Tiny, peace-loving Okinawa, which hosts 75 percent of US military bases in Japan, is finally putting its foot down on construction of yet another base, with 35,000 turning out to protest the plan. It's time the US public paid attention to Okinawa's fierce, but peaceful struggle, not only for them, but for us too.
Baltimore is a narrative project. The terminology used to describe the current protests has a seductive power, and repetition gives it a certain unshakable truth. In recognition of the material impact of discourse, we want to initiate a challenge to the words written and spoken of Baltimore and other sites of Black political action by privileged, mainstream media outlets and pundits.
As I walk down the main thoroughfare of this camp for internal exiles, I suddenly see his smiling face, the one I'd know anywhere. Here, in Juba, the capital of South Sudan amid tens of thousands of people crammed into a fetid encampment visibly thrown together in haste out of fear and necessity, Barack Obama is smiling his familiar smile amid the results of a decades-long American project in Africa.