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Francia Márquez, First Black Vice President of Colombia in a political rally in Feb 2022

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On Sunday 19, 2022, as the US was commemorating JuneTeenth,  a major event involving Blacks happened in South America: Francia Márquez, a vice presidential candidate and running mate of Gustavo Petro become the First Black in Columbia to be elected Vice-President.  With the win, Francia Márquez has become a phenomenon.  

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US President Joe Biden signs the Juneteenth National Holiday bill with Opal Lee attending, June 17 2021

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 June 19th, 2022, the US  nation is celebrating Juneteenth as a National Holiday. The celebration is the second  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.

The signature event was attended by Opal Lee. Opal Lee, affectionately known as the grandmother of Juneteenth by Blacks and those concerned who have been following her fight, is 95 years-old.

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Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the US Supreme Court, Feb 25, 2022

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On February 25, 2022 US President Joe Biden nominated Ms Ketanji Brown Jackson to be the first Black woman to serve as a US Supreme Court Justice. The nomination was viewed as another step forward in seeking racial justice and equality. Today, on April 7, 2022 the US Senate has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

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Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Nguema Settled Kleptocracy Case in US in 2014

Africa

The first French trial against African kleptocrats opened on January 2, 2017. It targeted Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Vice-President and son of the long term tyrant of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.  Todorin Nguema Obiang Mangue was convicted of embezzlement and  given a three-year suspended sentence in absentia and a €30milliion fine.  His luxury private mansion and assets located in Paris were seized. Equatorial Guinea  appealed the decision to seize the mansion, but the court's decision was upheld last year. Now, the dictator, under the cover of the state of Equatorial Guinea,  has filed  a case with the International Court of Justice against France over the confiscation of the  luxury mansion and other assets. 

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Former DRC Joseph Kabila, on a Lake, in 2017

Africa

On Sep 19, 2022,  Lieutenant-general Philémon Yav Irung, the commander of the Third Defense zone of the FARDC covering the East of teh Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was arrested. According to sources close to the DRC government, he is accused of being an agent of the Rwandan military, working with M23 rebels commanders and preparing coup against Felix Tshisekedi.  The arrest is another event in the scandals going within the DRC government and military leadership. 

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Felix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame, in Gisenyi, Rwanda, June 25, 2021

Africa

On Sep 16, 2022, Vidiye Tshimanga, the special strategic advisor to  president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)  Felix Tshisekedi,  resigned a few hours after secret videos of his conversations with alleged investors, in which he was reportedly demanding bribes and kickbacks, were released. AfroAmerica Network has now obtained other secret recordings by agents connected to international organizations confirming that the special forces of the Congolese military FARDC have been deployed in East, not to fight the rebels as a priority, but mostly to make sure that the minerals, especially coltan and tourmaline, are exploited by entities connected  to officials in Kinshasa, and that these minerals are sold to specific agents, especially Rwandan entities,  who would pay the required kickbacks to DRC government officials, through high ranking military officers.   Most of those FARDC military officers are connected to M23 and the Rwandan government.

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European Union Condemns Rwandan Government for Systematic Human rights Abuses October 7, 2021

Europe

 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. 

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European Union Condemns Rwandan Government for Systematic Human rights Abuses October 7, 2021

Europe

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.

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French President Emmanuel Macron Receives Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Paris on May 17, 2021

Europe

On May 26-27, 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron visited Rwanda. During the visit, questions were raised on why the sudden visit to Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame, after more than 25 years of overt diplomatic and economic conflicts. Then AfroAmerica Network sources close to the Rwandan and Mozambican governments provided some information on the reason behind the rapprochement: the on-going civil war in Mozambique. After the visit, Rwandan troops, in which French troops are allegedy embedded, deployed into Mozambique (see: ). However there is more. As one of the favors for his help in Mozambique, Paul Kagame transmitted a list of people living in France and wanted by the Rwandan government.  The list, viewed by AfroAmerica Network sources close to Paul Kagame's high office,  is complex and includes three virtual groups: the known names of those under prosecution in French courts and hence expected,  unexpected names of those accused of various crimes, and misleading names.

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The Model ASEAN Meeting 2015 organised by the ASEAN Foundation promises an authentic experience to understand ASEAN.

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General Electric is planning to move 500 jobs overseas, citing the Export-Import Bank expiration.

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Hong Kong authorities have charged three leaders of last fall’s massive pro-democracy demonstrations with offenses .

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Paul Kagame, Louise Mishikiwabo receiving a delegation from the United Arab Emirates in Kigali in June 2015

Middle East

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

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US President Obama in Kuala Lumpur Vows to Defeat Terrorism

Middle East

"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.

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EU interior ministers have approved a controversial plan to relocate 120,000 migrants across the continent over the next two years.

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Jan. 8, 1959 Associated Press file photo; Cuba's Fidel Castro speaks at the Batista military base "Columbia," now known as Ciudad Libertad, in Cuba.

South America

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,

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FARC leaders and combatants

South America

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  

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FARC leader Timochenko and Colombia President Santos shake hands at the Peace agreement ceremony in Cuba in Sept. 2016

South America

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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