About time or too soon?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Black musicians have broken ground, led integration efforts, crushed barriers.
Protestors have been arrested, injured and killed in the weeks since the military seized power in Myanmar, claiming a stolen election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Will President Joe Biden’s groundbreaking pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget 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. …