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Trayvon Receives Posthumous Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science

Martin had a “love of flying”

On May 13, 2017 Trayvon Martin will be honored with posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from Florida Memorial University.

The bachelor’s degree in “Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Flight Education” will be conferred to Trayvon Martin, the school said, “in honor of the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot.”

Florida Memorial University is a historically black college in Miami Gardens, Florida where Trayvon Martin lived at the time of his death.

Martin had a “love of flying,” the school says, and had aspired to become a pilot.

Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Martin’s parents, will accept the degree on their son’s behalf at Florida Memorial University’s commencement ceremony on May 13, the school announced this week. Born in February 1995, Martin would be 22 years old, an age many US college students attain a bachelor’s degree.

Fulton is an alumnus of the school, and the university already houses the Trayvon Martin Foundation, co-founded by Trayvon’s parents.

Source: Reuters, CNN, MSN

Released Convict Joins Forces with Judge to Condemn Mandatory-Minimum Sentencing After Clemency from Pres. Obama


Judge Alexander Williams Jr. reluctantly sentenced Evans Ray to life under mandatory minimum laws, but Ray received clemency from President Obama.

When Evans Ray Jr. stood in a federal courtroom in 2007 after arranging a drug sale, a judge explained, at length, that he didn’t want to hand down the mandatory life sentence required by law.

“It is my desire not to sentence you to life,” Judge Alexander Williams Jr. said in his Greenbelt, Md., courtroom, according to transcripts. “I believe that the circumstances justify a sentence shorter than life. I further believe that there is some disproportionality between what you’ve done and the sentence of life.”

Ray, 47, a barber with a wife, four children and two prior drug convictions, initially refused to arrange the sale. He was a middleman pushed into the transaction by a friend who turned out to be a government informant, and didn’t profit from the deal. The other defendants involved in the sale received lighter sentences. Williams tried to sentence Ray to a shorter term of 27 years, but prosecutors appealed.

The conviction was what is commonly called a “third strike,” which can trigger a mandatory minimum sentence. In Ray’s case, a life sentence it would be.

After his sentencing, Ray thanked the man who ensured he would die behind bars.

“I have to own up to my own responsibility. The law says life. I’m not in agreement with it, not at all, and I know you weren’t,” Ray said, according to transcripts. “But I just want to thank you and the courts for at least trying.”

Ray now considers himself “blessed,” he said — he was granted clemency in 2016 by President Barack Obama. After 12 years, he is out, and he and the judge who gave him life are joining forces to condemn mandatory-minimum sentences.

“It had to be said,” Williams, now retired, said of his comments from the bench during a recent meeting with Ray at his College Park office. “It didn’t sit right in my stomach.”

Ray, meanwhile, is adjusting to a life he thought he would never return to. Now 57, he is living with his parents in Prince George’s County, getting to know his children, holding down a job and speaking out against the law that sought to keep him behind bars for life.

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Source: The Washington Post By Justin Wm. Moyer May 5 at 6:00 AM

Ethiopia: The Emblem Of African Valor And Resistance

The Battle of Adwa That Shook Africa

ETHIOPIA - CIRCA 2002:  Battle of Adwa, the first and second battalion of riflemen on Mount Rajo, March 1, 1896. War in Abyssinia, Ethiopia, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

ETHIOPIA – CIRCA 2002: Battle of Adwa, the first and second battalion of riflemen on Mount Rajo, March 1, 1896. War in Abyssinia, Ethiopia, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

The 1st of March, 2017, was the 121th anniversary of the Battle of Adwa in which the Ethiopian Empire defeated the Kingdom of Italy. Not only did this battle secure Ethiopia’s sovereignty but ensured its unique status of being the only African nation not to be colonized following the ‘Scramble for Africa’. The victory at Adwa which resulted in Ethiopia’s victory in the first Ethiopian-Italian war, would also comprise one of the few but notable battles and wars where a non-European army successfully defeated a more technologically advanced European army.

The significance and impact of the victory was not isolated in Ethiopia but resonated globally as it dented notions of African inferiority against the superiority of white Europeans. However, the victory of Adwa would result in unforeseen consequences for Ethiopia and its neighbors. Nevertheless, Adwa remains a great source of pride for Ethiopians and Africans to this day as African scholar Molefe Asante explains:

’Ethiopia became emblematic of African valor and resistance, the bastion of prestige and hope to thousands of Africans who were experiencing the full shock of European conquest and were beginning to search for an answer to the myth of African inferiority.’’

The events leading to Adwa were the culmination of increased Italian aggression following the signing of the Treaty of Wuchale by both Italy and Ethiopia in 1889. The treaty granted Italy the Northern Ethiopian regions of Bogos, Hamasen and Akale-Guzai which are now part of modern day Eritrea and Tigre. Article XVII of the Amharic version stated that the Emperor of Ethiopia ‘could’ conduct all foreign affairs through Italy. However, in the Italian version, the word ‘must’ was used, thereby officially rendering Ethiopia a protectorate under Italy. Emperor Menelik rejected the treaty in 1893 which was met with a military response as Italy began annexing small territories past the Mareb River, which was demarcated as the border for Eritrea.

