Benito Mussolini, the infamous Italian fascist, once said of his country’s press, “Italian journalism is free because it serves one cause and one purpose, mine.” He was shot to death in April 1945. His body was beaten, abused and hung on meat hooks in Milan’s public square by a resentful mob of citizens. More recently, Brazil’s newly elected President, Jair Bolsonaro, described the influx of immigrants in the country as, “The scum of the earth is showing up in Brazil, as if we didn’t have enough problems of our own to sort out.” He had a knife driven five inches into his side by a radical left-wing opponent at a Sept. 6 campaign rally. Citing these extreme cases demonstrates how the political system in a country can devolve into a more radical and even violent state. These are but two examples of a simple political logic: strong-arm tactics and hateful rhetoric will produce a response from not only from those who are abused and slandered, … [Read more...] about War of Words: How Rhetoric Can Turn Ugly
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Dear Catholic Church: I’ve been your staunch defender for as long as I’ve been able to speak. Credit 17 years in your schools and a family that forced me to try to live the lessons I learned. When people would ask why I stuck it out with you when so many others had given up on you, I had a ready answer: Show me a religion founded on and dedicated to better principles than the ones you preach, to love one another, take care of the weakest among you, turn the other cheek and forgive your enemies. Even when you let me down, when you called homosexuality a sin, refused to consider allowing priests to marry and continued to push women away from leadership roles, I disagreed with you even as I stood by you and believed in you. You are my family and that’s what families do: Even when someone screws up, you stand by and defend the family. I won’t anymore. I can’t. Maybe this day should have come a lot sooner. I guess it did for a lot of people. All the former … [Read more...] about Bruce Andriatch: An open letter to my church that I never wanted to write
New Story Montego Bay, Jamaica recently hosted the 39th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The occasion also marked the 45th anniversary of the founding of the regional body and that close-to half a century mark got us to reflecting on all that has been accomplished and questioning whether the body has lived up to, and achieved, its potential. CARICOM is the follow-up to the ill-fated West Indies Federation, which lasted just four short years, from 3 January 1958 to 31 May 1962. Its demise was triggered by Jamaica’s discontent with the arrangement and the countries’ colonial status, which eventually led to its departure. That triggered the famous “one from ten leaves nought” quote from then Trinidad and Tobago Premiere, Dr. Eric Williams. CARICOM was born nine years after the West Indies Federation failed. The prime ministers of Trinidad and Tobago (Eric Williams), Barbados (Errol … [Read more...] about Editorial: Forty-five years later
By Afshan Abbas Published: June 21, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Most brown parents believe that they can control their child through scolding, blackmailing or hitting him or her but that’s the temporary solution. PHOTO: ISTOCK Recently, my friend narrated a story to me which shook me to the core and instigated me to write this blog. A week ago, she witnessed a close relative of hers scolding and hitting his 10-year-old nephew over the fact that the child had started using abusive words in his day-to-day conversations. She added that the outrageous part of the scene was that the man is a habitual user of abusive words himself and was also reiterating offensive phrases while scolding the child over doing so. This is where it hit me yet again, how messed up we are as a society! Such is the level of hypocrisy in our society where the elders, not only expect from, but also direct the youngsters to stay pure and away from all sins and bad habits. On the other … [Read more...] about “Like father, like son”: Are you hitting, scolding your kids because they are turning into you?
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