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Who Will Become the Next President of South Africa?

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing social democratic political party once led by the late Nelson Mandela, faces perhaps its most contentious and controversial election yet. On Dec. 18, the party will vote for its next president, a contest that puts former health minister Nkosazana Clarice…

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U.S. Plans Deadly Strategy Against Terror in West Africa

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Officials of the West African nation of Niger have announced they would allow the Pentagon to operate armed drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), out of the country’s capital, Niamey. The drones will conduct strikes on terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and its affiliates that operate along the country’s border with Mali. The move…

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Demonstrations Held to Spotlight and Stop African Slave Trade in Libya

  By Frederick H. Lowe (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Demonstrations recently have been held in major European cities to protest African men, women and children being sold into slavery in Libya, a practice that began after the United States and other countries overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, leaving the country ungovernable. Nearly 4,000 individuals protested in Stockholm.…

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CNN Video of ‘African Slave Market’ Sparks Outrage and Condemnation

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Footage obtained by CNN of an alleged auction of young Africans at an open market in Libya sent shockwaves through the diasporan community and the leaders of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The shocking images, shared worldwide on social media, were “despicable”, declared President Alpha Conde of Guinea, current chair of the African Union.…

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Home of Parents of Afrobeat Legend ‘FELA’ to Become Museum, Gov’t Says

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – A government-led plan to restore the home of the parents of Afro music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and turn it into a museum has cheered and excited Fela’s many fans and followers. The colonial era one-story building was built by the late Israel Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s father, and his wife, Funmilayo, over a century ago.…

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International Court to Seek Reparations for Thousands of African War Crimes Victims

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The International Criminal Court is preparing the ground for a determination of reparations owed to over 5,000 victims of atrocities that were committed in the Central African Republic. The atrocities were carried out by troops under former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and took place between October 2002 and March 2003. Sentenced to…

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Bishop William J. Barber II To Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican On Thanksgiving Day

By Cash Michaels, The Wilmington Journal/NNPA Member In an exclusive interview with The Wilmington Journal, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, the president of Repairers of the Breach, a nonpartisan, nonprofit social advocacy group, has confirmed that he and a delegation of “moral, workers’ rights, anti-poverty and ecological justice advocates…” will be meeting with Pope…

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Grueling Rescue Operation in Mediterranean Unable to Save 26 African Girls

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) –Shivering immigrants pulled from icy Mediterranean waters huddled under aid workers’ blankets hardly move the hearts of wealthy nationals in developed countries these days. But the story this week of 26 young African women whose bodies were recovered near a smuggler’s boatload of migrants caused some heads to turn and tears to fall. Their…

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Tax Havens for the Rich and Powerful Exposed in Latest ‘Data Dump’

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – The latest investigative bombshell by an international team of journalists reveals the kings and queens, presidents and CEOs who have hidden their wealth in foreign ports, far from the prying eye of the taxman. The new report is called the “Paradise Papers.” Extracts from the report have already appeared in the Wall St.…

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Charleston Enters Second Sister City Relationship With Panama City

By Barney Blakeney Two weeks ago Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and city council agreed in principle to develop a second ‘sister city” relationship. This time the relationship will be coupled with Panama City, Panama in Central America. Charleston currently is sister city to Spoleto, Italy. It’s a relationship that spawned the annual Spoleto Arts Festival…

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The Office for Civil Rights Needs to Listen to Teachers Like Me on School Discipline

By Tynisha Jointer As a school-based social worker for over eight years, I know firsthand how punitive discipline practices impact students both in the short and long term. In the short term, students are often harshly punished-missing valuable instructional hours and, more often that not, fast-tracked to special education services. I’ve also seen long-term impacts…

NFL Season Marred By Controversy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist I was thrilled that the Philadelphia Eagles defeated New England in Super Bowl LII. This season, however, I took a complete break from watching the NFL and, as a result, missed the game completely. While the coup de grace was the exiling of quarterback Colin Kaepernick by the…

A Parade? What’s Next?

