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Repression Fails To Quell Growing Opposition To Government Of Cameroon

Facing a growing pro-democracy movement, Cameroon is resorting to an old formula – namely unleashing government power in the form of threats, arrests and excessive force. This week, hundreds of supporters of Maurice Kamto, leader of the opposition Cameroon Resistance Movement, filled the streets, demanding his release from detention but were detained themselves by security…

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Trouble is brewing in Liberia and new president is feeling the heat

Liberian President George Weah is having a few bad days. And more may be on their way. A citizen action group – the Council of Patriots (COP) – has a long list of demands covering governance, human rights and the rule of law, national peace and reconciliation, integrity and accountability, among others. The group has…

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Ghana’s President Stuns Women With Demeaning Remarks at Canada Confab

In this day and age of “Me Too” shaking up outdated gender relationships around the world, it was somewhat unsettling to hear Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo demean his country’s working women as insufficiently activist and dynamic enough to obtain better leadership jobs. Did he really say this at the recent Women Deliver Conference at Vancouver…

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Arab Autocrats Funding Violent Crackdown in Sudan

The hopeful path to peace in Sudan evaporated almost overnight as members of Sudan’s military junta suddenly cocked their rifles and aimed them at a sit-down demonstration by hundreds of civilians. Over 30 Sudanese peaceful protestors preparing for the Muslim ritual Eid al Fitr – Festival of Breaking the Fast – lost their lives in…

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Kenya ‘hanging at the edge of a debt trap,’ observers say

Lending institutions fear that Kenya’s foot may be stuck on the debt pedal with the latest loan in the amount of $750 million from the World Bank to be paid over 30 years. A number of experts and players in the financial sector do not think all is well. The Central Bank, which is the…

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Thousands In Congo Trek To Opposition Icon’s Reburial

The father of President Felix Tshisekedi, opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, was laid to rest Saturday in his homeland more than two years after he died during a political stalemate over the country’s long-delayed elections. Thousands took part in the procession which made its way to the outskirts of Kinshasa following several days of tributes to…

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Mandela’s Widow, Graca Machel: “Child Hunger Must Be Priority in Africa”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Economic growth in Africa has been impressive, but a sad reality remains: However prosperous, the results have had little impact on child nutrition. Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President and Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela, said hunger is the “most acute problem facing Africa’s children.”…

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“The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders” to Headline 2019 Charleston Carifest  

Renowned author and journalist Peter Bailey will screen “The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders,” the second film from his highly anticipated Paradise Discovered series at this year’s Charleston Carifest as part of a nationwide screening tour Bailey has embarked on. In this gripping documentary, Bailey reflects on surviving both hurricanes Irma and Maria on his native St. Thomas alongside…

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U.N. Creates New ‘Ebola Chief’ Position As Fears Of Cross Border Transmission Grow

“We have no time to lose.” That’s the new mantra at the United Nations as the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo now appears almost unstoppable. In an effort to bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months,…

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Africans v. African Americans Subject of Film Festival

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Historical and recent migrations have resulted in the merging of cultures and shared experiences. With its Migration Stories Film Series, the African Diaspora International Film Festival presents a rich palette of migration stories from around the world. From Barbadians finding their roots in Panama to Cubans finding their…

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South Carolina Heads Down a Dead-end Street in Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) –  South Carolina’s James Louis Petigru was a Civil War-era lawyer, judge, congressman and most notably the attorney general who opposed South Carolina’s use of nullification of federal laws and, after Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860, opposed state secession. He famously quipped, after learning that his state had seceded…

Don’t Take Trump’s Bait!

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – If you truly want to make America great, you must turn down Trump’s help to divide us. We were working toward being a better America for all before Trump became President. America was never her greatest for our Native American brothers and sisters, nor for much of America’s diverse…

Is U.S. marching steadily to war with Iran?

