Campaigning in a Covid-19 Hotspot, AOC Ally Samelys López Looks to Break Out

Samelys López first met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Bronx field office for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. The two had taken divergent paths to get there. By the time Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, López, 10 years her senior, was living in the New York City shelter system. Ocasio-Cortez, at age 5, had … Continue reading “Campaigning in a Covid-19 Hotspot, AOC Ally Samelys López Looks to Break Out”

Guatemalan Water Protectors Persist, Despite Mining Company Threats

The hard work of protecting water and land from the long-term harms associated with gold and silver mining takes place daily on the frontlines of tenacious struggles throughout Latin America and around the world. Indigenous people and affected communities face many reprisals for their resistance, including a mounting number of arbitration suits against their governments … Continue reading “Guatemalan Water Protectors Persist, Despite Mining Company Threats”

“The Coronavirus is Man-Made:” the Conspiracy Theory Trap 

In this trying time, have you heard some of your friends say that the U.S. government created this pandemic or that the pandemic is not real at all? It is worth responding to these outlandish claims because in times of social tumult, there are no lack of conspiracy theorists irresponsibly tossing these ideas around. It … Continue reading ““The Coronavirus is Man-Made:” the Conspiracy Theory Trap “

How the OAS Revived the Cold War in the Americas

Statue of Isabella I the Catholic Queen in front of the seat of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C. Photograph Source: Martin Baran – CC BY-SA 3.0 The OAS has never been a neutral forum. Since its founding in 1948, the United States government has always wielded power far beyond its vote. Each … Continue reading “How the OAS Revived the Cold War in the Americas”

The Cruise Industry Pressured Caribbean Islands to Allow Tourists Onto Their Shores Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Sam Duncombe, head of the Bahamian environmental organization reEarth, looked on with concern Thursday as island authorities debated whether to allow passengers to disembark from Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar, the latest ship hit by the novel coronavirus. Duncombe is a longtime critic of the cruise industry and has led the fight against Disney’s plan … Continue reading “The Cruise Industry Pressured Caribbean Islands to Allow Tourists Onto Their Shores Despite Coronavirus Concerns”

Resisting US Blockade, Cuba Embraces Change, Builds Socialism

Like the sun, the U.S. blockade of Cuba will not disappear soon. Unlike the sun, the blockade has receded from public attention in the United States.  It has continued, mostly unchanged, for almost 60 years. Here we explore the matter of change. Any U.S. politician who says nice things about Cuba can expect abuse. That’s … Continue reading “Resisting US Blockade, Cuba Embraces Change, Builds Socialism”

The Roots of Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Resistance in the US

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!” has been a popular protest chant since the New York real-estate mogul and former reality TV star became the 45th president of the United States. This was no mere rhetorical flourish. We saw a surge in the ranks of white nationalists and the … Continue reading “The Roots of Anti-Racist, Anti-Fascist Resistance in the US”

The Organization of American States Is Eroding Faith in Democracy

Photograph Source: U.S. Department of State from United States – Public Domain Experts at MIT recently concluded that there is no statistical evidence of fraud in the results of the Bolivian presidential elections last October. These findings debunk an earlier report by the Organization of American States (OAS), which were used to justify a right-wing … Continue reading “The Organization of American States Is Eroding Faith in Democracy”

Ces séismes qui ont façonné la ville de Cusco au Pérou

Wikipedia commons, CC BY-NC-SAEt si les tremblements de terre contribuaient parfois à l’essor et au développement d’une ville ? C’est ce que nous laisse entrevoir la cité inca de Cusco, au Pérou, dont l’histoire a été rythmée par les secousses telluriques. La région de Cusco, célèbre pour le Machu Picchu. Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA Destination touristique prisée, … Continue reading “Ces séismes qui ont façonné la ville de Cusco au Pérou”

Stowaways found on cargo ship in Vlissingen

Four stowaways were found hidden aboard a cargo ship in Vlissingen-Oost, the Marechaussee military branch said. The four men from the Dominican republic were discovered between sea containers onboard the vessel as it journeyed from South America to the Netherlands. The ship’s crew made the find and reported it to Dutch authorities, who boarded the … Continue reading “Stowaways found on cargo ship in Vlissingen”

“We Want Democracy!” Mass Protests Continue in Dominican Republic After Local Elections Suspended

Thousands in the Dominican Republic took to the streets of the capital Santo Domingo Thursday to protest the abrupt suspension of local elections earlier this month and to commemorate the country’s Independence Day. Protests have been ongoing since February 16, after the government suspended the municipal elections four hours after voting began, alleging there were … Continue reading ““We Want Democracy!” Mass Protests Continue in Dominican Republic After Local Elections Suspended”

