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Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara trial in Burkina Faso: Who killed ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’?

By News & Current Affairs

Thirty-four years, almost to the day, since the shocking killing of Burkina Faso’s then President, Thomas Sankara, 14 men are going on trial, accused of complicity in the murder of the man known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”. By Jewel Kiriungi, BBC News — The charismatic Pan-Africanist was shot dead aged 37 by soldiers during a coup on 15 October 1987, which saw his close friend, Blaise Compaoré, come to power….

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Reparations: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

By Reparations

September 9, 2021 — Forum sponsored by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy. Co-Sponsor: BC Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Featuring: Jeffery Robinson (Founder and Executive Director, The Who We Are Project; Participatory Moderator), Robin Rue Simmons (Former Alderman, Evanston, IL; Founder and Executive Director, FirstRepair; NAARC Member), Nkechi Taifa, (President, The Taifa Group; Senior Fellow, Center of Justice, Columbia University; NAARC Member), Participation by BLSA Co-Chairs…

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Guantánamo Bay

Biden is imposing more harsh sanctions on Cuba — and Guantánamo remains open

By News & Current Affairs

By Amy Goodman & Juan González, Democracy Now! — As the United States imposes new Cuba sanctions, citing human rights abuses, we look at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a notorious gulag that President Biden himself has called an “advertisement for creating terror.” This month, the first Guantánamo Bay prisoner to be released under the Biden administration, Abdul Latif Nasser, returned to his home country of Morocco…

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A South Carolinan wears the "Stars and Stripes" after the Confederate "Stars and Bars" were lowered from the flagpole

Loving your country means teaching its history honestly

By Commentaries/Opinions

What is the point of American history? David French on how teaching the positive and the negative is key to understanding this country. By David French, TIME — Why do you love the United States of America? There is no better time to ask that question than on Independence Day. The answer to that question can and should tell us a great deal about whether our love of country is…

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Eugene City Council Talks Reparations

Eugene City Council Talks Reparations

By Reparations

Eugene city councilors looked at reparations efforts in other cities across the country and discussed possibilities in Eugene. By Leo Baudhuin, Eugene Weekly — One year after Black Lives Matter protests swept the country, the city of Eugene is beginning discussions about reparations — or making amends by paying or otherwise supporting people who have been harmed, often by systemic discrimination. Councilor Greg Evans, who put the issue forward to…

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Represent NYC: What would reparations look like and why are they needed?

By News & Current Affairs

Throughout American history victims have been given reparations for their suffering, but African Americans have never been compensated for hundreds of years of unpaid labor, as well as targeted discrimination within systematic institutions like banking, housing, and education. Assembly Members Inez E. Dickens and Charles Barron are co-sponsors of legislation that would create a commission to study reparations in New York, a former slave state. What would reparations look like…

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