El-Shifa: A forgotten war crime

You have to know the past to understand the present. Carl Sagan Missiles out of nowhere Twenty-one years ago, on 19 August 1998, the then largest country in Africa was the scene of a grave war crime. I talk of Sudan, a nation that has been on the front news pages of recent. But I do not refer to Darfur, the civil war in the south or other oppressive acts of the regime. I have in mind the sudden destruction of a factory in Khartoum that was producing essential medicines needed…

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T.I., Jada Pinkett Smith & Others React to Cyntoia Brown’s Clemency

Cyntonia Brown, a former teenage sex-trafficking victim who was serving a life sentence for a 2004 murder before she was granted clemency earlier this year, will walk free from a Tennessee prison next week. We are revisiting this post highlighting the many celebrities who raised awareness of her case. source: https://www.ebony.com/news/ti-jada-pinkett-smith-others-react-cyntoia-browns-clemency/

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Money Grows On Trees–Don’t Uproot Them

Jennifer Handondo (right) strategising with other facilitators about a practical FMNR session with farmers. Courtesy: Friday Phiri COMBATING DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT Jennifer Handondo, a small scale farmer of Choma district in southern Zambia, plants food crops such as maize mostly for her family’s needs. Because of uncharacteristically high temperatures and low rainfall during the rainy season in March, the divorced mother who single-handedly supports her three children, has not been able to harvest as much as she usually does. So she has diversified into selling seedlings of neem, Moringa and…

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UNHCR laments Italy’s approval of stiff migrant rescue penalties

The United Nations refugee agency responded quickly on Tuesday to a decision made by Italy’s parliament that will impose harsher penalties against those people and organizations involved in migrant search and rescue on the Mediterranean Sea. The UNHCR said that under the changes, fines for private vessels that rescue migrants despite a ban on bringing them into Italy’s territorial waters will face higher penalties of up to €1 million. The rescue vessels – such as those operated by German NGO Sea Watch – also will now be automatically impounded. “UNHCR…

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Gambians get new money without Jammeh’s portrait

New currency went into circulation on Tuesday in the West African nation of The Gambia, where life after former dictator Yahya Jammeh will now mean banknotes without his portrait on them. President Adama Barrow showed off the new dalasi notes alongside the head of the Central Bank of The Gambia, who said the new bills – with pictures of birds on them – will enter the commercial flow alongside old ones that remain in circulation. The move is the latest step forward for Gambians, who are rebuilding their nation after…

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