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Ex-President Of Sudan Charged With Complicity In Protestor Deaths

From the presidency to prisoner behind bars, former President Omar al-Bashir now faces formal charges of murder in the latest development to spring from a massive turnout of Sudanese people demanding civilian rule. “Omar al-Bashir and others have been charged for inciting and participating in the killing of demonstrators,” the office of Sudan’s acting prosecutor…

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In A Squeaker, African National Congress Wins 57.5 Percent Of Vote

Frustrated with the failures of the ruling African National Congress, South Africans gave the ANC its lowest turnout since 2004 when it took a record 69% of the vote. The ANC won a sixth straight term but with the worst ever electoral showing for the iconic party. Voter turnout was low. Thousands of youth did…

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Plea Deal for Navy Seal Linked to Strangulation Death of U. S. Army Soldier in Mali

A generous plea deal has been offered to the first of two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders charged in the strangulation death of a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier based in Bamako, Mali. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar was found dead on June 4, 2017 in housing he shared with other special operations forces…

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World Bank Ups Its Aid Package For Countries Hit By Record-Strength Cyclones

The new head of the World Bank has approved emergency support for the three African countries slammed by record-strength cyclones in what has been called the worst weather catastrophe in decades. Tropical Cyclone Idai ripped through Mozambique with 110 mph winds and a storm surge topping 20 feet before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.…

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Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The late South African Leader Nelson Mandela famously noted that sport has the power to change the world, inspire, and unite in a way that little else does. “It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair,”…

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ANC Sees Victory In May 8 Polls While Acknowledging Mistakes

Three political parties are pulling out all the stops to win the last undecided voters going to the polls on May 8 to elect the nation’s leaders. The three are running in a field of 48. The long-ruling ANC (since 1994) is expected to vanquish the competition despite having let down much of the electorate…

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Oil Barons Bid Billions For Mozambican Oil While Storm Fatalities Spike

The back-to-back cyclones that have ravaged Mozambique are unprecedented in recorded history, the UN said Friday. As more villages are wiped away, a multi-billion dollar bidding war is heating up in foreign board rooms among multinationals eager to extract Mozambican oil. Top bid so far by Occidental Petroleum Corp has reached $57 billion. The fantastic…

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After Risking Life, Liberian Activist Scoops ‘Green Nobel Prize’

Multinational corporations who seek weak democracies, high rates of poverty, and untapped resources, seem to make a beeline for Liberia which has struggled to overcome two wars and the devastating pandemic of ebola. As a result, “Liberia has been taken over by multinational corporations exploiting its resources at the expense of Liberians, especially the country’s…

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Woni Spotts, The First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country and Continent in the World

Woni Spotts reached the goal of visiting every country and continent in the world. Woni’s travels began as a child when she accompanied her parents on tours. Later, Woni hosted a travel documentary with the goal of visiting every country. During the mid-2000s, Woni toured Monaco, France, and Southern Europe. Between 2014 and 2018, Woni visited Germany, Netherlands,…

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Former Pres. Nkrumah Recalled On Day Of His Passing

The anniversary of the passing of Ghana’s first Prime Minister and President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, prompted reflections by Ghanaians on social media of his legacy and contributions. Dr. Nkrumah’s daughter Samia, in an open letter, wrote: “Kwame Nkrumah may not be with us physically but he lives in our hearts and minds as the fire…

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The danger of the “ethno-nationalist” state

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor One of the most common features of right-wing populist and fascist movements is the demand for ethnic and/or racial purity. During the course of the 20th century we saw it in its most egregious forms in colonial and white minority regimes in the global South, and in the…

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that you indulge me for a minute. Because I’ve got a…

Will proposed CRA rule help or hurt Black America? Civil rights groups cry foul as OCC urges public comments

By Charlene Crowell Amid the tinsel and garland celebrating the holiday season, two important federal financial regulators are planning how the future financial needs of low-and-moderate income (LMI) communities – including neighborhoods of color – will be met.  In an effort to “modernize” the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on December 12 the board of…

