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World Leaders Gather For Major Climate Confab With Africa In The Spotlight

As world leaders gather in Madrid, Spain, for one of the largest global conferences on the environment, a new report from the U.S.-based Save the Children Fund warns that real world impacts of climate change are threatening tens of millions of people in East and Southern Africa with what it terms “climate shock.” Floods, landslides,…

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Serena Williams Builds Schools in Jamaica, Africa

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia While many deep-pocketed philanthropists and celebrities will write checks to support worthy causes, Tennis megastar Serena Williams routinely goes the extra mile. In a recently released video, Williams donned a pair of jeans, workboats, a hardhat and went to work on Salt Marsh Elementary School in…

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African Plant Extinction Blamed On Human Activity

A new study warns that a third of tropical African plants are on the path to extinction, with much of western Africa standing to lose more than 40 percent of plant diversity. Ethiopia, and parts of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are the hardest hit regions, the researchers found. Species at risk…

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Ethiopia’s Fragile Union Of Ethnic Groups Inches Towards Break-Up

Some of the 80 ethnic groups that form the nation of Ethiopia are demanding greater autonomy and are voting with their feet for self-government. This month, the Sidama people voted overwhelmingly to become self-governing, casting 98.5 percent of the votes backing the change. The Sidama – who number about 3 million – represent close to…

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‘Fishrot Files’ Reveal Costly Web Of Bribes From Iceland To Namibia

The stench of fish rot is wafting over Namibia. It’s taken down two Namibian ministers and leaves an Icelandic fisheries minister in the hot seat. “A coterie of well-heeled vampires is sucking our fishing sector dry!” protested the local Namibian newspaper as news of the corrupt trading of valuable fishing quotas came to light. Corruption…

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Risks Grow For African Leaders Seeking Extended Term

It’s not a piece of cake these days for leaders of African countries plotting to rewrite their constitutions and give themselves another decade or two in power, frustrating efforts by citizen groups to give other leaders a chance to rule. That’s the endgame facing Guinean President Alpha Conde who is poised to approve a new…

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South African Airlines In Crisis Mode As Workers Strike For Better Pay

Unions representing more than half of South African Airways (SAA) workforce called a strike last week after the airline refused to meet wage and job security demands. The unions, representing more than 3,000 workers, walked out on Nov. 15 after the state-owned airline rejected their demand for 8% raises, offering 5.9% instead. The airline is…

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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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The Doors of the Church are Still Open: A Response to the incident at Bethel, Gainesville from the AME Church Leadership

On Tuesday, November 16th, news media around the United States reported the story that a local law enforcement officials arrested a white teenager who idolized Dylan Roof with a notebook in her position detailing a plot to attack Bethel AME Church in Gainesville, Georgia. We are thankful for the vigilance of local law enforcement in…

Bloomberg’s Apology – Sorry Doesn’t Always Make it Right

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Billionaire Mike Bloomberg entered the already-crowded Democratic presidential primary with a splash. His ad buy of about $35 million represents more than half of what the other dozen or so candidates have spent on the campaign so far. His $54.6 billion net worth (according to Forbes) means he has deep…

Don’t Let Predatory Lenders Rob Your Holiday Joy

By Charlene Crowell After the nation gives thanks for its many blessings, the annual season of holiday joy begins with its barrage of celebrations both secular and spiritual that mark the season. Colorful decorations and Christmas trees pop up at parades, concerts, parties and more as family and friends gather in good cheer.   For many businesses,…

What I’m thankful for this season

Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW Thanksgiving is here. Pass the turkey, slow down on the stuffing, put the kids, nieces and nephews at another table so the adults can talk, leave room for the pumpkin pie and leave even more room for, as the word suggests, giving thanks. So that’s what I want to do here.…

The Rent Is Too Damn High – And the Presidential Candidates Aren’t Saying Enough About It

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Across the nation, families are struggling with homelessness and housing insecurity. We need to treat the affordable housing shortage like the crisis that it is. Housing is a fundamental human right. It’s time we as a nation acted like it and end the housing crisis once and for all.” – U.S. Rep.…

Reparations: America’s Unfinished Business

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) — Whenever Black people bring up the subject of white Americans acting to cure years of discriminatory acts against Black people when our ancestors were forced to work without compensation, they usually pivot to the term “reverse discrimination” or they question whether reparations would be constitutional. My good…

My Mind’s Been Going Through Them Changes

By Barney Blakeney I was struck by the outcome of the November 5 municipal elections in Charleston and North Charleston. They signaled changes occurring right in front of our faces – reminded me of the old Buddy Miles song. The Charleston City Council District 3 election resulted in an upset victory for Jason Sakran who…

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Loving The Skin That You’re In

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Sadly, here I go again addressing an arena where apparent self-hatred about one’s features seems to be an apparent issue for me to address once again. This time it stems from actually hearing a young high school female of color tell another acquaintance in a convenience store situation that she didn’t like…

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Thanksgiving: In All Things, Give Thanks!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I don’t know about y’all, but with all that is going on in the world today, I am grateful to be alive. I am looking forward to spending some down time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The citizens of Charleston have just experienced two major mayoral elections—City of Charleston and North…

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Black Voters Should Be Thinking Black Business

By Barney Blakeney I find so much upsetting about the November 5 municipal elections in Charleston and North Charleston it’s hard to focus on one thing. Voting was low; only about 12,000 of about 64,000 registered voters cast ballots in North Charleston. Charleston voters showed up in higher numbers, about 26,000 of about 99,000 registered…

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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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Letter to the Editor: Santee Cooper

Rural households across our nation spend a disproportionate share of their income on energy bills. It’s a huge problem in the South, especially in low-income homes. It is not right that people face decisions of should they buy a prescription, food or pay their utility bill. Since 2012, Santee Cooper, the state-owned and largest utility,…

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Get Social: A Call to Lowcountry Small Businesses

Social media plays an important role in today’s digital world. We use these channels to stay connected to friends and family and build communities. One of the biggest benefactors of social media, however, has been America’s small businesses – small businesses like ours, Charleston Gourmet Burger Company. As a husband and wife team that is…

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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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