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Dusk falls over the US Capitol building on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC.

The Perils of “Minority Rule”

By Editors' Choice

Minority rule has metastasized like a cancer and is now pervasive throughout the US political system. By Steven Hill, Common Dreams — After a strong start with his ambitious Covid relief bill and vaccination rollout, President Joe Biden’s momentum has slowed considerably. Like President Barack Obama before him, he has now hit the buzzsaw of…Republican minority rule. Much attention has been focused on Senator Joe Manchin’s stubborn defense of the filibuster…

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American democracy is fighting for its life – and Republicans don’t care

By Commentaries/Opinions

If Joe Manchin won’t vote yes on the For the People Act, Biden needs to convince one Republican senator – and that’s not going to happen. By Robert Reich, The Guardian — Note: This article was originally published on June 8, 2021 On Sunday, the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin announced in an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that he opposes the For the People Act. He also opposes ending…

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America’s Policing and Political Practices Inextricably Linked to KKK and White Supremacy

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Stacy M. Brown — Dr. Richard M. Cooper, the co- coordinator of African American Studies and faculty in the Social Work department at Widener University said there is a hidden assumption in the statement, “comprehensive thoughts on the most recent rise of White supremacy.” The statement assumes a “rise” as an undefined indicator or measure of an increase in White supremacy over an unnoted period, Dr. Cooper submitted. “For…

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Why Abolish The War On Drugs?

By Events, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

Join a Virtual Conversation on March 30 for a discussion with families, survivors, advocates, partners and stakeholders, about the need to eradicate the 50yr drug war in New Jersey. 2021 marks the 50th year of the Drug War in the United States. An incalculable number of families and communities have been destroyed by a war that has been widely viewed as a failure. Join us as we discuss with a…

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Tanzania’s John Magufuli: a brilliant start but an ignominious end

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Aikande Clement Kwayu — John Joseph Pombe Magufuli was a man who deftly played the long political game. He was nevertheless a puzzle both to Tanzanians and the world. When he first entered the presidency in 2015, he gained worldwide acclaim for his no-nonsense approach to fighting corruption and imprudent government spending. But as he settled into office, his true political colours – the authoritarian and “the bulldozer” of human rights –…

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Vantage Point: Should Schools and Restaurants Re-Open? Open Forum with Professor Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Radio

Vantage Point February 22, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with the callers. Open Forum Topics Controlling the Pandemic: Should Schools, Restaurants and Bars Re-Open? (Let’s Hear from Parents, Teachers, Business Owners and the Community) After Impeachment: Where Do We Go From Here? (Audience Speak-Out) Audience call-in number (212) 209-2877 Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI,…

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As Haiti dives deeper into chaos, opposition tries forming parallel government

By News & Current Affairs

Haitians awoke Monday to empty streets, a tightened police presence and a deeper political crisis: Now there are two men who claim to be the nation’s president. By Jacqueline Charles— Opposition and civil society groups installed Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, the oldest member of Haiti’s Supreme Court, late Sunday as president for two years. In a video shared on social media, Jean-Louis, sitting next to a Haitian flag, said he…

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The progressive turn of Black elected officials

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Sundiata Cha-Jua— The key to African American advancement and eventual liberation is the strength of the Black liberation movement. When the movement operates at high tide, it elevates all aspects of Black life. It carries culture, religion, media and electoral politics. The movement establishes the context in which Black entertainers and sports figures acquire the space to stand up and advocate for their people. A movement upsurge pressures politicians…

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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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We Have to Let White Supremacy Die in Order to Truly Live

By Editors' Choice

By George Yancy— In a climate of white supremacist violence and blatant contempt for a robust democratic vision — where distrust, deception and unabashed lying run thick in the halls of power — Lindsay Graham and other Trump enablers are rubbing salt in the wound by calling on people to simply “move on.” To truly move forward, however, we will need a form of accountability that is oriented toward social…

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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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The Professor on the Soap Box: Trumpism and the White Nationalist Assault on Democracy

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

In this “Soap Box” segment of the January 11, 2021 episode of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka “The Professor” sounds off about Trumpism and the White Nationalist Assault on Democracy. Later in the show Dr. Ron Daniels is joined by an eyewitness to the insurrection, Congressman Gregory Meeks. Also Read Hypocrisy Taints Republican Reaction to Bigotry Vantage Point article by Dr. Ron Daniels (Originally Published August 2017) —…

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