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The Global Reparations Movement: The Greatest Political Tide of the 21st Century

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Statement by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) — The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) welcomes recent developments in the movement for reparatory justice, especially in the Caribbean and across the United States, and the wide media coverage of the movement in the aftermath of the globalization of the Black Lives Matter campaign. Rastafari, civil society organizations, and prominent public figures in the Caribbean like Hon. Michael Lester “Mike” Henry and Hon….

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Diepsloot in South Africa

South Africa: The fault-lines of the world’s most unequal society

By Editors' Choice

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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South Africa in turmoil

South Africa in turmoil

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kate Bartlett, OZY — It’s the worst violence South Africa has seen since liberation hero Nelson Mandela walked free from prison and laid the foundations for the “Rainbow Nation” three decades ago. More than 70 people are dead, shopping malls have been burned to the ground, cargo trucks torched, highways blocked, and there have been running street battles and stampedes in which fleeing looters were crushed to death. Banks’…

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Dr Yosef A.A. ben Jochannan seated in the middle of legendary history scholars Dr. Ivan Van Sertima and Dr. John Henrik Clarke on Gil Noble’s talk show

The significance of the late Black Egyptologist Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben Jochannan

By Commentaries/Opinions

Dr Yosef A.A. ben Jochannan seated in the middle of legendary history scholars Dr. Ivan Van Sertima and Dr. John Henrik Clarke on Gil Noble’s talk show ‘Like It Is.’ Gil Noble was a pioneering Afrikan American journalist on ABC news in NYC. By Bashir Muhammad Akinyele — “Dr. Ben gave Kemet and Nile Valley Civilizations back to us” — Dr. Leonard Jeffries (legendary Africana Studies Professor) As I embark…

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An electoral official with an empty ballot box after the closing of the polls in the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia on June 21, 2021.

Ethiopia Is at a Crossroads. Can the Nation Survive in Its Current Form?

By Commentaries/Opinions

After recent national elections and with continued violence in Tigray, Ian Bremmer looks at the future of Ethiopia. By Ian Bremmer, TIME —  Ethiopia stands at a crossroads. On June 21, the country finally held the first round of long-delayed elections for the country’s parliament and Regional State Councils. Voting in the remaining 69 of the country’s 547 constituencies will take place in a second round in September. It’s not clear when…

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Human skulls from the Herero and ethnic Nama people

Germany colonial-era genocide reparations offer not enough – Namibia vice president

By Reparations

By Reuters — Germany’s offer to fund projects in Namibia worth more than a billion euros ($1.22 billion) over 30 years to atone for its role in genocide and property seizures in its-then colony more than a century ago is not enough, Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba said on Friday. “No amount of money in any currency can truly compensate the life of a human being,” Mbumba told journalists as…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The “Truth” About South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

By Reparations, Vantage Point Articles

By Dr. Ron Daniels — As the quest for Reparations for African Americans is surging and the enactment of HR-40 is in site, there is concern among reparations advocates that the concept of “reconciliation,” popularized by the world renowned process adopted in South Africa, will be viewed by some as an acceptable alternative. First introduced in 1989 by the late Congressman John Conyers, the original bill…

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Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

What Can America Learn From South Africa About National Healing?

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By David Marchese, NY Times  — Twenty-five years ago, after the end of apartheid, South Africa established its Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission’s subsequent public hearings were an attempt to provide victims of the country’s brutal white-nationalist regime a healing forum in which to tell their stories and also be told the truth — by perpetrators, often speaking in exchange for amnesty — about what happened to loved ones…

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Why the West is morally bound to offer reparations for slavery

By Editors' Choice, News & Current Affairs

By Rhoda E. Howard Hassmann— The 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, will be celebrated this August. There was much discussion at the conference about reparations to Africa for the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in which millions of Africans were captured to provide free labour in North and South America and the Caribbean for over four and a half centuries. Unfortunately, the conference was…

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How America Invented Race

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By Ed Bell, Clementine Briand, Pierce Freelon, Jonathan Halperin, Aaron Keane and Drew Takahashi— EPISODE 1 The white “race” was invented by rich Virginians in 1676 in the aftermath of a populous rebellion of impoverished, indentured, and enslaved Africans and Europeans now known as Bacon’s Rebellion. Source: World Channel

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Milton Allimadi - February 22, 2020 IBW21 Pan African Unity Dialogue (PAUD) Meeting.

Advice on Africa for the incoming president

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Milton Allimadi— Dear President-Elect Biden, As a veteran African journalist, I have some insights that may help your administration formulate Africa policy. For starters, I disagree with what your nominee as U.S. ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas Greenfield — when she was Obama’s assistant secretary of state for Africa — told Shaka Ssali, host of the popular “Straight Talk Africa” program on Voice of America, on Aug. 17, 2016. Greenfield said that while…

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Statement from a Coalition of Pan African Organizations on the War in Ethiopia

By Commentaries/Opinions, News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts

By the United African Congress — We are deeply disturbed by the escalation of violence following the declaration of war on the regional state of Tigray by PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia on November 4, 2020. We are New York-based Pan African advocacy and humanitarian organizations representing the interest of Africa and Africans in the Diaspora in the U.S. and worldwide. This conflict has the potential of spiraling uncontrollably into…

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