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US House to vote to repeal Iraq war authorisation

US House to vote to repeal Iraq war authorisation

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE, POLITICS, Security, USA
Symbolic vote expected later this week as lawmakers and Joe Biden seek to revise and update legal basis for US military action. The United States House of Representatives will vote later this week to repeal the authorisation of war that Congress gave to former President George W Bush in 2002 enabling the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The motion to repeal the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, coming for the first time with support from President Joe Biden, is expected to be taken up in the House on Thursday, CNN reported. The Biden administration said on Monday that the US “has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis” and its repeal “would likely have minimal impact on current military operations”. ...
South Africa: Presidential Message

South Africa: Presidential Message

AFRICA, African Union, DEMOCRACY, FAMILY, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE, POLITICS, South Africa, South African Parliament
Dear Fellow South African,In two days’ time we commemorate the fateful events of June 16th 1976, when brave young men and women in Soweto and other parts of the country rose up against the iniquity of Bantu Education.On that day and in the days that followed, many lost their lives. They were killed by a callous regime that had little regard for black lives and thought nothing of opening fire on unarmed, uniformed schoolchildren. These events hardened international opinion against the apartheid regime and gave further impetus to the liberation struggle.Young people have always been at the forefront of social protest, from the anti-authoritarian protests in Latin America in the late 1950s to the May 68 movement in France, to the protests across many parts of Africa in the late 1960s.History...
Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion
Community members, leaders slam planned movie for not focusing on the victims of the attack which killed 51 Muslims. . The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the Linwood mosque, where he killed seven more [File: EPA] A planned film about the 2019 Christchurch mosque killings has sparked an intense backlash in New Zealand, with community members and leaders slamming the project for pushing a “white saviour” narrative. The film, “They Are Us”, aims to focus on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the horrific shootings in March 2019 when a white supremacist gunman ran amok at two mosques during Friday prayer, killing 51 and seriously injuring another 40.The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the ...
COVID-19 second wave: How to safely bring back workforce to office

COVID-19 second wave: How to safely bring back workforce to office

COVID-19, HEALTH, PEOPLE, WORK, WORLD
Recovered employees might need special considerations on resuming work The second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India has started receding and unlock procedure in states where strict restrictions were implemented will start soon. Businesses will reopen and people will go back to their workplaces.   The threat of a third wave of infections is still looming, and as health agencies and experts have predicted, it may be much stronger with new variants affecting the younger population more than the second wave. Immunisation is slowly picking up pace but the current vaccination coverage is not encouraging. India has vaccinated (two doses) only around 3 per cent of its population so far and the rest remain vulnerable to infections. People are still...
Ilhan Omar hits back at ‘Islamophobic tropes’ by fellow Democrats

Ilhan Omar hits back at ‘Islamophobic tropes’ by fellow Democrats

CRIME, CRISIS, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE, Religion, USA, WORLD
The US congresswoman denies she drew ‘a moral comparison’ between the US, Israel, Hamas and the Taliban. US congresswoman Ilhan Omar has hit back after a rare rebuke from her Democratic Party colleagues over her remarks that seemed to place the United States and Israel in the same category as the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and the Afghan armed group Taliban. The Muslim American congresswoman on Monday tweeted: “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban”, drawing bipartisan condemnation and even seeing her accused of “anti-Semitism”. “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she tweeted, along with a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony...
Kenya’s authority to begin crackdown on unregistered potato dealers

Kenya’s authority to begin crackdown on unregistered potato dealers

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FARMIMG, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE
You might soon get yourself arrested if you are an unregistered dealer in Irish potato in Kenya. Kenya’s government announced Wednesday it has launch a massive crackdown to apprehend unregistered Irish potato dealers countrywide. According to Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, any dealer of the said crop whether they are the transporter, trader, warehouse, collection center, importer, or exporter who is not registered will either pay a fine of Sh5 million or 3 years imprisonment or both. "The Irish potato regulations were gazetted on December 2019 and thus became law. In this regard, there will be a sensitization exercise on June 8, 2021, and thereafter enforcement will start immediately. Be notified therefore that anyone who contravenes the law will be arrested and arraigned in co...
UN: 350,000 face famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray

UN: 350,000 face famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray

AFRICA, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, FAMILY, FAMINE, PEOPLE, TERRORISM, WAR
A high-level U.N.-led committee that focuses on rapid responses to humanitarian crises estimates that some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are facing famine conditions, a U.N. official said late Wednesday. The estimate was presented at a meeting on Monday of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising 18 U.N. and non-U.N. organizations. An Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis update conducted in Tigray and the neighbouring zones of Amhara and Afar concluded that over 350,000 people are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) between May and June 2021. That number is expected to rise beyond 400,000 over the next few months if access isn't provided to those areas, said Brian Lander, the World Food Programme's Deputy Director of the Emergenc...
Covid-19 Deaths This Year Have Already Eclipsed 2020’s Toll

Covid-19 Deaths This Year Have Already Eclipsed 2020’s Toll

COVID-19, HEALTH, PEOPLE, WORLD, World Health Organization
As wealthy nations vaccinate, growing death tally underscores worsening divide between rich and poor countries More people have died from Covid-19 already this year than in all of 2020, according to official counts, highlighting how the global pandemic is far from over even as vaccines beat back the virus in wealthy nations. It took less than six months for the globe to record more than 1.88 million Covid-19 deaths this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The university’s count for 2021 edged just ahead of the 2020 death toll on Thursday. These numbers underscore how unevenly the pandemic spread around the globe, often hitting poorer nations later, but before they had access to the vaccines that have benefited Europ...

