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Australian Researchers Say Botswana is Ancestral Home of Modern Humans

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The ancestral home of modern humans is in Botswana, according to a new study by researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African origin, Southern Africa is home to contemporary populations that represent the…

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A Market Grows In Africa For Weaponized Spyware Aimed At Activists

If you’re worried about robocalls offering a dubious sale of bitcoins, a new technology aimed at political dissidents will chill you to the bone. Pegasus, an all-seeing spyware, worms its way into phones and starts transmitting the owner’s location, encrypted chats, travel plans – and even the voices of people you meet – to servers…

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Raves For Anglo-Nigerian Writer Awarded Major Literary Prize

England’s most prestigious literary prize has been awarded to Bernadine Evaristo, an Anglo-Nigerian writer, for her eighth work of fiction, to be shared with Margaret Atwood , author of “The Testaments” in a surprise double award approved by the judging panel. Of Nigerian and British parentage, Evaristo is the first black woman to win the…

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Zealous Military Attacks Striking Students at Famed Ugandan University

As shocking images were viewed around the world of Ugandan police and soldiers beating and gassing students at the renowned Makerere University, President Yoweri Museveni was forced to acknowledge that his security forces were out of control. “The military is not trained to quell demonstrations,” he began. “They are trained to kill. Those students are…

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Old Enemies Tear Up Peace Pact After Elections ‘Tarnished By Fraud’

Hopes for a lasting peace between longtime rivals Frelimo and Renamo are fading fast as a recent vote for president of the southern nation of Mozambique has been muddied by claims of fraud, unjustified use of state resources, as well as sporadic violence including the murder of an election observer. “An unlevel playing field was…

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Black Press Joins Congressional Black Caucus in Denouncing New Cuba Travel Ban

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to limit further the ability of American citizens to travel to Cuba. CBC leaders said Trump’s actions would negatively affect the U.S. economy. They also called the decision another personal attack by the president…

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African Leaders and Russians Sign Nuclear Deals In A ‘Winning Week’ For Putin

Taking advantage of the Russia-Africa summit and the presence of dozens of African leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin advanced his goal of expanding Moscow’s geopolitical clout. At the two-day summit in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, the Russian president resurrected old bonds forged by the Soviet Union with the result that arms shipments…

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Supporters Ramp up Pressure on African Union to Reinstate Ambassador

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Did African Union Ambassador to the United States Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao lose her job because of her outspokenness about France’s continued profiting off of her beloved Africa? Or, is Her Excellency being shown the door because certain powers are exasperated that she’s exposed another “scramble for Africa?”…

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Liberia to Raise Up the Country’s Poorest with $100 in Cash

Thousands of Liberia’s poorest citizens will be getting an early Christmas gift of $100 this year as part of a five year project which the government hopes will shrink chronic poverty and eliminate hunger. Authorities at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection say they have started to disburse “social cash” to the extremely…

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African Geography Still A Work In Progress

Remember Bujumbura? Once upon a time it was the political capital of Burundi. But no more! The Burundian government has just adopted a historic bill in which Gitega on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, becomes the political capital and Bujumbura the economic capital. The decision has yet to be approved by Parliament, which is largely…

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The Greatest Gift in This Holy Season

By Marian Wright Edelman This is a holy season for multiple faiths and with our celebrations many of us spend time, money, and energy searching for perfect presents rather than reflecting on what our faith requires of us. It’s wonderful to share special times and gifts with family and friends but too many of us…

There’s Still Some Good in the World

By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Today is my birthday, and my church planned its usual wonderful holiday party that just happened to fall on the date I was born. The party planners had assured me they would include my favorite bubbly drink! I had my tickets. Unfortunately, as I was leaving church, I received…

Pots and Kettles – Republican Hypocrisy and Double-Talk

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor When you elect a clown, expect a circus, and this month’s impeachment hearings have been precisely that. Yelling, shouting, and disrespectful accusing seem more the rule than the exception. The increased volume of Mr. Trump’s tweets echoes his fear and discomfort because he has been called out. Republican histrionics…

