A Somali woman was brutally beaten by a white man after she intervened when he was harassing another Muslim woman Saturday night, according to the Columbus chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations.
Rahma Warsame, a single mother, was beaten unconscious by the man, who yelled, “You will be all shipped back to Africa!” before brutally assaulting her. She was left with “four missing teeth, a badly swollen face, busted lips and a swollen nose,” according to the description in the crowdfunding campaign that was launched to support her.
According to an update by CAIR, the attacker was interviewed by police, but released without charge.
U.S. President Donald Trump may be preparing to roll back key policies towards Cuba.
His predecessor, Barack Obama, reestablished diplomatic relations with the Caribbean island nation beginning at the end of 2014 after almost six decades of hostility.
Reuters news agency reported Monday that the Trump administration will probably bring back some restrictions on trade and travel, but will “stop short of breaking diplomatic relations.”
The horrific, racist incident in Portland, Oregon has brought renewed attention to Rose City’s foundational identity as a white supremacist stronghold. While the city has a certain aura of progressive hipsterism and a green, tree-hugger progressivism, Portland’s racism has been embedded in its DNA for nearly two centuries and continues to thrive.
In a popular 2015 essay by Matt Novak, the author detailed how the state of Oregon was conceived as a “white utopia,” where prior to statehood in 1844, legislators passed a law detailing how free Black people found in the state would be flogged if they didn’t leave within two years. While the flogging part was removed from the law a year later, Oregon still made it entirely illegal for Black people to move there until 1926, after which other forms of racial exclusion were adopted. Even into the 1950s, Portland restaurants had signs displaying the type of sentiment most people might think was restricted to the South: “White Trade Only – Please.”
Oregon’s population remains only 2 percent Black due to the continued marginalization of non-white communities, which takes place both through structural and informal mechanisms. And in Portland, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest cities, the latest census data shows that 72.2 percent of the population is white while only 6.3 percent of the population is Black.
“I think that Portland has, in many ways, perfected neoliberal racism,” Black educator and activist Walidah Imarisha told the Atlantic magazine, explaining that political liberalism notwithstanding, the city jealously safeguards and facilitates subtle white supremacy in business, culture and housing.
A group of 26 student representatives of the University of Puerto Rico met on Wednesday afternoon with the head of the U.S.-imposed Fiscal Control Board and the university’s management in a bid to find a solution to the conflict over budget cuts in higher education.
Under strong police watch, they debated the rise of university fees and measures meant to guarantee that striking students will not face punishment because of their mobilization.
The U.S.-appointed economic board is overseeing the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s US$70 billion debt owed to wealthy foreign investors. Along with cuts to public education, the board has also proposed to cut health care and housing funds.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on eight current or former members of the Venezuela’s Supreme Court Thursday, in its ongoing attacks on the Bolivarian nation.
Senator Marco Rubio stood on the Senate floor Thursday and lambasted the eight judges for aiding and abetting Venezuela’s democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro for supposedly “murdering” protesters amid weeks of opposition-spurred violent demonstrations. The Republican senator from Florida also accused the government of carrying out a “coup.”
According to a report published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Wednesday, nearly 87 percent of women in the U.S. have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
The report titled, “The Talk,” states that 55 percent of women admitted to being catcalled; 41 percent to being touched without consent by a stranger; 47 percent said they were insulted with sexualized slang words (e.g., slut, bitch, ho) by a man and 51 percent of women said a stranger said something sexual to them.
“Politics as usual” received a shocking blow to the face in the capital of conservative Mississipi on Tuesday after Chokwe Antar Lumumba took a vast stride toward becoming mayor of the City of Jackson in a landslide primary victory over eight other contenders. Carried to victory on the back of a revolutionary, grassroots effort, the 34-year-old Black attorney’s platform can be summed up with three simple slogans: “Free the land” and “serve the people,” “by any means necessary.”
A day before opposition leaders convened more protests in Caracas calling for the ouster of Venezuela’s government, the country’s leader has accused the United States of working with right-wing leaders towards a coup.