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Emeralds, Rubies Score Big Profits For Foreign Firms As African Countries Go Broke

Foreign mining companies extract more than a quarter of the world’s production of rare emeralds in Zambia yet declare losses to make themselves tax exempt. So far, charges of tax evasion filed against Kagem mine, a subsidiary of the London-listed gemstone miner Gemfields, have been unsuccessful – dismissed by the Zambian Revenue Authority. Gemfields owns…

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Sudan Leader Faces Calls For His Removal As Price Of Bread, Fuel Skyrocket

In the face of a growing movement of Sudanese opposition, protesting rising costs of bread and other essentials, security forces of the government of President Omar al-Bashir moved forcefully to end the demonstrations using tear gas, night sticks and live ammunition, according to witnesses. States of emergency and curfews have been declared in several of…

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Africa’s Blue Economy – The New Frontier?

Six counties in Kenya’s coastal region have been tagged for technical training in the blue economy – what some have called “the new frontier of the African Renaissance.” The goal is to enable young people to find jobs in the maritime industry. Kevit Desai, a Kenyan vocational training principal, says institutions of higher learning must…

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Somalia – A Military Intervention With No Purpose

Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen – Enough already! Unfortunately, not yet. Former Lieutenant Daniel L. Davis put it bluntly: “The purpose of the U.S. military has now become, unequivocally, to engage in permanent combat operations in dozens of countries around the world—none of which enhance America’s national security.” And yet here we are in…

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From Mauritania to Qatar: Slavery an Old Evil Takes Many Forms

By Andre Johnson, Urban News Service Incredibly in the 21st century some Africans are still working in conditions akin to slavery informally or formally in some areas of the Middle East. In Mauritania slavery, though officially illegal, remains a fact of life for an estimated 40,000 enslaved people. Like slavery in the antebellum South there is a…

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Studying in South Africa and Learning Who I Am

By Darielis Cruz, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. I was born in Moca, a small city in the Dominican Republic, and today I am a 21-year-old junior at Mercy College, in New Jersey. Thanks to the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, I studied In South Africa last summer, and it was a transformational experience for me.…

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Voting Machines Destroyed In Fire As Congo Elections Near

“The voting machine is not a big problem,” said a confident Salomon Bagheni, a resident of the town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The essential thing is holding the elections on Dec. 23 to bring new leadership to this country.” By “new leadership,” Bagheni meant a new head of state after 18…

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Honoring Kwanzaa: It is time to unite and prosper!

Special from Africa House Global Kwanzaa, by definition, is a celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Africa Diaspora in the Americas and lasts a week. The celebration honors African heritage in the African/Caribbean-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.…

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Nobel Prizes Winners Fault World Community For Indifference To Rape

Winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Congo and Nadia Murad of Iraq’s Yazidi minority group, were unsparing in their criticism of the international community which, they say, has failed to take the necessary steps to protect women and girls against rape and sexual violence. “It is not just perpetrators…

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Clare Anyiam-Osigwe wins major prize for ‘No Shade’ at 2018 NY African Diaspora Film Festival

‘No Shade’, a raw, fresh take on race and colourism in the UK has scooped the African Diaspora Film Festival’s award for best film directed by a woman of colour. According to the jury, the drama from first-time director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe “…explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colourism as…

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Don’t Skip the Work

By Morgan A. Owens, NNPA Newswire Contributor My father always told me I needed to, “pay my dues” in life and I never truly understood what that meant and why I needed to. My life was planned: you go to school, you go to college, you graduate, and you get a good job. I learned…

Guidance From Wise, Courageous Ancestral Warriors

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – It was in 1619, 400 years ago, that the first African captives were brought to what is now Virginia, North America. Since that time, many of our courageous ancestral warriors, men and women, have fought against the physical and psychological terrorism inflicted by the proponents of white supremacy/racism. If…

