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Worldwide Campaign Frees Prominent Cartoonist in Equatorial Guinea Prison

If you’ve ever received a request to step up for a jailed author, artist or journalist, you might have wondered later: Was he ever freed? In the case of Ramon Nse Esono Ebale – he certainly was and he thanks you. In a moving letter published under the title “Artist, Finally Free, Leaves Country”, artist…

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Utah State and Fort Hare University Conservationist Tapped for U.N. Expert Panel on Biodiversity

U.N. activities for World Environment Day on June 6 were focused this year on plastic pollution. Marked every year since 1974, the day is celebrated in over 100 countries. Dr. Luthando Dziba, managing executive for conservation services at South African National Parks (SANParks) has been appointed to the UN body on biodiversity and ecosystems. Dziba,…

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Retirement Pledge in Doubt as Ivory Coast President Eyes a Run for 10 More Years

In a recent interview with a French magazine, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara revealed his vision of two more terms in office despite having repeatedly said he would step down at the end of his second term in 2020. The news throws cold water on the plans of the opposition and even members of Ouattara’s…

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South African Promise of a ‘New Dawn’ Slowed by Infighting

South Africa’s former leader Jacob Zuma is among those said to be impeding efforts by his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa, to create a “new dawn” for citizens and foreign investors – free of corruption and cronyism which became associated with the Zuma regime. Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa three months ago. It…

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Riot Police Break Up ‘Transparency Rally’ in Mali

The UN is calling for calm in Mali after dozens of protestors were attacked by soldiers in the capital city Bamako, two months ahead of a presidential election. Several hundred people attended the rally, outside the headquarters of the Democratic Alliance for Peace – the party of the current President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Some 30…

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Lawyers Building Case Against Gambian Ex-President Over Mass Killing Of Refugees

Strong evidence has been gathered linking the former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to the murder of 44 West African migrants mostly from Ghana by operatives of the ex-president. The sole survivor of the mass killing, also from Ghana, promised himself not to rest until Mr. Jammeh was brought to justice. ”It is my…

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#MeToo Movement Reaches Into African Halls of Power

A promised investigation into gender discrimination at the African Union appears to be idling on the back burner, according to the South African Mail & Guardian. Some 37 women employees at the African Union Commission (AUC) have complained of “ill-treatment and humiliation”, investigators at the South African paper found. The women, who work at the…

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African Who Saved Child From Fall Gets French Citizenship

A migrant from Mali who scrambled up the side of a building to save a 4 year old child dangling from a fifth floor balcony was thanked this week by President Emmanuel Macron and offered citizenship. Mamoudou Gassama had been living without papers in France when the incident took place. “You have become an example…

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Human Rights Trampled in Burundi, Rights Groups Charge

A president who once banned the popular pastime of jogging now aims to rewrite the nation’s laws and rule the nation of Burundi until 2034. A referendum is scheduled to take place this week that would give President Pierre Nkunrunziza two more terms of 7 years each. President Nkurunziza, 54, has strong support from his…

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Court Denies Nigerian Fishermen ‘Access To Justice’, Rights Groups Say

A coalition of human rights, environmental and development groups from the four corners of the world is challenging a UK appeals court ruling that lets UK-headquartered parent companies escape liability when people in poor countries are harmed by their affiliates. The ruling stems from a lawsuit by the Ogale people in Nigeria against Royal Dutch…

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I Will Vote! – Choosing NOT to Vote Still Impacts You

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Political Analyst “I Will Vote!” That is such an empowering statement, when you think about it, especially considering how important voting is for Black people at this critical time in this country. The voting rights of Blacks are being targeted and threatened every day and those threats have become extremely…

School Grading Practices Are Inaccurate and Inequitable to Black Children

By Joe Feldman The battle for equity in our schools is not only a fight to guarantee access to great teaching and high-quality learning environments, programs, and materials. The battle for equity also includes the practices and policies that teachers use to describe students’ success or failure in school. An issue often overlooked, grading, is…

