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France looting Africa

While the EU Is Busy Fighting Tax Havens, France Is Still Bleeding African Nations...

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” penned Benjamin Franklin, in a November 1789 letter to a French colleague. While this oft-repeated maxim has since gained international...
Carbon Colonialism Uganda

‘This Fraud Must Stop’: How a Green Norwegian Company is Using Climate Change to...

When it comes to our global climate, few would argue that growing more trees is a bad thing. After all, forests naturally soak up greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and other industrial functions, pulling...
video conferencing

Video Visitations Virtually Remove In-Person Contact Between Inmates, Loved Ones

It sounds like a good idea and, in theory, it is. More than 600 correctional institutions across the country now offer inmates and their loved ones the ability to “video visit” through the provision...
Flint Water Crises

Two Years After the Declaration of a State of Emergency In the Flint Water...

Something was in the water. For more than a year and a half after their source of public water was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014, residents of the...
Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Recognition Technology: Programmed Racial Discrimination Looms

You’re walking down a city block at lunchtime and, as you pass by a pizza place, an ad for $1 off of a small pie flashes on your phone. You pause briefly to consider,...
Student Loan

Student Loan Vise: Some States Suspending Licenses of Borrowers Who Default

Depending on context, the words student loans can evoke dreams or nightmares. For millions of Americans who otherwise might not realize their academic aspirations, student loans act as a lifeline to the collegiate experience,...
Marijuana laws

Easing of Marijuana Laws Will Still Create More Black Targets

For African-Americans, the fact that they are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana violations is less than surprising. The Black community has long been aware of ongoing disparities in American criminal justice when it comes...
Black Bookstores

Black Business Matter: Historic Washington Neighborhood Anacostia Getting its First (Black) Bookstore in Two...

The historic Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, D.C., has a lot of stories to tell. Within this predominantly Black community lying east of the Anacostia River, there are foundational stories of how the region...
Digital Divide

Detroit Community Group is Combating the Racial Digital Divide and the Loss of Net...

Detroit, like many other large urban centers across the country, certainly has its share of low-income and underserved communities. And like its big-city peers, there exist numerous pockets of Detroit largely populated by African-Americans...
Racial Terror

A New National Museum and Memorial In Alabama Will Finally Look Back at Racial...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv7njmj239c There is a long-held belief among communities of African descent that when we invoke or remember our ancestors they, in turn, remember us. It is a profound two-way process that moves far beyond mere...
Haitian TPS

Trump Ends Temporary Protective Status for Haitians, Forcing 58,000 to Leave the Country

Baltimore City Councilman Kristerfer Burnett takes issues affecting Haitians in America personally. One would expect nothing less since his wife, Vanessa, is Haitian, and given the couple took in several desperate relatives from the...
African Migrants

African Migrants Encounter Racism, Abuse, Death Along Libyan Path to Europe

On Nov. 9, in an extraordinary move, the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel penned a powerful tribute to over 33,000 strangers, many of them African, by filling the pages of their popular European daily with...
Kidney transplant

Blocking a Black Father from Donating Kidney Raises Questions About the Intersection of Race,...

The fact that 2-year-old AJ Burgess desperately needs a kidney transplant has never been in dispute. Every day, the Atlanta toddler requires 10 hours of dialysis and five bladder treatments, all administered by his...
Automation and Black Workers

Is Advanced Automation Disrupting the Livelihoods of Black Workers?

Like it or not, cashier-less grocers, teller-less banks and driver-less cars are just a few examples of evolving automated technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) transforming the way American society works, interacts and lives. Given...
Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo Humanitarian Crisis Brings History of Western Interference and Internal Strife...

When it comes to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it’s hard to imagine things could get any worse. Over the past two decades, an estimated 6 million people have perished in the DRC...
Black Voting

Louisiana Governor and AG Appeal NAACP Victory to Keep Out-Dated At-Large Voting That Has...

Fourteen years ago this week, a white sitting judge in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish attended a Halloween party at a public restaurant dressed as a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, wearing an Afro...
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Subsistence Farmers Fight Back Against Foreign Corporate Land Grab

Few westerners could even begin to wrap their brains around the traditional lifestyles of the small farmers of Papua New Guinea. Though some do make a nominal income selling small-scale cash crops like coconut...
Modern-day Slavery

Do Recent Moves by the Brazilian President Show Support for Modern-Day Slavery?

Slavery still exists in Brazil. The Global Slavery Index reports an estimated 161,100 Brazilians are currently living in modern slavery. And between 1995 and 2015, nearly 50,000 Brazilians were released from conditions of slavery,...

Chicago Activists Say Development in the Black Community is Not Building a Planned $95...

The community of West Garfield Park in Chicago desperately needs resources and investment. Consistently one of the highest crime areas in the city, denizens of the predominantly African-American community on Chicago’s West Side have...
Crime Laboratory

The Pursuit of Convictions at Any Cost Too Often Taints Crime Lab Results and...

By all accounts, DNA plays an extraordinary role in our modern American criminal justice system. In crime labs across the country, DNA is used as a critical identification marker to accurately determine guilt or...
South Africa Nuclear Weapons

A Lesson for Today: South Africa and the Racial Double Standards of Nuclear Disarmament

North Korea has a significant nuclear capacity and the United States doesn’t like it. Hostilities between the two countries have continued to mount, with American threats, North Korean missile tests, and the latter claiming...

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