A former top Saudi intelligence officer claims that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) sent a hit squad to kill him in Canada 13 days after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according t...read more.
Investigators probing the deadly blast that ripped across Beirut focused Wednesday on possible negligence in the storage of tons of a highly explosive fertiliser in a waterfront warehouse, while the government ordered the house arrest of several port officials. Read more.
When education leader Booker T. Washington and businessman Julius
Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, partnered in 1913
to erect six schools in rural Alabama, education for Black children in
the South was underfunded and segregated. The requests for
school-building projects were soon overwhelming...read more.
In 1939, President Roosevelt called on nations at war to refrain from the “inhuman barbarism” of targeting civilians. In 1945, the U.S. firebombed Japanese cities and dropped nuclear weapons killing hundreds of thousands. Read more.
Bill Clinton has a penchant for overstepping, for going too far and for being too cocky, especially when it comes to Black people. He assumes a kind of insider posture that is, quite frankly, offensive. Read more.
After surviving two strokes at age 27, Olivia Colt threw herself into
starting a catering business, a lifelong dream. Ten years and another
stroke later, she had built Salt & Honey Catering Plus Events into a...read more.
The Metropolitan Museum, which has been beset by budget woes, has announced that The Met Breuer will be closing for good in July. According to a story in Artnet, The Met’s showcase for Modern and Contemporary Art is being vacated for a...read more. Read more.
There is perhaps no modern Egyptian cultural treasure more beloved than Umm Kulthoum. Anyone who has visited the Arab world or been in the home of a member of the diaspora has likely heard the moving tones of her distinct, resonant voice. The Israeli town of Haifa recently moved to honour her legacy –and stirred up controversy in the process. Read more.
Wild bees are worth some $1.5 billion to key fruit and vegetable crops
in North America, according to new research that warned declines in
these pollinators threatens the productivity of economically important
agriculture. Read more.
As Black Lives Matter protests continue to play out around the country, images of protesters squaring off with police in Portland have inflamed debates about “peacefulness,” violence and respectability. Some liberal figures have argued that...read more.
Arizona is leading a multi-U.S. state probe into whether Apple Inc’s
deliberate slowing of older iPhones violated deceptive trade practice
laws, documents reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday showed. Read more.
Leading US movie theater chain AMC and Universal Pictures announced a
deal on Tuesday marking a watershed for Hollywood that will allow home
audiences to watch major films much sooner than usual. Under the
agreement, Universal's new movies will be available to video-on-demand
platforms after showing for three weekends, or 17 days, in theaters. Read more.
Taking a page from Hitler’s Brownshirts, Donald Trump is sending his secret paramilitary forces into U.S. cities to terrorize the population. Ostensibly designed to “restore order” in the wake of massive uprisings against white supremacy and police brutality, this move appears to have a more cynical purpose lurking....read more.
Over about eight years, the American drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp
quietly added facial recognition systems to 200 stores across the United
States, in one of the largest rollouts of such technology among
retailers in the country, a Reuters investigation found. Read more.
A group of heavily armed Black protesters marched through Louisville,
Kentucky on Saturday demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman
killed in March by police officers who burst into her apartment. Read more.
A federal judge on Friday denied the Oregon attorney general's request
for a temporary restraining order against certain actions by federal
authorities in Portland, saying the state lacked the legal standing to
seek that relief. Read more.
Chicago temporarily removed two statues of Christopher Columbus on
Friday and announced it would reassess the appropriateness of all its
monuments, a week after protesters had tried to topple one of the
U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Friday he was signing four
executive orders aiming at lowering prices that Americans pay for
prescription drugs as he faces an uphill re-election battle and
criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
Inmates at the Bradley County Jail in the US state of Tennessee sent a cry for help to the outside world by holding up messages in the windows of their cells expressing their fear of contracting Covid-19. On June 29, photos of these messages denouncing conditions at the jail went viral on Twitter. Read more.
Take a face mask, adorn it with jewels or attach it to a long, flowing
neck scarf. What have you got? A pandemic precaution, yes, but also a
luxury fashion statement that can cost anywhere from 75 to 160 euros
($87-185). Read more.
As scientists develop a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s worth looking back at the
popularization of vaccination’s predecessor, variolation. Also known as
engrafting, variolation consisted of taking pus from a person afflicted
with smallpox and...read more.
Tesla’s rapid ascent to the most valuable automaker in the world marks
the beginning of a new era for the industry, one in which expertise in
digital technology and electrification will be the critical factor for
success, not the manufacturing efficiency that made Toyota the
industry’s leading company for the past 25 years. Read more.
On a wind-swept, frigid night in February 2009, a 37-year-old
schoolteacher named Scott Nailor parked his rusted ’92 Toyota Tercel in
the parking lot of a Fireside Inn in Auburn, Maine. He picked this spot
to have a final reckoning with himself. He was going to end his life. Read more.
