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'This Is Us': In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude Delivers 'Incredibly Powerful' Statement on US History of Racism and Violence—And You Can't Just Blame Trump

‘This Is Us’: In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude on US History of Racism and Violence

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‘This Is Us’: In Wake of El Paso, Eddie Glaude Delivers ‘Incredibly Powerful’ Statement on US History of Racism and Violence—And You Can’t Just Blame Trump By Jon Queally — Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude received praise overnight for comments made on MSNBC Monday as he called on the American people to acknowledge that while blaming President Donald Trump might be easy to do—especially given the available evidence—for the racist-inspired massacre at…

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Toni Morrison

Beloved author Toni Morrison, dead at 88

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Toni Morrison (February 18, 1931 — August 5, 2019) By Herb Boyd — “We die,” Toni Morrison said at the conclusion of her Nobel Prize address in 1993. “That may be the meaning of life.  But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Morrison not only did language, she gave it her own special embellishments, an eloquence that elevated the human condition as she probed the…

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Former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini

Former neo-Nazi warns mass shootings are part of an uprising: ‘This is going to get worse’

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By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story — Former neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini, who created The Free Radicals Project, explained on CNN Sunday that these mass shootings from white supremacists are just the beginning. He explained that the white supremacist manifesto the El Paso shooter left is something that he’s heard before. “I think that manifestos have been very similar since 2009 when James von Brunn walked into the D.C. Holocaust Museum and left a…

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A convoy of AFRICOM's armored vehicles drive to the Uganda People’s Defence Force compound in Mogadishu, Somalia

Violence Has Spiked in Africa Since the Military Founded AFRICOM

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By Nick Turse, The Intercept — Since U.S. Africa Command began operations in 2008, the number of U.S. military personnel on the African continent has jumped 170 percent, from 2,600 to 7,000. The number of military missions, activities, programs, and exercises there has risen 1,900 percent, from 172 to 3,500. Drone strikes have soared and the number of commandos deployed has increased exponentially along with the size and scope of AFRICOM’s constellation of bases. The U.S. military has recently conducted 36…

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Historical marker remembering 1903 lynching of George White

Sen. Darius Brown, Shepherd family respond to theft of historical lynching marker

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WILMINGTON – On Friday, it was reported that the historical marker recognizing the lynching of George White, unveiled just over a month ago, was stolen from Greenbank Park on Kirkwood Highway. The historical marker appeared to have been pulled out of the ground, leaving a hole where it once stood. According to officials at the Delaware Public Archives who oversee historical markers in the state, the concrete footing that secured the…

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Sudanese students protest in the capital Khartoum on July 30, 2019, a day after students were shot at a rally against shortages of bread and fuel in al-Obeid,

Sudan suspends all schools after students killed during protests

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By Sharif Paget, Hande Atay Alam, Nada Altaher and Bukola Adebayo. (CNN) — Authorities in Sudan have suspended all schools beginning on Wednesday after street protests turned deadly, according to state news agency SUNA. “The Secretary General of the Federal Government Bureau, Siddiq Gumaa Babal-Khair, has directed the caretaker Walis (governors) of States to suspend education at all the school levels as of Wednesday,” SUNA reported, citing a directive of…

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Alicia Barcena

Latin America – Caribbean GDP expected to decline: 0.5 percent in 2019 vs 0.9 percent 2018

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Santiago, Chile – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) expects economic growth in the region to continue to decline, due to an international context of greater uncertainty and complexity, and weak performance by investment, exports, and consumption. This is the outlooks of the annual Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2019, announced this week by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the United Nations regional…

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The disproportionate purging of voters has resulted in an estimated 1.1 million fewer voters between 2016 and 2018, the Brennan Center said.

Alarm over voter purges as 17m Americans removed from rolls in two years

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Areas with discriminatory history purging at higher rates Purges accelerated following 2013 supreme court decision By Tom McCarthy, The Guardian — US election jurisdictions with histories of egregious voter discrimination have been purging voter rolls at a rate 40% beyond the national average, according to a watchdog report released on Thursday. At least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, according to a study by the Brennan Center for…

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Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (seated left), Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and Dr. David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer & University Secretary, University of Glasgow, shake hands following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at The UWI Regional Headquarters, Kingston, Jamaica on July 31, 2019, to partner in a reparations strategy including the establishment of the Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research. Witnessing the event are C. William Iton (left), University Registrar, The UWI and Peter Aitchison, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, University of Glasgow.

Historic Memorandum of Understanding signed between The University of the West Indies and the University of Glasgow

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Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. July 31, 2019 — A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and a senior official of the University of Glasgow (UoG), at a ceremony held at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The document, framed as a “Reparatory Justice” initiative, acknowledges that while the…

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George C. Wallace

Daughter of Notorious Segregationist George Wallace Says Trump Is Worse Than Her Father

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By Ramsey Touchberry, Newsweek — As President Donald Trump continues to invoke race as a major talking point ahead of the 2020 election, the daughter of an infamous segregationist politician from decades ago sees parallels between her father, former Alabama Governor George Wallace, and Trump. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Peggy Wallace Kennedy said. “I saw daddy a lot in 2016.” She suggested that Trump, a president who has…

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