Stories in The Swamp that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
A Podcast Like No Other
Why did the US assassinate Qasem Soleimani in early January this year? “Well”, explains Aimen Dean on the 'Conflicted' podcast, “because he never wrote anything down”. The military leader was so paranoid about espionage that he kept all of his plans, contacts and intel in his head. Killing him was not just a show of strength by America, but a tactical ploy. It essentially “re-formated the hard drive of the Quds force”.
Juneteenth: 12 Things You Might Not Know
Juneteenth is very significant. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know much about the important date in the history of African-Americans. Listed below are 12 things that are significant.
It's just human rights.
Our most important focus right now is to dismantle the racism underlying our society, within our authorities and fight for the Black Lives Matter movement.
A Landmark Win for the LGBTQ+ Community
In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ+ people are protected from workplace discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, also known as Title VII. This comes days after the Trump administration rolled back protections from LGBTQ+ people, where health care providers can refuse to treat them because of their religious beliefs. This is a huge win for us, but our work is not done yet. In the midst of a pandemic, today’s historic ruling is a step forward.
13 Things I Learned from the Documentary ‘13th’
As I continue to educate myself on racism in America, I watched to highly recommended documentary “13th”. The 13th Amendment of the Constitution states "Neither slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction." essentially meaning slavery is illegal, but prisoners can be treated as slaves. This documentary was incredibly informative and compelling to say the least. I've compiled notes I took while watching the film in an attempt to stay engaged and hold myself accountable for my education on the matter and created a list of 13 important lessons or information nuggets from the film to extend that information to others and have an easily accessible format for myself for future reference.
Is your allyship with BLM performative?
The truth is, BLM has always needed allies. Black people have always needed allies. Sure, posting an empty black square on Instagram may prove that you're not racist, but does it prove that your anti-racist?
One Flew Over the Cuckold Press: A Lifetime of Fake News Backfires!
The big mainstream media organisations and all of their many collaborators are in imminent danger. The many years of spinning and falsifying news stories for the police, national intelligence services, big corporations, and the various western governments, have caught up with them. Most of the so-called “professional journalists” today are little more than parrots repeating the official establishment lines and avoiding conflict with any official body by complying with all their wishes without any questions asked.
Justice for George Floyd: Front and Centre Stage
June 7th 2020 was a fantastic day. The day where hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of London and peacefully protested for the equality of black lives and demanding an end to police brutality. These protests have been taking place all over the world since 25th May 2020 when George Floyd, a black American man, was unlawfully and disgustingly murdered in cold blood by a white police officer. This is just one of many cases across the world where white police officers have acted in an unfair, discriminative and aggressive way towards black citizens without much justice being served through our Criminal Justice Systems. Quite frankly, this incident was the final straw.
Latin American Cultures and our 527-year Struggle with Racism
We as a younger generation of Latinos have the responsibility to start a very difficult conversation about race with our loved ones. This conversation is necessary as our cultures have 527 years of colonialist ideologies engraved in our DNA.
TRANS LIVES MATTER
June brings us into Pride Month and we are still on a long road to fighting the injustice against Black Americans. And as we continue down that road, we must also stop and take the time to acknowledge the many years of discrimination the LGBT community has faced. We have come a long way of acceptance in society since the 1969 Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in history for the fight against an anti-gay legal system and a fight to be seen as equal humans in America. Over the span of 50 years, Lesbian, Gay, and Queers alike have found courage within themselves to live proudly with whom they are and have stood strong as an example for generations to do the same.
A Beginner's Guide To Safely Participating in A Revolution
If you're living in the United States, chances are you're not completely unaware of the turmoil that's setting off like a firework into a powder keg right about now. Perhaps watching all this has destroyed an integral part of you that so greedily clung to a fallacy of security in your surroundings.
The Officer Who Cried "Resisting"
Sixty years following the heinous torture and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, news broke in 2017 that Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who initially accused him of making advances at her, fabricated "the most sensational part of her testimony." The statement claiming he grabbed her waist and made verbal advances at her was "not true" according to Carolyn herself in an interview with historian Timothy Tyson.