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Burkina Faso Orders Stiff Prison Term For ‘Fake News’

A law adopted on June 21 but still awaiting presidential approval would send writers to jail for up to 10 years’ jail for “demoralizing the defense and security forces of Burkina Faso.” A fine of up to $3,500 would be imposed for publishing what the government called “fake news information compromising security operations, false information…

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South African Candidate For Space Flight Dies In Motorbike Crash

Family and friends are mourning the untimely death of Mandla Maseko, South Africa’s candidate to be the first Black African in space. Maseko was killed when a car struck his bike in Pretoria over the weekend. He was 30. In 2013, the part-time disc jockey and candidate officer for the South African air force beat…

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Nigeria Restores The Study Of History In Public Schools – Absent For A Decade

The government of Muhammadu Buhari is bringing back the teaching of history in all basic and secondary schools – ending a decade in which departments of history were dismantled or merged into other programs as having little earnings potential for the high school graduate. In a release signed by Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of…

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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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Will proposed CRA rule help or hurt Black America? Civil rights groups cry foul as OCC urges public comments

By Charlene Crowell Amid the tinsel and garland celebrating the holiday season, two important federal financial regulators are planning how the future financial needs of low-and-moderate income (LMI) communities – including neighborhoods of color – will be met.  In an effort to “modernize” the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on December 12 the board of…

The Greatest Gift in This Holy Season

By Marian Wright Edelman This is a holy season for multiple faiths and with our celebrations many of us spend time, money, and energy searching for perfect presents rather than reflecting on what our faith requires of us. It’s wonderful to share special times and gifts with family and friends but too many of us…

There’s Still Some Good in the World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Today is my birthday, and my church planned its usual wonderful holiday party that just happened to fall on the date I was born. The party planners had assured me they would include my favorite bubbly drink! I had my tickets. Unfortunately, as I was leaving church, I received…

Pots and Kettles – Republican Hypocrisy and Double-Talk

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month’s impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump’s tweets echoes his fear and discomfort because he has been called out. Republican histrionics…

President Trump’s War on the Poor

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Donald Trump is famed for his head-snapping reversals. One day he’s taking troops out of the Middle East; the next he’s sending more in. One day he’s on the verge of an agreement with China on trade; the next he’s tweeting about holding off until after the election. On one…

Marvin Miller gets to the Baseball Hall of Fame…but no Curt Flood

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor When it was announced on December 8th that the late Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), had finally been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame I let out a yell of glee! Finally, an individual who did so much…

The Virtue of Being “Keen Eyed”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s message is one for the “keen eyed” among us. I don’t know if “keen eyed” is an acceptable term in the parlance of today’s Americanisms, but I don’t mind because it’s something that I, hopefully, want to use to get my point across. Speaking frankly and thinking provocatively as I sometimes do,…

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Backdoor Toms are like cockroaches

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The closer we get to the mayoral election in North Charleston, the more I am reminded of an article I wrote on “cockroaches”. Yes, sir! There are two things that really get under my skin—cockroaches and Uncle Toms. In a way, there isn’t too much difference between the two. I don’t know how y’all…

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Change Gon’ Come

By Barney Blakeney I was sitting on the steps with some of the fellas a few days after the August 8 murder of a man on the Eastside’s Hanover Street. Subject of the day – “The Eastside will change!” People have been killed at that corner before, but this is different,” said Art. “This time…

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Are You a Lion or a Hunter?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali An old Afrikan proverb states, “Until the lions write their own history, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” That’s a remarkable truth within itself, and its a prompting wakeup call to me as it should be to the senses of any aware Afro-conscious and all other well meaning folk…

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What’s (Really) Going On?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s almost the end of the summer season and the world is going through all kinds of perturbing chaotic and anarchist directions. And in the good old USA, from the monotonous and truly tedious “poly-tricks” of boring candidates running for elective offices to openly racist cries of bigoted nationalism gone amuck, we witness…

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Don’t Be Fooled By Green Grass – There Still Is A Need For Rural Missions

By Barney Blakeney I learned some time ago Rural Missions, Inc. on Johns Island was closing. Last week I learned it closed May 31. A lot of people likely don’t understand the role Rural Missions, Inc. played in our community. Unfortunately, too many people don’t even know it existed! That’s a sad commentary. I learned…

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Deliberate Indifference: How The SCDOC Neglects and Mistreats Mental Health Inmates

By Muhammad Al-Mujahidin The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) has to be one of, if not the most, inept, incompetent and poorly managed agencies in the state government (as will be made abundantly clear in the proceeding statement). I am an inmate within the SCDC who is currently housed at the Broad River Correctional…

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A Legacy of Irrelevance

By Ade Ofunniyin, PhD Last week at College of Charleston ended with a noonday student walkout and protest. Hundreds walked out of class on Friday to protest a video showing white students from the school joking about slavery. The walkout, protest and forthright apology from administration, all follow a pattern that has been normalized at…

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An Eclipse of SC’s Sunshine Laws

By Richard Whiting Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light. Another eclipse seems to be taking place in the Palmetto State.…

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An Important Panel on Flooding in Charleston

Groundswell! is pleased to sponsor a panel of professionals who are bringing expertise and energy to the flooding crisis facing the Charleston community. This free event begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in the auditorium of the Charleston County Library on Calhoun Street. The presenters will be: Mark Wilbert, Charleston City’s chief resilience…

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