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Lost and Feared Stolen: $104 Million in Fresh Currency Bound for Liberia

The alleged theft of shipping containers loaded with new Liberian currency would be comical if it were a movie but is heartbreaking to Liberian citizens struggling to get by in a poor country. It was also a reminder that the promises of new president George Weah to stamp out corruption are far from being fulfilled.…

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Who’s To Blame in Latest Ferry Disaster?

Tanzanian President John Magufuli took action this week against a ferry captain and all of the crew as the number of bodies pulled from Lake Victoria in the latest maritime disaster topped 200. In an address last Friday, Magufuli told the nation that the captain left the ferry’s steering in the hands of a person…

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World Leaders Flock to U.N. ‘Peace Summit’ – A Rebuke of ‘America First’?

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa couldn’t be prouder as he unveiled a life-size statue of Nelson Mandela on the eve of the U.N. General  Assembly and the opening of a day-long ‘peace summit’ with nearly 160 scheduled speakers . The statue is a gift to the United Nations from South Africa. “The people of our…

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Toronto: Eating, Drinking and Having Fun During 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

By, Dwight Brown,  NNPA Newswire Contributor For 43 years the Toronto International Film Festival has been the epicenter of the film industry. This year at TIFF, 500,000 filmgoers previewed the highest quality films in the world before they are shown at their local theaters. Many movie lovers come to Toronto, home to 2.5 million people from 200 distinct…

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President’s Son Nabbed With $12 Million in Jeweled Watches

What does a suitcase full of million dollar watches look like? Well, it’s blinding for one and it caught the eye of police at the Sao Paulo Viracopos airport in Brazil who confiscated the gem-encrusted time pieces found in the luggage of the son of the long-time ruler of Equatorial Guinea. In a second bag…

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Climate Summit Predicts Floods Across the Globe

All eyes were on a powerful storm as it sent water cascading into swollen rivers and raised fatalities at the beginning of the week to 25. That was Nigeria. This week, from the Carolinas to the Nigerian Delta, from the Philippines to Hong Kong, weather unlike anyone can remember has been pounding the planet. Preparation…

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Kenyan Runner Sets New World Record

The fastest man in the world – Kenyan track star Eliud Kipchoge – not only held onto his title but broke his own record at the Marathon held this week in Berlin. President Uhuru Kenyatta led Kenyans in congratulating compatriots Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono who retained their respective Marathon titles. “Congratulations my friend Eliud…

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Nation Faced With Rising Suicides Among Young and Old

South Africa’s rising suicide rate is in the spotlight as the World Health Organization marks World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the Men’s Foundation of South Africa, 450 men take their lives every month with four out of five deaths being the result of suicide. Last month, Professor Bongani Mayosi succumbed to the pressures of…

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Brazil Museum Tallies Up African Antiques Lost in Fire

A fast-moving fire that swept Brazil’s National Museum on Sept. 2 incinerated priceless objects and reduced hundreds of African antiquities to ash, museum official are now saying. The museum’s permanent African exhibit was named Kumbukumbu – a Swahili word for the memory of people, objects and experiences. A throne from the Kingdom of Dahomey (current-day…

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African Critics See Dark Side To China’s ‘Charitable’ Loans

There are two sides to every coin and two widely opposing views on China’s offer of generous loans and grants to African countries announced at the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation forum in Beijing. At the confab, with representatives from 53 of 54 African countries, sky-high numbers were bandied about. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced…

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Spike Lee’s Best Director Nomination is Long Overdue

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “People of color have a constant frustration of not being represented, or being misrepresented, and these images go around the world … I do not think there is going to be any substantial movement until people of color get into those gatekeeper positions of people who have a green-light…

African Diaspora Rising: The Year of the Door of Return to Africa

By Dr. Ron Daniels (TriceEdneyWire.com) – This year, 2019 marks the 400th year since the Dutch ship White Lion arrived in Jamestown in the British Colony that was to become the Commonwealth of Virginia with “20 and odd Negroes” from Africa.  The arrival of these indentured enslaved Africans was the opening chapter in one of the…

