The time for Latin America to resist bigotry and racism has thus arrived. In this task, we must not resort to nationalist discourses that merely mirror, from the other side of the looking glass, the stereotype of evil gringos who hate bad hombres.Rather, Latin American responses to racism should draw both from humanism and an accurate knowledge of the past, as well as of human rights and international law.Two positive steps we could take are addressing the countries’ own crime problems while respecting rights and due process, and treating with dignity the approximately 500,000 Central American immigrants who cross into Mexico each year.Like it or not, history and geography have now made Mexicans the vanguard of resistance, and the world will be watching.
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The Pilgrims became the de facto founders of America at the expense of all others. Even a casual perusal of the facts would have pointed to Jamestown, Virginia, as the first English colony, as well as to earlier Spanish settlements. Even the Dutch were trading in Manhattan before the Pilgrims embarked on the Mayflower. But that history was erased in favor of the Pilgrims, whose abolitionist descendants had prevailed in the civil war. So at your Thanksgiving table this year, when your guests try to normalize “alt-right” politics, or if talk turns approvingly toward a Muslim ban or wall-building, keep this in mind: they are violating the spirit of the holiday – history and Sarah Josepha Hale are on your side. At my house, we’ll be raising a toast to Hale and her belief that Thanksgiving should be a charitable day of “benevolence of action” and that “every American home” be a “place of plenty and of rejoicing”. It’s a worthy sentiment, and I’m with her. But if you mention Trump at my table, you’re still risking a pie to the face.
BERLIN/ERBIL/BAGHDAD (Own report) – In the wake of the war against IS (Daesh), the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, which is supported by Berlin, is forcibly displacing the Arabic-speaking inhabitants, aimed at a consolidation of the Kurdish dominated territory, as was reported by Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to HRW’s investigation, the Kurdish Peshmerga has deliberately destroyed the homes of Arabic-speaking Sunnis in at least 21 villages and towns in northern Iraq, while leaving intact the Kurdish-owned houses. The Kurdistan Regional Government under President Masoud Barzani is striving to incorporate as many areas as possible – particularly the oil rich region Kirkuk – into the Kurdish autonomous region before seceding from Iraq. For decades, Barzani and his clan have been cooperating closely with politicians from the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin was also promised access to the large oil reserves in the autonomous region. In return, Germany, above all, has been supporting the Peshmerga in its war against Daesh, while refusing similar aid to the Baghdad government. The German government is also ignoring the eviction of the Arabic-speaking inhabitants of the predominantly Kurdish region.
With open hands tho little here
I offer thanks this time of year
tho seasons change and winds grow cold
there’s warmth in smiles of young and old
kindled kindness shared with all
warmly given every fall
gifts of heart like waters flow
from these pools love can grow
foul the water where anger prevails
no tears can quench harsh travails
come look up on bended knee
bountiful is God’s beauty
Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving. It may to some be represented in the food eaten but in our hearts it is for the freedoms we enjoy.
Beckoned to the mystery
something I might dread
there has to be something
behind the hallway of my head
my finger shudders, lingers
on THE button slowly now
once I press it “Open”
“Close” may not be allowed
my hand makes the decision
reason swirls with dismay
one thing I can tell you
I’ll never be the same
If I told you what I found there
you’d be in a tangle too
but I signed a special paper
you’ll wish in part you knew
the question now arises
where am I am I not
if you knew the answer
you’d stand to lose alot
Wishing all the Poet’s United folks a happy Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving (for those who are celebrating) and thanks Sumana for the prompt “Hyperbole.”