Essay: A son of the South, but no longer of the South

My great-great-grandfather owned slaves, and I now know there was no such thing as a good slaveholder. For many people who trace their heritage to the antebellum South, that statement is apostasy. For over 150 years, proud descendants of Confederate rebels have proclaimed that our ancestors were good to their slaves, and that President Abraham […]

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Much aid to Africa on Road to Nowhere

NAIROBI, Kenya: Dec.20, 2007 — To judge how far aid has helped Africa along the road to prosperity, just look down at the pavement — or the lack of it. The most important highway in East Africa starts at the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa. Tens of thousands of trucks every year carry food, fuel […]

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Swahili music festival in Zanzibar delivers Sounds of Wisdom

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, Feb. 10, 2006 (AP) _ Singing of sex and domestic violence, Bi Kidude pounded her drum and shouted ancient Swahili lyrics, delivering a nonstop 40 minutes of African tradition with a hip-hop flavor. An impressive performance by any standard, and all the more so for a 93-year-old. Kidude’s performance, which mixed once-secret bridal […]

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For One Infantry Officer, War is a Test of Courage, Endurance – and Simple Decency

BAGHDAD, Iraq: April 18, 2003 (AP) _ Toward sundown, on a patch of Kuwaiti desert 10 miles south of the Iraqi border, the first sergeant of Attack Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment called the men to attention. Their commander, Army Capt. Chris Carter, a 31-year-old soldier from Watkinsville, Ga., strode up to the formation […]

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