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Obama warns on Africa leaders refusing to step down

Obama warns on Africa leaders refusing to step down

US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015

US President Barack Obama speaks at African Union HQ

[28 July 2015 – BBC News] US President Barack Obama has ended his visit to Africa by warning the continent will not advance if its leaders refuse to step down when their terms end.  “Nobody should be president for life,” Mr Obama said.

He was speaking at the African Union‘s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the first time a sitting US president has addressed the body.

Earlier in the trip, Mr Obama visited Kenya, the homeland of his late father.    Continue reading

Black Churches in America – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

Black Churches in America – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

Black Churches Burned

Black Churches Burned

It is 1758 and a slave reports on the condition of Blacks. He says, ‘the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meetings, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them.’ In 2105 in Charleston, South Carolina, a weapon that was deadlier than the whip was used and it brought tragic results.

Black churches were a cause of concern to the White establishment during and after slavery. A Black congregation was seen as a threat to White supremacy. The congregation was an example of faith, togetherness, and the ownership of property and this did not sit well with Whites. When Whites in the South wanted excitement they would set fire to Black churches. The flames provided relief from boredom and sent a message to Blacks to mind their message and manners.  Continue reading

President Obama’s visit to Ethiopia – July 2015 [Pictures and articles]

Obama in Ethiopia [Pictures and articles]

US President Barack Obama receives flowers upon his arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, on July 26, 2015

President Obama visited Ethiopia after his visit to Kenya, his father’s homeland. Here is a collection of articles and pictures of the Ethiopia visit which began on July 26, 2015.  These links were compiled by the St. Stanislaus College Blog.

President Obama in Ethiopia links below:  Continue reading

President Obama visits Kenya – July 2015 – pictures and articles

Obama in Kenya – pictures and articles

Posted: 26 Jul 2015- [Links compiled by the St. Stanislaus College Blog]

 President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya, his father’s birthplace on Friday July 24 . At dinner on July 25, he cracked a joke about the most famous conspiracy theory that has dogged him since he became President of the USA:

“I suspect that some of my critics back home are suspecting that I’m back here to look for my birth certificate,” the President laughed while delivering a toast at a state dinner hosted by his Kenyan counterpart, President Uhuru Kenyatta. “That is not the case.”

Here are a number of links of pictures and articles regarding  President Obama’s tour of Kenya:-   Continue reading

The Sad Karma of Empire – an analysis of the American Empire – Philip Farruggio

The Sad Karma of Empire

As the American culture becomes more violent with each day, we must ask ourselves: would there actually be groups like ISIS if not for what America did in Afghanistan and Iraq? We need to realize how much bad karma this empire has accrued.

Published: June 30, 2015 | Authors: Philip Farruggio | NationofChange | Op-Ed

To this writer, empire is not exactly what the dictionary defines it as:  A group of nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress or other sovereign or government; usually a territory of greater extent than a kingdom. Another definition can be found stating: A powerful and important enterprise or holding of large scope that is controlled by a single person, family or group of associates.

Putting these two definitions together, one can perhaps begin to understand what our American Empire looks like. The heinous marriage between mega wealth via corporate capitalism and elected government. The first born  bastard child they named The Military Industrial Empire!  Continue reading

Uri Avnery: The Treaty‏ with Iran – commentary

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The Treaty‏  by Uri Avnery

AND WHAT if the whole drama was only an exercise of deception?
What if the wily Persians did not even dream of building an atomic bomb, but used the threat to further their real aims?

What if Binyamin Netanyahu was duped to become unwittingly the main collaborator of Iranian ambitions?

Sounds crazy? Not really. Let’s have a look at the facts.   Continue reading

Eric Garner’s family to receive $5.9 million. Too much, or not enough? (+video)

USA Justice – By Jessica Mendoza, Staff writer July 14, 2015 – Christian Science Monitor

Eric Garner’s family to receive $5.9 million. Too much, or not enough? (+video)

Just days before the anniversary of his death at the hands of city police – an incident that fueled nationwide debate and protests around the policing of minorities – Eric Garner’s family reached a settlement Monday with the city of New York.

President Obama Addresses the NAACP’s 106th National Convention – July 14, 2015

President Obama Addresses the NAACP’s 106th National Convention

Published on Jul 14, 2015  – In Philadelphia, President Obama delivers remarks at the NAACP’s 106th national convention — outlining the unfairness in much of our criminal justice system, and highlighting ideas of reform while keeping Americans safe and secure. July 14, 2015.

The Homeless in New York – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Homelessin NYCThe Homeless in New York – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It was the middle of winter. We wondered why they wanted us to walk the streets on the coldest night of the year. Who would want to be out in such frigid weather?

As we checked in at York College we soon found out the reason. The coordinator said that if anyone was found sleeping in the streets on such a night then that person desperately needed a place to stay. This was empirical data and was perhaps one of the best indicators of homelessness. Such cases, we were told, should be reported and steps would be taken to move the person to a shelter.

New York is a tale of two cities. Continue reading

July 2015 – Five Extreme Weather Events Impacting the Planet

Five Extreme Weather Events Impacting the Planet

2015.9.7 BF Pantsios

Melting glaciers

Anastacia Pantsios  of ECOWATCH for BUZZFLASH at TRUTHOUT  – Thursday, 09 July 2015 07:55

Deniers will keep on denying apparently, but the signs of climate change are everywhere. As the planet has warmed up, severe weather events are happening in every corner of the globe, alerting us to the need for strong, immediate action.

1. Many parts of the world are suffering from extended heat waves. We’ve heard a lot about the heat waves blanketing India and Pakistan, which have claimed a high body count. Thousands of people in the region have died as a result. Continue reading

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