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African Climate Groups Denounce Bank Funds For ‘Exceptionally High-Risk’ Pipeline

A climate justice movement of over 100 major organizations in Africa and abroad has joined hands to press the African Development Bank (AfDB) to drop its support of an “exceptionally high-risk project” that threatens the livelihoods of millions of people in East Africa. In a letter to the Bank President, leaders of environmental and social…

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Sharp Rise in Deportations From China and Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has deported close to 3,000 Ethiopian migrant workers to Addis Ababa, over the objections of the United Nations migration agency. An internal U.N. memo seen by Reuters said the Saudis were expecting to deport 200,000 Ethiopians in total. Other Gulf Arab states, Kenya and other neighboring countries are also expected to repatriate migrants…

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Team of Chinese Coronavirus Specialists Meet Wall of Opposition in Nigeria

A small team of China medical specialists headed for Nigeria is meeting stiff opposition from Nigerian medical groups who call the visit “an embarrassment” to hard-working doctors in the country. The visit by the Chinese specialists was announced last Friday by the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire. He said they were coming to…

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Desperate U.S. Relief Agency Seeks Personal Protective Gear From Poor Countries

An unexpected “urgent request” from the USAID relief agency has popped up where least expected – on the desks of aid groups around the world that work with refugees and poor people. The U.S. agency asked them to find medical supplies and personal protective gear against the coronavirus that could be made available to the…

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French Doctor Displaying ‘Colonial Mentality’ Suggests Testing Drugs on Africans

During a debate on drug testing on French TV, Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at a Parisian hospital said: “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we be doing this vaccine trial in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation”? He continued: “It’s a little bit like it’s been done for certain…

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African Ministers Foresee ‘Break The Glass Moment’ Without Major Debt Relief

Multilateral lenders and investors are being asked to pony up a modest stimulus package that would halt the spread of the coronavirus in Africa and keep economies from crashing under the weight of debt-servicing costs. African finance ministers, at a meeting last week, calculated that an injection of $100 billion – including $44 billion in…

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South African Police Unleash Water Cannons During Virus Lockdown

Despite efforts by President Cyril Ramaphosa to enforce a pandemic lockdown at South Africa’s overcrowded slums without violence, defense forces were reported to be joining police in firing on the community with rubber bullets and water cannons. Visuals of the heavy-handed treatment were seen in news broadcasts around the continent and on social media. The…

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Handwashing and More in New Pop Song by Ugandan Singer Bobi Wine

Ugandan pop star and opposition leader Bobi Wine, who describes himself “a singer, an activist and a member of parliament” is known for his “must plays” – and his latest tune “Corona Virus Alert!,” is definitely one of them. The lyrics remind listeners to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.…

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Volkswagen Suspends Production in Europe

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is taking action in response to the coronavirus pandemic and will be suspending vehicle production. The company noted that the suspension of production would begin on March 19, and it’s anticipating that it would last for 10 working days. Production at plants…

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Kenya Surges On U.N. ‘Happiness’ Report

As Mae West once said, “I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor; believe me, rich is better.” But could there be more to the story? A landmark survey of the state of global happiness designates Kenya as more positive and hopeful than its neighbors despite the challenges that the country faces. In fact, Kenya is…

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Can’t Stay Home, Can’t Keep Curfew: People Experiencing Homelessness Caught in Pandemic, Curfews, Violence

By The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty People experiencing homelessness in the United States—already at heightened risk and with fewer resources due to the pandemic—now face even greater challenges as a result of the both the violence sweeping many city streets and the curfews many are imposing in an effort to control. While people…

When the Protesting Ends – Do You Just Go Home?

