Mansa Musa travelled to Mecca with a caravan of 60,000 men and 12,000 slaves. The trip to Mecca helped put Mali and Mansa Musa on the map. In a Catalan Atlas map from 1375, a drawing of an African king sits on a golden throne atop Timbuktu, holding a piece of gold in his hand.
By Naima Mohamud (BBC Africa) The richest man of all time. That title belongs to Mansa Musa, the 14th Century West African ruler who was so rich his generous handouts wrecked an entire country’s economy. “Contemporary accounts of Musa’s wealth are so breathless that it’s almost impossible to get a sense of just how wealthy […]
Reports of attacks and gunfire in some areas as voters go to polls to elect president
By The Guardian Nigeria’s long-awaited presidential election went ahead on Saturday, marred by heavy gunfire in the north-east, killings in the south and reports of technology failures and vote buying across the country. Some voters arrived at polling stations at 3am to ensure their ballot was counted in an election dominated by the current president, […]
With a conservative future of the Court secure, why wouldn’t he call it a day after twenty-eight years?
By Jeffrey Toobin (The New Yorker) …Clarence Thomas [is] seventy years old and the longest-tenured Associate Justice on the Court. With fifty-three Republicans now in the Senate (and no filibusters allowed on Supreme Court nominations), President Trump would have a free hand in choosing a dream candidate for his conservative base if Thomas were to retire this year. […]
About 19% of New York City residents, or 1.7 million people, lives in poverty
By Jim Brennan (Gotham Gazette) Right now, New York City’s government should be taking advantage of the Democratic majority in both houses of the New York State Legislature to make progress addressing the affordable housing and homelessness crisis affecting city residents. But success requires a skillful effort since the political challenge is daunting, despite overwhelming […]
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 workers and 27 local unions in and around New York City.
By Teamsters (Press Release) Rafael Espinal, candidate for NYC Public Advocate, is honored to accept the endorsement of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16, which represents 120,000 workers and 27 local unions in and around New York City. George Miranda, President of Joint Council 16, said: “Rafael Espinal has stood up for working people […]
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2019
CHIRLA rejects President Trump’s so-called immigration “compromise” proposal and calls on Republicans to grow a spine and end shutdown immediately. Los Angeles, CA — The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant right organization in California, said Saturday President Trump’s so-called offer to end shutdown is nothing more than a gimmick from a […]
Inaugural Address, January 13, 2019
Excerpt of remarks from DiNapoli’s Inaugural Address (January 13, 2019), courtesy of Office of the NY State Comptroller: So on May 3, 1972, 712 voters in the Mineola School District elected this 18 year old high school senior, student organization president and soon to be Hofstra freshman to the Board of Education. Did they have […]
The IJLEF acts to empower immigrants and protect them against proposals such as the Public Charge Rule
By IJLEF, Inc. Immigrating to the United States is a difficult task that raises many questions for immigrants who want to ensure their rights to stay in this country. If you’ve ever researched the legality of immigrating to the U.S. from any country, you may have asked yourself these questions: What is Unlawful Presence? What […]
The Trump brand is headquartered in New York, which gives Ms. James the power to investigate him and his associates.
Letitia (Tish) James, New York’s incoming Attorney General, told NBC News that she wants to investigate Donald Trump and his inner circle, including his family and business associates. “We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well….We want to investigate […]
Over the years leading up to 2018’s blue wave phenomenon, when pressed about why New York Democrats have failed to follow suit, their reply has always come at the end of a finger pointed squarely at the Republican majority; a majority that no longer exists.
A blue wave swept through the Empire State and across Capitol Hill on Election Day, leaving a reinvigorated Democratic Party in its wake. For the first time in a decade the Democrats have regained control of the New York legislature and are now poised to implement the very bills and policies that were their rallying […]