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As protests rock the US following the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody, Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo writes about the racism he has experienced in the country.
In my first week in New York City last summer, I was invited to dinner at a friend's penthouse on the wealthy Upper West Side.
I picked up some fruit for her and arrived at her building carrying a plastic bag.
The front desk sent me through an open courtyard to the back of the building, past residents' garbage bags and into a surprisingly dirty lift.
When I got off upstairs, my host opened the door mortified, all the colour drained from her face.
"My racist doorman thought you're a delivery guy and made you use the service elevator," she explained as she apologised. Read more...
(New York, June 2, 2020) Liberia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. has stressed the need for adequate, predictable, and sustainable funding for the United Nations Resident Coordinator System as essential to delivering a coherent, effective, efficient and accountable response to National Needs And Priorities.
Stressed Ambassador Kemayah: “It is laudable that the reinvigorated Resident Coordinator System is now in place; and the new system is taking shape with UN Country Teams. Liberia is a very good example of the prospects of the UN Resident Coordinator System. We thank the UN Secretary-General for this endeavor, and DSG Amina Mohammed for her effort in this direction; as well as our Resident Coordinator Kingsley Amaning and his Country Team in Liberia for the hard work. However, as also underscored in the report of the Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group; the need for adequate, predictable and sustainable funding; which is essential to delivering a coherent, effective, efficient; and accountable response; in accordance with national needs and priorities; demands all of our attention. Finally, on behalf of His Excellency President Weah, and the Government and People of Liberia; we thank the Secretary-General, DSG Amina Mohammed; and RC Kingsley Amaning and His UN Country Team; and re-affirm our unwavering commitment and support to the Charter, Reform Agenda of the UN Secretary-General and the workings of the United Nations”. Read more...
The US has been convulsed by nationwide protests over the death of an African-American man in police custody.
George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Footage of the arrest on 25 May shows a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck while he was pinned to the floor.
Mr Chauvin, 44, has since been charged with murder.
The key events that led to Mr Floyd's death happened within just 30 minutes. Based on accounts from witnesses, video footage and official statements, here's what we know so far. Read more...
The US and the African Development Bank have fallen out over allegations of corruption against the bank's Nigerian head, writes former BBC Africa Business editor Larry Madowo.
Akinwumi Adesina is a sharp dresser known for his expensive tailored suits, immaculate white shirts and an endless supply of colourful bow ties.
But the clean public persona of the 60-year-old president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) is now being questioned after a string of corruption and abuse of office allegations from his own staff spilled into the open. Mr Adesina has denied all the allegations.
The board of governors of the 55-year-old institution met on Tuesday to discuss whether to bring in an outside investigator into the allegations concerning the Nigerian's conduct just days after the US rejected an initial inquiry that cleared him. Read more...
As nations around the world scramble to bring coronavirus outbreaks under control, Dr. Raj Panjabi is worried that the world’s poor populations will be excluded from accessing treatments and prevention measures, a scenario he calls “viral apartheid.”
“I don’t use that term lightly,” said Panjabi, speaking with TIME Senior Writer Alice Park during a TIME 100 Talks discussion on May 28. Read more...