Category Archives: Latin America

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Sweden, Local: “US Student Sues Swedish University”

Damn it, he got his degree and was not in debt!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Police Post Speed Meter”

It only applies to cars driven by black folk.

Norway, Norway Post: “Five Arrested For Wolf Hunting”

I will woof on this story.

Greece, Kathimeri: “Denial”

The national song of the American Congress.

Kenya, Nation: “Garbage Collection Begins After Two Week Suspension”

How does anyone know?

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the world from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 44 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

I Republicans love anyone who is against poor people.

We have to find a word to replace Genocide so that Turks will be happy.

I wonder what will replace iPads in the future.

Most young Americans must be compelled to spend four hours a day in the sunshine.

Barack Obama is the best friend for Israel. He seeks peace.

There is no end to hatred in this world.

I wonder if God will ever return to this experiment.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Sweden, Local: “Demolition Mission”

Ok, we are good at demolishing, now how about building?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Mama Mia”

This is not good spaghetti!

Hungary, Budapest Times: “Banks Abandoned”

I assume they took the money with them.

Norway, Norway Post: “Five Jailed For Wolf Hunting”

Woof, woof to you!

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Police And Army Raid Hostel”

I trust it was really a house of of ill fame

Going Wrong Way?

Ordinarily, if one is of Mexican heritage and resides in the United States of America, the police pick you up for one reason or another, and before one knows what is happening, your body is in the nation of Mexico. After all, your ancestors were the original people of European ancestry who arrived in what we now term to be the state of Texas. Alondra Luna was in her high school classroom when the police arrived and before she could say, Houston, the screaming girl was on a plane headed for across the border into Mexico. It appears some woman in Mexico claimed to be the mother of this girl, but the girl had never seen the woman. For some reason, they did DNA testing and it was clear the teenager was NOT the daughter of this woman.

The good news is that Alondra is back in Houston with her real mother. The bad news is that she is back in Houston where people walk around with guns and police enjoy halting those of Mexican heritage and if you are not polite, then you might wind up dead. Violence in Mexico vs violence in Houston, which is worse?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

WE offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Strange Smell”

Don’t worry, it is jus the aroma coming from the American Congress buildings

USA, NY Post: “Woman Shot On Texas Highway”

At least she was not shot in a Texas church.

Sweden, Local: “One-In-Three Russian Diplomats Are Spies”

That’s all?

UK,Guardian: “Nontraditional Families”

A man and a woman?

Japan, Japan Times: ‘Kim Jong-un Climbs Mountain”

You mean he rolled up a mountain?

On Satire

The murder of French satirists is still on our minds. The debate is still on our minds as to what is permissible when it concerns satirists who simply are being satirists since such behavior is within their minds and blood. Australian Foreign Minister, Julia Bishop, raised some key issues concerning satire. “We see satire as an integral part of French society. Satie is controversial, it is provocative, it offense all religions,all political parties, nothing and no one is spared. It is a counter balance against power.” Well said. So, the question is: are their limits to satire and who should exercise such limits?

1. Satire if it is to continue to be satire has no limit. That is the meaning of satire.

2. If one does not like being the object of satire, then engage in a conflict of words rather than a conflict of violence.

3. The world has to encourage satirists to emerge within Muslim nations. How about a Satire Recovery Plan?

4. If the United States of America is to produce political leader such as Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, John Boehner, and the rest of the clowns what else do they expect other than ridicule??

5. Then again, a night of Fox News is an experience in how a TV network is engaging in satire without knowing it is engaging in satire.

In the end we need clowns in our lives as well as sane people given that sane people are producing the most bizarre nations in the world!

P.S. I wonder if God is a satirist who created this strange world?

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Come In From The Rain”

Some are wet in body and wet in spirit.

Canada,Toronto Star: “Missing Woman Found”

I assume she is no longer a missing woman.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Man Dumped At Psychiatric Center”

I hope his name was Vladimir Putin.

Norway, Norway Post: ‘Nontraditional Families”

These days for some that means a man and a woman.

Egypt, al-ahram: “South Sudan Peace Talks Collapse”

What else, it is in South Sudan?

The New American Foreign Policy

Seventy years ago the United States was confronted with a Cold War against the Soviet Union. For some reason, this threat by a nation that had atomic bombs did not persuade the Congress of the United States that it should look over the shoulder of presidents and make certain that he did not sign any agreements without first voting on it. Every American president handled foreign policy and we never had a war with the Soviet Union. Examine the record:

1. President Eisenhower offered to share atomic secrets with the world and reached out to the Soviet Union.

2. President Kennedy engaged in secret agreements with the Soviet Union without Congress getting in his way.

3. President Richard Nixon recognized the Communist China which killed over twenty thousand Americans during the Korean War. No Congress input.

4. President St. Ronald Reagan made agreements withe the Soviet Union about nuclear weapons. No Congress input.

5. Heck, President George Bush I invaded Iraq without a declaration of war by Congress

6. Of course, George Bush II sort of invaded Iraq.

Not once in the diplomatic history of our foreign policy has Congress demanded to oversee what a President does in his foreign policy negotiations.

So, why now now?

Anti-Immigrant Hysteria

There is no question that throughout the entire world a growing anger is being felt toward the Immigrant. The Popular Front political party in France has now grown to over twenty percent of the vote due to its open hatred of The Immigrant. In England, the UKip promises to rid the country of immigrants. Germany has an anti immigrant political movement. Italy, which is the main target of African immigrants, has a growing anger toward any immigrant. Oh, Italians also hate Roma immigrants from eastern Europe. Turkey is now home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who are hated by millions of Syrians. South Africa which has an economy that includes modern industry has become the object of over five million immigrants from African societies that do not have economies offering alternative job opportunities other than farming. The message is clear- fewer and fewer people want to farm, at least farm the old fashioned way which requires hard work and depends on the weather.

These immigrants share one thing in common. They will take any physical labor job, they will do the dirty work of modern societies, they will accept lower wages because they fear being deported, and they lack any form of protection by government. They readily become a political talking point by demagogues such as Ted Cruz or anyone who just wants to get votes. The immigrant is a modern wandering person knowing no home, having no friend and never welcomed by those who claim to believe in some form of religion.

Oh, Ted Cruz actually was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Take Education Seriously”

I will be testing for how students take education seriously.

Sweden, Local: “I’m On Antidepressants”

Barck Obama after a session with congressmen?

Canada, Toronto Star: “Don’t Freak Out”

Ted Cruz will not be the next president.

UK, Guardian: “Gunned Down In Cold Blood”

Is there any other way to handle a broken tail light violation?

Norway, Norway Post: “Curse Of God”

His creation of humans?