Month: December 2019

Food insecurity expected to rise next year in Haiti

  UN News—The Office for the Coordinator of Human Affairs (OCHA) reports that deteriorating economic conditions this year—including a low growth rate, high inflation and an increase in the cost of basic food items—have had a negative impact on the humanitarian situation in the Caribbean nation.  At the same time, insecurity and social tensions meant aid workers had limited access to a large part[Read More…]


Congressman John Lewis is battling pancreatic cancer

U.S. Representative John Lewis and a civil rights icon has disclosed that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer, an often-deadly disease that took the life of Aretha Franklin. Congressman Lewis announced in a news release Sunday, “ This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis had been reconfirmed.” Stage[Read More…]

African countries sign free-trade agreement

The agreement creates a $3.4 trillion economic bloc   Fifty-five African countries have signed a free-trade agreement that will unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc that will develop countries across the continent. The agreement, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), is the largest trade bloc since the World Trade Organization was founded in 1994. Africa’s[Read More…]

Department of Justice Frames Policing and Prosecutorial Reforms as Anti-Police

By The Sentencing Project Americans “have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves,” Attorney General William Barr said  during a Department of Justice ceremony honoring police officers. He added: “If communities don’t give that support and respect, they might find themselves without the police protection they need.” Tim Elfrink of the Washington Post explains[Read More…]

Grand juries in Texas and in Oklahoma have indicted current and former police officers for murder

A Tarrant County grand jury in Fort Worth, Texas, indicted Aaron Dean, a former Fort Worth, police officer for murder in the deadly shooting of Atatiana Jefferson inside her home on October 12. Dean fired through the window of Jefferson’s home while responding to a neighbor’s call about the rear door to Jefferson’s home being left open. Dean shouted “put[Read More…]

Five U. S. Tech Giants Linked to ‘Cruel and Brutal Use of Children’ in Congo Mines

( – Do kids work in coal mines? In 1910, an estimated 2 million American children under the age of 15 were working in factories and mines for low wages and long shifts. Photographs by Lewis Hine of New York revealed the depraved exploitation of children, some as young as 8 years of age, in fields and in mines. Child[Read More…]

Boeing CEO bails out in the wake of two deadly plane crashes

Dennis A. Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing, resigned today following two deadly crashes of its 737 MAX and the planes’ grounding for an indeterminate time. Chicago-based Boeing announced that David L. Calhoun, the company’s current chairman, has been named CEO and president. Calhoun, who is a member of Boeing’s board of directors, will assume his new positions effective January 13, 2020.[Read More…]

California, the land of sunshine and homelessness

      Unsheltered homelessness in 2019 rose nearly 3.0 percent, largely due to increases in California and Oregon, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has reported. The number of homeless persons was 567,715, up 2.7 percent or 14,885 more people compared with 2018. HUD noted that homelessness among veterans and families with children declined 2.1 percent[Read More…]

Whites used airplanes to bomb a black Tulsa, Oklahoma, neighborhood in 1921

  The extensive damage that occurred in Tulsa wouldn’t be seen again until other cities around the world were bombed by Americans during World War 2   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today University of Oklahoma researchers believe they have discovered graves of African Americans murdered in the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, massacre, in which planes dropped bombs on Greenwood, a prosperous[Read More…]

Global migrant deaths drop

Global deaths for migrants, dying while attempting to cross international borders to seek asylum elsewhere, declined sharply for the 50 weeks in 2019 primarily due to a drop in deaths in Mediterranean Sea crossings, the International Organization for Migration is reporting. Some 3,170 migrant deaths were reported in mid-December compared with just over 4,800, a 34% drop compared with the same[Read More…]