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March  2016 Vol 25




Empress Taytu

Battle of Adwa/Adowa

March 2, 1896


The loyal wife, the commander, the strategist, the practical feminist even way before feminism was a mainstream movement: Empress Taytu—her name literally means Empress Sunshine—was indeed a sunshine for her nation when it fell under the cover of darkness. Perhaps, there would not have been the story of Adwa/Adowa—the March 1, 1896, Ethiopian victory against colonialism, without Empress Taytu, for she inspired it.


 Featured News


Nigerian superheroes save the world African style


Some of their fans are calling them the “Black Avengers,” but for the founders of Comic Republic in Lagos, Nigeria, these characters reflect the daily struggles and dreams of everyday Africans. "When I looked around, I noticed that a lot of young people don't really have icons to look up to," said Jide Martin, one of the founders. "I thought, OK, what is it that is relatable to the young that we can use to teach them how to do things right?" The company was started in 2013 with the goal of publishing comics for an African audience based on characters from a "galaxy not so far away." One of the company's most popular characters is Guardian Prime. In real life he is a Nigerian named Tundi Jaiye but he is also the "fifth element," a perfect man created in God's image..



Robots Will Replace 5 Million Workers By 2020: Report 


DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Disruptive labor market changes, including the rise of robots and artificial intelligence, will result in a net loss of 5.1 million jobs over the next five years in 15 leading countries, according to an analysis published in Davos on Monday. The projection by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which is holding its annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort this week, assumes a total loss of 7.1 million jobs, offset by a gain of 2 million new positions. The 15 economies covered by the survey account for approximately 65 percent of the world’s total workforce..

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Genesis of Unscrambled Africa 


This week marks the 120th anniversary of the historic Battle of Adwa., Ethiopia (TADIAS) — One hundred twenty years ago, On March 1, 1896 at the battlefield of Adwa, the united Ethiopian army fiercely fought against the colonial army of Italy. by the end of the day, on Sunday the Ethiopian army route the Italian army and as Rubenson eloquently put it, “the battle-field remained in Ethiopian hands, “Ethiopians continued to live free in an independent state.




Diaspora News

China says U.S. can't slam others on rights

when it has racism problems at home



China's foreign ministry said on Thursday that the United States has no right to confront other countries on their human rights records when it faces problems with racism and mistreatment of prisoners at home. Both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. ambassador to China Max Baucus issued statements on Wednesday to mark International Human Rights Day in which they mentioned cases such as the imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said it was hypocritical of the United States to do this considering its own poor record, in apparent reference to recent protests over the killings of unarmed black men and a U.S. Senate report on the torture of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks.



Cuba's Revolution Enters New Phase

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Cuba's Revolution Enters New Phase


As Cuba’s Revolution celebrates 57 years since rebels forced out the U.S.-backed regime of Fulgencio Batista, the country is deep into a process of normalizing relations with the United States. Cubans are hopeful that the changes on the island will improve upon the country’s important gains, while also reducing the impacts of U.S. hostility and interference.

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African News


Ghana and the 1966 Coup Against Kwame Nkrumah:

The Role of African Americans in the African Revolution


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Solidarity with Ghana represented over a century of identification with the homeland Five decades ago on Feb. 24, 1966, a coup was carried out against Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of the Ghana independence movement and the chief architect of the 20th century African revolutionary struggle.Nkrumah, the founder of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) in 1949, which led the former British colony of the Gold Coast to national independence in 1957, was out of Ghana on a peace mission aimed at bringing an end to the United States intervention in Vietnam. The president had stopped over in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, for consultations with Premier Chou En-lai and had planned to continue on to Hanoi. When Nkrumah later met with Chou he informed him that there had been a military coup in Ghana. His initial reaction was disbelief yet the Chinese leader told him that these setbacks were in the course of the revolutionary struggle.


Fishers harvest their way out of poverty in Western Zambia



MONGU, Zambia, – Hadon Sichali has been in the fish trade for over 22 years. But he says only now does he feel a true businessman—but why? “Because I now make reasonable income after struggling for so many years,” said the 55-year-old entrepreneur of Mongu, Western Zambia. Until he was recently introduced to improved post-harvest handling techniques, Sichali, one of the retrenchees under the infamous IMF imposed Structural Adjustment Programme, struggled to break even in his business. However, he now earns as much as 5,000 kwacha (417 dollars) per month from a paltry 700 kwacha (58 dollars) that he used to earn on average


History Tidbits


Black History Month:

5 African-American Entrepreneurs

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Before Madam C.J. Walker and Annie Turnbo Malone succeeded in the beauty industry in the early 20th century, Christiana Carteaux Bannister, a woman of African-American and Narragansett Indian heritage, had already achieved success as a hair stylist (and wigmaker) in pre-Civil War America. Carteaux Bannister was born Christiana Babcock in Rhode Island circa 1820. After moving to Boston in the 1840s, she became a skilled hairdresser (or "hair doctress," as stylists were known at the time). Following a failed marriage that gave her the last name Carteaux, she went into business as Madame Carteaux.





The Battle at Adwa,

On March 1, 1896,

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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 19th century. 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. These accomplishments should be honored and acknowledged by the global African communities. This includes continental Africa and the Diaspora descendants, such as, South, Central, and North America, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Asia.