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Protesters, footballers worldwide show solidarity, demand justice for George Floyd

Protesters took the streets in a number of cities, including London and Copenhagen, while footballers in Germany displayed their solidarity with anti-racism demonstrations in the US over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck.  Read more .

Cornel West Says 'Neo-Fascist Gangster' Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America

Harvard University philosophy professor Dr. Cornell West appeared on CNN Friday night amid nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and offered a searing indictment not just of white supremacy, the neo-fascism of President Donald Trump, and a criminal justice system that repeatedly brutalizes the poor and people of color... read more .

The Virus Surveillance Connection

The coronavirus is a kind of watershed event for surveillance. Firstly, it is spreading everywhere with the disease. And secondly, we are seeing a change in the nature of surveillance from over the skin surveillance to under the skin surveillance.  Read more.

After Trump Stokes Tensions, Fresh Clashes Between Police and Protesters in US Capitol

As protests against police violence and the killing of George Floyd continued in cities across the U.S. on Saturday, a massive crowd gathered outside President Donald Trump's White House as demonstrators again turned their ire and demands for justice and healing towards the nation's most powerful elected official.  Read more.

Atlanta police chief addresses death of George Floyd

Outrage over George Floyd’s death spreads across America

Protests raged across America on Friday on a brutal night in cities where people gathered to grieve and demand justice for George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody. Demonstrations that began peacefully turned chaotic and dangerous as the night wore on. They resulted in widespread property damage, numerous injuries and... read more .

Buildings Ablaze in Minneapolis as Protests Continue Nationwide

The police in Minneapolis began arresting protesters who defied a newly issued curfew on Friday night to swarm smoky intersections on the fourth night of protests since George Floyd’s death in police custody. Gunshots rang out near a police precinct and flames streamed from several businesses — a gas station, a post office, a bank, a restaurant — as residents continued to... read more .

The Minnesota paradox: how race divides prosperous Minneapolis

It has been called the “Minnesota paradox”. The Twin Cities, comprising the conjoined urban areas of Minneapolis and St Paul, regularly tops the list of places in the US with the best quality of living. Largely low rise and sprawling, set around the cities’ lakes and the Mississippi, the area is marked by affordable and largely good quality housing with lawns, parks, museums and tree-lined streets.  Read more.

New Details Of Deadly No-Knock Warrant Show Just How Reckless Police Can Be

The Commercial Real-Estate Market’s Impending Crash

Gurnee Mills is a sprawling, 1.93 million-square-foot outlet mall in Gurnee, Illinois, about 45 miles north of Chicago. In better times, it was a bustling shopper’s mecca. It underwent a $6 million renovation in 2018, and managed, in recent years, to replace its departed anchor stores, like TJ Maxx. But in 2019, citing a rise in mall vacancies and a decline in cash flow, the credit rating agency Fitch Ratings downgraded its outlook to... read more .

FBI Says It Will Investigate Breonna Taylor Police Shooting Death

Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old aspiring nurse who was shot to death by police inside her own apartment. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department that details how police shot Taylor at least eight times after they burst into her apartment, unannounced, with a search warrant.  Read more.

Sanitation Workers Striking For PPE And Pay Replaced By Prison Labor

College students face panic attacks, nightmares and tears over lockdown hysteria

One in five students say their mental health has significantly worsened during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey conducted in April by Active Minds, a mental health advocacy group focused on college students. “The sheer volume of panic attacks, nightmares and tears that have been related to me in the past two weeks is staggering,” he wrote in a letter co-signed by 23 other students.  Read more .

Kaepernick defends protesters after police killing

Former NFL quarterback-turned-civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick on Thursday voiced support for protesters who have demonstrated against the killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Kaepernick, who ignited controversy in 2016 after kneeling during pre-game renditions of the US national anthem to draw attention to... read more .

Why Amy Cooper Felt the Police Were Her Personal “Protection Agency”

Amy Cooper was not afraid. In the now-infamous Ramble video, we can clearly see her entitlement and rage. We see her losing control because her privilege to exercise unfettered autonomy was challenged by Christian Cooper, a birder who requested that she respect leash-law rules. Christian’s video revealed the falsehood of Amy’s call to the police, in which she assumes a distressed voice and begs them to help her because... read more .

Michael Jordan’s “Last Dance:” A Celebration of the American Nightmare

Michael Jordan is perhaps the best player to ever set foot in an NBA arena or any arena for that matter. His achievements have inspired generations of fans and players alike. The Last Dance is a tribute to the greatness of Michael Jordan. In typical Disney fashion, Jordan’s legacy is framed as a tale of perseverance and hardship on the road to the American Dream. The documentary is a reminder that the making of Michael Jordan has always been a celebration of Malcolm X’s American Nightmare, and that this nightmare has come at great cost to Black America and the lives of working people all over the world.  Read more.

4 white Missouri cops sued for alleged brutality on 68-year-old black woman and son in a Sam’s Club

Four white police officers allegedly used excessive force on a 68-year-old black woman and her adult son after the son was wrongly accused of stealing a TV in a Missouri Sam’s Club, a new lawsuit claims. Marvia Gray suffered “mental anguish” as well as injuries to her tailbone, back, shoulder, knees and arms when she was thrown to the ground and handcuffed March 23 inside the... read more .

Steve Kerr Says Officer Killing Unarmed Minnesota Black Man George Floyd Is "Disgusting" And "Murder"

Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has always done a great job of using his white privilege on his large platform to address social issues in America such as racism and police brutality. He has also called out the bad job that Donald Trump has done as president on numerous occasions. Now, Kerr is stepping up on Twitter in addressing the killing of unarmed black man, 46-year-old George Floyd, by a police officer with other officers nearby in Minneapolis. The officer had his knee on Floyd's neck for seven minutes as he died on the scene.  Read more.

