The US Educational System’s War on History

July 15, 2019

In an article published by Al Jazeera, Donald Earl Collins, a history professor who has worked as a reader of students’ exam copies for the US College Board, describes one of the ways the US educational system transforms the teaching of history into a form of Eurocentric, neoliberal and...

Being Black in America

January 09, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Akil Houston, an associate professor of African-American studies at Ohio University. Anti-black racism in the United States continues to be a problem over half a century since the abolition of Jim Crow laws. These laws enforced segregation...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump’s “Tremendous” Problem

September 13, 2018

Trump is not the first president to have problems with the English language. But he has transformed the language and style of presidents.  No one can deny that Donald Trump is the hands-down champion of self-congratulations. As he awaited the calamitous arrival of Hurricane Florence on the East...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Betsy DeVos Uses Her “Discretion”

August 28, 2018

Hey, kids, soon your teachers may have the guns they need to keep your attention. Hand it to US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — whose brother, Eric Prince, founded the mercenary army of Blackwater — to find a way to turn classrooms into virtual military battlegrounds. According to a report...

How the US Rental Market Is Increasing Inequality

August 26, 2018

Recent trends show that while rents are falling for high-end dwellings, middle- and low-income renters are still struggling to afford housing. A lasting fallout from the Great Recession has been a sharp rise in the number of Americans who are renting rather than owning their homes. Sky-high...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Awareness” of the World System

August 23, 2018

History teaches us nothing, except the importance of cultivating the faculty of awareness. Historian Alfred McCoy has been tracking the rise of China and the decline of the American hegemon, a process he claims set in at the turn of the 21st century. He cites George W. Bush’s foreign policy as...

In America, Children Are Stuck in a Black Hole

July 10, 2018

When there is no government response to do what is right in the face of what is wrong, what is wrong feeds on that void and grows. I have a story to tell. I just found a 5-year-old child from El Salvador. He is being “cared for” by Christians in Maryland under contract to the Office of...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Downgraded” by Forbes

June 20, 2018

A former Silicon Valley entrepreneur was downgraded and humiliated because of a combination of illegal activity and a failing business. Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of life sciences company Theranos, is in the news again. Once the darling of Wall Street, admired and backed by no less than James...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Assassination” of Another Kennedy

June 05, 2018

Remembering Robert F. Kennedy and a time when political assassination was all the rage. Fifty years ago, the third spectacular assassination that marked US history in the 1960s took place. Robert F. Kennedy was fatally wounded in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. This followed...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Be “Available” and Get Rich

May 18, 2018

This is how to make yourself available and rich in US culture. Yahoo News asked best-selling author Jen Sincero why so many people aren’t rich. Her answer tells us a lot about US culture today. “I find that in my own life and with the people I’ve been coaching, when people make the...

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