Rights groups have demanded information on the whereabouts of a
prominent Pakistani journalist, known for his criticism of the country's
powerful military, after he reportedly disappeared on Tuesday. Read more.
U.S. President Donald Trump condemned protests in Portland, Oregon, and violence in "Democrat-run" cities on Sunday as his Republican administration moves to intervene in urban centres he says have lost control of...read more.
A Human Rights Watch report has found child athletes in Japan often suffer physical and verbal abuse and sometimes sexual abuse when training for sport after documenting the experiences of over 800 athletes in 50 sports. Read more.
Under a 2005 bankruptcy law, companies are banned, with few exceptions,
from paying executives retention bonuses while in bankruptcy. But the
firms seized on a loophole by granting payouts before filing. Read more.
The mayor of Atlanta said flags will be lowered to half-mast
indefinitely to honour Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon
who represented the city for more than 30 years in Congress before his
death this week. Read more.
John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died. He was 80. Read more.
Georgia Congressman John Lewis, whose courageous activism throughout the
1960s in the face of beatings by white supremacist mobs and police
helped galvanize the movement for civil rights, died Friday after a
six-month fight with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Read more.
ONE, Inc., was one of the first gay rights organizations in the United
States. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1952 with money and leadership
from U.S. groups like the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis, as well as...read more.
A lower-caste Dalit couple in India attempted suicide after police beat
them and destroyed their crops, causing outrage over the latest case of
police brutality against marginalised sections of society. Read more.
A statue of a slave trader removed by anti-racism protesters in Britain
last month was replaced early on Wednesday – without permission – with a
sculpture of a black woman who helped pull it down. Read more.
On July 12, a Brazilian TV channel broadcast mobile phone videos showing a police officer holding a Black woman on the ground by stepping on her neck. The video, which was filmed in São Paulo in May but was just...read more.
The United States on Monday rejected China's disputed claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, a move that Beijing criticised as inciting tensions in the region and which highlighted an increasingly testy relationship. Read more.
A Confederate monument that has long been a divisive symbol at the
University of Mississippi was removed Tuesday from a prominent spot on
the Oxford campus, just two weeks after Mississippi surrendered the last
state flag in the US with the...read more.
Labour representatives at German carmaker Daimler (DAIGn.DE)
said on Monday that discussions with management over cost cuts had
become “rougher”, after a board member said over the weekend that more
than 15,000 jobs were at risk. Read more.
Delta Air Lines may be able to avoid involuntary furloughs in the fall
after receiving interest from more than 15,000 employees for early
buyout packages, one person with knowledge of the matter...read more.
The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday
by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues
dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of...read more.
ach year, the total amount of electric and electronic equipment the world uses grows by 2.5 million tonnes.
Phones, radios, toys, laptops – if it has a power or battery supply
it’s likely to join a growing mountain of “e-waste” after use. Read more.
Nearly 600,000 Hong Kong citizens cast ballots over the weekend in what
the Chinese-ruled city’s opposition camp said was a symbolic protest
vote against a tough national security law directly imposed by Beijing. Read more.
In Mexico the police will kill you for not wearing a mask and the state
will disappear you for demanding justice. This is the conclusion drawn
by Alejandro Puerto, a young grassroots political activist in the state
of Jalisco, who spoke with...read more.
Five people were killed in an attack on a church west of Johannesburg in
the early hours of Saturday, South African police said, with some of
the attackers taking hostages who were later freed. Read more.
President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and
adviser Roger Stone, sparing him from prison after he was convicted of
lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in...read more.
The Bayonne prosecutor said Monguillot was assaulted after he asked four passengers on his No. 810 bus to wear face masks, which are required aboard French public transport because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was insulted, pushed off the bus and violently beaten and...read more. Read more.
A resident of Paris’s 17th arrondissement sent our team two photos taken from their window that show an American Confederate flag displayed in the window of the police barracks across the street. This flag, which was the battle emblem for a slave-holding society and is considered racist, has particular resonance against a backdrop of...read more.
Fifty-two years ago, the National Advisory Commission on Civil
Disturbances concluded that “[o]ur nation is moving toward two
societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” From a government
commission designed to tamp down passions, this was unexpected and
controversial stuff. Read more.
Facebook has removed several pages belonging to music groups espousing
white supremacist ideology following an investigation by Al Jazeera into
the prevalence of such bands on the social media platform. Read more.
When the University of California decided in early 2020 to stop using the ACT and SAT in admissions by 2025, the decision sparked discussions anew about how fair and useful college entrance exams are in the first place. Read more.
There is a paradox at the heart of the American story we often hear. When Martin Luther King Jr. declared he had a dream, Lyndon B. Johnson is said to have signed it into existence with the Civil Rights Act. The paradox is that the end of systemic racism in this tale coincides with the beginning of a wave of riots that...read more.
