Ntozake Shange, a spoken-word artist who morphed into a playwright with her canonical play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died on Saturday in Bowie, Md. She was 70. Read more .
The Emerald was discovered at Kagem, the world’s largest emerald mine, which is 75% owned by Gemfields and 25% by the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia (which belongs in turn to the Government of the Republic of Zambia). Read more .
Early voting turnout is breaking records and vastly exceeding expectations in several closely-watched states, with Democrats hopeful that enthusiasm among young people, African-Americans, and Latino voters will lead to Democratic victories and deliver a strong message of resistance to Trump. Read more .
A man killed after sheriff’s deputies south of San Francisco Tasered him earlier this month was the third such death in the county at the hands of law enforcement officers using the electric-shock weapon in the past 10 months. Read more .
As President Donald Trump arrived in Pittsburgh on Tuesday amid opposition from local officials and activists who argued the man responsible for stirring so much racist hatred should not visit the site of a deadly mass shooting motivated by anti-Semitism, thousands of peaceful demonstrators flooded the streets near the... read more .
Paulette Jordan was not going to let her opponent have the last word. The Democratic nominee for Idaho governor is a night owl and stayed in her office past 1am for her final marathon session of... read more .
Three weeks on the picket line will either weaken a strike or make it stronger. But workers at the Marriott hotels in eight cities around the US show no signs of wanting to go back to work anytime soon, at least not without resolving the reasons why they went on strike to begin with. Instead, the noise on the picket line is getting louder. Read more .
Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp incorrectly canceled some 340,000 voter registrations, according to a recent investigation. Although Kemp claimed the voters... read more .
The white man accused of shooting two black grocery store patrons in Kentucky has been indicted on two counts of murder. Prosecutors say Gregory Bush was indicted on Wednesday by a Jefferson county grand jury in the shootings a week ago at a... read more .
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more private investment in Africa as she hosted African leaders as part of a concerted effort to combat underdevelopment on the continent. Read more .
Last week, far-right speaker and writer Milo Yiannopoulos took to Instagram to bemoan the fact that no pipe bombs had arrived at the Daily Beast news site when a spate of explosive devices was mailed to... read more .
On Saturday, October 27th, shortly after the largest massacre of Jews in U.S. history took place in Pittsburgh, I received a message from the leadership of the largest African American Baptist Church in Oakland, California. Recalling that we at Tikkun had brought dozens of our subscribers and members to their church on several occasions when African Americans had been murdered by white racist fanatics, they asked me when Beyt Tikkun would be... read more .
Thirteen pipe bombs were sent to two former presidents and other political and cultural leaders. In Kentucky, a white man shot and killed two elderly African-Americans at random in a Kroger grocery store, after failing to force his way into a black church. In Pittsburgh, in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, a gunman walked into the... read more .
Former President Jimmy Carter has formally asked Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp to resign from his position overseeing state elections among accusations of voter fraud by his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, the NAACP and others. Read more .
A ninth child died over the weekend in a deadly viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center where a total of 25 young patients with compromised immune systems have been confirmed with adenovirus infections, state health officials said. Read more .
Authorities intercepted a suspicious package at a downtown Atlanta post office Monday that was addressed to CNN and looked similar to others mailed last week to prominent Democrats as well as the... read more .
President Donald Trump is a terrorism-generating machine. In one week, America has been hit by three separate terrorist attacks directly connected to his sowing of division and promotion of violence. Read more .
The United States said on Monday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on... read more .
Angela Merkel has called time on her own tenure. The politician who has been Germany’s chancellor for 13 years has decided to not seek re-election as chairwoman of her party, the Christian Democrats (CDU). While she nevertheless wants to... read more .
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum in its London embassy and hand him over to the United States, but a judge rejected his lawsuit over embassy living conditions. Read more .
Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence – who make up most of the participants of a “caravan” estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000 people – are slowly moving through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States and receiving refuge. Read more .
