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Why the NAACP and His Friends at the Top Can’t Make Ben Jealous the Next Maryland Governor

    Why the NAACP and His Friends at the Top Can’t Make Ben Jealous the Next Maryland Governor

BALTIMORE — At first glance, Ben Jealous appears to be a good bet to become Maryland’s first black governor. Running in a blue state — where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one and nearly one in three voters is African-American — against an incumbent Republican governor, Jealous is a liberal Democrat, a son of Baltimore,…

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Eight Years After EU-IMF Bailout, Greece Sees Poverty, Suffering, and Want

    Eight Years After EU-IMF Bailout, Greece Sees Poverty, Suffering, and Want

ATHENS – It is a tale of two realities. Later this week, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will give his annual speech to the nation – Greece’s equivalent of the State of the Union address — at the 83rd Thessaloniki Trade Fair. Fresh off of a recent reshuffle of his cabinet, the main theme of…

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Israeli Nation State Law Hallmark of an Unfree People Living in Fear

    Israeli Nation State Law Hallmark of an Unfree People Living in Fear

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (Analysis) — Who needs a Nation State Law? What does the insistence and the passing of a law that states Israel’s exclusive rights to the land and the state mean? Since many laws and the reality on the ground make it seemingly obvious that Israel is already a state for Jews, one…

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Stand Your Ground: As Florida Case Illustrates, A 33-State License to Kill

    Stand Your Ground: As Florida Case Illustrates, A 33-State License to Kill

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA — To better understand the depraved heart of America’s racist justice system, take a moment to unbundle the “Stand Your Ground” statute that is the legal basis for a Florida sheriff’s announcement last week that he would not file criminal charges against a white vigilante who fatally shot an unarmed black man during…

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Trump’s Helsinki Faceplant Is a Grim Reflection of Washington’s Uncompromising Anti-Russia Crusade

  Trump’s Helsinki Faceplant Is a Grim Reflection of Washington’s Uncompromising Anti-Russia Crusade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (ANALYSIS) After over a year and a half of anticipation, the first formal meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was certainly a momentous occasion, but hardly for the intended reasons. It remains too early to definitively tell whether Helsinki will go down in history as the beginning of a new stage…

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Can Colombia’s Peace Process Survive the Coming Hard-Right Regime of Ivan Duque?

  Can Colombia’s Peace Process Survive the Coming Hard-Right Regime of Ivan Duque?

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – Leaked reports from the Colombian Armed Forces have alleged that scattered groups of dissident former members of the dissolved Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) plan to hold a guerilla conference and formally unite as a large new guerilla force in the country’s lawless border regions and rural countryside.…

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This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not “Protest Votes”

  This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not “Protest Votes”

July 09th, 2018 (Opinion) — With the outrage over separating families at the border and the prospect of another conservative Supreme Court Justice, Clinton Pallbearers are once again pointing fingers at Sanders and Stein supporters. Never mind that Gary Johnson Voters (4.49 million)  far exceeded the Jill Stein Voters (1.46 million) in the general election…

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Latin America Defends Ecuador Ex-President Correa’s Fight Against US-Backed Persecution

  Latin America Defends Ecuador Ex-President Correa’s Fight Against US-Backed Persecution

BRUSSELS — The still-popular yet polarizing ex-president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado, is garnering the support of regional figures and mass movements throughout Latin America, as he defies an order that would see him detained in his current country of residence, Belgium, and incarcerated in the Andean nation. On Tuesday, Ecuadorian judge Daniella Camacho controversially…

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Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope

  Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope

JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — (Analysis) Khaled and I sat and chatted one evening at his family’s home in Qalansawe. “They look at us as though we are completely Israeli,” he said, speaking of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, “and we call them ‘Dafawi’ if they are from the West Bank and ‘Ghazzawi’ if they…

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The Upside of Janus: Court’s Ruling on Dues Check-Offs Could Help Democratize Unions

  The Upside of Janus: Court’s Ruling on Dues Check-Offs Could Help Democratize Unions

CHICAGO — “Shorty!” Ricky Maclin bellowed at the secretary in a stairwell at Republic Windows and Doors, trying to get her attention. She was one of the few black temps in the secretarial pool; he was vice-president of the union local, the lone black on its executive board. The two of them got along like…

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