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New York Court Says No To Compensating Namibians For Genocide Committed...

AFRICANGLOBE - A New York federal court has dismissed a lawsuit by the Herero and Nama people seeking compensation from Germany for the genocide of their ancestors in what is now Namibia.

Germany’s First Genocide Was In Namibia

AFRICANGLOBE - It has become known as the first genocide of the 20th century: tens of thousands of men, women and children shot, starved, and tortured to death by German troops as they put down rebellious ethnic groups in what is now Namibia. Ideas and techniques that would play a key role in the Holocaust have some of their roots in German atrocities in colonial Africa, researchers argue.

Thousands Of African Skulls And Bones Are Still Being Held In...

AFRICANGLOBE - More than 1,000 skulls and bones belonging to East Africans and brought to Germany for racial "scientific" research during the colonial era are still in storage in Berlin, a media report said Tuesday. Public broadcaster ARD said it had obtained lists of the human remains that are still held by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which administers the capital's state museums.

German TV Creates Controversy Over Blackface Comedy Sketch

AFRICANGLOBE - German public broadcaster SWR has come under fire for a comedy sketch in which a presenter is disguised using blackface. The Initiative of Black People in Germany says the stunt reflects a racist tradition in which minorities are depicted with exaggerated features to make audiences laugh.

Namibians Furious After Germany Refuses To Pay Reparations For Genocide

AFRICANGLOBE - Namibians lashed out Friday at Germany for refusing to pay reparations for the genocide of their people a century ago, calling it a “phenomenal” insult to the victims’ descendants. Germany had not only apologised to the Jews for the Holocaust, but had also paid reparations, Rukoro said. “Because we have a different skin colour, the German government is saying to us: it’s only an apology and that’s it,”

Brexit And The Return Of European Militarism

AFRICANGLOBE - The Brexit vote and the latest German initiatives have alarmed leading representatives of US imperialism. Robert D. Kaplan, an influential member of the US foreign policy establishment and architect of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, warned in a column in the Wall Street Journal, “The returning geopolitical chaos is akin, in some respects, to the 1930s.”

Forgotten Genocide: Namibia’s Quest For Reparations

AFRICANGLOBE - On July 8, Norbert Lammert, a heavyweight of Germany's Christian Democrat party, and president of the Bundestag, wrote a column in Die Zeit, stating that Germany perpetrated a "race war" and a "genocide" in Namibia.

Germany Set To Recognize Genocide In Colonial Namibia

AFRICANGLOBE - German authorities are set to officially recognize as "genocide" the colonial-era crackdown in Namibia by German troops more than a century ago in which over 65,000 ethnic Hereros were killed. Talks with Namibia on a joint declaration about the events of the early 20th century are ongoing, and it isn't clear when they will be concluded, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Friday.

Will Germany Ever Recognize The Namibian Genocide?

AFRICANGLOBE - German troops committed the first genocide of the 20th century in Namibia which was then known as German South-West Africa. In 1904, the German general Lothar vonThrotha used an uprising against the colonialists as pretext to slaughter around 70,000 Hereros, which amounted to about 80 percent of its population. The troops also wiped out half of the people of the Nama ethnic group. The UN officially called the killings a genocide as early as 1948. But Germany refuses to do so to this day.

Boko Haram And The Return Of German Imperialism To Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - After Germany lost its colonies following defeat in the First World War, the German elite under Hitler dreamed anew of a German colonial empire in Africa. It would serve as a “tropical extension” to a Europe dominated by Germany. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Berlin is preparing to pursue Germany’s imperialist interests in Africa with increasingly military means.

U.S. Army Withheld Promise To Germany That Ebola Virus Wouldn’t Be...

AFRICANGLOBE - According to a Wikileaks cable the United States withheld assurances from Germany that the Ebola virus - among other related diseases - would not be weaponized in the event of Germany exporting it to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.

Brazil’s World Cup Team And Their Women: Color Doesn’t Matter Or...

AFRICANGLOBE - In 1950, Black goalie Barbosa had been unfairly blamed for Brazil’s defeat in the 1950 World Cup and ever since then there had been an unspoken ban on Black goalies.

Afro-Germans Call On Germany To Apologize Namibian Genocide

AFRICANGLOBE - On Wednesday (05.03.2014) Berlin's Charite hospital handed over three complete skeletons and 18 skulls to a delegation from Namibia. The remains are more than a hundred years old and date back to the time of repressive German colonial rule.

France, Germany Send Troops To Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - France and Germany say they will deploy troops to Mali as part of a joint military brigade in the West African country. "France and Germany have decided to send elements of the Franco-German Brigade to Mali; the first deployment under the aegis of the EU and in an African location," said a joint statement issued on Wednesday.

Germany Plans To Expand Military Presence In Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - Germany's new defence minister said Sunday her country should engage more strongly in Africa by sending additional military trainers to Mali and supporting the French intervention in Central African Republic.

Zimbabwe’s Black Empowerment Minister Harassed, Detained In Nazi Germany

AFRICANGLOBE - Zimbabwe's environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere was detained Saturday morning at Munich International Airport in Germany after arriving on a flight from South Africa. Kasukuwere said he was held for three hours after arriving on Germany on his way to Poland to attend the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention.
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