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Showing posts from September, 2019

400 years later, America still has so much to learn about its racial history

In his influential treatise on race, “The Fire Next Time,” James Baldwin wrote, “To accept one’s past — one’s history — is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.”  Read more .

Former FBI Agent’s Trial Exposes Racist Ideology Infiltrating Law Enforcement

The Dallas, Texas, criminal trial of Amber Guyger — an off-duty police officer who entered the wrong apartment, believing it to be her own, and killed Botham Jean — has garnered national attention in a case of a white police officer using lethal force against an unarmed Black man in his own apartment.  Read more .

The Modern Day Scramble for Africa

Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal is far from the worst of his offences

Google Becomes Evil

For many years, public perception of Google was that of a friendly giant with its techno-hippie ethos and stated agenda to make the world a better place. Whether through direct self-promotion or just the curious mythology of all things digital, this notion came to be widely believed by the general public. The fact that the company was working on a host of dark and questionable projects for the defense industry was somehow swept aside, as was the fact that Google spearheaded the notion of mass surveillance, however innocuous... read more.

The US Just Killed 30 Innocent People in Afghanistan

A US official in the UK has indicated that he is “working with local authorities” and “examining the intelligence” that led to a drone strike late last week that took the lives of 30 customers at a restaurant in central London. It appears that the intended target of the strike was a gathering of IS leaders, and that the... read more.

10,000 Farmers and Ranchers Call on Congress to Pass Green New Deal

More People Are Voting — But 1,688 Polling Places Have Closed in 6 Years

Voters came out in record numbers for the 2018 midterms, and analysts with both parties predict turnout for the 2020 election could be unprecedented. Meanwhile, civil rights groups are warning an “epidemic” of polling place closures has swept 13 states, including several southern states with deep histories of racial voter suppression. Civil rights groups say the mass shuttering of polling places could... read more .

Israel: Two Elections, One Apartheid State

Israelis are getting ready to head to the polls for the second time in 2019. Israel’s last national elections were five months ago in April, ending in a razor-tight finish with Netanyahu’s Likud party winning 35 Knesset seats and the Blue and White party winning 35 Knesset seats. The remaining 50 Knesset seats were won by smaller parties, with the majority going to right and far-right parties that had previously been in a coalition government with... read more.

Hydro-Quebec Ends Cyber-Security Agreement With Israel Electric Corporation

The South Could Flip the Senate

Since taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump has instituted dramatic policy changes that have hurt the most vulnerable U.S. residents — immigrants, children, women, transgender people, the poor. He’s also made significant headway in... read more .

NPR Shreds Ethics Handbook to Normalize Regime Change in Venezuela

As Greg Grandin writes, Otto Reich, head of the administration’s Orwellian propaganda outfit known as the Office of Public Diplomacy, informed the public network that his office had contracted “a special consultant service [to listen] to all NPR programs” on Central America. Dependent on state funding, NPR promptly buckled under pressure, reassigning reporters viewed as... read more .

Why Does Teen Vogue Need a Labor Column?

How Elites Crush Black Dissent

North Carolina Supreme Court Begins Case on Racial Bias in Jury Selection

Venezuela's Press Is More Free Than You'd Think