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Trump, FDR

The Shame, it took a Virus for America to Finally Bail out Its Workers and the Poor

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Moments before the House took a final vote on the COVID stimulus package, a handful of progressive House Democrats railed that the bill gave the heavy cash to the major corporations. While workers and the poor, they said, got crumbs. This was also pretty much the attack line from Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other progressive Democrats in the days before the final vote on…

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Medicine students look through microscopes at a laboratory of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana.

Meet the Americans Studying Medicine on the Cuban Government’s Dime

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Cuban government has been paying Americans through a little known program to study medicine in order to return to the United States and serve underprivileged communities. By Alan Macleod, MPN — It’s a medical school like no other: the largest of its kind in the world. The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba hosts students from well over 100 countries and every year, dozens of American…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Bringing Forth the Fire Within Us: Weathering the Worst of Winters

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — To meet any and every challenge in life, we must anchor and equip ourselves, holding firmly to that which endures in the midst of that which is overthrown and passes away, and self-consciously and constantly preparing and provisioning ourselves for dealing with that which we must confront and achieve, resolve or overcome. We are now confronted with a very deadly, disruptive and destructive pandemic caused…

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Blue gloves

The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Crisis

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Pre-existing health conditions leave one group particularly vulnerable. By Charles M. Blow, NYT — Early Monday morning the email arrived. The subject line began, “ALARM AT THE GATE,” written in all caps. Someone had died. That is always what that phrasing means. The message came via a group email list maintained by the fraternity I joined in college some 30 years ago. A younger member, a rising chef in his…

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Donald Trump arrives to speak the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House last Saturday.

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus – but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions. By Ed Pilkington and Tom McCarthy, The Guardian — When the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in…

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Cloud

In Every Dark Cloud, There is a Silver Lining

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Sen. Hank Sanders In every dark cloud, there is a silver lining. I heard this statement many times from my mother and the old folks as I grew up. It took me years before I fully understood. When I did, I felt the power in this nine-word, two-phrase sentence. We are under a terrible dark cloud now. Therefore, we need to know that there is a silver lining. In every dark…

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Africa - Military

Lessons From Africa: Military Intervention Fails to Counter Terrorism

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There will be no peace if underlying grievances aren’t addressed, militaries victimize local populations, and states fail to provide basic services. By Elizabeth Schmidt, FPIF — Late last year, President Trump provoked a furor when he declared his intent to withdraw some 1,400 US troops from West Africa, where he claimed they had quelled the terrorist threat. He sparked a similar firestorm when he announced that the U.S. would (eventually)…

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Doctors for the 99 Percent march from Zuccotti Park to St. Vincent's Hospital to demand its reopening and health care for all. October 26, 2011.

Coronavirus Makes It More Clear Than Ever: Health Care Is a Human Right

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Rev Jesse Jackson

The COVID-19 crisis exposes the foolishness of pretending that health care is a private marketplace. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — Who is going to pay for this? For months that question was used as a weapon against supporters of Medicare for All. Now, it is on everyone’s mind as they worry about the costs of the testing and treatment for the coronavirus. The virus is highly contagious. We need…

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From Katrina to Coronavirus What Have We Learned?

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By Leon McDougle, MD, MPH — As I view the reaction to the novel coronavirus unfold in the United States, I’m reminded of lessons learned during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and how the failure of infrastructure (levees) resulted in more harm to the public than the initial damage caused by landfall of the hurricane. Let’s fast forward to 2019, just as the national weather service tracked the impending strike of…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Billions for Boeing, Pennies for the People

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — The development of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package was extremely flawed. The Republican bullies in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote the bill with absolutely no Democratic input, then suggested that Democrats amend their legislation. The first draft of the bill, unsurprisingly, was a goody grab for corporations with much less for individuals. Initially, the Republican Senate would have given Treasury Secretary…

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