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Hundreds of Polling Stations in Mali Shut Due to Violence

As Malians went to the polls on Sunday, over 700 polling stations were shuttered amid threats of violence and attacks including election officials beaten up, ballot boxes burned and election supervisors stopped by armed groups from entering polling stations. The affected polling stations are located in the country’s central and northern regions, areas troubled by…

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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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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.…

Will a New Consumer Bureau Director Heed the Agency’s Mission?

By Charlene Crowell In her first news conference as a Senate-confirmed Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Kathleen Kraninger’s remarks sounded a lot like Mick Mulvaney, her former boss at the Office of Budget and Management (OMB). On December 11, just one day into a five-year term of office, Kraninger told reporters she…

We Must Protect Our Children America!

By Marian Wright Edelman When he spoke two days later at a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, President Barack Obama said: “This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how,…

“Green Book” – Not Our Story; His-Story, Their Fiction

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The greatest struggle of any oppressed group in a racist society is the struggle to reclaim collective memory and identity. At the level of culture, racism seeks to deny people of African, American Indian, Asian and Latino descent their own voices, histories and traditions. From the vantage-point…

White churches have a moral responsibility to stand up

By Rev. Jesse Jackson In 2019, we will commemorate 400 years since the first 20 slaves were transported by ship from Africa by white slave traders and landed in Jamestown, Va. Now four centuries later, race remains a central dividing line. Today, for example, the racial wealth gap exposes a stark difference. The median wealth…

It’s Time for a Focus on Economics

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Now that the midterm elections are over, it’s time, once again, to alert Black folks to the peril and stupidity of putting nearly all of our time, energy and resources into electoral politics. If we spent at least half of that time, energy and especially resources into maximizing our…

Along Life’s Winding Boulevards

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s thought waves are taking me to an isolated realm that’s simply entitled “Along Life’s Winding Boulevards.” To be exact, for one reason or another, I’ve been putting off writing this theme for about three weeks now. This topic is an intrinsic one for me to vibe on and try to put…

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Black Wealth Gone By 2053

By Barney Blakeney Lately, I’ve been focused on the future. I keep asking myself where our society is headed. I recently participated in a survey where the interviewer me asked what I’d see about our community if I was clairvoyant. That was a tough question. There are so many possibilities. Then I read an op-ed…

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North Charleston Among America’s Top 50 Worst Cities

By Beverly Gadson-Birch According to USA Today, North Charleston ranked #41 among the 50 worst cities in the US. That is alarming news to say the least. While alarming, it comes at no surprise to me. Amidst the rapid growth, major housing developments and mega businesses relocating to North Charleston, there is a dark side…

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With The Black Family In Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I take every precious moment in the living experience as a spiritual blessing, and just to be able to see another moment in time and space challenges me consciously to do the very best that I can in the allotted time span that’s granted to me. Life has real spiritual meaning to…

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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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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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