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Kenya On The Hook For Millions In Nation’s Worst Corruption Case 

You’re in for a wild ride when your favorite news show begins like this: “The Dams, the Scums, the Hyenas and the Thieves and that’s just the beginning.” That was the voice of Francis Gachuri, anchor person for a lively news show on Citizen TV in Kenya. The topic was deadly serious – billions of…

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In New Report: Economic Inequality in Africa Called Extreme

“Inequality has reached extreme levels in West Africa, and today the wealthiest one percent of West Africans own more than everyone else in the region combined.” That was the finding in a new report published by Oxfam and Development Finance International. According to the “West Africa Inequality Crisis” report, six of the ten fastest-growing economies…

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Hattiloo Theatre panel explore 400 years of Africans in America

By Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, The New Tri-State Defender It was quite an extraordinary encounter: a Christian, a Muslim and a Spiritualist on a panel at the Hattiloo Theatre talking about their belief systems during a discussion framed against a backdrop of 400 years of Africans living in America. One truth outweighed every likely point…

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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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The Essence and Beauty of Black Women in America

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Black women are some of the most amazing females on the planet. There are many fraudulent images and concepts about Black women in American culture, where they are considered angry, hard to talk to and unintelligent. The image of Black women as a B, gives everyone in the country,…

Let’s Not Censor Dr. King’s Life Even as We Glorify Him

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – As another year passes with celebrations marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, I worry about the dangers of neutering Dr. King’s life, turning him into a “dreamer” who became a martyr. We shouldn’t forget that Dr. King was a leader, a man of conscience and of action. He…

‘Thank You, Kobe’: Howard University Student Tells How Kobe Bryant Impacted Him, Los Angeles, and the World

By Arthur Cribbs Special from 101Magazine.Net (TriceEdneyWire.com) When I heard of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, I had an initial feeling of shock, disbelief and numbness. And in the hours since hearing the news, that feeling has not gone away.…

We Need Political Courage on Homelessness and Recidivism

By Jack Brown (TriceEdneyWire.com) – With the Democratic primary kicking into gear and the general election right around the corner, the stage is set for an impassioned battle of ideas and policy initiatives that could shape our country for the next decade. Fortunately, sitting lawmakers and candidates from both sides of the aisle have shown…

Redefining Suffrage, Unerasing Black Women

By Gwen McKinney Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Ida B. Wells. Shirley Chisholm. Rosa Parks. These household names, spanning a couple of centuries, qualify for the Suffrage Hall of Fame. Almost a buzz word synonymous with the Year of the Woman, in 2020 the centerpiece of suffrage will be marked by the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women’s voting…

Sure Glad to Be Black!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – When you think about the harsh treatment Black people have experienced, and still experience in this country, when you think of 400 years of Black people being enslaved, having gone through Jim Crow, segregation, lynching and every indignity you can think about, don’t you at least say to…

Elections: Good vs. No Good

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There are some really good folks running in both the City of Charleston and North Charleston elections; but, it’s going to take more than just “good”. Well, what is “good”. Can you be good and no-good at the same time? You can be from a good home and folks may think you are…

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Riders Of The Storm

By Barney Blakeney This week has been difficult. My aunt Sarah Lees Cooper, a former Williamsburg County teacher ,used to say “Getting old is a blessing. But it’s so inconvenient.” My personal recovery from Hurricane Dorian again proves how true her assessment is. I’ve in the past prided myself on riding out hurricanes. Though neither…

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Hurricane Dorian’s Signs About Life

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Hurricane Dorian has come and gone, and it has left a wrath of destruction in many parts of the globe where it touched down, most notably and tragically in parts of the Bahamas. Many other sectors of southeastern USA and Atlantic Canada were touched by this super powerful hurricane, and all those…

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Prepare For November 5 Elections

By Barney Blakeney Out of the blue recently I got a call from a friend telling me he agreed with a recent column I wrote about North Charleston municipal elections. That was a breath of fresh air. The column was about the need for change in North Charleston. I welcome both compliments and complaints. They…

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A Little Kindness Never Hurts

By Hakim Abdul-Ali     Many times in writing my weekly topical articles, I’m influenced by many different things that occur in my varied worlds of existences. That’s really nothing new because I’d like to believe that you and others in “hue-manity” probably feel the same way about the experiences which occur in your individual…

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Success In North Charleston Elections Requires That Voters Stay Focused!

By Barney Blakeney Too often we focus on the wrong stuff. Last week I wrote a story about candidates who have filed for municipal elections in North Charleston. Erroneously I wrote one candidate previously ran for the North Charleston mayoral position. You woulda thought I’d shot the pope, according to some Facebook critics!  It was…

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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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