Ohio Doctor Claims Covid-19 Vaccine Magnetizes People, Makes Keys Stick On Forehead

COVID-19, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PEOPLE, VACCINE, World Health Organization
On Wednesday, Ohio lawmakers asked Sherri Tenpenny, DO, for her thoughts about Covid-19 vaccines. And she had a “key” argument against vaccination: that Covid-19 vaccines are actually magnetizing people so that keys can now stick to their foreheads. Tenpenny, an osteopathic doctor and author of the book Saying No to Vaccines: A Resource Guide for All Ages, was testifying for the passage of Ohio House Bill 248. Given the title of her book, take a wild guess as to the stance that she was taking when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine. Sponsored primarily by Ohio State Representative Jennifer Gross (R), Bill 248 bears the name “Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act.” But it has nothing to do with racial or gender discrimination. Instead, the Act aims to “prohibit mandatory vacc...

AstraZeneca COVID vaccine linked with small risk of low blood platelets: Study

COVID-19, CRISIS, HEALTH, PEOPLE, World Health Organization
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, known in India as Covishield, may be associated with a very small risk of developing a blood condition characterised by low platelet counts, according to a nationwide study in the UK. The increased risk of the condition, known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), is estimated to be 11 per million doses, similar to figures seen in vaccines for flu, and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), the researchers said. A low number of platelets -- blood cells that help prevent blood loss when vessels are damaged -- can result in no symptoms or can lead to an increased risk of bleeding or, in some cases, clotting, they said. The team, led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK, noted that people at most risk from ITP tended to be o...

President Kenyatta warns leaders fuelling inter-clan conflicts

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE
The Government will not tolerate leaders who fuel inter-clan conflicts and blame it on terrorism, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned.“We intend to fight and we have fought Al-Shabaab. But we do not and will never allow leaders and individuals to use the name of Al-Shabaab to continue inter-clan animosities and conflicts,” the President said.President Kenyatta spoke Wednesday at the Regional Traffic Police Training Centre in Ngong, Kajiado County, where he presided over the burning of 5,144 illegal firearms as well as obsolete state-owned small arms and light weapons.The Head of State underlined the importance of peaceful resolution of conflicts through dialogue, saying the Government is more than happy to engage all Kenyan citizens in such endeavours.“A peaceful Kenya, a united Kenya...

‘Pind California’: US doctor camps with India’s agitating farmers

Asia, DIPLOMACY, FARMIMG, HEALTH, INDIA, PEOPLE, World Health Organization
Cardiologist puts lucrative practice on hold to aid thousands of farmers protesting against new farm laws outside New Delhi. New Delhi, India – When Dr Swaiman Singh, a cardiologist based in the United States, flew to India for a five-day visit last December, little did he know that his short sojourn would turn into a prolonged mission to save hundreds of lives. The 34-year-old doctor, who has been living in New Jersey for the past 24 years, put his lucrative practice on hold to visit his homeland after getting distress calls from relatives in his native village, Pakhoke, in the western state of Punjab. The villagers told him that a close family friend had died after a massive heart attack at Tikri outside New Delhi, one of three main sites where thousands of Indian farmers h...
Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

Canada anti-Muslim attack: ‘It could have been any one of us’

CANADA, CRIME, CRISIS, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion, TERROR, WORLD
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the killing of four members of a Muslim family in Ontario a ‘terrorist attack’. Montreal, Canada – Like so many others have done during the coronavirus pandemic, the Afzaal family was out for an evening walk. But on Sunday, as they waited to cross a street in London, Ontario, they were run down by a driver police say was motivated by anti-Muslim hate. For members of Muslim communities across the country, the Islamophobic attack that killed four people, including a teenage girl, and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy, harkens back to painful memories of a deadly assault on a Quebec mosque more than four years ago. It is also a sign that something is terribly wrong. “The sentiment that I’m hearing across the board, and I think everybody...
How Exercise Can Influence What We Eat — and How Much

How Exercise Can Influence What We Eat — and How Much

EXERCISE, FIT, HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PEOPLE
Exercise affects our relationship with food in both physical and psychological ways.When starting a new exercise routine, you might believe you can eat more calories than you need, making it difficult to achieve weight loss (if that’s your goal).Health experts say planning meals and being aware of how exercise impacts our appetite and perception of food can make lifestyle changes easier. Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more challenging to exercise as often (or as intensely) as some people did before. In fact, many of us have found ourselves practicing a more sedentary lifestyle, gaining unwanted weight over the past year. But as restrictions ease, a number of us have started thinking how to approach losing weight and embracing exercise in a healthy, mea...
How Your Smartphone May Be Affecting Your Diet and Your Weight

How Your Smartphone May Be Affecting Your Diet and Your Weight

HEALTH, LIFE STYLE, PEOPLE, SMART PHONES
Screens and teens are a combination parents try to manage for multiple reasons. A study out of South Korea adds one more reason to the list. The study analyzed data of more than 53,000 Korean adolescents from the Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Survey and found that teens who used a smartphone for more than 2 hours per day were significantly more likely to eat more processed foods and fewer fruits and vegetables than teens who put their phones down more often. Additionally, teenagers who spent more than 3 hours per day on a smartphone were significantly more likely to be overweight or obese. “These results do not surprise me considering that screen time is a totally sedentary activity occupying time in which teens could be participating in sports or other physical acti...