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.

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“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.

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“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.




A United Nations panel of human rights activists asked the United States government to give reparations to the African-American community, who were the descendants of black slaves in America.

The reparations would be intended to repair some of the damage done to the African-American community, through various forms of oppression, which includes :

1. Slavery.
2. Black codes.
3. Jim crow.
4. Sundown Towns.
5. Lynchings .
6. Domestic white terrorism (KKK).
7. Mass incarceration and police brutality , which disproportionately affect the African-American community, at a much higher rate than the rest of the population.
8. The 13th amendment. (Which permitted prison inmates to be used as slave labor.
9. Miseducation by a broken school system.

Mireille Fanon Mendes-France, the chairwoman of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent committee, compared the police killings of unarmed black men today in the United States to racist lynchings that occurred in the South, during the height of segregation.

Mendes-France did not believe that individual checks should be given to the descendants of American slavery, but rather she recommended money be spent for the “full implementation of special programs based on education, socioeconomic, and environmental rights.”

There is a precedence for the United States giving reparations to American citizens, the first case is when the United States government gave reparations to Japanese Americans, for their harsh treatment during World War 2 and in 2015 the Obama administration earmarked $12 million dollars in reparations to be given to holocaust survivors.




Obama administration earmarks $12M for Holocaust survivors