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

The Perils of “Minority Rule”

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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 flag burning in Haiti

White Supremacy and Western Imperialism Is at Root of Haiti’s Continuing Struggles

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If you are confused, bewildered and perturbed by the bizarre drama unfolding in Haiti, you are not alone. By Mohammed Nurhussein, Black Star News — I turned to the New York Times for clues, knowing fully well the answer would be the usual contempt with which the paper dismisses African issues. Words like the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, corruption and aid dependence were recurring themes. “Haiti’s troubled history goes deep, lying…

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The Global Reparations Movement: The Greatest Political Tide of the 21st Century

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Statement by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) — The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) welcomes recent developments in the movement for reparatory justice, especially in the Caribbean and across the United States, and the wide media coverage of the movement in the aftermath of the globalization of the Black Lives Matter campaign. Rastafari, civil society organizations, and prominent public figures in the Caribbean like Hon. Michael Lester “Mike” Henry and Hon….

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People march to show support to the Cuban Revolution, Havana, Cuba, Jul. 17, 2021

‘Cuba will never be a land of hatred’, Diaz-Canel says

By News & Current Affairs

By teleSUR — On Saturday, thousands of Cubans gathered at the La Piragua square in Havana to show their support to the Cuban Revolution’s leaders and to reject the political instability and destabilization campaigns promoted by the U.S. government. President Miguel Diaz-Canel rejected the hatred and violent messages spread on social networks to promote riots while emphasizing that the Cuban Revolution’s enemies seek to show an internal scenario characterized by…

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Black Lives Matter faces backlash for statement on Cuba protest

By News & Current Affairs

The BLM Global Network Foundation criticized the U.S. embargo on Cuba and lauded the country’s government. Critics say the statement misses the mark. By Char Adams, NBC News —  The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is facing backlash after calling for the end of the U.S. government’s embargo on Cuba while praising the country for its “solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent” amid historic anti-government protests. In the statement shared…

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Smash the Blockade - Cuba

Washington’s weaponization of protests in Cuba takes its regime change efforts to new heights of hypocrisy

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By Peter Bolton, CounterPunch — On 11 July, Cuba saw thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in cities across the island. The protests are believed to have started in the Artemisa Province before spreading to neighboring Havana and further afield, including Cuba’s second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba. Press reports largely claim that protesters are motivated by shortages and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Needless to say, the…

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Protests in Cuba July 2021

The hidden hand of the US blockade sparks Cuba protests

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The protests should be understood in the context of a brutal economic war waged by the United States against the island nation for more than 60 years. By Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores — Protests erupted in various Cuban cities the weekend of July 11 over dire economic conditions and a surge in Covid-19 cases. They are the biggest protests to hit Cuba in three decades, and they may well continue in…

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President Alberto Fernandez

Argentina asks to end blockades against Cuba and Venezuela

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“There is nothing more inhuman during a pandemic than to block a country”, President Alberto Fernandez pointed out. By teleSUR — On Monday, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez addressed the economic and social situation of Cuba and Venezuela and ratified his position in favor of ending the U.S. economic blockades against these nations. “This policy has prevented Cuba and Venezuela from accessing artificial respirators. Realize what that means”, Fernandez said, stressing…

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Mexico rejects foreign intervention in Cuban incidents

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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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Members of the Oregon Senate discuss a resolution on April 15, 2021

The people have spoken: Reparations rise to no. 1 priority issue in Congressional Black Caucus poll

By Reparations

By Ann Brown, The Moguldom Nation — Does the U.S. want reparations for Native Black Americans? The Congressional Black Caucus wanted to know. Respondents answered “yes. The CBC ran a poll on Twitter asking, “Which legislative priority of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) do you want to hear more about and remain the most important to you?” Respondents could choose one of the following: Reparations, voting rights, the George Floyd…

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Suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse

Colombian mercenaries who killed Haiti’s President were trained by the US military

By News & Current Affairs

The hit squad that killed President Jovenel Moïse is alleged to be largely drawn from veterans of Colombia’s civil conflicts. By Joe Parkin Daniels, The Guardian — When Manuel Antonio Grosso Guarín jetted into Punta Cana’s tourist-clogged airport early last month on Avianca Flight 252, immigration officials are unlikely to have given the 41-year-old Colombian a second glance. Visitors from around the globe flock to this Dominican resort town each…

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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones

11 U.S. mayors commit to reparations as national example

By Reparations

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Okla., — have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work. The mayors had no details on how much it would cost, who would pay for it or how people would be…

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