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Chileans Demand Answers on Australia’s Role in 1973 Coup

Salvador Allende in a crowd / credit: Naul Ojeda via National Security Archives, George Washington UniversityAustralian embassy officials in Peru were surprised when they met Dr. Rodrigo Acuña’s revolutionary Chilean parents. They wondered how the both of them had managed to escape the 1973 U.S…

Is Sudan Trying to Blackmail Russia As It Gains a New Partner in the United States?

Sudanese Foreign Minster Mariam al-Mahdi (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov answer press questions in Moscow on July 12, 2021 / Russian Foreign Ministry Press ServiceEditor’s Note: The following is the writer’s analysis of Russia-Sudan relations. Russia’s ambitious plans to esta…

The Myth of American Exceptionalism: From the Beginning

Rwanda’s Military Is the French Proxy on African Soil

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) Force Commander commends readiness of Rwandan peacekeepers in Bangui in the Central African Republic on September 7 / credit: Rwanda Defense Force/FlickrOn July 9, the government of Rwanda said that it had deployed 1,000 troo…

The United States’ Recent Failures in War and Fighting Racism Should Serve As a Warning to Its Allies

KOBU Agency on Map showing COVID-19 cases in China on April 9, 2020 / credit: Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at JHU / KOBU Agency on UnsplashOn May 26, 2021, President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to produce “analysis of the origins of COVID-19” within 90 days…

Film Review: ‘Finding Kendrick Johnson’ Reveals FBI’s Complicity in Coverup of Black Child’s Murder

Still from documentary film, “Finding Kendrick Johnson”Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers. Millions of people in the United States believe the justice system—from the cops in the street right on up to the judges in the courthouse—is fair and unbiased. Millions of people also beli…

Chip War: Can the United States Really Gain From China’s Pain?

Umberto on PCB circuit board of electronic device / credit: Umberto on UnsplashWith the United States imposing technology sanctions on China, the world’s electronics industry is facing turbulent times. After the sanctions, Huawei has slipped from its number one slot as a mobile phone supplier—wh…

Film Review: ‘Candyman’ Raises Questions About Real-Life Impact of White Supremacy

Poster for the film, “Candyman” (2021)A scene in Nia Dacosta’s film, “Candyman” (2021), might go unnoticed, but it signifies the theme of representation appearing throughout the film. Representation refers to oppressed people being seen in media and politics, but it does not mean they wiel…

On Propaganda and Failed Narratives: New Understanding of Afghanistan Is a Must

Children in Nuristan, Afghanistan in early 2021 / credit: Sohaib Ghyasi on UnsplashFor twenty years, two dominant narratives have shaped our view of the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, and neither one of these narratives would readily accept the use of such terms as ‘illegal…

How the United States Lost Nothing in Afghanistan

An Apache attack helicopter in approach in September 2020, Afghanistan / credit: Andre Klimke on UnsplashA dizzying amount of commentary, both solicited and not, has been spared on the Taliban’s brutal, unilateral recovery of power in Afghanistan. Unlike a great majority of political events, it is…

Palestine’s Africa Dichotomy: Is Israel Really ‘Winning’ Africa?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Jerusalem on February 23, 2016. The two leaders signed a joint statement on water that focuses on cooperation on water and agricultural issues and establishes a joint bilateral committee / credit: GPOThe decision by the Af…

Book Review: ‘Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games’

Cover of Slave Revolt on Screen by Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall / credit: University of Minnesota PressSlave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games by Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2021) Chris Rock’s 2014 film “Top Five” is a scat…

Corporations & Governments Team Up to Save Tropical Forests, Leaving Out Indigenous Voices

Joel Vodell on Mangrove forest on the island of Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia / credit: Joel Vodell on UnsplashMore than 10.3 million acres of primary tropical forests—spanning about the size of Belgium—went up in flames in 2020. A new coalition claims it will mobilize $1 billion to thwart global…

How the Taliban Chased the West Out of Afghanistan

Afghan people / credit: Brian Glyn WilliamsDays after the Taliban drove into Kabul on August 15, its representatives started making inquiries about the “location of assets” of the central bank of the nation, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), which are known to total about $9 billion. Meanwhile, the cen…

Why Regionalism is Important for Afghanistan

Heads of states and governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at a 2019 summit in Moscow / credit: Kremlin.ruIn an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting held on August 16, 2021, following the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul, Nebenzia Vassily Alekseevich—the Russian representati…

Film Review: ‘Unapologetic’ Examines Black Women’s and Black Queer People’s Activism

A scene from “Unapologetic”Ashley O’Shay’s documentary “Unapologetic” is an examination of the lives of Black women and queer activists in Chicago as they navigate the response in the streets to the police killings of Rekia Boyd in 2012 and Laquan McDonald in 2014. While the documentary…

Create Two, Three, Many Saigons. That Is the Watchword.

Credit: Malina Suliman (Afghanistan), Girl in the Ice Box, 2013. Editor’s Note: This has been excerpted from the newsletter of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. On Sunday, August 15, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani fled his country for Uzbekistan. He left behind a capital c…

A Viable—and Perhaps the Only—Path to Lasting Peace in Afghanistan

Midwifery students in Afghanistan / credit: United NationsEditor’s Note: The Taliban victory over the weekend and the evacuation of U.S. nationals cries out for context. That is why Toward Freedom is publishing this article that was submitted prior to the weekend’s events. As each day goes by, t…

Book Review: ‘The Radical Bookstore: Counterspace for Social Movements’

Cover of The Radical Book Store: Counterspace for Social Movements by Kimberley Kinder The Radical Bookstore: Counterspace for Social Movements by Kimberley Kinder. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2021. In the final hours of 2008, I moved to Philadelphia. George W. Bush was still preside…

Jordan’s Shrinking Role in Palestine’s Liberation Effort

On May 11, about 6,000 people marched in New York City defense of all Palestinians resisting Zionist violence / credit: Twitter/WithinOurLifetime-UnitedforPalestineThe conflict between Palestine and Israel has been raging officially for more than seven decades, making it the world’s longest-runnin…

Biden Must Call Off the B-52s Bombing Afghan Cities

The U.S. flag is lowered as U.S. soldiers leave Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, May 2, 2021 / credit: Afghan Ministry of Defense Press OfficeNine provincial capitals in Afghanistan have fallen to the Taliban in six days—Zaranj, Sheberghan, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Taloqan, Aybak, Farah, Pul-e-Kh…

Nukes on the Screen: Seven Decades of Atomic Danger

Just a few of the many films featuring nuclear weaponsNumerous films, some of them based on novels, feature nuclear war, its potential impacts, and the extreme threat these weapons pose. One of the first was “Godzilla,” a 1954 Japanese production re-released in the United States two years later…

Open Balkans Initiative: Continuity of Western Neocolonialism?

Open Balkan conference in Skopje / credit: Flickr/Government of North MacedoniaThe European Union’s process to add new member states has stalled over the last decade. Quite aware that their nations will not join the EU anytime soon, if at all, leaders of three Balkan nations—Serbia, North Macedo…

As the U.S. Withdraws From Afghanistan, China Forges Ties With the Taliban

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Head of the Afghan Taliban Political Commission Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar / credit: Chinese Foreign Ministry On July 28, 2021, in the Chinese city of Tianjin, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with a visiting delegation from Afghanistan. The leader o…

The Significance of Latin America’s Pink Tide

Pedro Castillo, second from left, is the newest president associated with the Pink TIde of Latin America / Photo composition by Orinoco TribuneThe Latin American Left is regrouping. On July 19, 2021, Peru’s National Elections Jury announced the official results of the 2021 presidential elections…


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