The US left is angry at Barack Obama, and for good reasons: he represents the clog that yet again threw their progressive wheel off its course towards addressing important societal grievances: medicare for all, disparities in criminal justice systems, minimal living wages, affordable college and divesting from fossil fuels among others.
Ask any politico-military strategist, and they will tell you that any political insurgency based on current unsolved legitimate grievances will keep swelling to the point of winning, if addressing those grievances threatens the foundation of the system they are fighting.
It’s August 2020, and the US political system as it is can’t address the acute issues of (a) Healthcare for all, (b)Living minimal wages, ( c)Clean energy and (d) Justice reforms, without destroying itself, despite widespread protests underpinning their popularity.
For starters, those profiteering from such a system can legally “buy” political leaders favours through PAC and other seemingly…
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You would be hard pressed to believe that Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, a.k.a. Madame de Pompadour had anything in common with Herr Karl Marx; after all the former was the influential “Mistress-in-Chief” of the french king Louis XV, whilst the latter was a hardened warrior of the class-battle, a German social philosopher.
At any point in their time, they both used the same sentence to advance whatever interest they cared for: “ Après nous, le déluge..”, the french version for “after me, the flood”.
It seems that this “let them eat cake”…
And here is why it counts for 2020..
Let’s face it: it takes some talent as a former first lady, with more than 30 years of entrenched political experience, the backing of a wealthy white family, while being the first woman with a real shot at a nomination by the U.S. Democratic Party to get not only beaten once at the presidential ballot by a quasi rookie, first-term senator from a black minority, and but twice by a vociferous, inarticulate rich family heir, ridiculous birther conspirator, serial pussy-grabber misogynist, and election first-timer old-white male!
It really does, and that kind…
The comment section of the UK’s Financial Times is quite a place to be: you can improve your English (humor) skills as quickly as you would, say, hanging out in pubs of Walthamstow. It is a place where you learn the correct use of words like “Pillow-biting”, and there is a disclaimer to first check for an objective definition from the Urban Dictionary before any hazardous use.
And no, this is neither your usual dose of Brexit commentary, nor an academic, historical essay, nor anything close to #LGBTQ4Brexit before you get turned on with the “Pillow-biting” bait. It is very…
When no or muted reaction from African leaders to that infamous #ShitholeCountries quote allegedly attributed to the 45th President of the United States of America was heard, oh boy, was I relieved!
As a person with African roots, I couldn’t help but rejoice at the idea that we were finally getting back to the basics: the schoolyard rules.
Those amongst us who grew up before the internet (and words like bullies and mobbing were not part of everyday grammar) will find reasons to smile at the following.
To paraphrase, the schoolyard was that place, where you actually were severed off…
Don’t believe the internet they say!
But when I saw the March 2019’s Economist re-enaction of Pakenham’s Scramble for #Africa, it felt too much like a “déjà-vu” and probably time to discuss the #ChinaBashing pattern behind this, and why anyone involved with Africa should care.
Picture this: you urgently need to buy a car, and your home city has only 2 car dealerships (you stick to your city as you don’t want to drive to another city for service later). …
I really had to let this out, as a person of African descent, spending more time outside #Africa than in it, and here is why.
There is this deep-seated notion that Africa, that big giant and homogeneous country for some, was bullied, tortured and robbed of its resources or colonized, that I sometimes wonder how such fake news could spread for so long and so easily over a long time.
And when this topic is discussed in a larger audience, hilarity generally ensues:
I don’t know about you, but when I read Jeff #Bezos post busting AMI / National Enquirer’s attempt at blackmailing him, I couldn’t help but let out a heroic roar, as if the already felt victory for Mr. Bezos was mine. And, judging by the number of claps (or likes) the article got across all media platforms, I was not alone to feel that way.
But how come that so many people could identify themselves with a though, billionaire over a situation, that finally looked like if Mr. Bezos, a well-experienced billionaire, missed the basic self-protection instincts that most of…
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