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor There is a ground swell in America, and for 13 days there has been multiracial protests and demonstrations based on the killing of George Floyd by four Minnesota police. There have been many different videos of the killing, with Mr. Floyd handcuffed and policeman Derek Chauvin holding his knee…

Police Reform Was Never Going to Be Easy — But Now’s the Time

By Jesse Jackson As the worldwide demonstrations continue two weeks after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman, the question is whether outrage will lead to real reforms? Fundamental reforms would begin with ending the “qualified immunity” of police, curbing the militarization of police forces, transferring funds and functions to social agencies, imposing…

Black Enterprise CEO: “I Am Tired…The Pandemic Of Racism Must End”

By Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. Over the past few days, civil unrest has gripped our entire nation. This was due to the unwarranted and senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week by a police officer who placed his knee on the neck of Mr. Floyd for nine minutes as he begged for his…

ASK DR. KEVIN: An Unfamiliar, Rare Disease Associated with Heart Failure in African Americans

By Dr. Kevin Williams, the 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 awareness and understanding of ATTR-CM, or transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, and the risk to African Americans. As you may…

George Floyd’s Killers and the Vigilantes Who Share Their Beliefs Don’t Deserve Benefit of the Doubt

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League “Those who commit the murders write the reports, and hence these lasting blots upon the honor of a nation cause but a faint ripple on the outside world. They arouse no great indignation and call forth no adequate demand for justice.” – Ida B. Wells…

Change

By Barney Blakeney As the June 9 Democratic primary elections loom in the shadow of South Carolina’s reopening of businesses amid continuing escalation of the coronavirus pandemic which affects Blacks at disproportionately higher rates than others, the African American community has much to consider. Assertive, foresighted and progressive political leadership among Black elected officials has…

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Silent Reflections on a Spring Day

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today is one of those days where I’m silently “vibing” on simple realities signifying that I’m seeking peace and greater understanding of what the Most High Alone is presently revealing to me. I’m alone and very isolated while thinking about the quietness of this springtime power moment, and it’s truly an awesome…

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Folks, Why Make Your Head So Hard?

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Last week, several groups of protestors converged on Columbia. There were those in support of opening the state back up for business immediately and those in opposition. I know no one asked me, but I support those that oppose re-opening the state prematurely and putting more lives at risk of contracting or dying…

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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

By Barney Blakeney I can’t remember exactly when it was I first met Augustus ‘ Gus’ Holt. It was a long time ago. But over the years I found him to be giving, unselfish, appreciative and incessant. After a long battle with various health issues, Gus died April 16 at 73. Over the past few…

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We’re All Standing in the Need of Prayer

By Hakim Abdul-Ali In my view, everyday is a day of celebration because it represents a reflective spiritual occasion because, during these times of personal struggles and massive uncertainties, we all have so much to be thankful for. The living process is becoming more chaotic with each passing moment. I was thinking about what I…

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COVID-19 Virus: Educate, Educate, Educate

By Beverly Gadson-Birch One of my legendary orators of all times was Frederick Douglass. When a young man wanting to become involved asked him, what can he do. An older Douglass responded “Agitate, Agitate, Agitate”. And, one of my favorite responses for those wanting a better way of life is “educate, educate, educate”. I have been writing about…

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COVID-19 is Disproportionately Impacting the Black Community; What Are Our South Carolina Officials Going to Do About it?

There is a clear racial disparity in how the coronavirus is impacting South Carolina communities. Throughout the United States and right here in Palmetto State, African-Americans are being disproportionately harmed by COVID-19. While African-Americans make up 27 percent of the state’s population, 57 percent of reported deaths and 36 percent of confirmed cases have been…

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City Councilman Sakran Response to April 15 Chronicle Article

By Jason Sakran As the newly elected Charleston City Council Member representing District 3, the past four months have been exciting, eye-opening, reaffirming and somewhat disappointing. A recent example that embodies these emotions can best be illustrated by my recent attempt to help small business owners here in Charleston in the wake of the COVID-19…

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A Radical Act of Personal Reparations

By Elaine Jenkins Merriam–Webster defines the word serendipity as “the faculty or phenomenon finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” That definition was made concrete for me in about 2010 when I attended a peace conference held at the United Methodist Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. During one of the sessions I…

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The Lowcountry Food Bank Needs Increased Support During COVID-19

With our network of community partners, the Lowcountry Food Bank has a proud history of responding to crises and supporting our neighbors who struggle with hunger – every day of the year. For our neighbors, who are already facing food insecurity, being quarantined to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 means the very real danger of…

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