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South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership

South African schoolgirls provide revolutionary leadership

DR. MARSHA ADEBAYO AND SIKI DLANGA BLACK AGENDA REPORT Pretoria Girls High School was shaken to its core two weeks ago when Black girls attending this apartheid-era elite school challenged fundamental tenets of White supremacy. This challenge to White supremacy occurred in Pretoria, the official seat of the apartheid regime, a city known for its […]

JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba

JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba

BY CHABELI HERRARA MIAMI HERALD/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE – To a fanfare of Cuban music and a water canon salute, the first commercial flight to cross the Florida Straits to Cuba in decades took off Wednesday morning, ushering in a new era in the ever-warming relations between the U.S. and the island nation. The sold-out trip […]

A welcoming home for HIV moms, kids

A welcoming home for HIV moms, kids

Nkosi’s Haven is one of South Africa’s best-known centers for mothers living with HIV and orphans. BY ERIKA SCHULTZ SEATTLE TIMES/TNS JOHANNESBURG – Gail John-son shudders when she thinks of all the tiny white coffins in South Africa 15 years ago. The children playing outside her office windows won’t face the same fate as that […]

Understanding life in rural South Sudan from cattle owner

Understanding life in rural South Sudan from cattle owner

BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS TEREKEKA, South Sudan – The possessions in Luko Loku’s thatched home convey his simple life. A bedside stool with a sliver of mirror. An old door hinge. A machete lying on the bed frame, as if sleeping. His clothes dangle from a wire, his motorcycle leans against one wall. […]

Haiti slum undergoing long-awaited makeover

Haiti slum undergoing long-awaited makeover

Fort National’s transformation comes as 61,302 Haitians continue to live underneath squalid tents, and as Haiti and foreign donors continue to face enormous challenges in providing permanent housing. BY JACQUELINE CHARLES MIAMI HERALD/TNS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – At the top of the hill where an old colonial fort overlooks the immaculate grounds of a razed presidential […]

Boko Haram posts new video of abducted girls

Boko Haram posts new video of abducted girls

Release of prisoners sought in exchange for Nigerian schoolgirls BY ROBYN DIXON LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS JOHANNESBURG – Some of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been killed in Nigerian air force bombings, the group said in a video released on Aug. 14. The video appeared to be the first proof in months […]

Coup attempt in Turkey a ‘gift from God’ for Erdogan

Coup attempt in Turkey a ‘gift from God’ for Erdogan

BY MARC CHAMPION BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS LONDON – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised “a new Turkey” after the July 15 failed coup. Its shape had already been emerging but the amateurish takeover attempt, which Erdogan called “a gift from God,” gives him additional tools to realize it. He has made clear that the country he plans […]

French prosecutor: Police assailant posted video during knife attack

French prosecutor: Police assailant posted video during knife attack

BY JESSICA CAMILLE AQUIRRE DPA/TNS PARIS – A man suspected of killing two French police employees posted a 12-minute Facebook video and two tweets as he carried out the attack in the name of extremist group Islamic State, a prosecutor said. The suspected attacker knifed the police commander outside his home before killing his 36-year-old […]

A ‘Black man’ dies-Muhammad Ali gone at age 74

A ‘Black man’ dies-Muhammad Ali gone at age 74

PHOENIX, ARIZ – Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxer who transcended his sport and redefined what it means to be a hero during a turbulent time in American history, died in a Phoenix hospital, it was announced Friday night. Loved internationally Ali, who was 74, had been afflicted with Parkinson’s disease for three decades. The fighter […]

ADVENTURE IN ASIA

ADVENTURE IN ASIA

Here’s a recap of President Obama’s challenging trip to the Far East. BY CHRISTI PARSONS TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS President Obama’s trip to former enemy nations in Asia got off to a bad start last week when, just after he announced a grand gesture of reconciliation with Vietnam, he learned that its communist government […]