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Former President Of Egypt Dies On The Stand In Contentious Court Hearing

Egyptian ex-president Mohammed Morsi, persecuted by the current military regime according to rights activists, collapsed on the stand and died after giving testimony in his trial, it was reported on state TV. Morsi, 67, had been speaking from the glass “cage” where he was confined during sessions. He warned of “many secrets” he could reveal,…

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Repression Fails To Quell Growing Opposition To Government Of Cameroon

Facing a growing pro-democracy movement, Cameroon is resorting to an old formula – namely unleashing government power in the form of threats, arrests and excessive force. This week, hundreds of supporters of Maurice Kamto, leader of the opposition Cameroon Resistance Movement, filled the streets, demanding his release from detention but were detained themselves by security…

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Trouble is brewing in Liberia and new president is feeling the heat

Liberian President George Weah is having a few bad days. And more may be on their way. A citizen action group – the Council of Patriots (COP) – has a long list of demands covering governance, human rights and the rule of law, national peace and reconciliation, integrity and accountability, among others. The group has…

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Ghana’s President Stuns Women With Demeaning Remarks at Canada Confab

In this day and age of “Me Too” shaking up outdated gender relationships around the world, it was somewhat unsettling to hear Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo demean his country’s working women as insufficiently activist and dynamic enough to obtain better leadership jobs. Did he really say this at the recent Women Deliver Conference at Vancouver…

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Arab Autocrats Funding Violent Crackdown in Sudan

The hopeful path to peace in Sudan evaporated almost overnight as members of Sudan’s military junta suddenly cocked their rifles and aimed them at a sit-down demonstration by hundreds of civilians. Over 30 Sudanese peaceful protestors preparing for the Muslim ritual Eid al Fitr – Festival of Breaking the Fast – lost their lives in…

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Kenya ‘hanging at the edge of a debt trap,’ observers say

Lending institutions fear that Kenya’s foot may be stuck on the debt pedal with the latest loan in the amount of $750 million from the World Bank to be paid over 30 years. A number of experts and players in the financial sector do not think all is well. The Central Bank, which is the…

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Thousands In Congo Trek To Opposition Icon’s Reburial

The father of President Felix Tshisekedi, opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, was laid to rest Saturday in his homeland more than two years after he died during a political stalemate over the country’s long-delayed elections. Thousands took part in the procession which made its way to the outskirts of Kinshasa following several days of tributes to…

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Mandela’s Widow, Graca Machel: “Child Hunger Must Be Priority in Africa”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Economic growth in Africa has been impressive, but a sad reality remains: However prosperous, the results have had little impact on child nutrition. Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President and Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela, said hunger is the “most acute problem facing Africa’s children.”…

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“The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders” to Headline 2019 Charleston Carifest  

Renowned author and journalist Peter Bailey will screen “The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders,” the second film from his highly anticipated Paradise Discovered series at this year’s Charleston Carifest as part of a nationwide screening tour Bailey has embarked on. In this gripping documentary, Bailey reflects on surviving both hurricanes Irma and Maria on his native St. Thomas alongside…

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U.N. Creates New ‘Ebola Chief’ Position As Fears Of Cross Border Transmission Grow

“We have no time to lose.” That’s the new mantra at the United Nations as the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo now appears almost unstoppable. In an effort to bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months,…

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My Enthusiasm to Be Great Has Skyrocketed

By Elae C. Hill, Chevrolet Discover the Unexpected Fellow Since arriving in ATL for the start of bootcamp with the other Fellows, my enthusiasm and commitment to be great has skyrocketed to another level. When we arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. I did know I had to get to work, and I had…

Why is the Insurance Industry Pushing Repeal of Discrimination Protection?

