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Burkina Faso Orders Stiff Prison Term For ‘Fake News’

A law adopted on June 21 but still awaiting presidential approval would send writers to jail for up to 10 years’ jail for “demoralizing the defense and security forces of Burkina Faso.” A fine of up to $3,500 would be imposed for publishing what the government called “fake news information compromising security operations, false information…

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South African Candidate For Space Flight Dies In Motorbike Crash

Family and friends are mourning the untimely death of Mandla Maseko, South Africa’s candidate to be the first Black African in space. Maseko was killed when a car struck his bike in Pretoria over the weekend. He was 30. In 2013, the part-time disc jockey and candidate officer for the South African air force beat…

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Nigeria Restores The Study Of History In Public Schools – Absent For A Decade

The government of Muhammadu Buhari is bringing back the teaching of history in all basic and secondary schools – ending a decade in which departments of history were dismantled or merged into other programs as having little earnings potential for the high school graduate. In a release signed by Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of…

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A Colonial-Era Law That Outlawed Same-Sex Relations Is Defeated

If a democratic society is characterized by “tolerance, diversity and open-mindedness,” three countries in Africa have now reached that pinnacle. This month, Botswana joined Angola and Mozambique in decriminalizing same-sex relations. High Court Justice Michael Lebruru, in his defining decision, added: “human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalized.” The ruling decided a case…

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Resistance Explodes In Sudan Amidst Harsh Crackdown By Ruling Generals

Leaders of the Sudanese resistance are calling for a one-day nationwide “civil disobedience” campaign on July 14. The action is expected to push the ruling generals towards a settlement and the creation of a civilian government, which has been the demand from the beginning. The nationwide action will be preceded by mass protests on July…

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Tunisia Adopts Trump Policy, Turing Against Migrants

A shipload of desperate Bangladeshi migrants was told to turn the boat around and go home by Tunisian officials or be deprived of food, water and medicines. The migrants, trapped on a merchant ship off Tunisia for three weeks, were sent back to their home country against their will, according to relatives. The International Organization…

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Senegalese in Wall Street Protest Fear Offshore Oil/Gas Resources Lost to Fraud

A foreign investor with mineral assets throughout Africa is alleged to have made a secret payment of $250,000 to a company run by the brother of the president of Senegal, in a bid to obtain the country’s assets, according to recently published reports in the BBC and Global Witness. The payment to Aliou Sall, brother of…

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Coup Plot Led By ‘Old Guard’ Foiled In Ethiopia

Rebel gunmen launched a coordinated assault over the weekend in the Ethiopian state of Amhara in a challenge to President Abiy Ahmed and his sweeping reform program. Several senior government officials died in the assault including the army chief and the governor of Amhara state. Mr. Ahmed rushed to the region and, wearing army fatigues,…

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African Cocoa Growers Take Hard Line On Prices – Better Ones Or Else!

Strike! That’s the sound of the world’s top two producers of cocoa who say they are suspending their sales for better prices. The governments of Ivory Coast and Ghana are trying this time-honored strategy to address the imbalance between farmers’ income and money made by foreign commodity markets who scoop up most of the profit.…

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Orthodox Church in Ethiopia Blocks Gay Group Planning Tour

Pride parades, gay friendly diners, movies, books and fashion. The gay life tyle is coming to town but the welcome mat is still far from ubiquitous. Ethiopia, home to Abiy Ahmed, the “hugging president,” has yet to come to terms with LGBT or Q. In fact, some Ethiopian bloggers have been openly unfriendly to say…

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Protect Children, Not Guns

By Marian Wright Edelman Will our nation ever decide to prioritize children’s lives over guns? Once again the headlines this week were all too familiar: “‘Nothing short of horrific’: Three killed, including two children, in shooting at California food festival.” “Gilroy joins grim fraternity of communities terrorized by mass shootings.” On Sunday, a dozen people…

Ronald Ray Gun’s Secret Past

By Dr. E. Faye Williams (TriceEdneyWire.com) – While Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is struggling with being confronted with his past, let’s not forget that there were politicians with far worse records of racism than Joe. Most of us have been able to witness Joe’s evolution to become a better person. One might say, he learned…

Another 100 million consumers at risk from Capital One Bank data breach: Largest bank breach affects 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 bank accounts By

By Charlene Crowell A second major disclosure of major consumer data breach was announced on July 29 by Capital One Bank. That same day, the FBI arrested a suspect was charged with stealing the personal information on March 22 and 23. The apparent focus of the financial theft was credit card applications filed with the bank…

There is Not a Racist Bone in My Body

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor In 2019, most Blacks and people of color would like to believe that, “There is Not a Racist Bone in My Body” was an accurate statement in America. With the first African American President, Black businesses in every major city, and Black political officials in federal, state, and local…

Trump threatens anti-fascists with being classified as “terrorists”?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor It should not surprise us that a person who would claim that there were “good people” among the fascist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia would now move to classify an anti-fascist network as alleged “terrorists.” But that is precisely what “Agent Orange,” i.e., Donald Trump, has been intimating. Unfortunately,…

Red Summer and Its Reverberations

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – One hundred years ago, starting on July 27 and for thirteen more days, Chicago was engulfed in violence. White mobs wantonly attacked Black people, and Black people fought back. It started when a Black teenager, swimming in segregated Lake Michigan, drifted to the “wrong” side of the lake. Whites stoned…

A Quiet Moment to Myself Encounter

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Today’s living experiences for many uptight folk could loosely and best be very described as frantic, hectic and very engagingly chaotic. To most of those inclusive “hue-mans,” who are probably caught up in this seemingly never ending hustle bustle type of existence, I probably haven’t said anything that is new, shocking or…

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Robo Calls: Robos, Hobos

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Robo callers are about to be hobos if left up to the FCC. It may be impossible to control but at least they are taking steps to bring these calls under control. How many times have you jumped out of the shower thinking it could be your child in distress only to…

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Understanding the Necessity of Having Faith

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Being a true believer in the existence of the Most High Alone sometimes makes me have to momentarily step back and look at life’s happenings that are occurring around me with a trusting spiritual mindset. I know that even though I believe in God Alone as I do there are many other…

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The Politics of Progress

By Barney Blakeney I’m getting calls from a lot of people promoting their presidential candidate. It’s that time again and they all want publicity. Ain’t nobody talking about no money though! Black folks need to understand politics is all about money – who makes it and how. It seems like everybody’s trying to get their…

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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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Burn Down the Plantations (In Theory, At Least)

By D.R.E. James The biggest and baddest dudes on the corner of Aiken and Columbus Street paused their dice game as I approached. They felt compelled to inform me how crazy I was for wearing a hoodie that read, in gold stitching: “BURN DOWN THE PLANTATIONS”. These men were the biggest and the baddest on…

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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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Carolina Stories: "Charlie’s Place" tells the story of an African American nightclub in Myrtle Beach that was a significant stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit in the segregated South

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Damon L. Fordham teaches African American history at various colleges in the Charleston area. The above story is referenced in his book “True Stories of Black South Carolina,” and he may be reached at Damonfordham@yahoo.com for speaking engagements.