Donald Trump has given rise to a great deal of handwringing by those conservatives who seek to distance themselves from him. Salon's Chauncey DeVega recently interviewed one of the most thoughtful of those, Max Boot, whose new book, "The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right," is more honest than most. But the “corrosion” of the title betrays a lingering sense that... read more .
Federal authorities announced riot charges against four members of the Rise Above Movement, a violent white supremacist group based in California. The charges relate to assaults carried out at protest rallies in... read more .
Over 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan and I signed in Washington the United States-Soviet Treaty on the elimination of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles. For the first time in history, two classes of nuclear weapons were to be eliminated and destroyed. Read more .
The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has gained seats in Hesse and now holds parliamentary seats in every single German state, according to exit polls. Meanwhile, Merkel's CDU has seen party support plummet. Read more .
Nearly 40 years ago, in his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Republicans and increasingly neoliberal Democrats agreed and told us the... read more .
The last survivor of the 1943 Nazi raid on the Rome Ghetto, in which more than 1,000 Jews were taken away to concentration camps, has died aged 91, the Italian Jewish community said Friday. Read more .
Tempers are flaring during early voting in Dallas County, Texas, and reports of voter intimidation are on the rise. The county’s nonpartisan election administrator said that the harassment — including name-calling and interrogating voters waiting in line — is the worst she’s seen in decades. Read more.
Hundreds of thousands marched through Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to press the government to deliver on its promise of marriage equality amid an increasingly heated debate over whether civil laws should recognize same-sex marriage. Read more .
During a year in which so much of the world faced deep poverty, the corrosive effects of austerity, and extreme weather caused by the worsening human-caused climate crisis—from devastating hurricanes to deadly wildfires and floods—one class of individuals raked in more money in 2017 than any other year in recorded history: the world's billionaires. Read more .
The Trump administration unlawfully withdrew a plan to limit the number of whales, turtles and other marine creatures permitted to be inadvertently killed or harmed by drift gillnets used to catch swordfish off California, a federal judge has ruled. Read more .
A gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday-morning services in what the Anti-Defamation League called "likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.” Read more .
Jason Johnson, political consultant and Politics Editor for the online news site The Root, said that despite the optics of Trump’s “Young Black Leadership Summit”, no black press was allowed into the event. He also had harsh words for the “self-loathing” audience. Read more .
The death last week of The Village Voice, the storied alt-weekly, was in some ways to be expected. When its latest owner, Peter D. Barbey, who bought it in 2015 to restore it to its early glory, stopped print publication almost a year ago, it seemed that it would be only a matter of time before its online presence ceased as well. The Voice didn’t appear to have a strong sense of identity anymore, in part because the New York that it covered — downtown, the underground, bohemia and its ephemera — didn’t exist anymore, neither in a physical sense nor as a state of mind. Read more .
After a Midtown-Belvedere couple hired Baltimore-based artist Gaia to paint a vibrant mural of the pop culture icon Divine on the side of their three-story home, the artwork’s fate is in question because they did not obtain required permits from the city. Read more .
Brian Kemp’s critics demanded he apologize for a photo that surfaced Friday that featured him posing with an anti-Muslim extremist who wore a shirt that read: “Allah is not God, and Mohammad is not his prophet.” Read more .
Moments after allegedly killing two African Americans at a supermarket in the US state of Kentucky, 51-year-old Gregory Bush reportedly muttered to a white bystander, "Whites don't kill whites." Bush, who is white, has been charged with two counts of... read more .
Just when you thought Kanye West was the only Black person willing to wear a MAGA hat in public, Donald Trump found a room full of young Black people proudly wearing their MAGA attire during Friday’s Young Black Leadership Summit. Read more .
With Hurricane Michael gone and its wreckage cleaned up, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was finally able to leave town to resume his fight against that other storm swirling around him, the political one. Read more .
Authorities on Friday discovered a new package potentially containing an explosive device that was addressed to Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). As reported by NBC News’ Pete Williams, the package was discovered at a... read more .
