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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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Nigerian Teens Take Top Prize For Original Mobile Start-Up

At a competition for teenage tech entrepreneurs held in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, a girl team from Nigeria captured the top prize for their original mobile app start-up. Judges at the Technovation World Pitch Summit screened thousands of entries and picked “Save-A-Soul” from Onitsha, Anambra state, as the winning team. The five teenage members of…

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Passing of Celebrated Author Revives Debate Over Postcolonial Views

“Naipaul’s legacy is complex – but his writing must be celebrated,” writes essayist Amit Chaudhuri. “His comments about Islam, women and Africa were often unjustified, unpleasant and untrue – but that can be acknowledged alongside his gifts.” Novelist Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, known as V.S. Naipaul, passed this month at age 85. Born in Chaguanas, Trinidad,…

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Lord’s Resistance Army Still Kidnapping and Killing, Activists Say

The cult underground “Lord’s Resistance Army” led by Joseph Kony in northern Uganda is still kidnapping civilians, say leaders of local charities working in the region. A spokesman for the nonprofit “Invisible Children” warns that the group remains a threat. Last year, Washington closed down its seven-year effort to track down Kony, ending an initiative…

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The United Nations Mourns Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old. Mr. Annan was the seventh man to take the helm of the global organization and the first Secretary-General to emerge from the…

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‘Skulduggery’ Foils Zimbabwe Inauguration of Former Mugabe Ally

The hastily organized inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president of Zimbabwe has hit a brick wall. Invites to the heads of diplomatic mission, international organizations and consulates were pulled back after challenges to last month’s general election put a question mark around the slim victory of Mr. Mnangagwe over his rival Nelson Chamisa. Mr. Mnangagwa…

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Conservative Nominee Tapped for Post in Kenya Gets Grilling from Dems

Democrats are challenging President Trump’s nominee from the Midwestern state of Illinois for the post of U.S. ambassador to Kenya. State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s conservative views run the gamut from opposition to gay rights, restrictions on immigration and locking up former Senator Hillary Clinton. A White House release said McCarter would be “Ambassador Extraordinary and…

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South African Women March Against Gender-Based Violence

Thousands of women and gender activists joined together on the first day of Women’s Month to protest the rising incidence of gender-based violence across the country. The movement’s Brenda Madumise said the marchers, under the banner #TheTotalShutdown, were taking control of their destiny. “We are saying that we had enough,” said Patience Mpani from the…

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Regulatory rollback on student loans takes away borrower protections

  By Charlene Crowell Every Fourth of July celebrates this nation’s founding. But this year, only a few days before the annual freedom celebration, an ill-advised governmental action will financially doom rather than free millions of student loan borrowers – as of July 1. Moreover, this action arrives as the cost of higher education continues to…

Tubman on the Twenty

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) — When President Barack Obama left the White House, he left a very positive image of what a President should be like. He set a high standard for his staff, with no swamp creatures running around his Administration and no scandals emerged in the eight years he was in office.…

Census Citizenship Question Appears Blocked, for Now

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “Altogether, the evidence tells a story that does not match the explanation the Secretary gave for his decision. We cannot ignore the disconnect between the decision made and the explanation given. Our review is deferential, but we are ‘not required to exhibit a naiveté from which ordinary citizens are…

New Levels of Shame

By Marian Wright Edelman It is inconceivable that the latest headlines come from a civilized nation. “Detained Migrant Children Denied Adequate Food, Water & Sanitation in Texas.” “There Is a Stench: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children.” “‘The Taliban gave me toothpaste’: Former captives contrast U.S. treatment of child migrants.” Last…

Tone Deaf Congress Wants Military Pork

By Julianne Malveaux The F-35 stealth fighter aircraft is one expensive plane. It costs $135 million to produce a single aircraft, but Congress is prepared to authorize spending for 90 more planes, a dozen more than the Pentagon has requested. Why? Lobbyists for Lockheed Martin, the company that produces these aircraft, have exercised their fine…

America’s Challenge: Moving Toward Racial Healing and Transformation

By Gail. C. Christopher (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Months after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for the racist images on his yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1984, he remains in office, a battered and chastised, public figure.  But maybe this isn’t a bad thing. A quick resignation would have elicited rhetorical condemnations,…

Preparing For The Gray Tsunami

By Barney Blakeney It was good getting the call from Mrs. Delaris Risher, former C.A. Brown High teacher and widow of the late Burke High and Charleston Rec. Dept. icon, Modie Risher. A fascinating and dedicated woman, Mrs. Risher is one of those women when in her presence, no matter how wild and crazy a…

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Success is an Opportunity Worth Exploring

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I come in contact with many diverse sectors of the so-called American People everyday and, as such, I’m always amazed at how many of them look at their respective lives. Recently, I had the good fortune to experience that firsthand and upfront. On this past Sunday, I was confronted by a young…

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Domestic Violence – A Serious Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I wrote an article several years ago that caught an inmate’s attention while serving time in prison for spousal abuse and rape. His name was David and had served time in the military. He thanked me for doing the article and in his own words said, “You taught me what I was…

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Fearful Birthday To Me

By Barney Blakeney I just celebrated another birthday – turned 66 November 24. Never in any stretch of my imagination did I ever conceive of being 66. What’s it they say – youth is wasted on the young? I don’t know how true that may be, but as a young man I never thought of…

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Questioning and Being Who You Are

By Hakim Abdul-Ali For today’s article, I’m going to address some grown folk ethnological issues that I feel needs to be discussed about how some of us in “hue-manity” view ourselves and others. So, please take this occasion to read what I’m putting forth with a little bit more than a grain’s worth of formality…

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Holey, Holey, Holey or Wholly, Wholly, Wholly

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There are distinct differences between “old school” and “new school” or “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials”. Generations evolve over time. As an old schooler, I still iron clothes and linens. During a recent trip to Houston with my son and family, I observed several Millennial differences first hand. They don’t iron clothes. They…

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Does History Make a Difference?

By Dr. William Small, Jr. The American political landscape currently seems to be in a state of disarray. The confusion that now seems to abound serves to create the impression, in the minds of some, that the nation is experiencing some transition in its national values. It is true that we have a President who…

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Let’s Talk About SEX!

By James Johnson    One of the worst tragedies within the African-American community is our failure to properly educate our youth in regards to sex and instill in them a strong sense of sexual responsibility. Even within many of our churches, the topic of sex is all too often “swept under a rug” and danced…

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Strengthen the Economic Foundation of African-American Small Businesses

Booker T. Washington, educator, author and leader in the African-American community, once said, “At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion itself, there must be, for our race, as for all races, an economic foundation, economic prosperity, economic independence.” Uttered more than 100 years ago, the words…

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Why No African-American Museum in Columbia?

By Jordan Cooper University of South Carolina Graduate Class of 2015         The Clemson Area African-American Museum is the only government-funded black museum that covers the entire timeline of history of African-Americans in South Carolina and surrounding areas in the State of South Carolina. I have recently been appointed Publicity Manager of the CAAAM…

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