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We’re Not a Dumping Ground for Used Cars, Says Rwanda Prez at New Auto Plant Opening

You’ll see plenty of Volvos, Mercedes, Hondas, Toyotas and even a Ford Windstar tootling around the booming cities of Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. But these foreign cars were no spring chickens when they arrived in Africa after years of use. Often they had to be totally rebuilt in order to sell at top dollar. Only…

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Liberian Diplomat in U.S. Prison Denied Healthcare

By David S. Menjor, Liberian Observer Dr. Malachi Z. York, a Liberian Diplomat, is said to be languishing in solitary confinement in a U.S. prison without any medical care accorded him, even though diagnoses show that he is suffering from complicated diseases, including Hereditary Angioedema. In light of this finding and following a clarion call…

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Cameroon’s President, Going on 90 – Time To Step Down?

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is seriously considering a re-election bid despite having served 36 years in the job and despite approaching 90 years of age. The President-for-Life syndrome is sadly alive and well. An editorial in the Liberian paper Daily Observer expressed its frustration in dramatic fashion. “Why, Africa, why?  Why must your leaders treat…

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Major AIDS Conference Aims To ‘Build Bridges’ Where Epidemic Still Surges

The International Conference on AIDS – the largest conference on any global health issue in the world – opens this week under the title “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” With hundreds of scheduled talks and roundtables, AIDS 2018 has defined its goal as promoting human rights-based and evidence-informed HIV responses tailored to the needs of people…

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President Obama Still a Hit in Kenya During a ‘Private Citizen’ Trip

Former President Barack Obama turned up in Kenya this week at the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre – a community center to fight poverty launched by his sister, Dr. Rita Auma Obama. It was a quick detour from a week spent in Tanzania where Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle toured the Serengeti National Park. After…

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Key Witness Recants Child Molestation Testimony Against Dr. York

By David S. Menjor, Liberian Observer Following 16 years of Dr. Malachi Kobina York’s 135 years prison sentence at ADMAX maximum prison facilities in Colorado for acts said to be grave, the Daily Observer has received a documentary report presenting Habiybah Washington recanting her testimony she delivered in 2004 against Dr. York. The official judgment…

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After Stunning World Cup Victory, Migrants Also Rejoice

There’s a festive spirit in France following its second World Cup final in 20 years. For the decisive game, fans had been glued to their sets, including at a Salvation Army shelter where several dozen migrants had watched the match. “You can dream in France,” Youssef, a 25 year old from Darfur, Sudan, told the…

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New Report Says Corruption Could Destroy Sierra Leone

Corruption is a national security issue that can destroy a nation. That was the view of President Julius Maada Bio at the launch of the Governance Transition Team Report which reportedly reveals massive levels of corruption by ministers and officials of the former government led by ex-president Ernest Bai Koroma. Corruption in Sierra Leone is…

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Two Crusading Journalists Win Their Freedom in Angola

A judge in the Angolan capital, Luanda, has thrown out the case against Angola’s most well-known journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço. The two faced three years in prison for reporting on a former attorney general who “bought” three acres of beachfront property free of charge to build a luxury condo.…

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Enemies For Over Two Decades End Feud With An Embrace

“And into ploughshares beat their swords. Nations shall learn war no more.” With those words of Isaiah, Ethiopia and Eritrea announced the end of a futile war and agreed to normalize ties, drawing the curtain on a 20 year military standoff on the Horn of Africa that cost over 70,000 lives. This past weekend, Prime…

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DeVos hid student loan repayment abuses for 18 months

By Charlene Crowell In February 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) sued Navient Corporation and two of its subsidiaries for allegedly using shortcuts and deception to illegally cheat 12 million borrowers out of their rights to lower loan repayments. These practices, according to CFPB, led to an additional $4 billion in borrower costs. Forbearance is…

Election 2018 and A Free Press

By Ed Gray, North Dallas Gazette Senior Columnist The midterm election results have been processed, and now I have had some time to evaluate the results. One take away from these elections was that President Donald Trump’s attack on the American free press, must end. The Trump Era remains, and uncivility is the norm. This…

Can a Woman’s Coalition Survive Petulant White Women?

