[…] Why be elated by material profit? [A person] arrives penniless in this...– Autobiography of a Yogi
Echoes of U.S. Racism in Israel →
No Blacks, No Jews: Racist property covenants like those reportedly used to keep Ethiopians out of homes in Israel were once commonly used to keep American blacks and Jews from owning property. An easy case followed by a harder case: At the beginning January, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that it had encountered in the town of Kiryat Malachi what used to be called here in the United States a...
The knowledge we acquire is but a drop to the ocean. I will never stop learning...– Xeniagreekmuslimah
Mitt Romney and Tax →
@nytimes: Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, made $27 million in 2010. They held millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account and millions more in partnerships in the Cayman Islands. His family’s trusts sold thousands of shares in Goldman Sachs that were offered to favored clients when the storied investment house first went public. The couple’s effective federal tax rate for the year worked out to...
Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to...– President Obama, 2012 State of the Union address (via buchino)
"In God We Trust"
The religious views of the Founding Fathers are of great interest to propagandists of today’s American right, anxious to push their version of history. Contrary to their view, the fact that the United States was not founded as a Christian nation was early stated in the terms of a treaty with Tripoli, drafted in 1796 under George Washington and signed by John Adams in 1797: As the...
Deutsche Welle Amharic: Open Letter to... →
Having read, with a growing sense of disbelief and disillusionment, a number of articles on Ethiomedia alleging self-censorship at DW Amharic, kindly allow me to set the record straight. One expects a certain degree of harassment from an authoritarian government that has been repeatedly criticized for its human rights record and doctored elections. I did not expect the same, and worse,...
"Saudi Women Shatter the Lingerie Selling"... →
A SOCIAL revolution began in Saudi Arabia this month, and it has little if anything to do with the Arab Spring. Women are going to work in lingerie shops. The Ministry of Labor is enforcing a royal decree issued last summer ordering that sales personnel in shops selling garments and other goods, like cosmetics, that are only for women must be female. More than 28,000 women applied for the jobs,...
Oklahoma-Ethiopia connection →
A new documentary film explains how the origins of the $350 million Ethiopian coffee industry are tied to Oklahoma State University, a former school president and a tragic plane crash. When agriculture professors and students from Oklahoma State University first set foot in Ethiopia in the early 1950s, they found a country secluded from its neighbors and cut off from the rest of the world. ...
The Book of Mothers →
[…] Life for the majority of women is nothing but a constant race, running around in circles while tethered to a peg, carrying children and grandchildren along – until one day they tire and collapse. How then did my own life turn out to be different? Looking back at the many tumultuous stages of Kerala’s past [a state in India], how did I find the courage to pull through those great...
What exactly does ‘sub-Sahara Africa’ mean? →
The widespread use of ‘sub-Sahara Africa’ makes no sense and is undoubtedly a racist geopolitical signature. — @Pambazuka
China and Soft Power in Sub-Saharan Africa →
JoAnne Wagner, a career Foreign Service Officer now serving as the State Department’s Deputy Director for Pakistan, published an article titled ”Going Out”: Is China’s Skillful Use of Soft Power in Sub-Saharan Africa a Threat to U.S. Interests? It appeared in the 1st quarter 2012 edition of Joint Forces Quarterly. —Via @The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn, a...
Stand Up Against Bullying!! →
School Bullying Outbreak infographic from @USC.
The paradox of US politics →
The idea that the former governor of liberal Massachusetts may not win the primary in a state [South Carolina] where conservative evangelical Christians make up about 60 percent of Republican voters isn’t that surprising. But Romney’s path to a neck-and-neck finish with former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich has begun to look like a lost opportunity, defined by...
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty,...– Bruce Lee
Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love...– Erich Fromm
#SOPA and #PIPA Delayed →
The power of digital activism and participatory democracy or the lack thereof: Prior to Wednesday’s blackout, which saw more than 75,000 websites “go black” in protest, SOPA and PIPA enjoyed the support of 80 members of Congress, while just 31 members stood in opposition to these bills. By Thursday, the balance of power shifted dramatically, with only 63 members in both houses of Congress...
King Day of Service →
Seventeen years and 760,000 volunteers later, the Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service is the largest King Day event in the nation. This year, on January 16, more than 85,000 volunteers will serve in some 1,300 King Day of Service projects throughout the Philadelphia region. What started in Philadelphia has become a national movement, with projects taking root in hundreds of cities, large...
Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being...– Philip Yancey
If a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor...– MLK
SOPA: The End of the Internet as We Know it →
by Laurence Tribe [teaches Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School where he is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard’s highest academic honor.] […] Stealing music, movies, and other forms of copyrighted materials is wrong, and the problem of online infringement is real. But the bill is not an appropriate solution. It’s a blunderbuss rather than a more narrowly tailored...
English Wikipedia anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA blackout... →
The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia. We depend on a legal infrastructure that makes it possible for us to operate. And we depend on a legal...
Happy MLK Day!
In addition to MLK, some more people who have made a difference Institute of Race Relations 2-6 Leeke Street London WC1X 9HS UK
Among the Wealthiest One Percent, Many Variations →
The colossal gap between the very rich and everyone else — the 1 percent versus the 99 percent — has become a rallying point in this election season. … President Obama positions himself as a defender of the middle class, and Mitt Romney, the wealthiest of the Republican presidential candidates, decries such talk as “the bitter politics of envy.” … In reality [the top 1%...
Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. while perpetuating... →
Martin Luther King’s dream of racial equality is far from reality. Census Bureau figures show the U.S. on track to be a majority minority nation by 2042. But if the trends of the last 30 years continue, according to a new report, the economic racial divide is set to increase. The non-partisan group United for a Fair Economy’s (UFE) ninth annual MLK Day report, State of the...
10 Reasons the US is No Longer the Land of the... →
In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, [the US] has comprehensively reduced civil liberties in the name of an expanded security state. The most recent example of this was the National Defense Authorization Act, signed Dec. 31, which allows for the indefinite detention of citizens. At what point does the reduction of individual rights in our country change how we define ourselves? ...
A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy...– A. Philip Randolph
“All Water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it...– (via acherwa)
Africa Not Fit For Print; The 'Light' Side Of The... →
dynamicafrica: A Chinese, Latin American, and North American student are sitting in a classroom. The teacher pulls out a map of Africa, and asks ‘tell me what you see”. The Chinese student speaks of opportunity and business; South African steel, Congolese minerals, and Angolan oil to power his country’s growth, and an endless list of future contracts for Chinese-built roads, bridges, and...
"Urinating on dead Taliban fighters prompted anger... →
A video showing what appears to be American forces urinating on dead Taliban fighters prompted anger in Afghanistan and promises of a U.S. investigation on Thursday but the insurgent group said it would not harm nascent efforts to broker peace talks. The U.S. military has identified two of the four Marines in the video so far, a Marine Corps official told Reuters, adding the Marine Corps...
Egyptian Politics in the Aftermath of Revolution →
Why did the scale of the Islamists’ triumph so surprise Egypt’s mainly secular pundits? Mostly this reflects the success of Egyptian governments, beginning long before Hosni Mubarak came to power, in denying that the bulk of Egyptian society has always been deeply conservative and fervidly religious. Whatever inroads secularism made in the 20th century, a generation-long, worldwide Islamist...
Iranians have lost the right to surf the Web... →
The Iranian Cyber Police published new rules on Wednesday designed to allow officials to know exactly who is visiting what Web sites. Before they can log on, Iranians are required to provide their name, father’s name, address, telephone number and national ID, according to an Iranian media report cited by Radio Free Europe. Cafe owners will be required to install security cameras and to...
Conspicuous Consumption →
Louis Vuitton is one of the ultimate symbols of conspicuous consumption. Some of their bags are worth $25,000. $25,000 is enough to take care of a poor person for their entire lives, for what? For an ugly bag, that repeats a corporate logo all over it. All for what? So you can flaunt your imaginary affluence to your imaginary audience. In a society where people’s self-esteem is more and...
Slate.com's take on Al-Shabaab's Twitter Account →
An interesting read that surely raises lots of questions. [Al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group heretofore best known for stoning teenage girls, blowing up soccer fans, and blocking food aid to their starving countrymen, is now on Twitter. — Read more @Slate.com]
Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no...– —Justice John Paul Stevens [… This week, after an effort spearheaded by the Progressive Caucus and our allies, the New York City Council passed a resolution opposing the United States Supreme Court Citizens United decision, which gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as...