Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

Hate and the American Dilemma – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Hate and the American Dilemma

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

“In church! My, God, we’re not even safe in church,” said a worshipper.

These words of anguish were said in 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama and they could apply to Charleston, South Carolina in 2015. The black churches have provided warmth, sustenance and comfort to their members.
But their sacred spaces have also been violated by hate, abuse and violence. The fact is that African-Americans and other minorities cannot be guaranteed safety in their houses of worship.

On Sunday September 15, 1963 four young girls died when a bomb tore down the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Later that day two black teenagers were shot dead in questionable circumstances. The cover-up by the authorities, including the FBI, ensured that it took years before the accused could be brought to justice.  Continue reading

The Freedom Riders of 1961- By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Freedom Riders of 1961- By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The next time you sit in a train or ride the buses in America, or even enjoy a walk in the park you should think of a group of brave persons called the Freedom Riders.

Their acts helped to hasten the Civil Rights movement in the United States and to make it possible for all races to sit and eat together and to use public transportation without discrimination.

The Freedom Riders movement had its genesis in 1947. It  was in that year that the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) conducted a Journey of Reconciliation, the purpose of which was to direct attention to racial segregation in
public transportation.  Continue reading

HAPPY 239 BIRTHDAY AMERICA! – by Dmitri Allicock + video

Happy Birthday America

HAPPY 239 BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

By Dmitri Allicock

There is song of freedom and prosperity upon the air

Where many have voyaged from distant shores to hear

A song that brings meaning to this our spacious land

Words that echoes with health and happiness so grand

*****

Read more:   … Go to the Dmitri Allicock Blog to comment and share

Video Tour of the new One World Trade Center – New York

The One World Trade Center tower is seen in this picture taken from the 57th floor of the soon to be opened 4 World Trade Center tower in New York during a press tour, November 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

The One World Trade Center tower

Video Tour of the new One World Trade Center – New York

This is Spectacular !

Very … Very … Interesting … To see this building is fascinating ….

NEW YORK | Nearly 14 years after the collapse of the twin towers, the new One World Trade Center tower opened to the public on 29 May 2015.

The opening of the observation platform at the top of One World Trade Center was undoubtedly the most anticipated event this spring in New York. The tower 1776 feet high (in homage to the year of American independence) is the highest in the Western Hemisphere.  Continue reading

BEFORE TELEVISION .. THERE WAS THE RADIO …. Listen to these old episodes

Phillips Radio

Phillips Radio

THE GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO…

Here’s an unbelievable collection of all the old time radio shows. Find your favorite, click it, and listen to all the episodes.  Click links below for COMEDY, WESTERNS, DETECTIVE,  MYSTERY and DRAMA programs featured on Radio:-    Continue reading

Frederick Douglass’ speech- “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852)

James Earl Jones reads excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852). –DemocracyNow: July 5, 2004. It is a dramatic reading from excerpts of Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States”.

What to an American Slave is the Fourth of July?

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Frederick Douglass told a crowd gathered in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852 that to slaves the white man’s celebration of the Fourth of July is a “sham.” And today, the gross injustice and cruelty he was talking about are still existent.

Published: July 2, 2015 | Authors: | NationofChange | Op-Ed

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” asked Frederick Douglass of the crowd gathered at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “I answer,” he continued, “a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which lie is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham.”

[Read more-  http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/07/02/what-to-the-american-slave-is-your-4th-of-july/

If Islamic State Had Burned Down Four Churches, It Would Have Been Headline News

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Arson directed at African-American churches is on the rise in recent weeks with seven burnt to the ground. But the question remains: Is terrorism “raced” in the U.S.?

Read more: http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/07/02/if-islamic-state-had-burned-down-four-churches-it-would-have-been-headline-news/

June 2015: The month that changed America?

The month that changed America?

Does history change all at once? June 2015 certainly had its singular historic moments – but almost all were the outcome of long-term forces and long-fought battles, say Nick Bryant.

The shelves of American bookstores almost buckle under the weight of titles identifying a single year, season, month, week, day or hour as essential turning points in history’s long march.

So one would imagine that publishers are already being inundated with pitches for books bringing together the events of the past few weeks, perhaps under the working titles of “Ten Days in June”, “America’s Liberal Spring”, “The Summer of Love” or “June 2015: The month that changed America.”  Continue reading

US Supreme Court and Gay Marriage – various links

US Supreme Court and Gay Marriage  (from St. Stanislaus College Blog)

National Caribbean American History Month Factoid

National Caribbean American History Month Factoid

Kiddies Parade - Caribbean American Parade - Labor Day

Photo:  Chyna Cambridge, 13, a Caribbean-American parading on Franklin Avenue with the D’Midas International costume band in the Children’s Carnival, part of the West Indian Labor Day celebrations in Brooklyn, NY. (William Farrington/WIADCA Photo)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 24, 2015: Did you know the first significant wave of  post-slavery Caribbean immigration occurred during the first three decades of the 20th century, particularly during World War I and throughout the 1920s? Before then, Caribbean migration was primarily internal as migrants sought economic opportunities in other islands and nations throughout the Caribbean basin including in Panama.   Continue reading

Dirty Money Outflows High from Guyana – Global Financial Integrity (GFI)

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. June 8, 2015: Dirty money flows are “pervasive and pernicious in the developing world” and one Caribbean nation has cracked the top 25 list globally, seeing a high illicit financial outflows compared to total trade.

The Washington, DC-based research and advisory organization Global Financial Integrity (GFI) lists Guyana as the only Caribbean country to make the list. In a report titled “Illicit Financial Flows and Development Indices: 2008–2012” and released last week, the GFI included Guyana in the list along with a number of African, Pacific and Central American nations.  Continue reading

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