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#WhiteHistoryMonth: The FBI’s obsession with African-American Literature

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Karim Wade, Senegal’s “Mister 15%” Goes to Jail

Monday 23 March 2015 was set to be the day of reckoning in Senegal. The presiding judge of the Court for Repression of Illicit Enrichment (CREI) delivered the verdict on…..

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Nigeria: What is to be done?

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Between Two Fires: A Migrant’s Fight for a Place in Germany

In dictatorships, where a prideful life is nonexistent and the nation’s wealth is owned and controlled by the ruler’s clique, young people suffer a suffocating atmosphere of systematic oppression for…..

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Open letter to 60 Minutes regarding its reporting on Africa

Dear Jeff Fager, Executive Producer of CBS 60 Minutes, We, the undersigned, are writing to express our grave concern about the frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent by 60…..

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Photo of the Day: Irony arrives to Brazil

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Dear Grammy Awards: A Letter From a Colombian Musician

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Will Plan Central America be another Plan Colombia?

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