Caribbean Nations to Seek Reparations, Putting Price on Damage of Slavery

Repeating Islands

thStephen Castle (The New York Times) writes on the complex case of Caribbean nations seeking reparations for the damages of slavery and the resistance they face from the European countries that built their economies on the exploitation of their resources and people. For example, Britain, Castle writes, has already paid compensation over the abolition of the slave trade once—but to slave owners, not their victims. Meanwhile, Roger O’Keefe, deputy director of the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at Cambridge University, argues that “Reparation may be awarded only for what was internationally unlawful when it was done, and slavery and the slave trade were not internationally unlawful at the time the colonial powers engaged in them.” See excerpts here with a link to the full article below:

In a 2008 biography he wrote of an antislavery campaigner, Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, described the trade in human beings…

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Lib Dems and Tories have just agreed higher UK electricity bills for the next 35 years

Let poor old people die from cold at higher rates – progress?

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s ConDemNation today)

The Lib Dems and Tories have just agreed to raise UK electricity prices for the next 35 years.

The Tories and the Lib Dems furiously attacked Ed Miliband when he pledged that Labour would freeze electricity prices for 2 years.

They argued that governments setting prices was akin to socialism.

Strange then that part of the deal to allow Chinese and French state-run companies to build the new nuclear power station at Hinkley means that energy prices will have to double in ten years.

That means the Tories and the Lib Dems have just guaranteed price rises of 10% a year for the next decade.

Not only that – but as part of the deal electricity prices are then guaranteed to rise by inflation for the next 35 years in order to give the French and the Chinese a good return on their investment.

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Disgusting Lebanese People: The “Help” Doesn’t Get a Chair… The Purse Does

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Disclaimer: This post was published originally on Sunday October 20th. I then took it down as per Dyala’s request because she got word that the family had actually asked the maid to sit and she refused.

My friend Dyala Badran was having lunch at a Beiruti restaurant today when she spotted something that made her twist in anger.

A Lebanese family was sitting across the place from her having their Sunday lunch. They were all seated happily, enjoying their food. The father was cuddling his newborn who was sitting on his mother’s lap. And there was their maid, standing there, clutching the chair that was empty… save for the bag of the madame.

And Dyala documented that moment in picture.

Let’s talk about two scenarios.

Scenario #1: 

The maid wasn’t actually told to sit as Dyala was told, in which case I wonder what is it about the madame’s brain…

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2 dead, 2 critically injured in shooting at middle school in Sparks – Las Vegas Sun News

Two Sparks Middle School students have identified a popular math teacher as one of the victims of this morning\’s shooting at Sparks Middle School.

The RGJ contacted the teacher’s family and they have not been contacted yet by law enforcement. They are now at the school trying to learn what happened.

via 2 dead, 2 critically injured in shooting at middle school in Sparks – Las Vegas Sun News.