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May 2017 Vol 38
We Remember ...Elombe
There were hundreds of people in attendance, to mourn the memory of Elombe Brath, at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem New York on May 31, 2014. Among them were dignitaries, activist, government officials, plus a plethora of individuals who came to give their condolence to his family.
Concluding the historic rites of passage ceremony, Elombe’s dear wife Nomsa said she was happy that she married her husband and that “he struggled all his life to uplift Africa.” Brath is also survived by his seven children, grandchildren, brothers and other relatives.
Read More are some of the many condolences, tributes and article are published on the internet that describes Elombe Brath life of activism.
Tanzania's 'witches' fight for land
NYASHANA, Tanzania, March 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Tanzanian widow Ruth Zacharia raised her right arm to protect her skull from a volley of machete blows, her three attackers sliced through her hand. She fell to the floor; one leg slid into the kitchen fire. "They said: 'We have been sent by our mother because you killed our father so that you could buy that land'," the 63-year-old recalled, fidgeting with her stiff, scarred right hand. "I said: 'I am not a witch'... They started cutting me all over."
Mexico Won't Buy US Corn in Response to Trump Protectionism
The foreign affairs commission at the Mexican Senate will introduce a bill this week that would make the country buy corn from Brazil and Argentina instead of the United States. Mexico is one of the top buyers of U.S. corn and the move will be a tough blow to the U.S. agriculture industry, said the president of the commission Armando Ríos Piter from the leftist PRD party. The bill is seen as a counter-attack to the protectionist threats made by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has threatened to kill the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, signed by Mexico, the United States and Canada in the early '90s. Experts say such a bill would be very costly for U.S. farmers.
US imperialism Continues to Kill the People and Planet
The US state apparatus is no longer able to rule in the old way. Trump's rise to power has placed the two-party duopoly in a crisis of legitimacy that cannot be reconciled with the tools at the system's disposal. The system as a whole cannot offer reforms to appease the masses, nor can it conceal the long-standing unity between the two parties on the questions of war, state repression, and austerity. This system, US imperialism, is on a steep decline that has necessitated an intense focus on ideological narratives to move forward with its objectives.
Affordable Housing Fund
Jaisal Noor: I'm Jaisal Noor with The Real News Network. Welcome to The Real Baltimore. We now turn to a recently unveiled plan to spend some 40 million dollars a year in city money to invest in affordable housing as well as address vacant inthe city. Our reporter Stephen Janis reports.
Stephen Janis: This is Stephen Janis reporting for The Real News Network in Baltimore City, Maryland. Giving away tax breaks to developers has been easy in this city, but now advocates for affordable housing are asking for a different approach.
Get to Know Africa’s Indigenous Tribes
Are you aware hat many African countries still pay colonial tax to France till today? One would say that Africa is still being exploited even till date. it brings us to the conclusion that the Europeans may not want us to be greater than they are after all. An article by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin, peace activist and editor of SiliconAfrica. com discussed this act. The writer drew attention to the bad influence of French on the African continent and how they are still subjected to pay colonial tax for the benefits of slavery.
Headwraps have been worn by both men and women on the continent since the days of ancient Egypt and Nubia.
Historians have linked the wearing of headwraps as members of royalty in Pharaonic times, where hieroglyphic evidence shows Pharaohs wearing headbands or covering their heads with wigs made from specific material to signify a specific meaning. In other parts of upper Africa, material that was used to make head coverings included beads, feathers, and shavings from the baobab tree.
Africa has no future without unity
At a time Africa is battling with tribal conflicts and communal strife, the African Union requires a strong leadership capable of mobilizing the people at home and abroad to build a new continent, an aspirant has said. A two-time minister and former member of the Senegalese Parliament, Abdoulaye Bathily, says he possesses the expertise and experience to take up the challenge as he aspires to be elected Chairman of the African Union Commission.
Tidbits of History
A History Of African Women’s Hairstyles
Hair played a significant role in the culture of ancient African civilizations as it symbolized one’s family background, social status, spirituality, tribe, and marital status. As early as the 15th century, hair was the main disseminator among different tribes and within communities of marital status, age, wealth, and rank on the social hierarchy within a community or tribe. Members of royalty would often wear elaborate hairstyles as a symbol of their stature, and someone in mourning, usually women, would pay little attention to their hair during the period of grieving.Read More
Patrice Lumumba (1925-1961)