US blacklists Haftar-affiliated armed groups for enforced disappearances, murder
The US decided on Wednesday to blacklist one of the armed groups supporting General Khalifa Haftar, after Russia prevented a United Nations (UN) Security Council committee last week from imposing sanctions on the faction for human rights violations.The US decision to blacklist Al-Kaniyat armed group and its leader Mohammed Al-Kani is part of the Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to prosecute human rights violators around the world by freezing their assets and prohibiting US citizens from trading with them.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin affirmed in a statement that the US beli...
The Middle East Monitor
US Supreme Court sides with religious groups on virus rules
New York (AFP) - The US Supreme Court has barred New York from imposing coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship in a ruling likely to be heralded by conservatives as a victory for religious freedoms.Services should not be treated differently from permitted secular gatherings, said the unsigned ruling, one of the first since the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett tipped the court's balance to the conservatives.Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York state, had ordered that only up to 10 people could gather at sites of worship in high-risk areas designated "red zones".The court was respon...
Don’t Dare! – Minister Warns Trouble Makers
Bryan AcheampongMinister of State at the Ministry of Interior, Bryan Acheampong, has warned any individuals and groups who are planning to cause confusion before, during and after the election to reconsider their decision.He said “anyone who plans to bring any confusion or mayhem before, during or after the elections should think twice because we have the men to deal with them.”Mr. Acheampong, who doubles as the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Abetifi in the Eastern Region and is seeking re-election, served the notice at Nkawkaw-Kwahu on Sunday when President Akufo-Addo visited the are...
Daily Guide Network
Online marketplace fuels fringe movements
ATLANTA — Social networks are banning them and government agencies and watchdog groups have called them domestic terrorists. But extremist groups still have a vibrant internet life thanks to online retailers.Looking for a book evangelizing the baseless and far-out QAnon conspiracy theory? Amazon has a variety of titles. How about a T-shirt with the Three Percenters militia logo? Custom shirt company TeeSpring has many styles and colors. EBay and Etsy can provide shirts, hats and stickers bearing the slogan “ACAB,” short for “All Cops Are Bastards,” popular with far-left anarchist groups. The l...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Renew national dialogue effort
A couple of years ago or so, different groups led by the Elders Council of Uganda and the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda floated the idea of holding a national dialogue.They made some progress and involved the government, Opposition players and civil society, among others.But at a time when it appeared that the talks about talks were set to begin, the exercise went quiet.The government side had its reasons for not wanting the talks to proceed, chief among them being the argument that the National Resistance Movement had won a five-year mandate and had a right to govern. They added that in a...
Will United Hatzalah inspire similar groups in the Middle East? – opinion
Shortly after Israel announced the peace accords with the United Arab Emirates, I spent a recent holiday with my family in Dubai.I have visited Dubai twice before, and on both occasions, I did not reveal that I was Israeli. I traveled on my US passport and I tried not to look too Jewish. On both previous occasions, I went to promote the growth of United Hatzalah and United Rescue.The first time I traveled there I was on my way to help start operations with a partner organization of United Hatzalah in India, and I was building the framework to help launch the organization in Dubai itself.On my ...
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What are clinical trials and how do they work?
Washington (AFP) - To find out whether experimental Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective, researchers design clinical trials involving thousands of volunteers, divided into groups that receive either the drug under investigation or a placebo. Data from such trials have shown that two vaccines -- one developed by Pfizer and BioNtech, the other by Moderna and the US National Institutes of Health -- are about 95 percent effective.Here's a look at how trials work:Who leads clinical trials? - American pharmaceutical Pfizer itself has led and financed a clinical trial of its vaccine involving al...
Panel will weigh how to 'bring Stone Mountain Park into 21st century'
ATLANTA — Activist groups, local politicians and other community members over the past several months have renewed their push to change the Confederate imagery at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park.And while there are many unanswered questions and details to be worked out, officials announced Monday that a soon-to-be-formed committee will evaluate those proposals — and, in the coming months, make recommendations about how to “bring Stone Mountain Park into the 21st century.”Bill Stephens, the CEO of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, will lead the effort.“There are all kinds of proposals,” St...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Temple Mount' groups and Israeli aggression against Al-Aqsa are empowered by normalisation
Israel's attempts to change the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque are continuous. The occupation authorities' are adding to their previous impositions to lay the groundwork for further attacks on the mosque and its compound. They did not need the coronavirus pandemic or Donald Trump's favouritism towards Israel to attack Al-Aqsa. However, they have taken advantage of the pandemic, US support and now the Arab normalisation deals to carry out more attacks to strengthen the Jewish presence in the mosque and change the status quo in such a way that serves the occupation narrative and goals.Among these ...
The Middle East Monitor
Hong Kong pro-gov’t groups say over 2 million signed petition supporting ousting of pro-democracy lawmakers
Pro-government groups have said they have collected over 2.18 million signatures during a five-day public petition campaign in support of the ousting of pro-democracy legislators from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.District Council Observers and Disqualifications Observers Alliance set up street booths across the city between last Wednesday and Sunday. The campaign said it had collected 1.02 million signatures from their website – which allowed overseas signatories – and 1.16 million from street booths by Sunday evening. In total, they collected 2.18 million signatures,Orange News reported.Op...
Hong Kong Free Press