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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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Will Africa’s Richest Man ‘Make America Great Again’?

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the 60-year-old Nigerian cement tycoon, has his eye on new investment prospects and is tempted by U.S. opportunities in renewable energy and petrochemicals. “Let’s say that by 2025, I’m looking at (investing) between $20 billion and $50 billion outside Africa. Mind you, we don’t do small things,” said Dangote, who…

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After 190 Years, the Global Impact of the Black Press Is Still Undeniable

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor For 190 years, the global impact of the Black Press has been irrefutable; from fighting against colonialism to Africa to advocating for Black soldiers fighting in Europe during the world wars and shining a light on Apartheid in South Africa the Black-owned newspapers have always been a voice…

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Missing Burundi Teens Highlight Media Blind Spot towards the Black Community

By Barrington Salmon, NNPA Newswire Contributor The mainstream media response to the disappearance of a group of teenagers from Burundi, who were in Washington, D.C. for a robotics competition, has once again revealed why covering the stories of missing Black people remains so complex. The team was in Washington for the FIRST Global Challenge robotics…

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Setting the Example in This Moment

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund As parents and grandparents once again struggle to determine how to explain to their children current headlines of moral indecency at the highest levels, adults everywhere are reminded that we must all continue to strive to be the examples we want our children to emulate.…

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Fails to Forgive

By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Across the nation and multiple generations, student loan debt now surpasses $1.5 trillion. The anxiety shared by borrowers from all walks of life seeking ways to lift this unsustainable consumer debt affects multiple life dimensions. In some cases, these burdensome debts threaten the future of America’s middle class. Two…

Constitutional Right to Counsel is Meaningless Under Dismal Current Public Defender System

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person hauled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth … From the very…

Don’t Believe the Hype – Vote, Our Lives Depend on It

By Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we were wrong. Political forecasters, pollsters, elected officials, and even media told us that the 45th President of our nation would be a woman named Hillary Clinton, but they were wrong. In many cases, the margin between who became president and…

Nigeria’s 2018 Olojo Festival: Time for African Americans to “Come Home”

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., President and CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association One of the best kept secrets among African Americans is how much our brothers and sisters in Africa enthusiastically would love for us to “Come home.” Such was the case most recently in Nigeria as delegations of African Americans traveled to lle-Ife, Nigeria,…

Know Your Worth, Right Now

By Morgan A. Owens, NNPA Newswire Contributor Three words that we often should follow, but don’t. I didn’t know my worth or even know I was worthy for many years. How many of us feel or have felt that way? We settle for the status quo, we keep our head down to not ruffle feathers.…

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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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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