Why Won’t Mayor Pete Fire The South Bend Cop In ‘Racist’ Police Shooting?

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg did reasonably well during the second 2020 Democratic debate on Thursday night, with many praising his ability to hold his own. Buttigieg has been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party with his seemingly progressive views on race, but on the home front, many of his constituents have called for his resignation and criticized his apparent unwillingness to discipline police officers in South Bend. During the debate, Buttigieg was confronted by several of his fellow presidential candidates, who questioned him about how he…

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How two slave ancestors from the U.S. and Jamaica started the emancipation journey to Ghana in 1998

To speak of Black Emancipation is to know and appreciate the historical events that led to the near loss of the Afrikan pride, and to pay respect to the intellectual and physical wars waged by our ancestors in their fight to liberate the hearts and minds of our race. To speak of Black Emancipation is to understand the need to remove the Afrikan and persons of Afrikan descent from that environment within which can be found systems and regulations created to further dampen the flames of Black fire, and of…

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Judge releases Sea Watch captain who landed migrants at Italian port

An Italian judge released migrant rescue ship captain Carola Rakete on Tuesday from a house arrest order in place since the weekend, after the German captain defied Italy’s ban on accepting migrants at its ports and docked at Lampedusa. “We are relieved our captain is free!” said the Sea Watch organization, adding that “there were no grounds to keep her arrested, as here only ‘wrongdoing’ was to enforce human rights on the Mediterranean.” Rakete, 31, was taken into custody Saturday as about 40 migrants who had remained on the ship…

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How this black woman bravely saved a KKK member from being lynched in 1996

Keshia Thomas’ story is one of bravery and kindness that is rare in the world. She did not only prevent a man perceived to be her enemy’s death, she put her life on the line while doing it. In June 1996, one of the branches of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), an American white supremacist hate group started in the 1660s to suppress and victimize newly freed slaves, publicized plans to hold a rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In response to the KKK announcement, people in the Ann Arbor area…

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Liquid Telecom connects South Sudan to “One Africa” broadband network and the world

Dr. Ladu Wani Kenyi, Director General National Communication Authority, South Sudan addressing the journalists during the inauguration in Capital Juba Transformative infrastructure will create a foundation for digital innovation and prosperity, while supporting the South Sudan Government’s positive economic growth forecast over the next decade South Sudan, July 1, 2019 – Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom will implement and operate South Sudan’s first fibre broadband network, connecting the country to the  “One Africa” broadband network, which is approaching 70,000km across 13 African countries and to the rest of the…

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ANALYSIS: Deepfakes threaten the public’s faith in facts

Speaking in a sinister tone, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg boasts in an online video that “whoever controls the data, controls the future”. In another video, former US president Barack Obama calls his successor, Donald Trump, a “total and complete dipshit”. Both videos are fake. They were made to highlight the dangers posed by fake videos featuring well-known people saying and doing outrageous things. Welcome to the world of “deepfakes” – a merging of  “deep learning” and “fake” – which use machine learning and artificial intelligence to create fake videos. From…

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Liberation Starts With Women: Lessons From Rwanda

Image via Public Radio International When one thinks of role model countries, one doesn’t typically look to the African continent. It isn’t only that protracted conflicts in places like Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo have claimed millions of lives. Rampant corruption and mismanagement, poverty, hunger, and disease continue to thwart Africa’s prospects. Rwanda, a small, landlocked country in East Africa, unexpectedly stands out for its progress. July fourth is “Liberation Day” in Rwanda. Twenty-five years ago, the country was liberated from the swiftest genocide in…

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Tshisekedi OK’s military crackdown on illegal miners in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo will begin forcibly removing some 10,000 artisanal miners from the Glencore mines where nearly four dozen people died last week, according to Bloomberg. A military commander said President Felix Tshisekedi has ordered the removal to “put an end to the theft of minerals in the concessions, on the mining sites,” with action similar to last month’s protection of the Tenke Fungurume mine operated by China Molybdenum. The operation is expected to begin Tuesday. That’s renewed concern over the treatment of artisanal miners in the mineral-rich…

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