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.

Israel Government Knows How To Achieve Peace

The election in Israel is now over, but the issues which dominated that event continue to dominate the news of the Middle East. Strategic Minister Yuval Steinitz insists that Bibi Netanyahu understands how to achieve peace in the Middle East. After all, he has crushed any Palestinians who dare oppose his views of Middle Eastern issues so why does not Barack Obama accept the fact that Netanyahu is the expert on peace in that region of the world. Mr. Steinitz wants the American people to realize that in regard to current discussions with Iran about resolution of atomic energy, “we think it’s going to be a bad, insufficient deal. It seems quite probable, it will happen, unfortunately.”

OK, so assume it is a bad deal. There are times in life when one is compelled to accept a deal that may not be perfect, but it, at least for the moment resolves a problem. So, what is the Bibi alternative?

1. Bomb Iran.

2. Force Iran to bomb Israel.

3. Cause the death of thousands of Israelis.

4. Cause the death of thousands of Iranians.

5. Create complete chaos in the Middle East.

6. Unleash hundreds of suicide bombers upon the Israel people,

THAT is the alternative to a “bad deal.”

Death In Afghanistan

Untold thousands have died in Afghanistan during the past half century so it is rather difficult getting upset about another Afghan death. Farkhunda was a university student who suffered from some mental issues in her life. She was described as studious and very religious. That much about her is agreed upon by those who knew this young woman. She attended classes at a university and studied religion. At this point the story becomes somewhat confused. Somehow and for some reason, other Afghans came to believe that the girl had burned a copy of the Koran. Hundreds heard the story and came looking for her. We do know that this mob beat her, they assaulted her, they finally burned her. There is no doubt there are people in Afghanistan who believe they have the right to murder in the name of Allah.

Government officials are shocked. Interior Minister Novrulhaq Ulumi made clear: “the accusation against her is completely invalid. She was a religious girl, she was not involved in the burnig of the Koran, she was innocent. It is very painful that we were not able to protect a pious young person.” It is now clear that policemen were part of the mob. The sad part of this story is that a religious girl was murdered gy those claiming to be religious. Something is very sad about this story. Unfortunately, it will occur again and again.

Nazis Still An Issue In Greece

World War II ended over seventy years ago, but to the people of Greece the legacy of that nightmare continue to linger in their minds. Greece is a nation that is in serious economic trouble and has been forced to obey the dictates of the European Union as to how money should be spent and how taxes should be imposed upon the population. Greeks are now bringing up memories of World War II when their nation was occupied by German troops and its population had to fork over millions of dollars to their enemies. Greek banks during the war were compelled to give the German government millions in “loans” that obviously were never meant to be repaid. Today, a different German government is imposing demands for money from Greece and again insisting it has the right to decide how money is spent in Greece.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is now posing some interesting questions. How about Germany repaying his nation for the loans they gave back in the 1940s? Does the current Federal Republic of Germany have to assume responsibility for what the Nazi Germany of Adolf Hitler did seventy years ago? Or, should the world forget that a Nazi government robbed people of their money. Do modern Germans owe those who were robbed by a different German government? Or, should we simply forget and forgive?

Hells Angels To Rescue

Vladimir Putin has sent in the cavalry to the rescue of his troops who currently are fighting in Ukraine. Oh, I forgot, there are no Russian troops in that region, simply a bunch of volunteers. This is amazing grip of volunteers since they come with tanks, missiles and planes. I guess any group of volunteers can pick up this equipment at the local Army/Navy store. It now appears the volunteers are being supported by bike gangs dressed in leather, boots and camouflage. The motor bike leader, Vitali, informed the press that he is fighting in Ukraine because of ‘my love for my homeland, for my territory,” and for the love of a good fight. His nickname is Yroesca which means, Night Wolves.

He does want the world to know that he is a night solve, not a rebel. There is something queer about bike gangs who are not rebels. I always thought the reason one became a biker was because of a desire to rebel against society. I wonder if Vladimir is a biker?

Bibi And Barack Talk

The election in Israel is over. Benjamin Netanyahu is still its prime minister. At this point in history the only nation that has any respect for the current government in Israel is the Republic of Hate and Fear in the United States. There is not a single nation in Europe which supports the Bibi administration and the black dude in the White House is somewhat peeved. President Obama did make a telephone call to the lid mouth in Israel. “I did indicate to him that we continue to believe that a two state solution is the only way for the long term security of Israel if it wants to stay with a Jewish state and be democratic.” The President made clear that his administration will rethink its options about the Middle East.

Here are some possible American options:

1. Support a UN Security Council resolution that Israel is violating international law by its actions on the West Bank.

2. Support a UN resolution that recognizes the state of Palestine.

3. Support a UN resolution asking the International Court of Criminal Justice to examine Israel actions on the West Bank and in the recent war in Gaza as possible violations of human rights.