By Askia Muhammad, Senior Editor, The Final Call @askiaphotojourn WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump seems to want war with Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is beating the drum for war with Iran. National Security Adviser John Bolton is itching for war with Iran. Together they are orchestrating an all-too-familiar scenario to justify the use of…

Poverty and the Fallacy of Long-term Economic Greatness

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The first week of July produced a somewhat positive Employment Situation report. While the unemployment rate ticked up just a bit, about 224,000 new jobs were created, nearly three times as many as were created in the tepid previous month. There was, of course, the Administration crowing about the strength…

Color Blindness is Impossible in the United States

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Recently, while shopping in an Ethiopian-owned store in my Washington D.C neighborhood, I witnessed a verbal confrontation between and African-American woman and the Ethiopian sales clerk. She was very upset that on a previous visit to the facility he had told her that her credit was no good. What…

Michelle Obama at Essence Fest: Frank and Free

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “And if we’re thinking about what the agenda is, which is getting to a place where we all live in a country where we’re proud to pass on to our kids, going high is the only way we get there. It’s our patience, our tolerance, it’s our belief in…

Where ‘Da Heck Are Black Leaders?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Illegal guns and drugs are permeating black communities and destroying black men in unparalleled numbers since slavery. Is it happenstance or by design? What has led up to these murders is nothing short of orchestrated genocide. It began with a two-tier educational system and drug dealers dumping loads of guns and drugs…

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The Strength of My Folk

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Being a columnist, a self-aware “our-storian” and a cultural critic of the Afrikan-American culture always makes me feel humble because of my sincere appreciation for all of the past and current accomplishments of all folk of the Afrikan Diaspora have made to civilization en masse. Because of these illustrious beings, I’ve come…

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Action Versus Talk

By Barney Blakeney With the fourth observance of the 2015 massacre at Emanuel AME Church still fresh in my mind I recently saw equal justice advocate Bryan Stevenson on one of the network morning news programs. Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice activist, a clinical professor at New York University School of Law and founder and…

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When “His-story” Is Not “Our Story?”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’m a brother of color, plain and simple, and that’s the way it is no matter how you, or others, view me. To be described as otherwise is not knowing that Afrikan descendant folk here in America have their very own unique stories to tell. Because of that reality, I’ve always called…

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Who Knows What’s Happening to Black Girls?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is so much going on in the world, this writer is taking a break today from “Dark money and how it impacts elections and communities” while further research is being conducted on those involved. There is more to come. However, another pressing matter that has captured my attention is missing and exploited…

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Four Years After Emanuel

By Barney Blakeney This week the Charleston community observed the fourth anniversary of the June 17 massacre at Emanuel AME Church in which nine people were slaughtered. I find it hard to write about the Emanuel slaughter – it’s a sensitive issue that evokes a lot of different emotions and people most often think with their…

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The Sale of Santee Cooper Should’ve Happened… But Let Your Voice Be Heard

By Ayinde Moir Waring The 2019 Legislative session is officially over (barring any emergency meetings) and during the past 6 months, news from the State House was constant and sometimes confusing. We heard of the push for increased teacher’s pay (thankfully), abortion bills, education reform and many other issues that generally get South Carolinians excited;…

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Rural jobs are boosted by impact of SNAP

By Jordan Rasmussen, policy manager, Center for Rural Affairs A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture examines the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in rural America. Widely viewed as a program that helps combat urban poverty and food insecurity, SNAP has seen a greater percentage of utilization in rural areas…

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Buttigieg’s Message Ahead of BET Black Economic Alliance Forum

A week from now, our nation will celebrate Juneteenth. It marks the day when enslaved Black people in Texas learned–almost two years after the fact–that the Emancipation Proclamation had rendered them free people. It is a fundamentally American occasion–a celebration of freedom, but also an acknowledgement of freedom delayed. As we observe this day, we…

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“Thank You”: Chardale Murray Reacts To Hollywood Town Council Election Results

This has truly been an honor to run for Hollywood Town Council. First, I would like to Thank God. I would like to thank the entire community who participated during this historic election. I would also like to thank all of my family, friends, my campaign team, the lovely ladies of Gamma XI Omega Chapter…

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