Jamaican leaders find no traction on reparations issue with U.K. PM
British PM David Cameron rejected calls from Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller and other Caribbean leaders for reparations and an unconditional apology during his recent visit to Jamaica, the first by a British PM in 14 years.
Caribbean leaders have chronicled the long-term economic damages that the lack of reparations following Britain’s 1833 emancipation of the enslaved has inflicted on their national economies.
The call for reparations in the Caribbean has been particularly strong in the region because of the significant financial compensation offered to slave owners at the time of emancipation.
Violence in the C.A.R. capital of Bangui fuels fears of return of religious violence
Dozens were killed in fighting that showed signs of the religious divisions between the country’s Muslims and Christians responsible for the deaths of thousands and displacement of nearly a million from 2012 to 2014.
An estimated 27,000 fled the recent violence for a camp for the internally displaced near Bangui’s airport.
Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza denounced the violence as an attempted coup meant to disrupt elections set to be held in mid-October and late November.
Japan PM shuts down prospect of Japan taking in refugees after announcing humanitarian aid
Following his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, PM Shinzo Abe stated that Japan would be focusing on domestic issues in lieu of taking in refugees.
Citing the need to focus on the birthrate, gender inclusiveness, and the elderly, Abe framed the issue as one of “demography.”
At the General Assembly, Abe announced that Japan would provide $810 million in assistance for those affected by the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts, with an additional $750 million going to infrastructure and other peace-building projects.
Germany prints constitution in Arabic for new arrivals
Germany has printed an initial 10,000 copies of an Arabic translation of the first 20 articles of its constitution to help support the integration of the more than 800,000 expected to find refuge in the country by year’s end.
Adopted in 1949, the “Basic Law” outlines the most critical political and social features of Germany’s democracy, including secular governance, freedom of religion, and other basic individual freedoms.
German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also noted refugees would have to accept the sexual and gender equality and the prohibition on anti-Semitism in the country.
Muslim man killed, son injured by mob outside New Delhi over alleged beef consumption
Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, was beaten to death by a crowd in Dadri after rumors of his family’s storing and eating beef spread.
After police arrested six from the mob, protests erupted between hundreds of Muslim and Hindu residents, leading to riot intervention by the police.
Recent incidents of violence against Muslims in rural villages fueled by suspicions of cow-slaughtering highlight tensions over bovine protection in the country, with cows occupying a sacred space according to the theology of the India’s majority Hindus.
Syrian Christians who immigrated to the U.S. before Syria descended into chaos have watched from the sidelines as their families, churches, and hometowns have been demolished in the fight between pro-government and Islamist militant forces, including the Islamic State. BuzzFeed News profiles three in New York who relate the tragedy of watching the world they previously knew as home fall apart.
Yemeni students who traveled to Lebanon on scholarship for advanced study confronted conditions far less hospitable to their intellectual growth than they had imagined. A Middle East Eye short film features interviews with the students, who describe persecution at the hands of Lebanese authorities as well as mental distress and financial difficulty stemming from the war back home, which has cut many off from their families.