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Forcing voters from the polls: Senate filibuster blocks urgently needed Federal legislation

U.S. senators have undermined President Joe Biden’s push to defend voting rights against what Democrats have framed as an all-out assault by conservative states targeting racial minorities. Faced with a blockade from Republicans in the upper house complaining of overreach by the federal government, the ruling Democrats were unable to push through the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act that were passed recently by the House of Representatives. “I am profoundly disappointed that the Senate has failed to stand up for our democracy. I am disappointed – but I am not deterred,” Biden said...

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Still no justice for Emmett Till: Why the spirit of the Jim Crow era remains alive and well

On December 6, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it has closed an investigation into the 1955 murder of Black teenager Emmett Till. The case had been reopened in 2018, a year after the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act (the Till Act) was passed by Congress allowing crimes against Black people committed before 1970 to be reinvestigated. Till’s murder is often referred to as the “spark” for the Civil Rights Movement in the US. The photo of his disfigured face, which his mother had insisted on showing through an open-casket funeral, caused outrage throughout...

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Pandemic Poverty: Out-of-pocket medical costs have pushed half a billion people into financial distress

More than half a billion people globally were pushed into extreme poverty last year as they paid for health costs out of their own pockets during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Health Organization and the World Bank. The pandemic disrupted health services globally and triggered the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, making it even more difficult for people to pay for healthcare, said a joint statement from the two organizations. “All governments must immediately resume and accelerate efforts to ensure every one of their citizens can access health services without fear of the...

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A wake-up call unheeded: America’s Reichstag fire continues to smolder from a far-right threat

“Some Republicans say there were questions about the election in 2020. But that’s like saying somebody yells ‘fire’ in a theater when there is no fire. And then they look at all the people running out and say, you know, there’s a stampede. We should really look into that fire. But the fire was a total fiction.” – John Dickerson A year after the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol, a former U.S. counterterrorism official worries that lone-wolf-style attacks from far-right extremists could pose a major security challenge through 2022, echoing concerns from other analysts about the...

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Minority Rule: Trump Republicans do not need to form their own country since they can dominate this one

One year after Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC, the hard right, anti-democracy faction of the Republican base that led the attack threatens to overtake the party for the long term. This hard-right faction, loyal to former President Trump, minimizes, or supports, the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6. They have worked to systemically undermine America’s democracy in the months following the attack by installing into positions of power loyal proponents of Trump’s Big Lie and by passing a flurry of voter suppression bills. The few Republicans who oppose Trump or acknowledge the wrong...

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Disgraced ex-president plans to reiterate false claims on anniversary of deadly January 6 attack

Ex-President Donald Trump has said he will hold a news conference on January 6, on the first anniversary of the deadly riots that attacked the Capitol to protest his electoral loss, repeating unfounded claims about election fraud. With a congressional panel investigating the riots seeking answers from several of his associates, a defiant Trump slammed the committee on Tuesday, calling the attack on the Capitol a “completely unarmed protest of the rigged election.” Trump’s supporters had violently breached the Capitol on January 6 to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, halting procedures and sending lawmakers into hiding....

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