United States

8/8/2017

A New York congresswoman is vowing to fight the Army after it told her it will not rename two streets at a New York City base that are currently named after Confederate generals.

The controversy centers on Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue in Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton. Both Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson spent time at the base in the 1840s prior to the start of the Civil War.

8/2/2017

After the announcement of HBO’s controversial new series Confederate, from the Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss, Amazon has revealed the premise of its own alternative-history series, Black America.

The project, which has been in the works for over a year, is being spearheaded by the Straight Outta Compton and Girls Trip producer Will Packer and the Black Jesus co-creator Aaron McGruder, Deadline reports.

7/13/2017

As grassroots efforts to confront the legacy of racial injustice in the United States take hold from New Orleans to Maine and beyond, how can transitional justice experiences around the world inform their work? That was a major focus of a recent conference ICTJ co-convened, hosted by Kean University.

7/11/2017

Almost 80 years ago, Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family's priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Germany during the Holocaust.

For nearly 20 years, the Jewish woman's heirs have been trying to get it back.

On Monday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the family is entitled to its day in court as it makes its case as to why Spain's Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum should hand over a painting that has been a centerpiece of its $2 billion collection since 1993.

7/7/2017

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan received an apology and a multimillion-dollar payment from the Canadian government after a court ruling said his rights were abused.

7/5/2017

Toronto-born man who was held at Guantánamo Bay after admitting killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15 is to receive an apology and a reported $10.5 million (£6.3 million) compensation from the Canadian government.

Agreement has been reached between the government in Ottowa and lawyers acting on behalf of Omar Khadr seven years after the country's supreme court ruled the participation of Canadian officials in his Guantánamo interrogation “offends the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects.”

6/13/2017

A student group demanded reparations for slavery at the University of Chicago and the creation of an African American studies department in an article published in early June and first reported Monday.

Reparations at UChicago Working Group, a student group at the University of Chicago, made these demands and others in a Chicago Reporter article, according to Campus Reform.

“Black people do not need a seat at the university’s reparations table,” wrote the group. “They need to own that table and have full control over how reparations are structured.”

4/21/2017

The United States said on Thursday it was troubled by the growing number of extrajudicial killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and called on Manila to stick to its commitment to investigate them.

4/10/2017

US Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill in a bid to investigate war crimes in Syria, including the creation of a “hybrid tribunal” among other measures. The move comes following the US strike on a Syrian airfield.

4/7/2017

In today’s United States, civic trust that has been systematically eroded among many communities of color. There is little basis, either historically or in the current political atmosphere, for African Americans and other minorities to have this essential trust in government institutions, particularly in the police. To build that relationship, there must first be a reckoning, writes ICTJ President David Tolbert.

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