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Dishonoring our vets

The last Monday in May, Memorial Day, was designed to honor those who died in service to our country. It is tragically ironic that around the same time we are honoring and remembering the dead, we are learning about deficiencies ...

The Promise of Colombia

Where do I begin to tell the story of our trade mission to the beautiful nation of Colombia? It had been in the planning stage for more than 14 years. It began when Oscar Gamboa, who works for the government, ...

Indenturing our young people

The young in America are being forced into cruel levels of debt, and this debt is already curbing their life prospects. Its economic effects are damaging to everyone. Yet with Washington frozen, the debt burdens on the young are likely ...

The 60-year journey from segregation

Because I was a horribly ill-behaved child, I found myself shipped from San Francisco to Moss Point, Miss. in August 1969. My mother’s plan was that I’d spend my junior year in high school there and live with my schoolteacher ...

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education

Editor’s note: Beverly Daniel Tatum is the president of Spelman College in Atlanta and the author of “Can We Talk About Race?” and “Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those ...

Boko Haram and the thrust of radical Islam

“In Nigeria, the extremist group Boko Haram conducted a suicide car-bombing in late August against the UN building in Abuja, marking Boko Haram’s first known lethal operation against Westerners.”

The Politics of Troubling African Waters: Part II

’m usually a strong supporter of President Barack Obama. I’m sure when all is said and done, he will go down in history as one of America’s best presidents. Of course, how well the Democrats organize their base to get ...

‘Nodding’ on Nigeria

Years after he stepped down from his presidency, William Jefferson Clinton acknowledged that he should have intervened in the conflict in Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands perished from the genocide that shaped the country. In his zeal for international peace, President ...

Kidnappings highlight need for better U.S. policy toward Nigeria

An outrage against decency—the kidnapping of more than 270 young girls in northeastern Nigeria by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram—has brought Nigeria international attention, however unwanted.

Fighting Silence

The cold facts stare us in our face: Fact 1: More than 300 girls were abducted from the rural northeast region of Nigeria on April 15 while attending secondary school; 276 are still believed to be held captive.

Cold Winter or Stalled Recovery?

During 2013, the U.S. economy experienced a reasonable level of growth. The 3.4 percent growth rate in the second half of the year represented a solid growth rate, not enough to trickle down to those who live on the periphery ...

White Collar Thievery

As famous balladeer Woody Guthrie sang in “Pretty Boy Floyd": “Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered/ I’ve seen lots of funny men/ Some will rob you with a six-gun/ And some with a fountain pen/”

GM: intern advances to highest ranking Black in automobile industry

Though no one knew it at the time, the decision by Edward T. Welburn Jr.’s parents to take him to a local auto show in Philadelphia around the time he was learning his multiplication tables would shape the rest of ...

The Politics of Getting Africa Out of Trouble

This is a hard column for me to write this week. Africa is in trouble. That’s not a comment that is hard to believe or one that is new to make.

Slamming the door, again

The Roberts Supreme Court recently decided that the state of Michigan had the right to vote against affirmative action policies in college admissions. Michigan State is one of many where mediocre White students challenge the fact that African American students, ...