The crisis in Aleppo, Syria came to a head this week as President Bashar al-Assad’s military, backed by the Russians, reclaimed the eastern parts of the city held by rebel forces. Human rights abuses abounded as reports came of bodies in the streets and execution style killings of civilians as government forces brutally took back Aleppo.
There’s been a call for reparations for black people in the United States ever since the possibility slavery coming to an end even became a notion. Yet it still hasn’t happened, so supporters of the idea continue to make cases for its necessity. The latest of which comes from the United Nations.
The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released a report claiming that “the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States” are proof enough that some form of reconciliation is needed to obtain true peace and healing.
The United Nations have voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine.
The resolution upgrades Palestine to the status of “nonmenber observer state,” and is being called a “diplomatic defeat for the United States.”
Palestinians rejoiced upon learning the news, but their quest for independence still depends on a peace deal with Israel.