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Commemorative Events Planned For Mandela’s Centenary

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. Those were the prophetic words of President Nelson Mandela, whose role in the long struggle waged against the racist system of apartheid is recalled on the anniversary of his birth on July 18, 1918. This year, the theme…

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Supreme Court To Hear Sudan’s Appeal On Navy Ship Bombing

Sudan has been given the green light to appeal an award of damages for the bombing of the Navy ship USS Cole that killed and injured U.S. sailors almost two decades ago. The damages, totaling $314.7 million, were awarded as compensation for 17 American sailors killed and 39 injured in the bombing of the Navy…

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13,000 Africans Left To Die In The Sahara After Expulsion By Algeria

In one of the most shocking reports on the ill-treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers, the International Organization for Migration has confirmed that thousands of African migrants are being left to die in blistering desert heat after being deported by the government of Algeria and dumped in the Sahara. A new investigation by the Associated Press…

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Ugandan Inventor Wins Major Prize For Malaria Detector

Ugandan inventor Brian Gitta, 24, has scooped a major prize for his device that detects tell-tale signs of malaria – the leading cause of death in his country. In fact, Gitta developed the device, called “Matibabu” after blood tests failed to diagnose his own malaria. It took four blood tests to diagnose Mr. Gitta with…

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Amnesty International Finds Trouble Brewing in Cameroon

In a new 37 page report, the rights watchdog Amnesty International has documented “unlawful killings, destruction of private property, arbitrary arrests and torture” in two restive regions in Cameroon tied to a power struggle pitting French against English-speaking Cameroonians. In the Amnesty report titled, “A turn for the worse: Violence and human rights violations in…

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African Union To Hold Summit in ‘Slavery Hub’

“Corruption” is the theme of this year’s African Union Summit to be held next month in the capital of Mauritania – a country better known for being the last country in the world to ban slavery. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, Mauritania has one of the highest rates of slavery in the world,…

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Bribery Caught on Tape Nails Ghana’s Senior Soccer Brass

Senior officers of the revered Ghana Football Soccer Association who took fat wads of cash to influence player selection in the national team became the unwitting stars of a new documentary by Ghana’s number one investigative journalist. The film opened this month in Accra. The sting, called “astronomical” in its scope, caught big and small…

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Spain Gives ‘Safe Harbor’ to 629 Africans Stranded at Sea

After European leaders from Italy and Malta refused to accept a ship with over 600 mostly Africans aboard, it took the new prime minister of Spain to allow the stranded migrants a safe refuge. Pedro Sanchez, who took office a week ago, said the ship could dock in the Spanish city of Valencia. The migrants…

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Worldwide Campaign Frees Prominent Cartoonist in Equatorial Guinea Prison

If you’ve ever received a request to step up for a jailed author, artist or journalist, you might have wondered later: Was he ever freed? In the case of Ramon Nse Esono Ebale – he certainly was and he thanks you. In a moving letter published under the title “Artist, Finally Free, Leaves Country”, artist…

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Utah State and Fort Hare University Conservationist Tapped for U.N. Expert Panel on Biodiversity

U.N. activities for World Environment Day on June 6 were focused this year on plastic pollution. Marked every year since 1974, the day is celebrated in over 100 countries. Dr. Luthando Dziba, managing executive for conservation services at South African National Parks (SANParks) has been appointed to the UN body on biodiversity and ecosystems. Dziba,…

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Prayers and Petitions Call for Payday Loan Rule Enactment

By Charlene Crowell Every year the payday lending industry convenes in an effort to further expand and preserve the combined $8 billion-dollars in fees generated each year by consumers caught in that and car-title loans. This year, 2019, also marks the second consecutive year, that the organization representing sellers of these debt-trap loans, the Community…

The Myth of Meritocracy

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – William Singer is going to jail. He’s the man who masterminded the college cheating scandal, collecting more than $25 million in bribes between 2011 and 2018 for helping the children of millionaires get into college through what he called “the side door.” More than 50 people got caught up in…

It’s Time to Sign Colin Kaepernick

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Though this legal battle with Kaepernick has been resolved, he isn’t going away either. The league will forever have to live with the fact that it was complicit in destroying someone’s career simply because he wished to bring attention to the injustices suffered by his people. If owners and…

Everyone Must Condemn Trump’s Sly Encouragement of Lawless Violence

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Racism is not natural. Babies — black, brown, white — explore the world and each other with wonder, not hate. Racism has to be taught. It is learned behavior. To assume that a person is inherently superior or inferior to another based upon race is unnatural and ungodly. Racism is…

Continued Cruel Threats to Hungry Families and Children

By Marian Wright Edelman Once again children and families are under attack. After failing in past efforts to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), the Trump administration is taking a new approach to crippling the program millions of families in the United States depend on to survive and…

African American Heart Health Is Vital

By Dr. Anisa Shomo, NNPA Newswire Contributor Last month, February 2019, was not only Black History Month, it was also Heart Health Awareness Month per the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black…

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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The Winds of Time

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   This is an article that’s written with references to a young inmate I had the fortune of meeting when I used to be a volunteer minister in an upstate New York prison many, many decades ago. Those were some of the most unforgettable and memorable times of my intriguing young life.…

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North Charleston Gentrification – Where Will Black Folks Go?

By Barney Blakeney The subject of affordable housing came up recently when a lady called me about being displaced from a complex intended to provide senior citizen housing. For the past few years, I’ve been focused on affordable housing, so her call hit a nerve. As a senior citizen, I know personally there ain’t no…

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Dunston Elementary School Employee Investigation: All Students Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While Hurricane Florence was stirring up wrath across South Carolina, allegations of sexual assault on students and thousands of child pornography on a school laptop issued to former employee Marvin Gethers at Dunston Elementary School were stirring up wrath within the Charleston community. Undeniably, school officials and investigative authorities dropped the ball…

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Faith in the Creator Alone is Important

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s nice when folk of  different ethnicities, religious persuasions and genders, etc. can intelligently discuss controversial topics in an amiable manner, especially where mutual respect is shown with true democratic civility toward one another. Such was a very recent experience for me, and it has helped me harness a greater knowledge…

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With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 2: Addressing The Roots Of Recidivism

“With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 1: Addressing The Epidemic Of Mass Incarceration In America” can be read in the May 18, 2016 edition of The Chronicle and online at http://goo.gl/BfnzXi By James Johnson   For the countless men and women currently incarcerated in America’s prisons, the thought of being released can at times…

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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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