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South African Airlines In Crisis Mode As Workers Strike For Better Pay

Unions representing more than half of South African Airways (SAA) workforce called a strike last week after the airline refused to meet wage and job security demands. The unions, representing more than 3,000 workers, walked out on Nov. 15 after the state-owned airline rejected their demand for 8% raises, offering 5.9% instead. The airline is…

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Kenyan Prisoners Study Law, Receive Degrees And Have Hope For Early Release

Often, the only images of prisons in Africa that we know are the miserable places where faces press against barred windows, with inmates huddled together looking out desperately for someone to help. The African Prisons Project, started in Uganda 10 years ago and now offered in Kenya, would like to change that. They offer a…

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Smallest Nation In Africa Extends Hand To Fellow Muslims In Myanmar

Few countries are standing up to Myanmar, formerly Burma, for its mistreatment of the Muslim community known as Rohingya. This week, the smallest nation in Africa came to the defense of the persecuted minority, filing a lawsuit that charges Myanmar with genocide. Cast out of Myanmar, where they claim citizenship, the Rohingya Muslims found temporary…

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Rogue Security Force Behind Mistreatment Of Nigerian Free Speech Activists

Human rights defenders around the world are asking if Nigeria has been captured by a rogue body of intelligence operatives who overrule judicial orders and have kept activists locked behind bars for such “crimes” as freedom of speech. This week, Nigerians marked the anniversary of the death of environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues…

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British Museum – The World’s Largest Receiver Of Stolen Goods, Says Book Author

An outspoken human rights lawyer in a new book is calling for European and US institutions to return treasures taken from subjugated peoples by “conquerors or colonial masters.” In the new book by Geoffrey Robertson, the British Museum is accused of exhibiting “pilfered cultural property” and urged to ‘wash its hands of blood and return…

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Australian Researchers Say Botswana is Ancestral Home of Modern Humans

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana, according to a new study by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African origin, Southern Africa is home to contemporary populations that represent the…

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A Market Grows In Africa For Weaponized Spyware Aimed At Activists

If you’re worried about robocalls offering a dubious sale of bitcoins, a new technology aimed at political dissidents will chill you to the bone. Pegasus, an all-seeing spyware, worms its way into phones and starts transmitting the owner’s location, encrypted chats, travel plans – and even the voices of people you meet – to servers…

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Raves For Anglo-Nigerian Writer Awarded Major Literary Prize

England’s most prestigious literary prize has been awarded to Bernadine Evaristo, an Anglo-Nigerian writer, for her eighth work of fiction, to be shared with Margaret Atwood , author of “The Testaments” in a surprise double award approved by the judging panel. Of Nigerian and British parentage, Evaristo is the first black woman to win the…

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Zealous Military Attacks Striking Students at Famed Ugandan University

As shocking images were viewed around the world of Ugandan police and soldiers beating and gassing students at the renowned Makerere University, President Yoweri Museveni was forced to acknowledge that his security forces were out of control. “The military is not trained to quell demonstrations,” he began. “They are trained to kill. Those students are…

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Old Enemies Tear Up Peace Pact After Elections ‘Tarnished By Fraud’

Hopes for a lasting peace between longtime rivals Frelimo and Renamo are fading fast as a recent vote for president of the southern nation of Mozambique has been muddied by claims of fraud, unjustified use of state resources, as well as sporadic violence including the murder of an election observer. “An unlevel playing field was…

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Marvin Miller gets to the Baseball Hall of Fame…but no Curt Flood

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor When it was announced on December 8th that the late Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), had finally been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame I let out a yell of glee! Finally, an individual who did so much…

AAP Policy on Racism Raises Bar for Clinicians and Health Care Workers

By Dr. Gail C. Christopher Years ago, the race equity community approved when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledged that social determinants of health – economic stability, education, social and community context, health and healthcare, and neighborhood and environment – are conditions that affect the quality of life for Americans. Deep down, we knew…

FTC announces record $191M settlement against University of Phoenix: Secretary DeVos offers partial forgiveness for defrauded borrowers

