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June  2017 Vol 38 

 

The West’s War on Free Speech

With a name like the “National Democratic Institute” (NDI) one might expect the US State Department-funded, corporate-financier chaired front to be the premier proponent of freedom and democracy worldwide. And although it poses as such, it does precisely the opposite. It uses principles like free speech, democracy, press freedom, and human rights as a facade behind which it carries out a politically motivated agenda on behalf of the special interests that fund and direct its activities.

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 Featured News

African Solution for African Problem to Ensure Reliable Peace and Security - Premier

Africa's problems

Africa need to work together to get its rightful place in the world involving pertinent bodies including the private sector. Thus, Tana Forum would serve as an instrument to achieve set goals. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said that Africans should come up with African solutions to problems through collecting and analyzing knowledge as well as strengthening local institutions.

 

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Little Africa

Little Africa ;

You dropped a bomb on me by Gap band representing Greenwood Avenue, Archer and Pine Streets This music describes the destruction of Little Africa that was known as Little Africa. The music depicted the sizzling sound of Dynamic thrown from plane to machine gun fire.  Notaby,  this was not  riot.   It was a well plan act of war to destroy Little Africa  and at the same time,  murder its citizens. 

 You Dropped A Bomb on Me

Africa need to work together to get its rightful place in the world involving pertinent bodies including the private sector. Thus, Tana Forum would serve as an instrument to achieve set goals. Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said that Africans should come up with African solutions to problems through collecting and analyzing knowledge as well as strengthening local institutions.

  

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2Pac and Africa


tupuc

Unlike some of the other artists that were mentioned, Tupac expressed a rather limited interest in Africa. He occasionally mentioned South Africa and dedicated a poem titled “Just a Breath of Freedom” to Nelson Mandela. Beyond that, Tupac was not as interested in African affairs in the way other Diaspora artists such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were. More so than any other American rapper, however, Tupac was able to connect to Africa.

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Diaspora News


Cuba's Ongoing Resistance to US Ideological War

us Ideological War

Before leaving Montreal for Havana in March 2016 to cover  Obama's trip to Havana, I wrote an article on Cuba–US relations. Referring to the cultural war to include, in the broad sense of the term, ideological and political aggression, I asked: “The question is, will Obama’s visit to Cuba provide Cubans the opportunity to make headway against the cultural war, or will it allow the US to make inroads? Or are both these scenarios on the horizon?”

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When Emperor Haile Selassie went to Jamaica on this day in 1966

 

Fifty years ago today, Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie visited Jamaica. Hysterical crowds of thousands of people greeted him the airport in the capital of Kingston. The Ethiopian resistance to Italian colonialism and later occupation, legendary in the Atlantic world, drew some of the attention, but it was the Jamaica’s Rastafari population who were particularly enthusiastic. Rastafari revered (and still revere) Haile Selassie as divine. 

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African News

 

Empowering the Next Generation of African Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

Next generation

What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean to you? Do you fear robots or self-driving cars taking your job, or do you embrace the blockchain, 3D-Printing or any other fast-developing technology as an opportunity to create a business, leapfrog the competition or build a fairer, more equal society?

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The horrific everyday racist treatment of Africans abroad


 African Abroad

This is Wandoh Timothy from Chad after he was assaulted by a mob in Bangalore as he was going to pick his daughter up from school. Wandoh talks about the attack in this video.
Many Africans leave their majority Black countries with naïve notions of race and racism, and the realisation that someone else sees them as less than human simply because of the colour of their skin is an extreme culture shock. The stories we hear are of everyday racist treatment, yet we rarely hear any African government raising hell to protect the wellbeing of their citizens. Here are just a few of the more recent stories, one of which just happened in India.

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History Tidbits

The History of Dreadlocks

When many folks think of dreadlocks, the drama  that unfolded between Zendaya and Giuliana Rancic probably comes to mind. For those who need a quick refresher, Zendaya chose to rock faux locs on the red carpet at the Oscars last year. The Cover Girl adorned her locs with beads and wore a sophisticated Vivienne Westwood gown. Rancic suggested the following day on “Fashion Police” that the then 18-year-old’s hair probably smelled of “patchouli” and “weed.” Rancic later apologized on air for her seemingly racist remarks. On Sept. 15, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruleld  it’s nondiscriminatory to ban locs in the workplace. That same day, Marc Jacobs was accused of cultural appropriation when his mostly white models walked the runway wearing pastel-colored locs during New York Fashion Week. The message was clear: Dreadlocks are not welcome unless the person wearing them is white.

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Kilwa Kisiwani: Ruins Of East Africa’s Greatest Empire

 

 

‘The city comes down to the shore, and is entirely surrounded by a wall and towers, within which there are maybe 12,000 inhabitants. The county all round is very luxurious with many trees and gardens of all sorts of vegetables, citrons, lemons, the best sweet oranges that were ever seen…’  So wrote Gaspar Correia, 16th century Portuguese soldier and historian, about the island of Kilwa. Only a few years before, circa 1502, his countryman Vasco de Gama – the first European to reach India by sea – had forced Kilwa’s Sultan to pay tribute in gold

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