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A group of black southerners raise their hands as they take an oath during a voter registration drive in Belzoni, Mississippi, in June 1966.

Welcome to Jim Crow 2.0

By Editors' Choice

Voter suppression efforts will only get worse. By Charles Blow, NYT — In the wake of the Civil War, liberals in the North went about establishing Reconstruction, passing the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, greatly expanding the rights of Black people in America, and putting severe restrictions on Southern states before they could be readmitted to the Union. But of course, the Northern liberals soon grew impatient with and tired…

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Diepsloot in South Africa

South Africa: The fault-lines of the world’s most unequal society

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By John Allen, All Africa — Cape Town — Amid the explosive cocktail of ingredients which contributed to the outbreak of looting and burning in South Africa this week, new fault-lines running through a society divided by class as well as by race were on display as never before. The unrest may have been triggered by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma and exacerbated by factors ranging from orchestrated…

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People march to show support to the Cuban Revolution, Havana, Cuba, Jul. 17, 2021

‘Cuba will never be a land of hatred’, Diaz-Canel says

By News & Current Affairs

By teleSUR — On Saturday, thousands of Cubans gathered at the La Piragua square in Havana to show their support to the Cuban Revolution’s leaders and to reject the political instability and destabilization campaigns promoted by the U.S. government. President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected the hatred and violent messages spread on social networks to promote riots while emphasizing that the Cuban Revolution’s enemies seek to show an internal scenario characterized by…

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Black Lives Matter faces backlash for statement on Cuba protest

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The BLM Global Network Foundation criticized the U.S. embargo on Cuba and lauded the country’s government. Critics say the statement misses the mark. By Char Adams, NBC News —  The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is facing backlash after calling for the end of the U.S. government’s embargo on Cuba while praising the country for its “solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent” amid historic anti-government protests. In the statement shared…

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Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho

Racism is setting impossible standards for athletes of color

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By Peniel E. Joseph — Two recent examples of the transatlantic dimensions of racial intolerance in sports — an arena that, along with politics, often triggers increasingly vitriolic abuse in the age of social media — are a sobering reminder: Racism is a global crisis that is often resistant to progress and fighting it requires constant vigilance. Five years after Black players, many with immigrant African roots, helped France’s men’s soccer…

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Speech bubble mirror

There is no debate over critical race theory

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Pundits and politicians have created their own definition for the term, and then set about attacking it. By Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic — The United States is not in the midst of a “culture war” over race and racism. The animating force of our current conflict is not our differing values, beliefs, moral codes, or practices. The American people aren’t divided. The American people are being divided. Republican operatives have buried the…

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Nkechi Taifa, Esq.,

3 things wrong with “10 things we get wrong about reparations”: An open letter to Rolling Stone from an advocate for H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Dear Rolling Stone Editors: The day I discovered the commentary you ran — which was Tuesday, in the morning — I was poised to participate in a Washington, D.C. press conference with some of America’s most progressive faith leaders who had gathered to push Congress to pass H.R. 40, proposed legislation that would study and develop reparations proposals for African Americans, before the Congress’ August recess. As the 2022 midterm elections loom,…

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Smash the Blockade - Cuba

Washington’s weaponization of protests in Cuba takes its regime change efforts to new heights of hypocrisy

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By Peter Bolton, CounterPunch — On 11 July, Cuba saw thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in cities across the island. The protests are believed to have started in the Artemisa Province before spreading to neighboring Havana and further afield, including Cuba’s second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba. Press reports largely claim that protesters are motivated by shortages and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Needless to say, the…

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne

CARICOM chairman opposes military presence in Haiti

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he does not favor any military presence in Haiti as the French-speaking member country continues its investigation into the assassination of its President Jovenel Moise last Wednesday. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), Helen La Lime, says “Haiti has…

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Protests in Cuba July 2021

The hidden hand of the US blockade sparks Cuba protests

By Commentaries/Opinions

The protests should be understood in the context of a brutal economic war waged by the United States against the island nation for more than 60 years. By Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores — Protests erupted in various Cuban cities the weekend of July 11 over dire economic conditions and a surge in Covid-19 cases. They are the biggest protests to hit Cuba in three decades, and they may well continue in…

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South Africa in turmoil

South Africa in turmoil

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By Kate Bartlett, OZY — It’s the worst violence South Africa has seen since liberation hero Nelson Mandela walked free from prison and laid the foundations for the “Rainbow Nation” three decades ago. More than 70 people are dead, shopping malls have been burned to the ground, cargo trucks torched, highways blocked, and there have been running street battles and stampedes in which fleeing looters were crushed to death. Banks’…

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Recent solidarity protest in San Francisco.

The assassination of Jovenel Moise: What next for Haiti?

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By Seth Donnelly, CounterPunch — Today, the people of Haiti are facing down the US-backed dictatorship of the ruling Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) that came to power through the fraudulent election of Michel Martelly in 2010 and maintained its grip on power through the fraudulent election of Jovenel Moise in 2016, what Haitian activists refer to as electoral coup d’etats. Both elections were held under UN occupation and sponsored by the US government. As…

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