By Charlene Crowell The University of Phoenix (UOP), one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges will pay a record $191 million settlement to resolve charges stemming from a five-year investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On December 10, Andrew Smith, Director of FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection noted it was the largest settlement the Commission…

Ask Dr. Kevin: Clinical Trials are the Foundation for Scientific Innovation

By Dr. Kevin Williams, Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. Dr. Kevin Williams is the Chief Medical Officer for Rare Disease at Pfizer where he leads…

Peace and Strength

By Angela Sailor My daughter’s name is Alamni. It means “the one who brings peace.” She is in her second year at the United States Military Academy, the first in our family to join the ranks of the Long Gray Line. As her name suggests, her dream of becoming a West Point cadet was not…

House Judiciary Impeachment Hearings

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – A few days ago brilliant constitutional law professors testified in Congress on the grounds for impeachment after hearing the facts coming from the Intelligence Committee under the direction of Chairman Adam Schiff. If anyone had told me before this hearing that Professor Jonathan Turley would have taken…

My Mind’s Been Going Through Them Changes

By Barney Blakeney I was struck by the outcome of the November 5 municipal elections in Charleston and North Charleston. They signaled changes occurring right in front of our faces – reminded me of the old Buddy Miles song. The Charleston City Council District 3 election resulted in an upset victory for Jason Sakran who…

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Loving The Skin That You’re In

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Sadly, here I go again addressing an arena where apparent self-hatred about one’s features seems to be an apparent issue for me to address once again. This time it stems from actually hearing a young high school female of color tell another acquaintance in a convenience store situation that she didn’t like…

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Thanksgiving: In All Things, Give Thanks!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I don’t know about y’all, but with all that is going on in the world today, I am grateful to be alive. I am looking forward to spending some down time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The citizens of Charleston have just experienced two major mayoral elections—City of Charleston and North…

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Black Voters Should Be Thinking Black Business

By Barney Blakeney I find so much upsetting about the November 5 municipal elections in Charleston and North Charleston it’s hard to focus on one thing. Voting was low; only about 12,000 of about 64,000 registered voters cast ballots in North Charleston. Charleston voters showed up in higher numbers, about 26,000 of about 99,000 registered…

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Barney Done Lost His Gosh Darned Mind!

By Barney Blakeney I knew when I decided to write the column about support for Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait I was flying into flak. The hits came almost immediately. One guy said I’m no ally of Black folks regarding public education. Another guy said the message wasn’t clear and asked if I’d…

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What is Being True and Loyal Today?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My expressed vibrations today will touch on some things that have been on my mind for a little while now. It’s about being truthful and loyal in today’s realm. These are very important issues to me in my accreditation of who I call and value my “real” friends. So, forgive me if…

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Human Beings of All Races, Colors, Nationalities, Languages, and Faiths Should Lead the Eastside Charleston Community

By Mateusz Wojnarowicz My name is Mateusz Wojnarowicz, I’m 14 years old, and I recently read an article on The Post and Courier newspaper website that said the Eastside Community Development Corporation needs to “recruit whites.” Okay. Can someone explain to me what exactly does “recruit whites” mean? You don’t recruit just blacks or just…

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Let’s Support Our Bulldogs!

We’re asking everyone to show their support for the football team and the Athletic Department this school year (2019-2020). You can show your support to the athletes by donating to the Athletic Department and by coming out to support the athletes at the games. This year all of the home football games will be played…

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New Voting Machines

With less than two month before voting starts in Charleston County, the public has not been informed that new machines will be used. We are happy the new machines will allow voter verification, but such transitions must allow more lead-time for voter training. In 2015 Charleston County Election Commission Reports showed some precincts with 114%…

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Black Women in South Carolina Deserve Equal Pay

By Elected Black Women, SC General Assembly Today, August 22, marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. Far from a celebration, this day represents how far Black women nationwide had to work into 2019 to match what white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2018. Nationally, Black women working full-time, year-round earned 61 cents for every dollar earned…

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