Your Afro-Negro Weekly Newsletter
Here’s a brief rundown on some interesting developments that have been happening leading up to this week.
Yes, it is as bad as is sounds like & no you won’t be able skate your way through it If you’re planning to travel to the US. Time after time again, America goes against its own marketing of being a country that values freedom.
A civil rights group; the American Civil Liberties Union made a statement saying there is; “no evidence that such social media monitoring is effective or fair“. They believe it will cause self-censorship online.
We are guessing the American President is more sensitive than he lets on.
- The new State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names.
- Visa applicants would have to provide 5 years’ worth of email addresses & phone numbers.
- This includes people coming into the country to work or study. Only certain diplomatic & official visa applicants will be exempt from these new strict measures.
The State Department reportedly made a statement saying; “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States,“
Previously, only applicants who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorists groups were required to provide this extra information.
An official spoke to The Hill threatening that; “Anyone who lies about their social media use could face “serious immigration consequences“
& so it begins…
Make a difference cause you can.
Organizers in Washington D.C pushed to introduce a new bill decriminalizing sexwork in their state.
This event took place on June 3rd.
Most people think sex work is morally wrong. However, considering the fact that morals are widely subjective, does this mean these individuals do not deserve the right to protection?
The criminalization of sex work does more harm than good.
- According to researchers, 80% of street-based sex workers experience violence in their course of work.
- Criminal penalties on sex workers only make them more vulnerable to violence & police abuse.
- 1 in 5 sex workers have been solicited police for sex.
It also seeks to promote public health by improving access to service & help address human trafficking.
Does President Donald Trump care about the people who voted him in?
- Trump’s 2017 tax law already wiped out all but $100 off the average American household benefit. & this last $100 in tax-cut gains is in danger to some additional tariffs the President has announced or is considering.
- The President has made threats to impose levies on all imports from Mexico & China.
- These tariffs would most affect middle-earning households who could allegedly pay up to $4000 more for a number of goods; from produce to smart phones.
President Trump also proposed additional tariffs in May on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. According to “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland; a coalition of business groups, this would increase the cost for an average family of 4 in the US to about $2,294 annually. The president has made good on his threats to Mexico starting with a 5% tax which began Monday; June 10. He has promised this would continue to increase to 25% in October unless Mexico curbs illegal migration to President Trump’s satisfaction.
- Research done by the Tax Foundation says that only the top 5% of earners would continue to see a net tax cut of more that 1%.
- The tariff would also depress wages by about 0.5%. Subsequently leading to a loss of nearly 610,000 full-time jobs. Hello unemployment line!
The American president’s decision seems to be bringing about turmoil in his political party, but what’s new?
The tax cuts “vaulted America back into the most competitive economy,” said Representative Kevin Brady, the Texas Republican who led the passage of the tax cut legislation in the House. “Higher tariffs and the uncertainty that comes with trade disputes hurt the economy,” he said.
- Mitch McConnell; the Senate Majority Leader, encouraged the administration to delay imposing the tariffs on Mexico until Republicans in Congress could plead their case to the American president.
- Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat said “This is a man-made disaster, because Donald Trump is not focused in any way on advancing a well-thought-out doctrine“. “He seems to be carrying out at times personal vendettas, at other times political objectives and sometimes an effort to distract from the news of the day” Jeffries said.
It’s June. So you know what that means??!!
It’s Pride month!
WhoToldYou is all about all negroes living their best possible lives while being safe. We love all the negroes regardless. If you have a problem with the LGBTQ based on the grounds of “religion”? We suggest you shove your hate up somewhere, educate yourself & explore why you weaponize your beliefs as a tool to spread hate.
Happy Pride! & thank you for being brave enough to live in your truth. You make the world a better place.
Now some Black girl magic in case you ever forgot Black women are the most valid beings on this earth.
Let’s start with some humor…before we dive into the precarious situations.
Nigerians react to the new requirements implemented by the United States to now obtain a visa.
The Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari is yet to address the Nigerian people since his suspicious-to say the least-re-election. However, he is making sure his impact is being felt…dictator-style.
Everyone knows the first order of a budding dictator is to stifle the media. How else would they commit various atrocities with little to no world attention on their actions? Just ask the internet shutdowns across the continent, most recently Sudan.
On Tuesday; June 6th the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), under the orders of the President, made the decision to indefinitely suspend the broadcasting & media licence of Daar Communications PLC.
Daar Communications is home to legendary Nigerian broadcasting station; Africa Independent Television (A.I.T) & Raypower.
- Kakaaki a political show which airs on A.I.T seems to be the main point of contention.
- The NBC claims Daar Communications is in violation of the NBC Act Cap N11. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria & the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.
