Tuesday, 06 January 2015 15:04
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist
President Obama's historic announcement that the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, after more than five decades of strategic political and military opposition, is today resonating positively throughout Black America. It is in the economic, cultural and political interests of 42.7 million Black Americans across the United States to focus on the new emerging opportunities to strengthen relationships with the people and government of the Republic of Cuba.
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:58
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Commentary, New America Media
There were two big takeaways from President Obama's Cuban opening. The first is obvious. After 55 years of U.S.-backed invasions, covert efforts to sabotage and overthrow Fidel Castro, an embargo, and a Cold War freeze in diplomatic relations, the U.S. policy toward Cuba has been an abject failure. Raul Castro remains the official government head, and Fidel, is still a presence in Cuban life and a bigger than ever figure internationally. Obama took the logical step that almost certainly would have been taken years ago, except for a politically retrograde GOP and older, politically connected Cuban Americans, and that is to normalize relations with the island.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Refreshing ideas on ending violence against children
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 14:53
In a Letter to the Editor, (Dec. 15 – Dec. 21 issue), Alexander Reid McFarlane comments on statements made by Ryan T. Scott and Gary Burgess, Sr. about Adrian Peterson. Alexander Reid McFarlane's words were thoughtful, educated and refreshing. He clearly, proclaims, "We can stop hitting our children." What a powerful perspective. I loved his commentary and here's why.