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Coup Plot Led By ‘Old Guard’ Foiled In Ethiopia

Rebel gunmen launched a coordinated assault over the weekend in the Ethiopian state of Amhara in a challenge to President Abiy Ahmed and his sweeping reform program. Several senior government officials died in the assault including the army chief and the governor of Amhara state. Mr. Ahmed rushed to the region and, wearing army fatigues,…

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African Cocoa Growers Take Hard Line On Prices – Better Ones Or Else!

Strike! That’s the sound of the world’s top two producers of cocoa who say they are suspending their sales for better prices. The governments of Ivory Coast and Ghana are trying this time-honored strategy to address the imbalance between farmers’ income and money made by foreign commodity markets who scoop up most of the profit.…

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Orthodox Church in Ethiopia Blocks Gay Group Planning Tour

Pride parades, gay friendly diners, movies, books and fashion. The gay life tyle is coming to town but the welcome mat is still far from ubiquitous. Ethiopia, home to Abiy Ahmed, the “hugging president,” has yet to come to terms with LGBT or Q. In fact, some Ethiopian bloggers have been openly unfriendly to say…

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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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America’s economy must better serve Black and Latino Consumers

By Charlene Crowell Anyone who works for a living knows that their money goes a lot quicker than the time it takes to earn it. And for low-to-moderate income workers, the costs of everyday living creep higher and quicker than pay raises or cost-of-living adjustments. These and other kitchen table finance concerns are part of why…

Plastics are strangling the planet

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor On my morning walk I pass a tree every day that has a long plastic bag stuck in the branches. I keep wondering whether my neighbor realizes that the bag is strangling the tree. I am not exaggerating. The plastic is not simply sitting on the branches but…

Ask Dr. Kevin – New Parents and a Newborn with Sickle Cell Disease: What Now?

By Dr. Kevin Williams , Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease.          Dr. Kevin Williams is the Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer where he…

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…

When “His-story” Is Not “Our Story?”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m a brother of color, plain and simple, and that’s the way it is no matter how you, or others, view me. To be described as otherwise is not knowing that Afrikan descendant folk here in America have their very own unique stories to tell. Because of that reality, I’ve always called…

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Who Knows What’s Happening to Black Girls?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is so much going on in the world, this writer is taking a break today from “Dark money and how it impacts elections and communities” while further research is being conducted on those involved. There is more to come. However, another pressing matter that has captured my attention is missing and exploited…

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Four Years After Emanuel

By Barney Blakeney This week the Charleston community observed the fourth anniversary of the June 17 massacre at Emanuel AME Church in which nine people were slaughtered. I find it hard to write about the Emanuel slaughter – it’s a sensitive issue that evokes a lot of different emotions and people most often think with their…

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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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Burn Down the Plantations (In Theory, At Least)

By D.R.E. James The men on the corner of Aiken and Columbus Streets paused their dice game as I approached to inform me of how crazy I was for wearing a hoodie that read “BURN DOWN THE PLANTATIONS” in gold stitching. These men were the biggest and the baddest on the block, yet their ruthless…

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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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