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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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US Starts New Relations With Sudan; Human Rights Watch Calls the Lifting Sanctions ‘Serious Mistake’

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) Sudan’s strained relations with the US have suddenly taken a turn for the better. In a move that caught some diplomats and human rights defenders by surprise, the US State Department announced the lifting of some of its toughest economic and trade sanctions against Sudan. The initiative was reportedly hammered out in the last…

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Rwanda Jails Women’s Rights Activist After Presidential Bid

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) Diane Shima Rwigara, who took on Rwandan President Paul Kagame in recent national polls, has been arrested and sits in jail, charged with “offenses against state security and forgery.” “These charges are false and nobody in Rwanda believes the validity of these charges,” said Rwigara’s brother, Aristide Rwigara, who lives in the United States,…

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New Travel Ban Listing Important U.S. Ally Stumps Area Experts

(GIN) African countries working with the US to defeat terrorism are questioning why Chad has been added to the latest group of countries excluded under the US travel ban. The addition of Chad took that country’s government by surprise and bewildered analysts of Central Africa. For years, the United States and its European allies have…

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A Nation Remembers the Steve Biko Legacy

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – South Africans marked the 40th year since the death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre. An African nationalist and African socialist, Biko was at the forefront of a grassroots campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s. His ideas…

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U.S.-Based Kenyan Scholars Spar Over Election Outcome

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The fierce contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition candidate Raila Odinga since their discarded election in August found echo here in Atlanta between Nairobi’s ambassador to Washington and a prominent U.S.-based legal scholar. “I can categorically say here looking you straight in the eye that the Supreme Court robbed Uhuru Kenyatta of…

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Corruption Returns With a Vengence in Ghana

Waving a gold sword – a symbol of Ghana’s presidency – the new president came out swinging against years of debilitating corruption. “We must restore integrity in public life,” President Nana Akufo-Addo thundered at his swearing in ceremony last January. “State coffers are not spoils for the party that wins an election, but resources for…

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Black Immigrant Organization Angry about Trump Rescinding DACA

By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) -The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the nation’s largest black-led organization championing racial justice and immigrant rights, blasted the Trump Administration for rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allowed 800,000 immigrant youth to live in the United States without fear of deportation. “BAJI is appalled by Trump’s decision…

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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,…

Black Pastors Demonstrate Skunk-like Behavior in Meeting With Trump at White House

By Rev. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneyWire.com) – ”Many of us have been indicted, arrested and our homes bombed, but when we stand before the Negro population at prayer meetings, we can repeat that it is an honor to face jail for a just cause.” If only those words of just causes and sacrifices of Dr. Martin…

#AskYourWorth: The Black Women’s Pay Equity Gap is Growing

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The equity gap is calculated not just on the basis of what the black female corporate lawyer makes, compared with her counterpart within the firm, but it looks at the median average salary … What is really bringing that wage gap…

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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It Ain’t Racism, It’s Economics

By Barney Blakeney   I like to get feedback from the stuff I write. Good, bad or indifferent – it lets me know somebody read the stuff. But as I tell young writers, you can’t take feedback too seriously. Especially the positive stuff! The positive stuff helps you to gauge whether you’re on the right…

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Waffle House Murders: You Can’t Eat Out?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    It has been proven by the Emanuel 9 church murders that you aren’t safe in church, by the Pulse Night Club and Las Vegas Concert mass murders that you aren’t safe at night clubs and outdoor concerts, by Columbine, Sandy Hill and Douglas massacre that students aren’t safe in school and…

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Mood Vibrations from Within

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The total living experience is a magnificent opportunity to develop and achieve spiritual and psychological advancements for one’s soul. I firmly believe that all one can frankly say about the living experience and its mighty lessons is “it is what it is” and this rings true in more ways than one. It’s…

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Getting Older Is A Blessing, But Can Be Inconvenient

By Barney Blakeney My Aunt Sarah used to say getting old is a blessing, but it’s sometimes inconvenient. For two weeks I had planned the late Friday afternoon meeting with the folks from the Charleston Rhizome Collective. The Charleston Rhizome Collective last year received a grant from ArtPlace America which will be used to provide…

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