Securing the Opportunities of American Energy

By Elia Quintana, Director of Stakeholder Relations, American Petroleum Institute 15 or 20 years ago, there were very few people who could have imagined that the U.S. would again lead the world in the production of natural gas and oil. And even fewer who would have thought that we could reduce carbon emissions faster than…

The Real Issues with the Government Shutdown

By Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher of the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint The media and the public have given too much attention to Donald Trump the man and the President and not enough to this system of government we have with built-in checks and balances. Case in point: instead of spending so much time…

Elected Enemies – The Government Shutdown That’s Crippling America

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst Imagine having to choose between paying your mortgage and picking up the much-needed prescription for your health crisis because the job you report to and the federal resources you have relied on to live day to day are no longer available to you because of things beyond…

A Call to Conscience

By Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund January 15th would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. How should we honor him today? Earlier this month Dr. King’s personal attorney and friend Clarence Jones convened an intergenerational, interracial, interfaith group for the launch of the Gandhi King Institute for…

Living In A Fantasy

By Barney Blakeney I grew up in the 1960s reading comic books. My younger brother and I bought hundreds of them using the nickels and dimes we earned doing household chores. My lil brother became quite the collector. I was drawn to the fantasy of superheroes. Despite that, all the superheroes I read about were…

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Election Results: “We Be Comin’ Round The Mountain”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is one week left before the final vote is cast and the winners are announced. And, there have been some knock down, drag out arguments over the best candidates and even some who I thought may have been the best candidate for office fell short in the debate.    I hope…

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Thinking Out Loud in Fall

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s that time of the year when the leaves of autumn will soon be falling from the trees in many sectors of our country. The only thing I can say about this phenomena is that it’s spectacularly wonderful. So, as I begin to process my upcoming thoughts for this week’s article,…

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Do The Work, Pay Attention Before Elections!

By Barney Blakeney   We’re down to the wire with just under two weeks before the 2018 general elections and I’m still undecided about a lot of the races. People keep telling us we must be informed voters, but it’s so hard getting good information. It’s a lot of work! I guess there’s only one…

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2018 Midterms: The Hope is in the Vote!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   This is not one of those git down, sit down quizzical kind of articles you have grown accustomed to over the years. Sometimes we just need to talk about issues as they impact US. And no, US means you and me, African Americans, not the United States; but, I am sure…

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For the Love of Seeking Knowledge

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  I’m a self-professed lover of collecting books and other items. I always have been that way, and I’ll probably will remain that way until the day I take my last breath. While on that rather personal theme of expression, I’m thinking about something that I’d like to share with you today about…

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That Side of Paradise

By D.R.E. James Charleston, crumbling eloquently under the weight of hurricanes, humidity and history, possessed those subtle aesthetic nuances I’m infatuated with–exposed brick, fading hand painted signage and the chipped edge of a claw foot tub. The summer I moved there the city had just completed a dynastic reign as the number one city in…

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Education starts with parents but has to include schools to be successful

By Cheryl Cromwell Civil rights trailblazer and educator, Septima P. Clark, said, “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth,” I share in this belief and the truth, presented in the new data released by Charleston RISE, is that 80 percent of Charleston’s African American third graders who were…

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A Change is Gonna Come – Must Come!!!!!

By John Singletary, Candidate for Mayor of North Charleston Congratulations to Reggie Burgess and his recent promotion to Chief of Police for The City of North Charleston.  It is especially worth noting that Chief Burgess is the first African American Police Chief in the history of The City of North Charleston, since the city’s incorporation…

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Charleston’s Landscape of Memory: The Gentrification of History

By Robert R. Macdonald The Charleston History Commission’s effort to formulate wording for a plaque intended to place the monument to John C. Calhoun on Marion Square in historical context is comparable to placing a band-aid on a cancerous lesion. The wound here is the landscape of memory presenting a mythical Charleston past almost totally…

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