Global Affairs

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.

Erin Wise (C) of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, leads a protest march from the Army Corps of Engineers to the White House to demonstration against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline November 15, 2016, in Washington, DC.

Support for Standing Rock Grows as Courts Look to 2017 for Pipeline Decision

Until a decision is made, pipeline developers will not know if they can finish construction.

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People in 300+ Cities Are Taking Part in the #NoDAPL Day of Action

More than 300 cities in the U.S. and abroad are participating in marches and actions to end construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Train cars sit next to miles of unused pipe, prepared for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, on October 14, 2014, outside Gascoyne, North Dakota. President Barack Obama rejected the pipeline in 2015, but president-elect Donald Trump wants to revive it.

How the Prospects for Environmental Justice Look Under Donald Trump

The president-elect plans to revive the Keystone XL pipeline, increase coal production and cancel the Paris Agreement. 

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, delivers remarks during a press conference September 29, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Yesterday, he called the Zika virus "not controllable."

CDC Director Says Zika Virus 'Will Become Endemic'

There have been more than 4,000 Zika cases in the United States and over 27,000 in U.S. territories.

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Meet Swet Shop Boys, the Desi Hip-Hop Group Powering Through Racial Profiling

Made up of former-Das Racist member Himanshu “Heems” Suri, actor/rapper Riz “Riz MC” Ahmed and producer Tom “Redinho” Calvert, the Swet Shop Boys explore the everyday struggles of South Asian and other Brown people moving through a world full of racial profiling and dangerous stereotypes. 

Inuit fishermen sail in their boat August 30, 2007, in the town of Ilulissat, Greenland. Greenland's Inuit population are the first to feel the effects of global warming.

READ: Will Languages Go Extinct Due to Climate Change?

With an increase in the number which have disappeared, Greenland’s Inuit people are organizing to save theirs.  

Vance Barden, right, and Wayne Edwards carry personal items through a flooded street caused by remnants of Hurricane Matthew on October 11, 2016, in Fair Bluff, North Carolina. Thousands of homes have been damaged in North Carolina.

The Horror of Hurricane Matthew by the Numbers

The Category 4 storm may be over, but its carnage will linger.