Murdered Children, The Recurring Riverton Nightmare, and the Elite Picnic in White : Saturday, March 14, 2015

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The past couple of weeks have been intense. My apologies for the unanticipated hiatus. We had a fairly major break-in at our yard, which was unnerving, and the repercussions have been painful. We are, however, pulling ourselves back on our feet again and refocusing. As for poor old Jamaica… We are in great pain, I believe. Great pain.

Kayalicia Simpson was murdered in rural St. Thomas. She was over four months pregnant. No one in her family or community was aware of her terrible situation. Kayalicia Simpson was murdered in rural St. Thomas. She was over four months pregnant. No one in her family or community was aware of her terrible situation, apparently.

I have left it too long to talk to you about the killing of our children. Last month, I told you about fourteen-year-old, pregnant Santoya Campbell. Since then, four more children have been killed in terrible circumstances – all involving sexual abuse. Fourteen-year-old Kayalicia Simpson was chopped to death early one morning as she prepared for school at her home in St. Thomas. An…

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Coming Out In Jamaica – Dead Or Alive

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Last Wednesday, I got two emails that forced me to write this column. I’d already been thinking about sharing a schizophrenic email that came in response to last Sunday’s column. Homophobia in Jamaica is still so fierce that even writing about the subject makes people point fingers at you. But my back is broad. So mi just a gwaan.

coming-out-450x429Here’s the first email, which I’ve not edited for punctuation errors, etc. So mi get it, so mi give it: “Hello Ms Cooper, how are you?I am an occasional reader of your column and it seems like homosexuality is one of your favourite topics.Tell me something are you in the closet yourself? If not then why such passion and sympathy for these folks. Well, if i am right and you need a hook up feel free to let me know. Peace, love and respect.”

My response: “Thanks for taking the time…

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“The Dignified Resistance of San Sebastián Bachajón Continues”

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The Dignified Resistance of San Sebastián Bachajón Continues

New video about the struggle of the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón in Chiapas for their land and territory and in defence of our mother earth.

The video was made by Springfield No One Leaves and the Committee of the True Word of Alisal. It is in Spanish with English subtitles. In the video, the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón  make an urgent call for solidarity.

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Speaking Lakota: Where are you from? Nitúktetaƞhaƞ he?

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LRInspire presents: learning to speak Lakota Where are you from? Nitúktetaƞhaƞ he?

When meeting someone for the first time one of the first questions always asked is, “Where are you from?” Non-Native peoples often interpret this as meaning where do you live, but the question is really asking about ones tribal affiliation.

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 11 ( Mar 9-15)

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(Egypt’s economic conference, via Ahram online)

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US Neo-Cons – no war against Iran, how about Brazil? Not! You have spilled enough blood for your profits! Brazil: hundreds of thousands of protesters call for Rouseff impeachment | World news | The Guardian

“Brazil does not want and will not be a new Venezuela,” read one. “Nation + Liberty = PT (Workers Party) Out!” declared another.

There was a range of voices. While one flag extolled “Peace and Love”, a sizeable contingent of the crowd expressed support for a return to the military dictatorship that ran the country between 1964 and 1985

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“Army, Navy and Air Force. Please save us once again of (sic) communism” read one banner in English. Among those holding it was computer graphic designer Marlon Aymes who said military force was the only way to unseat the Workers Party.

“They are in power for 16 years. That is like a dictatorship,” he said. “In 1964 the military of Brazil took a stand against a president who was close to the Kremlin. Today, the PT is in a group that wants a Bolivarian socialist model across Latin America. Common people are protesting and calling for impeachment, but congress is too corrupt to approve that so we need military intervention.”

via Brazil: hundreds of thousands of protesters call for Rouseff impeachment | World news | The Guardian.