South Africa: SA Tourism Minister Questions UK's Covid Red List

[New Era] Recently-appointed Minister of Tourism, Lindiwe Sisulu, has brought a bit of respite to the issue around South Africa being red-listed on the UK's traffic light system for travellers. In her keynote speech at Africa's Travel and Tourism Summit this week, Sisulu said she addressed the red list matter with the British Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa. After
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Africa: A Granular Look At UK's Covid-19 'Red List' Shows Why It's Deeply Flawed

[The Conversation Africa] Earlier this year the UK introduced a "traffic light" system in yet another attempt to contain and mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The system assigned the status of either red, amber, or green to other countries with each colour indicating different rules for a range of things including terms of travel and quarantine requirements.
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Nigeria: Victor Osimhen Defenders' Nightmare

[This Day] As a result of coronavirus related issues and shoulder injury, Victor Osimhen did not have the dream start he had hoped for when he moved to Napoli for a Serie A record transfer fee. However, the Nigerian seems to have finally settled and he's fast becoming a menace to defenders in the Italian and Europa Leagues as Leicester
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Green Energy initiatives in Dem Infrastructure Bill infinitely Cheaper than a gradualist phase-out of Fossil Fuels

“The first commercial nuclear power plant opened in 1956 and the first practical use of solar photovoltaics was as a power supply for the Vanguard I satellite in 1958. The cost of electricity generated by nuclear power is highly variable, but has generally increased by a factor of two or three during the period shown here. In contrast, a watt
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25% of Israelis suffer food insecurity, report says

Nearly 25 per cent of Israeli families with children are experiencing food insecurity, new data from Israel's largest anti-poverty NGO shows. The annual report by the Leket organisation, which provides various welfare and food aid services, found that of the two million people in need of sufficient nutrition, 774,000 are children -one third of minors in Israel. Moreover, 633,000 families
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Afghanistan’s war rug industry: Profits and Everyday Trauma

The growth of the war rug market After 9/11, merchants started trying to appeal to an American souvenir market. Kevin Sudeith, courtesy of, CC BY-SA Misreading the meaning of the rugs Some rugs incorporate war motifs, like tanks, into traditional designs. Kevin Sudeith, courtesy of, CC BY-SA The appeal of the trauma market
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Death on Rikers: Isa Abdul Karim Sued Over Previous Jail Mistreatment, Then Landed Back There and Caught Covid

“Officers are spraying pepper spray all the time. Nobody’s wearing a mask, and they’re all in an enclosed dank hallway. No one’s receiving medical care in there.” Photo: Courtesy of Papa Samb “He was going to sue Rikers Island for all of the mistreatment. He kept telling me, ‘They don’t want me to come out alive.’” “He died horribly, and he never should
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Becoming China's number one oil supplier, Saudi deepens relations with Beijing

Two months since China's oil imports from Saudi Arabia fell 19 per cent, Riyadh has regained its preeminent position as the main supplier of crude to Beijing. Data from China's ministry which gathers data on customs and excise duties, the General Administration of Customs, showed yesterday a 53 per cent increase to 1.96 million barrels per day (bpd), 8.06 million
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New Iraq stamps to mark Pope's meeting with Sistani

Iraq will issue new stamps to mark the Pope's visit to the country and his meeting with Shia Cleric Ali Al-Sistani, the Ministry of Communications announced yesterday. The spokesman for the Ministry of Communications, Raad Al-Mashhadani, said in a statement that "The General Company for Post and Savings issued a postage stamp for the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis
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Africa: 'Building Resilience Through Hope'

[UN] Under the theme 'Building Resilience through Hope', and against the background of the COVID pandemic and global insecurity, the General Assembly's opening will underscore the need for greater urgency and ambition to end the pandemic and ensure an equitable and green recovery and accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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John Hanning Speke and the Source of the Nile

On September 15, 1864, British explorer and army officer John Hanning Speke died by accident with a shot gun. Speke is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile and was in fact the first European that reached Lake Victoria and as such is the “discoverer of the source of the Nile“. “The expedition had now performed its functions. I saw that old father Nile without any doubt rises in the Victoria Nyanza, and as
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Growth Potential for Camel Milk in Somaliland

There is unmet demand and potential for growth in the market. Food safety can be improved through quality standards, increased use of aluminum cans and more access to bulk cold storage, especially during aggregation and transport. The sector could benefit from increased access to finance at all levels, as well as mechanisms for value chain actors to mitigate their risks through insurance
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How an Intelligence Officer’s Disappearance in Somalia Ripped a ‘Government’ Apart

