Officials from Russia, France and the United States are vying for influence over the 1.3 billion people living within the African Union’s 55 member-states. Abayomi Azikiwe analyzes the situation.
Western governments and corporations met in Switzerland to plan neoliberal economic policies to impose on post-war Ukraine, calling to cut labor laws, “open markets,” drop tariffs, deregulate industries, and “sell state-owned enterprises to private investors.” Jake Kallio and Benjamin Norton report for Multipolarista.
Black political organizations and other anti-imperialist groups condemned the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) raiding early Friday morning the properties of the African People's Socialist Party (APSP) and its solidarity organization in Saint Louis, Missouri, and in Saint Petersburg, Florida. TF editor Julie Varughese reports.
Despite China delaying the vote to hold closed-door negotations, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously agreed Friday to renew the UN's mandate in Haiti. Since 2004, as many as 13,000 troops from around the world have served as part of the UN's peacekeeping mission. For many Haitians, the mandate is a foreign occupation, reports TF editor Julie Varughese.
Last week, two U.S. citizens who had traveled to Ukraine to fight for the Ukrainian International Legion were widely reported as having been captured by military forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the breakaway republic in eastern Ukraine that is allied with Russia in the ongoing conflict in the region. The two Alabama residents were apparently captured amid fighting in the outskirts of the Ukrainian oblast of Kharkov and, to this point, had not had any contact with U.S. press. That is, until regular TF contributor Fergie Chambers got a phone call.
Although the South Caucasus region has traditionally been in the Kremlin’s geopolitical orbit, it is the European Union that seems to be playing the major role in peace talks, border delimitation and the reopening of transportation links. During the past six months, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev met three times through the mediation of European Council President Charles Michel, reports Nikola Mikovic.