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USA– For Abortion Rights, Against Trump, Against Fascism: Why American Jews Won’t Stop Fighting – Opinion

For the great majority of Jewish Americans, any embrace of Trump is impossible, the potential overturning of Roe is abhorrent, the MAGA culture wars are madness and the moral collapse of the Supreme Court is a tragedy

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Haaretz  

This past weeks were terrible for America.

The apparent decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade was one more blow, and a devastating one, to America’s system of democratic governance.  

Do you remember, not so long ago, when American democracy was a beacon in a world clouded by tyranny? But that time has passed.        Continue reading

U.S.A — Anti-democratic forces deploying Black Codes against autocracy opponents – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Chris Wallace, formerly of Fox News, was visibly surprised when, in a CNN+ interview, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones reminded him that the United States was not established as a democracy. The creator of the 1619 Project informed Wallace that, at its birth, the nation still enslaved millions of Africans. She could have added genocide against Indigenous peoples and that, anyhow, only land-owners could vote.

The matter of a universal franchise did not surface until after the Civil War ended in 1865 and the right to vote, fundamental to democracy, has been on a tortuous journey which is now being traveled backwards more than 150 years later. President Andrew Johnson scuttled Reconstruction and empowered the defeated states to set up their governments and, between 1865 and 1866; they promptly enacted laws — the Black Codes –denying citizenship to African Americans.              Continue reading

WORLD — ‘Cultural genocide’ against children getting belated attention – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

“I feel shame and pain. I ask forgiveness of God,” Pope Francis said on Friday as he apologized for the “deplorable” abuses of Canada’s First Nations children.

Between the 1880s and the 1990s, the government ran a system of compulsory boarding schools which a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recently dubbed ‘cultural genocide’,” The New York Times reported. The Catholic Church operated about 70 percent of those schools, where about 150,000 children were placed and “where abuse, both physical and sexual, was widespread, along with neglect and disease,” The Times said. A former judge, Murray Sinclair, who headed the commission, estimated that at least 6,000 children went missing.          Continue reading

GUYANA: History: Summarising the 1856 ‘Angel Gabriel’ Guyana Riots – By Nigel Westmaas

Artist’s impression of John Sayers Orr by Guyanese Errol Ross Brewster, 2022
Artist’s impression of John Sayers Orr by Guyanese Errol Ross Brewster, 2022

The so called ‘Angel Gabriel’ riots in British Guiana (Guyana) in 1856 has generally been passed over as another of many local riots in the colony. This in spite of the immensity of its size as a riot, its reception at a global level, its layered origins, and of course the international footprint and character of the riot’s main protagonist, John Sayers Orr, whose nom de guerre ‘angel Gabriel’ stuck as an attractive descriptive. But the radical footprint of Orr is no exaggeration. If he had lived in the present, Orr might have be deemed an intercontinental ‘ballistic’ missile.

There are only two known published articles on the 1856 riots in Guyana, namely VO Chan’s “The Riots of 1856 in British Guiana,”(1970)  and Mark Doyle’s  more updated, “The Angel Gabriel in the Tropics: British Guiana 1856” (2016). These and other assessments have focused both on Orr, his apparent aberrant interventions and hold on the masses, and the wider context and undercurrents and conditions prevailing in Guyana that allowed Orr to almost seamlessly intervene.            Continue reading

U.S.A. — Florida’s U.S. senators do little for state in the culture war – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Florida’s 2 U.S. senators do little for state as they embrace the culture war

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Florida’s two U.S. senators, both Republicans, are not known for doing anything in Washington to advance the interests of the state but a lot to push their careers. That became even more evident after last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando.

Marco Rubio invoked the specter of Cuba and Marxism and the attendant “tyranny” which he claimed hangs over the nation courtesy of the Democratic Party. He said that Fidel Castro did not broadcast the fact that he was a Marxist in his early rise to power, adding, according to The Miami Herald, “That’s why the people I live among in the neighborhood I’ve lived in my entire life, you see the fury and desperation in their voice, because imagine you once lived in a country you had to flee because schools were telling your kids God didn’t exist, turn your parents in if they say something against the revolution … and some of the same things seem to be happening again.”      Continue reading

USA: Black History Month – Black Churches in America – By: Dhanpaul Narine

  – By: Dhanpaul Narine

150+ yr Old Black Church

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, 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

CANADA: Vancouver BC: Guyana-born the Reverend Areeta Bridgemohan appointed vicar

A New Vicar for Christ Church Cathedral – Vancouver

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Rev. Areeta Bridgemohan

The Very Reverend Chris Pappas  –1410 Nanton Avenue – On the Ancestral Lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations .Vancouver, BC – V6H 2E2   Canada

It is my privilege to share with you that the search for a new vicar has come to a successful conclusion. Bishop John Stephens is appointing the Reverend Areeta Bridgemohan as the cathedral’s next vicar beginning on May 1, 2022. 

I am very excited about welcoming Areeta to the cathedral. A true citizen of the world, her experience – both personal and professional – will enrich our community in many ways. I also feel that she meets many of the longings expressed during the listening sessions for our next vicar.      Continue reading

USA: A Black Miami university struggles to survive financial woes – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

The 142-year-old Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens has been facing financial difficulties significant enough to be placed on accreditation probation. There is breathing space perhaps into 2023 but the future in uncertain.

To compound the problem, a majority of faculty members passed a no-confidence vote against President Jaffus Hardrick in August, The Miami Times reported, citing SurveyMonkey.

The area’s only Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) school was founded in1879 as the Florida Baptist Institute in Live Oak, just outside of Tallahassee. With the support of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, classes began in 1880.In one form or other, the school relocated to Jacksonville, then to St. Augustine, before moving to what was then unincorporated Dade County in 1968.      Continue reading

WORLD: Who Would SURVIVE the Collapse of Civilization? – Graham Hancock – Video

Who Would SURVIVE the Collapse of Civilization? – Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock is a British author and former journalist. He is known for his controversial views on the possibility of a lost advanced civilization of the Ice Age, and his investigations of cataclysmic Earth changes, megalithic architecture, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical data from the past. He is the author of many extraordinary, best-selling books, such as “America Before”, “Magicians of the Gods”, “The Sign and the Seal”, “Fingerprints of the Gods”, “Heaven’s Mirror”, “Underworld”, and “Supernatural”.

The first half of this video is an original piece of writing from Graham Hancock. The 2nd half is from his lecture, “America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization”. The full presentation can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAccZ…

U.S./GUYANA: The tragedy of Jonestown, slated for an MGM movie, holds lessons for these times –By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

“Father” Jim Jones – Jonestown

Forty-three years after the Jonestown tragedy in the South American jungle in which some 950 mostly Americans died, Deadline Hollywood reported on Nov. 8 that MGM Studios is backing a biopic on Jim Jones. Leonard DiCaprio will play Jones and produce the movie, based on a Scott Rosenberg script.

There is certain to be great interest in Jones in these times when comparisons have already been made between him and his followers and former President Donald Trump and his MAGA (Make American Great Again) millions. It is unlikely that the MAGA crowd and their close relatives, the QAnon fanatics, will eventually stage a mass extinction event, however much some people may be wishing for it. But the Jonestown disaster showed that people who are divorced from reality can be motivated to do anything, including violence to themselves and/or others.    Continue reading

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