Economics

Black men show job gains

| October 17, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The unemployment rate for blacks fell from 11.4 percent to 11 percent and the labor force participation increased from 61 percent in August to 61.7 percent in September, largely because of short-term gains made by black men, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. […]

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‘Creative resistance’ protests planned for ‘anti-poor’ development confab

‘Creative resistance’ protests planned for ‘anti-poor’ development confab

| October 8, 2014

(GIN)–Farmers, indigenous peoples and other social justice groups will be taking to the streets this week in 10 cities, calling for an end to ruinous business-driven development plans for poor countries around the world. According to the “Our Land Our Business” campaign, millions of people are being thrown off their land because large corporations have […]

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Africa leaders strengthen ties with Cuba

Africa leaders strengthen ties with Cuba

| October 2, 2014

(GIN)–While the U.S. tightens an economic embargo on its island neighbor, several African leaders were making a pilgrimage to Havana to strengthen bilateral relations.  Niger’s President Issoufou Mahamadou arrived Sept. 28 on an official visit to Cuba aimed at developing exchanges in the areas of health, sports and education. The arrival by Mahamodou follows the […]

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World Bank link to ‘cultural genocide’ of Kenya’s Sengwer people

World Bank link to ‘cultural genocide’ of Kenya’s Sengwer people

| October 2, 2014

(GIN)–Leaked documents seen by the Guardian newspaper of London reveal that the World Bank ignored an inspection report that detailed violations of the Bank’s own policies, permitting the burning of homes and forcible eviction of approximately 1,000 Sengwer people from their ancestral lands in Kenya’s Embobut forest. The forced evictions were described as “cultural genocide” […]

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Wages up for black men, down for black women

Wages up for black men, down for black women

| September 27, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The black-white income gap narrowed in 2013 with black men who worked full-time, year-round experiencing the greatest gain in earnings among all adult workers, according to the current population reports on income and poverty released by the Census Bureau. The median income for blacks rose $793, an […]

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Companies ‘steal’ billions from low-income workers

| September 25, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Employers pickpocket billions of dollars from low-wage workers, a crime that disproportionately hurts blacks and often goes underreported, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Researchers at EPI, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on economic issues that affect low- and middle-income families, […]

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Silver Lining: Ferguson, African Americans, Indians in America

| September 23, 2014

By Sandip Roy Special to the NNPA via New America Media It is a troubling image. The hazy security camera screen captures from the convenience store reinforced those fears. The store clerk was slightly built. Michael Brown, the customer holding him by the collar was a much larger man. Though the store owner, Andy Patel, […]

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America needs a raise

America needs a raise

| September 14, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months–an all time high. There has been a stumble here and a wrinkle there, but even with a weak unemployment report for August, the Dow has remained over 17,000. This compares with […]

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Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

| August 28, 2014

(GIN)–An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched this past weekend by the U.N. children’s fund–known as Unicef. “The largest component of the supplies was chlorine,” for disinfection, said Unicef’s representative in Liberia, Sheldon Yetts. Other supplies in the airlift were oral rehydration salts and sodium lactate […]

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$90 million-plus lost to foreclosure scams

$90 million-plus lost to foreclosure scams

| August 23, 2014

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Earlier this month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged an organization known as Freedom by Faith Ministries with defrauding more than 100 consumers in Southeast Michigan. The alleged crime: foreclosure rescue scams. Unfortunately, the circumstances that led to the Michigan lawsuit represent a continuation of a disturbing trend of profiteers […]

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