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It seems that thousands of North Carolinians who enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have become the latest causalities in the ongoing war on the poor. According to Charlotte Stories, more than 110,000 SNAP recipients throughout the state will be affected by a new requirement, which will make them “prove to the government that they are working or volunteering a minimum of 20 hours per week, or currently enrolled in a higher education degree program in order to continue to receive their food stamps.”…Local food banks are expecting an influx of hungry individuals who may not be able to find an opportunity in time due to a lack of transportation or criminal history.”
[MadameNoire]

UN Peacekeepers Paid Young Girls 50 Cents For Sex, United Nation Investigates

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In a recent report, four United Nation peacekeepers allegedly paid as little as 50 cents for sex from young girls while on assignment in the Central African Republic. The Washington Post reports, the peacekeepers were sent to the African nation in 2014 to help support its government and end its civil war. However, while they were there they became involved in a prostitution ring. In their investigation, Newsweek claims the sexual abuse occurred in the city of Bangui at the M’poko campsite which is located near Central African Republic’s international report; the camp helps those who have been displaced by the country’s civic terrorism and dysfunction. Other officials from the UN told the Washington Post that the lack of official UN presence made it difficult to supervise what transpired at the site…
[MadameNoire]

Yasiin Bey Arrested In South Africa For Fake Passport

The artist formerly known as the Mighty Mos Def was arrested in South Africa for traveling with a fake passport and has been asked to leave the country, permanently, in two weeks. The Brooklyn rapper called Capetown, South Africa home for a number of years. However, it seems that his visitor’s visa is a wrap. Reports the New York Daily News: Hip-hop artist Yasiin Bey, formerly known by his stage name Mos Def, was arrested Thursday at South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport for traveling with “fraudulent” documents — and has just two weeks to hightail it out of the country, according to local media. The rapper and activist, who had been living in South Africa since 2013, attempted to leave the country with what he called a “world passport,” a document the republic doesn’t recognize, Department of Home Affairs Spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete tweeted Friday.
[HipHopWired]


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