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A Colonial-Era Law That Outlawed Same-Sex Relations Is Defeated

If a democratic society is characterized by “tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness,” three countries in Africa have now reached that pinnacle. This month, Botswana joined Angola and Mozambique in decriminalizing same-sex relations. High Court Justice Michael Lebruru, in his defining decision, added: “human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized.” The ruling decided a case…

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Resistance Explodes In Sudan Amidst Harsh Crackdown By Ruling Generals

Leaders of the Sudanese resistance are calling for a one-day nationwide “civil disobedience” campaign on July 14. The action is expected to push the ruling generals towards a settlement and the creation of a civilian government, which has been the demand from the beginning. The nationwide action will be preceded by mass protests on July…

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Tunisia Adopts Trump Policy, Turing Against Migrants

A shipload of desperate Bangladeshi migrants was told to turn the boat around and go home by Tunisian officials or be deprived of food, water and medicines. The migrants, trapped on a merchant ship off Tunisia for three weeks, were sent back to their home country against their will, according to relatives. The International Organization…

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Senegalese in Wall Street Protest Fear Offshore Oil/Gas Resources Lost to Fraud

A foreign investor with mineral assets throughout Africa is alleged to have made a secret payment of $250,000 to a company run by the brother of the president of Senegal, in a bid to obtain the country’s assets, according to recently published reports in the BBC and Global Witness. The payment to Aliou Sall, brother of…

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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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Deadly and dangerous — Healthcare in America

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW Laughter is the Best Medicine, says the Reader’s Digest version of America. But, not when it’s the only medicine, responds the America that far too many have known and continue to know. Not when the United States alone is one of the world’s top 33 most developed countries that does not have…

Opinion Polls vs. Debates — Democrats in Battle Over Voter Influence

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The symbiotic nature of debates and public opinion polls was on full display this week in Ohio, stated Krista Jenkins, a political science professor at Farleigh Dickinson University and the school’s poll director. “[Former Vice President Joe] Biden stood for incrementalism, and those who flanked him – Sens.…

The Urban League Movement Has Had Few Greater Champions in Congress than Elijah Cummings

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives, Chairman Cummings remained steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation. It’s a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact, and resolve into the halls of power every day. And true to the…

Fannie Lou Hamer Died of Untreated Breast Cancer

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the proliferation of pink ribbons is about to start. Predatory capitalists will make breast cancer their cause, producing pink t-shirts, pocketbooks, everything. It’s a mixed blessing, this awareness, because too many will make this both a marketing and a profit-making opportunity, while others…

Black Representation and Appearance in Japanese Pop Culture

By Noah Washington, NNPA Newswire Pop Culture Contributor With the release of Netflix’s “Cannon Busters,” we go back to the age-old conversation of representation of African Americans in anime. The most well-known characters in Japanese pop culture have often been represented with European features and fairer skin tones such as Naruto, Ichigo, Luffy, or Spike…

Trump’s favorite dictator

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor Egypt, which along with Tunisia was at the heart of the 2011-2012 “Arab Spring”, is in the midst of a new upsurge. It is premature to call it an uprising, but something is afoot in Egypt in opposition to the repression and corruption of the el-Sisi regime. Abdel…

Life’s Realities, Certainties and Destinies

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s been said throughout the ages that time waits for no one which is an absolute, indisputable reality. And as sure as the sun does shine and night falls, we all will be tested in the living experience with one thing or the other. These are the definitive destinies of the twin…

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The Mis-Education Of The Negro

By Barney Blakeney I hear it all the time, but I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the concept – integration has been detrimental to Black folks. Sometimes when I talk to Black folks about education and economics I get that comment. It baffles me. I think integration is a good thing. People should…

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Can It Be A Case Of The Pot Calling The Kettle Black?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board just can’t get their act together. One reason being is the Clemson Study clearly pointed out—in house bickering by board members. The reason for the bickering is some members are holding forums with stakeholders and gathering information to change the direction of education in Charleston County Schools.…

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Frederick Douglass’ Timely Logic

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Living in the USA, if you’re of color, one can’t help but think of and be totally focused on the psychological effects of racial discrimination, legal injustices and economic dissimilarities that exists throughout this potentially great land. You may not want to deal with it, but wherever you live, its steering you…

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PSLEOA Continues Effort To Make A Difference In Law Enforcement

By Barney Blakeney It took me a little while to get to the story about the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association conference held July 8-12 in North Charleston – a lotta stuff’s going on. But I finally got the interview I needed. Retired Charleston Police lieutenant and current Charleston Housing Authority Director of Community…

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Black Folk Dirty Laundry

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I am not one for airing Black folk dirty laundry in public, but sometimes you just got to put it all out there, bloomers and all. My involvement in the black community is by chance not choice. It was the hospital strike in 1969 that deferred my dreams and set me on…

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Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative recommends changes to innovative schools, teacher salary, early childhood

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative announced the first of what will likely be a series of actions needed to support the reformation of public education in the tri-county region and across the state. Education attainment in the region has shown almost no progress over the past six years, and TCCC has expanded its advocacy work…

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Toddler Trump Needs A Timeout In The Oval Office

President Trump announced an end to the government shutdown on January 25. Is it a real deal to reopen the federal government or another tactic of the power-grabbing politician? Is Trump backing down or bamboozling Congress again? Is this a permanent or temporary solution? The elephant and donkey games continue. Trump is using his demand…

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50 Years Later, A Look Back at Dr. King’s Demands for Food Justice

The Poor People’s March on Washington in May of 1968, planned by Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, drew attention to the deep economic injustices that plagued communities of color despite civil rights advances, and presented Congress with an economic bill of rights. But before the march, Reverend Ralph Abernathy visited the US Department…

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Caucasians can learn from reading Black newspapers

  By Melissa Martin, Ph.D In the United States today, many cities print newspapers in diverse languages for other racial and ethnic groups. Reading news stories written by journalists, reporters, and columnists from your own background gives opportunity to view events through your own cultural lens. National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) is a trade association…

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