Category Archives: Racial Conflict

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: ‘I Don’t See Potential Upsides’ – Richard Haass

Donald Trump and Jerusalem: ‘I Don’t See Potential Upsides’

Richard Haass, 66, is a former U.S. diplomat and current director of the Council on Foreign Relations. He says that the timing of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel is troubling and potentially dangerous.

Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy | Der Spiegel

DER  SPIEGEL: U.S. President Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and decision to move the U.S.A. Embassy to the city. The United Nations, Arab leaders and even the Pope are opposed to the move. Why is it so controversial, and so significant?      Continue reading

My DNA Results: AncestryDNA vs 23andMe… & thoughts about the slave trade

My DNA Results: AncestryDNA vs 23andMe… & thoughts about the slave trade

JeffRowan10s  – Published on May 16, 2017
A deep dive into 400 years of my ancestry, as measured by AncestryDNA and 23andME. How well does my “family narrative” hold up against the latest DNA technology? Plus, reflections on the slave trade.
For those who have asked, my haplogroups are: Maternal: L3b Paternal: R-U152
I never watch long ancestry DNA videos, I skip through until I see the results; but this was so interesting that I wanted to watch the whole thing! Great work!

Brazil and the Yankee Way of Being Black – By Francis Wardle

Brazil and the Yankee Way of Being Black

— By Francis Wardle

In Brazil, race and class interact to create a highly stratified society where most people of color are poor, and most middle class and wealthy are “white.” To view this situation through the USA lens of racial categories and racial purity is not only intellectual dishonesty, but smacks of colonialism.     

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Why race in Brazil is a confusing, loaded topic – 2 videos

Why race in Brazil is a confusing, loaded topic

The Globe and Mail  –  Published on Aug 5, 2015
Jessica says she’s black. Her cousin says she’s white. Stephanie Nolen spends time with one family to find out just how complicated race in Brazil can be.
  • See the second video below ……   

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Germany, Democracy and the World …  The End of the End of History

Germany Political Map – click to enlarge

Germany, Democracy and the World

……  The End of the End of History

The collapse of coalition talks in Berlin are far from a national crisis. But it is symptomatic. It is time for German politicians to realize what is at stake for their country and the rest of the Western world.

A DER SPIEGEL Editorial – by Klaus Brinkbäumer

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The Nationalist’s Delusion – Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

The Nationalist’s Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.

Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.

It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, astonished political observers when he came within striking distance of defeating incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, earning 43 percent of the vote. If Johnston’s Republican rival hadn’t dropped out of the race and endorsed him at the last minute, the outcome might have been different.   Continue reading

Terrorism—Incitatory or Revelatory? What has the term achieved? – By Yvonne Sam

Terrorism—Incitatory or Revelatory?What has the term achieved?

By Yvonne Sam

Who has the final say–—Man or Lexicon?  Or would term remain  racially designated?

Terrorism now at the center of semantic jousting suddenly and without warning bombarded our collective consciousness, to the point where nowwe are unable to stop hearing or reading of it.

Ironically the word comes up constantly in newscasts, congressional debates and speeches by world leaders, usually as a way of garnering and securing public support for one security measure or another.     Continue reading

We are Sick of Racism, Literally Douglas Jacobs | The New York Times

We are Sick of Racism, Literally

Douglas Jacobs | The New York Times

Estifanos Zerai-Misgun, a black Brookline, Mass., police officer, pulled up in an unmarked car and greeted his superior, a white lieutenant. He wasn’t prepared for the response by the lieutenant, who said, as he gestured at the vehicle, “Who would put a black man behind one of these?”

“I was shocked,” the officer later told a Boston news station about the experience. It was one of several derogatory racial comments he would hear on the job. It got so bad that he and a black colleague walked away from the force in 2015.      Continue reading

Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals – BBC News

Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it’s all recently got a lot more tense. Here’s why.

How come Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t get along?

Saudi Arabia and Iran – two powerful neighbours – are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance.

The decades-old feud between them is exacerbated by religious differences. They each follow one of the two main sects in Islam – Iran is largely Shia Muslim, while Saudi Arabia sees itself as the leading Sunni Muslim power.   READ MORE

Civility, Moral Outrage and ‘Unseeing’ Race Larry Haiven | The Chronicle Herald

OPINION: Civility, Moral Outrage and ‘Unseeing’ Race

Larry Haiven | The Chronicle Herald

A number of years ago I got into a local taxi. The driver, seeing that I was white, soon started disparaging people of colour. I could have been polite. I could have tried patiently to dissuade him. But I did the opposite.

I “lost” it. With all the white male academic privilege at my disposal, I yelled at him at the top of my voice, then demanded his name and taxi licence number saying I would report him to the authorities (which I later did). I told him to let me out of the car and I refused to pay him.    Continue reading

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