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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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Belgians Name Public Square For Patrice Lumumba

A public square in Brussels will carry the name of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo whose death at the hands of Belgium, the United States and others is now widely acknowledged. Toppled by western countries barely three months after his election in 1961, Lumumba died in horrific fashion.…

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French Leader Promises Quick Return of Stolen African Relics

French President Emmanuel Macron has called the return of African relics to their origin “a top priority” of his administration. “I cannot accept that a large part of cultural heritage from several African countries is in France,” he said in a speech to university students in Burkina Faso last year. “African heritage can’t just be…

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Ethiopian Dam Threatens Destruction of World Heritage Site

Lake Turkana, the reputed birthplace of mankind, has been designated an endangered environmental hotspot by a UNESCO panel. Currently designated a World Heritage Site, Kenya’s Lake Turkana stands among such treasures as the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall of China. It’s the world’s largest desert lake, a spectacular site whose fossil…

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Commemorative Events Planned For Mandela’s Centenary

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. Those were the prophetic words of President Nelson Mandela, whose role in the long struggle waged against the racist system of apartheid is recalled on the anniversary of his birth on July 18, 1918. This year, the theme…

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Don’t Let Predatory Tax Loans Take Your Refunds

By Charlene Crowell For many consumers, the New Year brings an annual effort to file taxes early enough to help pay off big bills, replace major appliances or tuck away a few bucks for the proverbial ‘rainy day’.  With a continuing federal shutdown, this year there are also an estimated 800,000 federal workers who have not…

Shame and Shade in Birmingham: In Praise of Angela Davis

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – If anyone deserves a civil rights award, Angela Davis certainly does. The activist and scholar has been on the front lines of the civil rights movement all of her life. She has been especially active in prison reform matters, but she has also been involved in other civil and human…

Overcoming Tragedy and Celebrating Life Again

By Peire Wilson, LaGuardia Community College Of the more than 330,000 U.S. students studying abroad, only 6.1 percent are African American and 10.1 percent are Latino. This is one in a series of articles by students of color who are breaking down barriers by studying abroad thanks to the Frederick Douglass Global Fellows program, which awards 10…

Economics, Not Electoral Politics, is the Key to Success

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – At the risk of being accused of repeating myself, I will say once again that black people who live in the continent of North America (aka USA) continue to recognize the importance of maximizing their economic potential. In 2018, as in the previous 100 or so years, we as…

Remembering Dr. King and “The Other America”

By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Once again on the third Monday in January, much of the nation will mark the anniversary of the death of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countless programs and events will no doubt recall several of his famous speeches from the 1963 March on Washington’s “I Have…

Trump Administration is Intent on Weakening Civil Rights Enforcement

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – When new U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked on “60 Minutes” whether she thinks President Donald Trump is a racist, she responded with the candor that makes her a compelling force in Washington: “Yeah, yeah, no question.” This, of course, lit up the social media, with Trump supporters denouncing Ocasio-Cortez…

Dunston Elementary School Employee Investigation: All Students Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While Hurricane Florence was stirring up wrath across South Carolina, allegations of sexual assault on students and thousands of child pornography on a school laptop issued to former employee Marvin Gethers at Dunston Elementary School were stirring up wrath within the Charleston community. Undeniably, school officials and investigative authorities dropped the ball…

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Faith in the Creator Alone is Important

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s nice when folk of  different ethnicities, religious persuasions and genders, etc. can intelligently discuss controversial topics in an amiable manner, especially where mutual respect is shown with true democratic civility toward one another. Such was a very recent experience for me, and it has helped me harness a greater knowledge…

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Voting Black Ain’t Enough

By Barney Blakeney   We’re about two months from the November 6 general election. It’s time to get serious, folks! Candidates are going into the back stretch heading to the finish line. If you don’t already know them, this is a good time to get to know the candidates. The hard and heavy campaigning is…

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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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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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The South Carolina State Legislature Must Stop Smacking the Tar Baby

By Dr. William Small, Jr., former Board Chairman at SCSU and retired educator   Recently I was contacted by Charleston Chronicle staff reporter Barney Blakeney to comment on an article he prepared. The timely, thoughtful and well-written piece entitled “South Carolina State University Needs A Few Good Recruits,” raised the issue of why individuals are…

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Garrett Academy of Technology and the Center for Advanced Studies: Moving Forward

By Jesse Williams, Co-chair, Quality Education Project (QEP) Political Action Committee; Co-Chair, the North Charleston Civil Coalition for Reform The Charleston County School District (CCSD), with the school board’s approval, plans to build a new Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) in North Charleston. This proposal for the new CAS will add several trades to the…

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