No Thinking Please, We’re Red-Baiting

The red-baiting of Bernie Sanders is in full swing. From Democrats. Yes, the silly season is upon us as Senator Sanders was roundly condemned because he believes literacy campaigns are good things. I know the United States is a uniquely anti-intellectual country, but, still, you’d think teaching reading and writing might be thought of as … Continue reading “No Thinking Please, We’re Red-Baiting”

19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans perish in the Mediterranean since 2014-IOM

London, Jan 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-About 19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans have lost their lives in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean sea heading for Europe since 2014 The alarming figure released by the International Organization for Migration IOM, did not include many shipwrecks yet to be confirmed Another 86 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes … Continue reading “19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans perish in the Mediterranean since 2014-IOM”

19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans have perished in the Mediterranean sea since 2014-IOM

London, Jan 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-About 19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans have lost their lives in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean sea heading for Europe since 2014 The alarming figure released by the International Organization for Migration IOM, did not include many shipwrecks yet to be confirmed Another 86 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes … Continue reading “19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans have perished in the Mediterranean sea since 2014-IOM”

About 19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans have perished in the Mediterranean since 2014-IOM

London, Jan 8, 2020 (AltAfrica)-About 19, 164 migrants, mostly African have lost their lives an attempt to cross the Mediterranean sea heading for Europe since 2014 The alarming figure released by the International Organization for Migration IOM, did not include many shipwrecks yet to be confirmed, according to the agency “Deaths recorded on the three … Continue reading “About 19, 164 migrants, mostly Africans have perished in the Mediterranean since 2014-IOM”

9th Summit of the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States opens in Kenya

London, Dec. 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)- The 9th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States  (ACP Group), opens on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit will look into ways of reducing, preventing and overcoming terrorism and insecurity to enhance development while also taking into consideration socioeconomic … Continue reading “9th Summit of the African, Caribbean, Pacific Group of States opens in Kenya”

Amsterdam-born man released from jail in citizenship row

Immigration authorities in the Netherlands say 19-year-old Daniel Buter will be released from a Rotterdam detention center for undocumented migrants on Friday. The Amsterdam-born teenager was threatened with deportation to the Dominican Republic, the home country of his birth parents but a nation which he himself had never visited.Submitted by Zack Newmark on December 6, … Continue reading “Amsterdam-born man released from jail in citizenship row”

Mayor to intervene for Amsterdam-born man facing deportation, look for other cases

Mayor Femke Halsema will intervene on the behalf of Daniel Buter, a 19-year-old born in Amsterdam who is currently in custody in Rotterdam, facing deportation to the Dominican Republic. She already contacted State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol of Justice in Security, who is in charge of Asylum. The mayor will also look into whether other Amsterdam … Continue reading “Mayor to intervene for Amsterdam-born man facing deportation, look for other cases”

Amsterdam-born man facing deportation to Dominican Republic

Daniel Buter, a 19-year-old man who was born and raised in Amsterdam, went to the municipality to get a passport to register for his studies. Instead he was told that he does not have Dutch nationality. He is now in custody in Rotterdam, facing deportation to the Dominican Republic – a country that he’s never … Continue reading “Amsterdam-born man facing deportation to Dominican Republic”

What’s Up With Trump and “The Deep State”?

Photograph Source: Master Steve Rapport – CC BY 2.0 Our Commander-in-Chief has attitudes that seldom rise to the level of ideas. For the most part, they are noxious and stupid, though the ones that descend from old fashioned “isolationism” are at least less lethal than the Cold War and empire-friendly attitudes that nearly all Democrats … Continue reading “What’s Up With Trump and “The Deep State”?”

Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds

Carmen Castelló used to use the term “seguimiento de casos,” or case tracking, when she worked as a social worker managing client caseloads. Now it’s the name of the Facebook page she uses to track cases of murdered and disappeared women in Puerto Rico, information that became key to building the first-ever database of femicides on the island. … Continue reading “Dozens of Murdered Women Are Missing From Puerto Rican Police Records, New Report Finds”

Sen. Dick Durbin Introduces Bill to Curtail ICE’s “Unnecessary Overuse of Solitary Confinement”

Slamming the “rampant and unnecessary overuse of solitary confinement” at U.S. immigration detention centers, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Thursday proposed legislation to dramatically curtail the practice. The bill takes aim at a range of abusive practices identified in “Solitary Voices,” an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Intercept joint investigation into the heavy use … Continue reading “Sen. Dick Durbin Introduces Bill to Curtail ICE’s “Unnecessary Overuse of Solitary Confinement””

EU announces €40m funding to boost sustainable fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

London, Oct. 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The EU, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have signed a €40 million, five-year programme (FISH4ACP) to boost the development of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. FISH4ACP is an innovative EU-funded programme, … Continue reading “EU announces €40m funding to boost sustainable fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”

For a Puerto Rican Community in a FEMA Flood Zone, Disaster Funds Promise Little Relief