Done to us Not With Us: Calling for New Voices

By Khalilah Long, Communications Manager, UNCF Parents play critical roles in their child’s achievement from kindergarten through high school graduation. Parent advocacy has proven to have positive implications on student educational success. But who advocates for and supports parents and caregivers? In African American households, oftentimes, clergy or other prominent community leaders are the galvanizing…

Setting the Example in This Moment

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund As parents and grandparents once again struggle to determine how to explain to their children current headlines of moral indecency at the highest levels, adults everywhere are reminded that we must all continue to strive to be the examples we want our children to emulate.…

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Fails to Forgive

By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Across the nation and multiple generations, student loan debt now surpasses $1.5 trillion. The anxiety shared by borrowers from all walks of life seeking ways to lift this unsustainable consumer debt affects multiple life dimensions. In some cases, these burdensome debts threaten the future of America’s middle class. Two…

Constitutional Right to Counsel is Meaningless Under Dismal Current Public Defender System

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person hauled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth … From the very…

3D Printers: Gun Control, Out of Control

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  I am fascinated by high-tech gadgets but even more fascinated by 3D printers. It’s just mind-boggling the things you can make using 3D-printers. I am clueless how a 3D printer can make a gun as small as a Liberator and as large as an AR-15 assault weapon. On one hand, legislators are working…

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The Keen Wisdom of Marcus Garvey

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   If you’ve read my views over the past two decades you undoubtedly know that I champion the continual study of learning about Black “Our-story,” no matter what time of the year that it is. It’s part of who I am as a thinking brother of color and as a believer in…

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Prioritize Protests

By Barney Blakeney With all the hullabaloo about the Palmetto Rose Kids, ignored in the discussion is workforce training for grown folks. While the issues of Black kids selling Palmetto Roses is important and speaks to a lot of pivotal issues in our society, focusing on kids selling handcraft is like treating a festering sore…

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Parents, Y’all Need To Get A Handle On Your Teens

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Hot temperatures are no stranger to the Lowcountry.  It’s been an unusually hot and humid summer. It’s something about the heat that makes folks go haywire. While the heat is on the rise, so is teenage violence.  Last week a 15-year-old shot and killed a 17-year-old and another 17-year-old, Zamere Raeguel Treawn…

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Thinking of Dr. King in Fighting Ignoble Causes

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’ve been thinking about the states of political turmoil and civil unrest that’s going on throughout the world, including the United States of America. There’s a lot of unhappiness that permeating the landscapes of democracy and beyond. I’m now asking myself who really is at fault for the terrible political mess that…

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Kids Count, But Not Enough

By Barney Blakeney For years I’ve done an annual story about the Kids Count report. The report is compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization that since 1948 monitors and reports on the well-being of children. My former editor, Jim French used to provide me a hard copy of the report each…

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Cooper River Memorial Library needs action, not delays

The Cooper River Memorial Library, which was originally built and funded by community members to memorialize fallen veterans from North Charleston, is slated to be replace with a new building.  This new branch construction is funded by the bond referendum that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2014.  The CCPL Board of Trustees has honored this promise…

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Informed Voters are the Key to our Democracy

Voting is the most powerful way to have citizens’ voices heard, and it is the core of our democracy. Voting’s a chance to stand up for what matters most to citizens and have an impact on the issues that affect them, their communities and their futures. Informed voters are the key to our democracy. Nationwide,…

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Where are the supporters and planners for South Carolina State University?

By Dr. William Small, Jr., retired educator and former Trustee and Board Chairman at South Carolina State University Recent new releases and public comments reporting the plans to strengthen Denmark Technical College are encouraging and should be applauded by all who urge support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as by all who…

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There Must Be a Just Response to the Killing of Charleena Lyles

Death raises many disturbing questions and provides a crucial opportunity for Seattle police accountability system The following statement is from ACLU of Washington Executive Director Kathleen Taylor.  “The ACLU of Washington is dismayed and heartsick at the killing of Charleena Lyles, a mother of four and longtime Seattle resident, after she called to ask the…

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