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US seeks to destabilize Venezuela

Whether under Bush or Obama, the U.S. appears determined to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela. The U.S. political establishment, including these two administrations, regularly provoke the Venezuelan government, make false allegations, and demonstrate their support for the opposition forces in Venezuela irrespective of the strategies and tactics the opposition pursues. Enough! This must end. ...

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US spending extraordinary amounts on ‘guard labor’

America’s gun culture costs lives and feeds our fears. Consider the most recent injustice in Florida — the verdict in the Michael Dunn case — and the most recent news about America’s «guard labor.” In Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was aggravated by the loud rap music coming from an SUV filled with four Black teenagers in a convenience store parking lot. An exchange of insults en ...

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America’s murderous historical continuum

“Can a Negro, whose ancestors were imported into this country and sold as slaves, become a member of the political community formed into existence by the Constitution of the United States … they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word “citizens” in the constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for…” Chief Justice Rog ...

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Incognito Effect: Why Jayru Campbell needs a second chance

Jayru Campbell, the top-notch teen football recruit, now in trouble for assault, was being groomed for a cutthroat competitive environment in collegiate sports. So, is it any wonder he allegedly body-slammed a Cass Technical High School security guard after a hoodie confrontation? A presumption of innocence always exists, but most have seen the video that went viral. The schoolhouse skirmish seemed — quite ...

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Carbon regulations

Imagine growing up near a coal-burning power plant with its giant smokestack towering over your neighborhood. Meanwhile, the plant’s excessive air pollution chokes out the skyline and clogs your lungs with a mix of deadly pollutants. Imagine an asthmatic child having to watch her friends play outside while she can’t. Or the mom who can’t afford to pay for her son’s medication. Or the factory worker who can’ ...

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Remembering Malcolm 50 years later

Feb. 21 marked the 49th anniversary of the assassination of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, Omawale, “our Black shining prince,” Malcolm X. This year is also 50 years since Malcolm delivered “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech. Brother Malcolm made numerous speeches, and it is hard to imagine one that was not inspirational, informational and powerful. But, “The Ballot or the Bullet” is a milestone speech because it ...

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Another Florida man gets away with murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder in Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State. It was incredulous George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman and wannabe cop, was found not guilty of murder after killing the unarmed Black teenager who had visited a nearby convenience store to purchase candy and a can of iced tea. ...

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Clarence Thomas lacks institutional memory

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is at it again. Whenever he opens his mouth about race, he displays a surprising myopia for a 65-year-old African American man who was raised in the Deep South during a segregated era. During his confirmation hearing and around it, Mr. Thomas excoriated his own family, speaking of his sister as someone (and I paraphrase) waiting around for her welfare check. He was equa ...

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Stop brain pollution: Racism, stereotypes and prejudice

When I take a stroll through my memories, I always seem to come to the first basketball game I ever attended. I and the rest of my Girl Scout troop were jumping around New York City — high off excitement and candy. We were going to see the New York Liberty Women’s basketball team. Though the fog of time obscures the details, I remember jogging down the city block when a woman in front of me dropped her mone ...

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‘Raising Black Males’

I am so very disturbed by the issue regarding the Cass Tech quarterback, Jayru Campbell. I have seen the video of the body slam of the security guard. I watched as Jayru’s single mother was interviewed, sharing how her son does not know how to release his anger appropriately. Then, I watched as the media, law enforcement, educational professionals and students have weighed in on the charges filed by the Way ...

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