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America’s institutional racism is being exposed

Trump’s tweets confirm the national zeitgeist as he calls protesters fair game to be shot Los Angeles Times Kareem Abdul-Jabbar What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd croaked, “I can’t breathe”? If you’re white, you probably …

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Trump takes America to the brink

US president is now hinting at military solutions against protesters across the country New York Times Paul Krugman Last fall Bob Kroll, the head of the Minneapolis police union, appeared at a Trump rally, where he thanked the president for ending Barack Obama’s “oppression of police” and letting cops “put …

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America cannot lecture Africans on human rights

George Floyd’s death demonstrates just how little America cares about Black lives at home and abroad. Al Jazeera Tafi Mhaka Seated in the unenviable squalor of my modest, sparsely furnished living room, deep in the southern end of “shithole” Africa, as American President Donald Trump casually described it in January …

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How the US and Afghanistan can jump-start talks with the Taliban

Reduction in violence is a key prerequisite for the Afghan government and the Taliban to sit at the negotiating table Al Jazeera Michael Kugelman On May 23, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire to coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The Afghan government immediately announced its intention to reciprocate. The …

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The rushed easing of lockdown measures could devastate Italy

There is little doubt that the Italian economy needs to restart, and restart soon But at what cost? Al Jazeera Vito Laterza When the novel coronavirus began spreading across the world earlier this year, Italy quickly became one of Europe’s worst-affected countries and went into lockdown. Schools, shops, leisure centres …

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Coronavirus and narcotics: Can drug cartels survive COVID-19?

Latin America’s established drug cartels are likely to turn this crisis into an opportunity Al Jazeera Nicola Morfini The year 2020 has been terrible for people across the world, but it has been particularly bad for Latin America. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis caused further suffering in a region already plagued …

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