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Minister behind bars over massive giveaway of Liberian forests

Two years after learning of the massive giveaway of Liberia’s treasured forests to foreign logging companies, the Liberian government, (the week of Feb. 23), locked up the former head of the Forestry Development Authority. Moses Wogbeh, former head of the forestry authority, was arrested and charged with allegedly defrauding the country of millions of dollars by issuing bogus permits between 2006 and 2012. ...

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Senegalese celeb joins solar power initiative

Senegalese-American hip hop artist Akon and a group of solar business partners have announced a plan to address Africa’s grave shortfall in electric power. Speaking at a press conference in Sierra Leone, Akon said: “Music is an inspiration and as an African I am combining that inspiration with energy to reach out and touch the lives of rural people in Africa.” He said he had visited many rural communities i ...

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GRIM ‘FUTURE CITY’ FOR POOR NEIGHBORHOODS

Don’t wait for the street lights to come on because they will not — in certain neighborhoods. Nor will there be any kind of infrastructure investment in the neighborhoods written off by Detroit Future City planners. Instead, there will be forests and storm water retention ponds, limited public transportation, and only those residents who brave it out. So residents don’t have to worry about being relocated, ...

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Action to fight bankruptcy restructuring underway

A standing-room-only audience at the Central United Methodist Church came out March 2 after a snow storm to participate in an emergency town hall meeting designed to respond to Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s Plan of Adjustment. The event was planned by a coalition of organizations fighting the state’s Emergency Manager Law and Detroit’s EM-led bankruptcy. The organizations involved included the Morat ...

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Charting new ground in Flint

Anyone at all familiar with Michigan’s Emergency Manager law knows the people who were handed control of municipalities and school districts facing financial crises have extraordinary power. In fact, the law goes even further than many realize, creating the possibility that residents of cities under emergency management may emerge from state control with a completely revamped form of local government impose ...

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Loan Board sides with EM in sale of Southwestern

The law is the law, but not always — especially when emergency management is involved, or so members of the elected Detroit Board of Education discovered Feb. 28 in a hearing before the state’s Emergency Loan Board on the future of the former Southwestern High school building, a Detroit public school. Southwestern sits close to the new bridge, the New International Trade Crossing, planned by Gov Rick Snyder ...

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Appreciating the bargain

DetroitEmergency Manger Kevyn Orr’s grand bargain is unraveling. His Disclosure Statement and Plan of Adjustment offer little of substance. For anyone familiar with Michigan politics, the plan reads like a longwinded reiteration of the dreams of the Mackinac Policy Institute. Commentators from the hallowed halls of the New York Times to the chilly rooms of Historic King Solomon Church on Detroit’s west side ...

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Fourth period comeback

With Southeastern leading 50-39 with only three minutes remaining in the contest, it looked like Pershing’s quest for a second Detroit PSL Championship was over. But the Doughboys’ head coach Wydell Henry had other plans. “Down by 11 points, I called timeout and I told them to fight,” Henry said in post-game interview. “I told them to fight to the end. We lost to them the first time, 81-79 during the regula ...

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King three-peats

The Martin Luther King Crusaders won their third straight Detroit Public School League Title. Cass Tech gave the Crusaders a stiff challenge, but wasn’t enough as the three-peat team turned back the Technicians in a hard fought battle ending in a 51-41 score at the Detroit Public School League Basketball Championship Feb. 21 at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit. ...

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