Looking Back While Moving Forward is Way to Commemorate Africa

By Dr. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Commemorations are planned globally and locally to mark the 400th anniversary of the first documented arrival of 20 African slaves in Jamestown, Virginia in August 1619. An estimated ten million Blacks were captured and shipped to the Americas and the Caribbean. They endured two centuries of brutal enslavement in…

The Mueller Report and the Question of US foreign policy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor If there had been any question about Russian interference in the 2016 election, that is now a settled matter in light of the Mueller Report. Whether that interference had a demonstrable impact on the election results will be debated for years to come, but Robert Mueller’s committee established,…

Time to wake America up from its student debt nightmare

By Charlene Crowell Higher education has always offered opportunities to learn and earn a better quality of life. But in the 21st Century, higher education has also become synonymous with ever deepening debt. More than 44 million consumers of varying ages and occupations struggle with $1.5 trillion in student debt. The nation’s nagging racial wealth…

Nipsey’s life: A hussle that motivates, resonates around the globe

By Bryan 18X Crawford, Contributing Writer, The Final Call @MrCraw4D The life, death and legacy of Nipsey Hussle not only deeply touched those who live in his Crenshaw community and the Greater Los Angeles area, but people across the country and around the world were mourning the 33-year-old man whose work in the streets and…

Black History Is Our Current History

By Barney Blakeney I recently had the distinct honor of participating in a panel discussion on racial disparities in Charleston County as part of a Black History Month program put on by the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission at Friendship AME Church in Mount Pleasant. But the distinction was bittersweet. Being asked to participate…

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Afrikan Black “Our-Story” Facts

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Greetings of peace to you on this amazing day, and we know by now that it’s that time of the year again when the annual Black History Month begins in the United States of America. No doubt about it, it’s a continuing celebration of and about Black struggles, triumphs, achievements, endurances and,…

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Are We Coming Or Going?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I recall writing an article about a decade ago entitled “Are We Coming Or Going?” and it got me thinking about the state of education in Charleston County. The more meetings I attend the more things remain the same. I find myself questioning whether we are coming or going because after 50…

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What’s All The Screaming About At Meeting Street Academy

By Barney Blakeney A few years ago I lived near the first location of the Meeting Street Academy School on King Street. The school was across the street from my house. Each weekday morning I was awakened by the sound of children playing before classes began. It was a joyful sound. Them lil sapsuckers would…

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“What’s Going On” Realities

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The tumultuous living experience of today’s modernity is a continual episode in maturation and developing. I refer to living in that way because we’re always evolving in one sense or the other in our relationships with each other and nature be they with family, friends, strangers, who we may have just met,…

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It’s Not About Color; It’s About Survival

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Burrr! It’s cold outside. The Weather Channel issued a plant and pet warning with temperatures in the low teens. I decided I had too much invested in my porch plants to let the cold destroy them. I threw on a coat and grabbed a couple of covers to keep them warm. I…

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How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture

By D.R.E. James Cimarrones or maroons who escaped plantations and hid out from their Spanish and English captors in the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s lush Blue Mountains mingled with the indigenous Taino people. Cultural exchanges between the two people ensued. The maroons adopted the Taino’s culinary wisdom like smoking wild hogs flavored with scotch…

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Let’s Make IAAM A Legitimate Museum

The fundraising success of the International African American Museum does not necessarily assure its ultimate triumph as an uplifting educational and cultural institution.    As preeminent historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson eloquently stated in his classic work The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933), “the mere imparting of information is not education.”; as we easily note…

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Poor People For Justice Get Shut Out

I previously said that the mayoral administration, who at that time was led by Joseph P. Riley, did not work for the poor people of Charleston. I stated that they worked for the rich, and in saying that, I got into disfavor with the city. Well 12 years later, the City Council and our new…

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Complacency

If tomorrow comes and all of the fake news is true, what will we the people do? If our allies become our adversaries, if we have fighting in our streets, like in Afghanistan, never knowing if our city /municipality is next. If our election process is so disrupted, that we are no longer a democracy/republic.…

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