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.
“David Cameron rules out slavery reparation during Jamaica visit” (BBC)
“Apologise for slavery! – Reparations committee wants David Cameron to say sorry for wrongs of UK past” (The Gleaner)
“David Cameron Grapples With Issue of Slavery Reparations in Jamaica” (The New York Times)
“Britain, Jamaica, and the Looming Battle Over Reparations” (The Atlantic)
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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.
“Dozens Killed in Clashes in Central African Republic” (The New York Times)
“RCA: retour de Samba-Panza à Bangui dans un calme relatif” (Radio France Internationale, in French)
“RCA: Samba-Panza dénonce une tentative de coup d’Etat” (Radio France Internationale, in French)
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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.
“Abe says Japan must solve its own problems before accepting any Syria refugees” (Reuters)
“Japan’s Leader Shinzo Abe Triples Aid to Address Mideast Refugee Crisis” (New York Times)
“Abe: Japan ready to help refugees, but not take them in” (AP)
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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.
“Germany prints its constitution in Arabic for refugees” (Deutsche Welle)
“Germany prints its constitution in Arabic for refugees to learn” (Reuters)
Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
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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.
Read the full story:
“Dadri: Mob kills man, injures son over ‘rumours’ that they ate beef” (The Indian Express)
“Hindu mob lynches Muslim rumored to have killed a cow” (Reuters)
“‘Beef-eating rumour’: Massive security in Dadri near Delhi after man’s death” (The Times of India)