Category Archives: International News

Black Lives Matter goes international

There’s a smug view in the English-speaking world that America is a mess. It’s an easy conclusion to reach. The shameless lies and vulgar personal attacks of both Democrats and Republicans make Canadian and British politicians look like church vicars in comparison. America’s gun fetish has no foreign equivalent, and the endless mass shootings make… Read More »

When Black Power Went Global

Buses arrived all morning, delivering people from as far away as Boston, Cleveland and Houston. It was May 27, 1972, and more than 10,000 African-Americans were preparing to march out of the predominantly Black Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Columbia Heights and make their way to the National Mall. Male and female, young and old, neatly… Read More »

In Brazil, Do Black Lives Matter?

A Woody Guthrie song says, “sometimes they rob you with a six-gun, sometimes with a fountain pen.” That’s a good description of the legislative coup that is going on right now against the elected government of President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, where I visited last month to participate in a trade union seminar on racial… Read More »

For black Cubans, Obama visit a source of pride, inspiration

Yolanda Mauri’s ancestors almost certainly came to Cuba in chains, laboring as slaves on an island of French coffee plantations and fields of Spanish sugarcane. Her parents became their family’s first professionals, graduating with engineering degrees after Cuba’s 1959 revolution ended segregation. Mauri, 26, graduated from an elite technical university with a degree in computer… Read More »

When the Soviet Union tried to woo Black America

For at least one group, the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, represented a promising marketing opportunity in the heart of America. “Blacks in #Ferguson, there’s an alternative to this indignity: pick yourselves up with Islam, like #IS,” went one ISIS supporter’s tweeted plea. But the Islamic State is hardly the first outside group to take advantage… Read More »