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Fertile African lands colonisers stole from indigenous communities

By the 15th century, the Europeans were well established in Africa and started to take the lands from the indigenous people. Through their supposed work as missionaries and traders, they managed to destroy and break down several powerful armies and military across Africa.

The lands in Africa were very fertile for production and the weather conditions favoured several crops that could not be produced in the west. For the Europeans, this meant more supply of foods to meet the growing demands in the West. It also meant that a country with the most lands could dominate world trade.

In addition to the fertile lands, Africa had an abundance of natural resources of great value as well and Africa also provided cheap labour through the horrifying slave trade.

African became a land of…

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African fishing communities under threat as blue economy grows, experts warn

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African fishing communities face ‘extinction’ as blue economy grows: experts

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fishing communities along Africa’s coastline are at a greater risk of extinction as countries eye oceans for tourism, industrial fishing and exploration revenue to jumpstart their “blue economies,” U.N. experts and activists said on Monday.

The continent’s 38 coastal and island states have in recent years moved to tap ocean resources through commercial fishing, marine tourism and sea-bed mining, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

“There is a great risk and a great danger that those communities will be marginalized,” said Joseph Zelasney, a fishery officer at U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“The resources that they depend on will be decimated,” he added at a side event at the Blue…

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Black communities suffer without a ban on menthol cigarettes

On Nov. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a bold proposal to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and restrict the sale of flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems, more commonly known as e-cigarettes. As an advocate for black health and public health, the NAACP commends this decision and acknowledges it is a step in the right direction.

For those who have recognized and pushed against the tobacco industry’s successful, targeted marketing of menthol cigarettes to African-Americans, the FDA’s recent stance is promising and long overdue. More than 88 percent of African-American smokers choose menthols, and tobacco use is a significant contributor to heart disease, cancer and stroke — the three leading causes of death among African-Americans. A ban on mentholated…

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In 'Blk & Blue,' NY artist focuses on mental illness in communities of color

African Americans are more likely than white Americans to experience psychological distress, but just 1 in 3 who need treatment will seek it.
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Queens group helming Indo-Caribbean communities

Indo-Caribbean Alliance

One of the goal’s of the ICA is to affirm the identities of Indo-Caribbean people, and work to establish and provide support.

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The Queens-based group, the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA), aims to promote and empower Indo-Caribbean communities in New York City. As an organization specifically created to address issues concerning this group and their advancement, in their short existence since 2013 — the group’s members have been instrumental in introducing programs and workshops to support their goals, said Vice Chair Artee Perumal.

“We were founded five years ago, and our mission is to serve and advocate for the Indo-Caribbean community in New York city by addressing the things they need,…

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