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Two Democratic lawmakers reintroduced legislation calling for the formation of the first federal racial justice commission tasked with examining the country's history of systemic racism against Black people, addressing inequities and backing efforts to provide reparations for slavery.


The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported to Germany Friedrich Karl Berger, a 95-year-old German citizen who served as a guard at the Neuengamme concentration camp subcamp in 1945. Berger admitted he guarded prisoners and accompanied them on the forced evacuation of the camp that resulted in the deaths of 70 prisoners.

He had been living in the United States since 1959.

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The bill H.R. 40 has been introduced in every legislative session since 1989. Nearly two years since the last hearing on H.R. 40, the bill and the idea of reparations received a new spotlight in Washington during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing.


On Sunday, about 50 people gathered in person and hundreds online streamed the March for Reparations, a demonstration calling for action on reparations for Black Americans for centuries of systemic oppression. Protesters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to demand that during Biden’s first 100 days in office, he sign an executive order commissioning a reparations study.


U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will continue to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s president, Anthony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, said on Tuesday.

The United States, along with dozens of other countries, recognized Guaido — the leader of Venezuela’s opposition-held National Assembly — as the country’s president in January 2019, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was rigged.


The Trump administration has determined that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” by repressing Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, delivering an embarrassing blow to Beijing a day before U.S. president-elect Joe Biden is set to take office.


The crisis at the U.S. Capitol shows that Americans lack a shared understanding of their political past and present. Transitional justice can help.


The United States plans to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, a move that diplomats and aid groups worry could threaten peace talks and complicate efforts to combat the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.