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Report by Transparency International sees South Africa top the list of countries where citizens believe the problem has got worse in the last year.

Securing Ramaphosa’s Presidency – At What Cost?

By | Commentaries/Opinions

People cherished many expectations for Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency. Many of these were not necessarily realistic and may have derived from a sense of relief in the departure of Jacob Zuma, rather than what may have been possible for Ramaphosa to do. By Raymond Suttner, Polity — In the early months Ramaphosa engendered considerable confidence as a result of his apparently methodical, systematic and measured way of handling his office. This…

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Colin Kaepernick, middle, knees with his teammates before a game on September 25, 2016. (USA Today Sports / Joe Nicholson)

Donald Trump’s War on Black Athletes

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Could it trigger a long-awaited “Jock Spring”? By Robert Lipsyte, The Nation — Snatching immigrant babies may have scored some points for President Trump with his base, but it was never going to light up the scoreboard like tackling black jocks. That one really played to the grandstands. The complicated combination of adoration and resentment so many white males feel for those rich, accomplished über-men is a significant but rarely…

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Five generations of a slave family.

American slavery: Separating fact from myth

By | Reparations

By Daina Ramey Berry, The Conversation — People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t. Slavery has been…

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Dr. Ron Daniels Delivers his Final Lecture at York College in Queens, New York

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Description: Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) and veteran community organizer and political activist, recently delivered his final lecture in his capacity as a ‘Distinguished Lecturer’ at York College, an affiliate of the City University of New York (CUNY). His final lecture was open to the public and in attendance were scores of York’s administration, faculty, and former students who had been…

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Zora Neale Hurston

Witnesses for the Future

By | Commentaries/Opinions

Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor By Emily Bernard, The New Republic — “You have seen how a man was made a slave,” Frederick Douglass wrote in his 1845 autobiography, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. “You shall see how a slave was made a man.” These words herald the moment when Douglass masters his master, the sadistic overseer and “negro-breaker,”…

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Bert Samuels And Anthony Gifford

Reparation Phase Two: What Are The Damages?

By | Reparations

Bert Samuels And Anthony Gifford, The Gleaner — In the years in which reparation advocates have been active in the campaign for reparation for native genocide, African enslavement and post-colonial harm, some remarkable advances have been made. The Jamaican Parliament has passed a historic bipartisan motion calling for reparation to be made to Jamaica by the United Kingdom for the crimes against humanity which were committed. Reparation committees and councils…

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Donald Trump is a symptom of the new global disorder, not the cause

By | Editors' Choice

Neoliberalism and the revolt against austerity have pushed powerful states to impose social and economic pain on each other, or on smaller states. By Paul Mason, NewStateman — In the space of three days, Donald Trump has created a new, explosive geopolitical reality. He nixed the outcome of a G7 summit he had disparaged, disrupted and departed from early. Then, with all the subtlety of an estate agent, he welcomed…

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In Cuba, Trump’s policy shift casts dark shadow

By | News & Current Affairs

By Melanie Zanona HAVANA — All around Havana, local Cuban entrepreneurs refer to the day President Trump unveiled his new policy toward the country simply as “June 16.” It’s easy to see why the date would be seared into their memories: Private businesses ranging from private car companies to bed-and-breakfasts have already seen an alarming number of cancellations from American travelers since the White House announced it would be tightening…

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Jeff Sessions is leading America back into Reefer Madness

By | Commentaries/Opinions, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By Jamie Peck / The Guardian Once upon a time, the 1936 film ‘Reefer Madness’ attempted to spread sensationalistic messages about marijuana to youths across the land. Just one toke, the film admonished, and you could be setting off down the primrose path to murder, hallucinations, rape, suicide, and yes, the titular madness. Yikes! Luckily for fans of the plant, we now know the worst effects of marijuana are smoker’s…

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