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Rita Marley tapped as ‘honorary Ghanaian’

Rita Marley, wife of reggae artist Bob Marley and founder of the Rita Marley Foundation, has received a Ghanaian passport in recognition of her contributions to Ghana. Dr. Erieka Bennett, head of mission for the African Union’s Diaspora Africa Forum, said, “We are thrilled to see the Ghana Government recognizing the tremendous contribution Nana Rita has made to Ghana socially, as well as economically. This ...

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Jesse Jackson calls Morocco reforms ‘wave of the future’

Although Tunisia, Egypt and other troubled hotspots in the region have been shaken by popular uprisings, Morocco has been able to avoid turmoil by expanding the rights of its citizens and giving them more say in their future, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said in a speech Aug. 15 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. “Morocco has responded with wisdom and achiev ...

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President Mugabe, savoring victory, plans takeover of foreign mines

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s wide lead in the just-ended presidential poll over his long-time rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, may have ended a years-long struggle between the two men for the nation’s top spot. President Mugabe trounced Tsvangirai, capturing 2 million votes — 61 percent of the July 31 vote total. With that, the victorious 89-year-old president extends his 33-year rule of the s ...

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Cycle disobedience

Detroit is most beautiful seen from the saddle of a bicycle. Our streets are wide. The land is flat. Traffic is light. On most mornings, the city is so quiet you can hear the crackling staccato of a pheasant over the persistent whispering cadence of your chain. All those features make bike travel the ideal way to truly see what is so often overlooked in this wide, magical land. ...

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All people of African origin live the ‘Trayvon Martin experience’

While visiting Ghana, a traveler observed residents of that West African country carefully monitoring George Zimmerman’s trial on their smart phones. More remarkable than how technology has shrunk the world is the way at least some people in Africa apparently identified with Trayvon Martin and were concerned about the fate of the man who killed him. Concern abroad about the plight of Trayvon Martin occurred ...

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South Africa cozies up to nuclear power, dismaying critics

South African President Jacob Zuma and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in three reciprocal working visits this year with nuclear cooperation high on the agenda at the meetings. Russia is reportedly seeking to provide South Africa with uranium enrichment, supply, reactor technology and localization of nuclear skills. French and Chinese investors will have supporting roles. Earlier this year, the Ministr ...

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Local NAACP, interfaith community honor Nelson Mandela

Detroit Branch NAACP, along with interfaith community, labor, civic and student activists celebrated Mandela Day July 24 in honor of civil and human rights activist Nelson Mandela. The event held at Fellowship Chapel was to celebrate Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18 and commemorate his life by continuing service to justice, peace, and racial cooperation and understanding. The event involved three aspects ...

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Major political test for Trinidad government

On Aug. 5, electors in a key governing party stronghold in central Trinidad will vote to fill a parliamentary seat left vacant by the resignation of former National Security Minister Austin Jack Warner. While this is no general election, critics say the poll serves as a key litmus test on the performance of the corruption-tainted governing People’s Partnership (PP) coalition midway into its five-year term. ...

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Durban Film Festival opens to fanfare — but where’s the film?

South Africa’s world-class film festival in the city of Durban had an opening film and a closing film. But somehow, along the way, the opening night film was pulled from the program. Censors, to the dismay of many, had found it pornographic. According to the festival program, the film tells the somber tale of a small-town high school teacher with a penchant for young girls. “The director’s third feature is ...

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Anonymous whistleblower has Zimbabwe glued to social media

(GIN) — Using social media, a whistleblower has been igniting a firestorm in Zimbabwe with allegations of ruling party corruption as the country prepares for national polls. In recent postings on Facebook, “Baba Jukwa” as he calls himself, appears to be the WikiLeaks of Zimbabwe. His Facebook page, about four months old, has almost 250,000 followers and receives hundreds of responses to new posts. A self-de ...

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