With the midterm vote tallies so close in Georgia, Ohio, Texas, and Florida, Republican efforts to suppress and purge left-leaning voters are once again in the spotlight. “Voter suppression isn’t only about blocking the vote,” Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said. “It is also about creating an atmosphere of fear, making people worry that their votes won’t count.”
This in-depth Toward Freedom investigation points to the likelihood of massive voter suppression in the mid-term elections, particularly targeting Democrat-leaning demographics. Republicans have passed laws across the country to deny voters their constitutional right to vote. “These laws are part of an ongoing strategy to roll back decades of progress on voting rights,” says Bobby Hoffman of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.
The decades-long conflict in the Congo around minerals, militias, and political power has cost the lives of millions.
Youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have organized an unprecedented popular uprising calling for the repressive President Joseph Kabila to step down. They are wielding social media and peaceful protests as tools for their resistance, and have turned the nation’s political world upside down.
As the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement continues, many Americans are unaware that hundreds of exploitative foreign trade zones are already entrenched within the US, and most likely in their own part of the country.
A debate is currently raging among personal consumer electronics companies, Congolese activists, and NGOs over whether an American law can finally bring peace to a mining sector in Africa that has sacrificed so much for wealthier countries in the global north.