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Clarence Lusane

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Dr. Clarence Lusane is the chair of the Political Science Department at Howard University. His scholarship is focused on human rights, racial justice, and global politics.

The report's theme is “Locked Out,” for the ongoing marginalization of Blacks and Latinos. more

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Photo by DonkeyHotey We shouldn’t be surprised that the wheels are coming off of the poorly built Ben Carson bus. The Carson phenomenon has never been about his ideas or experience. For most of his supporters, it is about Carson not being B... more

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During his U.S. visit, Pope Francis went places that few on the national political scene dare to go. more

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There is one candidate in the Republican presidential race who can potentially derail the Donald Trump Express... more

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Bond left his fingerprints on pretty much every major civil rights organization and issue of the last five decades... more

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President Obama’s recent Africa tour could be of great significance. more

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Photo by AFGE   Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination has to win critical support from black voters for him to have a chance. He is not trying hard enough. Sanders has so far ignored African-Ame... more

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The Congressional Black Caucus should enthusiastically back the U.S.–Iran nuclear agreement. more

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Few events bring together the entire world in collective celebration. Feb. 11, 1990, was such a day, when Nelson Mandela walked out of prison after 27 years of incarceration. more

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By: Clarence Lusane Don’t jump to conclusions: The sweeping Republican victory on Election Day does not mean the voters have embraced the Republican Party’s ideas... more

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Condoleezza Rice has reemerged in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and she is offering unhelpful advice. more

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Republican obstructionism shows no signs of letting up, and a worthy nominee just became its latest victim. more

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The horrible irony of the Navy Yard shootings is that they took place in a city that has led the nation in gun control legislation.For more than three decades, beginning in 1976, Washington, D.C, had the strictest gun laws in the country. Basical... more

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President Obama is betraying his own promises and his Democratic base by agreeing to cut Social Security.In 2007 and 2008, while running for president, candidate Barack Obama said, "I believe that cutting benefits is not the right answer."On anot... more

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The months-long drama surrounding former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has moved into its final act. While the nation ponders the State of the Union address delivered by one Chicago politician who rose to become the 44th president, another of the city's... more

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By Clarence Lusane The United States is shamefully implicated in the terror that Charles Taylor, erstwhile leader of Liberia, inflicted on the people of West Africa. Beginning in the 1980s, Taylor was an informant and collaborator with a nu... more

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The White House must draw the right conclusions from recent dismal polls. more

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The regime of 87-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe has sought to pre-empt the types of protests that have shaken autocrats in North Africa and the Middle East. Yet, a constellation of internal and external events may finally bring an end to ... more

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Sen. Hillary “as far as I know” Clinton is not sure if Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim or not. But, in truth, she is sure; she just wants you to have some doubts about it. It is in that and other moments of political calculation that the mode... more

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Sen. Barack Obama’s candidacy represents a challenge to the Democratic Party establishment and to many old civil-rights leaders. more

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