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Major Peace Prize Awarded To Human Rights Activist From Western Sahara

The Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ goes to five human rights activists this year. Among them is Aminatou Haidar of the Western Sahara. Ms. Haidar receives the Right Livelihood Award “for her steadfast nonviolent action, despite imprisonment and torture, in pursuit of justice and self-determination for the people of Western…

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PART I: A Quest for Garifuna Visibility in America’s Census

By Khalil Abdullah, Ethnic Media Services Gilberto Amaya’s career in international development has taken him across more than 30 countries as he implemented renewable energy systems, agribusiness projects, and poverty alleviation initiatives. He witnessed post-independence struggles of sovereign states whose names are rarely heard on U.S. nightly newscasts — Burkina Faso, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe. A…

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South Africans Mark World Aids Day With New ‘Wonder’ Drug

On the occasion of World Aids Day, South African health minister Zweli Mkhize announced the roll-out of a new state-of-the-art antiretroviral drug which, he said, should drastically reduce the number of people living with HIV. The roll-out could start as soon as this month. A modified three-in-one pill was hailed as a ‘game-changer’, much needed…

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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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Black Communities Are Making A Difference In The Fight Against AIDS

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The fact that there’s a conversation that occurs on an annual basis on World AIDS Day is significant. The fact that the President of the United States, on an annual basis, now, comments and discusses AIDS, keeps it on the agenda. I think a very, very concrete outcome of that…

More Truths About Guns in America

By Marian Wright Edelman On November 6, 17-year-old Da’Qwan Jones-Morris, a former Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® scholar from St. Paul, Minnesota, was killed when he was accidentally shot in the chest by a 15-year-old friend playing with a stolen gun in our gun saturated nation. Da’Qwan and a group of friends were playing…

African-American Boys and Men in America Are Killing Themselves and No One Seems To Care

By Dr. Salvatore J. Giorgianni, Jr. PharmD. Senior Science Advisor, Men’s Health Network African-American boys and men in America continue to kill themselves at an alarming rate. Over the past several months the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released several reports about the demographics of this national disgrace. African-American men and boys continue to…

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,…

A Random Thought About Worrying

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Just recently I was in a conversation with an acquaintance of mine and the topic dealt with the aspect of worrying. It’s an arena of “hue-man” thought engagement that causes a lot of ethnic folk headaches and heartbreaks. I can straightforwardly admit that at one time I was overly concerned about some…

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Bits & Pieces: “Learning, Laughter, & Life!”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Now that Thanksgiving festivities are over, we find ourselves dead smack into Christmas parades, shopping and more shopping. It’s time to leave the blighted past behind and lighten up a bit this week. My head is full of euphemisms from summers spent with grandma Lula. She would say “you pay for your learning.”…

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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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My Contaminated 40 Acres Killed My Mule

TO ALL CONCERNED:   People there has been an extremely pressing issue facing us all daily—global warming. Since the first so-called settlers invaded these lands there has been an environmental injustice plagued upon the indigenous people. After slavery the injustice continued until today. Big corporations have ignored the cries of the people to “save our…

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Letter to the Editor: Bring D.C. to North Charleston

My name is Trojan Bell and I am writing this letter again in hopes that some outside influence from Washington, D.C. can look into the practices of the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD). In 2005 Sheriff Al Cannon asked for the NCPD to be investigated. The investigation by SLED turned out to be an assassination…

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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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