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Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai dies of cancer

Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai dies of cancerSep. 27 (GIN) – With the death this week of celebrated Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai from ovarian cancer, the country’s dismal record on cancer care stands out in harsh relief.

Despite rising numbers of cancer cases over the past 10 years, the country has no program or budget line for addressing the disease, according to a policy brief prepared this year. New cures and other improvements in the developed world are “yet to be realized” in Kenya, wrote Dr. Alice Musibi, medical oncology research officer of Kenya’s famed medical research institute KEMRI in a report.

Hispanics and Blacks missing in gaming industry

Hispanics and Blacks missing in gaming industrySynopsis: With studies showing blacks and Hispanics accounting for a majority of gamers, why do video game characters and story lines lack diversity?

The pixilated elephant in the room of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry: African Americans and Hispanics play and purchase video games more than any other ethnic group in the U.S., yet the overwhelming majority of characters in games are young white males.

Evidence of British & Pakistani complicity on 9/11

Evidence of British & Pakistani complicity on 9/11In the hours immediately after the 9/11 attacks, before so many theories muddied the airwaves, there was the clear sense that the scale of the operation would have had to involve at least one foreign sovereign state.

By mid-afternoon, then-CIA chief George Tenet laid the blame squarely on Al Qaeda. Mohamed Atta and 18 other hijackers were identified within 72 hours.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Ceremonial Dedication rescheduled

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Ceremonial Dedication rescheduledThe Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation's leadership announced the ceremonial dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be held on Sunday, October 16.The Dedication program will begin at 9am in West Potomac Park. President Barack Obama, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, members of the King Family, and civil rights leaders are expected to participate. The Dedication, originally planned for August 28, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, was postponed due to Hurricane Irene.

Ten years after 9/11: Korean families still hurting

Ten years after 9/11: Korean families still hurting"Ten years is an epoch, but our hearts remain as black as charcoal," a teary-eyed Sung-soon Kang said as she recalled the tragic events of 9/11 and the death of her only son. The 70-year-old and her husband, Pil-soon, 73, added that September is a particularly difficult month for them.

Jun-koo Kang had a fever on Sept. 11, 2001, his mother told the Korean-language Korea Daily in New York, which profiled the pair as part of the paper's reporting on the upcoming 10-year anniversary of 9/11. "But he went to work anyway, because of his strong work ethic. I wish I could have stopped him."

Gone To Ghana: Is this really Africa?

Gone To Ghana: Is this really Africa?Cordie Aziz is a former congressional staffer who moved to Ghana after losing her job in January 2011. Follow her daily adventures at

One of the most frequent questions I got as a kid was, were there lions roaming the streets in Sierra Leone, where my father came from. Although at that time, I had never been to Sierra Leone or Africa, in particular, I knew that it was not true. After all, the only stories my father ever shared with me involved white sandy beaches, cliffs you could jump into the water from and the lush green hills that he played in. As I grew older though, I realized that many of my African- American counterparts subscribed to the fact that Africa was some wild, indigenous place where naked warriors lived. I am sure this was an idea inadvertently passed down from the generations before, but nonetheless, I always found it odd that people thought that.

St. Paul switches to Ranked Choice Voting

As back-to-school time, autumn has long been a time of transition – and of learning. This fall FairVote Minnesota is partnering with the city of St. Paul to educate voters about the city’s upcoming switch to Ranked Voting (or Ranked Choice Voting). Voters approved the change in 2009 and will begin using RV for municipal elections this November.

Chinese Americans & 9/11: The changed & unchanged

Chinese Americans & 9/11: The changed & unchangedWhen I called Steven Wong last week for a story I was preparing for Sing Tao's special edition of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I was hoping to find something that could reflect the strides of life.

Wong, a hotel bartender who used to work in the Marriott World Trade Center before the attacks now works for the Ritz Carlton. He started an organization called the Chinese Hotel Workers Association in 2007 to cater to the needs of the rapidly increasing Chinese new immigrants working in the hotel industry.

Latinos and African Americans most at risk of hunger, according to new USDA report

A new report issued this week by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found alarming rates of food insecurity among minorities.

Congresswoman McCollum commemorates the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Despite claims of a “post-racial” society, widespread bias continues in America

WASHINGTON—Recent public opinion polls show that more whites than African-Americans believe that the United States has entered a “post-racial” era in which racial bias doesn’t exist. But social psychologists and experts on race relations dispute that, citing wide racial disparities in education, unemployment, housing, health, wealth, incarceration rates and other quality-of-life measurements as proof of persistent structural racism in American society.

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