About time or too soon?

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Photo by Jonathan Brinkhorst on Unsplash.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that Texans will no longer have the state’s mandatory mask mandate, and all businesses will be able to open indoors at full capacity starting next week.

Gov. Abbott’s order, introduced on Texas Independence Day, will forbid local jurisdictions from penalizing residents for not wearing a face covering.

“So today, I’m issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders,” Abbott said. “Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any type of entity in Texas. …


After the Trump ban, world leaders are deeply worried social media giants might do the same to them. Is a wave of tech regulation inevitable?

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Jack Dorsey speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us. April 15–19, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED.

World governments are suddenly considering what happens when American tech companies control who gets banned, who gets elected, and who doesn’t in their own countries.

The European Union has joined elected officials in Germany, France, Norway, Mexico and elsewhere, in questioning the decision of social media companies to unilaterally censor former U.S. President Donald Trump, both before and after his lost reelection bid.

“The fundamental right [of free of speech] can be interfered with, but…


New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing at least four accusations of misconduct. Are there more to come?

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined by MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast at the New York Transit Museum on Fri., January 8, 2016 where he announced the eighth major proposal of his 2016 agenda, a plan to modernize and transform the MTA. Photo: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

Weeks ago, New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim came forward to describe his experience with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Kim described getting an angry call at home from the Governor after publicly criticizing the latter’s controversial COVID-19 nursing home policy.

“For ten minutes he berated me, he yelled at me,” Kim recalled. …


U.S. intelligence has found Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman culpable in the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi. It still isn’t clear what, if anything, the Biden Administration can do about it.

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(Osaka — Japão, 29/06/2019) Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro, durante encontro Bilateral com o Principe Herdeiro da Arábia Saudita, Mohammed Bin Salman. Foto: Alan Santos/PR.

The Biden Administration released an intelligence report this week on Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident and Washington Post columnist who was drugged and dismembered in 2018.

“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the intelligence report released by U.S. officials said.


African-American musical artists have long been our teachers, luminaries, and philosophers. What have we learned?

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Popular Jazz musician and bandleader Jon Batiste, center, during “We Are: A Peaceful Protest March With Music,” in New York City on June 6, 2020. (photo: YUMI MATSUO STUDIO)

Black musicians in America have been its record keepers, its generational memory centers. They have been our most aspirational dreamers, fighters for the true American ideal of equality- that constitutional edict never quite realized in the many years since this nation’s founding.

Bellwether, Black musical luminaries have been on the forefront of every social justice, liberation and civil rights movement of our time, including the most recent one.

Jon Batiste Performs at Black Lives Matter Rally at Barclays Center, June 12th, 2020. (Gothamist)

Black musicians have broken ground, led integration efforts, crushed barriers.

During the days of the Underground Railroad…


Protestors have been arrested, injured and killed in the weeks since the military seized power in Myanmar, claiming a stolen election.

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Protest against military coup in front of Kayin State Hluttaw. February 9, 2021. (photo: Ninjastrikers)

Protestors rushed the streets of cities and towns on Monday and Tuesday to rail publicly against the Myanmar military’s seizure of power. Two protestors have been killed, at least 40 have been injured and hundreds have been arrested in the weeks since the Myanmar coup.

The most recent shootings occurred after authorities tried forcing workers back to their jobs at a local shipyard, a day after the death of another protestor, a 20-year-old woman whom the police shot in…


This Black History Month, we celebrate a community leader who has empowered the people, fought for justice, and inspired others to do the same.

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Assemblyman Gordon Johnson. (photo: Assemblyman Johnson)

The People’s Assemblyman

A life of public service isn’t for everyone. The job requirements are arduous, the hours notoriously long; the needs of the community are never-ending. There is no time to rest on laurels.

Choosing a life of public service requires more than just a dedication to improving the world in which you live. …


1619 was so evil, it needs it own word. “Maafa” means “Great Disaster” in Swahili. Some African Studies scholars think we should be using it.

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Street art: 1968 Olympics Black Power (human rights) salute. Melbourne, Thornbury ( ©Melbourne Street Art Avantgarde Flickr)

In 1988, Marimba Ani wrote Let the Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of African Spirituality in the Diaspora. The book introduced the idea of using a special Swahili word to describe the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans.

“Maafa” means “The Great Disaster, terrible occurrence, tragedy”.

Many African and African-American scholars and historians, such as Marimba Ani and Sylviane Diouf, consider the term “transatlantic slave trade” deeply racist and dehumanizing. …


Or as we like to call it in the United States: Black History Month.

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Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash.

See that Doric column over there? You know; the famous Greek type.

That African column with the Greek name is far older than the Ancient Greeks who cleverly rechristened it. The original architects of our modern world- the first pioneers of mathematics, engineering, science, and all of Western Civilization as we know it- were dark-skinned people from Africa and it’s about time everyone knew it.

It isn’t your fault if you don’t.

While the evidence has been hiding in plain sight for thousands of years, the…


Will President Joe Biden’s groundbreaking pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget be confirmed?

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Neera Tanden speaking with attendees at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People hosted by the Center for the American Progress Action Fund and the SEIU at the Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada. April 27, 2019. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

Will Neera Tanden be confirmed?

Whether or not President Biden’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, will be confirmed hangs in the balance as more Senators publicly denounce her nomination.

Under particular scrutiny are some of Tanden’s past public communications on social media.

Some of the most cited tweets include Tanden’s descriptions of Senator Susan Collins (R-MN) as “the worst,” and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) a “fraud.” She also said vampires have “more heart” than Sen. …

Dr. Munr Kazmir

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