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U.S. Plans Deadly Strategy Against Terror in West Africa

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Officials of the West African nation of Niger have announced they would allow the Pentagon to operate armed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), out of the country’s capital, Niamey. The drones will conduct strikes on terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates that operate along the country’s border with Mali. The move…

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Demonstrations Held to Spotlight and Stop African Slave Trade in Libya

  By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Demonstrations recently have been held in major European cities to protest African men, women and children being sold into slavery in Libya, a practice that began after the United States and other countries overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, leaving the country ungovernable. Nearly 4,000 individuals protested in Stockholm.…

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CNN Video of ‘African Slave Market’ Sparks Outrage and Condemnation

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Footage obtained by CNN of an alleged auction of young Africans at an open market in Libya sent shockwaves through the diasporan community and the leaders of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The shocking images, shared worldwide on social media, were “despicable”, declared President Alpha Conde of Guinea, current chair of the African Union.…

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Home of Parents of Afrobeat Legend ‘FELA’ to Become Museum, Gov’t Says

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A government-led plan to restore the home of the parents of Afro music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and turn it into a museum has cheered and excited Fela’s many fans and followers. The colonial era one-story building was built by the late Israel Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s father, and his wife, Funmilayo, over a century ago.…

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International Court to Seek Reparations for Thousands of African War Crimes Victims

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The International Criminal Court is preparing the ground for a determination of reparations owed to over 5,000 victims of atrocities that were committed in the Central African Republic. The atrocities were carried out by troops under former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and took place between October 2002 and March 2003. Sentenced to…

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Bishop William J. Barber II To Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican On Thanksgiving Day

By Cash Michaels, The Wilmington Journal/NNPA Member In an exclusive interview with The Wilmington Journal, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, the president of Repairers of the Breach, a nonpartisan, nonprofit social advocacy group, has confirmed that he and a delegation of “moral, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and ecological justice advocates…” will be meeting with Pope…

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Grueling Rescue Operation in Mediterranean Unable to Save 26 African Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) –Shivering immigrants pulled from icy Mediterranean waters huddled under aid workers’ blankets hardly move the hearts of wealthy nationals in developed countries these days. But the story this week of 26 young African women whose bodies were recovered near a smuggler’s boatload of migrants caused some heads to turn and tears to fall. Their…

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Tax Havens for the Rich and Powerful Exposed in Latest ‘Data Dump’

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The latest investigative bombshell by an international team of journalists reveals the kings and queens, presidents and CEOs who have hidden their wealth in foreign ports, far from the prying eye of the taxman. The new report is called the “Paradise Papers.” Extracts from the report have already appeared in the Wall St.…

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Charleston Enters Second Sister City Relationship With Panama City

By Barney Blakeney Two weeks ago Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and city council agreed in principle to develop a second ‘sister city” relationship. This time the relationship will be coupled with Panama City, Panama in Central America. Charleston currently is sister city to Spoleto, Italy. It’s a relationship that spawned the annual Spoleto Arts Festival…

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US Starts New Relations With Sudan; Human Rights Watch Calls the Lifting Sanctions ‘Serious Mistake’

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) Sudan’s strained relations with the US have suddenly taken a turn for the better. In a move that caught some diplomats and human rights defenders by surprise, the US State Department announced the lifting of some of its toughest economic and trade sanctions against Sudan. The initiative was reportedly hammered out in the last…

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How My Grandparents Taught Me to Love Myself

By Lynette Monroe, Program Assistant, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign I don’t remember my grandparents assisting me with homework beyond holding up flash cards for me to recite. They could have, I just don’t remember. I do remember Lil’ Bow Wow’s release of “Beware of Dog” in 2000 followed by my incessant pleading to hang his…

The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

By Tynisha Jointer As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I’ve also seen long-term impacts…

NFL Season Marred By Controversy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I was thrilled that the Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in Super Bowl LII. This season, however, I took a complete break from watching the NFL and, as a result, missed the game completely. While the coup de grace was the exiling of quarterback Colin Kaepernick by the…

A Parade? What’s Next?

By Julianne Malveaux Our 45th President wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections, as a way of mobilizing his base and glorifying himself more than, as he suggests, celebrating the military. He wants the parade because he saw a parade in Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to…

Distraction

(TriceEdneyWire.com) — We’ve just heard #45’s first State of the Union message.  Some had hoped he’d be decent, if not presidential.  Considering White House paranoia over the Russia investigation, for many, his speech has already been pushed into the fog of forgetfulness by news of the public release of classified information from the House of Representatives’…

Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

By Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led…

Martin Luther King, Jr: “You May Slay The Dreamer, But The Dream Lives On”

By Beverky Gadson-Birch   It was April 4, 1968, fifty years ago, when Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee where he went in support of the striking sanitation workers. If you are old enough to remember the King’s assassination, you should also remember where you were when…

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Another Moment in Time

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     Greetings to you on this special day. It’s truly a marvelous occasion to relate to one and all that during this magnificent occasion in the here and now, it is a sublime juncture to celebrate “Another Moment in Time” by uttering that “All praises are due to God Alone.” I’m…

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The Big Picture Of North Charleston Shouldn’t Be Painted With Emotions

By Barney Blakeney It’s a subject I’ve tried to avoid – the 2019 North Charleston mayoral election. Right now we know at least three people will compete for the seat – incumbent Mayor Keith Summey, community activist Pastor Thomas Dixon and businessman John Singletary. Dixon and Singletary are African Americans in the city where almost…

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Bits & Pieces 2018

By Beverly Gadson-Birch HOLY CITY OR CITY WITH HOLES?  And, I ain’t talking about potholes. This week the world celebrates Holy Week and Charleston has long been called the “Holy City”. Sometimes, I wonder just how “holy” Charleston really is. When I was much younger, as my dad drove through the downtown, I would count the number of…

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Tranquility as a Pursuit

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   There are many private moments in my life when I think that solitude suits me very well. Being the creative soul that I’ve always been, I find solace in being able to discover what silence and isolation really means to me. I was in one of those moods recently during a…

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Murder In Black Communities Is More Than An Annoyance

By Barney Blakeney    I tell people I don’t bad days anymore. No matter how tough things get, there’s always more for which to be thankful. There’s always some good in the bad and when I compare the good against the bad, I always come out ahead. I was coming out from under a particularly…

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Informed Voters are the Key to our Democracy

Voting is the most powerful way to have citizens’ voices heard, and it is the core of our democracy. Voting’s a chance to stand up for what matters most to citizens and have an impact on the issues that affect them, their communities and their futures. Informed voters are the key to our democracy. Nationwide,…

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Where are the supporters and planners for South Carolina State University?

By Dr. William Small, Jr., retired educator and former Trustee and Board Chairman at South Carolina State University Recent new releases and public comments reporting the plans to strengthen Denmark Technical College are encouraging and should be applauded by all who urge support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as by all who…

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There Must Be a Just Response to the Killing of Charleena Lyles

Death raises many disturbing questions and provides a crucial opportunity for Seattle police accountability system The following statement is from ACLU of Washington Executive Director Kathleen Taylor.  “The ACLU of Washington is dismayed and heartsick at the killing of Charleena Lyles, a mother of four and longtime Seattle resident, after she called to ask the…

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Jeff Sessions has done more damage in his first 100 days than his boss

By Hanna Kozlowska US attorney general Jeff Sessions may not be part of the biggest investigation in the Department of Justice, but as he reaches 100 days in office, there’s little doubt that he’s had an important impact on the American criminal-justice system-potentially for years to come. Despite the political turmoil of the Trump administration,…

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