U.S. Army Spec. Kevin Martin provides security during unloading operations at an unidentified location in Somalia on June 28, 2020. (Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Combined Joint Task Force — Horn of Africa/AP) Kenyan army soldiers ride on a vehicle at their base in Tabda, inside Somalia, on Feb. 20, 2012. (Ben Curtis/AP) By Rachel Chason and Omar Faruk
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Africa: Struggling Economies, Widening Inequality and Millions Vulnerable - the Urgent Need for Vaccine Equity

[UN News] Health leaders agree that a world without COVID-19 will not be possible until everyone has equal access to vaccines. More than 4.6 million people have died from the virus since it swept across the globe from the beginning of 2020, but it's expected that the rate of people dying will slow if more people are vaccinated.
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Africa: Covid-19 Recovery Requires Justice Beyond Rhetoric

[IPS] Bonn, Germany -- Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have exacerbated rather than reduced global inequalities. On the one hand, the net wealth of billionaires has risen to record levels since the outbreak of the pandemic (increasing by more than US$ 5 trillion to US$ 13.1 trillion from 2020 to 2021), on the other hand,
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Africa: European Union - More Empty Promises About Global Covid-19 Vaccine Equity?

[MSF] In her State of the European Union speech of 15 September, EU Commission President Von der Leyen has yet again underlined the importance of global access to vaccines in ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Does this mean the EU's words will finally turn into deeds? Or is her speech just another empty promise?
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Equatorial Guinea: IMF Executive Board Approves U.S.$67.38 Million in Emergency Support to Equatorial Guinea to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic and Accidental Explosions

[IMF] The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a disbursement of SDR 47.25 million (about US$67.38 million, 30 percent of quota) to Equatorial Guinea under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI). The disbursement will help meet the urgent fiscal and balance of payments needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and March Bata explosions, and catalyze additional external
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Egypt’s 4th coronavirus wave began with the start of September: Health Ministry

The fourth wave of the coronavirus started in Egypt at the beginning of September, Health Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Megahed said, but assured that the rate of infections and deaths in Egypt is not as high as in other countries or during previous waves. However he urged citizens to continue to adhere to precautionary measures even after receiving the vaccine as it
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Beast of a Nation: Banality of Evil and Peppy Propagandists

United Airlines has mandated that all U.S. employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination. Those granted exemptions will be put on unpaid leave. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images No mask for AOC, the capitalist entertainer, but all the servants? You betcha! Notice these freaks, while the press crew, well, has to mask up. Biden and Randi — Team USA. The post Beast of a Nation: Banality
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“We are on the way to a right-wing coup:” Milley secured Nuclear Codes, Allayed China fears of Trump Strike

“China said it dispatched ships and planes to track the U.S. guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain as it passed near Chinese-held islands in the South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army accused the U.S. warship of trespassing into Chinese territorial waters on Friday near the Paracel Islands — called Xisha by China — during the latest freedom of navigation missions
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Tories have made 10 u-turns on vaccine passports, Lib Dems say

Nov 2020 – Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi says immunity passports are possible along with Dido Harding Dec 2020, the next day – Gove says there is no plan for vaccine passportsFeb 2021 – Raab suggests Covid passports are under consideration for domestic useFeb 2021 the next day – Hancock says again there are no plans for COvid passports.Feb 2021 – PM
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It’s California Recall Day, and This Is Your Reminder that Larry Elder Is Bonkers

Of the 46 names on the ballot in the recall election against California Governor Gavin Newsom, Larry Elder ended up having the best chance of succeeding the first-term governor if voters recalled him. It’s a bizarre turn of events because there were other candidates with longer, more serious records. Elder’s most formidable “record” is his history of bizarre, controversial, and fringe statements throughout his campaign
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Liberia: FAO Concludes a Two-Day Training of Enumerators for Conduct of a National Food Supply

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Liberia in collaboration with the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo Information Services (LISGIS) on Thursday 8th September concluded a two-day training of 32 enumerators for the conduct of Food Supply, Agricultural Livelihoods and Food Security Monitoring Survey in the context of COVID-19 (Round Three) in Liberia.
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Africa: South-South & Triangular Cooperation to Help Achieve UN's Development Goals

[IPS] United Nations -- The 2021 high-level commemoration of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, organized ahead of the opening of the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly, provided an opportunity to discuss Southern solidarity in support of a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable future while effectively responding to the global COVID-19 crisis across the global South.
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Public Health Experts Praise Biden's New Vaccination Requirements

