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Burundi Vote Could Undo Delicate Hutu-Tutsi Balance

As U.S. President Trump unravels carefully crafted legislation at home, the newly-passed referendum in Burundi may unravel a balance of power between Hutus and Tutsis, worrying some experts in diplomacy. The finely-tuned Hutu-Tutsi ethnic balance, defined in the 2000 Arusha agreement, helped end Burundi’s civil war, say policy strategists at the International Crisis Group. Under…

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Women’s Group Plead For Clemency For Sudanese Teen Sentenced To Hang

A Sudanese court has upheld a judgment of execution for a teenage girl who fought off the forcible sexual advances of her arranged-marriage husband, leading to his death. Noura Hussein has been imprisoned in Omdurman, Sudan, since the murder of the man she was forced to marry, who she says raped her as his relatives…

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Experimental Drug Gets Green Light For New Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola virus, which took thousands of lives in West Africa, has resurfaced in central Africa. This time, health officials are ready to put an experimental drug to the test. The outbreak, which has caused at least 19 deaths and 39 confirmed and suspected cases, was reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC)…

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Did Trump Meet His Match in President of Nigeria?

Try as he might, President Trump couldn’t land a deal with Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari at their tête-à-tête in Washington last month. Deploying his usual tough talk on trade, the U.S. president was shooting for a deal that would open the doors to U.S. farm products by “ripping down” Nigerian trade barriers that protect the…

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Zimbabwean Musician Returns From Exile

After 14 long years in the U.S. state of Oregon, singer, composer and bandleader Thomas Mapfumo has come home to Zimbabwe. His recent performance, for some 20,000 ticket holders at the open-air Glamis Arena, only slowed down as the sun began to rise. “I thought maybe I wasn’t going to be able to come back…

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A Call For Justice For African Children

Children are very much on the political and public agenda across Africa today. The African Union has adopted a charter to protect them and a mechanism to hold governments accountable for the fulfillment of their rights. Even so, the reality on the ground is somber and sobering. The number of child prisoners continent wide is…

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Debate Heats Over South African White Privilege

Members of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) are reportedly squabbling over a casual remark by the head of the party, Mmusi Maimane, who observed that white privilege and black poverty were critical issues that needed to be addressed. “I firmly stand by comments I made on Freedom Day,” Maimane tweeted on Sunday. “South Africa remains…

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After Years in Exile, a ‘Fritter Seller’ Plots Political Comeback

Ending four years in political exile, Dr. Joyce Banda, once demeaned as a mere “fritter seller”, returned this week in full form, risking possible arrest as she greeted crowds of joyous supporters at the Blantyre airport and in her home town. The second woman to lead an African country and the first woman president in…

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Nigerian Leader Promised Banned Military Aircraft At Meeting With Trump

At a long-awaited meeting between President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the U.S. president announced the approval of a dozen war planes for Nigeria whose sale had been frozen by former President Barack Obama. Rebuking his Nigerian counterpart for the proliferation of violence throughout that country, Trump expressed concern for “the burning of…

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South African Women Take Prize For Anti-Nuclear Effort

Using the knowledge gained in the anti-apartheid struggle, two South African women challenged a secret, multibillion-dollar nuclear deal that would have dotted South Africa with nuclear power plants from Russia. The women, Makoma Lekalakala and Liziwe McDaid, waged a five-year court battle against the plants. Against all odds, including a secret agreement between Russian leader…

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Advice to Graduates: Pursue a PhD in Common Sense

By Marc H. Morial “Education must not simply teach work. It must teach life.”       – W.E.B. DuBois (TriceEdneyWire.com) – This time of year brings great pride and congratulations for graduates at all levels, from high school to doctorates. But the most important degree I can recommend is a PhD in common sense, with a…

Private-Public Business Partnership Key to Strengthening DC Workforce and Economy

By Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes Cranes in the air, vital communities and a progressive push toward changing the image of a diverse federal district are signals that the District of Columbia is evolving. As robust construction of affordable housing and development of retail projects continue, DC’s economic boom is a shared benefit for residents and businesses.…

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties: Other Actions Signal More Backward Turns on Fair Housing