4. Tell Israel’s Ambassador to the US to go back home.

So, Bibi, how will John Boehner now help you?

“I’m Running for President”

Senator Ted Cruz has announced that he will run for the office of President of the United States of America. Yup, his hat is in the ring. He has put on his belt, loaded up his guns and is ready to enter the fray of presidential politics. We have checked with some leaders in the world and here are their reactions to this momentous event:

Bibi Netanyahu: Wonderful, now we have two real men ready to stand up against Iran and blast the hell out of those evil doers. Ted, just check with me on how to scare the hell out of people in order to get elected.

John Boehner: Ted, my eyes are already filled with tears of joy. I need someone who has courage and guts to support my courageous efforts in the House.

Fox News: Finally, a man of action ready to blow up Iran.

Sarah Palin: Ted, I am so glad we will have a real man in the White House and I can finally go hunting with a man rather than a whimp.

Bill O’Reilly: Ted, can I write your biography the killing of Ted?

Vladimir Putin: How about a wrestling match to decide relations between our two countries?

Immigration Authorities: Ted, we know you are an immigrant, can you verify your status?

Pope Francis: Are you really a Catholic?

Provacateurs Galore

The evidence is now overwhelming, the people of Russia are under attack from Nazis forces in Ukraine. It is amazing how a peaceful and decent nation has to be subject to such continual and violent assaults by the forces of Ukraine. Just listen to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “Provacateurs in Kiev try to whip up something (against Russia) in the expectations that this will influence the world and that weapons will flow into Ukraine.” He urges the European Union and the US to halt this influx of weapons of war into Ukraine and protect the defenseless people of Russia whose leaders devote every working hour of the day in the cause of peace.

There is no doubt that Russia is under siege. OK, so the Russians have atomic weapons and tanks and planes, but how do those weapons stand up against the might of Ukraine’s Armed forces? Of course, Vladimir Putin could strip to the waist and single handedly challenge the entire Ukraine army. Naturally, that would not be a fair fight given that Vladimir is the modern version of Superman.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Canada, Toronto Star: “Missing Woman Found”

I guess she is no longer a missing woman.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Coca Cola Wars In Moscow”

I am certain that Vladimir Putin will also win this war.

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

Sorry, raindrops are falling on my joyous head.

China, China Daily: “Look Back Always””

Mantra of Republican party.

Norway, Norway Post: “A Little Less Fairy Dust”

This blows me away with hope

Ghosts Of The Past Are Hanging In Our Lives

The only clear thing we know about a dead body in the state of Mississippi is that Otis Byrd is dead. He was a black man. His body was found in a forest and it was hanging from the branch of a tree. It is apparent that he was hung several days ago, but at this point in time no one knows how or why he was hung. When a black body is found hanging from a tree in the great state of Mississippi one can not assume the man hung himself. After all, this is Mississippi, the land of lynchings and death. Of course, back in the good old days, hanging a black man was time for a picnic when the wife and kids could come for some watermelon and shout with glee. Sheriff Marvin Lucas has made clear: “I commit to you as sheriff of Clairborne County that I will not allow the shadows of the past to case a shadow on the future.”

We trust there will be a logical answer to the body hanging from a tree branch. But, this is America in the year of 2015 when hate rages across our country and many whites believe a dark shadow haunts their everyday lives. The bitter fruit of hatred can frequently result in the bitter fruit of death for those whose skin is black. Sorry, but organizations such as Fox News offer nonstop words of hate and fear of those who skins are black. There is a consequence when such words are spoken.

Islamic State Fights For Islam

It is a difficult concept for those in many Muslim nations or in Western and Asian nations to grasp, but members of the Islamic State are convinced that by murdering people they adhere to their goal of creasing a modern version of the Caliphate. In their view of the Muslim religion, killing those who oppose the concept of the Caliphate is justified on grounds that only the triumph of this version of Islam can be allowed. I understand that those in the United States of America regard these acts of barbarism as contrary to any form of religion. But members of ISIS or Boko Haram are convinced they are the only hope left in the world that can restore the promise of Islam and return to the glory days when this religion burst upon the world back in the seventh century. In their religious views only Muslims who adhere to the vision of a Caliphate are true Muslims and thus must be killed.

President Obama insists that ISIS is not a Muslim group. Sorry Mr. President, they are. We may disagree with their religious ideas but there every action is motivated by a religious view of the future. To disregard their Muslim center is to ignore why they are prepared to commit suicide in the name of Allah. Five suicide bombers blasted mosques in the Yemen city of Ana’a and murdered 142 people and left 345 wounded. These Muslims believe that in killing fellow Muslims they are carrying forth the dream of a new caliphate which restores the glory of past days. President Obama does not aid the fight against them by denying their religious base. It is up to Muslims to make clear their disagreement with this view of the future of the Muslim religion.