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New York: Mayor de Blasio Signs Plan For Municipal ID Card Into Law

NEW YORK MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SIGNS BILL INTO LAW FOR NYC MUNICIPAL ID CARDS

Mayor de Blasio Signs Plan For Municipal ID Card Into Law

CBS New York News report – July 10, 2014

Blasio on Thursday July 10, 2014, signed into law a plan to offer a municipal identification card to residents regardless of their immigration status.

The card, dubbed the New York City Identity Card, will be available to anyone who can prove their identity and residency in the city. It is particularly aimed at groups that are currently unable to show a form of government identification required to do things such as cashing a check, signing a lease or even entering office buildings for job interviews or public schools for parent-teacher conferences.  Continue reading

America’s refugee crisis – commentary

The surge from Central America

The child-refugee surge from Central America

America’s refugee crisis

JULY 19, 2014 · STABROEK NEWS — EDITORIAL

US immigration, legal and otherwise, has always been a barometer of the projected hopes of America’s poorer, less stable southern neighbours. After the 2008 financial crisis immigration to the US – more than half of it originating in Latin America and the Caribbean (up from one-fifth in 1970) – dipped noticeably. Since then “comprehensive immigration reform”, a subject no less divisive than Obamacare, has been a common talking point for both parties, as have debates over such niceties as whether “anchor baby” should be a pejorative term, or “touch-back” remigration required from illegal aliens seeking to regularize their status. Continue reading

BRICS countries establish alternate funds to rival the IMF

Emerging BRICS powerhouse agrees to establish US$50B bank, US$100B crisis fund

JULY 17, 2014 | BY  |  Fortaleza, Brazil – The BRICS group of emerging powers met on Wednesday with South American presidents as they justified the creation of a development bank, seen as an alternative to Western-dominated global financial organizations.

The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) held closed-door talks in Brasilia with counterparts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and other Latin American nations.

President Donald Ramotar (3rd back) with leaders who attended the meetings in Brazil.

President Donald Ramotar (3rd back) with leaders who attended the meetings in Brazil.

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Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Many things have already disappeared in our lifetime… here are others:

Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

This article is  USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be  far behind.   Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them.  But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check 
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018.  It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks.  Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.  This plays right into the death of the post office.  If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.   Continue reading

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars – commentary

energy warsTwenty-First-Century Energy Wars

By Michael Klare

Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts.

At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances.  But look more closely and they share several key characteristics — notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

In each of these conflicts, the fighting is driven in large part by the eruption of long-standing historic antagonisms among neighboring (often intermingled) tribes, sects, and peoples.  In Iraq and Syria, it is a clash among Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Turkmen, and others; in Nigeria, among Muslims, Christians, and assorted tribal groupings; in South Sudan, between the Dinka and Nuer; in Ukraine, between Ukrainian loyalists and Russian-speakers aligned with Moscow; in the East and South China Sea, among the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and others.  Continue reading

LAND OF THE FREE – by Dmitri Allicock

Land of the Free

LAND OF THE FREE

By Dmitri Allicock

Onward to new world we’re bound
Renewal of life and hopes found
Dreams of pristine realities at sunrise
Rugged journey of clear azure skies
Those who sought afar from this earth
To find meaning of life within its girth
Food, shelter and liberty that we seek

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The Story of Your Enslavement – video

The Story of Your Enslavement

Uploaded on Apr 17, 2010  -We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. A brief history of human enslavement – up to and including your own.

 

 

It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War in Iraq – commentary

It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil

Tuesday, 24 June 2014- By Michael Schwartz, TomDispatch | Op-Ed – TRUTHOUT

Iraq flag on the background of a world map with oil derricks and money. (Image <a href=" http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-128678864/stock-photo-iraq-flag-on-the-background-of-the-world-map-with-oil-derricks-and-money.html?src=nRlcxAKCHq-170VduITXxA-1-0" target="_blank"> via Shutterstock</a>)Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil. Instead, the media is flooded with debate about, a terrorist threat  in, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There are, in addition, elaborate discussions about the possibility of a civil war that threatens the embattled government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Underway are, in fact, “a series of urban revolts against the government,” as Middle Eastern expert Juan Cole has called them. They are currently restricted to Sunni areas of the country and have a distinctly sectarian character, which is why groups like ISIS can thrive and even take a leadership role in various locales. These revolts have, however, neither been created nor are they controlled by ISIS and its several thousand fighters. They also involve former Baathists and Saddam Hussein loyalists, tribal militias, and many others. And at least in incipient form they may not, in the end, be restricted to Sunni areas. As the New York Times reported last week, the oil industry is “worried that the unrest could spread” to the southern Shia-dominated city of Basra, where “Iraq’s main oil fields and export facilities are clustered.”  Continue reading

Vintage Black Beauty & History!! – in pictures

Vintage Black Beauty & History!! – in pictures

Dorthy Counts-Charlotte NC was actually the first black in America to step foot in an all white school. in 1957 she was treated so badly she had to leave the school after 4 days. That's 3 years before Ruby Bridges or any other integration story. She was bullied and hit with stones.  The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, the leader of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to "keep her out" and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her.

Dorthy Counts-Charlotte NC was actually the first black in America to step foot in an all white school. in 1957 she was treated so badly she had to leave the school after 4 days.

That’s 3 years before Ruby Bridges or any other integration story. She was bullied and hit with stones.

The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, the leader of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to “keep her out” and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her.

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Guyanese is Purcellville’s (Virginia) first Black Mayor

Guyanese is Purcellville’s (Virginia) first Black Mayor

June 6, 2014 | By |
Kwasi Fraser

Kwasi Fraser

Kwasi Fraser is the newest Mayor of Purcellville. With his 868 votes in the May 6 town elections, Fraser, a Guyanese, defeated Vice-Mayor J. Keith Melton to become the town’s first black Mayor. Fraser campaigned on the motto “Putting citizens first.”

He obtained a resounding 62 per cent of the votes cast in a 94 per cent white community.

Fraser migrated to the US in 1982 with his mother, Monica Philander-Fraser, a Buxtonian, and four siblings. He later became a US Citizen. He has a wife and three children who helped him in his campaign.  Continue reading

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