By Charlene Crowell For as long as many people of color can remember, succeeding generations have called for justice. Despite these age-old pleas, justice is not only elusive, but frustrating since the enactment of a series of civil rights laws. Despite federal guarantees of equal treatment, much of Black America experiences something short of what was…

Black Women Are Changing the Tide of American Politics

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor Last week, the world witnessed something that had never been done before in the history of politics in the United States. Not only did Democratic voters in Georgia elect a 44-year-old African American candidate as the first-ever Black gubernatorial nominee in the state, they also made history by…

Stacey Abrams – Standing on Strong Shoulders

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – I am among the millions who are ecstatic that Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia. She didn’t just win, she rocked, clobbering her opponent, Stacey Evans, by over 50 percentage points – Abrams had 76 percent of the 533,450 votes cast in the Democratic primary. Of…

Our Nation’s Top Teachers Disagree with Ed Sec Devos on School Choice

By Dr. Elizabeth Primas, Program Manager, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign When the best educators in America traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of events celebrating innovation in the classroom and to share best practices in K-12 education, they let officials at the Department of Education and the White House know exactly how they felt…

Suicide and Lessons Learned

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My article today is truly for grown folk and the aware youth of consciousness. It’s about a depressing subject that’s been occurring in many glorified and not-so-venerated circles in America and beyond. You see, I’m a very peculiar thinker when it comes to looking at many of life’s sorted experiences. For one,…

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Fathers, All Y’all Matter!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Sunday, June 17 has been set aside to honor fathers. Father’s Day really got me thinking this time around. We go overboard for mothers and while mothers are so deserving of all the hoopla, let’s not forget the many contributions of fathers. There are some deadbeat dads and dads who have…

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Selection and Elections

By Barney Blakeney By the time this is published, the primary elections will be over. I usually vote early. For years, Tuesdays have been my most demanding workdays. Nowadays, I vote early every election. My parents were responsible citizens. I never heard them talk politics much. They were Black folks in the segregated south who…

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Seeking Knowledge of Self (and Others)

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    I’ve been blessed to share my views, thoughts and opinions with the illustrious reading fan base of The Chronicle for over thirty plus years now. I thank you all for allowing me into the inner sanctums of your hearts, minds and souls. Today, I’m going to discuss a subject matter called…

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Don’t Support Cockroach Politicians

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Whoever said politicians make strange bedfellows knew what they were talking about. It’s amazing how politicians seek out everything Black prior to elections and after elections, you don’t see or hear from them until re-election time. They won’t even accept your phone calls. So, why are you allowing them in your churches…

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Violent Crime Wasn’t In The Debate

By Barney Blakeney   The ink wasn’t dried on the column I’d just filed last week when I got the North Charleston police report of another shooting homicide. My column, in part, was about the city ranked among the nation’s most dangerous also being ranked fifth most prosperous. Talk about contrasts! Police spokesman Spencer Pryor…

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Quality Education Project Weighs In On Garrett Academy’s Fate Ahead of CCSD Board Vote

The Quality Education Project (QEP), a community and research-based organization that seeks to implement a quality education for all students within the public school system, submitted the following statement regarding the future of Garrett Academy of Technology: On Monday, the Charleston County School Board will vote to determine the location of the new Center for…

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What kind of fools…?

By Gwen Bobo It seems to me that the more dastardly things politicians do . . . the less we seem to hold them accountable.   They are costing the taxpayers billions of dollars by their “private agenda” decisions with no regard as to how their blatant disregard of reasoning impacts all of us. After…

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The South Carolina State Legislature Must Stop Smacking the Tar Baby

By Dr. William Small, Jr., former Board Chairman at SCSU and retired educator   Recently I was contacted by Charleston Chronicle staff reporter Barney Blakeney to comment on an article he prepared. The timely, thoughtful and well-written piece entitled “South Carolina State University Needs A Few Good Recruits,” raised the issue of why individuals are…

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Garrett Academy of Technology and the Center for Advanced Studies: Moving Forward

By Jesse Williams, Co-chair, Quality Education Project (QEP) Political Action Committee; Co-Chair, the North Charleston Civil Coalition for Reform The Charleston County School District (CCSD), with the school board’s approval, plans to build a new Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) in North Charleston. This proposal for the new CAS will add several trades to the…

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