When Russians voted in early July on 200 constitutional amendments,
officials rigged the election to create the illusion that President
Vladimir Putin remains a popular and powerful leader after 20 years in
office. Read more.
There is a Jewish law regarding visiting a house of mourning that requires the visitor to remain silent until the mourner begins the conversation. This ostensibly minor regulation encompasses so many basic principles in the Jewish view of mourning. Read more.
In the midst of the catastrophic crisis triggered by the coronavirus
pandemic, more than 100 million Americans are accessing financial
assistance and medical care. These vital services are available in part
because of the efforts of...read more.
Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly died Wednesday in Abidjan at
the age of 61, the presidency announced on public television. Coulibaly
had been picked to be the ruling party candidate in a presidential
election planned for October. Read more.
Secretive and cozy judicial oversight systems enable judges to subvert
accountability in many states. Exhibit A: Oklahoma, where not a single
judge was publicly disciplined in 14 years. When the state finally did
charge a judge with wrongdoing, he was allowed to resign, his record
pristine and his pension intact. Read more.
Paris police are investigating accusations by 28 women that a street
artist in the historic Montmartre neighbourhood raped or sexually
assaulted them in what has been described as a systematic, years-long
pattern of targeting and manipulating teen girls and young women. Read more.
Conservation and tribal groups scored a legal victory Wednesday after a
federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration's bid to remove
endangered species protections for Yellowstone-region grizzly bears. Read more.
French President Emmanuel Macron's choice of low-profile technocrat Jean
Castex as his new prime minister has prompted new criticism that the
centrist leader is consolidating power, even to the point of eclipsing
the role of premier altogether. Read more.
A U.S. District Court on Monday ordered Energy Transfer LP to shut and
empty the largest pipeline from the North Dakota shale oil fields within
30 days, in a big win for the Native American tribes who have...read more.
Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick will partner with Disney for a series
of programs "from the perspective of black and brown communities"
including a docuseries on his own life, the company said Monday. Read more.
After surpassing Toyota Motor Corp as the world’s most valuable
automaker and stunning with forecast-beating deliveries, Tesla Inc has
taken time out to poke fun at the company’s naysayers - with sales of
red satin shorts. Read more.
Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said this weekend that they arrested 7 men
on various charges after a group of white people they were a part of
allegedly harassed a Black family on Independence Day by using racial
slurs and Nazi salutes. Read more.
Ten people were shot early on Sunday in a Greenville, South Carolina,
nightclub in an outburst of suspected gang-related violence that killed
two people and critically injured two others, police said. Read more.
Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against Alamance County
and the city of Graham, North Carolina, after officials issued a new ordinance last week announcing the police department would not be issuing protest permits during the city's current state of emergency. Read more.
In the past dozen years, state and local judges have repeatedly escaped
public accountability for misdeeds that have victimized thousands. Nine
of 10 kept their jobs, a Reuters investigation found – including an
Alabama judge who unlawfully jailed hundreds of poor people, many of
them Black, over traffic fines. Read more.
Airbus on Tuesday unveiled plans to shed 15,000 jobs within a year,
including 900 already earmarked in Germany, saying its future was at
stake after the coronavirus outbreak paralysed air travel. Read more.
President Donald Trump shared a tweet on
Monday morning of a white St. Louis couple brandishing and pointing
their guns in the direction of protesters against anti-Black racism and
police violence wh...read more.
Hong Kong police arrested at least 53 people on Sunday after scuffles
erupted during a relatively peaceful protest against planned national
security legislation to be implemented by the mainland
Last August, police officers in Aurora, Colorado, approached 23-year-old Elijah McClain
as he walked home from a convenience store. The Aurora Police
Department later said that a 911 caller had reported a “suspicious
person” in a ski mask, and that when officers...read more.
Not yet six months into her job, Portland Police Chief Jami Resch stepped down Monday and announced that she had asked Chuck Lovell, an African American lieutenant, to replace her.
The stunning change in leadership comes as city police are under fire for their...read more.
Starbucks is the latest company to say it will pause social media ads after a campaign led by civil rights organizations called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it doesn’t do enough to stop racist and violent content. Read more.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed President Donald Trump another
rebuke Friday by ruling that the administration's efforts to redirect
previously appropriated Pentagon funds towards his border wall was an
unlawful violation of the Constitution. Read more.
Ireland's parliament picked veteran opposition leader Micheál Martin as
prime minister on Saturday to head the first coalition uniting the two
parties that have battled each other for power since a civil war nearly a
century ago. Read more.
Ethiopia said Saturday it was on track to begin filling a controversial
mega-dam on the Blue Nile River within weeks but vowed to try resolving
its dispute with downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan. Read more.