Minn. Mayor Jacob Frey calls on county attorney to arrest and charge White officer involved in George Floyd's death

When Ferns Were All The Rage

Every autumn, Victorians swarmed into the woods to collect ferns. From the 1850s until Queen Victoria’s demise, pteridomania (meaning “fern mania”) engulfed Victorians on both sides of the Atlantic. Almost every house had a potted fern. Those who could afford to, kept rare fern varieties “under the ample bell-glass, or in the Wardian case… to enliven the parlor window in the wintry season of the year.”  There were fern books, fern societies, and florists bulked out floral arrangements with ferns. Fern-collecting went beyond past-time to become an occupation.  Read more .

The Proposed Nile Dam Is A Wedge Between Egypt, Ethiopia, And Sudan

Infection Surveillance in the Name of Public Health

With a relatively low COVID-19 infection rate, Singapore credits some of its success to disease surveillance measures, including the government’s cell phone tracking application TraceTogether. With Americans increasingly becoming more comfortable with cell phone surveillance to combat the novel coronavirus, would something like... read more .

What Is Chronobiology?

After World War II, scientists began studying the internal clocks of animals in earnest. They discovered that mammals and other creatures are ruled by their own, internal body clock, what is commonly referred to today as a biological clock. The German physician and biologist Jürgen Aschoff wondered if this might also be true of humans.  Read more .

Why Sweden’s COVID-19 Strategy Is Quietly Becoming the World’s Strategy

Sweden’s unique approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has been drawing a great deal of scrutiny for weeks, including both admiration and criticism. The Swedes, unlike most other nations, have eschewed the hardline approach that has led to mass economic shutdowns and skyrocketing unemployment. Restaurants, bars, public pools, libraries and most schools remain open.  Read more.

Former Liberian president Sirleaf: 'Let's fight Covid-19, let's also fight malaria'

In an interview with FRANCE 24, former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf discussed the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences on Africa. Sirleaf, who was president during the deadly Ebola outbreak of 2014, voiced concern about the forthcoming economic crisis. She also called on world leaders not to overlook the fight against malaria.  Read more.

The Secretive Police Commission of Barr's Justice Department

Bill Gates and the War Against Cash

Governments 'using' Covid-19 to stifle dissent

In an interview with FRANCE 24, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that some governments were taking advantage of emergency powers imposed amid the Covid-19 crisis to stifle dissent. She also called for the response to the pandemic to be "driven by science-based facts", rather than politics or the economy.  Read more .

Largest Public Utility To Outsource Hundreds Of Jobs Amid Covid-19

Madagascar's president defends controversial homegrown Covid-19 cure

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 and RFI, Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina defended his promotion of a controversial homegrown remedy for Covid-19 despite an absence of clinical trials. "It works really well," he said of the herbal drink Covid-Organics. Rajoelina claimed that if a European country had discovered the remedy, people would not be so sceptical.  Read more.

John Waters on Little Richard: ‘He Was the First Punk. He Was the First Everything’

John Waters will always remember how an interview he conducted with Little Richard crashed and burned. The Polyester and Hairspray filmmaker had met the Architect of Rock & Roll — Waters’ idol to the point that he modeled his mustache after the singer — in a shockingly normal hotel room where he was living in 1987 for a piece that would run in Playboy. As Waters recounted in The Guardian and his book Role Models, the whole thing went south when Richard, worried about some of the more lascivious things he’d said, demanded Waters sign... read more .

FBI Finds Evidence Of Israeli Intervention In Trump's 2016 Campaign

The Black Nurse Who Drove Integration of the U.S. Nurse Corps

As the United States entered the final year of World War II, Surgeon General of the Army Norman T. Kirk told an emergency recruitment meeting of 300 people in New York City that, to fully meet the needs of the Army, the time had perhaps come to institute a draft for nurses. For Mabel Keaton Staupers, executive secretary of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, this was too much to bear. According to the historian Darlene Clark Hine, Staupers stood up and challenged Kirk: “If nurses are needed so desperately, why isn’t the Army using colored nurses?”  Read more .

UK Supreme Court Reverses BDS Ban

The Devastation of Black Wall Street

In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District, known as Black Wall Street, was one of the most prosperous African-American communities in the United States. But on May 31 of that year, the Tulsa Tribune reported that a black man, Dick Rowland, attempted to rape a white woman, Sarah Page. Whites in the area refused to wait for the investigative process to play out, sparking two days of unprecedented racial violence.  Read more .

UK Supreme Court Reverses BDS Ban

Amazon VP Quits In Support Of Fired Whistleblowers

Documents Reveal Prosecutors Ignored Major Details Of Freddie Gray’s Death

America, Lost and Found at Wounded Knee

Many modernist poetic classics were published in 1928. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, D.H. Lawrence, and e.e. cummings all had important works printed that year. William Butler Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium” appeared in his book The Tower, and Ezra Pound’s collected poems would be edited by... read more .

Germany Plans To Arm Drones Under Cover Of COVID-19 Crisis

Rent Strikes Aren’t Just About Rent

With the pandemic leaving many people with little income, renters all over the country are on strike. These strikers aren’t necessarily upset about conditions in their apartments—they’re seeking broad government relief from the unequal burdens that the current economic crash is placing on economically insecure renters. But, as African-American studies scholar Mandi Isaacs Jackson explains, another major... read more .