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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

The surprising beneficiaries of the new US-Cuba regulations

Commentary: The View from Europe: The surprising beneficiaries of the new US-Cuba regulations

David Jessop

November 17, 2017 – By David Jessop

Just over a week ago, the US administration published new regulations governing travel and trade between the US and Cuba. Their effect is partially to reverse elements of the more liberal policy towards Cuba adopted by President Obama, and to setback relations.

They turn into law a range the policies that President Trump announced earlier this year banning all US citizens from engaging in direct financial transactions with more than 180 entities and sub-entities identified on a ‘Cuba Restricted List’. This includes companies, manufacturers, the port of Mariel and its associated development zone, and over 80 hotels, travel agencies, and shops: all facilities the US administration believes are benefitting the Cuban military, its security services or their personnel.     Continue reading

President Donald Trump – Speech in VIETNAM at APEC Summit – Nov 9, 2017

President Donald Trump – Speech in VIETNAM at APEC Summit – Nov 9, 2017

The Undrained Swamp:  Trump’s Washington – Christoph Scheuermann | Der Spiegel

The Undrained Swamp:  Trump’s Washington, One Year On

It has been one year since Donald Trump was elected to the White House, but the mutual hatred between the president and Washington D.C. has not dissipated. And the city has refused to back down to the Trumpian bluster.

Christoph Scheuermann | Der Spiegel

Washington is not a place known for humility or modesty. So really, Donald Trump should fit right in. It’s a city of gigantic egos and expense accounts, police escorts and armored limos. Everything is about status and power, even when socializing at night. The city challenges its residents and promotes the ambitious, which isn’t always a good thing. It has produced great deeds and great power, and often violence as well – ever since George Washington planted the heart of democracy in a mosquito-infested swamp 200 years ago.     Continue reading

Trump: China not to blame for US trade deficit – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping - Beijing - China - 9 November 2017

While watching BBC World News America on Thursday, November 9, 2017, I was surprised to hear our president say that he doesn’t blame China for America’s trade deficit with that country. This change of tone occurred during his recent state visit to China.

With President Xi Jinping by his side, President Trump told business leaders inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People: “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the sake of its citizens?” [Read the complete news report at BBC Online News.]

While still describing the relationship as “very unfair” and “one-sided,” Trump blamed past US administrations for allowing our trade deficit with China to grow. As indicated in the chart below, showing US Trade in Goods with China 2004-2016, the trade deficit with China was US$266.3 billion (2008) at the end of the Bush…

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Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness – Roger Cohen | Der Spiegel

Moral Emptiness: Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness

Some say Donald Trump’s presidency does not present an existential threat to the American Republic. But after a year of MAGA, it has become clear that a disaster is unfolding whose consequences for humanity and decency will be substantial.

An Essay by Roger Cohen | Der Spiegel

Ten months into the Trump presidency, the world has not gone over a cliff. Nuclear brinkmanship with North Korea has not produced Armageddon. That this must be considered an achievement is testimony to how alarming Donald Trump’s erratic belligerence has been.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has concluded that Europeans must now take “our destiny into our own hands.” Dismay is widespread. The post-war order, stripped of its American point of reference, is frayed to the breaking point.    Continue reading

If America is tired of mourning gun violence she must take action – By Yvonne Sam

If America is tired of mourning gun violence she must take action

By Yvonne Sam

America — Oh! say can you see — what is happening to thee — gun violence is eating away at your national soul.

Already battling her own evils, America is now caught up in yet another mass slaying. The lesson to be learned from this ghastly carnage is that there will be more such shootings. The usual reaction will follow, ones that we have seen and heard far too often: non-stop media coverage, opinions of weapon analysts, opening up of more debate on gun control, lowering of flags at half mast, moments of silence, and a day of national mourning. But how often will America mourn? What America needs most of all is action to lower the gun toll, thereby less mourning.    Continue reading

Tax avoidance: Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth

 – Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth

The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain’s offshore empires.

The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive – and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth.

The material, which has come from two offshore service providers and the company registries of 19 tax havens, was obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with partners including the Guardian, the BBC and the New York Times.

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President Trump’s Speech to US Troops in Japan – November 4. 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SPEECH TO U.S. TROOPS IN JAPAN

President Trump’s Speech to US Troops in Japan – November 4. 2017 …. at Yokota Air Base Japan

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