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African Critics See Dark Side To China’s ‘Charitable’ Loans

There are two sides to every coin and two widely opposing views on China’s offer of generous loans and grants to African countries announced at the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation forum in Beijing. At the confab, with representatives from 53 of 54 African countries, sky-high numbers were bandied about. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced…

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Ugandan Leader Tarnished By Torture of Reggae Pop Star

Images of a popular reggae music star in a wheel chair holding crutches have raised questions of whether Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ordered the arrest and torture of the star-turned-parliamentarian, Bobi Wine, who attended a recent rally of the opposition in the town of Arua. Museveni was forced to release the star for treatment in…

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Guerrilla War Rages Between Big Oil and Institutions of the Art World

A growing number of museums in Europe are turning thumbs down on oil company dollars when the companies not only contribute to global warming but fund the “science” that supposedly disproves it. Oil company funding also misleads public perception of environmental devastation as in Nigeria where billions of dollars were made extracting oil while highly…

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Decades-Old Case Revives African Demand For Stolen Lands

  When colonial powers redrew borders in Africa and picked choice lands for themselves and less desirable land for everyone else, some of those deals remained through this century. Few were undone. This week, a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will decide if colonial deals that redrew African borders can be declared…

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Thousands of Settlers Face Eviction in Kenya to Save Trees

Some 40,000 settlers in the Maasai Mau forest in Kenya face imminent eviction by the Kenyan government which says it is protecting the forest in the name of conservation. Deputy President William Ruto said those who encroached on the forest should be flushed out but in a humane manner. “We respect every Kenyan’s rights. No…

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Kenyan Leader Signs U.S. Trade Deal To Finance Wind Power Plant

Kenya has signed agreements with a US wind energy company, providing a major boost for wind power and food security. Mr. Kenyatta said the ‘Big Four agenda’ projects – boosting manufacturing industry, promoting food security, providing affordable housing and universal healthcare coverage – present major opportunities for local and foreign investors. The Overseas Private Investment…

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Land Fever Sweeps Southern Africa, Pressing Governments To Act

The day of reckoning is arriving in Southern Africa for the hundreds of thousands of blacks whose lands were taken forcibly by white settlers – a crime that goes unpunished despite promises for land reform year after year. Pressure is growing on governments to take action and return ancestral lands to their original owners. But…

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South African Activist Takes The Reins At Amnesty International

Longtime social justice activist Kumi Naidoo began his four-year tenure this week as head of the rights group Amnesty International with a vision for the group to be “bigger, bolder and more inclusive.” In his first message as Secretary General on August 16, Naidoo said that Amnesty International “is now opening its arms wider than…

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Mozambique Takes The “Free” Out Of Press, Imposing Hefty Fees On Media

Press freedom in Mozambique just got a lot less free. Under a new government decree, local and foreign journalists must now pony up thousands of dollars for the right to report in this Southern African country. The little dribble of news about Mozambique in the foreign press could disappear altogether, ending press freedom at a…

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First African To Lead The U.N. Fought For Developing World Causes

Kofi Atta Annan, former Secretary General of the U.N., is being remembered today for his leadership over ten tumultuous years when the world faced a crisis of poverty, injustice and disease. Mr. Annan passed away this month at age 80. Secretary General Annan, a polished diplomat from Ghana and later the leader of the U.N.,…

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Jim Crow 2018

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Political Analyst From 1880 to 1965, there was an all-out assault on preventing African Americans from voting by having their right to vote deemed invalid. The Fifteenth Amendment prohibited blatant disenfranchisement on the basis of race or prior enslavement, but many Southern states came up with a slew of…

Convicted On A Lie

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member Last June, Octavius Morris in Chicago called an attorney in New York and made a shocking confession of a crime that was committed 26 years ago. For the attorneys of Roosevelt Myles, 54, it was the call they had waited for: to speak to a woman who had been…

NFL Owners’ Treatment of Colin Kaepernick Disgraces League and Country

By Jesse Jackson Colin Kaepernick may yet get his day in court. Kaepernick is the talented former NFL quarterback who in 2016 began a protest against police brutality and institutionalized racial discrimination by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Other players joined the protests. Kaepernick wasn’t protesting the anthem or the flag. He…

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…

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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How Jerk Chicken Made Me Rethink Charleston’s Plantation Culture

By D.R.E. James Cimarrones or maroons who escaped plantations and hid out from their Spanish and English captors in the nooks and crannies of Jamaica’s lush Blue Mountains mingled with the indigenous Taino people. Cultural exchanges between the two people ensued. The maroons adopted the Taino’s culinary wisdom like smoking wild hogs flavored with scotch…

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Let’s Make IAAM A Legitimate Museum

The fundraising success of the International African American Museum does not necessarily assure its ultimate triumph as an uplifting educational and cultural institution.    As preeminent historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson eloquently stated in his classic work The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933), “the mere imparting of information is not education.”; as we easily note…

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Poor People For Justice Get Shut Out

I previously said that the mayoral administration, who at that time was led by Joseph P. Riley, did not work for the poor people of Charleston. I stated that they worked for the rich, and in saying that, I got into disfavor with the city. Well 12 years later, the City Council and our new…

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Complacency

If tomorrow comes and all of the fake news is true, what will we the people do? If our allies become our adversaries, if we have fighting in our streets, like in Afghanistan, never knowing if our city /municipality is next. If our election process is so disrupted, that we are no longer a democracy/republic.…

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In this episode of “Meet The Black Press,” NNPA Podcast Host Akil Wilson talks to James Washington, the publisher of The Dallas Weekly, about the business of running a Black newspaper and the future of the Black Press

Discussion With The Chronicle

“The Chronicle” is a revered institution in the Charleston Black community, with loyal readers and subscribers of all ethnicities. As the Palmetto state’s recognized leader in African-American news coverage for more than forty-four years, “The Chronicle” has successfully reported on, gathered, recorded, told and printed about the penetrating known and invisible stories of the Black experience, both locally and nationally, with unquestioned verve and tenacity.

Chronicle staffers Barney Blakeney, Hakim Abdul-Ali and Damion Smalls sat on the panel