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America Does Not Need Another Tape to Know Who Trump Is – by Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

America Does Not Need Another Tape to Know Who Trump Is

A recent memoir from a former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, has reignited interest in the possibility of a recording in which the president employs a racial slur for black people.

Adam Serwer | The Atlantic

In 1993, The New York Times published an article headlined “Rap’s Embrace of ‘Nigger’ Fires Bitter Debate”. It’s not a word likely to find its way into headlines today.

Sometime in the past 25 years, using that word became the only proof of racism that much of the country is willing to accept. Today, the dividing line is hard to find, but one pivotal moment came during the O. J. Simpson trial, as Simpson’s defense team fought to get a tape of Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman using the word admitted as evidence. Fuhrman had previously denied using the word in the past decade; the defense tracked down a recording of Fuhrman using it in conversation with a scriptwriter who was working on a film about the LAPD.       Continue reading

US Politics: Keep a wary eye on the push for a constitutional convention – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Keep a wary eye on the push for a constitutional convention

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

At their annual meeting last weekend,  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that brings together Republican lawmakers and corporate lobbyists for common causes, discussed plans to hold a constitutional convention, which would be the first since 1787. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides for such a gathering once two-thirds of the states agree; proposed amendments must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Today, that means that 34 states must agree to hold the convention. The Guardian’s James Lartey reported  that 28 already do so.  Tom Coburn, a former U.S. senator from Oklahoma who retired from the Senate in 2015 and is now a senior adviser to a group called Convention of States, predicted that it is “three or four years away” and 2.5 million volunteers are on stand-by.           Continue reading

Colonial Statue Protesters Target Canada’s Scottish-born Founder

Colonial Statue Protesters Target Canada’s Scottish-born Founder

John A Macdonald,

Marc Horne | The Times UK

A statue of the Scottish-born founding father of the Canadian nation has been toppled in a symbolic rebuff almost 130 years after his death.

Officials in Victoria, capital of British Columbia, decided to remove the bronze statue of Sir John A Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, because of his treatment of the country’s indigenous population.

Macdonald, whose family emigrated from Glasgow in the early 19th century, brokered the deal that established the country 150 years ago. He was also the architect of the 1876 Indian Act, which led to native Canadian children being forcibly taken from their parents.             Continue reading

Profile: Bollywood Needs a Makeover! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Entertainment Profile: Bollywood Needs a Makeover!

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Mahipal 1919-2005

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to clean up India. He will do well to start with Bollywood. Over the past thirty years the Indian film industry has spread its influence to nearly every part of India, and even abroad, where its mindless and garish depictions have assaulted the intelligence in many living rooms. But this was not always the case.

One of the first superstars in the Indian cinema was Mahipal. He starred in over 100 movies his last movie ‘Jai Santoshi Ma’ (1975) has set records in the industry. In those days Bollywood idealized womanhood and the family and the epics left messages of the enduring values of love and devotion.

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“Hothouse Earth” – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Mendocino Complex Fire August 2018 - Northern California - USA

Mendocino Complex Fire now largest fire in California history – August 2018 – California/USA
Photo Credit: ABC News (Noah Berger/AFP)

In Southern California, we’re experiencing temperatures of 88 to 98 degrees Fahrenheit. At our local garden center two Saturdays ago, around ten o’clock, I had to seek shelter from the Sun. Heat stress aborted my fun-time outdoors while selecting succulent plants. Then, the following week, I suffered another episode of heat stress at the hair salon. The air-condition system in the one-story, flat-roof building wasn’t up to the task.

The danger is far greater in areas where firefighters battle to contain ferocious wildfires. The Carr and Mendocino Complex Fires in Northern California have together burned more than 486,000 acres of land and destroyed 1,828 structures. Hundreds more structures are damaged or under threat. Only 51 percent of the wildfires is contained. The California Fire Department expects to contain the Mendocino…

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VS Naipaul -Trinidad-born Nobel prize-winning British author – dies aged 85

n Nobel prize-winning British author, dies aged 85

By Richard Lea – The Guardian. UK

V.S. Naipaul

Trinidad-born author won both acclaim and disdain for his caustic portrayals, in novels and non-fiction, of the legacy of colonialism

The writer VS Naipaul, who explored questions of place and identity for more than half a century, has died aged 85.

Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband had died peacefully in London. “He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour,” she said. The author Sir Salman Rushdie paid tribute to Naipaul, writing: “We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia.”

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US Politics: Michael Avenatti says Democrats Must ‘Fight Fire with Fire’ – Eyes Presidential Run

Michael Avenatti says Democrats Must ‘Fight Fire with Fire’ as He Eyes Presidential Run 

  ……..   Lawyer who rose to fame with the Stormy Daniels

Ben Jacobs in Clear Lake, Iowa | The Guardian UK

Michael Avenatti could become the second person to go from cable news fixture to president.

Speaking to a crowd of activists at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding event, Avenatti left the room electrified. The lawyer, who is exploring a potential presidential bid, turned what has been a sleepy presidential pre-season – UPSIDE DOWN.

The lawyer for Stormy Daniels has become a national sensation with his ever-constant appearances on cable news advocating for his client and attacking Donald Trump. But while activists like Avenatti on television, they loved his live show, Friday. They clapped, they cheered and flocked to him for selfies afterwards in a mob scene.    Continue reading

US Politics: Strange times: Fox News Tucker Carlson questions wars and Russiagate – videos

Strange times: Fox News Tucker Carlson questions wars and Russiagate

– while “the left” media create hysteria.

While the Deep State/Democrat subservient media assets do their  best to damn Trump 24/7 while pushing the Russiagate hoax and ever more wars, outfits like the normally contemptible Fox News sprout voices of reason like Tucker Carlson, who puts to shame the supposedly left media represented by CNN, MSNBC and other hypocrites.

Not that the rest of Fox News is not part of the disgusting establishment chorus, it is, but there’s no one on “the left” speaking against the wars with such a decisive tone as Carlson.  The corollary of all this is that Carlson, for his antiwar stance and duly exercised skepticism is now being called a “cheerleader for Russia” by the “left” pack of disinformers.

Just observe the below examples.       READ MORE

Family—A View Anew – By Yvonne Sam

Family—A View Anew – By Yvonne Sam

Family is not only defined by last name or by blood  but also by love.Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family

It is so blatantly apparent that many of our people in the Black community have forgotten the meaning of family.  The meaning that our grandparents and their parents understood. Each and everyone of us can sit back and relate,“I remember when” stories. However, what are we doing to bring the “when” of yesterday into our families of today?

Are we too busy? Is the concept of family outdated or unimportant?  Or are we taking for granted that loved ones will always be there. For a nano second let us not forget that family is not defined only by last name or by blood but also by love. Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family.       Continue reading

More wealthy blacks must invest in their communities and in politics – By Mohamed Hamaludin

More wealthy blacks must invest in their communities and in politics

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN – South Florida Times – 09 Aug 2018

Basketball superstar LeBron James

Basketball superstar LeBron James and his Family Foundation broke new ground in charitable giving by athletes with the July 30 opening of the I Promise School in his hometown Akron, Ohio. The public school will hold classes year-round for low-income, at-risk children. Its curriculum will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes, according to an SBNation report by Christian D’Andrea.

To get the school going, the Lebron James Family Foundation partnered with more than 120 donors, volunteers and sponsors, along with the I Promise Network, which James helped to launch.       Continue reading

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