U.S.A — Florida’s Home Insurance – homeowners lose insurance battle – By Mohamed Hamaludin

U.S.A. — As Florida governor, Legislature wage culture war, homeowners lose insurance battle


It sometimes starts simply. Someone knocks on a homeowner’s door, offers to inspect the roof and often follows up with the paperwork to file a claim. In some cases, the roof is not even checked but the homeowner is told a replacement is necessary. All that remains is to sign an “assignment of benefits” or ABS form, handing over the project to the contractor. If the insurance company rejects the claim, a lawsuit is threatened or filed, even without the homeowner’s consent. Faced with the possibility of hefty legal costs, the insurance company pays up.

Welcome to the Florida property insurance crisis. This is how bad it is, based on information which Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office and several news outlets have provided:            Continue reading

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

WORLD: Ukraine is the hapless proxy victim of Russia-NATO geopolitical rivalry – By Mohamed Hamaludin


Nothing can justify the loss of lives, injuries and destruction of property and infrastructure which Russia is inflicting on Ukraine. It is difficult to grasp the fact that this mighty army can be wreaking such havoc and forcing millions to flee to neighboring countries just because it can. And there is not much other nations can do to retaliate in support of Ukraine, apart from imposing economic sanctions against the aggressor, because Russia is already rattling its nuclear saber.

Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin does not care about world opinion and the toll which the sanctions are taking on his country’s economy. He is obviously driven by geopolitics, the primary determinant for relations among nations going back to at least the invasion and occupation of small states by powerful ones sometimes thousands of miles away during the days of “colonialism.”

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U.S.A: Here is some of the history which CRT foes want to keep hidden – By Mohamed Hamaludin



Critical race theory (CRT) is a cross-disciplinary intellectual and social movement of civil-rights scholars and activists who seek to examine the intersection of race and law in the United States and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice. – Wikipedia

The first batch of around 20 enslaved Africans arrived in 1619. By the time President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on April 16, 1862, the number had risen to four million.

Their forced labor in the cotton fields made the United States a world economic power and the South the most prosperous region during their captivity justified by false science and Biblical misrepresentations.          Continue reading

AFRICA: Desmond Tutu’s life and death hold important lessons for America and the world – By Mohamed Hamaludin


Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, son of a South African schoolteacher and a laundress, rose to the position of Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and headed his country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission charged with paving the way for unity between the majority 48 million Africans and the 10 million Europeans who ruthlessly suppressed them for 46 years.

When Tutu died on Dec. 26, 2021, of complications from cancer at age 90, the world honored the five-foot six-inch, 150-pound champion of democracy for a life well lived. He had been “a true servant of God and of the people,” President Joe Biden said. “His legacy transcends borders and will echo through the ages.”            Continue reading

U.S.A.: Sabotage of Build Back Better plan another act of one-sided class warfare – By Mohamed Hamaludin

– By Mohamed Hamaludin

Poverty in the United States has been so pervasive that some adjunct professors, facing homelessness because of low pay, resorted to sleeping in their cars or doing sex work, The Guardian once reported.

A quarter of part-time college academics were said to be enrolled in public assistance programs such as Medicaid. “They resort to food banks and Goodwill and there is even an adjuncts’ cookbook that shows how to turn items like beef scraps, chicken bones and orange peel into meals. And then there are those who are either on the streets or teetering on the edge of losing stable housing,” The Guardian said.

Also, some teenagers in low-income communities trade sex work for food, according to a study cited in another Guardian story. They “do sex work, save school lunches, sell drugs and join gangs for food,” The Guardian said, citing a report from the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute.            Continue reading

BARBADOS — Royal note to Barbados: no apology, no reparations but we love your culture – By Mohamed Hamaludin

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Nearly 400 years after the British occupied the island that came to be known as Barbados, the Caribbean nation finally severed official ties with the former “Mother Country” when it replaced Queen Elizabeth II with its governor-general Sandra Mason as the titular head of state. It was surprising that it happened 55 years after independence.

The British presence dated back to 1620 when a Captain Simon Gordon, ignoring the Arawak who lived there for centuries, determined there were no inhabitants. Five years later, on May 14, 1625, a Captain John Powell arrived and, as Barbadian journalist Suleiman Bulbulia noted in a Guardian column on the eve of the severing of the colonial links, claimed it for King James I. “Los Barbados” (the bearded ones), so named by earlier Portuguese visitors for the beard-like appearance of its fig trees, became simply Barbados.            Continue reading

U.S.A: With Earth ailing and humankind in distress, rivalry for power and profits intensifies in space – By Mohamed Hamaludin


The schizophrenia surrounding humankind’s attitude towards space was demonstrated when Russia shot down one of its own satellites on Nov. 15 to affirm its capability in any war among the stars. Just around then, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) coincidentally announced that it will launch its James Webb Space Telescope into orbit this month from Kourou, French Guiana, courtesy of the European Space Agency, Eric Berger reported in Ars Technica.

The telescope, named for a former NASA administrator, will succeed the aging Hubble. It was first conceived of 25 years ago and has cost $10 billion to make, involving 1,200 scientists, technicians and engineers from 14 countries and more than 28 U.S. states, according to The Smithsonian.            Continue reading

U.S.A: People longing for strong-man leaders should be careful what they wish for – By Mohamed Hamaludin


Here is a brain teaser……  But first the scenario:

Donald Trump persuaded Georgia elections officials to “find” the 11,780 votes he asked for and several other key states reported enhanced totals, pushing him past Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.

Hearing that Congress would be convening in a joint session on January 6 to verify the electoral votes and declare Trump the winner, thousands of African Americans, finally having had enough after 402 years of oppression, decide to march on the U.S. Capitol during the special session.

Here is the brain teaser: How do the authorities respond?            Continue reading

USA: Police ‘reform’ was always doomed to failure in a system built on racism – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By Mohamed Hamaludin

George Floyd’s May 25, 2020, killing provoked outrage, with massive crowds demonstrating here and abroad, demanding justice for Floyd and police reform. Justice came when his killer, Derek Chauvin, was tried and sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison, with three other officers facing lesser charges. But, on police reform, a Congressional effort to enact the necessary legislation has stalled in the Senate.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing bill, which the Democratic-led House passed since March, would ban tactics such as choke and carotid holds and no-knock warrants; improve police training; and fund community policing programs. The bill would also end “qualified immunity” which shields officers from most civil lawsuits; make it easier to prosecute officers accused of misconduct; ban racial, religious and discriminatory profiling and mandate training on such profiling.          Continue reading

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