What asylum stories teach us about the US response to racial justice protests
SAN DIEGO — When immigration attorney Elizabeth Lopez saw videos of police across the United States shoving protesters, shooting them with less-lethal rounds and tear gassing them in recent weeks, she messaged her asylum clients, worried they might get retraumatized.Many immigration attorneys — and the asylees they have represented — see the repressive and violent tactics that law enforcement officers have used across the country to shut down protests against police brutality that particularly affects the Black community as the kinds of human rights abuses that the United States criticizes in ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Could Malawi's historic re-run election inspire Africa?
Blantyre (Malawi) (AFP) - The opposition triumph in Malawi's recent landmark election re-run after last year's fraudulent polls were overturned could spur similar democratic change across the continent, analysts and historians say.Lazarus Chakwera of the Malawi Congress Party comfortably won the June 23 election with 58.5% of the vote -- beating Peter Mutharika, whose re-election last year was nullified by the courts over "widespread and systematic" irregularities.Chakwera's official inauguration is set for Monday, to coincide with the country's 56th anniversary of independence from Britain.Th...
Five-star recruit Makur Maker commits to Howard University: 'I need to make the HBCU movement real'
Five-star high school basketball recruit Makur Maker announced his commitment to Howard University on Friday morning. Maker is now the highest-ranked college basketball prospect to commit to a historically black college or university.Maker also considered UCLA, Kentucky and Memphis before announcing his commitment to Howard.“I was the 1st to announce my visit to Howard & others started to dream ‘what if,’ ” he tweeted. “I need to make the HBCU movement real so that others will follow. I hope I inspire guys like Mikey Williams to join me on this journey. I am committing to Howard U & coach Kenn...
New York Daily News
Tensions between Africa’s greatest allies must be resolved peacefully
Johannesburg - Two significant events related to China and India have placed the Global South in general and Africa in particular in a predicament.In mid-June, these countries were involved in a bloody clash leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number on the Chinese side in Galwan Valley alongside the disputed border.In an unprecedented move, India this week banned 59 popular Chinese mobile apps including TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser, Shareit and Baidu Map. If unresolved, the worsening tensions will make an irreparable dent in the Global South’s quest for the transformation of the inst...
New on DVD: 'Trolls World Tour' fun, but misses a few beats
“Trolls World Tour”: Its theatrical release an early victim of the coronavirus pandemic, Universal offered “Trolls World Tour” as a digital rental in April, which the studio said broke records as its biggest debut for an original digital release. The colorful animated family flick reunites the main characters from the 2016’s “Trolls,” as Queen Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) once again set off to save the kingdom.This time the threat comes from the Queen of the Hard Rock Trolls (Rachel Bloom), who aims to take over all the Troll kingdoms, each of which represent ...
Tribune News Service
Karla Peterson: How Dave Chappelle, a poetry podcast and a Bruce Springsteen playlist are talking about racism
Just over a month ago, George Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. In the turbulent weeks that followed, the country has been rocked by protests and roiled by calls for change in a world where too many Black men and women are killed because of their skin color.In the midst of the tumult, some voices have emerged from the zeitgeist with words and music that captured the moment and also explained the moment. Here is what these searchers, seekers and scholars had to say about racism, violence and where we need to go from here.Dave Chappelle, “8:46”“This is not funny at all,” c...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Africa free-trade vision clouded by virus and pace of talks
Abidjan (AFP) - A historic deal to smash down tariff barriers within Africa is being braked by the coronavirus pandemic and a thicket of negotiating problems.The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was formally launched just over a year ago in a blaze of optimism.The accord -- styled as the biggest free-trade accord in the world in terms of population -- gathers 54 out of 55 African countries, with Eritrea the only holdout.It aims to phase out all tariffs on commerce on the continent of 1.2 billion people, a goal that backers say could give trade a mega-jolt as only 15 percent o...
Egypt participates in 72 clinical studies on novel coronavirus pandemic in Africa
Egypt has participated in 72 clinical studies on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Africa, according to The Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.The academy’s June Scientific Research Index reported that research on coronavirus included 12 studies implemented by Ain Shams University, nine by Cairo University, nine by Assiut University, and seven by Tanta and Mansoura Universities.Twenty-six Egyptian institutions in total participated in the studies.The Research Index is a science and technology index issued by the Academy’s Observatory for Science, Technology and I...
Shared picture of health
By LIU HONGWU | China Daily | Updated: 2020-06-30 07:44All countries are facing severe challenges and suffering as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. In the face of this challenge, China and Africa are standing together, giving full play to the fine tradition of their friendly relations, strengthening their cooperation in the medical field and enhancing their policy coordination.China was the first country to bear the brunt of the pandemic. The Chinese people battled against the virus with great courage and boosted the confidence of the world that the pandemic can be overcome. And des...
Judge says public officials speaking about George Floyd's death could force change of venue
MINNEAPOLIS — Comments made by public officials and others about the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd and the former Minneapolis police officers charged in his death threaten to move court proceedings outside of Hennepin County, a judge warned Monday.At an omnibus hearing Monday afternoon, several of the defense attorneys representing the former officers — Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — criticized city, county and state officials for expressing opinions they believe have tainted their clients’ constitutional right to a fair trial.“I’m fighting the battle with...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)