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In Ouidah, Benin, a man walks past a statue of Francisco Félix de Souza, a major slave merchant who worked in the 18th and 19th centuries in what is now Benin and is considered the father of the city. The statue is covered with lights.

An African country reckons with its history of selling slaves

By News & Current Affairs

Benin was a hub of the slave trade. But many people want to forget their families’ role. By Kevin Sieff, Washington Post — OUIDAH, Benin — Less than a mile from what was once West Africa’s biggest slave port, the departure point for more than a million people in chains, stands a statue of Francisco Félix de Souza, a man regarded as the father of this city. There’s a museum…

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Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa

Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ramzy Baroud — There is a real – but largely concealed – war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook. It is easy to pin the blame on US President Donald Trump, his erratic agenda and impulsive statements….

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In Libya, dozens of migrants sleep alongside one another in a cramped cell in Tripoli's Tariq al-Sikka detention facility.

Libya: Up to One Million Enslaved Migrants, Victims of ‘Europe’s Complicity’

By Editors' Choice

By Baher Kamal — “European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya,” Amnesty International charged in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya. In its new report, ‘Libya’s dark web of collusion’, Amnesty International (AI) details how European governments…

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Crises in Africa and Crucial Election in Alabama – November 27th Edition of Vantage Point

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Topics: A Measure of Justice in the Mohammed Bah Case, The Enslavement of Black Africans in Libya, The Stop Museveni Campaign and Crises Points in Africa, Crucial Election in Alabama: Will Black Votes Turn the Tide. Guests: Imam Talib Addur-Rashid (Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, Harlem, NY), Milton Allimadi (Editor/Publisher, Black Star News, New York, NY), Kambale Musavuli (National Spokesperson, Friends of the Congo, New York, NY) and State Senator Hank Sanders (Selma, Alabama).

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America’s expanding ‘shadow war’ in Africa

America’s expanding ‘shadow war’ in Africa

By Editors' Choice

By Katrina vanden Heuvel — That four U.S. Army soldiers lost their lives in an ambush in Niger should spark a reckoning. While U.S. news outlets flood us with reports on President Trump’s alleged insults to a widow who lost her husband and the congresswoman who defended her, and probe the tactical details of the ambush, the real question is: What are U.S. soldiers doing in combat in Niger and elsewhere across…

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