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African Union pushing financial independence?

by Jehron Muhammad

In explaining why four million Rwandan citizens petitioned Parliament demanding that Paul Kagame be able to run for a third term, I’ll just refer to words spoken by a prominent... »

Macron admits systematic use of torture in Algeria war

by PressTV | Sep 18, 2018 - 3:21:06 PM

France has admitted that it instigated a “system” that led to torture during Algeria’s independence war in the 1950s and 1960s as it comes to grips with its long-suppressed legacy of colonial crimes. »

Brazil museum tallies up African antiquities lost in fire

by GIN | Sep 18, 2018 - 2:18:47 PM

(GIN)—A fast-moving fire that swept Brazil’s National Museum on Sept. 2 incinerated priceless objects and reduced hundreds of African antiquities to ash, museum officials are now saying. »

Nation faced with rising suicides among young and old

by GIN | Sep 18, 2018 - 2:17:25 PM

(GIN)—South Africa’s rising suicide rate is in the spotlight as the World Health Organization marks World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the Men’s Foundation of South Africa, 450 men take their lives every month with four out of five deaths being the result of suicide. »

Is turmoil in Nicaragua being fueled, instigated by U.S. government?

by Brian E. Muhammad, Staff Writer | Sep 18, 2018 - 2:16:30 PM

Nicaragua is still in turmoil and has been since Spring uprisings in the Central American country occurred stemming from policy changes in social security. According to reports, opposition groups, leaders and student groups organized demonstrations in the country that escalated into clashes with police and government forces. »

Poll shows Palestinian mistrust of Trump runs deep

by Mohammed Daraghmeh | Sep 18, 2018 - 2:15:35 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP)—Over 60 percent of Palestinians oppose resuming dialogue with the Trump administration after the U.S. cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, according to an opinion poll published Sept. 12. »

System-wide failures to blame in Myanmar crisis

by Tharanga Yakupitiyage | Sep 18, 2018 - 2:14:49 PM

UNITED NATIONS (IPS)— After the release of a scathing report on Myanmar’s human rights violations, next steps to achieve accountability and justice remain elusive and uncertain. »

IMF and World Bank real culprits in Africa's debt crisis

by Jehron Muhammad | Sep 12, 2018 - 4:04:56 PM

Many Western press outlets, including CNN, have repeated a recent claim presented to the U.S. State Department that the “Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debt to gain political leverage with developing countries.” »

Faith, hope and educating Sudanese children with few resources

by Jehron Muhammad | Sep 5, 2018 - 3:01:40 PM

In Africa’s newest country, with its volatile environment, a fragile education system may be a principal reason for deterioration at school system and service delivery levels. But all is not lost. »

Money, power and the killing of Gadhafi

by Jehron Muhammad | Aug 29, 2018 - 3:25:12 PM

Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi went from “a model” and “important ally” for Europe and America to a regime change target in just a few years. Little has been reported in the Western press about Gadhafi ’s new plan for Africa, which included an African currency backed by gold and no more dependent on the U.S. dollar. »

Africa’s cocoa farmers average $1 a day in a $100 billion global chocolate industry

by Jehron Muhammad | Aug 24, 2018 - 10:56:14 AM

Cadbury is calling on its “fans” to design its next chocolate bar. The London-based “chocolatier,” in its marketing scheme, is calling on customers to choose from over 90,000 flavor combinations online, where they can invent, design and name the chocolate bar of their dreams. »

ANC targeting 139 South African farms for expropriation, without compensation

by Jehron Muhammad | Aug 15, 2018 - 12:17:23 PM

The question of land reform is front and center in South Africa. “We want to redress an historic injustice. We want to take everybody along in achieving an equitable society,” Rural Affairs and Land Reform Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha said recently. »

Iranian President Rouhani: U.S. must prove willing to solve problems through negotiations

by PressTV | Aug 8, 2018 - 12:14:03 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the U.S. administration must prove itself willing to solve problems through negotiations after its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a number of other international treaties. »

Ethiopia prime minister tells UAE Crown Prince: ‘You’ve lost the religion’

by Jehron Muhammad | Aug 8, 2018 - 12:06:26 PM

Ethiopia has begun a dramatic turnaround. Already this year, after facing widespread unrest and violent protests against a government that appeared unresponsive and entrenched, new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has led a “dramatic turnaround.” »

Africa Watch - Barack Obama’s words and his Africa policy

by Jehron Muhammad | Aug 1, 2018 - 10:46:05 PM

America’s first Black president may have been the honorary speaker at the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Nelson Mandela but his record with Africa as U.S. president left a lot to be desired. »

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