The victory at Adwa was primarily due to the sheer size of Menelik’s army but also due to Menelik’s calculated preparations and foresight in stockpiling modern weaponry. Mistakes on the part of the Italian Generals whom used inaccurate maps also contributed to the defeat.

Today in Ethiopia, Adwa is celebrated as a national holiday and signifies the prestige that Ethiopia holds among its own people and in Africa. The Battle of Adwa must be seen in the light of other historical events such as the Haitian Revolution (1804), the Battles of Little Bighorn (1876), Isandlwana (1879) and Khartoum (1885). These were successful cases of colonized and oppressed people, who defeated superior armies in their goal to liberate themselves and assert their independence. 

Read the full story By Omar Z.: The Battle that shook Africa

Source: http://onlineethiopia.net

Melanian News Celebrates Dr. Sebi for BHM

“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” – African proverb

In honor of the man who developed an all-natural cure for AIDS, cancer, diabetes and other diseases, may his memory never die and may his life’s work continue to restore the sick!

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In 1985 Dr. Sebi placed an ad in The Amsterdam News, The New York Post, and The Village, the ad read…

“Aids has been cured by the Usha Research Institute, and we specialize in cures for Sickle Cell, Lupus, Blindness, Herpes, Cancer and others.”

The ad ran for 2 years before he was attacked by the Attorney General of New York. Dr. Sebi was told to remove the ad, when he refused, within days he was served with an arrest warrant. According to Dr. Sebi the Attorney General bragged that he was going to “put Dr. Sebi under the jail!” The charges read to the jury was as follows..

Mr. Alfred Bowman aka Dr. Sebi, you are hereby charged with practicing medicine without a license, selling products not approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) and claiming to cure Aids, and other diseases which is a fraudulent claim.”

Dr Sebi was told to bring 1 person for each of the diseases he claimed to court with proof from a reputable doctor that the individual had the disease, then proof from another reputable doctor that the person was cured. Instead of bringing 1 for each disease, over 70 people filled the court all with proof! The judge shook his head according to Dr. Sebi and said I did not ask for all of this. To make a long story short, the judge after seeing the proof and speaking with Dr. Sebi turned to the states attorney and asked, “Did you investigate the man?” he said, “No” The judge then said, “well, from the answer he just gave me, he cures AIDS. You all are in trouble.” Dr. Sebi was then found NOT GUILTY on all charges by the state of New York and the Supreme Court because he was indeed curing people of the various diseases, including AIDS.

Sebi learned the craft of herbal healing from his grandmother and a Mexican herbalist, spent decades studying plants in North, South, and Central America, Africa and the Caribbean” and created a line of natural disease-combating cell food compounds used for inter-cellular cleansing and cellular revitalization. For nearly 30 years, he reversed a range of ‘incurable’ ailments with this treatment plan.

Dr. Sebi died while imprisoned in Honduras shortly after he was arrested for (allegedly) being in the illegal possession of $37,000 dollars at the airport in Roatán, an island in the Caribbean about 40 miles off the coast of Honduras. While it is claimed that Dr. Sebi was arrested on suspicion of money laundering. Those close to him, question his arrest and manner in which he died while in custody. Information is sparse surrounding the circumstances of his arrest and subsequent death on August 6, 2016 in Barrio Ingles, La Cieba, Honduras. He was 82 years old.

It is further interesting to note:  50 holistic doctors dying in questionable circumstances over the last 2 years.

Ethiopian Airlines’ ShebaMiles to Launch Platinum Tier Level

ethiopian-airlines-shebamilesEthiopian Airlines has recently announced that it has introduced a Platinum tier level in its frequent flyer loyalty program, ShebaMiles, as of January 2017.

The Platinum tier level offers extra benefits to frequent flyers that accrue 75, 000 status miles or 60 qualifying segments within one calendar year, Jan 1st –Dec 31st with in the validity period of two years, in addition to the remaining months in the qualification year.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “ In our continuous effort of improving the special benefits to our high value and loyal customers, we have now launched a Platinum Tier level, offering our ShebaMiles members enormous privileges, from dedicated hotline service at our Global Call Center to personalized assistance up on departure at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, three complimentary upgrade with in the platinum tier validity, guaranteed seat up to 24 hours before departure in the highest booking class-both in our cloud nine and economy classes, 100 % tier bonus Miles and extra baggage allowance on ET operated flights and so much more. These are in addition to the benefits enjoyed by our Gold members. At last, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued patronage and for their strong vote of confidence in choosing Ethiopian Airlines as their carrier of choice.”

RELATED: Ethiopian Airlines Plan Record Expansion for 2017

Ethiopian Airlines has recently redesigned its ShebaMiles web page to improve customers’ online experience in terms of ease of use, data quality and better control on account management through enhanced self-service options. Customers flying both on Ethiopian or the Star Alliance network worldwide, can easily access and enjoy membership privileges on www.ethiopianairlines.com.

Source: Ethiopian Airlines
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