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Confronting violence against Indigenous peoples in Costa Rica

by Diego Arguedas Ortiz

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... »

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NEW YORK—Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from May’s PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization’s honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.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

Saudis compensate civilian killings with $274 million in humanitarian aid to Yemen

by Thalif Deen | May 4, 2015 - 9:42:39 AM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Saudi Arabia’s right hand does not know what its left foot is up to, belittles an Asian diplomat, mixing his metaphors to describe the political paradox in the ongoing military conflict in Yemen. »

Former military man declares victory in Nigerian polls

by Lisa Vives | Apr 8, 2015 - 9:05:50 PM

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 to select the next president and National Assembly of their country, U.S. and British witnesses to the hotly-contested presidential polls observed. »

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 | 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. »


Farrakhan rebukes NATO, U.S. 'blood shedders' on Libya war

NEW YORK - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan recently condemned...

Wyclef brings excitement to Haiti's politics

On the streets of Port-au-Prince, Wyclef Jean, the popular musician...

Farrakhan urges Caribbean to unite for progress; calls for end to political disunity for good of the region

( - In an historic and important trip to the...

U.S. Muslims meet with Iran's President Ahmadinejad

Iran's President Ahmadinejad was in the United States for the...

Haiti - Profiting from misery?

Questions ran rampant across America just a few days after...

Sudanese leader offers insight on politics, oil and Farrakhan

Prior to his recent arrest, The Final Call interviewed Dr....

Former Liberian president: CIA freed me from jail

UNITED NATIONS ( - Charles Taylor, the former president of...

Native rights declaration challenges 'settler' nations

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The United States is considering whether to...

George Galloway, Cynthia McKinney break Israeli siege on Gaza

On July 15 2009, the Viva Palestina US Convoy crossed into Gaza...

Confronting violence against Indigenous peoples in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, (IPS) - After years of violence against two...

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

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)—The escalating military conflicts in the Middle East—and...

Writers withdraw from PEN gala, cite honor for Charlie Hebdo

NEW YORK—Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other...