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CARICOM must not fail Haiti

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By Stabroek News — There are those who might argue that fate could have at least held off on Haiti’s latest tragedy, the country’s devastating earthquake and its horrendous consequences of a few days ago until the pain and the sense of loss that must still persist over the recent horrendous assassination of the country’s President, Jovenel Moise had been afforded a more extended period. Helping Hands for Haiti: The…

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Military

Afghan war comes to an embarrassing end

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By WJ Astore — I retired from the U.S. military in 2005. I had no direct role in America’s Afghan war, which means I have no personal stake in trying to justify it or defend it. I never understood how invading and occupying portions of Afghanistan made any sense. In re-reading a few of my articles against the Afghan war, I came across this email from a dear friend who…

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Fact Checking

Truth Be Told—Saving Our Endangered Democracy

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Worldwide, democracy is in decline, with two-thirds of the world’s people living in autocracies, including “electoral autocracies.” By Frances Moore Lappé, CommonDreams — How can a democracy committed to freedom of speech protect itself against damaging lies? That’s a tough and urgent question with which our nation must now grapple. The Big Lie—still believed by one-half of Republicans—led to deaths on January 6th, and lies about Covid vaccines are “killing people,” affirmed Scientific American. Speed…

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Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

Rise again, Dr Ralph, says Beckles

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The University of the West Indies expresses its dismay and disappointment in the development in Kingstown, Saint Vincent, that resulted in physical injury to the nation’s honourable and distinguished prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves. The event that featured the hurling of a missile intended to injure Dr Gonsalves constituted an act of hooliganism against his personhood and of vandalism against the collective nationhood. The university community condemns the dastardly action…

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Hungary

What makes a country great?

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‘Richer than Hungary’ is a sadly low bar for the United States. By Ryan Cooper, The Week — The right is in love with Hungary. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson broadcast his show from there recently, and met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán — who has turned that country into a corrupt, authoritarian psuedo-democracy. Carlson and other right-wingers like writer Rod Dreher admire Orbán because they want to copy his program and direct state repression against their political…

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Black Lives Matter, Black Fist.

Black Lives Matter in Europe: What remains of the movement?

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By Chemnitz University of Technology — The violent death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, sparked protests across the U.S. that soon after spilled over into Europe and other regions of the world. Under the slogan “Black Lives Matter” (BLM), a worldwide protest movement formed after Floyd’s death to demonstrate against racism and police violence. How did the protests…

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A worker carries a water container at a newly installed internally displaced person camp in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia.

Africa can prevent Ethiopia from going down Rwanda’s path: here’s how

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Africa needs to embrace a new approach that focuses on what countries in an embattled region – as a ‘community’ of regional states – can do to intervene. By Edward Kissi, The Conversation — When Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2019, I congratulated him in a public US and Africa dialogue forum. I thought he deserved the prize, given what he had done. In…

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Rihanna

Sorry, Rihanna. I can’t celebrate billionaires – even if they are Black

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The last thing we need right now is another billionaire, regardless of their skin color By Akin Olla, The Guardian — Rihanna just became the newest member of the Black billionaire class. She did it through her ambitious and game-changing makeup company, Fenty Beauty. Fenty rejects eurocentric beauty standards and provides a wide array of cosmetics that celebrate darker skin tones often ignored by the beauty industry. That’s great. Unfortunately,…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Climate change alert: Tuvalu is sinking

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Tuvalu is a tiny Polynesian island nation located midway between Hawaii and Australia. Home to just 11,000 people, it is just 10 square miles. It is smaller today than it was a decade ago. Thanks to world climate change, Tuvalu is sinking, and the evidence is everywhere. I’d never heard to Tuvalu until I attended COP15, the Copenhagen climate change conference, in 2010. It was…

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A shining city upon a hill; American exceptionalism.

America, the exceptional, the indispensable nation in the world? Pure fantasy

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Sorry to say, America Is not the model for the world. By Michael Payne, Nation of Change — How many times have we all heard those words, that this country is the exceptional, indispensable nation in the world? Here is an article from Fox News that makes that claim, one of many thousands of similar articles that have been written over the years. The following first paragraph says it all….

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A White Trump supporter and and a young African American man argue during an immigration protest.

‘An American Caesar’: How the right wing is embracing dark ideas once considered ‘unthinkable’

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By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — Donald Trump was hardly the first U.S. president to voice his support for authoritarians. But while President Richard Nixon saw it as practical to have an alliance with Spain’s dictator Gen. Francisco Franco — arguing that at least El Generalísimo kept Soviet troops out of the streets of Madrid — he never praised Franco as a role model for the United States. Trump and his…

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Ben Jealous

To protect democracy, we have to fix the Supreme Court

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By Ben Jealous — It’s been six months since the Biden-Harris administration began, ushering in an era of hope after four bitter and disheartening years. We have much to celebrate. At the same time, there are ways in which our future is wavering on a knife’s edge: will we fulfill the promise of a more inclusive democracy, or be dragged backwards by the same forces that tried to reverse the…

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