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The Dominican Government Is Cementing the Foundations of Apartheid

Kumera Genet | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

The Dominican state is 10 years into a process of constructing a system of legal apartheid for Dominicans born to Haitian parents. This group of second- and third-generation Dominicans has always faced opposition to being fully recognized as Dominican citizens, but their government appears intent on legally cementing this discrimination -- and is increasingly close to this goal.

The Ethnic Apartheid in Myanmar

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

When it comes to the way that the ethnic Burman majority treats the 135 different ethnic minorities that make up roughly 40 percent of Myanmar's population, "backsliding" is not the right word -- because that would presume that progress has been made in the first place.

What Poverty Is And What It Isn't

Réjane Woodroffe | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Réjane Woodroffe

Being born into poverty is more than just the circumstance of not having enough money to buy food or other material items, it is about not understanding why a clear glass of water can cause a child to die of diarrhea or why disease is not caused by spirits.

Storytelling: The Most Human of Arts

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

In South Africa a national apology feels a lifetime away, but in the meantime one way to break down the continuing and sometimes seemingly insurmountable race barriers is sharing restorative stories in order to help people overcome their differences and defenses.

Why I'm Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Hannah New | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Hannah New

Although I had seen townships in other parts of the world, there was something about the scale of this place that left me dumbfounded. I later learnt that these tiny boxes made of corrugated-iron, plastic sheeting and scraps of wood, which precariously sat on top of one another, were home to over 2 million people.

Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation

Jim Wallis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Jim Wallis

Economic inequality in South Africa is now greater than it was even during the days of apartheid, and gender violence is rampant. So these are the new agendas of a new generation: economic liberation and gender equality, with a commitment to lead on both in the churches.

Celebrating Kathy

Barbara Rick | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Barbara Rick

Happy birthday to South Africa's freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada! "Kathy" -- as he's well known there -- turned a robust 85-years-old on August 21. He is the premiere guide and custodian of the history of infamous Robben Island, where he and Nelson Mandela were unjustly imprisoned for 18 years.

The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an "almost energy apartheid" to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally.

Negotiating With Terrorists: Lessons From South Africa

Sam Hamer | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Sam Hamer

When peace is at stake, no one is too good for talking.

Blood on a Beach

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Our ubiquitous social media are a game changer: having seen pictures of dead boys on a beach, we cannot un-see them.

It's Time for an Inclusion Revolution

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

From voter suppression laws being passed in the light of day in state houses around the country and the political assault on women's reproductive rights to the racial wealth gap, there are disturbing signs that our nation's baby steps towards political, social and economic inclusion could be stalling.

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

Sarajevo 1914 and New York City 2001: Is It Happening Again?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Sarajevo 1914 does not appear so distant, at least in terms of rhetoric and inclination to dehumanize the other. But, then perhaps our awareness has been raised to the danger.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

48 Years of a Ripple of Hope

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

Forty-eight years ago today, my father, Robert Kennedy, spoke to students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, delivering what is now known as the "Ripple of Hope" speech.

California Primary: Jerry Brown Romps While Republicans Dodge Their Own Silver Bullet and Other Races Intrigue

William Bradley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Though the election was largely a bore, it did have some interesting outcomes, not only in the statewide races but also in some district level races for Congress and state Assembly and even local office.

Black and White in Gay Cape Town

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

The implication: It was OK to kiss me in the hallway of a dark club on Saturday night, but he wasn't interested in me as a multi-dimensional human being or, presumably, being seen in public with me in the harsh, unforgiving light of day.

Happy

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha. Photo by Tania. Used with permission. If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution. So said Emma Goldman more than 100 year...

How Five Days in Johannesburg Changed My Perception of Color

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Black Voices
Jeremy Helligar

It had nothing to do with black pride and everything to do with what I saw in the eyes of that little boy: myself.

Brown, Economic Inequality and the Absolute Necessity of Public Schools

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Norma Cook Everist

We see once again closing of public schools. Although the "appearance is race neutral," the reality is not, Attorney General Eric Holder has noted.

The Choice We Face, the Debate We Must Have

James Zogby | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

What troubled me most was that Kerry, after acknowledging that many Israelis have offered the same warning, apologized for using the word "apartheid" saying that "it is a word best left out of the debate here at home." In other words, Israelis can have this debate, but we can't.

Resolution on Dalits Commendable But Outdated

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

For many years, the complex social practice of caste in the Indian subcontinent (and to a lesser degree, the South Asian Diaspora) has been the subject of activism and reform efforts.

Public School Apartheid in Harlem

Allison Fine | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Allison Fine

At some point, we tacitly consented to the notion that providing only 20 percent of the children in Harlem, those that win the lottery and go to charter schools, with adequate teachers, equipment and food, is a morally acceptable public policy.

Activist Shareholders: Hear Them, Don't Necessarily Heed Them

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Jim Treacy

January 1987 and South Africa was burning. The eyes of the free world transfixed on a country in turmoil -- declared state of emergency, mounting Anti...