A New Comic Exposes Racism Amid the Pandemic in Brazil
“Confinada” critiques the disproportionate toll the coronavirus has taken on poor and Black Brazilians—on top of ongoing systemic inequality in the country.
As Europe Reckons With Racism, Italy Still Won’t Confront Its Colonial Past
Italian forces used chemical weapons and committed war crimes in Africa—but the country’s sordid history is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed by politicians or intellectuals.
To Downsize Bloated, Too-Powerful Police, Look at These Examples
Communities around the world have shifted to a lighter policing model to reduce tensions and curb violence.
A polícia violenta e racista do Brasil
Apesar de constituírem mais de metade da população, pessoas negras continuam lutando pelo seu direito de viver.
Brazil Must Address Its Own Racist Police Violence
Afro-Brazilians make up over half of the country’s population, but they are still fighting for their right to live.
When It Comes to America’s Race Issues, Russia Is a Bogeyman
As talk turns once again to Russia’s role in stoking racial tensions ahead of an election, the United States would be wise to look within.
France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now
The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.
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America’s founders missed an opportunity to abolish slavery, attacks on the press are increasing in democratic societies, and Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran isn’t working.
Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?
Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.
How America’s Founding Fathers Missed a Chance to Abolish Slavery
They swept the issue under the rug, and even Thomas Jefferson realized that civil war was inevitable before he died on July 4, 1826. But history could have taken a different direction.
These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can, Too.
Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.
If Americans Grappled Honestly With Their History, Would Any Monuments Be Left Standing?
The furor over police abuse of Black communities is raising new questions about the original sin of America’s Founding Fathers.
When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?
International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?
Calls for Police Reform Are Getting Louder—Here Is How to Do It
The United States’ chronic police brutality problem can be solved using evidence and data.
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Racism in international relations, the state of the German armed forces, and Hindu nationalism is creeping into Nepal.
I’m a Black Reporter. Covering America Almost Broke Me.
Journalists pay a personal toll covering public tragedies.
How White Supremacy Weakens the United States
The Trump administration’s agenda on race undermines the country’s military, alliances, and security.
It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.
Protests against police brutality and systemic racism highlight what is seen as the United States’ accelerated decline.