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Slave Trade Video Game Edited After Backlash

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.03.2015 | Technology

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An educational video game has been edited following a social media backlash over a scene depicting slaves being packed into a shi...

A White Southerner Runs The Only Museum Solely Memorializing Slavery

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices

America needs more symbols memorializing slavery and John Cummings, a white southerner, has helped to make that happen.   He's ope...

ISIS, Slavery, and Islamic Abolitionism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Does Islam sanction slavery? Until recently, this question would have been seen as somewhat outlandish or else academic. Aside from the odd right-wing talk show host in the US, the latter question does not generally arise these days except in academic and theological discussions.

From a Recipient of Birthright Citizenship: Immigration Made America Great, Because Immigrants Are Us

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Whether we are descended from majority who came here willfully and found a better life, or from the many who came here unwillingly and lived lives of destitution and terror, the fact remains: We are all transplants, all the descendants of immigrants who desired to have a flourishing life.

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.

Who Is Afraid of Mauritanian Mohamed Cheikh? It Is About Slavery Not the Prophet!

Elham Manea | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Elham Manea

About 10 to 20 percent of Mauritania's population lives in slavery. The government did abolish the practice 20 years ago, made it a criminal offense in 2007 subject to punishment, but it has failed to genuinely tackle the problem, and the practice continues.

Slavery vs. Freedom?: A Cost Analysis

Francis Levy | Posted 08.20.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Is there an advantage to being a slave rather than a minimum wage worker, who lives on a subsistence salary?

Conservative Radio Host Is Totally Cool With Bringing Back Slavery

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.20.2015 | Media

A conservative radio talk show host in Iowa wants to turn undocumented immigrants into "property of the state" and forced into labor.  ...

The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think

Kecia Ali | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Kecia Ali

Islamic State atrocities, including systematic rape of captive Yazidi women and girls, have prompted debates over Islam and slavery. Simplistic claims that Islam accepts or forbids slavery ignore complex issues of interpretation and implementation. They also obscure both the lasting impact of slavery on Muslim sexual ethics and the troubling ways that only some violence merits notice or condemnation.

Trump's Anti-Citizenship Plan Is a Historic Loser

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 08.19.2015 | Media
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Far from offering a bold new immigration reform plan that would "make America great again," Trump's plan recycles anti-immigrant ideas that were resoundingly defeated 150 years ago.

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

Anniversaries of Zimmerman Verdict and Michael Brown's Death Recall Suffering and Resilience that Spans the U.S. and Canada

Oneka LaBennett | Posted 08.18.2015 | Black Voices
Oneka LaBennett

If a 21-year-old Southern White man living in 21st Century America relied on age-old racist rhetoric to justify slaughtering innocent people, we should not be surprised that history continues to repeat itself along the agonizing road to full citizenship that contemporary Black people must traverse.

Inmates Indexing Genealogy Records

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

For me, one of the most important days of my life was when I held my first newborn daughter in my arms. I was just so happy. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like watching her traded for a handful of garden tools.

Investing to Combat Modern Slavery: What's the Impact?

Nick Grono | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

The mission of the organisation I lead, the Freedom Fund, is to mobilize the capital and knowledge needed to end modern slavery. Measuring our impact is critical to our success, because one of the key ways we attract new investors is by showing evidence of our past performance.

A Conflicted Liberal Explains How Obama Is Making Trade Deals So Hard To Support

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

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How the U.S. Came to Fight Human Trafficking

ADST | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
ADST

The opening words to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act embodied the United States' growing awareness of modern slavery and announced their intention to combat this evil both at home and abroad.

Question: Why Must We Still Talk About Race? Answer: Twelve.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Whites often insist that they are not racist. But they're not the point. Twelve is the point. The institution of slavery persisted for twelve generations of African Americans. How long do you think it should take to dismantle twelve generations of racial oppression?

The Rivals: Hamilton's Surprising Rise, and the Decline of Jefferson

Rev. Stephen Kendrick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Rev. Stephen Kendrick

The push-pull of their competing visions still fuels our politics, but we live in Hamilton's world, not Jefferson's.

This Poet Doesn't Care If You're Tired Of Hearing About Race

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 08.10.2015 | Black Voices

Her poem begins with a shocking truth: "In the year 1815 there were three known types of alligator bait. Catfish, animal parts, and colored ...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango

Anthony Otero | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Anthony Otero

The new documentary, Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango, not only explores the African roots of this dance but also delves into the history of black people around La Plata River, which separates Argentina and Uruguay.

Alfre Woodard Goes on a Memorable Roots Journey

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Actress Alfre Woodard's grandfather died when her father was only a toddler, so this part of her family tree is a mystery. To uncover the past, Ms. Woodard goes an ancestral journey through Georgia and Louisiana.

White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

The South Seemed Pretty Sure It Was Fighting for Slavery

Larry Womack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Larry Womack

It is only very recently, as the debate over the confederate flag has been renewed, that I have come to realize just how deeply the myth that the Civil War wasn't really about slavery has taken root.

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...