By Julianne Malveaux I have had about enough of some white women! First, fifty-three percent of them vote for an odious genital-grabber. Then, they organize a woman’s march with momentum from the #MeToo movement, founded by Tarana Burke, but co-opted by white women like the wanna-be activist Alyssa Milano who was a mediocre actress back…

Trump’s Racism By Omission: Rude Theatrics Targeting Black Reporters Overshadows Questions on Voter Suppression

By Caleb Gayle April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and other journalists of color have not been favorites of President Donald Trump. From telling Ryan to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus when she asked if he planned to meet with black members of Congress to calling her…

Can the Working Families Party Emerge as the Progressive Third Force in American Politics?

By Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Distinguished Lecturer Emeritus, York College City University of New York For much of my life’s work as a social and political activist, I have been a proponent of independent Black politics and the creation of a progressive, independent, third force in…

Democrats Need a Plan That Goes Beyond Responding to Trump’s Outrage of the Day

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – With majority control in the House of Representatives, Democrats have an enormous opportunity — and face a distinct peril. The opportunity is to lay out in hearings and in legislation a long-overdue change agenda for America. The peril is they’ll get caught responding to President Trump’s outrage a day, focus…

Nothing Compares To The Murders At Emanuel

By Barney Blakeney The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I was watching an evening news broadcast about the August 24 groundbreaking ceremony for the new Charleston fire station #11 at 1835 Savannah Highway adjacent to the Charleston 9 Memorial Park when I heard something that made me stop in my tracks. A…

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Timothy Taylor: One Step Closer To Freedom

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Thursday, August 16, Timothy Taylor was released once again on bond and on Saturday, the community held a welcome home celebration at Bible Way Baptist Church in West Ashley. Timothy’s supporters were on hand to greet and meet him for the first time. Many had participated in marches and demonstrations at…

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A Message Especially for a Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    My vibes today are taking me to a place where I need to go in addressing a young brother of color’s concern about giving up on life’s possibilities. It’s a point that needs to be emphasized, especially in our current fast paced world of occasional temporary and sometimes hopeless thinkers. I…

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Aunt Lillian’s Reunion

By Barney Blakeney I was talking with a friend yesterday telling him about recent stuff going on in my life. Some of it was stuff we’ve shared in our more than 50-year friendship and some was personal. We talked about our former high school teacher Mrs. Marjorie Howard’s 106th birthday and other stuff. When I…

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School: Getting Off On The Right Foot

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Monday marked the first day of school. As I encountered students in Office Depot and Walmart, they seemed eager to return to school as they made their way through aisles of school supplies filled with paper, pens and notebooks. The tax-free weekend was a nightmare, but a good thing for parents…

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Thinking of Respect on a Summer’s Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  This summer season so far has been one where it’s been somewhat hard to describe in mere terms of simplistic expressions. It’s really been something unexpected and thought-provoking in many norms. You see, it’s been raining a lot off and on where I live in the coastal Charleston,  South Carolina, area locally…

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Formal response to proposal to erect African American Confederate Monument

The members of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission would like to register our opposition to the ill-informed proposal to erect a monument in honor of South Carolina’s Civil War-era African American Confederate pensioners. First, we all can agree that the idea of a monument to recognize the significant role African Americans played in the Civil War is a worthwhile pursuit. However, a…

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Half of What You See

By Joyce Green   As I look out over Charleston, South Carolina I see a magical place girdled by water. I see sunsets in the seductive sky that carry me too deep into thoughts of yesterday. I see tourists roaming around in the bliss of preserved aesthetics, riding horse drawn carriages, listening to stories that…

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Quality Education Project Weighs In On Garrett Academy’s Fate Ahead of CCSD Board Vote

The Quality Education Project (QEP), a community and research-based organization that seeks to implement a quality education for all students within the public school system, submitted the following statement regarding the future of Garrett Academy of Technology: On Monday, the Charleston County School Board will vote to determine the location of the new Center for…

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What kind of fools…?

By Gwen Bobo It seems to me that the more dastardly things politicians do . . . the less we seem to hold them accountable.   They are costing the taxpayers billions of dollars by their “private agenda” decisions with no regard as to how their blatant disregard of reasoning impacts all of us. After…

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