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Dispelling Myths About Migration — my quest blog

From the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog – Three Worlds One Vision 

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With thousands of migrants from Central America currently stranded just south of the US border in Mexico, it’s time to ignore the political rhetoric coming from Washington for a few minutes and focus on the reasons so many choose to leave country, culture and family behind and walk 2,500 miles (4,000 kms) to an unknown […]

via Dispelling Myths About Migration — my quest blog

This Christmas, I find no reason for celebration. My thoughts are with the desperate mothers and fathers from Guatemala and other Central American countries who seek only a secure life for their children. If we, the world’s largest economy, cannot provide them with refuge, who will?

Learn about Henry Lewis, my guest blogger.

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Republicans seek to frustrate voters’ wishes to preserve white privilege – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Power-hungry Republicans seek to frustrate voters’ wishes, preserve white privilege

 — By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Donald Trump did not start the ugly politics of the past few years. The spiteful and destructive partisanship is the creation of other white men – and women – as seen in Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin, where Republican lawmakers have moved to curb the powers of incoming governors and attorneys general.

The Huffington Post’s Paul  Blumenthal sees a parallel to the actions of the then Democratic party after Reconstruction: “Southern Democrats calling themselves ‘Redeemers’ seized power in former Confederate states, often by violence, and ended black political power and freedom by imposing mandatory work laws that reinstituted slavery in all but name and gutting voting rights, among many other terrible things. The democratic backsliding that re-imposed white supremacy and one-party rule lasted for more than half a century.”         Continue reading

“We Could Be Free” by American Rapper Vic Mensa: Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

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Vic Mensa (foreground) from song video “We Could Be Free”
Photo Credit: Rolling Stone

In keeping with my end-of-year tradition, I feature a song on my Poetry Corner December 2018. During this year of growing division in the USA, the hip hop song “We Could Be Free” by Vic Mensa captured my attention. It’s the thirteenth track on Mensa’s first, full-length, studio album, The Autobiography, released on July 28, 2017.

An American rapper, singer, and songwriter, Vic Mensa was born Victor Kwesi Mensah on June 6, 1993, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the good part of the Hyde Park neighborhood within a sheltered home with two parents, both educators. His white American mother and Ghanaian father, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, wanted their son to go to college. But the young Vic dreamed of becoming a rock star.

With adolescence came exposure to the…

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Guyana: No increase in deportations or reductions in visas- US Ambassador

No increase in deportations or reductions in visas- US Ambassador

US Ambassador, Perry Holloway

The diplomat left on December 8, 2018 after overseeing a key period of transition in which one of the US’ biggest companies, ExxonMobil, is set to start oil production offshore Guyana in 2020.

Thanksgiving, Unity and Gratitude – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Thanksgiving, Unity and Gratitude

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to show gratitude. It costs nothing to be nice and to show appreciation. The power of nice has been recognized from time immemorial and in today’s society it is needed more than ever. As we sit and stare blankly at a screen or text or surf for endless hours how about doing something nice to others?

Recently, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn a random act of kindness went a long way to help create trust and friendship. Crown Heights is an area that is traditionally the home of a large Jewish and black population. There were tensions in the area a few years ago between the two groups that made national headlines.

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Defining generations: Where Millennials end and post-Millennials begin

Defining generations:

For decades, Pew Research Center has been committed to measuring public attitudes on key issues and documenting differences in those attitudes across demographic groups. One lens often employed by researchers at the Center to understand these differences is that of generation.

Generations provide the opportunity to look at Americans both by their place in the life cycle – whether a young adult, a middle-aged parent or a retiree – and by their membership in a cohort of individuals who were born at a similar time.

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What the Tributes to George H. W. Bush Are Missing – Peter Beinart | The Atlantic

What the Tributes to George H. W. Bush Are Missing

The 41st president was the last person to occupy the Oval Office whose opponents saw him as fully legitimate.

Peter Beinart | The Atlantic

Since George H. W. Bush’s death, many observers have noted that he embodied a less rancorous, less polarized political era. But underlying that civility was something deeper:

Bush was the last person to occupy the Oval Office whose opponents saw him as a fully legitimate president.                 Continue reading

US Trade War with China: Desperate Move to Save Western Empire – opinion

 By Andre Vltchek – Global Research, November 26, 2018

Most of those who have had a chance to witness Chinese internationalist mega-projects, clearly understand that the West is near to collapsing; it will never be able to compete with tremendous enthusiasm and progressive spirit of the most populous country on earth, which on top of it, is built on socialist principles (with Chinese characteristics).

Writing this essay in rural Laos, I just saw, literally an entire army of Chinese engineers and workers in action, building huge bridges and tunnels, connecting one of the poorest countries in Asia, to both China and Southeast Asia, erecting hospitals and schools, small factories for the rural population, airports and hydro-electric powerplants or in brief: putting the great majority of Laotian people out of poverty by providing them with both livelihood and infrastructure.          Continue reading

If Trump is Cornered, the Judges he Disdains May Finally Bring Him Down – Opinion

Walter Shapiro | The Guardian

The president thinks justice only matters as it affects him – He may live to find this all too painfully true

A rational president, who had just bludgeoned Brett Kavanaugh onto the supreme court, would not jeopardize the long-awaited conservative majority by picking a fight with Chief Justice John Roberts.But rationality has never been Donald Trump’s strong suit when it comes to dealing with the judiciary. 

According to an estimate by the Washington Post, the Trump administration has been overruled in more than 40 federal court decisions. While correlation does not imply causation, it does suggest that Trump’s constant bleats and tweets about biased judges represent an odd strategy to tilt the scales of justice.         Continue reading

US: Progressives must assert their power after Democrats’ mid-term victories

 By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Democrats have much to celebrate after the US mid-term elections. Their party needed to pick up 23 seats to take over the House and they will end up with probably 40. But they can also celebrate their greater diversity, expanding the rainbow coalition which Martin Luther King Jr. died for and John Lewis, Jesse Jackson and others have dedicated their lives to.

Non-white representation in Congress dates back nearly 150 years, with 11 African Americans serving in the Senate, starting with Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi in 1870. More than 120 have served in the House, starting with Joseph Rainey of South Carolina in 1870 and including the first Floridian, Josiah T. Walls, in 1873, and the first woman, Shirley Chisholm of New York in 1969. Now, more than 20 African American women will serve in the House.         Continue reading

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