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Protesters vandalised a statue of former Belgian King Leopold II at the Africa Museum, in Tervuren, near Brussels, earlier this month

Belgian king expresses ‘regrets’ over colonial past in Congo

By News & Current Affairs

Monarch acknowledges ‘acts of violence and cruelty’ inflicted during colonial rule. By Rory Sullivan, The Independent — The King of Belgium has expressed his “deepest regrets” for the violence and suffering inflicted during Belgian rule over what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the African country marks 60 years since it gained independence. In a letter written to Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the DRC, King Philippe became the first reigning Belgian monarch…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Not Yet Uhuru, Freedom Interrupted: African Liberation Delayed But Not Defeated

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — It is yet another year and still the struggle for the liberation of African people everywhere continues. And it must continue for even at the height of the liberation movement on the continent of Africa, one of our honored freedom fighters, Oginga Odinga of Kenya, reminded us with his book titled Not Yet Uhuru (Freedom) and with his own continued struggle – we are not really free…

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Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba’s Letter to his wife before his death on January 17, 1961

By Editors' Choice

Patrice Lumumba (July 2, 1925 – January 17, 1961) Lest We forget: The last letter written by Patrice Lumumba to his wife, Pauline, just before his death on January 17, 1961…   “My beloved companion, I write you these words not knowing whether you will receive them, when you will receive them, and whether I will still be alive when you read them. Throughout my struggle for the independence of…

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The Second Sight of W.E.B. Du Bois

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By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com — Chris Hedges gave this talk Friday at the Left Forum in New York City. W.E.B. Du Bois, more than any intellectual this nation produced in the first half of the 20th century, explained America to itself. He did this not only through what he called the “color line” but by exposing the intertwining of empire, capitalism and white supremacy. He deftly fused academic disciplines. He possessed unwavering…

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