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Central African Republic: Mass protests hit French-backed regime

By June 15, 2014

Discontent among the people in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui with the French-imposed government has erupted in demonstrations by both the Muslim and Christian communities. These developments are taking place amid the increasing deployment of foreign military forces mandated for “peacekeeping” operations by the United Nations Security Council and regional bodies. The number […]


Trial set for Benton Harbor, Mich., activist Rev. Edward Pinkney

By June 13, 2014
Rev. Pinkney, right, at “Occupy the PGA” protest, May 2012.

St. Joseph, Mich. —  Berrien County’s courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich., was filled with people from across the Midwest at a June 5 hearing to determine if a trial judge would pursue yet another case involving the Rev. Edward Pinkney. Despite pleas from defense lawyer Tat Parish, Rev. Pinkney was bound over for trial beginning […]


Maya Angelou gave literary, political voice to African-American women

By June 3, 2014
Maya Angelou

Youth and students from successive generations were influenced by Maya Angelou’s widely read book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The autobiographical work addressed the formative years of the author, who died May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 86. Angelou was born in St. Louis and later lived […]


General Baker 1941-2014

By June 1, 2014
General BakerPhoto: Daymon Hartley

A standing-room-only audience at the United Auto Workers Local 600 hall on Detroit’s border in Dearborn, Mich., attended a memorial May 24 in honor of the life and contributions of General Gordon Baker Jr., a co-founder of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers during the late 1960s. Baker died […]


Imperialists host conference on Nigerian security in Paris

By May 20, 2014

Reports of mutinies within the army mount while tensions escalate A conference on security concerns in Nigeria, the most populous state in Africa, was not held on the continent but in France, a former colonial power in the region, on May 17. Nigeria, which has recently been designated as having the largest economy in Africa, […]


Rev. Edward Pinkney criminalized again, under house arrest in Benton Harbor, Mich.


After winning national support in 2007-09 during efforts to fight charges of alleged election irregularities, the Rev. Edward Pinkney has again been indicted for his tireless work to make public officials in Benton Harbor, Mich., accountable to the people. Rev. Pinkney was placed under house arrest after he turned himself in to local authorities in late […]


ANC big winner in South Africa elections

By May 14, 2014

Despite worker unrest Twenty years after Freedom Day in 1994, the African National Congress won overwhelmingly in South Africa’s fifth national democratic elections held on May 7. The ANC, which has dominated South African politics for decades, even before coming to power in the first nonracial democratic elections, officially received 62.5 percent of the vote. […]


U.S. hands off Nigeria!

By May 13, 2014

As anger grows over abductions May 12 — A video purportedly released today by the armed Boko Haram sect based in northeast Nigeria shows what are said to be schoolgirls held for a month by the group. The group’s leader says that the young women could be released in exchange for members of Boko Haram […]


Detroit May Day: ‘Make the banks pay!’

By May 7, 2014
WW photo: Kris Hamel

May Day in Detroit focused around the ongoing struggle against emergency management, the forced city bankruptcy and the role of the banks in the economic crisis. A coalition of 35 organizations, including the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, the local chapter of National Action Network, the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute and others, […]


World Economic Forum hosted by Nigeria amid internal security crises

By May 6, 2014

Africa’s leading oil-exporting state and most populous country, Nigeria has been designated by the West as Africa’s largest economy, yet the security situation inside the country is deteriorating. The Pentagon recently concluded naval maneuvers off the coast in the Gulf of Guinea, and cooperation on military and intelligence affairs with the United States has reached […]