Colorful houses line the winding streets of the San Isidro neighborhood of Canóvanas, Puerto Rico, some missing walls or windows, others with roofs that are partially caved in. In late summer, the fruit trees are weighted with passionfruit, starfruit, and bananas, alongside intermittent piles of bricks and dilapidated vehicles. Driving through his neighborhood, Luis Colón … Continue reading “For a Puerto Rican Community in a FEMA Flood Zone, Disaster Funds Promise Little Relief”

ABS-CBN’s Revenge Drama Hits New Caledonia, Polynesia, and Reunion Islands

Sep 10, 2019 Picture:  ABS-CBN continues to evolve into a global media and entertainment company as another one of its wildly successful TV series makes it groundbreaking launch in three French-speaking territories in the Pacific and Indian oceans, which aired in August 19 via French network, Outre-mer la 1ere. ‘Wildflower,” a highly popular Filipino drama … Continue reading “ABS-CBN’s Revenge Drama Hits New Caledonia, Polynesia, and Reunion Islands”

Canada and Bolsonaro

By now most environmentally conscious people understand that Jair Bolsonaro is a bad guy. Brazil’s president has scandalously blamed environmentalists for starting fires burning in the Amazon region, after having called for more “development” of the huge forests. Canadians are lucky we have a prime minister who is not such an embarrassment and understands environmental … Continue reading “Canada and Bolsonaro”

Uncle Sam was Born Lethal

For revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. – Frederick Douglass, July 4, 1852 One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States … Continue reading “Uncle Sam was Born Lethal”

Medellín Diary: Remembering Our Dead

Gustavo Marulanda mural. (Hacemos Memoria.) Twenty years ago, on August 7, 1999, student leader Gustavo Marulanda was shot and killed in Medellín by far right AUC paramilitaries (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia) under the command of Éver Veloza García, alias H.H., near the Universidad de Antioquia, where Marulanda studied philosophy. Paramilitaries had murdered Hugo Ángel Quintero, … Continue reading “Medellín Diary: Remembering Our Dead”

Ph’s Female-Centered Action-Drama Airs in Myanmar

Aug 06, 2019 Picture:  Manila –( ASIA TODAY )– ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company, intensifies its international footprint as it secured another acquisition deal with Sky Net to air the female-focused action-drama about a solider whose life goal is to murder her own father, “The General’s Daughter,” in Myanmar. “The General’s Daughter” … Continue reading “Ph’s Female-Centered Action-Drama Airs in Myanmar”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 3/4

Par Andrew Korybko −Le 24 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru Le troisième chapitre de notre recherche va se pencher sur les organisations d’intégration régionale qui opèrent dans les Caraïbes, et le dernier chapitre de cette série d’articles conclura par une proposition d’anticipation sur le cadre que la Fédération des Indes Occidentales, organisation qui échoua dans … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 3/4”

Pushing Out the Border: How the U.S. Is Waging a Global War on Migration

A principal goal of the Trump administration’s policy at the U.S.-Mexico border —and in Central America, considered of late only in relation to that border — has been to get other governments to handle the increase in migrants seeking to enter the United States. This means getting Mexico to send troops to its border with … Continue reading “Pushing Out the Border: How the U.S. Is Waging a Global War on Migration”

Ethiopia, Uganda join Egmont Financial Intelligence Group

London, July 31, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) of two COMESA Member States, Ethiopia and Uganda were among those recently admitted to the Egmont Group, a global financial network that formulates policies and responses to financial crimes such as money laundering and terrorist financing. Their admission alongside the Dominican Republic, Palestine, Papua New Guinea and … Continue reading “Ethiopia, Uganda join Egmont Financial Intelligence Group”

Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 2/4

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 18 juillet 2017 − Source geopolitica.ru À présent que les fondamentaux géographiques et stratégiques des Caraïbes sont connus, nous pouvons développer un peu plus la place des îles/pays de la région dans le grand jeu. Cet article fait partie d’une série de quatre. Lire d’abord la première partie. Les îles Lucayes … Continue reading “Géopolitique des Caraïbes du XXIème siècle 2/4”

Popular Philippine Romance Series Hits Thai TV

Jul 18, 2019 Picture:  MANILA –( ASIA TODAY )– “Forevermore,” a hugely popular television drama from the Philippines where the serendipitous meeting of two people from different worlds –the rebellious son of a hotel magnate and the headstrong daughter of a strawberry farmer in a mountain town—leads to romance and a clash of families, has … Continue reading “Popular Philippine Romance Series Hits Thai TV”

