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Kenyan Prisoners Study Law, Receive Degrees And Have Hope For Early Release

Often, the only images of prisons in Africa that we know are the miserable places where faces press against barred windows, with inmates huddled together looking out desperately for someone to help. The African Prisons Project, started in Uganda 10 years ago and now offered in Kenya, would like to change that. They offer a…

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Smallest Nation In Africa Extends Hand To Fellow Muslims In Myanmar

Few countries are standing up to Myanmar, formerly Burma, for its mistreatment of the Muslim community known as Rohingya. This week, the smallest nation in Africa came to the defense of the persecuted minority, filing a lawsuit that charges Myanmar with genocide. Cast out of Myanmar, where they claim citizenship, the Rohingya Muslims found temporary…

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Rogue Security Force Behind Mistreatment Of Nigerian Free Speech Activists

Human rights defenders around the world are asking if Nigeria has been captured by a rogue body of intelligence operatives who overrule judicial orders and have kept activists locked behind bars for such “crimes” as freedom of speech. This week, Nigerians marked the anniversary of the death of environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues…

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British Museum – The World’s Largest Receiver Of Stolen Goods, Says Book Author

An outspoken human rights lawyer in a new book is calling for European and US institutions to return treasures taken from subjugated peoples by “conquerors or colonial masters.” In the new book by Geoffrey Robertson, the British Museum is accused of exhibiting “pilfered cultural property” and urged to ‘wash its hands of blood and return…

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Australian Researchers Say Botswana is Ancestral Home of Modern Humans

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana, according to a new study by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African origin, Southern Africa is home to contemporary populations that represent the…

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A Market Grows In Africa For Weaponized Spyware Aimed At Activists

If you’re worried about robocalls offering a dubious sale of bitcoins, a new technology aimed at political dissidents will chill you to the bone. Pegasus, an all-seeing spyware, worms its way into phones and starts transmitting the owner’s location, encrypted chats, travel plans – and even the voices of people you meet – to servers…

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Raves For Anglo-Nigerian Writer Awarded Major Literary Prize

England’s most prestigious literary prize has been awarded to Bernadine Evaristo, an Anglo-Nigerian writer, for her eighth work of fiction, to be shared with Margaret Atwood , author of “The Testaments” in a surprise double award approved by the judging panel. Of Nigerian and British parentage, Evaristo is the first black woman to win the…

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Zealous Military Attacks Striking Students at Famed Ugandan University

As shocking images were viewed around the world of Ugandan police and soldiers beating and gassing students at the renowned Makerere University, President Yoweri Museveni was forced to acknowledge that his security forces were out of control. “The military is not trained to quell demonstrations,” he began. “They are trained to kill. Those students are…

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Old Enemies Tear Up Peace Pact After Elections ‘Tarnished By Fraud’

Hopes for a lasting peace between longtime rivals Frelimo and Renamo are fading fast as a recent vote for president of the southern nation of Mozambique has been muddied by claims of fraud, unjustified use of state resources, as well as sporadic violence including the murder of an election observer. “An unlevel playing field was…

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Black Press Joins Congressional Black Caucus in Denouncing New Cuba Travel Ban

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to limit further the ability of American citizens to travel to Cuba. CBC leaders said Trump’s actions would negatively affect the U.S. economy. They also called the decision another personal attack by the president…

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Housing Discrimination Complaints Reach a 24-year High as HUD Rolls Back Fair Housing Rules

By Charlene Crowell As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised if elected that deregulation of the federal government would be an administration priority. Soon after taking the oath of office, he issued an executive order requiring that all departments and agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every one new regulation proposed. In some cases,…

Roger Stone the Fifth Criminal in Trump’s Corruption Ring

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor It is time for America to be honest with itself and admit that President Donald Trump is breaking the law. When Trump talks about draining the swamp, he is really talking about his leadership ring. “Five of Trump’s lieutenants, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and now…

We as Black Folks Must Use Our Common Sense in 2020 and Beyond

By A. Peter Bailey As we enter the last quarter of the 400th anniversary of our African ancestors being forcibly brought to enslavement in North America, here are my suggestions for 2020 and beyond: That we as a people stop trying to claim people who don’t want to be claimed. We are not so lacking in…

The Medicare for All Debate is Long Overdue

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Affordable health care for all is now at the center of the presidential debate. Two of the top three contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination — Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — support Medicare for All. The third — Joe Biden — and those hoping to take his place as…

How heavy a burden does a person of color alleging discrimination have to carry to have his day in court?

