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Mexico rejects foreign intervention in Cuban incidents

By News & Current Affairs

President AMLO called on the international community to respect the principles of non-intervention and self-determination of peoples. By teleSUR — Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) rejected the intervention of international powers and mainstream media in the protests in Cuba on Sunday. “I want to express my solidarity with the Cuban people. I believe that a solution must be sought through dialogue, without the use of force, without confrontation,…

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris’s “Do Not Come” Message Was a Political Failure

By Commentaries/Opinions

The administration says it’s only concerned about the safety of migrants. Its actions continue to put them in danger. By Pedro Gerson, Slate — It may seem that there are few policy areas where Democrats and Republicans are more divided than immigration. After all, while former President Trump let xenophobia and cruelty towards migrants drive his policy decisions, President Biden has promised to implement policies that “promote integration, inclusion, and…

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The Eli Jackson Methodist Church and cemetery, located on a ranch once operated by Nathaniel and Matilda Jackson, who are believed to have helped slaves escape to Mexico, San Juan, Texas, 2019

When the Enslaved Fled to Mexico

By Reparations

A new book tells the forgotten story of fugitive slaves who found freedom south of the border. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review There has long been a fascination with the plight of enslaved Blacks who ran away from southern slaveholders in the decades before the Civil War. Powerful autobiographies by runaways such as Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Harriet Jacobs immerse us in their physical pain and…

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Dr. Keith Rowley

Ease up on Venezuela, CARICOM urges US

By News & Current Affairs

By Edmond Campbell— The leadership of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is urging the Joe Biden administration to carry out a “dispassionate early review” of the United States’ scorched policy towards Venezuela, with a view to lifting draconian sanctions that have contributed to an economic and humanitarian crisis in that country. Under the Donald Trump administration, the United States imposed tough sanctions on the South American country as it increased pressure…

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Protestors march down Queen Street in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday, June 1.

Thousands around the world protest George Floyd’s death in global display of solidarity

By News & Current Affairs

By Zamira Rahim and Rob Picheta, CNN — Protesters have marched in the US for six consecutive nights over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. Their anger over the killing of the unarmed black man has now spread worldwide. Over the weekend demonstrators gathered in London, Berlin and Auckland, among other cities, to protest against police brutality in solidarity with the US crowds. Britain In London, protesters rallied…

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Panel from the Florentine Cortex depicting smallpox outbreaks in the Americas during the 16th century.

Aztec Kings Had Rules for Plagues, Including ‘Do Not Be a Fool’

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

But When Cortés’s Soldiers Arrived Carrying a Novel Virus, the Empire First Succumbed to Smallpox and Then Fell to Spain. By David Bowles, Zocalo Public Square — Every civilization eventually faces a crisis that forces it to adapt or be destroyed. Few adapt. On July 10, 1520, Aztec forces vanquished the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men, driving them from Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire. The Spanish soldiers…

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The International Monetary Fund Flexes Its Muscles in Latin America

By Commentaries/Opinions

Thanks to the IMF, the pockets of the forgotten from Argentina to Mexico will suffer so that finance is left intact. By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute — On December 1, Mexico will have a new president—Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He will take over the presidency from the lackluster Enrique Peña Nieto, whose administration is marinated in corruption. Peña Nieto’s legal office has already asked the Supreme Court to shield his…

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Honduran troops deploy in San Pedro Sula during the inauguration of Juan Orlando Hernández in January.

Why are so many people fleeing Honduras?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Jackie McVicar, America Magazine — Though thousands of Hondurans left in recent weeks to form the main party of the so-called migrant caravan now making its way to the United States through Mexico, on a typical day hundreds of people leave Honduras, caravan or not. And as those hundreds depart, scores of others are returned after deportation from the United States. Many deportees will try their luck again. “We are living in calamity,…

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Image is taken from the cover of Gerald Horne’s, The Counter-Revolution of 1776 (NYU press, 2014)

The Texas Counter-Revolution of 1836

By Reparations

The revolt of the Anglo colonists was more than an independence movement—it was, in word and deed, a counter-revolution against the advancing trend of human liberation that was sweeping the world. Richard D. Vogel, Monthly Review Online — The author wishes to acknowledge the insight provided by of the works of Gerald Horne, especially The Counter-Revolution of 1776, in the development of this thesis. The official history of the Texas Revolution…

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Garifuna Coalition USA

New York-based Group to Celebrate Garifuna Heritage

By News & Current Affairs

The month-long celebrations will give the people in New York City a chance to recognize and appreciate Garifuna history and traditions. The New York City-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc, is marking the month of May as the Garifuna-America heritage month, to commemorate the 221st anniversary of the forced displacement of the Garifuna people by the British from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines on March 11th, 1797, and their settlement…

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The secret lives of Afro-Mexicans in America

The Secret Lives of Afro-Mexicans in America

By Commentaries/Opinions

Walter Thompson-Hernández, Splinter —  Like most Mexican immigrants in Santa Ana, California, the Cisneros family frequently participates in cultural and ethnic celebrations that remind them of the lives they once led in Cuanjinicuilapa, Guerrero—a small, quaint town in southern Mexico. Their home is adorned with ornaments they have accumulated over the years, from Mexican calendars to small trinkets, each wall lined with nostalgic portraits of quinceañeras, weddings, and other family celebrations….

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