Conference on Security and Cooperation in the Middle East by Rene Wadlow

In a 26 June 2018 address to the United Nations Security Council, Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General, reviewed the conflict situations in the Middle East – its profound divisions, troubling currents and the tragic shredding of its diverse religious, ethnic and cultural fabric.  As he noted “In Syria, civilians have borne a litany of atrocities or…

Abiy Ahmed epitomises Africa’s short memory of hate

Africans have been at least as violent as anything ever perpetrated by other peoples; what is distinctive about Africans is their short memory of hate—so said Kenyan scholar Ali Mazrui.  By way of illustration Mazrui thus described four examples. Jomo Kenyatta was unjustly imprisoned by the British colonial authorities in 1952 over charges of founding…

NATO Needs to End

The United States generates most of the wars and does most of the fighting, but Europe gets the majority of the terrorist blowback. What kind of a deal is that for Europe? War endangers us all; it does not protect us.   Remarks Delivered by Pat Elder for World BEYOND War at the No to War,…

Chronic corruption in UN resettlement process

THE UN AND REFUGEES – A NIGHTMAREUNHCR globally wastes more than one Galactic Year in the lives of refugeesIn Kenya it just got worse 21. May 2018 (vf) Since that African conglomerate-state with its huge colonial burden is now ruled for another four years by an autocratic governance after a neither clean nor fair election,…

Angola destroys thousands landmines of war

ANGOLA has destroyed more than 14 000 landmines planted in the country during its 27-year civil war. The mines are a deadly remnant of the civil war, one of the longest in Africa, which ended in 2002. The National Demining Institute (INAD) has presided over the destruction of the landmines in the northern Bengo Province…

Winnie

If you’re a Netflix subscriber, here’s a narrative in Winnie’s own words…   If you want to learn about Winnie Mandela’s life, switch off the TV news . Instead watch “Winnie” directed by Pascale Lamche. It’s on Netflix.   Winnie Mandela speaks about her extraordinary and controversial career, from her early life to her marriage…

Another reason why imperialism wanted Libya overthrown

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning over Gaddafi loan, reminding us of another reason imperialism wanted the Libyan leader assassinated.  Seven years ago this month, beginning on 19 March 2011, the United States Pentagon and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) began a massive bombing campaign against the North African state of Libya….