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Three Saudi Nationals Charged with Smuggling Firearms Parts from United States to Saudi Arabia without an Export License
November 8, 2019
Three Saudi nationals have been charged in two separate indictments for allegedly violating federal export laws by purchasing more than $100,000 in weapons parts in the United States while on student visas and then smuggling the parts to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ... read more »
ESSENTIAL SENEGAL May 2020 Join the Museum of African American Art Cultural Trip
November 8, 2019
Excitement is growing for the Museum of African American Art (MAAA)  Essential Senegal Cultural Trip to Dakar, Senegal, May 16-25, 2020!  This trip will provide a unique cultural experience and support MAAA.  A highlight of the trip  is a visit to  the newly opened Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar. Dedicated December 2018, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegal's first President, envisioned a museum that would represent the histories and contemporary cultures of Black people everywhere. ... read more / view gallery »
Congressional Black Caucus Statement on Cuba Travel Restrictions
November 1, 2019
The Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s decision to further limit the ability of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba. ... read more »
Supporters Ramp up Pressure on African Union to Reinstate Ambassador
October 31, 2019
The African Union President's Office spokeswoman Ebba Kalondo has maintained that Ambassador Chihombori-Quao didn't lose her job because of France or her fiery speeches about the scramble for Africa. "To say that the termination is due to [those opinions] is plainly false," Kalondo said. However, no specific reason has been provided for the Ambassador's termination. ... read more »
Unrest at the African Union Follows the Firing of Popular Ambassador
October 18, 2019
"The globalization construct of divide and conquer is still alive and well," the ambassador stated. "Benin and other small, dependent colonies in Africa and its people were forever defeated and dominated because of the Berlin Conference," Dr. Chihombori-Quao said." ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Congratulates Ethiopian Prime Minister on Nobel Peace Prize
October 18, 2019
Last Friday, 10/11/19, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his relentless pursuit of democratic reforms and regional peacemaking efforts that ultimately led to the end of a standoff with Eritrea. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus(CBC) issued the following statement on behalf of the CBC:  ... read more »
‘No human is limited’: Kipchoge runs sub-2 hour marathon
October 17, 2019
The 34-year-old Kenyan completed the 42.195 kilometers (26.2 miles) in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 40.2 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event set up for the attempt. ... read more »
Ethiopia’s reformist PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize
October 17, 2019
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an inspiration to the continent and a hopeful counterpoint to strongman movements far beyond it. ... read more »
Ugandan TV Host Wins Coveted Prize for Investigative Journalism
October 11, 2019
Ugandan investigative reporter and news anchor Solomon Serwanjja is the 2019 winner of the Komla Dumor award. It goes to a journalist committed to changing the narrative about Africa. ... read more »
In the Grip of a Nationwide Drought, Zimbabwe Faces a National Disaster
October 11, 2019
In a new low water mark for Zimbabwe’s troubled economy, two million people in Zimbabwe's capital have now been left without water after the government ran out of foreign currency to pay for imported water treatment chemicals. ... read more »
Advocates for Biafra and Journalists Against Corruption Face Gov’t Crackdown
October 11, 2019
In September, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), announced a meeting with world leaders at the United Nations to present the grievances of the Igbo community including unfair treatment by successive governments. ... read more »
This Black Pilot is Flying with a Mission of Diversity
October 10, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of the approximately 690,000 active certificated pilots in the U.S., less than 3 percent are African American. ... read more »
Congressional Black Caucus Slams the Trump Administration for Refusing Temporary Status to Bahamians
September 13, 2019
As reported by NBC News, the Trump Administration has announced it will not provide temporary protected status to Bahamians who fled Hurricane Dorian. If granted, this status would have let Bahamians work and live in the United States until it is deemed safe to return to their home. Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement in response: ... read more »
Silence, Devastation Mark Bahamas Town; but some are Staying
September 8, 2019
MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) — The streets are filled with smashed cars, snapped power cables, shattered trees and deep silence. At the airport and dock, hundreds of people clamor for seats on airplanes and berths on ships arriving with aid and departing with people who lost their homes when deadly Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas. ... read more »
Harris, Colleagues to Lighthizer: No Trade Negotiations with Brazil Until Bolsonaro Protects the Amazon
September 6, 2019
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Friday joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 8 of their Democratic colleagues in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to postpone any trade negotiations with Brazil until President Jair Bolsonaro fully enforces his country’s environmental laws and regulations to protect the Amazon from continued illegal deforestation. In the letter, the senators also called on Lighthizer to swiftly resolve the U.S.-China trade war which has disrupted global trade patterns and driven China to rely increasingly on Brazil for beef and soybeans. As a result, and in contravention of its environmental regulations, Brazil is clearing more of the Amazon for agriculture. ... read more »
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