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Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury named in U.S. election donor scheme

By News & Current Affairs

By Melody Chironda Cape Town — Gilbert Chagoury, a Nigerian billionaire of Lebanese descent, has been named in the criminal case of a U.S. congressman Jeff Fortenberry who prosecutors say lied to FBI investigators about illegal contributions to his 2016 re-election campaign from foreign nationals. According to Associated Press, the indictment alleges that Fortenberry, U.S. Representative of Nebraska repeatedly lied to and misled authorities during a federal investigation into illegal contributions to his re-election campaign made by…

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Trump in Oval Office

The New Trump Coup

By Editors' Choice

By Bill Blum — By now, it should be abundantly clear that the insurrection of January 6, 2021, was not a spontaneous uprising perpetrated by an angry horde of amped-up Trump supporters. To the contrary, the insurrection was the culmination of an attempted coup designed to prevent the peaceful transition of power. But while the insurrection failed, a new coup is brewing and gathering steam. It is being spurred by…

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Counterprotestors demonstrate in Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2021, against the “Justice for J6” rally supporting those arrested during the January 6 coup attempt.

Fascism makes a comeback — But nothing about its methods is especially new

By Commentaries/Opinions

The Trump movement’s assault on democracy is directly descended from both the Jim Crow era and the Nuremberg laws. By Matthew Rozsa, Salon — On Nov. 3, 2020, the American people conclusively decided to make Donald Trump their first one-term president in more than a quarter-century. On every previous occasion when an incumbent president was defeated — it had happened 10 times before Trump, the loser president at least swallowed his pride and honored…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Thank You, Black Women

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — When California governor Gavin Newsom woke up on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, I hope he fell to his knees and said, “Thank you, God, thank you, Black women.” To be sure, there are many others to thank, from the energized Chicanx/Latinx community to the Democrats who surged to the polls at the last minute. Some of the more prominent who thronged to his side were…

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Trump loyalists storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 6 wasn’t the end — the right is trying a hostile takeover state by state

By Commentaries/Opinions

It’s clear that the Republican assault on democracy is actually just beginning. By Heather Digby Parton, Salon — On Sunday night, CNN aired a two-hour documentary called “Assault on Democracy” chronicling the evolution of the American right’s most recent embrace of conspiracy theories and authoritarianism which led to the insurrection of January 6th. Unlike most of the recent TV examinations of this phenomenon, CNN didn’t simply go back to the day Donald Trump descended the golden…

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Three Urgent Steps to Defend Democracy from Cynics and Skeptics

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ben Jealous — The far-right attack on voting rights is fierce. And the unwillingness of some Senate Democrats to challenge rules that allow a Republican minority to block voting rights bills is making some question whether we can turn back the tide of voter suppression. As the Black Voters Matter Freedom Ride Bus Tour makes its way through Southern cities including Nashville, Atlanta, Columbia, Raleigh, and Richmond with the…

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Vantage Point: The Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations/HR-40 and New York’s Mayoral Election

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, June 21, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with callers. Topic The Juneteenth Holiday, Reparations and HR-40 Plus The Professor on the Soap Box: Who’s Your Pick for Mayor of New York and Why? Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-4PM or visit WBAI.org…

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Vantage Point: Election, Insurrection, Inauguration Revisited • Mission of Black Lives Matter LA

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point February 1, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Bill Fletcher and Dr. Melina Abdullah. Topics Election, Insurrection and Inauguration Revisited The Mission of Black Lives Matter LA Guests Bill Fletcher, Labor/Social Justice Advocate. Author, Political Commentator, Washington, DC Dr. Melina Abdullah, Scholar/Activist, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter, LA, Los Angeles   Ways to listen Live (Radio) —…

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Vantage Point: Post Election, Insurrection and Inauguration – The Analysis of Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point January 25, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Topics Post Election, Insurrection and Inauguration The Analysis of Dr. Julianne Malveaux Special Invited Guest Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Author, Political Economist, Washington, D.C. Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box   Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays…

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Reviving the War on Drugs Will Further Damage Police-Community Relations

Protecting the White Code: Police Unions Silence is Deafening on the Assault on the Capitol Building

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Damon K. Jones— What the world witnessed at the Capitol Building was a total disregard of the law that cannot be classified as any less than Domestic Terrorism. Wednesday’s Domestic Terrorist acts have caused one police officer to lose his life and dozens more were injured. The silence of police unions across the country is deafening on the use of force at the Capitol Building, the blatant disregard of the law,…

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The Whole Story in a Single Photo

By Editors' Choice

An image from the Capitol captures the distance between who we purport to be and who we have actually been. By Clint Smith— On Wednesday afternoon, as insurrectionists assaulted the Capitol, a man wearing a brown vest over a black sweatshirt walked through the halls of Congress with the Confederate battle flag hanging over his shoulder. One widely circulated photo, taken by Mike Theiler of Reuters, captured him mid-stride, part…

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