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Overturned police cars in the street in the wake of a demonstration against Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, on July 11, 2021.

Cuba’s protests are different this time

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A shrinking economy, frightening new rates of Covid infections, and growing discontent with the government are fueling once-in-a-generation protests. By William M. LeoGrande, The Nation — Never since the triumph of the Cuban revolution in 1959 have anti-government protesters mounted large, simultaneous demonstrations in cities across the island like they did last weekend. Some of the demonstrations were peaceful; others were little more than riots and an excuse for looting….

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Faith

How Far Is White Supremacy Embedded in Christianity?

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By Peter Larmann — Robert P. Jones is CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the author of two books, including last year’s much-discussed White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in Christian America, which just came out in paperback. PRRI recently released a huge new survey that made headlines and drew commentary by pointing to a sharp decline in the proportion of Americans who identify…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

The History and Future of Haiti

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

Revolution, Repression, Resistance and Eventual Victory By Dr. Maulana Karenga — The history and culture of Haiti is marked by extraordinary expressions of revolutionary struggle and victory, suffering and repression, but always righteous and relentless resistance of the people and their radical refusal to be defeated. The Haitian nation was born in revolutionary struggle, achieving what no enslaved people had done before or after. It defeated its enslavers and other…

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Armed National Guard and African American men standing on a sidewalk during the race riots in Chicago, Illinois, 1919.

GHOSTS TOO CLOSE: This week’s 1919 DC Race Rebellion and the tragic history of DC’s Lafayette Park

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By Nkechi Taifa — Normally my morning walks don’t include going down Memory Lane, particularly one that has been invisible for almost a century. But there I was, in Lafayette Park one Saturday morning last month, right near Lafayette School and its adjoining Recreational Center in upper NW D.C., and Black history came to greet me. I saw a crowd and I saw a sign. So I did what anyone would…

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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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Protests in Cuba July 2021

The hidden hand of the US blockade sparks Cuba protests

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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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A South Carolinan wears the "Stars and Stripes" after the Confederate "Stars and Bars" were lowered from the flagpole

Loving your country means teaching its history honestly

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What is the point of American history? David French on how teaching the positive and the negative is key to understanding this country. By David French, TIME — Why do you love the United States of America? There is no better time to ask that question than on Independence Day. The answer to that question can and should tell us a great deal about whether our love of country is…

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John Quincy Adams House of Representatives Speech

Why a culture war over critical race theory?

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Consider the pro-slavery congressional “Gag Rule” By Frank Palmeri and Ted Wendelin, HNN —  What is Critical Race Theory and why are Republican governors and state legislators saying such terrible things about it? If you are among the 99% of Americans who had never heard of this theory before a month or two ago, you might be forgiven for believing that it poses a grave threat to the United States…

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Black Lives Matter protesters march

To end racial capitalism, we will need to take on the institution of policing

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Activists who are working to defund the police are also part of a collective struggle to end neoliberal capitalism. By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout — The words “I can’t breathe” were not only uttered by Eric Garner and George Floyd as they were murdered by police. They were also uttered by over 70 others who died in law enforcement custody over the past decade after saying those same three words, according to…

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Photo 1 - Rastafari Alliance of Panama meets with the Archbishop of Panama to begin the process of an Afro Panamanian Reparations Commission

Rastafari Alliance of Panama meets with the Archbishop of Panama to begin the process of an Afro Panamanian Reparations Commission

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Greetings community, Giving thanks to those whose shoulders we stand on. It is with great joy that I share the news of the recent work of the Rastafari Alliance of Panama. Members of the Rastafari Alliance of #Panama led by fellow Ambassador Ras Sela and other leaders from the #AfroPanamanian community, met with the Archbishop of Panama Jose Domingo Ulloa Mendieta to begin a process of establishing a #Reparations Commission…

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Dr Yosef A.A. ben Jochannan seated in the middle of legendary history scholars Dr. Ivan Van Sertima and Dr. John Henrik Clarke on Gil Noble’s talk show

The significance of the late Black Egyptologist Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben Jochannan

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Dr Yosef A.A. ben Jochannan seated in the middle of legendary history scholars Dr. Ivan Van Sertima and Dr. John Henrik Clarke on Gil Noble’s talk show ‘Like It Is.’ Gil Noble was a pioneering Afrikan American journalist on ABC news in NYC. By Bashir Muhammad Akinyele — “Dr. Ben gave Kemet and Nile Valley Civilizations back to us” — Dr. Leonard Jeffries (legendary Africana Studies Professor) As I embark…

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