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Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

by Lisa Vives

NEW YORK (IPS) - Showing a “commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders,” Nigerians by the hundreds of thousands lined up at polling stations across the country... »

Where does Nigeria go from here?

by Lisa Vives | Apr 8, 2015 - 9:04:16 PM

NEW YORK/ABUJA - After several tension-filled months, a majority of Nigerians swept in an opposition leader and former military man, Muhammadu Buhari, to succeed incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, whose failure to contain a terrorist wave in the northern states doomed his re-election chances. »

UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

by UN.org | Apr 3, 2015 - 11:28:05 AM

UNITED NATIONS - Officials welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade March 25 which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history. »

Emails reveal WHO delayed declaring Ebola emergency due to political considerations

by AP | Apr 3, 2015 - 8:35:08 AM

GENEVA - By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic centered on Guinea was the deadliest ever recorded. Foreign workers were being evacuated. Top disease-fighters warned that the virus could soon spread across West Africa. »

Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

by GIN | Apr 3, 2015 - 8:24:10 AM

(GIN) - Since a coup d’etat and an extremely bloody aftermath, not much has improved in the Central African Republic and that suits the black market diamond merchants just fine. With news cameras turned away, their trade in “conflict diamonds” is proceeding at a gallop, despite a global ban. »

Hold the rich accountable in new UN development goals, say advocates

by Thalif Deen | Apr 3, 2015 - 8:23:43 AM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - When the World Economic Forum met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world’s richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the world’s wealth by 2016. »

High-tech to the rescue of Southern Africa’s smallholder farmers

by Kwame Buist | Apr 3, 2015 - 8:20:17 AM

DURBAN, South Africa - Agriculture is the major employer and a backbone of the economies of Southern Africa. However, the rural areas that support an agriculture-based livelihood system for the majority of the nearly 270 million people living in the region are typically fragile. »

'Not just snooping:' Israel accused of feeding secret info on Iran talks to U.S. lawmakers

by RT.com | Mar 31, 2015 - 11:54:36 AM

Israel has been accused of feeding secret information on the Iran 5+1 nuclear talks to senior U.S. lawmakers in an effort to scupper the negotiations, a new report says. The accusation was met with sharp denial in Tel Aviv. »

Barbados planning to replace queen as head of state

by AP | Mar 31, 2015 - 9:37:36 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Barbados plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as titular head of state and replace her with a ceremonial president from the Caribbean island, a former British territory once known as “Little England” for its colonial trappings. »

Middle East conflicts give hefty boost to arms merchants

by Thalif Deen | Mar 25, 2015 - 9:28:26 AM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen have helped spiral arms sales upwards to the Middle East, according to a study released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. »

South African students protest British colonialist statue

by AP | Mar 25, 2015 - 8:50:52 AM

Protesters at South Africa’s University of Cape Town recently tossed excrement on a campus statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, calling the monument a tribute to the White domination of the past. »

'Undemocratic, interventionist': Bolivia lashes out at Pres. Obama for Venezuela sanctions

by RT.com | Mar 20, 2015 - 12:48:30 PM

Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry has joined a chorus of condemnation over U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. A statement called on the U.S. to “abandon its interventionist practices,” shortly after the rest of Latin America bonded in defense of Caracas. »

All-out war in Libya predicted without further peace talks

by Josh Butler | Mar 11, 2015 - 5:56:18 PM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Libya is teetering on the edge of all-out war, with a brutal stalemate and misery for civilians predicted unless a recent minor diplomatic breakthrough can be built upon. »

Media Silence on Libya

by Margaret KimberleyBlack Agenda Report | Mar 9, 2015 - 12:51:58 PM

In 2011 the leaders of NATO appeared to pull off the perfect crime. That year they used the Arab Spring democracy movement as a cover to destroy Libya, kill its president, Muammar Gaddafi, and turn that nation over to jihadists supported by the Persian Gulf monarchs. »

Missing students case also highlights racism in Mexico

by Emilio Godoy | Feb 12, 2015 - 10:09:19 AM

MEXICO CITY (IPS) - The mother tongue of Celso García, a 51-year-old indigenous Mexican, is Mixteca. As a boy, García, the father of one of the 43 students forcibly disappeared four months ago, had to learn Spanish to make his way in mainstream society in this country where most people are of mixed-race heritage. »

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