Associated Press/Photo by Sakchai Lalit

Thai students lead pro-democracy protests

International | The demonstrations push for unprecedented reforms in the monarchy
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/21/20, 05:19 pm

Students in Thailand lifted three fingers in a Hunger Games–style salute as they sang the Thai national anthem during morning assembly at several high schools this week. Others donned white ribbons to show solidarity with growing protests against the monarchy and the military-led Thai administration.

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Associated Press/Photo by Thoko Chikondi (file)

Malawi’s new leader trained in church

International | Longtime pastor begins work on economic reform and fighting corruption
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/31/20, 12:45 pm

During his inauguration, Malawi’s Pentecostal pastor–turned-president said he came to serve, not rule. Adding that the nation must clear out the rubble caused by corruption before it can start to rebuild, Lazarus Chakwera promised to “challenge the leadership of the judiciary to do more to root out the culture of corruption and selective justice that has shipwrecked too many of our lowest courts.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Bushra Soltan/Freedom Initiative

American student released from Egyptian prison

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/07/20, 04:15 am

Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American national, returned home to New Jersey on Monday after nearly 500 days in Egypt’s Tora prison without a trial. The Freedom Initiative, a U.S.-based group that represented Amashah, said he recused his Egyptian citizenship as a condition for his release. The U.S. government pressured Egypt to free Amashah during the pandemic, noting he suffered from asthma and autoimmune disease.

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