Strange Fruit and Social Justice

By David Michael Newstead.

Patricia Smith wins the first Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award on Nov. 12, 2017. Opening remarks from Ellen Meeropol and Robert Meeropol with musical performances by Pamela Means. The Abel Meeropol Social Justice Writing Award is named for the songwriter behind the anti-lynching classic Strange Fruit.

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The Russian Revolution in Articles

Bill Browder’s Visa Revoked

By David Michael Newstead.

In a developing news story, American born Putin critic and human rights campaigner Bill Browder has had his U.S. visa revoked by the Trump Administration. You might recall that Browder testified before Congress in July about corruption in the Russian government. Also, the human rights law that Browder campaigned for was the subject of the now infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyers during the 2016 presidential election. Here’s an excerpt from my 2015 interview with Bill Browder.

David Newstead: In the book, you’ve said that you have to take elaborate counter-measures based on death threats and harassment from Russian authorities or their proxies. Without commenting on the specifics of your counter-measures, can you say more about how they go after you?

Bill Browder: Well, the objective is to destroy me either physically, legally, or reputationally. So in their perfect world, if they could just get away with it, they would kill me. But so far they haven’t, probably because they haven’t figured out a way they could get away with it. And so, the next step is to try to destroy me legally. In other words, to try to get me arrested and extradited back to Russia. Through Interpol red notices or bilateral extradition requests. So far, that hasn’t succeeded. Then, the third thing they try to do is to destroy me reputationally by putting shows about me on their television, accusing me of crimes of murder and massive fraud in Russia. They provide dossiers of fake information to foreign governments and parliamentarians. So far, none of this has worked, but it’s a constant fight with the Russians to make sure they don’t succeed.

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Russian History Reader

By David Michael Newstead.

Here’s a few posts from over the last year looking at the centennial of the Russian Revolution through books, film, and the perspectives of some noted historians.

 

A Conversation with Suzanne Turner

By David Michael Newstead. 

Political strategist Suzanne Turner of turner4D joins me to offer perspective from across election cycles and to share her expertise on structural issues influencing American democracy. Music by http://www.bensound.com.