Rica, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) demanded that the government adopt measures by May 15 to protect the life and physical integrity of the members of the two communities. »

Protests highlight troubles of Ethiopian Jews in Israel

by Aron Heller | May 7, 2015 - 8:25:27 PM

When Israel secretly airlifted waves of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s and 1990s, saving them from war and famine in the Horn of Africa, it was celebrated as a triumphant show of unity for the Jewish people. »

U.N. Staffers secure at home, moving targets overseas

by Thalif Deen | May 7, 2015 - 8:15:05 PM

UNITED NATIONS, (IPS)—When the United Nations spent over $2.2 billion refurbishing its ageing 65-year-old Secretariat building, one of its primary goals was to strengthen security to prevent any violent attacks on the glass house by New York city’s East River. »

Middle East conflicts trigger new U.S.-Russia arms race

by Thalif Deen | May 7, 2015 - 8:13:08 PM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)—The escalating military conflicts in the Middle East—and the month-long aerial bombings of Yemen by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia—have triggered a new arms race in the politically-volatile region. »

Writers withdraw from PEN gala, cite honor for Charlie Hebdo

by FinalCall.com News | May 7, 2015 - 8:12:43 PM

NEW YORK—Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from May’s PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization’s honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. »

Investigation tears veil off World Bank’s ‘promise’ to eradicate poverty

by Kanya D’Almeida | May 4, 2015 - 12:08:24 PM

An exposé published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its media partners has revealed that in the course of a single decade, 3.4 million people were evicted from their homes, torn away from their lands or otherwise displaced by projects funded by the World Bank. »

First genocide of 20th century was in Africa, says Nigerian Writer, correcting Pope

by Lisa Vives | May 4, 2015 - 9:57:58 AM

“When the media analysts at the Vatican scrutinize the social media traffic of the past seven days, their eyes might well be drawn away from Turkey and the Armenian diaspora towards a cluster of tweets, comments and Facebook posts that emanate from Africa. »

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