Category Archives: Multicultural

Our world is experiencing a historic transformation as millions move from one area of the globe to another. We intend to openly and honestly confront issues arising from this vast migration as it impacts people and societies.

Erdogan: Who Are You??

Turkish President Recep Erdogan is very angry. He has increasingly gained more and more power in the Turkish government and has reached the point where any, and I mean, any, criticism of what he does is an act of terrorism against his rule. He did begin years ago as a reformer seeking to end power of the Turkish military to overthrow governments, and he successfully has gained control of those men. But, something happened along the road toward creating a Turkish democracy. Power, Power, is now the only issue in his mind. An editorial in The New York Times which was critical of his policies toward journalists has sent Erdogan on a furious denial campaign. The Times said: “Mr. Erdogan appears increasingly hostile to truth telling.” Gee, those are fighting words. Erdogan responded: “Who are you? Can you write such a thing against the United States administration?”

The answer is: YES. At this moment in time the nation of Turkey is holding dozens of journalists in jail for writing what the New York Times writes every day. In a democracy, the government does not decide what is “truth telling.

Rand Paul Dilemma

There are moments when Senator Rand Paul comes across as a fighter for the rights of Americans. He has consistently opposed the rise of government authority to engage in surveillance of what Americans write or read. Every administration during the past twenty years has engaged in investigating possible “terrorist” actions by just reading what those of us who are not terrorist write in the normal process of living. The great American myth is that checking the private lives of Americans is a necessary step in the great crusade against terrorism. So, Senator Rand Paul is fighting this seemingly endless disruption of human rights in America.

However, this fighter for human rights is completely oblivious to the human rights of poor people, of those without health insurance. He has narrowed the definition of “human rights” to a single aspect of the role of government-what we read and write. Has he ever considered the right of people to eat? Has he ever considered the right of people to have access to health insurance? He cares about the right to be free from government interference in our private lives. But, he still only regards the rights of wealthy folk to keep their money as THE most important right in America!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, NY Post: “Body Found Behind NY Restaurant”

I assume someone was throwing out the trash.

Egypt, al-Ahram: “Belly Dancer Acquitted”

I’ll shake on this one.

Norway, Norway Post: “Help Me I’m Poor”

Not in the good old Republican USA!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Bless Gay Marriage”

In Russia, they bless gays with a fist.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Join The Club”

In Texas, the only club people want to join is one that welcomes guns

Bibi Says “Thank You”

During the past year, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been shouting to the American Congress and the American people that the black dude who sits in the Oval Office hates Jews and hates Israel. I have endured one conversation after another with Jews in which they insist Barack Obama hates Jews and hates Israel. Of course, under his administration Israel has been given funding for the “Dome” which destroys missiles headed toward Israel and this country has been given over FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLARS FOR THEIR DEFENSE! This apparently is a demonstration of HATRED. Anyway, Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu informed the world that he wants to give a special thanks to Obama and Kerry for their deep support for Israel.

So, what led to the change of heart? The UN is discussing authorizing the Secretary General to investigate creation of a nuclear free zone in the Middle East. Oops, that poses a problem for Israel since it is the ONLY nation in the Middle East which has atomic bombs. It is estimated Israel has at least 80 atomic bombs. Oops, Israel refuses to allow UN inspectors into its atomic facilities. Bibi is happy that John Kerry blocked UN efforts to create a nuclear free zone in the Middle East.

So the men who hate Israel are now protecting Israel. Such is life.

Innocent Girls Bound For Death

Among the strange stories in the world today is that of young Muslim females who spend their lives on social media and come away with loving thoughts for ISIS. Frankly, it amazes me how young girls could watch videos of people having their heads chopped off and come away feeling sympathy for those doing the chopping. At this moment there are dozens, if not hundreds of young females living in western nations who have saved up their money and purchased a one way ticket to hell. They want to “do something” for their religion. They want to head for Syria or Iraq and give comfort and their bodies to Muslim warriors who murder and destroy. They want to have babies with these men who murder and destroy.

I admit to being confused. I simply cannot comprehend how viewing pictures of innocent people, including children being shot, can inspire a young girl to help those who commit atrocities. There is some deep need inside these girls for meaning, for a sense of accomplishment, that can only be attained by aiding those who kill. I do live in a strange world of social media!

