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Charles Barron

Charles Barron is back: His unique rise to power, East New York’s forgotten socialist dynasty, and the never ending narrative wars

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How the Barrons have been shattering narratives for two decades By Michael Lange — “The socialist left is on the rise, particularly in neighborhoods where Black and Latino residents are being gentrified out of existence” declared Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries, the fourth ranking House Democrat (and potential future speaker of the house), represents New York’s 8th Congressional District, which includes predominantly black neighborhoods like Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York….

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Dusk falls over the US Capitol building on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The Perils of “Minority Rule”

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Minority rule has metastasized like a cancer and is now pervasive throughout the US political system. By Steven Hill, Common Dreams — After a strong start with his ambitious Covid relief bill and vaccination rollout, President Joe Biden’s momentum has slowed considerably. Like President Barack Obama before him, he has now hit the buzzsaw of…Republican minority rule. Much attention has been focused on Senator Joe Manchin’s stubborn defense of the filibuster…

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American flag burning in Haiti

White Supremacy and Western Imperialism Is at Root of Haiti’s Continuing Struggles

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If you are confused, bewildered and perturbed by the bizarre drama unfolding in Haiti, you are not alone. By Mohammed Nurhussein, Black Star News — I turned to the New York Times for clues, knowing fully well the answer would be the usual contempt with which the paper dismisses African issues. Words like the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, corruption and aid dependence were recurring themes. “Haiti’s troubled history goes deep, lying…

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Black Lives Matter demonstrators continue the long battle against racism in this country.

The fourth R in education: Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic and racism

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By Jo Allen-Eure, People’s World — Racism. “A belief that some races are by nature superior to others, in which discrimination can be practiced, based on this belief” (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2019). This cruel practice of acting out hateful feelings toward groups of people who are of a darker hue (especially Black, brown, Indigenous, and Asian), is ripping this country into shreds. This practice has drawn support from many sectors…

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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

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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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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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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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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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Sen. John Barrasso, Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Thune, Sen. Rick Scott and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell

GOP-led voter suppression is being implemented step by step — Just like Jim Crow

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Five generations after the original Jim Crow edifice was built, the GOP has dedicated itself to mass disenfranchisement. By Sasha Abramsky, Truthout — Around the country, Republican legislators are using straw man arguments about voter fraud to push increasing restrictions on access to the ballot box. In response, President Joe Biden and others have slammed the changes as “un-American,” rhetorically downplaying the violence of voter suppression that has in fact been at…

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Zaila Avant-garde

Zaila Avant-garde becomes first Black American winner of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Zaila, a 14-year-old from Harvey, La., won on the word “Murraya.” She became the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in almost 100 years of contests. By Maria Cramer and Alan Yuhas, NYT — The national spelling bee has been held for almost 100 years, and for decades, its organizers have steadily made the words more difficult, veering into the realms of medicine, art, zoology and…

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