Category Archives: USA Politics and Economy

School Shooting—Thoughts and Prayers – No panacea for Tears and Fears – By Yvonne Sam

By Yvonne Sam

The continuing school carnage is a national shame, but the guns and the shooters are not the only ones to be blamed.While guns remain the greatest threat to safety in America, we cannot be so embroiled in the gun debate control that it hinders us from seeing where the truth unfolds.

Firstly my condolences to the families of the victims of the recent Texas school carnage. A young 17 year old walks into Santa Fe High School  in Santa Fe, Texas, and murders up to ten people- eight students and two teachers This latest school shooting failed to evoke little reaction if any from most people, for such behavior has become an  inevitability in America. Following the last school shooting in Parkland, Florida, it  has been the generally–held belief, even among students that it would not be long before another student would walk into a school and kill his classmates and teachers.   Like hospitals schools are soft targets, and as a consequence they must be toughened.  Continue reading

Trump’s Reckoning Arrives – David Frum | The Atlantic

Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

The president’s unpredictability once worked to his advantage — but now, it is producing a mounting list of foreign-policy failures.

David Frum | The Atlantic

“Gradually and then suddenly.” That was how one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters described the process of going bankrupt. The phrase applies vividly to the accumulating failures of President Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives.

Donald Trump entered office with more scope for initiative in foreign policy than any of his recent predecessors.

In his campaign for president, Trump had disparaged almost every element of the past 70 years of U.S.A. global leadership:

NATO, free trade, European integration, support for democracy, the Iraq War, the Iran deal, suspicion of Russia, outreach to China.            Continue reading

Attacks on Trump’s character are mere distractions from the real issues – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Attacks on Trump’s character are mere distractions from the real issues

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Former FBI director James Comey likens the president of the United States to a mob boss, calls him “unethical and untethered to the truth” and declares him “morally unfit” to hold the office.

Big deal, right? Not really, not in these times. Even before the 2016 election, Trump was videotaped boasting about groping women. He said if he shot someone in the street, his supporters would still stand by him. Several women accused him of sexual molestation and worse and at least two others claim they had affairs with him and were bought off to keep silent. Yet, true to Trump’s assertion, nearly half of Americans still support him.   Continue reading

History: Black Churches in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

History: Black Churches in America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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 2015 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.

READ MORE: Black Churches in America

The View from Europe: China’s rapidly advancing Caribbean role – by David Jessop

The View from Europe: China’s rapidly advancing Caribbean role

David Jessop

For some years now, China has sought to deepen its relations with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It has done so as a part of a long-term geo-political strategy that is accompanying its rise to super power status.

Its objective in every nation in South and Central America and the Caribbean is to support development through investment and trade, and then over time to enlarge its economic, political and security role.   Continue reading

Trump is Wrong Over Iran, But Europe Can’t Afford to Divorce the USA – The Guardian UK

Trump is Wrong Over Iran, But Europe Can’t Afford to Divorce the USA

Bruno Tertrais | The Guardian UK

No other USA president has been as antagonistic to European principles. But there’s no alternative to a strong transatlantic partnership

In 2003 a USA-led war in the Middle East fractured western unity and divided the European family. It was a trauma of historic proportions, a watershed in some ways comparable to the 1956 Suez crisis.

With Donald Trump’s decision on Iran, we may be on the verge of another such moment. On the surface, things may not look as bad as they did in early 2003.

At this point, USA military action against Iran is a worst-case hypothesis – not a plan. No 180,000-strong force is being built up near Iranian territory. Nor are Europeans split into two camps.

In this current crisis – and despite Brexit – Europeans look like they’re sticking together.      Continue reading

Iran Hawks Are The New Iraq Hawks – opinion

Iran Hawks Are The New Iraq Hawks

Many Assumptions That Guided America’s March to Conflict in 2003 Still Dominate Today 

Peter Beinart | The Atlantic

Last week, while watching Benjamin Netanyahu unveil secret information that supposedly proved that Iran is deceiving the world about its nuclear-weapons program, I had a flashback.

It was to February 5, 2003, when then-Secretary of State Colin Powell unveiled secret information that supposedly proved that Iraq was deceiving the world about its nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs.

Like Netanyahu’s, Powell’s presentation was dramatic. He informed the United Nations Security Council that some of the material he was about to present came from “people who have risked their lives to let the world know what Saddam Hussein is really up to.” He went on to play a secretly recorded conversation of two Iraqi officials supposedly plotting to mislead weapons inspectors.       Continue reading

Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective – By Lear Matthews

Micro-aggression and the Caribbean Diaspora: A Perspective

By Lear Matthews

There is a dimension of the immigrant experience that has not received much attention.  Micro-aggression is a concept used by psychologists to describe a phenomenon in multi ethnic societies such as the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. According to Derald Wing Sue and colleagues, micro aggressions can be defined as, “brief and common place daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults to the target person or group”.

Micro-aggression may be an expression of contempt, fear, power, self-defense, implicit bias or discrimination. It may also signify a lack of knowledge of a particular group of people. The author will examine this phenomenon as it relates to the English speaking Caribbean Diaspora, with implications for the wider immigrant community. Personal narratives are used to highlight examples and consequences of micro-aggression. An in-depth, empirical-based study on the topic is forthcoming.   Continue reading

Who is the Vassal? – The USA or Israel regarding Iran – By Uri Avnery

Who is the Vassal? – The USA or Israel regarding Iran

By Uri Avnery

“IF YOU want to understand the policy of a nation, look at the map!” Napoleon is supposed to have said.  It is good advice.

If you are living in Israel, these days, you get the impression that the huge State of Israel is dictating to its American vassal what to do about Iran.

President Donald Trump listens and complies. Bibi the Great tells him to tear up the Iranian deal for no obvious reason, and he obeys. He has no choice, poor man.

But then you look at the map, and to your great surprise you discover that the USA is a huge country, while Israel is a mere speck, so small that its name has to be written outside its borders, in the sea.     Continue reading

Kanye West’s Infantile Views on Slavery – David Olusoga | The Guardian UK

Kanye West’s Infantile Views on Slavery Have Worrying Echoes of the Alt-Right

David Olusoga | The Guardian UK

Claiming that slaves didn’t do enough to escape their condition is asinine babbling

It has not been a good week for the “Kanye West is a genius” theory.

It may well be the case that the rap artist is being judged more harshly than a similarly ill-informed white musician would be, and there’s no doubting his creative talents, but in a single sentence of breathtaking ignorance he has surely placed himself permanently out of the running for the position of “genius”.     Continue reading

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