A suspicious package similar to the parcel bombs sent to prominent Democrats and others this week was mailed to U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who has criticized Republican President Donald Trump, according to an aide in the senator’s office. Read more.
More than 200 journalists condemned President Trump’s “sustained pattern” of attacks on the free press in an open letter dated Thursday, describing his behavior as “un-American and utterly unlawful and unseemly for the President of the United States and leader of the free world." Read more .
As Floridians prepare to vote on a ballot measure that would restore voting rights to 1.5 million people, a new investigation found that Gov. Rick Scott overwhelmingly restored the rights of white, Republican-voting felons over their black Democratic counterparts. Read more .
A week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia filled half of his new cabinet with women in a radical overhaul, the country’s Parliament took another step toward gender parity on Thursday by appointing the country’s first female president. Read more .
Speaking with a TMZ street correspondent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) blamed the recent recipients of mail bombs — which include former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and actor Robert DeNiro — of reaping what they have sown. Read more.
NATO has launched its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War amid rising tensions between the transatlantic security alliance and Russia. About 50,000 soldiers from 31 countries - comprising... read more .
Mitch McConnell recently went on TV and said in no uncertain terms that the Republican plan was to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. A new Priorities USA Ad, “Big Cuts,” shows exactly what... read more .
In what civil rights advocates celebrated as an "important victory" for voting rights and democracy less than two weeks away from the midterm elections, a federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Georgia election officials must stop tossing out absentee ballots and applications due to signature mismatches without first giving voters an opportunity to fix or dispute any alleged errors. Read more.
New York police have removed a suspicious package from a building associated with actor and director Robert De Niro, a vocal critic of US President Donald Trump. The package was removed from 375 Greenwich Street in Manhattan, an address that matches the... read more .
U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley on Thursday sought a federal probe of Julie Swetnick, who accused Brett Kavanaugh of aggressive sexual behavior before his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti. Read more .
New York’s attorney general sued Exxon Mobil Corp on Tuesday, alleging that the world’s largest oil company for years misled investors about the risks of climate change regulations on its business. Read more .
NBC’s Megyn Kelly apologized on Wednesday for not understanding that it would be offensive for white people to wear blackface on Halloween — but for many Twitter users, her apology was not accepted. In particular, the users noted that Kelly’s comments on blackface were... read more .
Pope Francis appealed for more tolerance and decried the rise of populism during a speech at a book launch at the Vatican on Tuesday. He said there should be more efforts to teach young people about... read more .
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference Wednesday after bombs targeting Hillary Clinton, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the offices of CNN were intercepted. He labeled the... read more .
An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U.S. history. Read more .
Robert Rundo, 28-year-old founder of the Rise Above Movement, was taken into custody on Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport. Two other members of the group, Robert Boman, 25, and Tyler Laube, 22, were arrested on... read more.
When Sam Okyere arrived in South Korea for university he was met with racism. But he found a way to turn his negative experiences into a positive and made a name for himself as a popular television personality. Read more .
Ben Chico, 67, a Republican in California, says his annoyance with Democrats morphed into full-blown outrage when he heard they might try to impeach President Donald Trump after the Nov. 6 elections. Read more .
President Donald Trump announced late Monday that he intends to nominate a former agrochemical industry official to lead the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The selection of Aurelia Skipwith, who worked at Monsanto for six years, to head FWS carries on a... read more .
President Donald Trump said he will nominate a former Monsanto executive to head the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Aurelia Skipwith, who Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger called "a darling of corporate special interests," worked at the... read more .
Just 24 hours after a suspected bomb was found in the mailbox of billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros, the U.S. Secret Service said on Wednesday that it has intercepted two "potential explosive devices" addressed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's residence in New York and former President Barack Obama's home in Washington, D.C. Read more .