The Greatest Gift in This Holy Season

By Marian Wright Edelman This is a holy season for multiple faiths and with our celebrations many of us spend time, money, and energy searching for perfect presents rather than reflecting on what our faith requires of us. It’s wonderful to share special times and gifts with family and friends but too many of us…

There’s Still Some Good in the World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Today is my birthday, and my church planned its usual wonderful holiday party that just happened to fall on the date I was born. The party planners had assured me they would include my favorite bubbly drink! I had my tickets. Unfortunately, as I was leaving church, I received…

Pots and Kettles – Republican Hypocrisy and Double-Talk

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month’s impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump’s tweets echoes his fear and discomfort because he has been called out. Republican histrionics…

Frederick Douglass’ Timely Logic

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Living in the USA, if you’re of color, one can’t help but think of and be totally focused on the psychological effects of racial discrimination, legal injustices and economic dissimilarities that exists throughout this potentially great land. You may not want to deal with it, but wherever you live, its steering you…

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PSLEOA Continues Effort To Make A Difference In Law Enforcement

By Barney Blakeney It took me a little while to get to the story about the Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association conference held July 8-12 in North Charleston – a lotta stuff’s going on. But I finally got the interview I needed. Retired Charleston Police lieutenant and current Charleston Housing Authority Director of Community…

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Black Folk Dirty Laundry

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I am not one for airing Black folk dirty laundry in public, but sometimes you just got to put it all out there, bloomers and all. My involvement in the black community is by chance not choice. It was the hospital strike in 1969 that deferred my dreams and set me on…

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A Time to Reflect

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Many topics surrounding things that I write about or comment on as a columnist have come about as a result of my coming in contact with a diverse and interesting amalgam of “hue-mans.” All this exposure has made me keen to listening to their highs, qualms, cares, reservations and lows of life.…

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I Get Less Hassle Washing Pots!

By Barney Blakeney I was washing a leftover grits pot at my church Sunday morning (we do a monthly community breakfast each second Saturday –all are welcome to Charleston’s best home-cooked breakfast specially prepared by the loving hands of the women and men of Wesley UMC/Charleston) when my church brother walked into the kitchen asking…

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Charleston County School Superintendent & Board: “Clean Up, What You Mess Up and Start Over”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Y’all know how these modern day kids are. They play with at least four or five toys at a time and when they are done, they leave them scattered on the floor. My grandson is among those modern day kids with a modern day mom. Notice, I did not say modern day…

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SC State Rep. JA Moore’s Legislative Agenda for 2019

By South Carolina State Representative JA Moore, District 15 Less than a year ago, I was a restaurant general manager who decided to take the leap of faith and focus full-time as owner and chef of my catering company. That within itself was an arduous undertaking.  Fast-forward a few weeks later after some soul-searching. I realized…

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Let’s recognize those who give of themselves to make a difference

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller Given how bad news tends to dominate headlines – and how misdeeds are far more likely to find their way onto the nightly news than acts of kindness – it’s easy to lose sight of the basic goodness and generosity of people. Yet all around us people are making a…

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Will men in America speak out against domestic violence?

By Melissa Martin, Ph.D To prevent and stop violence against women, men in all 50 states of the USA need to stand up and speak out. Mothers, sisters, and daughters are victims of domestic violence. Wives, live-in partners, and girlfriends are victims of domestic violence. Relatives are victims of domestic violence. Neighbors are victims of domestic…

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Beef With Bobby Seale Over Pork

By D.R.E James  Emcee and fellow 910 native J. Cole had a song on his 2014 album Born Sinner called “Let Nas Down,” lamenting about how he felt the pressures of his label for a radio single and deviated from his conscious, Ginsu-sharp, mile-deep brand of hip hop that purists like myself championed him for. This…

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