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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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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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Elected Enemies – The Government Shutdown That’s Crippling America

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst Imagine having to choose between paying your mortgage and picking up the much-needed prescription for your health crisis because the job you report to and the federal resources you have relied on to live day to day are no longer available to you because of things beyond…

A Call to Conscience

By Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President Emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund January 15th would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. How should we honor him today? Earlier this month Dr. King’s personal attorney and friend Clarence Jones convened an intergenerational, interracial, interfaith group for the launch of the Gandhi King Institute for…

Little-Known Facts about MLK

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia As the nation commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday, some may find interesting tidbits of little-known or talked about facts and details of the slain civil rights champion. When he was born on Jan. 15, 1929, King’s name at birth was actually was Michael. His father,…

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…

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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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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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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Moving Beyond the Buddy System

By John Singletary, 2019 City of North Charleston mayoral candidate The recent article titled THE BUDDY SYSTEM in the Aug 27, 2017 edition of The Post and Courier outlines Keith Summey’s “ good old boy,” self-serving, greedy, egotistical twenty year reign as mayor for the City of North Charleston. Surprisingly, I learned of the article…

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An Open Letter to Mayor Tecklenburg, White Supremacists and Their Supporters

We, the Charleston Democratic Socialists of America, and organizers of the demonstration against white supremacy in Marion Square on August 16, 2017, do not support Mayor Tecklenburg’s plans to leave local Confederate monuments standing while the city finds ways to “tell the whole story” through new plaques and language. Can Charleston sufficiently contextualize these public…

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Bringing meaningful reform to the criminal justice system

When I’m out talking with voters throughout South Carolina House District 113, I explain the change that I want to bring and why I need their support. Of all the issues that I speak about, one issue stands out, never failing to elicit agreement from voters. That issue is corrections reform.I first became concerned about…

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