Public Health Experts Praise Biden's New Vaccination Requirements Jessica Corbett jessica Sep 10, 2021 Addressing those who call such policies attacks on personal freedom, one doctor said that "people also have a right to be able to go to work and not get infected and not get sick and not die."
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Slovakia to open 'cultural office' in Jerusalem

The Embassy of Slovakia has been given the go ahead by the Israeli authorities to open a "cultural office" in Jerusalem. The news was conveyed to Slovakian Ambassador Igor Maukš by Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll, the Jerusalem Post has reported. "This is an important step in Israel-Slovakia relations and another important step in the international recognition of Jerusalem
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UAE lifts travel ban on vaccinated residents

The United Arab Emirates said today residents who had been fully vaccinated with a shot approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) could return as of 12 September from a list of previously suspended countries. Dubai, one of the UAE's seven emirates, is due to open the Expo 2020 world fair on 1 October after a year-long delay due to
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France upholds prison term for Bashar Al-Assad's uncle

The Paris Court of Appeals yesterday upheld a four-year prison sentence against Rifaat Al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, for "misappropriating public funds and money laundering". Last year, the Paris Criminal Court sentenced Rifaat to four years in prison for crimes he committed between 1996-2016. The court also confiscated his assets in France which are estimated to be worth €90
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Liberia: WHO Donates Essential Supplies to Strengthen the Health System Response to Covid-19

[WHO-AFRO] The WHO Acting Country Representative, Dr. Zabulon Yoti and the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr. Peter Speyrer, on 7 September 2021 handed over a donation of 462 boxes (924,000 pieces) of facemasks and 11 pieces of GeneX-pert machine modules to the Ministry of Health. The donation of the facemasks was
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After Twitter labeled Serbian pro-government media: It is important to know who controls and exercises pressure on media

This story by Mihaela Šljukić Bandović originally appeared at Istinomer (Truth-O-Meter), a fact-checking initiative of the Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA). An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices. The Serbian Broadcasting Corporation also used the financing argument. In its longish press release issued on August 18 it emphasized that Twitter users had not been warned that
| Activism, Advocacy, Censorship |

Two anchors of COVID safety net ending, affecting millions

Mary Taboniar, a housekeeper at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort in Honolulu, looks over bills at her home in Waipahu, Hawaii, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Taboniar went 15 months without a paycheck, thanks to the COVID pandemic. The single mother of two saw her income completely vanish as the virus devastated the hospitality industry. Taboniar is one of millions of
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England is far behind other countries on vaccinating teenagers

England is far behind other countries on vaccinating teenagers Share of 12-17* year olds that have received at least one dose *Figures for England are interpolated from weekly data, and assume that all vaccinated under-18s are 12 years old or older. Figures for Italy are for 12-19 year olds. Source: UK, US, German, Italian and French health authorities/Office for National Statistics Noma
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England is far behind other countries on vaccinating teenagers

England is far behind other countries on vaccinating teenagers Share of 12- to 17*-year-olds that have received at least one dose *Figures for England are interpolated from weekly data, and assume that all vaccinated under-18s are 12 years old or older. Figures for Italy are for 12- to 19-year-olds. Source: UK, US, German, Italian and French health authorities/Office for National Statistics Noma
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South Sudan: South Sudan - African Development Bank and WHO Hand Over Vehicles to Support Covid-19 Response

[WHO-AFRO] Juba, 1 September 2021 - The African Development Bank has donated two cars to support South Sudan's ongoing COVID-19 response as part of efforts by the Bank and its partners to ease the toll of the pandemic on vulnerable African states. The donation was made to the Ministry of Health through the World Health Organization (WHO), which is implementing
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Lebanese state’s permission not sought for Iranian fuel, minister says

Reporting by Maha El Dahan and Laila Bassam in Beirut, Nadine Awadalla in Dubai; writing by Maher Chmaytelli/Tom Perry; editing by Mark Heinrich IMAGE: Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a screen during a religious ceremony marking Ashura, in this screengrab taken from Al-Manar TV footage, Lebanon August 19, 2021.
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Ghana: Ghana Holds Conference On Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition

[WHO-AFRO] Over the past few decades, the maternal mortality rate in Ghana has seen a steady decline due to several factors and robust systems put in place to ensure safe pregnancy and delivery. Data available to the Ghana Health Service shows a total number of 875 maternal deaths in 2018 and 838 in 2019. This figure further decreased to 776
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Ghana: Ghana Infectious Disease Center Installs First Arterial Blood Gas Analyzer

