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September 2021 Africa-CARICOM Summit Communique

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History was made on September 7th 2021, when the inaugural Africa-CARICOM Summit was held virtually under the theme ‘Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration’. The meeting, which was delayed a year due to the pandemic, aimed at ‘Promoting closer collaboration between Africa Diaspora, People of African Descent and the Caribbean and Pacific region and institutions.’ Communique

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Understanding Islam

Articles on understanding Islam

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Why some Muslim women feel empowered wearing hijab, a headscarf By Kalpana Jain, The Conversation — For some Muslim women, wearing a hijab can be a religious act but Muslim women’s clothing isn’t entirely about faith. It has been used – and is still used – as an assertion of identity. Read more Understanding Islam – a brief introduction to its past and present in the United States By Kalpana…

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Rep. Barbara Lee introduces a Congressional Resolution on the UN’s Decade for People of African Descent

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Rep. Barbara Lee — Whereas the International Day for People of African Descent will be celebrated for the first time on 31 August 2021; Whereas the United Nations has created this observance via resolution 75/170 in an effort to “promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent”; Whereas the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024…

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Church Haiti Earthquake 2021

The disasters in Afghanistan and Haiti share the same twisted root

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Half a world away from one another, the citizens of two nations are suffering as a result of the corruption and incompetence of the U.S. By Jonathan M. Katz, TNR — Last week, the world shook twice. The first shock hit Haiti, when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted beneath the island’s southern peninsula. Homes, churches, and hotels crumbled in the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie and in nearby villages. More than…

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Hospital Beds at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 2020.

How capitalism made the world sick

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Rupa Marya and Raj Patel’s Inflamed argues that the human cost of our economic system is a key to understanding the health of the world. By Sarah Jones, The Nation — No one should pay for a coronavirus test. This is not a moral judgment but a statement of fact; the US government has decreed it so. Insurers are supposed to cover the tests, at no cost to the consumer….

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9 Black millionaires who built wealth outside of sports and entertainment

9 Black millionaires who built wealth outside of sports and entertainment

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By Njera Perkins, AfroTech — For generations, Black Americans have been taught that our golden ticket to wealth and becoming Black millionaires is by making it as athletes or entertainers. But that’s a very one-sided picture that has been painted for us that fails to acknowledge the many Black entrepreneurs that found success outside of those expectations. Individuals beyond the realm of big-name sports figures, music and movie stars have managed to…

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Soldier's Burden

Groundhog Day or Imperial Reckoning?

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Afghanistan’s Armageddon 20 Years After 9/11 Offers Foreign Policy Choices By Ed Rampell, LA Progressive — As the Afghanistan Armageddon unravels, this humiliating, devastating defeat for the US and its allies and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 (and who knows what may take place to mark that day?), plus the June 29 death of war monger extraordinaire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, are wakeup calls. They offer Americans the chance to reflect…

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U.S. Military in Iraq

Blood in the sand

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The U.S. has nothing to show for its efforts after trillions of dollars were spent on wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and beyond, but blood in the sand. By Jeffrey Sachs — The magnitude of the United States’ failure in Afghanistan is breathtaking. It is not a failure of Democrats or Republicans, but an abiding failure of American political culture, reflected in U.S. policymakers’ lack of interest in understanding different…

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee

There ‘will never be’ a US military solution in Afghanistan: Rep. Barbara Lee

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The California Democrat was the only member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams — Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee—who cast the sole vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that was used to justify the war in Afghanistan—reiterated on Sunday her assessment that “there is no military…

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Economy

Neoliberalism: America faces an historical crossroads

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America Faces an Historical Crossroads – Neoliberalism’s tax cuts for the morbidly rich would incentivize them to start new businesses By Thom Hartmann, Independent Media Institute — The Democratic Party is having an internal battle over the “small” and the “large” infrastructure bills, but what’s really at stake is the future of neoliberalism within the party. The smaller “bipartisan” bill represents the neoliberal worldview, including public-private partnerships and huge subsidies…

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Megachurch

Amid calls to #TaxTheChurches – what and how much do US religious organizations not pay the taxman?

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Megachurches and the men who lead them can be superrich. So why don’t the IRS and local authorities see a cent in taxes? A scholar explains. By Ryan Cragun, The Conversation — The hashtag #TaxTheChurches began trending on Twitter in mid-July. The spark was allegations about the wealth of celebrity pastor Joel Osteen. But it wasn’t the first time that “tax the churches” has circulated. In fact it is slogan that long predates social media…

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Black Woman

Google’s pledge to train 100k Black women in digital skills by 2022

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Google continues to build up its pipeline of Black talent with its latest ambitious initiative. By Njera Perkins— This story was originally published on Feb 15, 2021 by AfroTech. Last week, Grow With Google announced that it has established a new initiative to offer digital skills training to 100,000 Black women. This pledge to upskill Black job seekers is part of Google’s $15 million initiative announced back in June. Their goal now…

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