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Africa is largely believed to be the birth place of the humanity, the area where anatomically modern humans appeared, around 200,000 years ago. Now, a new fact often overlooked has appeared in the last months: Africa is the home and origin of the two richest people in the World, historically and today. The two people are Mansa Musa, the late Emperor of the West African empire of Mali and the current CEO of Tesla, Elon Reeve Musk, from South Africa. Mansa Musa is the wealthiest person in the World history, while Elon Reeve Musk is the wealthiest person in the World, today.
Despite sweltering heat and record temperatures, thousands of demonstrators marched on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Saturday, August 26, 2023, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington.
The march, called Continuing the Dream March focused on the demands to demands for racial equality on the path to fulfill Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream.
President Biden has decided to designate a national monument sites to honor Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. Emmett Till is a the Black teenager who was brutally killed in 1955, when he was just 14 years old. Emmett Till was abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi on August 28, 1955, at the age of 14, after being accused of having whistled at a white woman grocery store cashier, Carolyn Bryant, in her family's grocery store.
June 19th, 2023, the US nation is celebrating Juneteenth as a National Holiday. The celebration is the third following the event held on Thursday, June 17, 2020, when US President Joe Biden signed a bill into law, making June 19 a national holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black Americans. This year, the Juneteenth celebration will focus on "Wave of Freedom" an affirmation of every person's right to equity and dignity.
During a recent trip to Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Kigali, Rwanda, on November 19 and 20, 2023, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) of the United States, Avril Haines has asked Presidents Felix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame to defuse the diplomatic crisis between the two countries. The reasons for the trip were communicated in a statement by the White House, in the "Readout of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda", published on November 21, 2023 (See here: Readout of Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda)..
On October 2, 2023, Dr. Denis Mukwege publicly announced his decision to run for presidency in an address to the Nation to be held at the Hotel Fatima in Kinshasa and then filed his candidacy with the DRC electoral commission on October 3, 2023. His candidacy has been under the theme : "Candidate for Peace" (Le Candidat de la Paix). Since then, there were rumors that opposition candidates were planning to align behind a sole candidate. According to AfroAmerica Network sources, the rumors have become a reality. Now, the question is: who will be the candidate of the opposition? According to the sources, Dr. Denis Mukwege is the likely selected candidate. However, negotiations are on-going to make sure that the political agenda of each opposition leader will be taken into account in Dennis Mukwege's plan, if he is confirmed.
On May 17, 2023, Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, appointed a special advisor and other political leaders and activists within his closest team. The appointment of Congolese political figures as his closest advisors, raised the expectations that Dr. Denis Mukwege was ready for the next steps: a political career with the aim to become the next President of the DRC in the upcoming elections, planned in December 2023. Now, as predicted in our previous article, Dr Dennis Mukwege has confirmed his bid to become the next DRC President (see DR Congo: Will Dr. Denis Mukwege Be the Next President in December 2023?).
Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna and President of the Italian Bishops' Conference, has started the Ukraine peace mission. His mission was acknowledged by Russia government, around two weeks after Pope Francis officially entrusted Cardinal Matteo Zuppi with Ukraine peace mission as Vatican Holy See tries to help ease the tensions in the conflict in Ukraine. Cardinal Matteo Zuppi has a long experience in conflict resolutions, especially in Africa. a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio, in helping broker a peace agreement that ended the 17-year civil war in Mozambique in 1992. He also facilitated the peace processes negotiations in Rome, between 2007 and 2009, of what is known as the Kisangani Process, a series of negotiations between the government of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the leaders of the Rwandan opposition organization, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), composed of Rally for Unity and Democracy (RUD-Urunana) and Rally of the Rwandan People (RPR).
Thursday October 7, 2021 The European Parliament representatives (MEPs) adopted a resolution against the repressive actions and systematic human rights abuses by the Rwandan government. One of the highlighted repressive actions is the kidnapping, detention in abusive conditions, denial of legal representation and fair trial, and unjustly condemnation to 25 years of a Rwandan opposition leader, Paul Rusesabagina. AfroAmerica Network has obtained information that the European Union and other powerful countries are working on resolutions to impose sanctions against the Rwandan government in general and, more specifically, some Rwandan political and military leaders.
The government of Rwanda has to immediately release a Rwandan opposition leader, Paul Rusesabagina, held in prison after being kidnapped, detained in abusive conditions, denied of legal representation and fair trial, and unjustly condemned to 25 years and to ensure his safe return to his country of residence, The European Parliament representatives (MEPs) has concluded.
The conclusion was reached following a plenary debate on Thursday October 7, 2021 by MEPs. The MEPs adopted a resolution against the actions of the Rwandan government, by 660 votes in favour, 2 against, and 18 abstentions.
On May 25, 2023 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi visited China and (China), and exchanged with the Congolese community living in China. During his visit that was officially about the economic cooperation between DRC and China, Felix Tshisekedi evoked the invasion of DRC by Rwandan troops under the cover of M23 rebels, the collaboration between the EAC force and the M23 rebels, and the potential open wars with Rwanda. After the visit, many questions were raised regarding the peace in the Great Region of Africa and the role of the super powers in the conflict between DRC and Rwanda.?
The Rwandan Government is considering sending demobilized Rwandan Defenses Forces (RDF) soldiers and surrendered former Rwandan rebels to prop troops fighting in Yemen up, sources in Kigali tell AfroAmerica Network. According to the sources, the agreement is still under discussion between Rwandan officials and negotiators from the coalition in the Middle East fighting
"In that regard, we need to unite. We need to show global solidarity to address the common enemy of ISIL, Daesh, some other extremists and terrorist groups ... [we] highly commended the leadership of the Russian Federation together with the United States to address some of the root causes of terrorism," the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, during the Annual East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, calling on Russia and the United States to join their efforts to combat terrorism.
Fidel Castro, the former Revolutionary leader of Cuba has died. The news was announced by his brother Raoul Castro, the current leader of Cuba.
"The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening," President Raul Castro said on Friday, November 25, 2016.
President Raoul Castro said, in a message to the Cuban nation the nation broadcasted on state television that Fidel Castro had died and will be cremated on Saturday, November 26,
Is the longest running war in the Americas finally ending? Six weeks after the previous deal was rejected by the popular vote, the two opponents , Colombia’s government and the largest rebel group in the country, known as
The longest running war in the Americas was supposed to end last week. Unfortunately, Colombians narrowly rejected the deal in a vote on Oct 2, 2016, resetting the clock for further negotiations. Despite the setback, today on Oct 7, 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict.
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