[WHO-AFRO] Ghana like many other countries across the globe, is grappling with a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic driven by the delta variant. Since July 2021, the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded have increased significantly by 6.5 times compared to the month of June 2021 with 5-fold increase in deaths. All efforts are being made to provide the
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Africa: High Income Countries Called on to Share Covid-19 Vaccines Quickly

[WHO] New York -- The former Co-Chairs of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, have expressed their deep concern at the slow pace of redistribution of COVID-19 vaccines from high income to low-income countries.
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US Education Dept. Opens Civil Rights Probes Into 5 States' Bans on School Mask Mandates

US Education Dept. Opens Civil Rights Probes Into 5 States' Bans on School Mask Mandates Kenny Stancil kenny Aug 30, 2021 "The department will fight to protect every student's right to access in-person learning safely and the rights of local educators to put in place policies that allow all students to return to the classroom full-time in-person safely this
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Africa: Era of Leaded Petrol Over, Eliminating a Major Threat to Human and Planetary Health

[UNEP] Nairobi -- Official end of use of leaded petrol will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths and save USD 2.45 trillion a year The end of leaded petrol follows a 19-year campaign led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners UNEP urges countries to work towards zero emissions vehicles to further address air pollution and climate change
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German election 2021: The New Statesman’s poll tracker

*/ Hear more on the Germany Elects podcast Who do Germans want to be their next chancellor? Public preference for chancellor when given the options of Armin Laschet (CDU/CSU), Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Annalena Baerbock (Green). Source: New Statesman tracker of the latest polls Who do Germans want to be their next chancellor? Public preference for chancellor since March 2021. The environment competes with Covid-19 as the most
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US Has Long History of Dangerous Medical Tests on Other Nations: Iran’s Top Judge

Islam Times - In reaction to Japan’s decision to suspend the use of more than 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine produced by American pharmaceutical company Moderna following reports of contaminated vials Iran’s Judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei stated that the United States has a long record of running dangerous medical tests on world nations.
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Contaminant in Moderna vaccines suspected to be metallic particles -NHK

Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Rocky Swift in Tokyo, Nathan Allen in Madrid; Editing by Jacqueline Wong, Jane Wardell and Gerry Doyle IMAGE: In this December 29, 2020 file photo, Pat Moore, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department, fills a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to emergency medical workers and health care personnel at the Chester County
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Biden Has Spent Less Than 0.01% of Funds Earmarked to Defeat Covid on Vaccine Manufacturing: Report

Biden Has Spent Less Than 0.01% of Funds Earmarked to Defeat Covid on Vaccine Manufacturing: Report Kenny Stancil kenny Aug 26, 2021 "It is imperative that the Biden administration immediately scale up vaccine production for the billions of people who don't have access. The health of our nation and the world depends on it."
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Planned Expansion of Facial Recognition by US Agencies Called 'Disturbing'

Planned Expansion of Facial Recognition by US Agencies Called 'Disturbing' Julia Conley julia Aug 26, 2021 "Face surveillance is so invasive of privacy, so discriminatory against people of color, and so likely to trigger false arrests, that the government should not be using face surveillance at all," said one privacy advocate.
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Perfect Storm: Hunger stalks 14 mn Afghans, 2 mn Children, from Taliban, War, climate-driven Drought, and Covid

Alexander Cornwell at Reuters quoted WFP head Peter Beasely as saying, “There’s a perfect storm coming because of several years of drought, conflict, economic deterioration, compounded by COVID . . .” Not to mention the Taliban takeover. “Afghanistan’s economy is shaped by fragility and aid dependence. The private sector is extremely narrow, with employment concentrated in low-productivity agriculture (44 percent of
| Afghanistan, Featured, Food |

Africa: Africa CDC and the IFRC Ramp Up Covid-19 Response in Africa

[Africa CDC] Addis Ababa -- The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched a new collaboration to strengthen community resilience and response to public health emergencies at community level. The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ramp up pandemic response--including testing
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The Great Fear: The Accelerating Apocalypse

It is then that the masses realise that they have been duped, misled, or even deluded. Because Greenland could be said to represent the ideology of the elites, then one sees the choices offered by the elites are: to be chosen or damnation, and no other possibilities. Similarly, when the elites represent the masses they are in negative terms of
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