By Julianne Malveaux Our 45th President wants a parade. He wants it in November, probably before the mid-term elections, as a way of mobilizing his base and glorifying himself more than, as he suggests, celebrating the military. He wants the parade because he saw a parade in Paris on Bastille Day. If he went to…

Distraction

(TriceEdneyWire.com) — We’ve just heard #45’s first State of the Union message.  Some had hoped he’d be decent, if not presidential.  Considering White House paranoia over the Russia investigation, for many, his speech has already been pushed into the fog of forgetfulness by news of the public release of classified information from the House of Representatives’…

Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

By Monica Simpson, SisterSong Executive Director There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led…

Investing in Workforce Generates Healthy Returns

By Odie Donald II In the last month, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the nation’s capitol has lifted the label from the U. S. Department of Labor as a “high-risk” partner in job training and employment programs, and “at-risk” in Unemployment Insurance programs. The District had carried these risk designations since 2012,…

Homeless To Hope Concert Was A Party With A Purpose

By Barney Blakeney   I got the chance to attend the March 11 inaugural Homeless to Hope Fund Benefit concert. Didn’t go to church, but went to the concert. And wouldn’t you know it, my preacher saw me there! I got busted, but it was worth it. The concert was off the chain. I don’t…

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Family or Domestic Violence: The Monster Within

By Beverly Gadson-Birch   In wake of the recent murders of three generations of the Manigault family, I thought I would focus today on family and domestic violence.  It is unfathomable that such a heinous crime could occur to such a wonderful family and on the doorsteps of an old but highly respected community. The…

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Springtime is for Lovers

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   I was just thinking about the various seasons of the year and how they affect me and others in “hue-manity.” For all the conscious lovers of being in the here and now, and who give complete credit for their existence to the Most High Alone, it’s a wonderful time of the year.…

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We All Have Responsibilities In Gun Control

By Barney Blakeney   The Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has reinvigorated the conversation about gun violence on a national scale. Students are raising their voices in the discussion. Rightfully so, they must live in the aftermath of the violent society we’ve created. Seventeen students and teachers were killed…

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Black Men: “Bad Boys Need Their Fathers”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch There is no shortage of news.  Stories can be found everywhere!  As a writer I never know what I will write until I sit down to the computer.  There are several gut-wrenching stories in the news this week worthy of exposure; but today, I am led to deal with the rise and…

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Black Folks’ Continual Struggles

By Hakim Abdul-Ali This past Black History Month has been a hectic month for me personally, but I still managed to squeeze in time to read, actually re-read, Vincent Harding’s masterpiece about the Black struggle for freedom in America called, “There Is A River.” Without taking up your time today in discussing the book overall, I’ll…

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Cooper River Memorial Library needs action, not delays

The Cooper River Memorial Library, which was originally built and funded by community members to memorialize fallen veterans from North Charleston, is slated to be replace with a new building.  This new branch construction is funded by the bond referendum that voters overwhelmingly approved in 2014.  The CCPL Board of Trustees has honored this promise…

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Informed Voters are the Key to our Democracy

Voting is the most powerful way to have citizens’ voices heard, and it is the core of our democracy. Voting’s a chance to stand up for what matters most to citizens and have an impact on the issues that affect them, their communities and their futures. Informed voters are the key to our democracy. Nationwide,…

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Where are the supporters and planners for South Carolina State University?

By Dr. William Small, Jr., retired educator and former Trustee and Board Chairman at South Carolina State University Recent new releases and public comments reporting the plans to strengthen Denmark Technical College are encouraging and should be applauded by all who urge support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as by all who…

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There Must Be a Just Response to the Killing of Charleena Lyles

Death raises many disturbing questions and provides a crucial opportunity for Seattle police accountability system The following statement is from ACLU of Washington Executive Director Kathleen Taylor.  “The ACLU of Washington is dismayed and heartsick at the killing of Charleena Lyles, a mother of four and longtime Seattle resident, after she called to ask the…

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Jeff Sessions has done more damage in his first 100 days than his boss

By Hanna Kozlowska US attorney general Jeff Sessions may not be part of the biggest investigation in the Department of Justice, but as he reaches 100 days in office, there’s little doubt that he’s had an important impact on the American criminal-justice system-potentially for years to come. Despite the political turmoil of the Trump administration,…

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What the CBO Score Means for South Carolina

“There is a mean spirit rampant in our country that would have us punish our most vulnerable citizens for simply being poor, old, sick, or holding down well-paying jobs,” said Steve Skardon, Jr., executive director of Palmetto Project. “It suggests that if these people are starved long enough or allowed to be a bit sicker,…

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