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March  2015 Vol 13

 

African Victory against Colonisization :
Battle of Adwa 1896 (Ethiopia);

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Featured News

The Battle of Adwa

The Battle at Adwa, on March 1, 1896, was the defense of Ethiopia against the Italian invasion. This marks the only African country that escaped colonialism during the European attempts to colonize and control the resources of Africa in the 19thcentury. As a result of the defeat of the Italian military forces at Adwa, Ethiopia entered into the 20th century with their culture undisturbed. In addition, Ethiopia kept their independence, maintained their Amharic language, written script and calendar.

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 Richest 1% Percent To Have More Than Rest of Humanity Combined

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In less than two years, if current trends continued unchecked, the richest 1% percent of people on the planet will own at least half of the world's wealth. That's the conclusion of a new report from Oxfam International, released Monday, which states that the rate of global inequality is not only morally obscene, but an existential threat to the economies of the world and the very survival of the planet. Alongside climate change, Oxfam says that spiraling disparity between the super-rich and everyone else, is brewing disaster for humanity as a whole..

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Demobilized in the USA: Why There Is No Massive Antiwar Movement

libertyThere was the old American lefty paper, the Guardian, and the Village Voice, which beat the Sixties into the world, and its later imitators like the Boston Phoenix. There was Liberation News Service, the Rat in New York, the Great Speckled Bird in Atlanta, the Old Mole in Boston, the distinctly psychedelic Chicago Seed, Leviathan, Viet-Report, and the L.A. Free Press, as well as that Texas paper whose name I long ago forgot that was partial to armadillo cartoons.

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Disapora News

Jamaica’s Take on Bob Marley Differs from His Global Image

SAN JUAN – Bob Marley’s image in his homeland contrasts from the common international view of the late singer and musician as the epitome of reggae, Rastafarianism, marijuana and even Jamaica itself. “Whereas many foreigners think Bob Marley is above everybody else, in Jamaica he is seen as equal to other artists,” Ray Hitchins, a lecturer in the Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of West Indies, told Efe..”Celebrities are not put on a pedestal here like in other places of the world,” he said, while adding that Jamaicans are aware of how much the island’s tourism and economy has benefited from their country’s most famous son, who would be 70 on Friday. In Jamaica, Marley shared the spotlight with many other reggae stars, such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Peter Tosh, who was Bob’s bandmate in The Wailers before embarking on a solo career./span>

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Fidel Castro: I do not trust US, but talks needed for peace

Fidel Castro does not "trust the US, nor have I spoken with them," the revolutionary icon, 88, said in a letter attributed to him and read out on state television Monday. "That does not represent - far from it - a rejection of peacefully settling conflicts," said the letter, a week after communist Cuba and the United States held landmark talks in Havana as they attempt to normalise ties. /p>

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African News

Corporations and Countries Complicit in Ripping off Africa

boko In the past 50 years, more money has illegally left Africa than the amount of money received in aid, and the private sector is mostly to blame. Corporations and organised crime rings have channelled US$1-trillion away from the host countries in Africa where they operate, using a range of tax-cheating mechanisms known as illicit financial flows. This money is defined as money illegally earned, transferred or used, and the biggest culprits of the practice are multinational corporations operating in Africa, mainly in the extractives industry. Sub-Saharan Africa loses about US$50-billion a year, or 5.5% of gross domestic product, through illicit financial flows.  

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Africa’s New Economic Environment to Top the Agenda at the 2015 AFRICA CEO FORUM

Neocolonialism Falling raw materials prices, health crises, security threats and so on have led the IMF to adjust its growth forecast for Africa. What are the implications for African businesses? The official theme of the upcoming AFRICA CEO FORUM is “Africa’s new economic environment”. The agenda will focus primarily on the development priorities of African businesses. As a matter of fact, this is in line with the original purpose of the forum which, since its inception in 2012, has established itself as the must-attend event for the African private-sector. 800 leading decision-makers from Africa and all over the world – including 500 top CEOs from over 30 African countries – will be attending the 2015 edition of the forum on 16 and 17 March in Geneva.

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History Tidbits

Will Still Conductor of the Underground Railroad

Still ManWilliam Still, a free-born Black, became an abolitionist movement leader and writer during the antebellum period in American history. He was also one of the most successful Black businessmen in the history of the City of Philadelphia. Born on October 7, 1821, in Burlington County, New Jersey, he was the youngest of eighteen children of Levin and Charity Still. Both of his parents were born into slavery. His father bought his freedom and his mother escaped slavery in Maryland. William Still grew up with vivid images of the horrors of slavery. His parents instilled in him strong family and work values as well as pride and self-determination. In 1844, he moved to Philadelphia and in 1847 married Letitia George, who gave birth to their four children. Spanish occupation by the Moors began in 711 AD when an African army, under their leader Tariq ibn-Ziyad, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from northern Africa and invaded the Iberian peninsula ‘Andalus' (Spain under the Visigoths). 

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The Great Benin Wall - The Benin Moat

They were a combination of ramparts and moats, called Iya in the local language, used as a defense of the historical Benin City, formerly of the now defunct Kingdom of Benin and now the capital of the present-day Edo State of Nigeria. It was considered the largest man-made structure lengthwise and was hailed as the largest earthwork in the world. It is larger than Sungbo's Eredo.[citation needed] It enclosed 6,500 km² of community lands. Its length was over 16,000 km of earth boundaries. It was estimated that earliest construction began in 800 AD and continued into the mid-1400s.

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