Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.
The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police. Read More
Cuba and United States Now Foment Moderation in the Americas
Analysis by Mario Osava
RIO DE JANEIRO – With the decision to reestablish diplomatic ties, Cuba and the United States, polar opposites that have long inspired or fomented extremism of different kinds in the Americas, have now become factors of moderation and pragmatism.
The continued isolation of Cuba 25 years after the end of the Cold War was so widely rejected that the U.S. embargo, which dates to October 1960, has completely lost relevance. But it can only be abolished by the U.S. Congress. It is politics that reigns in this case.
Moreover, the measures announced by U.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 17 undermine the embargo. Raising the quarterly limit of cash remittances to Cuba from 500 to 2,000 dollars and freeing up
Feds Bar Companies’ Long-Distance Lawsuits Against Soldiers
Federal regulators reached a settlement last week with the owners of two high-priced lenders over what they alleged were illegal debt collection practices against service members. Read More
Anti-Gay Legislation Could Defeat Goal to End AIDS in Zimbabwe by 2015
Nigeria struggles to care for its adolescents living with HIV
By Jeffrey Moyo
HARARE – Despite a mandate to eradicate HIV/AIDS under the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Zimbabwe has done little or nothing to reduce the rate of infection among vulnerable gays and lesbians, say activists here.
The MDGs are eight goals agreed to by all U.N. member states and all leading international development institutions to be achieved by the target date of 2015.
These goals range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. Read More
By Sam Olukoya
LAGOS, Nigeria – HIV among teenagers is devastating families in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where AIDS has become the No. 1 killer of adolescents.
Africa accounts for more than 80 per cent of the 2.1 million adolescents living with HIV globally. Read More