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In Tunisia, An Openly Gay Lawyer Breaks Barriers To Run For President

In a first for Tunisia’s fledgling democracy, an openly gay candidate has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for the presidency. Mounir Baatour, a lawyer at Tunisia’s highest court, heads Shams, the country’s main LGBTQ rights group fighting for the decriminalization of homosexuality in the country. His bid for office is a…

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Zimbabweans ‘Reduced To Paupers’ Since Mugabe’s Departure

It’s hard to believe how far Zimbabwe has fallen since former President Robert Mugabe was ousted in a military-backed coup. Power cuts now leave citizens without electricity from dawn to long after dusk. Gas is too expensive so families cook on firewood. Bread is unaffordable. Drought has caused failed harvests. And rising inflation has eaten…

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He Named His Movement ‘Revolution Now’ And They Jailed Him

Omoyele Sowore, activist, founder of the anti-corruption news service “Sahara Reporters” and former presidential candidate, was not surprised when the Nigerian Security Service (DSS) forcibly entered his house early Saturday morning and arrested him. His crime? Organizing a protest against bad governance in Nigeria. The DSS arrived Aug. 3 with four trucks, seizing his phones…

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Uganda Jails Feminist Critic For ‘Cyberharassment’ Of President On Facebook

A prominent university lecturer, poet and gender rights activist has been ordered to serve nine more months in prison for the crime of criticizing President Yoweri Museveni on Facebook. The sentence outraged rights activists. Joan Nyanyuki, director for East Africa at Amnesty International said: “This verdict flies in the face of Uganda’s obligations to uphold…

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Ilhan Omar Checks Out Ghana On A ‘Back To Africa’ Tour

Chants of “Send her back!” seemed to have little impact on the firm-footed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the four young women of color in the crosshairs of the embattled U.S. president. It may have been his chant but it was her idea to join the Congressional Black Caucus and visit Ghana on the occasion…

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Nigerian Claims To Defeating Boko Haram Are ‘Far From True Reality’

In Borno State, one of Nigeria’s most conflicted states in the Northeast, few would be celebrating the anniversary of the first outbreak of violence by the Boko Haram fighters whose trail of heartbreak and tragedy weave through the region’s many small towns. It might have seemed foolhardy for a small village to take on the…

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South African Miners Win Compensation For Work-Related Lung Diseases

A Johannesburg High Court on Friday approved a groundbreaking 5 billion rand ($353 million) class action settlement on behalf of miners who contracted tuberculosis, silicosis and other chronic lung diseases through their work in the mines. The settlement follows a long legal battle by miners to be compensated for illnesses they say they contracted over…

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Tunisia Pays Tribute To Fallen Leader

Tunisians paid tribute this week to former President Beji Caid Essebsi who made his mark on the world stage by advancing the cause of women’s rights. Tunisia has granted women more rights than any other country in the region. Since 2017, it has allowed Tunisian Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. The former leader played…

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Kenyan ‘Greens’ Win Coal Plant Freeze In World Heritage Site

Kenyan environmentalists are cheering a major victory against a proposed coal-fired plant near the coastal town of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The win capped a three year fight against a well-funded effort by a Chinese-Kenyan consortium to build a 1,000 watt power plant on Kenya’s unspoiled northern coast. Save Lamu, a local activist…

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Nonprofits launch Ghanaian experience commemorating 400-year anniversary of enslaved Africans coming to the New World

Project OKURASE, a Charleston nonprofit and Ghanaian-based nongovernmental organization, have curated the “Door of Return,” a 10-day cultural experience in Ghana for individuals and groups who want to connect with Ghanaian heritage and recognize the first enslaved Africans to arrive in the New World. With a direct relationship between Charleston and the village of Okurase…

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Hair Discrimination is Alive and Well

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler, was forced to submit to the humiliating act of having his dreadlocks shorn or have his New Jersey team forfeit their match to the opposing team. A gleeful white woman seemed too pleased to invade the young man’s person, and his team won, but…

National Gun Violence Survivors Week Highlights Those Whose Lives Have Been Changed Forever

