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Liberian Diplomat in U.S. Prison Denied Healthcare

By David S. Menjor, Liberian Observer Dr. Malachi Z. York, a Liberian Diplomat, is said to be languishing in solitary confinement in a U.S. prison without any medical care accorded him, even though diagnoses show that he is suffering from complicated diseases, including Hereditary Angioedema. In light of this finding and following a clarion call…

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Cameroon’s President, Going on 90 – Time To Step Down?

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is seriously considering a re-election bid despite having served 36 years in the job and despite approaching 90 years of age. The President-for-Life syndrome is sadly alive and well. An editorial in the Liberian paper Daily Observer expressed its frustration in dramatic fashion. “Why, Africa, why?  Why must your leaders treat…

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Major AIDS Conference Aims To ‘Build Bridges’ Where Epidemic Still Surges

The International Conference on AIDS – the largest conference on any global health issue in the world – opens this week under the title “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” With hundreds of scheduled talks and roundtables, AIDS 2018 has defined its goal as promoting human rights-based and evidence-informed HIV responses tailored to the needs of people…

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President Obama Still a Hit in Kenya During a ‘Private Citizen’ Trip

Former President Barack Obama turned up in Kenya this week at the Sauti Kuu Resource Centre – a community center to fight poverty launched by his sister, Dr. Rita Auma Obama. It was a quick detour from a week spent in Tanzania where Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle toured the Serengeti National Park. After…

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Key Witness Recants Child Molestation Testimony Against Dr. York

By David S. Menjor, Liberian Observer Following 16 years of Dr. Malachi Kobina York’s 135 years prison sentence at ADMAX maximum prison facilities in Colorado for acts said to be grave, the Daily Observer has received a documentary report presenting Habiybah Washington recanting her testimony she delivered in 2004 against Dr. York. The official judgment…

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After Stunning World Cup Victory, Migrants Also Rejoice

There’s a festive spirit in France following its second World Cup final in 20 years. For the decisive game, fans had been glued to their sets, including at a Salvation Army shelter where several dozen migrants had watched the match. “You can dream in France,” Youssef, a 25 year old from Darfur, Sudan, told the…

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New Report Says Corruption Could Destroy Sierra Leone

Corruption is a national security issue that can destroy a nation. That was the view of President Julius Maada Bio at the launch of the Governance Transition Team Report which reportedly reveals massive levels of corruption by ministers and officials of the former government led by ex-president Ernest Bai Koroma. Corruption in Sierra Leone is…

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Two Crusading Journalists Win Their Freedom in Angola

A judge in the Angolan capital, Luanda, has thrown out the case against Angola’s most well-known journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço. The two faced three years in prison for reporting on a former attorney general who “bought” three acres of beachfront property free of charge to build a luxury condo.…

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Enemies For Over Two Decades End Feud With An Embrace

“And into ploughshares beat their swords. Nations shall learn war no more.” With those words of Isaiah, Ethiopia and Eritrea announced the end of a futile war and agreed to normalize ties, drawing the curtain on a 20 year military standoff on the Horn of Africa that cost over 70,000 lives. This past weekend, Prime…

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Belgians Name Public Square For Patrice Lumumba

A public square in Brussels will carry the name of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo whose death at the hands of Belgium, the United States and others is now widely acknowledged. Toppled by western countries barely three months after his election in 1961, Lumumba died in horrific fashion.…

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We Have to Get Real about the Achievement Gap between Black and White Students

By Nate Davis, CEO and Board of Directors Chairman, K12 Inc. Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people, overall, graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since the 2010-2011…

Vivint Solar’s “White only” Cardboard Fort Casts Racist Shadow over the Rooftop Solar Industry

By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Columnist There has always been bigotry in this country. In 2018, thanks to the leaders of the civil rights movement who risked their lives fighting for equality and justice, things are much improved. But these days some racists in this country are feeling encouraged to express their ugly views in public…

Putin-Trump: Brothers From Another Mother

By A. Peter Bailey, author and columnist (TriceEdneyWire.com) – It is very revealing and often disgusting to witness the national press coverage of the bromance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. They go on and on about Trump’s refusal to condemn the Russian “meddling” in the 2016 presidential campaign. They recite horror story after horror…