As Activists Push Democratic Climate Debate, DNC Donors Profit from Oil, Gas

Top Photo Credit: JefParker | Wikimedia Commons After weeks of pressure from climate activists, the Democratic National Committee is officially considering a pair of resolutions on whether to host a debate focused exclusively on climate change, reversing the earlier position of DNC Chair Tom Perez. This comes after the first two Democratic Party presidential debates … Continue reading “As Activists Push Democratic Climate Debate, DNC Donors Profit from Oil, Gas”

ABS-CBN’s Crime Drama to Thrill Viewers in Kazakhstan

Jun 25, 2019 Picture:  “The Blood Sisters,” ABS-CBN’s 2018 hit crime drama series about separated triplets who are reunited after a case of mistaken identity, is set to capture the attention of viewers in Kazakhstan as the Filipino show premieres on Channel 31. The leading Philippine media company’s deal with Channel 31 solidifies once more … Continue reading “ABS-CBN’s Crime Drama to Thrill Viewers in Kazakhstan”

We Need to Beat Our Own Swords Into Plowshares and Honor the Kent State Martyrs, the Wounded, and Their Families

Following the May 4, 1970 massacre of students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio by members of the Ohio National Guard, colleges and universities across the U.S. were in an uproar that ended in the closing of hundreds of campuses for the academic year and the outrage of millions of students and others across … Continue reading “We Need to Beat Our Own Swords Into Plowshares and Honor the Kent State Martyrs, the Wounded, and Their Families”

Haiti: the Overpass to Nowhere

In August 2015, President Michel Martelly inaugurated the Delmas viaduct, a four-lane overpass designed to ease the capital’s grid-locked streets. “This viaduct proves once again that together we can achieve great and beautiful things,” Martelly told the large crowd that had assembled. “More than a dream, more than a project, this viaduct is now one … Continue reading “Haiti: the Overpass to Nowhere”

Two African countries join prestigious UN Security Council as members

London, June 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Two African countries, Niger and Tunisia have joined four other nations to serve a two year term as members on the United Nations, UN prestigious security Council Others are Estonia including Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Vietnam were elected Friday . The five will join the 15-nation body … Continue reading “Two African countries join prestigious UN Security Council as members”

Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention

Dulce Rivera lived for the one hour a day she was allowed outside, to pace alone on a patch of concrete encased in metal fencing. They called it “the yard,” but it was really a metal cage. Still, it was far better than the misery she endured the other 23 hours a day, locked alone in a … Continue reading “Thousands of Immigrants Suffer in Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention”

What 50 Countries are Backing Guaidó? Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Say It Enough It Must Be True

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America’s hand-picked “legitimate leader” or “legitimate president” of Venezuela, as having an “administration.” The truth is that his “administration” — consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders — are all either arrested and being held by the government, hiding, seeking asylum in various foreign … Continue reading “What 50 Countries are Backing Guaidó? Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Say It Enough It Must Be True”

Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale

L’Union européenne négocie en ce moment un accord d’intégration économique avec l’Amérique centrale. Les liens commerciaux et politiques de l’Amérique centrale sont pourtant davantage tournés vers les États-Unis. Seulement 0,38 % du commerce extérieur de l’Union européenne se fait avec l’Amérique centrale. Pourquoi alors ces pourparlers ? La 5e rencontre de négociations entre l’Union européenne … Continue reading “Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale”

Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale

L’Union européenne négocie en ce moment un accord d’intégration économique avec l’Amérique centrale. Les liens commerciaux et politiques de l’Amérique centrale sont pourtant davantage tournés vers les États-Unis. Seulement 0,38 % du commerce extérieur de l’Union européenne se fait avec l’Amérique centrale. Pourquoi alors ces pourparlers ? La 5e rencontre de négociations entre l’Union européenne … Continue reading

Combat de titans pour l’Amérique centrale

Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy will make hurricane recovery brutal – here’s why

The United States had already seen its share of disasters, from back-to-back hurricanes that devastated Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands to roaring wildfires in the West. Then, after battering the rest of the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico facing a humanitarian crisis. About a dozen people died in the … Continue reading “Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy will make hurricane recovery brutal – here’s why”

The Battle for Latin America: How the U.S. Helped Destroy the “Pink Tide”

Photograph Source Presidencia de la Nación Argentina – CC BY 2.0 After sponsoring juntas until well into the 1990s, the US went after Central and South America with “free trade” deals before once again working with extremists. The recent elections of Argentina’s Mauricio Macri and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro are major blows to socioeconomic and cultural … Continue reading “The Battle for Latin America: How the U.S. Helped Destroy the “Pink Tide””

Opening Tombs and Resurrecting Lives

Easter is about opening tombs and resurrecting lives.  Today’s tombs include the Trump administration’s walls and bans and lies that confine people, threaten their safety, and block their aspirations and fulfillment.  Thus, in this life, Easter is celebrated whenever people, fleeing such oppression, are offered the safety of sanctuary.  Here, people of faith not only … Continue reading “Opening Tombs and Resurrecting Lives”