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August 2017

Vol 40

Marcus Garvey's Legacy 


JAMAICA'S Minister of Culture,  Gender,  entertainment and sports Olivia Grange stated that a bill is being prepared to absolve Mr. Garvey, as well as a number of other iconic Jamaicans,  who engaged in "act of liberation"  -- NOT ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.   "We continue to argue that Garvey's actions were not criminal,  but were acts of liberation with moral justification.   The Bill should be brought to the House (Parliment) in October to absolve national heroes,  including Garvey,  and other freedom fighters of criminal liabilities arising from their acts of liberation and connected matters,"  Grange stated.


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Featured News

A White House meltdown?

WASHINGTON—A prime time address on continued U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and a rally planned in Phoenix, Arizona, did not serve as a distraction from the latest fallout from what could be described as a presidential administration meltdown.
After tumultuous two-and-a-half weeks out of town, while the White House underwent major renovations President Donald J. Trump returned to Washington Aug. 20 after what might have been his worst week in office, less than a month after his previous worst week in office.On top of more chaotic turnover among his White House staff including the ouster of controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon; the lowest approval rating of any president so early in his term; public scorn for his wrong-headed comments about violence and race hatred among his supporters in Charlottesville, Virginia; Mr. Trump has been subjected to disapproval from members of his own party in the Senate.



She Wants to Replace Confederate Statues African Heroes

I’m very happy they are coming down,” the 69-year-old artist said of the Confederate figures last week. “And I am going to make sculptures that are going up!”  For every hero of the Confederacy, Koren can name any number of heroic figures from her continuing studies of African-American history since she emigrated to New York from Hungary nearly four decades ago. “My life is not long enough to do all of them,” she said. Her statue of Frederick Douglass and her Malcolm X statue are on public display in Upper Manhattan. The Douglass work was installed in 2010 at the foot of the boulevard that bears his name. It stands two blocks across town from an ice skating facility officially called Lasker Rink, but billed as Trump-Lasker Rink on its website, as it is managed by the organization that bears our president’s name.


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5 Car Brands Made in Africa by Africans

Ethiopia Wants To Be Africa’s No. 1 Auto Manufacturer - See more at: http://afkinsider.com/126810/ethiopia-wants-to-be-africas-no-1-auto-manufacturer/?utm_source=AFKInsider+Newsletter&utm_campaign=649b189057-AFKInsider_Newsletter_6_2_20166_2_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0aff70cb26-649b189057-177209109#sthash.9skvXTfG.dpuf

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Slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism shaped our continent and left us underdeveloped, writes Baleka Mbete. As we concluded Africa Month, when we celebrated the birth in 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union (AU), we must take the time to sharpen our resolve to overcome the challenges standing in the way of building a better Africa.


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Diaspora News

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates 55 years of political independence


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug. 31, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has urged the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to “focused and fearless” as the nation seeks to implement progressive strategies and policies. On Thursday, in his address to mark the 55 years of political independence from Great Britain, Rowley said that in order to continue on the path of growth and development  – “we the people are mandated to foster a strong patriotism as well as our own capacity to take full advantage of opportunities through clear focus, grit and determination.”

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Exhibition Features Curacao Slave Child At Royal Court

  In the 1760s, Curaçao-born Sideron and Cupido from Guinea were given as a present to Stadtholder Willem V as children in slavery by Dutch West India Company WIC that was involved in the slave trade from Africa. At that time, Willem V was still in his teens and not Stadtholder as yet. The entrusting of African children to the care of a European ruler was not uncommon prior to 1800. Black people, often children, had been given as gifts to northern European rulers by their southern European counterparts from the first half of the fourteenth century.
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African News


Our Africa: The Richest Beggars

Next generation

Africa; the land of destiny, the land of hope, the land of rich culture, the land of wealth in natural resources and the origin of world civilization. Africa; The most powerful continent in disguise. Growing up as children, history chronicled the struggle of African leaders to fight for our freedom and justice. A chronicle of attitudinal change, hope for the future and freedom of the African child. A struggle that gave birth to Pan- Africanism; a struggle of strength and unity; a struggle of economic freedom.


Uganda's Bonfire Youth Changing Traditions 

There might be only little room for political dissent in Uganda, but there is no limit to the creativity of the country’s youth as they continually engage the three-decade-old grip on power of Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement (NRM).  This, at least, is the conclusion one reaches after watching Luciana Farah’s new film, Somebody Clap for Me. Set in Kampala, the nation’s capital, the film highlights how a group of young people is employing poetry and storytelling to speak out against state repression, corruption, and abuse of power – its title drawn from a satirical rendering by one of the youths of President Museveni’s campaign promises.



History Tidbits

A Reflection on Education For Self-Reliance 

The end of last November found us huddled around warm talk in a backroom somewhere on the toes of the Ngong Hills. Thoughts on pan-Africanism, our various political struggles, disenchantment with the university, and redemption songs defined the conversation amidst food and big laughter. After a gruesome year, exhausted from fighting the leviathan that is University Bureaucracy and living through the death of a dream at the Makerere Institute for Social Research (some of us), we were in urgent need of political solace. And so we had planned with friends and comrades from Ghana, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to have a meeting in Ngong (Kenya) to think through, as many others have before us, what is to be done? Our planning was located in the debris
 of our political devastation. We refused to seek for donor funding. We refused to make it an academics meeting. We refused to have a structured program. Instead, we contributed kwa hali na mali (we gave what we had).

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Life on Board Slave ships


Slave ships spent several months traveling to different parts of the coast, buying their cargo. The captives were often in poor health from the physical and mental abuse they had suffered. They were taken on board, stripped naked and examined from head to toe by the captain or surgeon.Conditions on board ship during the Middle Passage were appalling. The men were packed together below deck and were secured by leg irons. Space was so cramped they were forced to crouch or lie down. Women and children were kept in separate quarters, sometimes on deck, allowing them limited freedom of movement, but this also exposed them to violence and sexual abuse from the crew.