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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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Haitian Refugees

What America owes Haitian asylum seekers

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Michael Posner, NYT — Last month, the Biden administration announced that it had cleared a makeshift tent camp where thousands of Haitians had congregated under a bridge linking Mexico and Del Rio, Texas. They had arrived there desperate to gain admission to the United States, many fleeing persecution in Haiti and seeking the protection of our asylum law. The administration’s unsteady response to this crisis has revealed, once again, the broken…

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If the US wants fewer Haitian refugees, it should stop destroying Haiti

By News & Current Affairs, Video/Audio

Last week, onlookers in the US and around the world were horrified to see US Border Patrol’s inhumane treatment of Haitian refugees attempting to cross the US-Mexico border to seek asylum. Committing “human rights violations” that have been condemned worldwide, US Border Patrol and the Biden administration are denying thousands of Haitians their internationally recognized right to seek asylum and utilizing a despicable Trump-era policy to mass expel refugees—with truly…

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Border Patrol Attack on Haitian Asylum Seekers

Black Civil Rights Leaders to Biden: Investigate Border Patrol Attack on Haitian Asylum Seekers

By News & Current Affairs

September 22, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: As a group of the nation’s Black leaders of civil rights, racial and social justice organizations, we are writing to express our grave concerns about the treatment of Black Haitian migrants at the US-Mexico Border. We are hard-pressed in the year 2021 to find more horrific, traumatizing and blatantly…

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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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9/11 Memorial

The 21st century began on 9/11

By Commentaries/Opinions

How the events of Sept. 11, 2001, inaugurated an age of militant populism and disruption By Damon Linker, The Week — What does a day mean? We’ve been struggling to answer that question about Sept. 11, 2001 — to assimilate it into American and world history in a convincing way — for 20 years now. Looking back from the standpoint of 2021, most of the early reflections on the day’s…

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Forget the American Dream – millions of working Americans still can’t afford food and rent

By Commentaries/Opinions

Employment and wages soared in the latest labor report, but that’s small comfort for the many workers with a job that doesn’t pay a living wage. By Jeffrey Kucik and Don Leonard — The Biden administration is likely celebrating a better-than-expected jobs report, which showed surging employment and wages. However, for millions of working Americans, being employed doesn’t guarantee a living income. As scholars interested in the well-being of workers, we believe that the…

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White supremacy, with a tan

White supremacy, with a tan

By Commentaries/Opinions

Analysis by John Blake, CNN — Cutting taxes for the rich helps the poor. There is no such thing as a Republican or a Democratic judge. Climate change is a hoax. Some political myths refuse to die despite all evidence the contrary. Here’s another: When White people are no longer a majority, racism will fade and the US “will never be a White country again.” This myth was reinforced recently…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

The New Multiracial America

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — So you are sitting on a park bench, just enjoying the weather. What is the likelihood that the next person that walks by you is of a different race than you? In 2010 the probability of a different race person walking by was 54.9 percent in 2010, and it rose to61.1 percent by 2020. We are more likely to see people who are different than…

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Police patrol outside the Embassy of Taiwan in Port-au-Prince

Assassinations and invasions – how the US and France shaped Haiti’s long history of political turmoil

By Commentaries/Opinions

Local power struggles and strong US interests have long shaped political leadership – and presidential assassinations – in Haiti, limiting nation-building projects on the Caribbean island. By Jean Eddy Saint Paul, The Conversation — The powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021, followed a long series of natural and human-caused disasters to rock the country. Unfortunately, if history offers any clues, earthquake relief efforts will be complicated by the nation’s…

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Taliban Fighters and Truck in Kabul, August 17 2021

Why ISIS and the Taliban really hate each other

By News & Current Affairs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — As the Biden Administration scrambles to get U.S. citizens out of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of that country, President Joe Biden and Pentagon officials have feared an attack by one of the Taliban’s sworn enemies: ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria). And on Thursday morning, August 26, the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul suffered a deadly terrorist attack; multiple U.S. casualties were reported by the Pentagon. Details about the…

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Church Haiti Earthquake 2021

The disasters in Afghanistan and Haiti share the same twisted root

By Editors' Choice

Half a world away from one another, the citizens of two nations are suffering as a result of the corruption and incompetence of the U.S. By Jonathan M. Katz, TNR — Last week, the world shook twice. The first shock hit Haiti, when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted beneath the island’s southern peninsula. Homes, churches, and hotels crumbled in the cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie and in nearby villages. More than…

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