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Netanyahu’s ‘red line’ is just a red herring

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon II Trice Edney News Wire The Huffington Post and other sources have reported that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu requested a meeting with President Obama to discuss tightening restrictions on Iran and President Obama has rejected his request. Netanyahu has been trying to get the Obama administration to support Israel’s attempt to set a “red line” or boundary around Iran’s nuclear dev ...

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A vote for consumers

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney News Wire In this 2012 election, most of the focus is on the top of the ticket. Can President Obama maintain, or increase, his lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Will “deep pockets” Romney prevaricate enough in his ubiquitous advertising to turn the tide? Recent news suggests fundraising for Mr. Romney has recently faltered. That, too, is the fodder for national news ...

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Detroit’s good food cure

By John Kavanaugh I am old enough to remember when our family had a “Victory Garden” during the Second World War. It was a patriotic thing to do. Ours was part of a large section of Victory Gardens on the southwest corner of Greenfield Road at Michigan Avenue in East Dearborn. The Dearborn Police station is on that property now. During a Depression many years ago the city of Detroit had a mayor, Hazen Pingr ...

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The significance of struggle

By James Clingman Trice Edney News Wire One of the main themes in the political conventions was centered on how hard it was for the speakers’ families, their parents and grandparents, and how they struggled to make it. Virtually every top speaker reflected on the hard times they went through and how their relatives struggled to put food on the table, how their parents worked two jobs to support their famili ...

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10 reasons why Detroit City Council should say ‘no’ to proposed lease of Belle Isle

By JoAnn Watson The state of Michigan claims that “establishing Belle Isle as a state park provides financial relief to Detroit … brings … restoration and enhancements to the park, and guarantees a beautiful place for Michigan residents to enjoy for decades to come.” However, the proposed lease guarantees zero dollars in compensation to the city of Detroit for a 30-year lease of Belle Isle with two automati ...

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Double whammy for African Americans

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney News Wire We have learned that African American unemployment rates stayed level last month with an absurdly high official unemployment rate of 14.1 percent. Unemployment rates for African American men fell, while those for African American women rose. These rates are way too high and understate the extent of pain that exists in the African American community. The philosopher ...

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The poor could be strong swing vote

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Trice Edney News Wire Nearly 50 million Americans now are in poverty. One in four children will grow up in impoverished households. Redressing poverty is a national emergency and a moral imperative. In our money-drenched political debate, the poor receive little attention. Yet, they could be the key swing vote in this election. Mitt Romney invoked the poor as part of his attack on B ...

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The back end of D.C. minority ‘fronting’

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Sometimes the best intentions can be shattered by unforeseen consequences. Such is the case with the Washington, D.C.’s Department of Small and Local Business Development. One of its missions is to increase the participation of D.C.-based businesses, particularly small and minority-owned firms. It has become popular for this department to encourage minority/majority joint venture con ...

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15 memorable quotes from the Democratic National Convention

By George E. Curry NNPA #15 — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.): “Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation. This must change, because just as bees cannot sting and make honey at the same time, members of Congress cannot simultaneously make passionate enemies and expect political progress.” #14 — Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.): “When ...

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Now the real work begins

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA The 2012 Democratic National Convention was an exuberant celebration of President Obama, his accomplishments and the many ways his presidency has made us better off than we were four years ago. Between a stirring and incandescent speech by First Lady Michelle Obama and an impassioned charge by former President Bill Clinton, the delegates were roused and the pressure was high for Pr ...

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