Double Standard

Double Standards

“Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now’s the time for your tears.”
“The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol” ~ Bob Dylan

When President Barack Obama was elected, I heard southerners wonder aloud if he was going to enslave white people just as white people enslaved black people for hundreds of years. … [Read more]

A Look into the Future

Look into the future

People all across the Middle East and the world are wondering when will the violence in Syria end. The destruction of the Spire in Aleppo, one of the oldest religious sites in the world, is yet another example of what civil war can do to a country, its people and its society.

Thousands upon thousands of innocent citizens of the ancient civilization have been forced to flee their homes and families as the assaults by both sides in the ongoing civil war have left the once thriving society in ruins.… [Read more]

Afterbirthers

Peace vs War

“Go ahead and hate your neighbor; go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end. There won’t be any trumpets blowin’ come the judgement day. On the bloody morning after, one tin soldier rides away.”  One Tin Soldier, Coven (1971)

“Someday you’ll return to your valleys and your farms, and you’ll no longer burn to be brothers in arms.”  Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits (1985)

If my Facebook timeline is any indication, the current Presidential campaign has been particularly harsh on my formerly-diverse friendships.… [Read more]

Latin America and Its Classist Struggle

LatinAm

Latin America is a huge region spanning much of the Americas.  Its topography, geography and peoples are among the most diverse in the world. Its people, though, by far are its greatest asset with their wonderful music, literature and arts, their lavish hospitality and their incredibly rich languages.

Latin America, however, has its ‘dark side’.  With bloody civil wars, rampant crime and, perhaps worst of all, its ever-pervasive classism.… [Read more]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

From Wikipedia:  Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year.… [Read more]