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UC Irvine linguist uses language and DNA to trace Latin America’s African roots


Though he wasn’t the first researcher to contact the Palenquero people, he was the first to spend periods up to several months living in the area and becoming fluent in their language. He returned several times and spent summers living in the 4,000-person village, including with his wife and young daughter.

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Reconstructing Latin America’s African past | UCI News


Thirty years ago, Armin Schwegler traveled to Colombia to visit the Palenque people, an ethnic group dating to the 18th century that speaks a unique, Spanish-based Creole language, Palenquero. The original members were runaway slaves who succeeded in becoming the first officially freed black slaves anywhere in the Americas. Living in virtual isolation for more than 300 years, the Palenqueros have managed to retain their native ancestral culture, much of which originated in sub-Saharan Africa.

A Palenque youth guides a horse across a waterway near his Colombian village, founded by the first officially freed black slaves anywhere in the Americas.
Armin Schwegler

“To this day, they are phenotypically the darkest, most ‘African’ community in Latin America,” says Schwegler, a UCI professor…

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The Importance of Improving America’s Investment Policies In Africa


Earlier in September, Chinese leader Xi Jinping pledges $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa, with no ‘political conditions attached’, ostensibly to expand its trade and economic influence in the region. Other economic superpowers such as Russia and Britain are scrambling to gain a foothold on the continent because of the availability of low-cost natural resources and still extremely cheap labor. The United States has always been a lead investor in regions that offer economic arbitrage opportunities; however, in recent years China has consolidated its economic hegemony on the African continent.

Part of the Chinese funding will be transferred over the next three years. In addition, China can allocate funds to the continent for the development of agriculture and send its specialists to…

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America’s largest Protestant church admits ties to slavery in new report


When the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, was introduced in 1845, it was noted as the church of Southern slaveholders.

It would take over a decade – in 1995 – for the church to formally apologise to African-Americans for its support of slavery and segregation.

Twenty-three years later, the leaders of the Southern Baptist church have not only confronted their racist past but have documented it as well.

The church’s flagship institution, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has released a report on the role that racism and its defence of slavery played towards its growth.

The educational institution in the 72-page report noted that all four founding faculty members owned more than 50 slaves and

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On the Road with Rick Holmes: The power of America’s stories – Opinion – Brownwood Bulletin


Historical stories, told with respect for the truth and compassion for all involved, build community.

Rick Holmes, an award-winning journalist and longtime GateHouse Media columnist, is on the road in search of the ties that bind Americans – and the forces that pull them apart. With all eyes on Washington, Rick reports from real places too often reduced to primary colors on an election map.

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BOWIE, Maryland – In a windowless brick room in the Belair Mansion, a modest exhibit tries to tell the story of hundreds of enslaved people who lived there. There’s not much to work with: Ledgers note some of the names they had been given – Liza, Negro Pompey, Little George, Rachel, Darkey and Ben – and their dollar value. Beyond that, a printed guide concedes that “records to date…

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Letter: The Caribbean and the Latin Americas are still suffering the red tide created by Cuba


Dear Sir:

The Caribbean, like the Latin Americas, has been affected by the cancerous effect of Cuban Marxist-Leninist indoctrination.

The Cubans for many decades have tried to convert the whole of the Americas and the Caribbean to their very nasty political system. Training foreign terrorists in both Cuba and on their home soils, they just renamed the terrorists ‘freedom fighters’, supplying them with arms, ammunition and technical knowhow.

Terrorism can be defined as political action employing extraordinarily violent means to achieve the mostly psychological effect of intimidation and demoralization of a nation’s government and its populace. Terrorism is a weapon of the weak, used by groups and individuals who have little conventional military power.

Castro’s Cuba…

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