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Two Crusading Journalists Win Their Freedom in Angola

A judge in the Angolan capital, Luanda, has thrown out the case against Angola’s most well-known journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço. The two faced three years in prison for reporting on a former attorney general who “bought” three acres of beachfront property free of charge to build a luxury condo.…

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Enemies For Over Two Decades End Feud With An Embrace

“And into ploughshares beat their swords. Nations shall learn war no more.” With those words of Isaiah, Ethiopia and Eritrea announced the end of a futile war and agreed to normalize ties, drawing the curtain on a 20 year military standoff on the Horn of Africa that cost over 70,000 lives. This past weekend, Prime…

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Belgians Name Public Square For Patrice Lumumba

A public square in Brussels will carry the name of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo whose death at the hands of Belgium, the United States and others is now widely acknowledged. Toppled by western countries barely three months after his election in 1961, Lumumba died in horrific fashion.…

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French Leader Promises Quick Return of Stolen African Relics

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the return of African relics to their origin “a top priority” of his administration. “I cannot accept that a large part of cultural heritage from several African countries is in France,” he said in a speech to university students in Burkina Faso last year. “African heritage can’t just be…

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Ethiopian Dam Threatens Destruction of World Heritage Site

Lake Turkana, the reputed birthplace of mankind, has been designated an endangered environmental hotspot by a UNESCO panel. Currently designated a World Heritage Site, Kenya’s Lake Turkana stands among such treasures as the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China. It’s the world’s largest desert lake, a spectacular site whose fossil…

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Commemorative Events Planned For Mandela’s Centenary

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. Those were the prophetic words of President Nelson Mandela, whose role in the long struggle waged against the racist system of apartheid is recalled on the anniversary of his birth on July 18, 1918. This year, the theme…

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Supreme Court To Hear Sudan’s Appeal On Navy Ship Bombing

Sudan has been given the green light to appeal an award of damages for the bombing of the Navy ship USS Cole that killed and injured U.S. sailors almost two decades ago. The damages, totaling $314.7 million, were awarded as compensation for 17 American sailors killed and 39 injured in the bombing of the Navy…

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13,000 Africans Left To Die In The Sahara After Expulsion By Algeria

In one of the most shocking reports on the ill-treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers, the International Organization for Migration has confirmed that thousands of African migrants are being left to die in blistering desert heat after being deported by the government of Algeria and dumped in the Sahara. A new investigation by the Associated Press…

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Ugandan Inventor Wins Major Prize For Malaria Detector

Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta, 24, has scooped a major prize for his device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria – the leading cause of death in his country. In fact, Gitta developed the device, called “Matibabu” after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria. It took four blood tests to diagnose Mr. Gitta with…

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Amnesty International Finds Trouble Brewing in Cameroon

In a new 37 page report, the rights watchdog Amnesty International has documented “unlawful killings, destruction of private property, arbitrary arrests and torture” in two restive regions in Cameroon tied to a power struggle pitting French against English-speaking Cameroonians. In the Amnesty report titled, “A turn for the worse: Violence and human rights violations in…

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A Letter from America’s Children

By Ron Harris, NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist Dear U.S. Media, Democrats, Republicans, Independents and to the concerned Americans who poured out into the streets to protest Donald Trump’s cruel and faulty immigration policies, What about us? We understand and applaud your response to this administration’s malevolent separation of immigrant families from their children—policies and practices…

The Black Press of America is Facing Another Deadly Assault from Trump’s Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, NNPA Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a full-scale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America. The financial sustainability of the Black…

July 2nd Is My Independence Day

By Hank Sanders, Alabama District 23 Sen. Hank Sanders July 2nd is an important date to me.  It is important to others for different reasons. Let me tell you why. I grew up in a segregated society. It was not just segregated, but very oppressive. Most Americans think of segregation as just separation of the…

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing at HUD

By Charlene Crowell When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental experience or active interest in housing’s history…

Black Dollars Matter: It’s Time for Blacks to Pull the Trigger on Politics

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor How often do we hear messages about the amount of money Black people spend every year as consumers? In a recent report by Nielsen titled, “Black Dollars Matter: The Sales Impact of Black Consumers,” the message was once again highlighted: While African Americans make up just 14 percent…

A Cruel Abandonment of the ‘Least of These’

By Marian Wright Edelman “Little kids are begging and screaming not to be taken from parents, and they’re hauled off. Parents are telling their older kids, ‘Be brave, be brave.’ It’s as bad as anything I’ve seen in 25-plus years of doing this work.” –ACLU immigration attorney Lee Gelernt Once again Americans are at a…

Apology For Slavery Not Accepted (Until Whites Come Up With A Comprehensive, Compensatory Plan)

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   I have given this apology for slavery a lot of thought. Upon hearing the City of Charleston Councilmembers apologize for slavery, I immediately texted and asked a friend, “what now?” Now that you have apologized, what do you plan to do about the subjugation of a class of people—my people, descendants of…

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A Brighter Upside of Yourself

By Hakim Abdul-Ali A few weeks ago I wrote an article called “Suicide and Lessons Learned”. The article was and is self-explanatory, and I’ve been blessed to have so many folk reach out to from beyond The Chronicle’s zip code to thank me for putting into print my vibes on that all-too-real issue. Everyone seemed…

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Montford Point Marines – A Moment In Time For James Campbell

By Barney Blakeney They say there aren’t enough hours in the day. For years, I thought my lack of sufficient time to get stuff done was due to my time management – setting priorities and scheduling accordingly. I’ve come to think no matter how well you do those things, when you’ve got a lot of…

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About “The Apology”…

By Barney Blakeney I try to stay away from ‘hot topics’ when writing this column. I figure if everybody else is talking about a subject, how much more can I add? But a friend and regular reader of this diatribe said she is interested to see what I have to say on the subject of…

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Coming Together as One

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  I was out of town recently and I came across a truly wonderful sight. It was a scene where I witnessed an elderly Afro-American male and female couple lovingly walking hand in hand and clearly enjoying each other’s company. It made me stopped immediately in my tracks and in my reminiscent way…

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Visions For The Future Versus Views Of The Past

By Barney Blakeney   The fallout’s still raining down from the June 12 primary elections. I started Father’s Day with the receipt of a telephone text about some crap about a story I wrote and Black folks being bought off as I prepared to hear Summerville Apostle Christopher Coleman tell the congregation at Wesley UMC…

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America Could Be Great, Or Not

Kindness and empathy are thought of as abstract things (that one can’t see) and act as a person’s own reflection of the choices free will mandates. However, kindness and empathy, I argue, are concrete things that one can see, or not. One may choose to see the humanity in an NFL player who protests the…

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What Black America Cannot Fail to Forget

By Dr. William Small, Jr. There is no question mark at the conclusion of the title to this essay. Although the title will hopefully raise a question, it is instead intended to remind Black people in America and throughout the Diaspora of the importance of a statement that I often heard recited while growing up:…

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Fear and Loathing in the Lowcountry!

Bridge failures. Building collapses. Traffic congestion. Fire and brimstone boiling up from the very ground homes are built upon.Hurricane season thrust upon us again for another year with one of the earliest tropical depressions in recent memory. Global warming. Housing cost rising beyond affordability. All newsworthy. All of a major concern. Lots of challenges, but what of the solutions? Last night at…

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Who Owns The Streets? You Do.

By Enough Pie   Our streets are not safe. On March 23, art gallery owner and East Side resident Erin Nathanson was hit trying to walk across the Crosstown at Rutledge, resulting in surgery and a long road to recovery. Too many stories like hers unfold every week about neighbors being harmed or killed while…

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