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “As long as the color of a man’s skin determines his choice of housing, no investment in the physical rebuilding of our cities will free the men and women living there. … A nation that aspires to greatness cannot be a divided nation–with whites and Negroes entrenched behind barriers of…

Whose Lives Matter? Our Lives Matter

By Michaela Purdue Lovegood Twenty years ago, I was a director of youth programs for a subsidiary organization of the Chicago Housing Authority. I ran after-school, GED and job training programs for Black youth living in the city’s public housing.   In the three years that I ran these programs, there were four times when I…

Injustice Revealed and Dramatized

  By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Many know them as the Central Park Five, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay forces to us see the five wrongfully convicted men as individuals. Their names are names we must remember, as individual, courageous, principled Black and Brown men. They are Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, and…

Number 45, AKA Donald Trump, is Not an Aberration

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) -The American news media is deceiving the world when it consistently describes Number 45 as an aberration in the history of the United States presidency. Equally deceiving is its describing and romanticizing the American voting public as some kind of godly people who are devoted to liberty and justice for all…

America’s Natural Gas and Oil Industry is Hiring, Building Diversity

By Mike Sommers, President and CEO American Petroleum Institute The economy is booming, but that doesn’t mean it’s all Easy Street for American families. Costs for household essentials continue to rise– with expenses for healthcare up 73% over 10 years, education costs increasing 58% and food bills rising 26%. There’s one important exception: energy costs. Household…

Back to Common Zen Sense

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Wisdom is something that many folk in “hue-manity” speak of in sacred, hollow, lost or forgotten realms of appreciation. I try not to play with this prized realty because I sincerely believe that to be wise is something we mustn’t to be at leisure with in acquiring same. I’ve been an eternal…

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Dark Money Elections Detected

By Beverly Gadson-Birch It’s election year and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. The problem is everyone jumping on board is not singing the same tune. In order to make melodious music, everyone must be in harmony. Two very important local races to watch are the mayor of Charleston and North Charleston. I know y’all…

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Two Tales Of Summer

By Barney Blakeney Being a newspaper reporter in your home town comes with some really nice perks. And being a reporter for the community’s only Black newspaper offers even more perks! Knowing the community and the people who live here has advantages that make the job indescribably enjoyable and rewarding. A trip to the grocery…

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What is the Quandary Called Jazz?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Music is a part of the everyday makeup and mindsets of many diverse cultures of the world. It’s been that way, seemingly forever, for as long as most inquisitive intellectuals can remember. And still, many interestingly different formats of this phenomena exists throughout the motley panoramas of “hue-man” cultural expressions. Some may…

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Raising Kids and the 2020 Presidential Elections

By Barney Blakeney I watched Whoopi Goldberg on the morning talk show ‘The View’ the other day which featured Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. My mornings used to be Tom Joyner’s radio program from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. featuring news commentator Shaun King, local sister Tessa Spencer Adams on WCIV from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., The View…

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Awesome Magnanimity and Complex Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m in one of those writing moods where I’m completely feeling aware and thoughtful with what I’m about to tell you. First, my feeling aware mindset tells me to inform you about one heck of philanthropic kindness from a truly giving soul who helped others and made their lives a lot less…

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The Sale of Santee Cooper Should’ve Happened… But Let Your Voice Be Heard

By Ayinde Moir Waring The 2019 Legislative session is officially over (barring any emergency meetings) and during the past 6 months, news from the State House was constant and sometimes confusing. We heard of the push for increased teacher’s pay (thankfully), abortion bills, education reform and many other issues that generally get South Carolinians excited;…

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Rural jobs are boosted by impact of SNAP

By Jordan Rasmussen, policy manager, Center for Rural Affairs A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture examines the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in rural America. Widely viewed as a program that helps combat urban poverty and food insecurity, SNAP has seen a greater percentage of utilization in rural areas…

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Buttigieg’s Message Ahead of BET Black Economic Alliance Forum

A week from now, our nation will celebrate Juneteenth. It marks the day when enslaved Black people in Texas learned–almost two years after the fact–that the Emancipation Proclamation had rendered them free people. It is a fundamentally American occasion–a celebration of freedom, but also an acknowledgement of freedom delayed. As we observe this day, we…

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“Thank You”: Chardale Murray Reacts To Hollywood Town Council Election Results

This has truly been an honor to run for Hollywood Town Council. First, I would like to Thank God. I would like to thank the entire community who participated during this historic election. I would also like to thank all of my family, friends, my campaign team, the lovely ladies of Gamma XI Omega Chapter…

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