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Black and Latino Wealth Plummets to Record Lows

By Editors' Choice, News & Current Affairs

NAREB Report Shows Nation’s Economic Recovery Isn’t Shared Equally As part of the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) unveiled new and disturbing research on how communities of color are suffering a worsening racial economic disparity. The State of Housing in Black America reveals that while the private sector and financially secure consumers recover financial ground from the Great Recession, much…

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NY to Judge: Unseal Documents on ’71 Attica Riot

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By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press New York’s attorney general has asked a state judge to release sealed documents about the 1971 riot and retaking of Attica state prison in an effort to reveal the full history of the nation’s bloodiest prison rebellion and answer the questions of families whose loved ones died there. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the court in Wyoming County to open hundreds of detailed pages about…

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More than 1,000 Meet in Denver to Develop Drug War Exit Strategy As Poll Finds 58% of Americans Want Pot Legalized

By News & Current Affairs, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By Tony Newman Which state will be next to legalize marijuana? What do the Obama administration’s recent announcements about marijuana legalization and mandatory minimums [3] really mean? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do blacks go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? What role…

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US Invasion of Grenada: A 30-Year Retrospective

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By Stephen Zunes, Truthout It has been exactly 30 years since US forces invaded Grenada, ending that Caribbean island nation’s four-year socialist experiment. The island nation no bigger than Martha’s Vineyard, with a population that could barely fill the Rose Bowl, was defeated with relatively few American casualties. President Ronald Reagan’s decision to occupy the country and replace the government with one more to his liking proved to be quite…

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‘Forward Ever’ screens in Grenada

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By Bruce Paddington, Director/Producer Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution, a feature length documentary on the Grenada Revolution of 1979-1983, directed and produced by Bruce Paddington, has recently held three screenings in Grenada. These were held over the weekend of the 30th anniversary of the killings of then prime minister Maurice Bishop and his close colleagues. These screenings followed the success of the four sold out screenings of the…

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Rich Dialogue Marks IBW’s Symposium on The Future of Democracy in Africa & the Caribbean

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“Its not often that grassroots activists, Pan-Africanists and progressive academics get an opportunity to interface with statesmen from Africa and the Caribbean and mingle with diplomats from those regions over a period of two days,” commented one of the invited participants at the Symposium on the Future of Democracy & Development in Africa and the Caribbean organized by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW).

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Africa News In Brief (10/22/13)

By Africa News in Brief, News & Current Affairs

A DECADE-LONG PEACE IN MOZAMBIQUE NOW IN PERIL Oct. 22 (GIN) – Mozambique, profiled as the next Norway enjoying a windfall from its recent finds in off-shore gas, may be headed for troubled waters instead. A fragile peace has reigned over the southeast nation since a treaty in 1992 ended a 16 year long civil war. A pawn in the Cold War of the great powers, the coastal nation was…

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Prime Minister Gonsalves of St. Vincent writes ‘robustly’ to Dominican Republic President

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has written to President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, over a court decision that effectively revokes citizenship to some 250,000 persons of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic. “I regret that the circumstances have compelled me to write robustly on this matter. I assure you that my language is restrained and does not fully express my personal outrage,” Gonsalves said at the end…

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