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September 2015 Vol 19

  

The Zanj Slaves Rebellion

Zapping the Zanj: Towards a History of the Zanj Slaves' Rebellion Revised on: 16 October 2002. This is an ongoing investigation. Credible sources regarding the Zanj are hard to come by. Melancholic Troglodytes would appreciate any assistance from readers. "Once war is declared, [the skillful soldier] will not waste precious time in waiting for reinforcement ... but crosses the enemy's frontier without delay. This may seem an audacious policy to recommend, but with all great strategists the value of time has counted for more than either numerical superiority or the nicest calculations..."- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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Featured News

US flag raised over reopened Cuba embassy in Havana


Cuba

The US has reopened its embassy in Cuba more than 54 years after it was closed, in a symbolic step signalling the warming of ties between both countries. John Kerry, the first US Secretary of State to visit Cuba in 70 years, presided over the ceremony in Havana. .

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Why youth should embrace Pan Africanism

We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth." -- Sydney Schanberg.
There is very limited talk of Pan Africanism among the youth in this generation since the most they hear of it is during history classes. Names of great African leaders like Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana are spoken of, depicted as the African legends that so valiantly fought for the independence of not only their countries but also encouraged other African countries to follow suit.

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The Evidence Keeps Pouring In: Capitalism Just Isn't Working

To followers of Ayn Rand and Ronald Reagan, and to all the business people who despise government, 'community' is a form of 'communism.' Even taking the train is too communal for them. Americans have been led to believe that only individuals matter, that every person should fend for him/herself, that "winner-take-all" is the ultimate goal, and that the winners have no responsibility to others.

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Disapora News

Why Ignorant White Americans Are Terrified of Angry Black People

Angry Black People News & Politics Why Ignorant White Americans Are Terrified of Angry Black People Black people are expected to forgive horrors. Why aren't whites asked to do the same? By Chauncey DeVega / AlterNet August 19, 2015 Print 497 COMMENTS On the one-year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old black teenager named Michael Brown by a (now confessed racist) white police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, was asked if she forgave Darren Wilson for his cruel and wanton act of legal murder. She told Al Jazeera that she will “never forgive” Darren Wilson and that “he’s evil, his acts were devilish.”

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Race in the US: Know your history

Race in the US

There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp why the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history. We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston unless we study the Civil War and the Confederacy. We cannot truly fathom how a minor traffic stop in Cincinnati could result in a white campus police officer blowing out the brains of an unarmed black man unless we delve into the role race has played in law enforcement from the enactment of the federal Fugitive Slave Act in 1850 to today's mandatory minimum sentencing statutes.

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African News

South African black doll breaks the mould in high style -

Maite Makgoba, the founder of Childish Trading and Manufacturing (AFP) She is black and trendy, and young South African girls are learning to love her. Meet Momppy Mpoppy, who is a step ahead of other black dolls across Africa who are often dressed in traditional ethnic clothes. Decked out in the latest fashions and sporting an impressive Afro, complete with a tiara, Momppy could play her own small part in changing the way that black children look at themselves. Maite Makgoba, founder of Childish Trading and Manufacturing, said she started her small business after realising that black dolls available on the market “did not appeal to children”. “They were frumpy and unattractive, some in traditional attire. That is not the reality of today,” said the 26-year-old entrepreneur.


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What if Christianity is African?

Ethiopian Priest

Is Christianity African? This question came to my attention while encountering a recent article on The Africa Report that drove me into a rage. Truthfully, it was not the report so much as one sentence that riled me up, which was: “Following the US’s endorsement of same-sex marriage in June this year, many Ghanaians have expressed resentment at the practice, describing it as un-Biblical, un-Christian and, therefore, un-African.” I tweeted the last portion of this excerpt, the part where the logic of this assertion is revealed, and asked Twitter users to tell me what’s wrong with this sentence."

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History Tidbits

Hannibal of Carthage (247-183 B.C.)Great Kings of Africa

Hannibal is said to be the greatest military leader and strategist of all time. Hannibal was born in 247 B.C., when Carthage, then the maritime power, was beginning to decline. The Carthaginians civilisation was of African, who were great merchants. They traded with India and the people of the Mediterranean, and the Scilly Isles. When very young, Hannibal accompanied Hamilclar, his father in a battle with the Romans. Seventeen years later, he succeeded his father and became supreme commander of the peninsula. Hannibal had 80,000 infantry, 12,000 cavalry, and 40 African war elephants. He conquered major portions of Spain and France, and all of Italy, except for Rome.

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Ancient Kush (2nd millennium B.C. – 4th century A.D.) 

The Kingdom of Kush with its three major cities of Meroe, Kerma, and Napata, emerged in the Nubian Desert south of Egypt along the Upper Nile River Valley from the 2nd millennium B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Archaeology, architecture, art, and burials provide the most information about the Kushite Kingdom. While the Kushites had a written language based on the Egyptian hieroglyphics, scholars have only begun to decipher the language and the existing texts - 

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