On Sunday, October 21, three women were charged with a grand theft felony each for attempting to rescue a dying calf found in a pile of dead cows on at Ray-Mar Ranches, a factory farm in Oakdale, California which supplies calves to Harris Ranch, and beef to companies like Costco and In-N-Out Burger. Despite the calf left for dead in a pile of cows meant to be discarded, providing no economic value as the pile is not intended for use in the production of... read more .
Donald Trump says the midterm elections are a “referendum about me.” Of course they are. Everything is about him. Anyone who still believes the political divide runs between Republicans and Democrats hasn’t been paying attention. There’s no longer a Republican Party. The GOP is now just pro-Trump. Read more .
Two groups have called for the immediate resignation of a South Carolina Republican school board member for writing on Facebook that she intends to falsely accuse the eventual 2020 Democratic presidential nominee of sexually assaulting her. Read more .
Sailing upriver in pitch dark, the Eduardo II reaches a dangerous impasse. The ship's massive propellers thrust in reverse as it nearly runs aground. A hail of jungle brush and insects crash onto the ship's deck as the crew anchors at the river's edge until dawn. Read more .
A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit by a group of former child slaves accusing the U.S. unit of Nestle SA (NESN.S), the world’s largest food maker, and Cargill Co [CARG.UL] of perpetuating child slavery at Ivory Coast cocoa farms. Read more .
Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State and the Republican nominee for Georgia governor, expressed at a ticketed campaign event that his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams’ voter turnout operation “continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote,” according to... read more .
Halloween is a time of year when costumes often push the envelope, and a debate that inevitably comes up is exactly how far it should be pushed. Blackface is generally considered offensive, although the far-right Megyn Kelly—formerly of Fox News and now the host of “Megyn Kelly Today” on NBC—implied that blackface still has its place in 2018. Read more .
From the outset of Monday's campaign rally for US Senator Ted Cruz, US President Donald Trump received a warm welcome from thousands of mostly red-clad Republicans gathered in Houston's Toyota Center. Read more .
My very wise partner has noted that “The people who are most inclined to say ‘I’m sorry’ often have nothing to apologize for. The a--holes who have so much to be sorry for, never apologize.” Donald Trump could be the poster boy for this this latter category - its commander-in-chief, if you will. He has happily accumulated a long list of offenses, great and small, without a single apology – or hint of remorse - on record. Read more .
A group of more than a thousand Central Americans in Guatemala headed toward the Mexican border on Tuesday as the first caravan of migrants paused in southern Mexico on its planned journey toward the U.S. border. Read more .
He ran social media for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. He masterminded the arrest of hundreds of his country’s elite. He detained a Lebanese prime minister. And, according to two intelligence sources, he ran journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by giving orders over Skype. Read more .
The firm said in a research note that Tesla’s Model 3 sedan is a “proven hit” and serious competition from other automakers for the plug-in car market has not materialized, marking a sharp reversal from its previous stance. Read more .
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has briefly attended a high-profile economic forum in Riyadh that was boycotted by global business chiefs and politicians after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Read more .
Thousands of mostly-female city workers began a two-day strike on Tuesday in Glasgow, Scotland, demanding equal pay after living under an unfair pay scale for more than a decade and spending nearly a year negotiating with the city council. Read more .
Microplastics can be found just about everywhere, from the depths of the ocean to our beer. So it's not a surprise that these tiny bits of plastic have made their way into our poo. But what does it mean for our health? Read more .
If you are a Verizon customer on the East Coast, odds are good that your cellphone or tablet arrived by way of a beige, windowless warehouse near Tennessee’s border with Mississippi. Inside, hundreds of workers, many of them women, lift and drag boxes weighing up to 45 pounds, filled with iPhones and other gadgets. There is no air-conditioning on the floor of the warehouse, which is owned and operated by a contractor. Temperatures there can rise past 100 degrees. Workers often faint, according to interviews with 20 current and former employees. Read more .
In a move that could put further pressure on President Trump to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Sunday evening that her government would not approve new arms exports to the kingdom until further notice. Read more .