- The NBC claims AIT has been pushing out hate speeches & divisive rhetoric. Examples they listed were comments made in a segement of the political show; Kakaaki Social. “Nigeria is cursed, we declare independent state of Niger Delta” “Nigeria irritates me” .
One deep look into the state of the Nigerian economy can give incite to why there might be some truth to at least the latter statement. But, that’s our opinion. Ignore it.
- NBC says it has held multiple meetings with Daar Communications & letters of caution expressing the commission’s concern for the company’s violation.
- NBC claims Daar Communications responded with a smear campaign because they posted said letters on the company’s social media.
We would have just assumed they were doing their job…telling the news. But, again, please,
Below is the alleged video that broke the dictatorial camel’s back.
- The NBC claims Daar Communications is partisan & biased.
- Daar Communications has been suspended until further notice.
Speaking of dictators; present & past, General Sani Abacha seems to be the evil gift to Nigeria that keeps on giving.
On Tuesday, June 4th, money to the value of £211,000,000 ~ 86,243,183,689.46 NGN belonging to the late dictator, was seized from a Jersey bank account held by Doraville Properties Corporation, a British Virgin Islands .
- General Sani Abacha was a Nigerian army officer & de facto president between 1993 until his death in 1998.
- He laundered money through the US into the Channel Islands & now that money is being recovered.
- The money is currently being held by the government until authorities in Jersey, Nigeria & the US can come to an agreement on how it should be distributed.
Any money Jersey does keep would be alloted into the Criminal Confiscation Fund to be used to pay for a variety of projects. The fund has been used in the past at La Moye Prison to build a new police station & more developments.
- More money held by Doraville is expected to be confiscated & paid into the Civil Asset Recovery Fund in the future.
Some Nigerians sound off on it.
Below is a young man’s detailed experience in the Northeast region of Nigeria.
- It is no secret that the insurgent terrorist group; Boko Haram has been active in Northeastern Nigeria, Chad, Niger & Northern Cameroon.
- Nigerians in other states are particularly apathetic to the situation. Shrouded by the illusion of a false sense of security perhaps.
- A quick skim through this young man’s thread (above) will give another perspective.
A man in Abuja, FCT laments about the incompetence of the Nigerian police after his car was burglarized in less that 12 minutes while he made an ATM stop.
“Nigeria irritates me” word to A.I.T
As frustrating as the country is, despite the odds stacked up against them, the Nigerian people remain the center for excellency.
On Monday; June 3, paramilitaries in Khartoum threw dozens of bodies into the Nile in an attempt to hide the number of casualties they inflicted during a pro-democracy protest at the capital.
According to doctors & activists, more than 100 people have been killed in the crackdown against demonstrators by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) across Sudan.
As covered in previous Week’s In Color; Sudan has been under military rule since President-dictator Omar al-Bashir was knocked off his 30-year reign.
It was suggested that a military-led transitional government would lead the country to democracy.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) has been the leading opposition to military rule & one of the forefronts in the demonstrations.
The Sudan Doctors’ Committee; the medical arm of the SPA, said security forces retrieved more than 40 bodies from the Nile.
- This contradicts previous estimates on Monday’s attack in the central Khartoum, which puts the death toll at 20 people.
Eye-witnesses beg to differ. According to the Guardian, images passed by opposition organizations showed multiple corpses with concrete blocks tied to their feet after residents & activists retrieved nine bodies from the Nile on Wednesday.
The RSF led by Mohamed Hassan Dagalo, popularly known as Hemedti, is made up of militia who have already been accused of systematic human rights abuses during the war in Darfur. Hemedti is also the deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC).
On Wednesday; the week of the attack, Hassan Dagolo said in a televised address that Sudan would not be allowed to slip into chaos. “We must impose the authority of the state through law.”
Details of rapes by the RSF are also coming to light.
Weam Shawga, a women’s rights activist, said she was threatened with rape when the RSF attacked the sit-in.
Lt Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of the TMC said on Tuesday; June 4th, elections were projected to be held within 9 months. However, his attempt to reach protest organisers to resume talks were dismissed.
A spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa said the proposal couldn’t be taken seriously.
“Burhan and those under him have killed the Sudanese and are still doing it. Their vehicles patrol the streets, firing at people“. “We will continue in our protests, resistance, strike and total civil disobedience” he said.
- Burhan claims the violence is due to impostors wearing RSF uniforms & promised to inquire about it.
Sudan has been suspended from the African Union as a consequence of the ongoing chaos.
The union; comprising of 54 other member states issued a strongly worded statement denouncing the wasteful loss of innocent lives in recent days in Sudan. The statement also called for the military & security forces to ensure the full protection of civilians & respect for human rights.
The break down of possible negotiations between the military & protest leaders began due to disagreements over military or civilian leadership of a transitional body.
- The internet has been shutdown in Sudan.