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Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama

The Deep History Behind Barack Obama’s Speech for the Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s Birth

By Editors' Choice

By Olivia B. Waxman, TIME — When Barack Obama delivers the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg on Tuesday, to mark this week’s centennial of the late anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela’s birth, the moment will be a deeply personal one for the former president. His speechwriter Ben Rhodes has said that Obama considers it to be the most important speech since leaving office, and Obama has written that his political awakening…

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In his first major speech since leaving office, Obama decries inequality and ‘strongman politics’

By Editors' Choice, Video/Audio

Former President Barack Obama delivers his first major speech since leaving office, addressing inequality and other issues at the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. Video via Time. A written commentary by Summer Meza and an article by Jelani Cobb (In Celebrating Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama Indicts Trumpism).

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No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists

No, Mr. Trump, It’s Not About Bigotry On All Sides: It’s About White Supremacists

By Commentaries/Opinions

One dead after car plows into anti-racist demo in Charlottesville By Bill Fletcher I sat here listening to Trump’s remarks in connection with the violence carried out by neofascists in Charlottesville this afternoon, violence which has resulted in the death of at least one anti-fascist. He condemned bigotry on what he called all sides. Once again Trump obscures reality. He either ignores the violence and terrorism carried out against traditionally…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Trump’s Dangerous Delusions on Police Brutality

By Rev Jesse Jackson

Donald Trump often seems more shock jock than president. He likes to shock, say or tweet outrageous things, prove that he’s not just another politician. But now he is president; his words have impact, and his posturing can be dangerous. Last week, he essentially endorsed police brutality before a gathering of police officers in Long Island: “When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon,…

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In Cuba, Trump’s policy shift casts dark shadow

By News & Current Affairs

By Melanie Zanona HAVANA — All around Havana, local Cuban entrepreneurs refer to the day President Trump unveiled his new policy toward the country simply as “June 16.” It’s easy to see why the date would be seared into their memories: Private businesses ranging from private car companies to bed-and-breakfasts have already seen an alarming number of cancellations from American travelers since the White House announced it would be tightening…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

Trump ratchets up the use of guns, bombs, troops, and insults

By Rev Jesse Jackson

In his campaign, Donald Trump promised “we’re going to start winning again.” In office, he has defined winning largely in military terms. His budget decimates the State Department while adding billions to the Pentagon. He boasts that he’s delegated decisions on force levels abroad to the Pentagon. Secretary of Defense Mike Mattis recently announced that 4,000 more troops would be sent to Afghanistan. Four thousand more troops won’t produce a…

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Vantage Point Radio Show hosted by Dr. Ron Daniels – May 1, 2017

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

South African Summit, Caribbean views of Trump and May Day Actions – May Day Edition of Vantage Point Radio Show hosted by Dr. Ron Daniels with guests Rev. Dennis Dillon (Senior Pastor, Brooklyn Christian Center, Report Back from South African Economic Summit), Don Rojas (Director of Communications, IBW Report Card on President Trump from the Caribbean), Bill Fletcher (Labor and Social Justice Activist, The Origins and Significance of May Day).

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Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Press Release: IBW To Review President Trump’s First 100 Days Panel of Experts to Assess Impact on Black America

By Press Releases / Statements, SCPAC Posts

Press Release/Press Availability PDF available here The Institute of the Black World 21ST Century (IBW) will convene a National Town Hall Meeting to evaluate the impact on Black America of the Cabinet appointments, the Supreme Court appointment, Executive Orders and Legislative/Policy initiatives advanced by President Trump in the first 100 days of his administration.  The event is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 7:00 – 9:30 PM in the Frederick Douglass…

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The Worst Presidential 100 Days Ever

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson – #45 Trump got one thing right about the media hyped first 100 days measuring stick of a new president. It’s a silly measure. In fact, presidents from John F. Kennedy to Obama have derided the 100-day fetish and correctly noted that the far better to gauge how effective or bumbling an incoming president is is the first 1000 days. A quick look at the presidency of…

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