WORLD– Former slaving-owning nations getting reparations bills for trillions – By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN – Final installment in a series

The African continent has sent Europe a $777 trillion reparations bill for enslaving 32 million of its people between 1450 and 1850 and theft of its minerals. The demand came during the first conference of the African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission, held in Accra, Ghana. The Accra Declaration called for the debt to be paid within five years and also that African nations’ international debt be “unconditionally cancelled.”

The demand, made 21 years ago, has not been met. However, additional claims for reparations have also been made, including, in some cases, for the atrocities committed under colonialism. The Mau Mau in Kenya won a lawsuit in 2013 against the British government in a case filed by five elderly persons for torture and forced labor, Quartz Africa’s Lynsey Chutel reported. The court ordered the British government to pay $24.8 million to 5,000 Kenyans; another 40,000 filed a similar lawsuit.          Continue reading

U.S.– Should those who lost their souls govern the nation’s affairs? – By Mohamed Hamaludin

The Bible, in Mark 8:36, asks, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” The question is rhetorical, the answer is “nothing.” That warning has not stopped Republican Party leaders.

After Barack Obama won the presidency twice, the party undertook a soul-searching in 2012 which yielded a blueprint for becoming more inclusive. Then came first the 2016 campaign and then the presidency of Donald Trump.

Using social media to promote himself and to spread 30,573 lies and misstatements in four years, according to a Washington Post data base, Trump seized control of a political organization whose history includes fierce and relentless opposition to slavery and converted it into a personality cult – and the Republican leadership actively abetted him.          Continue reading

Foreign ‘economic aid’ are velvet shackles around the necks of today’s Africans – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Foreign ‘economic aid’ to Africa – By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

Africa covers 11.73 million square miles or 20 percent of the Earth’s land mass and has 1.2 billion people or 16 percent of all human beings — second only to Asia in both categories — and a GDP of $6.4 trillion, the seventh largest.

The continent also has 30 percent of the planet’s mineral resources, including oil and gas, uranium, cobalt, copper, diamonds, gold and bauxite. Yet, 30 of its 54 countries are among the poorest in the world, due to a history of famine and wars and centuries of occupation by countries including Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.    Continue reading

Sexual violence is the savage manifestation of female domination – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Sexual violence is the savage manifestation of female domination


A healer to the sexually brutalized and a survivor of such brutality — the Norwegian Nobel Committee selects them for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

The year is 1999 and Denis Mukwege, a French-trained gynecologist, opens the Panzi Hospital to treat women brutalized by war in his native Congo, dubbed the rape capital of the world.

Performing around 10 surgical operations in 18-hour days, Mukwege treats more than 85,000 women, 50,000 of them survivors of wartime rape. In a United Nations speech in September 2012, he denounces  “violence against women and rape as a strategy of war.” A month later, he escapes an assassination attempt because he is not at home at the time and goes into exile in Europe for three months. He returns after women in the area served by his hospital sell their crops to pay for his plane ticket.    Continue reading

Republicans are willing to do anything to seat a 5th conservative on the U.S. Supreme Court – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Republicans are willing to do anything to seat a 5th conservative on the U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Brett Kavanaugh


These days, even a United States Senator can feel unconstrained to act on his conscience only when he is not seeking re-election and does not have to face the wrath of Donald Trump. That is the case of Arizona’s Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who has emerged as the hero in the high drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Flake is credited with delaying the final vote by the full Senate by demanding  a week’s delay to allow the FBI to update its background check on Kavanaugh following university professor Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation.      Continue reading

Kavanaugh saga is tale of hypocrisy:… sanity and decency in short supply  – By Mohamed Hamuludin

Kavanaugh saga is tale of hypocrisy and sanity and decency in short supply  


Reactions to the allegation that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted at least one woman have ranged from the absurd to the ridiculous among his supporters.

Gina Sosa, a former Florida congressional candidate, offered this defense: “Tell me, what boy hasn’t done this in high school? We’re talking about a 17-year-old boy in high school, with testosterone running high.”

 Irina Villarino took it a step further: “In the grand scheme of things, my goodness, there was no intercourse. There was maybe a touch. Really? Thirty-six years later she’s still stuck on that?”     Continue reading

US Politics: Florida may be poised to get first black governor – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Florida may be poised to get 1st black governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum

Florida, America’s southernmost state whose history is full of oppression of Native Americans and enslaved Africans, could get its first black governor. Andrew Gillum, from the surging left wing of the Democratic Party, who is endorsed by self-styled Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders, is competing for the job against Ron DeSantis of the Republican Party, whom President Donald Trump has endorsed and whose campaign is dogged by allegations of racism.


The day after the Aug. 28 primary elections in which Andrew Gillum became the first African American nominee for Florida governor, his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, stated, “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”        Continue reading

US Politics: Ruling Republicans know exactly what they have in Trump as president – BY Mohamed Hamuludin

In the U.S., ruling Republicans know exactly what they have in Trump as president


President Donald Trump

The unnamed Trump Administration senior official whom The New York Times allowed to write a commentary without giving his or her name did no favors for the American people, as the writer claims. Neither did the newspaper.

To be sure, the New York Times knows the identity of the writer and it is pretty clear did not have an ulterior motive other than to add to the debate on the Donald Trump presidency. But that contribution would have been more effective with a name on the column. It is quite possible that The Times was also playing catch-up with The Washington Post which, just a day earlier, published excerpts from Bob Woodward’s latest book, Fear-Trump in the White House, which was still to be released.       Continue reading