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The interior of the Lloyd's of London building is seen in the City of London financial district in London, Britain, April 16, 2019.

London’s finance district, steeped in slavery, confronts its past

By Reparations

By Carolyn Cohn and Huw Jones, Reuters — British ships ferried over 3 million enslaved African people across the Atlantic Ocean. Lloyd’s of London insured many of those vessels, the people chained below deck sometimes categorized as “perishable goods”, alongside cattle, by the market’s underwriters. Lloyd’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade is not included in the market’s permanent exhibition at its modernistic City tower but that is set to…

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Former vice president Mike Pence gives a speech in Budapest on Sept. 23.

The GOP alliance with Europe’s far-right deepens

By News & Current Affairs

What was once a notional solidarity between nationalists on both sides of the Atlantic is turning into something more durable. By Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post — Toward the end of last month, a major right-wing summit in Hungary had a conspicuous guest. Former vice president Mike Pence joined Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and a coterie of other illiberal, nationalist leaders from the continent in a two-day conference in Budapest…

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Black Lives Matter, Black Fist.

Black Lives Matter in Europe: What remains of the movement?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Chemnitz University of Technology — The violent death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, sparked protests across the U.S. that soon after spilled over into Europe and other regions of the world. Under the slogan “Black Lives Matter” (BLM), a worldwide protest movement formed after Floyd’s death to demonstrate against racism and police violence. How did the protests…

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How America Invented Race

By Editors' Choice

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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Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Message From CARICOM Chairman on the 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery

By Reparations

The 186th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in the CARICOM Member-countries Which Were Colonised by Britain. By Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) On August 1, 2020, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commemorates the 186th anniversary of the abolition of the enslavement of Africans in the CARICOM member-countries which were colonized by Britain. In 1833,…

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A statue of former British prime minister Winston Churchill in London.

U.S. protests push Europe to face its own histories of injustice

By News & Current Affairs

By Ishan Tharoor with Ruby Mellen, Washington Post — Edward Colston was a 17th-century English merchant who rose to the position of deputy governor of the Royal African Co. His family became fabulously wealthy as a result, profiting from the company’s role in the British trade of African slaves to the New World. Under Colston’s watch, about 84,000 Africans were shipped to lives of bondage and misery. An estimated 19,000 of them perished during the…

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Collection of Helena Rubinstein

A Letter to President Macron: Reparations Before Restitution

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

In the wake of initiatives to repatriate Africa’s stolen property, the author of this letter asks the French President to repair what his ancestors have broken, before attempting to restore the war trophies of colonial conquest. By Manthia Diawara, Hyperallergic — “All of the elements for a solution to the major problems of humanity existed at one time or another in European thought. But the Europeans did not act on…

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Liverpool

Liverpool street sign plan to highlight city’s slavery links

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Liverpool could introduce plaques to give an “honest account” of places connected to the slave trade. By BBC News — Much of the city’s 18th Century wealth came from the trade involving British slavers transporting Africans across the Atlantic. Mayor Joe Anderson said paintings, street names and buildings in the city were “important parts of the historical record which should not be concealed”. He is calling for new signs to…

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U.S. Navy

How Europe’s Greedy Lending to Africa Is Driving the Migration Wave

By Editors' Choice

By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute — If you ask an African migrant in Europe who came across the Mediterranean Sea in a boat if they would make the journey again, most of them would say “yes.” Many of them had been on vans and trucks that took them across the dangerous Sahara Desert, and many of them had beenon board vessels that struggled to get across the choppy waters….

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Brexit Rally

From Brexit to El Paso: The Geopolitics of White Hate

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Sikivu Hutchinson, The Humanist — On the bustling streets of Kensington in London last week, one of the Black women I asked to comment on the recent election of Boris Johnson (who has been branded as Donald Trump’s British mini-me) vehemently declined. “I wouldn’t be able to without cussing,” she said, her response encapsulating the rage and distress Johnson’s election has elicited for progressive people of color. The backlash…

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The text was approved by 535 MEPs in a vote at the European parliament on Tuesday.

MEPs pass ‘watershed’ resolution calling for action against racism

By News & Current Affairs

Text calls on member states to tackle discrimination against people of African descent. By Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian — The European parliament has called for action to tackle the “structural racism” facing millions of Europeans of African descent in an unprecedented resolution that was overwhelmingly approved by MEPs. The resolution calls on European Union member states to develop national anti-racism strategies to deal with discrimination in education, health, housing, policing, the justice…

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Seventy percent of people of African descent stopped by police in Italy saw that action as racially-motivated.

People of African descent face ‘dire picture’ of racism in EU

By News & Current Affairs

Almost a third of people of African descent have experienced racial harassment in past five years, survey finds. By Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian — Almost a third of people of African descent polled in a new EU survey say they have experienced racial harassment in the last five years, a report that claims racial discrimination is “commonplace” across 12 European countries reveals. People of African descent face “a dire picture”…

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