Scarred and Battle Tested from Heart Disease, But Still Fighting

By Rhonda E. Monroe, Incoming Board Chair-elect, WomenHeart WomenHeart (the first and leading voice for the 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease) story begins in February of 1999, when three women, united by heart disease, formed an organization that was destined to become a lifeline for women across this…

Standing on the Side of Love

By Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund Every July people of faith gather at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry at our Haley Farm servant leadership training site. This year, the call by all major faiths to protect children and welcome the stranger has become an urgent and deafening…

White America and the Hypocrisy of Trump’s Immigration Policy

By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire Columnist There has been a strange response by many White conservatives to the separation of migrant children from their parents. Whether we are discussing undocumented migrants or those requesting asylum, there has been rightwing pushback to the larger chorus of condemnation of the Trump administration for its zero tolerance.…

Young, Gifted and on Crack

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  It’s been raining cats and dogs for the past two months. I am not a rainy-day person. I feel like I have been held captive in my home for the better part of the summer. It has been difficult planning outdoor activities. Is there anyone other than me who feels cheated out…

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An Anger Seminar at a Traffic Stop

By Hakim Abdul-Ali  It was raining pretty heavily last week where I live. In fact, it was raining so hard on one particular day until the downpour seemingly brought everything to a standstill, especially when it came to being literally stuck in traffic while waiting for an seemingly unresponsive traffic stop light to mechanically work…

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Biking: New Concepts Of An Old Vision

By Barney Blakeney I first met with some folks about Holy Spokes Bike Share a year ago. Speedwell Foundation’s Mike Messner wanted some help in making more people aware of the initiative that allows riders to rent a bike to get around the peninsula. Messner wanted more low income residents to access the option. It’s…

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3D Printers: Gun Control, Out of Control

By Beverly Gadson-Birch  I am fascinated by high-tech gadgets but even more fascinated by 3D printers. It’s just mind-boggling the things you can make using 3D-printers. I am clueless how a 3D printer can make a gun as small as a Liberator and as large as an AR-15 assault weapon. On one hand, legislators are working…

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The Keen Wisdom of Marcus Garvey

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   If you’ve read my views over the past two decades you undoubtedly know that I champion the continual study of learning about Black “Our-story,” no matter what time of the year that it is. It’s part of who I am as a thinking brother of color and as a believer in…

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Prioritize Protests

By Barney Blakeney With all the hullabaloo about the Palmetto Rose Kids, ignored in the discussion is workforce training for grown folks. While the issues of Black kids selling Palmetto Roses is important and speaks to a lot of pivotal issues in our society, focusing on kids selling handcraft is like treating a festering sore…

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Education starts with parents but has to include schools to be successful

By Cheryl Cromwell Civil rights trailblazer and educator, Septima P. Clark, said, “I believe unconditionally in the ability of people to respond when they are told the truth,” I share in this belief and the truth, presented in the new data released by Charleston RISE, is that 80 percent of Charleston’s African American third graders who were…

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A Change is Gonna Come – Must Come!!!!!

By John Singletary, Candidate for Mayor of North Charleston Congratulations to Reggie Burgess and his recent promotion to Chief of Police for The City of North Charleston.  It is especially worth noting that Chief Burgess is the first African American Police Chief in the history of The City of North Charleston, since the city’s incorporation…

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Charleston’s Landscape of Memory: The Gentrification of History

By Robert R. Macdonald The Charleston History Commission’s effort to formulate wording for a plaque intended to place the monument to John C. Calhoun on Marion Square in historical context is comparable to placing a band-aid on a cancerous lesion. The wound here is the landscape of memory presenting a mythical Charleston past almost totally…

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League of Women Voters and the 2018 CCSD School Board Elections

By Melinda Hamilton, League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area President Consider a revolution. It’s time. Start by thinking of 113,000 children, the area’s economy and one of the toughest public service jobs around. What’s the connection? The 113,000 children are students in public schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Sooner or later…

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