By Falen O. Cox, Esq., Founding Partner, Cox, Rodman, and Middleton The case, Comcast Corp. v. National Association of African American Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, is, on the surface, a case about procedural issues. Beneath the surface it is about the ease or complexity a plaintiff may face when raising claims of racial…

America’s Veterans Deserve Better From For-Profit Colleges

By Charlene Crowell Every year, the 11th day of the 11th month is observed as Veterans Day. It’s a time to honor the 18.2 million men and women still living who served in at least one war. Though observances vary across the nation, each celebrates the American ideal of service to country. It’s also a time to remember that…

Barney Done Lost His Gosh Darned Mind!

By Barney Blakeney I knew when I decided to write the column about support for Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait I was flying into flak. The hits came almost immediately. One guy said I’m no ally of Black folks regarding public education. Another guy said the message wasn’t clear and asked if I’d…

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What is Being True and Loyal Today?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My expressed vibrations today will touch on some things that have been on my mind for a little while now. It’s about being truthful and loyal in today’s realm. These are very important issues to me in my accreditation of who I call and value my “real” friends. So, forgive me if…

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Election Commission Denies Singletary’s Protest For New Election

By Beverly Gadon-Birch On Monday, Mayoral Candidate John Singletary presented a formidable and compelling argument before Charleston County Election Commission for overturning North Charleston Mayoral Election that returned incumbent Keith Summey to office for a 7th term.  Singletary presented signed affidavits and videos of election irregularities that were accepted into evidence as exhibits. After viewing clips…

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Telling It Is Like It Is

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’ve observed that in the living experience there are situations that arise where and when a lot of ethnic folk get tongue-twisted in trying to explain themselves, or trying to attempt to, in getting their point(s) across to others. Hmm! Does that sound familiar to you? I believe that it should because…

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Who Supports CCSD Supt. Gerrita Postlewait?

By Barney Blakeney I was talking to a friend digging up a story. He asked, whatever I did, don’t mention how much assistance Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait gives to Black folk’s initiatives. He didn’t want to stir up political wrath against her. Like any good reporter, I always try to accommodate my…

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Change Needed For Charleston & North Charleston!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch This is not one of those git down, sit down quizzical kind of articles you have grown accustomed to over the years. It’s voting time! You have the opportunity to elect responsible mayoral candidates for Charleston and North Charleston, also councilmembers. Sometimes we just need to talk about issues as they impact…

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The People Must Demand Change at Santee Cooper For Their Own Good

As a person who has dedicated myself to working in communities that are often overlooked or underrepresented, I truly understand the importance of community involvement in political and social issues. Simply, I know that people must take it upon themselves to pay attention to the issues that are currently present and make it their mission…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

In 2019, Ebony Clare was shot and killed in South Carolina. Her husband, Romaine Clare was arrested. www.abcnews4.com. Brandon Clark, 21, allegedly killed 17-year-old Bianca Devins, then posted photos of her body on the gaming site Discord, according to a 2019 article in USA Today. A man who had a history of domestic violence with his…

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Volunteer/Mentor

I applied to be a mentor at multiple high schools in Charleston via West Ashley High School’s Raptor Program. I wanted to know if any programs existed specifically designed for troubled students, i.e., those who are repeatedly in Saturday school, detention, facing constant suspensions, or near expulsion. I’m interested in anything dealing with youth rivalries, violence,…

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Rural communities are in the middle of the immigration crisis

By Gladys Godinez, community organizer, Center for Rural Affairs More than 600 people were detained on Aug. 7, 2019, in small rural towns in the state of Mississippi by Homeland Security Investigations (HMI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As was evident last month in Mississippi, resources such as interpreters and immigration attorneys are limited…

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