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Grassroots educators won a historic victory in the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) election, but their gains are now in jeopardy. Middle school teacher and education activist Diamonte Brown was declared the new union president on May 15, closely edging out the incumbent Marietta English, who was running for her ninth term. English, who said the […]

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Tips for publishing something new every day, and approaching your progression as a writer with kindness rather than judgement. I’m Furaha Asani—a researcher with a PhD, a teacher, a mental health advocate, a writer, and an unpaid opinion-holder on social media. As 2015 was drawing to a close, I decided to give myself a challenge […]

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On Wednesday evening, Tawanda Jones stood with friends and family and told a crowd about her brother, Tyrone West, just as she has done every week since his death in July 2013. She recounted how on July 18, 2013, West was stopped by Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers and Morgan State University police, pulled out […]

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Like Team Mueller’s indictment last July of Russian agents, the full report reveals questions about Wikileaks’ role that much of the media has been ignoring, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News As official Washington pores over the Gospel According to Saint Robert, an all-important fact about the Mueller report has gotten […]

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If you ask Cynthia Vaughn and Sabrina Butler Smith how they met, there’s a good chance they’ll erupt in laughter. It’s not your typical funny story — not as awkward first encounters go. But it’s pretty epic. “Tell it, Cynthia,” Sabrina says. “Take it away!” “It was at this big church,” Cynthia begins. Somewhere in […]

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The arrest of Julian Assange adds to the steady erosion of the rights we once took for granted, says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern It is a very sad day for the rule of law. Today’s broad-daylight manhandling and kidnapping of Julian Assange from political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London demonstrates in bas-relief […]

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Posted by Ann Jones at 7:23am, April 11, 2019.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch. Here was a tweet from October 2014 about a president who liked to golf: “Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf. Worse than Carter.” And that was just […]

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Border Chaos Forces Truckers to Wait for Hours, Sometimes Days

April 9, 2019           |                                       

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico—To deal with a surge of migrating Central American families, the Trump administration has reassigned so many inspectors from U.S.-Mexico border crossings that truckers are waiting in line for hours and sometimes days to get shipments to the United States. Truckers have been sleeping in their vehicles to hold spots in line in […]

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When Julian Assange does leave the embassy, it will be important to try to focus a hostile media on why it is Assange is actually wanted for extradition, Craig Murray comments. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk Entirely unexpectedly, I have been down in London this last three days outside and around the Ecuadorean Embassy, following WikiLeaks’ […]

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India is a parliamentary democracy, though those covering the current election campaign may think that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a presidential candidate. Modi has run a somewhat presidential form of government with the symbolic presence of his cabinet colleagues. His office has concentrated all power. And neither his party nor its mentor organisation utters […]

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Join us for a marathon, online vigil beginning Friday at 4 pm EST, after two sources in the Ecuadorian government told WikiLeaks it can expect Julian Assange to be expelled from the London Embassy within “hours or days.” Among the guests who will join the #ProtectJulian, webcast to discuss the latest threat from Ecuador, will […]

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Ingush Activists Under Pressure After Protests Over Chechnya Border Deal

April 3, 2019           |                                       

MAGAS, Russia — Police and security forces in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Ingushetia have searched homes of five activists days after mass rallies against a controversial border deal with neighboring Chechnya. Journalist Izabella Yevloyeva told RFE/RL that the homes of members of the NGO called the Ingush Congress of National Unity — Akhmed Pogorov, […]

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