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Gifted Filmmaker Passes in Burkina Faso

Just days before a major retrospective of his cinematic work in Brazil, Idrissa Ouedraogo passed away in his home country of Burkina Faso. He was 64. “We talked two weeks ago,” said a grieving Janaina Oliveira of Brazil’s Center for Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Studies in a Facebook post. “I was bringing him to Brazil. Tickets,…

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Obiang Revives Death Penalty In Bid To Save Unpopular Regime

Equatorial Guinea, under President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is reviving the odious death penalty against 147 opposition activists accused of “rebellion, attacks on authority and public disorder” – a sign of deepening desperation under President Obiang. The activists include leaders of Citizens for Innovation (CI), many of whom were rounded up after a purported coup…

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Nigerian Parents Plead With Officials to Speed Up Rescue of Abducted Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Parents of young teenage girls are pleading with Nigerian officials to speed up rescue efforts for their children kidnapped by Boko Haram. “We don’t want these girls to stay long with those militants. Anything can happen to them,” said Kachalla Bukar, father of a 14 year old girl, one of 110 abducted by…

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UK Aid Group Knew of Sex Orgies By Staffers in Poor Countries – Report

Revelations that the renowned emergency aid group, Oxfam International, failed to catch rogue aid workers who admitted to hiring prostitutes for wild sex parties in Haiti and Chad, have shaken the aid community worldwide. According to a blistering new report in the Times of London, Oxfam knew of concerns about the conduct of two of…

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Ethiopian Resignation Met With Worry, Anger and State of Emergency

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The Ethiopian government has given itself sweeping new powers – from restrictions on freedom of assembly and free expression to the deployment of combat-ready troops in civilian centers. The newly-imposed state of emergency is expected to last six months. The harsh new limits on democratic expression may have blindsided those in the international…

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Mall Developers Stake Out Turf Around Picturesque Victory Falls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A trip to one of Africa’s world class wonders doesn’t mean one needs to be deprived of the pleasures of shopping. At least that was the thinking of developers who obtained permits for a $13 million multi-purpose shopping mall not far from Zimbabwe’s renowned Victoria Falls. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week…

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Cape Town in Survival Mode as Water Supplies are Near Zero

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Only days remain in Cape Town, South Africa, before a jewel of natural beauty and one of the wealthiest destinations in Africa becomes the first major city in the world to run out of water. Rationing has already begun with some 200 collection points around the city. Security guards stand watch as anxious…

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African Immigrants in Israel Face Forced Deportation

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Under a so-called “infiltrator’s law”, more than 1,000 African asylum seekers in Israel face deportation from Israeli detention centers starting in March. Speaking at a recent Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the harsh enforcement policy. “We are not acting against refugees,” he said. “We are acting against illegal migrants who come…

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Senegal Yet to Fulfill Pledge of Free Education to Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – In a politely worded letter from Human Rights Watch, Senegalese President Macky Sall was highly commended for addressing abuses against street children including those exploited in the course of their education in the Koran. “We have conducted human rights research on children in Senegal since 2005,” the New York-based group wrote. “Our most…

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Pregnant School Girls Arrested in Tanzania in Harsh Anti-Sex Campaign

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Tanzanian authorities arrested five pregnant school girls together with their parents and then released them on bail as part of a crackdown to end teenage pregnancies in the region. Authorities are reportedly looking for the men who impregnated the girls. Records indicate that over 50 girls have become pregnant over the last 24…

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Senate Must Pass Background Check Bill, Passed by House, Supported by 92 percent of Voters

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Defenders of the status quo – advocates of the gun industry & the politicians paid to defend it – will tell you that events like these are virtual acts of nature, products of mental illness or bad parenting, beyond our ability to control. This couldn’t be further from the…

House Chair Waters leads charge to return consumer protection to CFPB: Payday loan regulation supported by lawmakers and more than 50 advocates

  By Charlene Crowell On March 7, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters marked the first time that the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appeared for a hearing in this capacity. Entitled, Putting Consumers First? A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” the session is the first…

Michael Cohen told a Degree of Truth to Acknowledge Trump’s Corruption

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor Can anyone tell us why President Trump’s “Fix it Man” Michael Cohen decided to spill the beans on his boss after ten years of dedication? Last week was a time of truth-telling, and Cohen’s testimony will uncover some of the president’s dirty deeds and criminal activities. As Americans we…

My Trip to Ghana: a Valuable Learning and Spiritual Experience

By A. Peter Bailey (TriceEdneyWire.com) – About three years ago when Joomay Odongo Faye first introduced me to a new Pan African organization of which he was a co-founder, I had no idea that the introduction would lead to my going on an airplane for the first time in 33 years. I was already a…

The Congressional Black Caucus: Not Always in Headlines, but Never on the Sidelines

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor What does the Congressional Black Caucus do? It takes Majority Whip James Clyburn to make it understandable. “It’s not only what we make happen, but what we stop from happening,” Clyburn told a standing room only crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Black History Month Celebration on February…

Demystifying Student Performance Via Parental Engagement

By Sharonica Nelson, Ed.D. Professor, Professional Education Consultant, Author Once students reach middle school, parents often become less engaged with their child’s academic environment. They don’t walk them in the school’s doors anymore, they don’t communicate as often with teachers, and they are less like to visit the school unless there is a special program…

Thinking of Dr. King in Fighting Ignoble Causes

By Hakim Abdul-Ali I’ve been thinking about the states of political turmoil and civil unrest that’s going on throughout the world, including the United States of America. There’s a lot of unhappiness that permeating the landscapes of democracy and beyond. I’m now asking myself who really is at fault for the terrible political mess that…

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Kids Count, But Not Enough

By Barney Blakeney For years I’ve done an annual story about the Kids Count report. The report is compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization that since 1948 monitors and reports on the well-being of children. My former editor, Jim French used to provide me a hard copy of the report each…

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Apology For Slavery Not Accepted, Part II

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I am from the old school and one thing I do know is manners. An apology is followed by some sort of atonement. If City Council’s apology is truly to be accepted on face value, there must be an outward display of regret. Basically, here is an acceptable apology: A friend slams…

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Respecting Living as a Blessed Sign

By Hakim Abdul-Ali A very close and dear friend from New Jersey, who I hadn’t seen or heard from in decades, died sometime last month. I was made aware of his passing by another mutual friend of the both the departed soul and yours truly. Also, I was informed that my friend who died was…

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Allowing Elected Officials To Stick Us With Debts

By Barney Blakeney With the November 6 general elections looming, a couple of items that came across my desk in the past week seem more important – a request by the S.C. National Action Network for investigations into the former Charleston Naval Hospital property sale and redevelopment and rate reductions for SCE&G customers. Voters should…

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Apology For Slavery Not Accepted (Until Whites Come Up With A Comprehensive, Compensatory Plan)

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   I have given this apology for slavery a lot of thought. Upon hearing the City of Charleston Councilmembers apologize for slavery, I immediately texted and asked a friend, “what now?” Now that you have apologized, what do you plan to do about the subjugation of a class of people—my people, descendants of…

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