Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

Terrorism as Theater – By Robert D. Kaplan

Terrorism as Theater

Global affairs - KaplanWednesday, August 27, 2014 – Stratfor

By Robert D. Kaplan

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

The killing, in other words, became merely the requirement to send the message. As experts have told me, there are more painful ways to dispatch someone if you really hate the victim and want him to suffer. You can burn him alive. You can torture him. But beheading, on the other hand, causes the victim to lose consciousness within seconds once a major artery is cut in the neck, experts say. Continue reading

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

FROMA HARROP -NATIONOFCHANGE / OP-ED Published: – 27 August 2014  
Economy Class

Economy Class

 
Wall Street actually rewards airlines that put the most passengers into the smallest areas. The fight for space on airplanes has gotten so bad it has led to physical altercations between passengers!
 
Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy.

Surely, you heard the story about the United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver that was diverted to Chicago after two passengers got into a fight over legroom.  Continue reading

Will Caribbean Americans Finally be able to self-Identify on US Census Forms?

Will Caribbean Americans Finally be able to self-Identify on US Census Forms?
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Celebs. with Caribbean-roots.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. August 22, 2014: After a battle waged since 2008, the United States government may finally be prepared to recognize Caribbean immigrants and Caribbean Americans in the United States as what they are – a district identity group within the American society.

If the recommendation made by the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC)  to the U.S. Census Bureau is accepted , Caribbean men women and children will no longer look at the Census form to find themselves invisible, and forced to choose from a list of racial and ethnic choices that are do not accurately identify them. Continue reading

In Iraq, the United States and Iran Align Against the Islamic State

 U.S. President Barack Obama (L), newly elected Iraqi prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi (C) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images, ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama (L), newly elected Iraqi prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi (C) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images, STR/AFP/Getty Images, ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

In Iraq, the United States and Iran Align Against the Islamic State

Analysis  August 20, 2014 | 0419 STRATFOR

Summary:  Since June, a great deal of international focus has been on Iraq, where the transnational jihadist movement Islamic State took over large swaths of the country’s Sunni-majority areas and declared the re-establishment of the caliphate. Despite the global attention on the country, especially given U.S. military operations against the Islamic State, U.S.-Iranian cooperation against the jihadist group — a significant dynamic — has gone largely unnoticed.  Continue reading

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police – video

Melissa Harris-Perry’s Searing Tribute To Black Men Killed By Police

NJ Man Escapes 5 Year Sentence After Dash Cam Clears Him – Indicts Cops

Police Brutality and trumped up charges are common in the USA….  minorities are usually targeted.

Published on Feb 24, 2014 -New Jersey Man Escapes 5 Year Sentence After Dash Cam Footage Clears Him Indicts Cops – Marcus Jeter

Evidence from a dashboard camera on a police cruiser ended a nightmare for a New Jersey man facing false charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and assault.  Continue reading

Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming – Nick Hanauer -TED video

Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012 – Map/Statistics

Remittance Flows Worldwide in 2012 – Map/Statistics

……. U.S. top sending country; India top receiving country

REMITTANCES

Patterns of global migration have shifted in recent decades and those changes, along with the ups-and-downs of the economy, have also resulted in changes in the flow of remittances —the money that many migrants send back to families in their countries of origin.

International migrants sent $529 billion in remittances back to their home countries in 2012, according to the World Bank. The United States is the number one sender of international remittances, accounting for nearly a quarter of them (23.3%). India ranks at the top of all countries that receive remittances, with $69 billion in 2012. (See Guyana’s statistics below). Continue reading

Apple’s ‘Living the life of dreams’ has no room for Blacks or Hispanics

Apple’s ‘Living the life of dreams’ has no room for Blacks or Hispanics

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A screen shot from “I’m living the life of dreams” ad.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Aug. 5, 2014: Some two weeks after Apple’s CEO Tim Cook publicly committed to increasing the diversity of the iconic company’s work force, Apple has released its new television commercial that’s anything but diverse.

It may be Apple’s most popular commercial yet. It certainly seems to have been aired on every broadcast channel again and again. It is all about a touching view of the lives of young professionals whether in the U.S. or anywhere.It is titled “Living The Life of Dreams,” which is the song played to the video images of youthful women and men and their children and how they “struggle” to live a life of dreams amid lives little challenges for the well off. It is meant to portray the kind of life most of us would like to live, and can if we just buy iPhones and Apple apps.

Except if you are Black, Native American or Hispanic.  Continue reading

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