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Joana Gorjão Henriques

A White Journalist Discovers the Lie of Portugal’s Colonial Past

By | Commentary

Joana Gorjão Henriques has been a journalist at the leading national daily in Portugal, Público, since 2000; a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2010; and a contributor to The Guardian. She is mainly a long-form writer who reports on racism, discrimination and social injustice. NOTE: Joana Gorjão Henriques describes herself as “white”. But, in the US (and many other countries), she would not be “white”… but, rather, a nonwhite Latina….

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Venezuelan Opposition “Consultation”: Playing Alone and Losing

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by Ricardo Vaz Sunday, July 16, was a significant day in Venezuela’s political history. The right-wing opposition MUD, backed by the United States, threw all its weight behind a “consultation” that they hoped would show that their (coup) attempts had a formidable public backing and trigger the “zero hour” of a new phase that would lead to the removal of the Bolivarian government. In the end the stunt backfired, leaving…

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Al Calloway

H. R. 40 is not the only answer

By | Commentary, Reparations

By Al Calloway Typically, too many African American political leaders, preachers and so-called intellectuals shy away from the issue of Reparations. As a result, the black body politic has not risen to demand that the U.S. government, industry, and white Americans in general, deal with rectifying the heinous wrongs experienced both by our enslaved black forebears and present day African American citizens. In the final analysis, African people throughout the…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Health Care in the Dark

By | Commentary, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

My grandmother, and yours, too probably, used to say that things done in the dark would eventually come to light.  There is way too much “dark” public policy being done by this administration, too many instances when whispers and innuendo are substitutes for truth and transparency.  If 45 wonders why there are so many leaks from the Oval Office, perhaps he ought to consider more transparency.  Instead, he veers in…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Civil Rights Under Seige

By | Commentary, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

When he was running for President, 45 asked African Americans what we had to lose by electing him.  Embracing the most dystopian view of the African American community, he attacked our schools, our streets, crime rates, and unemployment and suggested that we were so far down that electing him could only improve things.  Curiously, he never talked about racism when he talked about the status of African Americans.  He never…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Basil Wilson

The Panic Concerning Health Care

By | Commentary, Dr Basil Wilson

By Basil Wilson for Carib News – The Town Hall meetings when House and Senate Representatives find the courage to face anguished constituents, vividly portrays the concern of the American people in regards to health care.  We are presently in a state of purgatory with a bill passed by the House of Representatives and an ad hoc Committee in the Senate busy trying to concoct its own alternative to the…

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We Did It, They Hid It: How Memorial Day Was Stripped Of Its African American Roots

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By Ben Becker – What we now know as Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause. These days, Memorial Day is arranged as a day “without politics”—a general patriotic celebration of all soldiers and veterans, regardless of the nature of the wars in…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Venezuela needs helping hand, not a hammer blow

By | Commentary, Rev Jesse Jackson

If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. The United States has a big hammer: the military, plus the intelligence community’s covert intervention forces. So we are dropping bombs from drones in seven countries. Donald Trump goes to Saudi Arabia peddling arms and urging military cooperation. When North Korea acts up, he dispatches an aircraft carrier flotilla as a “show of force.” When Syria’s government is accused of…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Devoid at Bethune Cookman University: We Must Be the Resistance

By | Commentary, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune Cookman University than if I had raised them myself.  Responding to the University’s very late selection of Betsy DeVos (hereafter referred to as DeVoid, as she is devoid of good sense, history, literacy, and even courtesy) for the spring commencement speaker, graduating seniors chose to turn their back on a woman who described HBCUs as “pioneers of school choice”. …

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

A Tiny, Petty Victory

By | Commentary, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

After months of “repeal and replace” rhetoric, Congress has finally passed a pitiful little bill designed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act.   To watch Republicans gather in the Rose Garden to “celebrate” the narrow passage of their paltry bill, you would have thought that 45 was about to sign ground-breaking legislation.  Instead, changes to the Affordable Care Act must be ironed out between the House of Representatives and the Senate. …

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