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Murder Charge Facing Lesotho Prime Minister Faces Constitutional Review

Murder charges against the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane, will be reconsidered in light of a novel appeal for immunity to be heard by the country’s High Court. If his appeal is rejected, Mr. Thabane would be the first African leader to face domestic murder charges while in office. Mr. Thabane, 80 years of…

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Nigeria Rounding Up Journalists For Exposing Corruption

Nigeria is rounding up journalists who investigate corruption – jailing them for indefinite periods of time and accusing them of treason. Agba Jalingo, publisher of Cross River Watch, was arrested and jailed last August 2019 until this month when a Cross River court granted bail. He faces trial over a report written by the newspaper…

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Red Card For Portugal Over Racist Abuse Of Malian Soccer Star

Racism is rife in international soccer, with fans taking physical and verbal aim at players of the opposing team. After the routine apologies of the coaches and local officials, what has really been done to end the frequent racist outbursts, often accompanied by flying chairs or banana peels? This week, star striker Moussa Marega of…

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Uganda’s Queen Of Katwe Star Dies After Diagnosis Of Brain Cancer

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who starred as the friend of chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi in the Disney film “The Queen of Katwe,” passed away this week after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was 15 years of age. The film, which starred David Oyelowo as the chess teacher, Lupita Nyong’o as Phiona’s mother, and Madina Nmwanta…

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In Break With History, Malawi Court Tosses Fraud-Riddled Elections

Following an exhaustive review of petitions submitted by the opposition, judges of the Malawian Constitutional Court ruled against Peter Mutharika whose presidential victory last May was attributed to massive fraud. Veteran diplomat Vernon Mwaanga of neighboring Zambia said the Court raised the bar for African countries where elections are plagued by irregularities. “The Malawi judicial…

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At African Union Summit, Ramaphosa Announces End Of Colonialism

A stirring call to action was delivered this week in the august hall of the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, spoken by the incoming AU president Cyril Ramaphosa to distinguished members of the continental body representing over 40 countries. In his presentation at the AU’s 33rd summit, the South African President wove history…

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South African Research For HIV Drug Goes Back To The Drawing Board

Vaccinations have been halted in a test of a new HIV vaccine after it proved no more effective than a placebo, researchers announced. In the “Uhambo” study – also called HVTN 702 – tested in South Africa – it was determined that 129 people who received the vaccine developed HIV while 123 who were given…

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New Hurdle For Nigerians Seeking U.S. Visas To Settle Here

She’s your pediatrician. He’s your surgeon. She’s a civil engineer. He has a doctorate. She’s an Emmy Award winner. He was a Chicago Bear. They’re Nigerian-Americans who have set down roots in Dallas, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Phoenix and Houston – the latter of which has the largest Nigerian population outside Brazil and Africa. They’re the…

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U.S. Launches New Deal For Africa As ‘Growth And Opportunity’ Act Soon To Expire

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (known as “AGOA”) which aimed to assist the economies of sub-Saharan Africa and improve economic relations between the U.S. and the region is out of step with the new trade deals of the Trump administration. In other words, time’s up. A new economic plan is on the drawing board…

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A ‘Green’ Message Shakes Up The Industry At Mining Confab In South Africa

After years of defending dirty extractive industries such as the mining of coal, large mining companies seemed to have switched sides and joined the Greens, or so it seemed at the African Mining Indaba held last week in South Africa. At the Indaba, the continent’s biggest gathering of one of its most vital industries, the companies…

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Court’s in Session: Will Labor Please Rise!

By Ray Curry, UAW Secretary-Treasurer This November, we’re going to have to do some hard work to make sure that going off to work every day means a decent living for our families. That is, if your job pays your bills, provides you and your family with healthcare, paid sick leave, and paid time off;…

13-Year-Old Paris Brown Recalls Her Coronavirus Awakening

By Paris Brown, Special to the NNPA Newswire My name is Paris Brown. My parents are NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent, Stacy Brown, and the awesome Shenay Brown. I am 13-years old and am privileged to be a member of the National Junior Honor Society. But more importantly, I am privileged to have such a…

NUL’s Advocacy Gives Small Minority-Owned Businesses and Community-Based Institutions Better Access to Covid-19 Relief Funding

By Marc H. Morial (TriceEdneyWire.com) – “The story of minority-owned businesses struggling to access capital is the story of banking practices that too often exclude people of color as potential customers. A federally guaranteed loan program must not do the same.” – Letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administration head Jovita Carranza from 23…

Will the Coronavirus Widen the Achievement Gap?

