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Who Will Become the Next President of South Africa?

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing social democratic political party once led by the late Nelson Mandela, faces perhaps its most contentious and controversial election yet. On Dec. 18, the party will vote for its next president, a contest that puts former health minister Nkosazana Clarice…

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U.S. Plans Deadly Strategy Against Terror in West Africa

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Officials of the West African nation of Niger have announced they would allow the Pentagon to operate armed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), out of the country’s capital, Niamey. The drones will conduct strikes on terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates that operate along the country’s border with Mali. The move…

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Demonstrations Held to Spotlight and Stop African Slave Trade in Libya

  By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Demonstrations recently have been held in major European cities to protest African men, women and children being sold into slavery in Libya, a practice that began after the United States and other countries overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, leaving the country ungovernable. Nearly 4,000 individuals protested in Stockholm.…

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CNN Video of ‘African Slave Market’ Sparks Outrage and Condemnation

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Footage obtained by CNN of an alleged auction of young Africans at an open market in Libya sent shockwaves through the diasporan community and the leaders of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The shocking images, shared worldwide on social media, were “despicable”, declared President Alpha Conde of Guinea, current chair of the African Union.…

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Home of Parents of Afrobeat Legend ‘FELA’ to Become Museum, Gov’t Says

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A government-led plan to restore the home of the parents of Afro music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and turn it into a museum has cheered and excited Fela’s many fans and followers. The colonial era one-story building was built by the late Israel Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s father, and his wife, Funmilayo, over a century ago.…

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International Court to Seek Reparations for Thousands of African War Crimes Victims

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The International Criminal Court is preparing the ground for a determination of reparations owed to over 5,000 victims of atrocities that were committed in the Central African Republic. The atrocities were carried out by troops under former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and took place between October 2002 and March 2003. Sentenced to…

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Bishop William J. Barber II To Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican On Thanksgiving Day

By Cash Michaels, The Wilmington Journal/NNPA Member In an exclusive interview with The Wilmington Journal, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, the president of Repairers of the Breach, a nonpartisan, nonprofit social advocacy group, has confirmed that he and a delegation of “moral, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and ecological justice advocates…” will be meeting with Pope…

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Grueling Rescue Operation in Mediterranean Unable to Save 26 African Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) –Shivering immigrants pulled from icy Mediterranean waters huddled under aid workers’ blankets hardly move the hearts of wealthy nationals in developed countries these days. But the story this week of 26 young African women whose bodies were recovered near a smuggler’s boatload of migrants caused some heads to turn and tears to fall. Their…

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Tax Havens for the Rich and Powerful Exposed in Latest ‘Data Dump’

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The latest investigative bombshell by an international team of journalists reveals the kings and queens, presidents and CEOs who have hidden their wealth in foreign ports, far from the prying eye of the taxman. The new report is called the “Paradise Papers.” Extracts from the report have already appeared in the Wall St.…

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Charleston Enters Second Sister City Relationship With Panama City

By Barney Blakeney Two weeks ago Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and city council agreed in principle to develop a second ‘sister city” relationship. This time the relationship will be coupled with Panama City, Panama in Central America. Charleston currently is sister city to Spoleto, Italy. It’s a relationship that spawned the annual Spoleto Arts Festival…

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Stop Kavanaugh: President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Must Not Join the High Court

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law.” — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 531 U.S. 98, Bush v. Gore [Dissent], December 12, 2000 There…

EPA Roll-Backs Will Hurt People of Color

By Felicia M. Davis, Director of the HBCU Green Fund and on the boards of Green 2.0 and The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President Trump visiting West Virginia to announce a major rollback in regulations limiting coal fired power plant emissions feels like being lost in a dark coal mine, reaching a fork in…

President Trump’s Rhetoric on NAFTA Doesn’t Make Sense for American Workers

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist This may seem strange, but there are apparently unions that feel that President Donald Trump’s policies on trade are in the interests of workers in the United States. I am a bit perplexed. If you leave aside for a moment the horrendous assaults that Trump and his Republican…

Childhoods Ended by Guns

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund On July 16, 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was shot and killed in front of her Washington, D.C. home trying to buy ice cream. Makiyah was a rising fifth grader who loved basketball, football, art, and puzzles. She had just opened her front door on her way to…

Is the Black Vote Still Being Treated Like a Political Piñata?

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst When it comes to politics in this country, there is one thing that seems to be a constant—the Black vote is important and always tends to make a difference. Although Blacks make up roughly 13 percent of the overall population in the United States, Black voters remain…

Bank Overdraft Fees Strip More Than $11 billion from Consumers Each Year: Senate Bill Goes After Predatory Tax on Paychecks

By Charlene Crowell, Center for Responsible Lending deputy communications director For many people, little things can in time lead to big problems. When personal checking accounts are involved, transactions without available funds in checking accounts can trigger a series of fees that wind up taking a big bite out of the next paycheck. What’s more,…

Hailing the Mothers of Our Culture

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Next Sunday in the good old USA, there will be an observance day usually set aside for  the yearly recognition and valued appreciation of the past and present mothers in our lives. Traditionally, it’s called Mother’s Day. With the greatest respect to all the women in America, who are mothers of their…

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Mothers, Fight For Your Sons

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    As we approach Mother’s Day, I am reminded of what some mothers go through for their children. Last Saturday, Timothy Taylor’s mom, Joanne, organized another march to free her son. Saturday’s march was the second by Timothy’s supporters to draw attention to his unjust imprisonment.  If you have not been keeping up…

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A Forthright Look at Brotherhood

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’d like to address a subject that’s close to my heart and spirits. It’s about the subject of Afro-American unified brotherhood and its  importance for all of us in this nation’s Black communities. I’ve been moved to address this topic because I recently had a conversation with an intellectual acquaintance of mine, an…

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National Example of Double Standards

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   I get tired of folks talking about Black folk playing the race card.  This is what you hear when folks don’t want to own up to the truth. The naysayers will do almost anything to make you believe reality is fiction.  And, the reality is there are two sets of rules…

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CAJM Addresses Affordable Housing At Nehemiah Action Assembly

By Barney Blakeney The Charleston Area Justice Ministry Monday night held its 2018 Nehemiah Action Assembly focusing on the ministry’s 2018 agenda of addressing affordable housing and gentrification. Last November members voted to address that agenda in 2018. About 2,000 people attended the sixth Nehemiah Action Assembly Monday night. CAJM’s had some success in the…

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Racism and Evolving Afro Ideologies

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    America is besieged with continuing plagues within its democratic landscape, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Sadly, that’s the way that it is as this nation struggles with the escalating pneumonic illnesses of racism and discrimination. I was thinking about how we Black folk have, “our-storically” speaking, managed…

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Awareness, Public Dialogue, and Action (Part 2)

By Miya Fowler (Part 1 of this series can be seen in the May 18, 2016 edition of The Chronicle and viewed online at: http://goo.gl/p90BFw) From Part 1: “According to Senator Matthews, South Carolina spends over $16,000 per child on incarceration, while spending only $11,000 per child on education; although estimates from other sources have…

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Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Awareness, Public Dialogue, and Action (Part 1)

By Miya Fowler   On Saturday, April 2, 2016, five college students and their professor visited the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on Leeds Avenue. Upon returning to class to share their experiences with the rest of the students, undergraduate Zac McFarlane commented, “They made me realize that what we’re doing out here in this…

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With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 1: Addressing The Epidemic Of Mass Incarceration In America

By James Johnson   According to recent data from the International Center For Prison Studies, the United States currently has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Isn’t it ironic that a country which holds itself out as being the “Land Of The Free” incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other nation?…

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