Archive for the Politics Category

When the Levees Broke

I hope that Spike Lee’s documentary of what happened last year in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit will eventually be shown here in the UK. As I convincingly argued while this tragic event unfolded, institutional racism, perhaps played a part — but the bigger issue here is the widening divide between the rich and poor in America. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by […]

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World War III

So, does anyone else out there think that we are in the early stages of World War III? In the past few years we have had terrorist bombings in New York, Madrid, London and Bali. Plus, there is military action underway in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and in the last few weeks, Israel and Lebanon. Conflict is also looming with Iran and North Korea. Plus millions of people in world are dying from HIV/AIDs and starvation. So one has to ponder — are these the last days? I’m not one to get all alarmists and suggest a possible Armageddon, but things […]

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State Funerals

Surprisingly, Former Prime Ministers in the UK do not automatically get a state funeral on their passing. Such honor is reserved for “royalty” and those “politicians who saved the country at times of dire need.” Personally, while I didn’t agree with all of her policies, when her time comes, like her American counterpart Ronald Reagan, I think she should have a state funeral. Same goes for former president of the U.S.S.R. Mikel Gorbachev. Their efforts helped to bring about the end of the cold war, and as such, should be honored by their nations for service to country and globe. […]

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Mixed Messages

So let me see if I get this right, an American jury was willing to put to death Timothy McVay a home-grown terrorist over the Oklahoma City Bombing, but another American jury was not willing to do the same to confessed foreign born al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui in the 9/11 case. That doesn’t make sense to me. 168 people died in Oklahoma City as a result of the terrorist attack on April 19, 1995. Nearly 3,000 died when four commercial passenger jet airliners were hijacked and then crashed on September 11, 2001. And we won’t even talk about the financial […]

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Rise of Anti-Americanism in UK

Andrew Sullivan, A British expat living in America, offers confirmation on what Americans in London have long since thought — London is more American than they care to admit. Yet, anti-Americanism in London is on the rise. The Sunday Times April 30, 2006 Hey Brits, you’re more American than you know Andrew Sullivan It’s a strange personal history I have — 21 years continuously in Britain, followed by 21 years and a bit continuously in the US. It can be a distorting lens, but also at times a clarifying one. When I come back to England after long stretches in […]

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