Behnaz Mirzai’s students often say her office is like a museum. With shards of ancient pottery recovered from the mountains of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province, colourful vases from Isfahan, and tribal masks from Zanzibar adorning the shelves, it is easy to see why. Mirzai has spent nearly 20 years studying the origins of the African diaspora in Iran, including the history and eventual abolition of slavery in her native country. Read more .
Foreigners sold a net 4.01 billion riyals ($1.07 billion) in Saudi stocks in the week ending Oct. 18, exchange data showed on Sunday - one of the biggest selloffs since the market opened to direct foreign buying in mid-2015. Read more .
Republican politicians in Florida and West Virginia were on the verge of replacing most of the members of their state supreme courts, but those courts asserted their independence in the past few days and halted the court-packing plans. In Florida, outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott had planned to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms end on Jan. 8, the same day the... read more .
In its 2013 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the US Air Force disclosed that operation of the F-16 fighter aircraft in the Chamberlin School neighborhood of South Burlington, Vermont, assaults children with noise sufficient to cause learning impairment. The EIS also shows that 45 percent more children will have their learning impaired if the Air Force executes its plan to base F-35 jets in that neighborhood. Read more .
As at the end of every life, especially those lived in public, there’s an attempt to make sense of the accomplishments and assign a legacy. The last few days have seen many tributes to Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, who died on October 15 at the age of 65 from complications from cancer. Read more .
Pastor Doug Pagitt, the executive director of Vote Common Good, on Sunday published an op-ed in USA Today encouraging fellow an evangelical Christians to rethink their support of Trump, warning they “are trading their moral core for anti-abortion gains.” Read more .
The alleged torture, dismemberment and killing of Saudi citizen and US permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul has triggered justifiable outrage throughout the United States and around the world. But amid the outcry over Khashoggi’s death, many media and public figures still fail to acknowledge the war crimes Saudi Arabia is committing in Yemen with US assistance. Read more .
Every evening Bangkok's Khaosan Road comes alive as bars open, blaring music to tourists and Thais on the hunt for cheap eats and drink. Mobile food carts clog the arteries of the famed backpacker strip. Read more .
Overlooking the Mexican port city of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico stands a huge statue dedicated to the “Lebanese Immigrant”. The bronze memorial is a testament to the important role that... read more .
Friday 19 October marks the 30th consecutive weekly gathering of thousands of Palestinian women, men and children near the Gaza fence. These past six months of peaceful gatherings posed no security threat to the... read more .
It's fitting, albeit overwhelmingly bittersweet, that in what is likely Jamal Khashoggi's final column, the missing Saudi journalist made an impassioned plea for freedom of expression in the Arab world. The piece, published by the Washington Post late on Wednesday in both English and Arabic, begins with... read more .
The Central Bank of Russia has continued getting rid of US Treasury bonds in August. The share of Russian investments in American debt is getting close to zero. Russian investments in US securities as of August have fallen to just $14 billion. Read more .
Twenty-one-year-old Mirka Mendez, a petroleum engineering student at the University of Texas-Austin (UT), has a deep understanding of the US’s technology gap. Without easy access to the internet while in high school, she often had to leave home at 4 a.m. and sit on a bench outside her school so that she could use the building’s hotspots to do research, study or write papers before the opening bell. Read more .
The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Oct. 6, after sexual assault allegations surfaced against the judge. The battle for the votes of a few key senators was exceedingly bitter, pitting the principle of due process and the #MeToo movement against each other in a fight for control of the high court. Read more .
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and dismembered over seven minutes while he was still alive, according to a Turkish source who heard an audio recording of the murder. The Washington Post columnist was abducted Oct. 2 from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and dragged into...read more. Read more .
The Uptown People’s Law Center and the MacArthur Justice Center filed a lawsuit on October 17 that alleges Illinois prisons are censoring correspondence and publications that have been mailed to prisoners by Black and Pink, a prisoners’ rights organization focused on... read more .