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Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

Patience exhausted, Obama seeks August deadline for end to South Sudan war

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not be reached by Aug. 17. “The possibilities of renewed conflict… is something that requires urgent attention from all of us,” Obama said. “We don’t have a lot of time […]

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Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

Obama offers help to track billions in stolen Nigerian assets

| July 21, 2015

(GIN)—With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his borders, the visit to Washington this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certainly going to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram. But, it also encompassed a discussion of stolen assets—namely billions of dollars siphoned away by bankers, ministers and, in some cases, newly-minted millionaires. According […]

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Kenyan lawmakers warn Obama, ‘keep off the gay agenda’ during visit

Kenyan lawmakers warn Obama, ‘keep off the gay agenda’ during visit

| July 7, 2015

(GIN)—Five Kenyan lawmakers have threatened to eject President Barack Obama from Parliament if he tries to lecture them during his upcoming visit about same sex marriage. Member of Parliament Cecily Mbarire also urged the government to reject any aid if it was tied to legalizing gay weddings. Ms. Mbarire, who is an ordained Cannon of […]

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Obama becoming more outspoken on race

Obama becoming more outspoken on race

| June 28, 2015

NEWS ANALYSIS By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA)–When President Obama returned to Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., June 26 to eulogize the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, it capped a period in which he has become increasingly outspoken on race, even uttering the N-word to make a point about the slow pace of progress […]

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What part of Democracy are Republicans afraid of?

What part of Democracy are Republicans afraid of?

| June 24, 2015

Lee A. Daniels By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   It’s not too soon to ask a critical question of citizens of voting age who tend to vote for Democratic candidates: Do you think you’ll be allowed to vote in 2016? The Republican Party in numerous states across the country has been working hard to […]

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Overmedicating children in foster care

Overmedicating children in foster care

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication–more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential treatment centers or group homes take psychotropic medications. Children in foster care are more likely […]

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Obama bans distribution of military-grade equipment to local police

Obama bans distribution of military-grade equipment to local police

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

By Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper President Obama recently announced steps to demilitarize local police, limiting and outright banning access to certain weapons. The president made the announcement in Camden, N.J., May 18 during remarks about the administration’s broader efforts on law enforcement reform. “We’ve seen how militarized gear can […]

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Myth of the ‘absent’ black dad refuted

Myth of the ‘absent’ black dad refuted

| May 29, 2015

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Contrary to the myth, though black men are more likely to live apart from their children than whites, they are more involved in the lives of their children than whites and Hispanics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The report covers a sample of sample of 10,403 men […]

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Black unemployment dips below 10 percent

Black unemployment dips below 10 percent

| May 18, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Despite the improvement, the black jobless rate is still double the unemployment rate of white workers, which has remained flat since February at […]

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Between Barack and a hard place

Between Barack and a hard place

| April 3, 2015

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist The experiment that featured a black man in the White House is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking for their next job and jumping ship faster than rats. But, you can’t blame them; that’s the way it is in politics. You ride your horse […]

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