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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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Retirement Pledge in Doubt as Ivory Coast President Eyes a Run for 10 More Years

In a recent interview with a French magazine, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara revealed his vision of two more terms in office despite having repeatedly said he would step down at the end of his second term in 2020. The news throws cold water on the plans of the opposition and even members of Ouattara’s…

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South African Promise of a ‘New Dawn’ Slowed by Infighting

South Africa’s former leader Jacob Zuma is among those said to be impeding efforts by his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa, to create a “new dawn” for citizens and foreign investors – free of corruption and cronyism which became associated with the Zuma regime. Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa three months ago. It…

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Riot Police Break Up ‘Transparency Rally’ in Mali

The UN is calling for calm in Mali after dozens of protestors were attacked by soldiers in the capital city Bamako, two months ahead of a presidential election. Several hundred people attended the rally, outside the headquarters of the Democratic Alliance for Peace – the party of the current President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Some 30…

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Lawyers Building Case Against Gambian Ex-President Over Mass Killing Of Refugees

Strong evidence has been gathered linking the former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, to the murder of 44 West African migrants mostly from Ghana by operatives of the ex-president. The sole survivor of the mass killing, also from Ghana, promised himself not to rest until Mr. Jammeh was brought to justice. ”It is my…

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U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

By A. Scott Bolden, NNPA Newswire Contributor With uniquely American hypocrisy, the Trump Treasury Department has pushed back the 2016 plan to put escaped slave and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Tubman would be the first African-American woman featured on U.S. currency. The $20 currently features a former president, Andrew Jackson,…

From County Jail to Critical Condition

By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor Can you imagine the heartache and disbelief the family of 30-year-old Chester “C.J.” Jackson has been experiencing after not knowing any details about what happened to their loved one after learning that his initial arrest on April 19th in one county ended up leading to his finding him in…

Ignorance Breeds Racism

By E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – By ignorance breeding racism, I don’t mean the lack of college or other educational degrees. I’m really talking about how some families teach their children to hate certain people based upon lies. In order to really drive home the point, I’m making, I recommend a book called Confessions of A…

47 State Attorneys General Tell Secretary DeVos to Follow the Law: Forgive Federal Student Loans Held by Disabled Veterans

By Charlene Crowell Although Memorial Day is considered by many civilians as the unofficial start of summer, the true intent of the holiday is to annually honor those who lost their lives fighting for our country.  The men and women who wear or have worn this nation’s uniform in military service across wars and generations are…

School Vouchers Are a Failed Experiment

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “How bad are school vouchers for students? Far worse than most people imagine. Indeed, the use of school vouchers—which provide families with public dollars to spend on private schools—is equivalent to missing out on more than one-third of a year of classroom learning.” – Center for American Progress study,…

“Black” or “African American?”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In a recent televised commentary, Dr. Greg Carr, chair of Howard University’s Department of Afro-American Studies kick-started a stirring conversation that has mostly taken place inside the confines of Black communities around the country. Carr tackled the sometimes-uncomfortable topic of identifying as Black versus African-American. “Despite the dictionary…

Living The Best Life Ain’t Going Back and Forth

By Barney Blakeney For the past few days I’ve been bobbing my head to the beat of a tune I hear on the radio by Lil Duval, Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy titled ‘Smile (Living My Best Life)’. I got hooked on the beat and I like me some Snoop Doggy Dogg! But I don’t…

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The Wonder of It All

By Hakim Abdul-Ali In many of my articles that I’ve written recently I tend to reflect upon life in all of its many wondrous panoramas. I feel extremely blessed to be able to say that with a total and an unbiased spiritual sense of awareness, especially in light of the way many folk in today’s…

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Community in Uproar Over Sexual Abuse Case at Dunston Elementary School & Disparities in the Treatment of Black and Hispanic Students

By Beverly Gadson-Birch On Tuesday, October 16, a group led by Elder James Johnson, State Director, SC National Action Network; Pastor Thomas Dixon, The Coalition; Myrtice Brown, Interdenomination Ministers Alliance, Community Activists and Concerned Citizens held a Press Conference in front of the School District Office at 75 Calhoun Street. The group addressed serious educational…

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It Ain’t Over, It Ain’t Over!

By Barney Blakeney I’ve been reluctant to weigh in on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for Supreme Court Justice. As my former editor might remark, what more can be said. In reality, now that Kavanaugh’s appointment has been confirmed, there’s probably a whole lot more to be said. As Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing played out, like most…

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What Exactly Are We Doing?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    I honestly believe that there’s too much hatred existing between the world’s “hue-manly” created souls for one reason or the other. I’ve been thinking about it for some time now, and it really irritates me because life and existing in peaceful coexistences as we know it in this phase of existence…

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Brett Kavanaugh’s “Circus” Nomination

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As a youngster I can remember listening to older folk’s euphemisms as they chatted in the next room. Y’all old schoolers know that you could not sit in on grown folk’s conversations, but we often eavesdropped through those old cardboard walls. Euphemisms are no more than a “substitute” or “expression substituted for…

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The Quest for 21st Century Black Empowerment: Breakdown the Silos

By Dr. William Small, Jr.      The current Presidential election process is as interesting as it is as important to the determination of Black political interests in America as any that I have experienced. This is not because the times are more challenging, but it is because the “Black Community” is probably more confused,…

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With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 3: Ban The Box

“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 “With Liberty And Justice For ALL??? Part 2: Addressing The Roots Of Recidivism can be read in the June 22, 2016 edition of The Chronicle…

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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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