By Julianne Malveaux (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The coronavirus has upended our way of life, especially in urban America, where social distancing has replaced the laughter of children playing on the street, the excitement of preparing for graduation and prom, and the frenzy of last-minute test preparation.  Instead, educators are being forced to think creatively about how…

$349 billion COVID-19 Small Business Program short-changes businesses of color

By Charlene Crowell, NNPA Newswire Contributor A $349 billion program created to assist America’s small businesses was launched on April 3 to provide payroll, utilities, rent and more for eligible applicants screened by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). On April 16 – less than two weeks later — this national stimulus enacted in the…

The Political and Healthcare System is Broken and Corrupt in America

By Roger Caldwell, NNPA Newswire Contributor “History is bound to repeat itself. Look at what went wrong in 1918 (Spanish Flu). Then do the opposite,” says the History Channel. President Woodrow Wilson was the American President in 1918, when 675,000 Americans died as a result of the Spanish Flu and over 20 to 50 million…

The Illusion of Delusion

By Barney Blakeney Often I’ll read stuff I already know which distresses me nonetheless. That happened last week while reading a report on a study written by NNPA reporter Stacy Brown. The study was about the economic and financial progress made by African Americans over the past five years. You hear it said some Black people…

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Love for All is a Feeling Worth Initiating

By Hakim Abdul-Ali The world we live in today is full of all sorts of political twists, racial dilemmas and numerous secret prejudicial agendas. I don’t think any reasonable, clear thinking American ethnic soul in “hue-manity” can, or would, deny that. I’m a concerned American brother of color, and that’s a pretty real scenario for…

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Judge Mikell R. Scarborough, Master-In-Equity: The Highest Form Of Fairness

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Life in the Holy City just ain’t that holy anymore. Once upon a time, a man’s word was his bond. His word was so trustworthy, you could take it to the bank and cash it in. Fast forward to now! What happened to truth in lending, truth in contracting, truth in sentencing,…

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“Be Prepared”

By Barney Blakeney I recently was thinking of something a friend says to me about being prepared – poor planning produces poor performance. The thought initially came to me regarding the recent three-day Southeastern Wildlife Exposition that came to town last month. Begun in 1983, each year some 40,000 visitors converge in Charleston for the…

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Respecting the Creator Alone of It All

By Hakim Abdul-Ali One thing an experienced “hue-man” understands about life after a while is that there are differences galore everywhere you turn and look in the living process. That fact alone should humble us all, including me and you, to try to exist with others, even with those who are vehemently opposed to us,…

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CORONAVIRUS: Serious Health Threat

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the talk of the nation and becoming the most feared and complex virus since the HIV epidemic in the late 70’s and 80’s. Hypotheses center around the source of the virus. Where did it begin and how did it start? Since China seems to have been the birthplace, perhaps that…

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Letter to the Editor: WNA surcharges

We should thank David Fleshman for writing a letter to the editor of the Post and Courier and making us aware of the warmer than normal weather (WNA) surcharges. To simplify this madness the South Carolina Public Service Commission has approved these surcharges, which allow Dominion Energy to charge consumers for “under usage of natural…

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Black History Month Sparks Focus on Black Men’s Prostate Cancer Rates: Survival Depends Upon Access & Screening

Op-Ed from the Men’s Health Network February is Black History Month and while typically a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans around the world, Men’s Health Network (MHN) is taking the opportunity to spotlight a recent study highlighting the deeply concerning disparity between black men’s prostate health and that of other men nationwide.…

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Medicare for All is important for South Carolinians, as well as for all Americans

The South Carolina AFL-CIO has been on record for many years as supporting Medicare for All. Most union members have better access to health care than others because their unions have fought to win those benefits from employers. However, as health insurance costs rise, and as employers try to take back those benefits we fought…

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Letter to the editor in response to Chronicle article

I’m writing in response to the Charleston Chronicle’s January 17th article, “Santee Cooper Sale Should Be a 2020 Legislative Priority, Says Gullah Geechee Chamber.” Thank you for covering this issue, which is very important to me. I’m glad that the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution for 100 percent clean energy by 2050.…

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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 [email protected] for speaking engagements.