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The Paris Attacks and the White Lives Matter Movement

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by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka http://blackagendareport.com/paris_attacks_white_lives_matter “The white supremacist ideology and world-view, normalized and thus unrecognized by most, has become a form of psychopathology.” I received a message from one of my friends in Lebanon who asked with feigned curiosity why the U.S. media only gave a passing reference to the bombing in Beirut before turning to non-stop coverage of the attacks in Paris.  Of course, like many…

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When Terrorism Strikes, Black Lives Don’t Seem to Matter as Much

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By: Charles D. Ellison Of terrorism’s many destructive traits, none is more horrifying than its ability to unexpectedly snatch our normalcy from us. Recent attacks in Paris force us into somber, hug-your-loved-ones reflections: imagining the romantic, joyful energy of that city and its inhabitants suddenly shattered by the wholesale violence of others. That cruelty always unwraps the pure evil of such acts, since innocents have nothing to do with the…

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AFRICOM’s New Math, the US Base Bonanza and “Scarier” Times Ahead in Africa

By Editors' Choice

By Nick Turse Leaders pose for a photo around US Army Gen. David Rodriguez (front, center), US Army Africa Command commander, June 26, 2013, during Exercise Western Accord 2013 in Accra, Ghana. (Photo: Sgt. Tyler Sletten / US Army National Guard) In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent,” a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look…

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Racism on Campus is Nothing New. But New Student Movement Is.

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By Libero Della Piana   Libero Della Piana As a first-year student at Brown University, twenty-five years ago, I was detained by campus security for trespassing. In my own dorm. In sock feet. You see, I’d left my room to go to the bathroom and didn’t bring my college ID along. I guess I should have known better. As a black student it was always an unstated expectation that I…

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The Trauma of Slavery–Transmitted Across Generations

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By DR INDIRA MARTIN (Member of the Bahamas National Reparations Committee) With the Caribbean reparations movement gathering steam, it has become necessary to articulate, in public, the arguments and issues around reparations. As Biomedical Advisor to the Bahamian Reparations Committee, I would like to outline some of the medical and biomedical arguments for reparation to the descendants of enslaved Africans in the Bahamas. Many will say that the idea that…

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To Defeat ISIS, We Must Call Both Western and Muslim Leaders to Account

By Editors' Choice

By Laila Lalami Flowers are put in a window shattered by a bullet as Paris mourns the victims of a terrorist attack. (Photo: AP/Peter Dejong) What happened in Paris on November 13 has happened before, in a shopping district of Beirut on November 12, in the skies over Egypt on October 31, at a cultural center in Turkey on July 20, a beach resort in Tunisia on June 26—and nearly…

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The Dangers of an Anti-Muslim Backlash

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Denis Balibouse / Reuters By Conor Friedersdorf As the terrorist attack against Paris unfolded Friday, a moment that Americans experienced in the strange semi-togetherness of social media, something prompted the prominent conservative commentator Erick Erickson to declare on Twitter, “If your biggest concern is anti-Muslim backlash you aren’t a serious person.” 88 people retweeted that thought, and over one hundred “liked” it. My biggest concern that night was that the…

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Why Protesting Georgetown Students Want Their School to Pay a Novel Form of Reparations

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By Christina Cauterucci Students staged a sit-in outside the president’s office in Healy Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. At the University of Missouri, students have ousted their president over his mishandling of racist incidents. At Yale, protests ignited over an email that told students of color they were overreacting to racist Halloween costumes. On Thursday, Georgetown University students joined these protests against racism on campus. But they’re not…

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Postal Workers Endorse Austerity-Foe Bernie Sanders

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By John Nichols Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders waves as he marches with supporters in the Labor Day parade. (AP Photo / Jim Cole) Samuel Gompers, the immigrant cigar maker who led the American Federation of Labor from the 1880s to the 1920s, argued that the purpose of political action by trade unionists was to “reward our friends and punish our enemies.” Today, when election endorsements by labor unions…

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4 Reasons Why Any Sane Black Voter Should Not Be Voting for Ben Carson

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By: Charles D. Ellison Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson Check the latest polls and see neurosurgeon-turned-wannabe-president Ben Carson surf on a sudden wave of black support. Not that black people are voting anytime soon in the Republican primary. But as Theodore R. Johnson III aptly points out on The Root, Carson’s black ratings look better in fictional, general-election matchups than those of his fellow GOP contenders: from a 19…

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