archives : April 2010


Somalia - United States - International
11 Somali men are being held for trial in a U.S. federal court on charges of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, where piracy threatens human lives and disrupts international commerce, and according to U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride, those who commit acts of piracy will be brought to justice. - Thursday 29 April 2010

United States
Common sense, Albert Einstein once observed, is the collection of prejudices. Taking a twist on Einstein’s observation, recent legislation approved in the U.S. state of Arizona is a collection of prejudices crudely camouflaged as a common sense solution to immigration related issues. - Thursday 29 April 2010

Egypt - Nigeria - Saudi Arabia
A Nigerian senator, who introduced and implemented Sharia Law in a Northern Nigeria state, has married a 13 year old girl from Egypt, and women rights group have sprung in protest against the allegedly disingenuous senator. An investigation into his marriage to a minor has been demanded by the Nigerian senate. - Thursday 29 April 2010

Panafrica - United States
The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and one of America’s foremost religious, political and civil rights leaders, received the 2010 Louis E. Martin Great American Award from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner last night in Washington. - Thursday 29 April 2010

United States
As financial reform works its way through the Senate, a new study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) indicates that subprime lending and subsequent resulting foreclosures were led by the private market and contained a clear racial component not explained by objective underwriting criteria. African American and Latino borrowers were more likely to receive a subprime loan, and to go into foreclosure, than similarly situated white homeowners, controlling for credit risk and other borrower, neighborhood and loan characteristics. The Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) appeared to have a moderating effect on risky and abusive lending practices; privately securitized loans went into foreclosure twice as often as loans backed by the GSEs. The study can be downloaded at - Thursday 29 April 2010

United States
Demonstrating the power of grassroots action to drive solutions to persistent school failure in the city of Chicago, the Illinois State House of Representatives is nearing a vote on a program that could provide up to 22,000 students in the city’s lowest-performing public schools with vouchers to attend private schools, and thus would join the four other states that offer specialized voucher programs for students who are most disadvantaged, offering them hope and opportunity for a better life. - Thursday 29 April 2010

United States
Ludacris embarks on webisode 3 of a 5 part series for the 2010 Census Luda On The Block tour, bringing his daughter, Ed Lover of WWPR-Power 105, and NYers together to break down the realities of what filling out and mailing in the 2010 Census really means for NY. While touring the melting pot that is NYC and the boroughs, he visits Union Square and home visits in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to learn that many New Yorkers are just too busy to fill out the 2010 Census form. - Thursday 29 April 2010

Panafrica - United States
Local multicultural college students from the metro area of Houston will have a chance to win scholarships and internship opportunities in the financial services field as part of a newly-expanded scholarship program sponsored by Strategic Financial Group, LLP, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual). - Thursday 29 April 2010

Panafrica - United States
Ten years after passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a coalition of its original architects and supporters today unveiled a comprehensive new trade and economic policy to be presented to the Obama Administration that would build on AGOA’s successes and expand the growing trade relationship between Africa and the United States. - Thursday 29 April 2010

Central African Republic - DR Congo - Uganda - Sudan
To make an end of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) once and for all, national armies, the UN and civilians need to pool intelligence and coordinate their efforts in new and creative ways. - Thursday 29 April 2010

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