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Hundreds of Polling Stations in Mali Shut Due to Violence

As Malians went to the polls on Sunday, over 700 polling stations were shuttered amid threats of violence and attacks including election officials beaten up, ballot boxes burned and election supervisors stopped by armed groups from entering polling stations. The affected polling stations are located in the country’s central and northern regions, areas troubled by…

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We’re Not a Dumping Ground for Used Cars, Says Rwanda Prez at New Auto Plant Opening

You’ll see plenty of Volvos, Mercedes, Hondas, Toyotas and even a Ford Windstar tootling around the booming cities of Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. But these foreign cars were no spring chickens when they arrived in Africa after years of use. Often they had to be totally rebuilt in order to sell at top dollar. Only…

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Liberian Diplomat in U.S. Prison Denied Healthcare

By David S. Menjor, Liberian Observer Dr. Malachi Z. York, a Liberian Diplomat, is said to be languishing in solitary confinement in a U.S. prison without any medical care accorded him, even though diagnoses show that he is suffering from complicated diseases, including Hereditary Angioedema. In light of this finding and following a clarion call…

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Cameroon’s President, Going on 90 – Time To Step Down?

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is seriously considering a re-election bid despite having served 36 years in the job and despite approaching 90 years of age. The President-for-Life syndrome is sadly alive and well. An editorial in the Liberian paper Daily Observer expressed its frustration in dramatic fashion. “Why, Africa, why?  Why must your leaders treat…

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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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Jobs Report Shows What ‘African Americans Have to Lose’ Under Trump

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The latest report from the U.S. Labor Department has provided still another answer to the infamous question of “What the hell do [African Americans] have to lose?” That question, of course, was posed by Donald Trump during his successful run for president in 2016. With racial tensions,…

Millennials must answer ‘How will you lead?’

By John Semien, Special from the New Tri-State Defender “Nobody can do this for us but us.” To Dr. Wes Bellamy, a city councilman from Charlottsville, Va., that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the rendezvous point for picking up where King left off in the fight for social justice for all. “We are in…

We Are Still Turning Our Backs on Puerto Rico’s Hungry Children

By Marian Wright Edelman In 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread devastation across Puerto Rico, leaving children especially vulnerable—but the sad reality is Puerto Rican children were some of the most at risk in America long before the storm. Nearly 6 in 10 children in Puerto Rico live in poverty, a rate almost twice…

Senate Must Pass Background Check Bill, Passed by House, Supported by 92 percent of Voters

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Defenders of the status quo – advocates of the gun industry & the politicians paid to defend it – will tell you that events like these are virtual acts of nature, products of mental illness or bad parenting, beyond our ability to control. This couldn’t be further from the…

House Chair Waters leads charge to return consumer protection to CFPB: Payday loan regulation supported by lawmakers and more than 50 advocates

  By Charlene Crowell On March 7, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters marked the first time that the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appeared for a hearing in this capacity. Entitled, Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” the session is the first…

Michael Cohen told a Degree of Truth to Acknowledge Trump’s Corruption

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Can anyone tell us why President Trump’s “Fix it Man” Michael Cohen decided to spill the beans on his boss after ten years of dedication? Last week was a time of truth-telling, and Cohen’s testimony will uncover some of the president’s dirty deeds and criminal activities. As Americans we…

It Ain’t Over, It Ain’t Over!

By Barney Blakeney I’ve been reluctant to weigh in on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for Supreme Court Justice. As my former editor might remark, what more can be said. In reality, now that Kavanaugh’s appointment has been confirmed, there’s probably a whole lot more to be said. As Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing played out, like most…

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What Exactly Are We Doing?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    I honestly believe that there’s too much hatred existing between the world’s “hue-manly” created souls for one reason or the other. I’ve been thinking about it for some time now, and it really irritates me because life and existing in peaceful coexistences as we know it in this phase of existence…

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Brett Kavanaugh’s “Circus” Nomination

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As a youngster I can remember listening to older folk’s euphemisms as they chatted in the next room. Y’all old schoolers know that you could not sit in on grown folk’s conversations, but we often eavesdropped through those old cardboard walls. Euphemisms are no more than a “substitute” or “expression substituted for…

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Is Being a Friend an Illusional Reality?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali It’s a wonderful feeling to witness any “hue-man” being fulfilling his or her goals and enjoying the fruits of his or her labors in acquiring such rewards, especially to do by sharing the same with real, true and dear friends . In my view, I call it living the dream. I salute…

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Overlooked, Not Necessarily Left Out

By Barney Blakeney I recently met with Charleston Parks Conservancy Executive Director Harry Lesesne to talk about some exciting new changes coming to several peninsula Charleston recreational centers – Corrine Jones Park (Hester Park), Hampton Park and St. Julian Devine Community Center. All three have undergone upgrades in the past couple of decades, but are…

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Dunston Elementary Sex Abuse Case: Parents, Come Forward!!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board held its regularly scheduled Board meeting September 24. Present were parents and community members demanding answers to how and why a student advocate employee, later promoted to parent advocate with the district, was allowed to remain at the school after child pornography was found on his computer. Former…

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Black Dollar$ Matter

By James Johnson    Surely we’ve all heard it said before that “It takes money to make money.” While we may all have different opinions regarding this statement, it does hold some degree of truth. In order to attain thorough understanding of this, we must foremost acknowledge the essentiality of money. Regardless of who you…

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History Has its Eyes on Us: What Will We be Judged On?

By Thetyka Robinson, contributing writer Eugene Woods, President and CEO of Carolina’s HealthCare System, opened up his keynote address at the YWCA’s 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Professional Breakfast with a warm smile and charismatic energy. He shared what he had learned through his friend, who was smitten for Charleston and…

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Order in the Court

By James Johnson    Foremost, I must express my deepest condolences to the entire Scott family as they continue to grieve the loss of their beloved Walter Scott and seek justice on his behalf. It is with the utmost respect to you all that I pen these words. My sole intention is to generate much…

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Pursuing Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

By Dr. Henry N. Tisdale   Recent national events compel Claflin University to reestablish itself as a leading institution of higher education with regard to promoting excellence in diversity and inclusion. These are two core values on which the University was founded. It’s in the University’s DNA. An excerpt from Claflin’s original charter declares “No…

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