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September 2016 Vol 31
Obama Destruction of Libya
Libya once was a proud nation that rejected US military presence on the continent, seeing it as an obstacle to Pan-African unity. With the country destroyed, the US has been able to further expand militarily all over the continent. And it has been President Obama, not George W. Bush, who has presided over the rapid neo-colonization of Africa.
Nigerian World Scrabble Champion Denied Visa By French Embassy
AFRICANGLOBE – The French embassy in Nigeria reportedly denied the reigning World Scrabble Champion Wellington Jighere a travel visa to the World Championship at the Grand Palais in Lille, France. On Friday, Jighere took to his Facebook page to announce that he — as well as the rest of Nigerian scrabble team — had been denied French visas even after they had fulfilled all necessary visa requirements.
White Supremacy In South Africa, And The African Girls Who Are Rejecting It
Britain’s New African Empire
Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange control over $1trillion worth of Africa's resources in just five comodities - oil, gold, diamonds, coal and planinum. My reserch for the NGO, War on Want, which has just been published , reveals that 101 companies, most of them British, control $305 billion worth of platinum, $276 billion worth of coal and $216 billion worth of coal at current market prices. The "Scramble for Africa" is proceeding apace, with the result that African governments have largely handed over their treasure.
The challenges of being Black and upper class in Brazil
African Diaspora: 8 Non-African Countries With The Highest Black Populations - See more at: http://afkinsider.com/126960/8-non-african-countries-large-black-populations/?utm_source=AFKInsider+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ea26a0606d-AFKInsider_Newsletter_6_9_166_8_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0aff70cb26-ea26a0606d-177209109#sthash.jeT4WK7Y.dpuf
Monica Valeria Goncalves, 47, has two university degrees. She works as a legal adviser in Brasilia and is married to a judge.She frequents expensive restaurants and exclusive social events, and lives in one of the Brazilian capital's most privileged neighbourhoods.In short, her life is very similar to that of the rest of her social class - the top 1% of Brazilian society.The only difference is that she is black. That makes her part of the majority of the Brazilian population - 53% are black or mixed-race according to the latest census - but in a minority among the upper class.
Militarization And Police Violence in America
Hardly a day goes by without news of a police killing. And each time we hear from scholars and observers that the police is too militarized. No doubt!In 2014, I was flattered to have been approached by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Shasta Chapter to be their keynote speaker to address Government Secrecy, Drones, and Militarization. After each police involved death, I would revisit my notes and wonder why I never published them. After watching this video clip on my FB page on July 10, 2016, I decided to share an excerpt from the ACLU address of April 13, 2014.
With Creation of an All African Passport, A Push Toward All African Unity
The African Union is set to launch a common electronic passport that would grant visa-free travel to all of its 54 member-states, a move that hits at the organization’s long-running goal of more closely linking nations from across the continent.The passport will first be issued to heads of state and senior officials at the AU’s summit in Kigali, Rwanda, later this month, with the Union saying it aims to provide passports to all African citizens by 2020.
East Africa: EALA Moves Motion To Make Kiswahili Offical Language
Arusha — East African Legislative Assembly has moved a motion to formerly make Kiswahili an official language in all meetings, correspondences and discussions within the region. "We have sent our resolutions to the Heads of State, urging the EAC Summit to amend the Treaty for the establishment of the community to provide for Kiswahili as one of the official languages of the community," EALA legislator, Ms Shyrose Bhanji told the 'Daily News'.
Tidbits of History
The Bahia Muslim Slave Revolt
For most people the idea of Black History month is relegated to the African-American experience in the United States. While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important. The central link in the Middle Passage is Brazil. Today Brazil has the largest population of Black origin outside of Africa, estimated at 90 million people.
Slave Resistances In Latin America
There are a number of challenges facing historians and scholars who are interested in understanding slave resistances in Latin America. Scholars have generally not given a great deal of inquiry into the various forms of resistance against slavery in the Western Hemisphere, except for a few prominent scholars who acknowledge that incidents of slave revolts, rebellions, resistances and plots, were more numerous in Latin and Central American countries than in the U.S. It has almost become commonplace for scholars to use the large number of slave revolts in the Americas as a yardstick for assessing slave’s personality, as a factor in their ability to response to their enslavement..