Global Affairs

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After 36 Years Behind Bars, Oscar López Rivera is Still Committed to Puerto Rican Independence

The longtime political prisoner and former Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional member pledges to tour the island to "share ideas and promote unity" around Puerto Rican nationhood.

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#MayDay Actions in 7 Scenes

Advocacy groups and activists are gathering in cities across the world to demand an end to oppressive systems of power. Here, some video from actions helmed by groups of color in the United States. 

A windmill is seen during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2016, in Indio, California.

STUDY: Countries Need to Transition to Renewables Sooner to Meet Paris Climate Goal

If nations stay on their current course, global temperatures will rise more than a degree higher than the agreement's goal. 

Surveillance cameras stand above the U.S.-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana on January 27, 2017, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Environmental Group First to Sue Trump Administration for Border Wall

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ): “Trump’s wall ... will do little more than perpetuate human suffering while irrevocably damaging our public lands and the wildlife that depend on them.”

President Donald Trump speaks about his Energy Independence Executive Order on March 28, 2017, at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Repeal Clean Power Plan

This is an early step in what will likely be an uphill battle between the administration and environmental groups. 

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REPORT: '2016 Was the Warmest Year on Record' and More

The World Meteorological Organization's annual report had a clear—and sobering—message.  

President Donald Trump looks on during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the White House on March 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Trump Policies Hamper U.S. Ability to Meet Paris Climate Goals

A transition away from fossil fuels could boost the world economy by $19 trillion.

Defense Secretary James Mattis attends a joint briefing with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo at the headquarters of the Defense Ministry on February 3, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea.

Defense Secretary: 'Climate Change Can Be a Driver of Instability'

James Mattis says climate change poses a national security risk—in sharp contrast to the administration's general stance on the issue.

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Take the 2017 Colorlines Reader Survey. Then Get Free Stuff!

Please take our first reader survey in many years. There's good music in it for you.

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NFL Stars Boycott State-Sponsored Trip to Israel

Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett cited John Carlos and Muhammad Ali in his statement explaining why he skipped the trip.

Sitting at his desk, Donald Trump holds up an executive order he signed on his first full day as president

Trump's First Week Begins With Executive Orders on Trade, Reproductive Rights and Federal Hiring

He's also suspended a cut in Federal Housing Aministration mortgage premiums and moved to repeal Obamacare.

President Barack Obama waves to local people cheering for him after attending a service event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Jobs Have Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter January 16, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

President Obama Transfers Half a Billion Into Climate Fund

The $500 million will help developing nations brace for and adapt to climate change.

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President Obama Ends 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Policy for Cuban Immigrants

The decades-old policy allowed most Cuban immigrants to remain in the U.S., regardless of how they entered the country.

Tina Johnson walks alongside Charlleen Charles, on horseback, and Ricky Mckenzie and Celine Desiree Jade Charles, with her fist raised as they make their way to Standing Rock, North Dakota, from Saskatchewan, Canada.

Canadian Native Youth Arrive at Standing Rock After Walking for Almost a Month

Buffalo greeted the youth as they arrived at the #NoDAPL camp site.

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UN Report: Puerto Rico Debt-Fighting Measures Must Not Impact Human Rights

"The population in Puerto Rico cannot be held hostage to past irresponsible borrowing and lending."

A Black woman protester wearing a black coat is pushed out of a Senate office building by a White policeman

When and Where to Watch Senate Confirmation Hearings for Trump's Cabinet Picks

A flurry of Senate confirmation hearings for Trump's cabinet nominees are happening this week. Here's when and where to watch.

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Record Number of Floods Hit U.S. in 2016, Racking Up Global Natural Disaster Costs

The price marks a new high since records began in 1980.

U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. President-elect Donald Trump has offered him the interior secretary position.

Trump Picks a Pro-Coal Congressman to Head the Department of the Interior

Rep. Ryan Zinke has worked closely with Native communities in Montana, to varying outcomes for different tribes.  

In his signature green military fatigues Fidel Castro makes a speech at a Havana podium in 2004.

Why I'm Neither Celebrating Nor Mourning the Passing of Fidel Castro

Sheriden M. Booker, an African-American scholar with deep ties to Cuba through her studies, relationships and religion, explains why she's ambivalent about Fidel Castro's legacy. 

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Largest Bank in Norway Pulls $3M from Dakota Access Pipeline

This is a major win for water protectors, who have been advocating to target the project's financial interests.