By Marc Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – On January 8, 2011, I was performing my favorite duty as a Congresswoman—meeting with my constituents—when it happened. In a matter of seconds, a gunman shot and killed six people, injured 12 others, and shot me in the head outside a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona. I keep the memories of…

Black Life Journeys Matter

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association The U.S. Census is now preparing to count all who live in the United States of America. For the more than 50 million Black Americans in the U.S., the 2020 U.S. Census is vital. Our numbers do matter and must be properly…

Plantation Politics in Minority Broadcasting

By Pluria Marshall Jr., President / CEO Marshall Broadcasting Group When I tell you that you can count the number of African American commercial TV station owners in the U.S. on one hand, I mean it literally. There are only five – and I’m one of them. Less than 1% of the nation’s 1,400-plus commercial…

Contempt for Palestinians

By Bill Fletcher Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor I was amazed by the audacity of Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” regarding the Israeli and Palestinians. It was called a “deal,” yet the Palestinians were never involved. It was called a “deal,” yet the Palestinians got nothing that they have demanded. Think about it this way.…

Republicans Have Coronated Trump as King

By Dr. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – So now with the Republican-controlled Senate’s rush to acquit Trump in this rigged impeachment trial, Trump will soon be free to continue using foreign countries or any other illegal acts to ensure his re-election in 2020. What the Republicans have done is to coronate Trump a King who now…

Responsible Worthiness

By Hakim Abdul-Ali A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled “Know Thyself and Be Proud,” which appeared in this newspaper. And since its publication, I’ve received a lot of views about what I said in print in that column. If you didn’t read it, I give you a quick uptake on the general…

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Black Boys Need Black Fathers

By Barney Blakeney I often get frustrated about some of the stuff I see among young Black men – not just the crime and violence, but also some of the passive stuff that is required to take boys to men. As a cop reporter I get the incident reports about shootings, confiscation of drugs and…

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WAKE UP, VOTERS!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Wake up, voters! “No more sleeping in bed, we have important elections ahead!” Will these elections improve your living conditions, or will it be more of the same? Only you can answer that question by voting for the best candidate.  As quiet as it is kept, there is a new voting machine. Don’t let…

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The Other Side of Political Imagination

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s message is inspired by a marvelous time I had with a very politically connected brother of color last week. We broke bread together at new local eatery and shared an enlightening evening rapping about everything from systematic “poly tricks” to ethnic pride to, well, you name it. One thing we most…

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“Today Was A Good Day”

By Barney Blakeney I tend to relate memories to music. Songs trigger memories for me – where I was, what I was doing, how I felt. Last Saturday made me think of Ice Cube’s “Today Was A Good Day”. The lyrics, which I sometimes think are stupid, are set to the tune of The Isley…

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Know Thyself and Be Proud

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I had a very interesting rap with a dark complexioned local young person of color last week who told me that she was not Black at all. She initially claimed to be of no specific ethnic lineage whatsoever and that, quite frankly, floored me. Unfortunately, that sentiment seems to be spreading among many…

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Children Are The Fabric Of Our Community

Adults should live so that young people would want to pattern themselves after us. We need to help young people stay focused so they would not end up a statistic or in jail. All young people want is for someone to love them. We have enough to go around. Adults should help young people make…

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Environmental Racism – A Quiet Killer in Black Communities

By Antoine M. Thompson  While we often hear and read about police brutality, housing and employment discrimination, there is simply inadequate media coverage of an equally destructive form of racism….environmental racism. The pollution of air, land and water are all environmental injustices that often shorten the life expectancy of Black people. This lack of attention…

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Enough Is Enough, Again

After reading writer after writer calling on our school board to “fix” our failing schools, I cried, I have seen this play before, always directed by white, educational protagonists. Consultants who have never addressed this problem in real life, are hired from our universities to show that something is being done. This effort, too, like others, will…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Charleston and North Charleston’s Approach to Policing Reform

By Shaundra Scott and Estherjoy Mungai Four years ago, on the fourth day of the fourth month of the year, Walter Scott was killed by North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager. The entire nation turned to North Charleston as footage of the horrific shooting forced us, once again, to confront the painful relationship between people…

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