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BRICS Summit to address the eroding U.S. dollar  

In Africa and Asia, there is an increasing call to move away from the U.S. dollar and utilize local currencies for economic and financial transactions. South Africa’s upcoming August BRICS Summit plans to explore the launching of a common currency as a “trend to de-dollarize,” or to “erode the U.S. dollar’s (global) dominance.” The summit will be held in Johannesburg,...

‘Greed, for a lack of better word, is good’

-Contributing Writer- Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his quarter. –Isaiah 56:11 (FinalCall.com) - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) president Sidumo Dlamini while addressing the 47th National African Federated Chamber of Commerce Conference...

Motherland reality: As simple as drawing lines on a map

(FinalCall.com) - To show students how Africa was divvied up in 1885 by Europeans, I stood in front of my son Equiano's sixth grade class at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia and armed only with a magic marker, he drew “artificial borders” on a map of Africa, devoid of its current nation states, that was projected from the...

Why is Obama going to Africa but not the OAU/AU Summit?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Organization of Africa Unity-African Union (OAU/AU). Three issues–Pan Africanism, which includes continental integration, sustainable development and the empowerment of women, according to African Union Chair Nokosazan Klamini-Zuma “loom the largest,” for the group's meeting planned for May 25-27 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AU's predecessor, the OAU, came into existence as...

The power of a name and Ali’s trip to Africa

After Cassius Clay, who soon after was renamed by Nation of Islam patriarch Elijah Muhammad as Muhammad Ali, defeated world heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston in 1964, the new world champion embarked on a U.S. tour before an extended tour of Africa. While in Boston the Muslim champion told the Nation of Islam’s legendary Muhammad Speaks newspaper about his upcoming...

BRICS Summit, with new proposed members, represents one-third of the global economy

The 15th BRICS Summit was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 22, to 24. BRICS is currently comprised of the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year’s summit was hosted by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and over 60 global leaders and political heavyweights were invited. Not only was this the largest in scale summit since...

Burkina Faso expels reporters from French newspapers

Foreign reporters working for France’s ‘Le Monde’ and ‘Libération’ dailies have been expelled from Burkina Faso as part of measures the west African country has taken against French media. French newspaper Le Monde reported the expulsion on April 2, saying Burkina had told French correspondents to leave. “Our correspondent in Burkina Faso, Sophie Douce, has been expelled from the country ......

The ongoing tragedy in Zimbabwe

Writer, film maker, playwright and activist Tsitsi Dangarembga recently appeared on BBC’s HARDtalk with host Zeinab Badawi. The 62-year-old Zimbabwean is one of Southern Africa’s most acclaimed cultural figures. Jailed for her political activism at one point, the content creator says her art provides a platform for her activist views and an opportunity to be listened to when she calls...

Modern capitalism encourages debt that Africa can never repay

Debt as a form of imperialism went global, as mentioned in David Graeber’s 2011 book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” He frames the IMF (International Monetary Fund) as the world’s debt enforcers or “The high-finance equivalent of the guys who come to break your legs.” In his book, Graeber explained how modern-day capitalism encourages the debt that underdeveloped Global...

Africa, the World Cup and rooting for everybody Black

The world's most viewed sporting event happens every four years during the World Cup. Estimates suggest this year it will garner 3.2 billion viewers. In a recent commentary discussing who to root for during this global soccer match, subtitled “A Diasporic Black Man's Guide to the World Cup,' Maulud Sadiq wrote since his “family,” obviously due in great part...