Plight Of The Innocent

Anyone who was alive during the past eighty years is familiar with the sight of innocent people fleeing for their lives only to confront the indifference of the world. Jews who fled from Nazi Germany were denied entry to countries -including the United States of America and thus died in the Holocaust. Refugees from Myanmar who are Muslim Rohingyas are dying by the hundreds, and if things do not change, they will soon die by the thousands. MUSLIM nations in southeast Asia have turned their backs upon fellow Muslims because they are poor, they have no protection and they somehow threaten the lives of fellow Muslims. Authorities have discovered mass graves in Thailand and Malaysia which undoubtedly contain Rohingya bodies.

This is a MUSLIM TRAGEDY. I wonder where are Muslim clerics during this horrible tragedy for their own people? I have yet to see a march of imams in defense of Muslims. Where are Muslim leaders? Where are Muslim relief organizations? For God’s sake, these are fellow Muslims who are dying!

When Will Police Learn?

Another day in America, another decision by a Grand Jury, another policeman who is allowed to get away with the murder of an innocent black skinned person. Officer Michael Berlo, and his fellow officers, were found Not Guilty of blasting away at a car which contained two unarmed human beings. Altogether the group of police fired 49 bullets into the car in which Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams were sitting. No shots had every been fired by those in the car, but for some reason, they constituted a “threat” to the safety of a group of police officers. According to Judge John O Donnell, the action of police officers was “not illegal.” He insisted the Grand Jury had to be confronted with evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” that this action was illegal on the part of police officers.

Altogether, there were TWELVE policemen at the scene. How and why they felt “threatened” is a wonder for the ages. The reality is that according to Grand Juries in the US if they victims have black skins, they can be killed. We suggest that from now on African Americans walk and drive wearing Biker Jackets if they want to live!

Good Times In Ireland

The Catholic Church confronted a reality in Ireland last week. There was a vote to decide if the nation of Ireland, which is predominately Catholic would accept the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Over 60% of Irish people said, YES! Diamund Matrin, Archbishop of Dublin became among the first Catholic bishops to openly express the need for the church to turn around. “We, the Church, have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of reality. I appreciate how gay and lesbian, men and women feel today. In a way, this is a social revolution.”

Yes, the Church has to turn around and confront reality. In America, over twenty percent of young people no longer consider themselves to be part of any church. Hopefully, Pope Francis lives long enough to appoint modern Cardinals who are ready to make the Catholic church once again a meaningful institution for young Catholics. If not, more and more of them will drift off into reality.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, aol: “Pizzeria Robbed”

Are you sure it was not a take-out order?

UK,Guardian: “Unusual Powers Revealed”

Republicans can reduce the amount of money coming in and also reduce the national debt.

Egypt, al Arahm: “Court Bans Porn On Website”

Anywhere else is OK.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Foreign Anti-Torture Experts Expelled”

Heck, this is Putin Russia where torture if legal!

France, Connexion: “French Are Big Drinkers”

I will toast that statement!

Sheldon, Sheldon, What Would Mommy Say?

There is a nice Jewish boy who happens to possess a few billion dollars and he uses this money to fight the bad people in America and in the Middle East. His name is Sheldon Adelson and he gave $150,000,000 of his money to help defeat the terrorist friend who now resides in the White House. He has promised a few hundred million dollars of his money to any Republican who will help him fight the bad people in the world. Sheldon is now accused of having ties to crime lords in the Chinese enclave of Macau. Steve Jacobs, who worked in the casinos claims that Sheldon refused to terminate his relations with the notorious Chinese Triad that runs crime in the enclave. Sheldon, Sheldon, what would your Jewish mommy say about her nice little boy having connections with crime people?

Oh, and Sheldon is the leading supporter of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sheldon works to end any opportunity to create an independent state of Palestine because he considers any and all Palestinians as criminals! Let me get this straight, Sheldon opposes criminals in the Middle East but is now charged with working with criminals in Asia. We truly hope these charges are incorrect because Sheldon is a nice Jewish boy and nice Jewish boys only play with nice little boys!