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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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Supreme Court To Hear Sudan’s Appeal On Navy Ship Bombing

Sudan has been given the green light to appeal an award of damages for the bombing of the Navy ship USS Cole that killed and injured U.S. sailors almost two decades ago. The damages, totaling $314.7 million, were awarded as compensation for 17 American sailors killed and 39 injured in the bombing of the Navy…

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13,000 Africans Left To Die In The Sahara After Expulsion By Algeria

In one of the most shocking reports on the ill-treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers, the International Organization for Migration has confirmed that thousands of African migrants are being left to die in blistering desert heat after being deported by the government of Algeria and dumped in the Sahara. A new investigation by the Associated Press…

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Ugandan Inventor Wins Major Prize For Malaria Detector

Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta, 24, has scooped a major prize for his device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria – the leading cause of death in his country. In fact, Gitta developed the device, called “Matibabu” after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria. It took four blood tests to diagnose Mr. Gitta with…

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Amnesty International Finds Trouble Brewing in Cameroon

In a new 37 page report, the rights watchdog Amnesty International has documented “unlawful killings, destruction of private property, arbitrary arrests and torture” in two restive regions in Cameroon tied to a power struggle pitting French against English-speaking Cameroonians. In the Amnesty report titled, “A turn for the worse: Violence and human rights violations in…

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African Union To Hold Summit in ‘Slavery Hub’

“Corruption” is the theme of this year’s African Union Summit to be held next month in the capital of Mauritania – a country better known for being the last country in the world to ban slavery. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, Mauritania has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world,…

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Bribery Caught on Tape Nails Ghana’s Senior Soccer Brass

Senior officers of the revered Ghana Football Soccer Association who took fat wads of cash to influence player selection in the national team became the unwitting stars of a new documentary by Ghana’s number one investigative journalist. The film opened this month in Accra. The sting, called “astronomical” in its scope, caught big and small…

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Spain Gives ‘Safe Harbor’ to 629 Africans Stranded at Sea

After European leaders from Italy and Malta refused to accept a ship with over 600 mostly Africans aboard, it took the new prime minister of Spain to allow the stranded migrants a safe refuge. Pedro Sanchez, who took office a week ago, said the ship could dock in the Spanish city of Valencia. The migrants…

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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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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…

Equity v. Equality: Giving Students the Tools They Need to Succeed

By Naomi Shelton, Director of K-12 Advocacy at UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Equity has been a huge buzzword in the field of education this year. Education advocates and politicians alike have called for an increase in educational equity, but what does the term really mean? Equity is not Equality. Equity creates equality by prioritizing…

A Message to Presidential Candidates: A Winning Strategy Includes a Plan for Black America

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “You want our vote, come get our vote.” – Angela Lang, executive director, Black Leaders Organizing for Communities The nation recently experienced a midterm election of historic dimensions: more than 47% of eligible voters cast a ballot in November – the highest percentage since 1966.  Black voter participation drove were a…

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters Makes History: First Black, First Woman to Chair House Financial Services Committee

By Charlene Crowell As 2019 begins, there is also a new Congress with leadership in the House of Representatives that makes history for people of color and women alike. Long-time California Representative Nancy Pelosi returns as Speaker of the House – the first time in 50 years that a Member of Congress has achieved this…

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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A Message Especially for a Brother

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    My vibes today are taking me to a place where I need to go in addressing a young brother of color’s concern about giving up on life’s possibilities. It’s a point that needs to be emphasized, especially in our current fast paced world of occasional temporary and sometimes hopeless thinkers. I…

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Aunt Lillian’s Reunion

By Barney Blakeney I was talking with a friend yesterday telling him about recent stuff going on in my life. Some of it was stuff we’ve shared in our more than 50-year friendship and some was personal. We talked about our former high school teacher Mrs. Marjorie Howard’s 106th birthday and other stuff. When I…

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School: Getting Off On The Right Foot

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   Monday marked the first day of school. As I encountered students in Office Depot and Walmart, they seemed eager to return to school as they made their way through aisles of school supplies filled with paper, pens and notebooks. The tax-free weekend was a nightmare, but a good thing for parents…

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Thinking of Respect on a Summer’s Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  This summer season so far has been one where it’s been somewhat hard to describe in mere terms of simplistic expressions. It’s really been something unexpected and thought-provoking in many norms. You see, it’s been raining a lot off and on where I live in the coastal Charleston,  South Carolina, area locally…

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Lynching In America Just Took A Different Form

By Barney Blakeney   Lately I’ve been in that melancholy mood I sometimes get when I’m depressed about the future of Black folks. Over the past few days there were five murders in the same number of days in North Charleston. All but one of the victims was Black. And if it ain’t enough for…

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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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