President Trump’s War on the Poor

By Jesse Jackson (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Donald Trump is famed for his head-snapping reversals. One day he’s taking troops out of the Middle East; the next he’s sending more in. One day he’s on the verge of an agreement with China on trade; the next he’s tweeting about holding off until after the election. On one…

Marvin Miller gets to the Baseball Hall of Fame…but no Curt Flood

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Contributor When it was announced on December 8th that the late Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), had finally been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame I let out a yell of glee! Finally, an individual who did so much…

AAP Policy on Racism Raises Bar for Clinicians and Health Care Workers

By Dr. Gail C. Christopher Years ago, the race equity community approved when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledged that social determinants of health – economic stability, education, social and community context, health and healthcare, and neighborhood and environment – are conditions that affect the quality of life for Americans. Deep down, we knew…

My Mind’s Been Going Through Them Changes

By Barney Blakeney I was struck by the outcome of the November 5 municipal elections in Charleston and North Charleston. They signaled changes occurring right in front of our faces – reminded me of the old Buddy Miles song. The Charleston City Council District 3 election resulted in an upset victory for Jason Sakran who…

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Loving The Skin That You’re In

By Hakim Abdul-Ali Sadly, here I go again addressing an arena where apparent self-hatred about one’s features seems to be an apparent issue for me to address once again. This time it stems from actually hearing a young high school female of color tell another acquaintance in a convenience store situation that she didn’t like…

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Thanksgiving: In All Things, Give Thanks!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch I don’t know about y’all, but with all that is going on in the world today, I am grateful to be alive. I am looking forward to spending some down time with family and friends on Thanksgiving. The citizens of Charleston have just experienced two major mayoral elections—City of Charleston and North…

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Black Voters Should Be Thinking Black Business

By Barney Blakeney I find so much upsetting about the November 5 municipal elections in Charleston and North Charleston it’s hard to focus on one thing. Voting was low; only about 12,000 of about 64,000 registered voters cast ballots in North Charleston. Charleston voters showed up in higher numbers, about 26,000 of about 99,000 registered…

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Barney Done Lost His Gosh Darned Mind!

By Barney Blakeney I knew when I decided to write the column about support for Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait I was flying into flak. The hits came almost immediately. One guy said I’m no ally of Black folks regarding public education. Another guy said the message wasn’t clear and asked if I’d…

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What is Being True and Loyal Today?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali My expressed vibrations today will touch on some things that have been on my mind for a little while now. It’s about being truthful and loyal in today’s realm. These are very important issues to me in my accreditation of who I call and value my “real” friends. So, forgive me if…

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Burke School Improvement Council Oppose Garrett’s Proposals

The officers of the School Improvement Council (SIC) at Burke High School read Barney Blakeney’s recent piece in the Chronicle, “School Board Member Reflects On Burke High Graduation” with great surprise, in particular quotes attributed to School Board Representative Todd Garrett, who calls for shuttering the school and turning it over to a third-party operator.…

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Burke Supporters Respond To Todd Garrett Comments

Dear Editor: On behalf of the Burke High School Foundation, Inc. and the Friends of Burke, this is a response to the recent article in your paper by Barney Blakeney, regarding Todd Garrett’s reflections and recommendations for Burke High School. The article entitled: “School Board Member Reflects on Burke High School Graduation” seems to be…

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Will the real school board member please stand?

Dear Editor: I believe that a school board member should take time to know the legacy of any school, but particularly that of a unique school of immense historical importance to the African-American community. Persons who value and provide investments in heritage, people and pride, make our city worthy of its many accolades. I have…

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Post Independence Day Reflections

By Dr. William Small, Jr. What does one write about on the fourth of July when the script remains the same and only the title changed? I came to the computer to write an essay for this national holiday. I cannot think long about the fourth of July without quickly drifting into a prideful reconnection…

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