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June 09, 2020

Youth fighting a pandemic more lethal than covid-19

Because the police murder of Black American George Floyd was filmed by an unlikely teenaged citizen journalist it became the tipping point that sparked worldwide revulsion about state-sponsored...

Death of South African freedom fighter Bennie Bunsee

Lifelong Pan-Africanist, writer and polemicist Bennie Bunsee died peacefully at the weekend. He was 12 days away from his 80th birthday.On Sunday, friends, family and ideological sparring partners fondly recalled Bunsee, who died at South Africa's Vin ...

Europe must stop shifting the blame for migrant crisis

In a very reluctant, not quite shame-faced way, Europe has moved to restore sea patrols to their previous level to rescue the “boat people” of today – fleeing from war-torn countries across the Mediterranean to “fortress Europe&rdq ...

Shooters of colour are ‘terrorists’, but not the white gunmen

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of nine African Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, as a hate crime committed by a white man. Unfortunately, it’s not a unique event in American history. Black churches ...

Disturbing rise in suicide rate among Black American boys

A new study has revealed that the suicide rate among young African-American boys has almost doubled since 1993. The rate among white children dropped during the same period.The research, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics this week, followed th ...

Counterfeit medicines are 'a risk to world health'

Fake and low-quality medicinal drugs are threatening progress made in fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, according to a collection of 17 scientific studies published at once to highlight the issue. Researchers found that up to 41 percent of med ...

Centres to make Indian gay youth 'normal' slammed

Chief Minister of the Indian beach state of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar, has slammed plans by his youth affairs minister to set up treatment centres for young lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT), a move that had enraged activists.Parsekar s ...

'Violent crime and poverty fuelling HIV rise in Uganda'

Hood Katende, a dreadlocked reformed thief and onetime drug peddler is now an anti-AIDS activist respected in his Kampala slum. The 26-year-old urges young men to wear condoms if they can’t avoid premarital sex and encourages teenage girls to reject ...

Britain's 'let them drown' policy is affront to humanity

Europe no longer wants to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. But as it takes away the safety net, their corpses wind up in fishing nets.Europe’s unofficial “Let Them Drown” immigration policy came into force on Saturday with new naval ...

Counting the cost of deeply unpopular Afghanistan war

Much media and political fanfare has greeted news that British troops this week finally left their last base in war-torn Afghanistan after the invasion by the West 13 years ago.Little mention was made that the withdrawal marked the end of the UK’s fo ...

Albinos are target of gruesome attacks in Tanzania

In the past month, a spate of violent attacks in Tanzania targeting people with albinism for their body parts has highlighted a morbid practice linked to witchcraft.People with albinism, also known as albinos, are born with a deficiency of melanin pigment ...

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