65 PEOPLE IN NIGERIA WERE KILLED IN SUSPECTED TERRORIST ATTACK BY BOKO HARAM

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

This past weekend in the northern Nigeria, 65 people were killed in a terrorist attack that occurred during a funeral.

That happened this past Saturday at a burial ceremony in the Nganzai district, which is near the Borno state capitol of Maiduguri.

Reportedly, 21 people were killed in the initial attack, and 44 were killed when local villagers attempted to capture the terrorist.

For additional information use the link below:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/07/28/africa/boko-haram-attack-nigeria/index.html

THE U.N. ACCUSES BLACKSTONE OF HOUSING CRISIS

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

One of the world’s largest real estate companies Blackstone Group, was called out by the United Nations Housing Advisor.

Blackstone was accused of taking advantage of its tenants, inflating housing prices, and charging expensive fees to do basic repairs.

According to the Guardian.com

“government officials in Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the US, Farha and Deva accused private equity and asset management firms like Blackstone and its subsidiaries of undertaking “aggressive evictions” to protect its rental income streams, shrinking the pool of affordable housing in some areas, and effectively pushing low and middle-income tenants from their homes.”

In recent years Blackstone has grown massively, by buying hundreds of thousands of homes throughout the globe, in regions like North America, Latin America, Europe and parts of Asia.

For additional information use link below:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/26/blackstone-group-accused-global-housing-crisis-un

“UN calls for greater effort in closing gender gap”

The United Nations is calling for stronger efforts to close the gender gap in conflict resolution. During a debate at the Security Council on Monday, member states, the African Union and UN agencies agreed that women can help de-escalate the world’s conflicts, but not enough has been done to bring them on board.

“EXCLUSIVE: African descendants, First Nation ‘left behind’ – Danny Glover on reparations”

The movement for reparations for slavery is gaining traction around the globe. Last month, a UN committee urged the US to pay up for its role in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.