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Coronavirus Reaches African Shores – But Numbers Remain Low

Only a few weeks ago, African leaders were breathing a sigh of relief as the new coronavirus skipped the continent to lodge in Italy, Spain and other European countries. “Whether it’s a matter of faulty detection, climatic factors or simple fluke, the remarkably low rate of coronavirus infection in African countries, with their fragile health…

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Anonymous Threats Put Working Journalists’ Lives On The Line

Hardworking African journalists are facing threatening phone calls, cyberattacks and other forms of intimidation as they attempt to report on government dysfunction and the actions of security forces tracking terror groups. According to Reporters Without Borders, journalists around the world are seeing increased fear and violence and sub-Saharan Africa has not avoided the latest decline…

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Zimbabwe Tries Fine Or Jail To Keep Children In School

Zimbabwe is experimenting with a bold attempt to make parents prioritize education and bring down drop-out rates. Harare has amended its laws to make the first 12 years of schooling compulsory. Children are now required by law to stay in school for an extra five years to 16 years of age. It is also now…

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South Africa Cancels Promised Wage Increase, Angering Unions

Promises promises. I’m all through with promises promises. That’s the Dionne Warwick tune South African public servants will be singing bitterly if a three-year wage deal signed in 2018 is headed for the recycling bin. The promised wage hike was due to start next month, April 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly newsletter, said…

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Women In Zambia In Day Of Action For ‘She Decides Day’

It’s a day of action and global solidarity. SheDecides Day takes place annually on March 2 as feminist activism is on the rise in Zambia and around the world. This year, wearing red t-shirts, some 90 young women took to the streets in a silent march through Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital. This year’s theme was ending…

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African Students Trapped In China As Home Countries Deny Re-Entry

The coronavirus is spreading fast beyond its China borders, with cases now rising in parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Some 90,000 people have been infected in over 65 countries and 3,000 worldwide have died of Covid-19. As soon as the virus emerged, the World Health Organization named thirteen countries in Africa (Algeria,…

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Radical Advocate For Girls’ Health Is Freed From Prison By Ugandan Court

She’s one medical anthropologist, activist and poet you don’t want to wrestle with. Dr. Stella Nyanzi is apt to say exactly what’s on her mind – even if the object of her verbal dart is the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, or his wife Janet, the First Lady. What set off the rockets this time…

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Kenya Makes Risky Bet On Pesticides To Exterminate Locust Swarm 

Desperate East African governments are weighing their options as farmers beg for the most deadly agro-chemicals in a last ditch effort against swarms of desert locusts which have already begun to eat into thousands of acres of pasture and farmland. “This is the best time to kill them,” said Mehari Tesfayohannes Ghebre, Information and Forecasting…

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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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George Floyd’s Killers and the Vigilantes Who Share Their Beliefs Don’t Deserve Benefit of the Doubt

By Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League “Those who commit the murders write the reports, and hence these lasting blots upon the honor of a nation cause but a faint ripple on the outside world. They arouse no great indignation and call forth no adequate demand for justice.” – Ida B. Wells…

What Must Be Done?

By Frederick H. Lowe Special from NorthStarNewsToday.com (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The events of the last couple of weeks have been a writer’s bonanza, yet at the same time, it has been exceedingly difficult for me personally. Several incidents have kept me awake at night. I stare at the ceiling asking myself what I can do while…

The stuff of Dreams — MLK goes right on marching

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King Jr. The citizens of this country are in the midst of a battle that we have been fighting for a…

The Black Church Faces an Atypical Crisis

By Lisa Olivia Fitch, Editor in Chief, Our Weekly News If a Tsunami happens on the other side of the world, some may be unaware and unaffected. Others may hear the news and be aware of the disaster, but still be unaffected. Still others may be aware and only inconvenienced by the tsunami, cancelling plans…

As MLK asked in 1967, Where Do We Go from Here: Community or Chaos?

By Charlene Crowell The nationwide protests against the heinous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman, is reminiscent of the 1960s era of turmoil and voices that fervently called for social and economic justice. Today’s turbulent times seem that history is repeating itself.  In addition to George Floyd, recent tragedies took the lives of a…

America Urgently Needs Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation To Bring Unity, Equity and  Racial Healing To Our Nation 

By Dr. Gail Christopher Today, the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) enthusiastically applauds the House Resolution urging that a United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) be established. As cited in the Resolution, a devastating belief in racial hierarchy has fueled injustices against populations of color for centuries. It has resulted…

Black Life After COVID

By Barney Blakeney “The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 127 new cases of the novel coronavirus Covid-19, and five additional deaths. This brings the total number of people confirmed to have Covid-19 in South Carolina to 3,439, and those who have died to 87.” Monday, I talked with Medical…

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Recognizing the Viruses of Self-Hatreds

By Hakim Abdul-Ali A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column entitled “Never Hate Yourself” which drew a lot of very positive looks from the loyal readership of this newspaper. And while in a local supermarket recently, a lady of color, who read that column, approached me and asked me to write a little…

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COVID-19: The Truth Is Yet to Come

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Governor McMaster’s mandate to remain at home and hour by hour updates on the Coronavirus have some folks going stir crazy. It’s difficult separating truth from fiction. You have President Trump on one hand grandstanding and providing “fake” information while noted health care professionals are painting a more serious picture of the…

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Coronavirus – The Path To A New Socio-Economic Order

By Barney Blakeney This coronavirus thing has me confused. At first I didn’t think it was as serious as the medical and media communities purported – not that the virus isn’t legitimate, but not as deadly as they said. Then this whole thing about social distancing became a priority. I didn’t – and still don’t…

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Envisioning “The Motherland”

By Hakim Abdul-Ali These are some very trying times for every conscious soul in global creation as we know them to be thus far. So many recent unexplained, unimaginable things have happened and are still going on until many pessimistic folk are left speechless with nervous uncertainties. All of this probably can and should be…

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COVID-19: Stay Woke America

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While millions of Americans are being held captive in their homes by Covid-19, the Coronavirus, people are discovering new ways of socializing and working from home. Families are taking advantage of the downtime to bond and discover things about each other that were lost prior to the arrival of Covid-19.  With the…

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April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that the most common form of cancer in boys and young men ages of 15-35 is almost entirely curable if caught early? And did you know that awareness and screening are the most effective ways to fight that disease? Now that you know, how’d you like to help spread the word? April…

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Housing is the Next Step to Mitigating Coronavirus

From The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty Without proper resources, people experiencing homelessness can be exceptionally vulnerable to communicable diseases—including the current outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty anticipates this virus to be not only a public health crisis, but also to direct attention to the safety and the…

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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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