“After the election, life has to continue … we are brothers and sisters,” said Augustine Suwedi Chidzanja, an election official in the Salima Central District, which is about 90 minutes from Lilongwe. (Pictured from left to right [seated] Tish Kay Bazil, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., Augustine Suwedi Chidzanja, and Ana E. Chavis. / Photo: George McKinzie)
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SPECIAL NNPA REPORT: Election Process in Malawi Exhibited Best of African Democracy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With lines in some places that stretched as far as the eye could see – and after many voters walked several miles to participate – the process had some noting that the Western world, including the United States, could learn a lesson from Malawians in Democracy. […read more]

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“We are impressed that multi-party dispensation has been enhanced in Africa and people have been accorded a chance to express their democratic rights to vote,” said National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Millions of Malawians Vote in 2019 Presidential Elections

NNPA NEWSWIRE — With lines stretching as far as the eye can see, the overwhelmingly peaceful voting process in several parts of the country was witnessed by the European Union Elections Observer Mission, The National Initiative for Civic Education Public Trust and several other observers, including an independent African American delegation led by National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. […read more]

President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama record a message for ABC "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, in the Library of the White House., February 2013. (Photo: Pete Souza / Wikimedia Commons)
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Obamas Go Hollywood, Set to Launch Films with Netflix

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The former president and First Lady have announced seven projects that are scheduled to be developed and released in the years to come. The projects include “American Factory,” a documentary from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that examines the clash of cultures in Ohio when a Chinese billionaire sets up a new factory in the old General Motors plant and hires some 2,000 blue-collar Americans. […read more]

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Voter Suppression a Lasting Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “In Federalist No. 54, James Madison wrote about the chief concern of the representation of slaves concerning taxation and representation,” said Maxim Thorne, an attorney and managing director of The Andrew Goodman Foundation. “This federalist paper states that slaves are property as well as people, therefore requiring some, but not full, representation. Ultimately a decision was made to count every three out of five slaves through the creation of the Three-Fifths Compromise,” he said. […read more]

Op-Ed

Is Democracy Overrated?

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist   Long before China and India became the economic wonders of Asia, there was Singapore, a small, diverse country with no natural resources that took the audacious step of breaking away from the Malaysian federation in 1965 to become an Read More

Op-Ed

Neutering Democracy in Michigan

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist You may not have heard about this. Earlier this month, a piece of legislation was introduced in the Michigan state legislature that is aimed at killing democracy. Entitled the “Local government employer mandate prohibition act,” this bill would block cities Read More

World

Mozambique Elections Declared Free and Clear

Emmanuel Camillo and Lynsey Chutel, ASSOCIATED PRESS   MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Observer missions declared Mozambique’s national election free and fair as votes continued to be counted on Friday. The ruling party candidate in the southern African country was leading in early returns, officials said. Felipe Nyusi, Mozambique’s defense minister and Read More

Op-Ed

Michigan: Where Democracy Used to Live!

By Wendell Anthony NNPA Guest Columnist   One Hundred- and 80 years ago in his journey across America to report on “Democracy in America,” the great French writer Alexis de Tocqueville said: “There is hardly a political question in the United States that does not Read More

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Op-Ed

Democracy on Trial

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist On Election Day, I found myself thinking about Venezuela. In the context of a hotly contested race for the presidency of the country, all reports indicated that the Venezuelan elections were handled smoothly with very few problems.  This was true Read More