On US policy in the Middle East, recent news flagis that President Obama wants US troops to remain in Afghanistan. Perhaps that decision was made before the last Afghan election.

One may recall that the favourite candidate – Abdullah – was cheated and questioned the election results. The US quickly stepped in, quickly investigated, quickly found the crooks, and just as quickly declared the losing candidate the winner.DSC03525-B

The next day, the loser M. A. Ghani who was the US choice, instantly became president, (if anyone believes otherwise he is brain dead) and promptly gave the US permission to stay on Afghan soil.

How in the name of all that’s holy are these people ever going to be free of US domination and oppression to govern themselves.

H13-22 NecrosisThe US is stifling the oxygen out of their souls. Why can’t we leave them alone?

A year ago the US was getting out of Afghanistan. Even puppet Kharzai wanted them out. Now puppet Ghani “gave” permission to stay on.

The US has raped Afghanistan of all its worth. We have access to all their natural resources; we have the pipeline running through their country; we kill who we DSC04060choose, when we choose; and we hand-pick their leaders. When are we going to leave them to get on with their sorry lives?

Can’t US leaders see that we are destroying innocent lives? Theirs and our own young people. We can’t continue to devour these poor nations because we are going to choke and drop dead. It is called the death of an empire.

America needs to look at its allies – those great empires – British, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Portuguese, and its great enemy – the USSR – they all died painful deaths. We can go further back and look at history, but we are Americans, we don’t care about history.IMG_0318

The American Empire will die too and take a billion innocent lives with it. Empires do not have conscience, hearts, souls, minds, brains, and the ability to feel pain. But the criminals who create empires do have these functions and will burn in hell for causing pain and suffering to innocent people.

2013-01-28_09-16-34_256The hungry, homeless and sick people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, et al are feeling pain, starvation, diseases, etc. and the war-mongers do not care.

The US criminals are responsible for their suffering. Instead of stealing their resources, instead of supplying them with WMD and war machines, shouldn’t we give them food and medicine?

And hope.

 

 

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How do we define the word “terrorist”?DSCN2178

Who are the terrorists? In the past 15 years we have been labeling people, viz Muslims, who are killing other people as terrorists. For example, in Iraq and Afghanistan the groups who did not agree with American policies, rebelled against us, and used our own weapons to kill other people were called terrorists.

Crossman co2 air pistolOsama Bin Laden did not pull the trigger himself. He ordered other people to do the killings. That made him the world’s No. 1 terrorist.

When law enforcers kill innocent / unarmed black men, are they terrorists? When a man in North Carolina kills three young Muslims for no reason, is he a terrorist? When a man kills 26 kids in a school in Connecticut, is he a terrorist? When a man kills three people in Boston, is he a terrorist because he is a Muslim?

flagIs President Obama a terrorist because he orders the killing and droning of Muslims in Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan? Is President Putin a terrorist because he orders the killing of his enemies? How about the heads of European states who send troops to other people’s countries to kill without questions?

How about dictators in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, who kill anyone they do not like or who the US tell them to dispose of? How about Israel’s terrorist practices in Palestine?

IMG_0135-1How about the French and the “reign of terror”, where the word terrorist came from?  

All these presidents and kings and leaders are killing innocent people every hour of the day. Are they not terrorists also? The pot calling the kettle black. If the powerful kill the weak, it’s okay. If the weak retaliate, defend themselves, they are terrorists.

Are terrorists labeled by religion? Muslim = Terrorist?

Could someone please tell me the definition of the word terrorist?    

Today is Memorial Day and across the country there are prayers for, flagand tributes to, the soldiers who gave their lives for this country.

In cemeteries flags and flowers remind the public of those who sacrificed their future so we can enjoy our future. The MIAs and POWs must also be remembered and prayed for.

Politicians (who make wars but rarely fight in them) will do their civic duties today and give great speeches and lay patriotic wreaths on soldiers’ graves everywhere.

Most of my neighbours (and three sons) are veterans and their plans for today include prayers and honouring their fallen brothers.IMG_0491

Memorial Day is a day to honour and remember our dead soldiers and that is how it should be.

On the other hand, we have forgotten the soldiers who returned and are still returning from present wars, for example, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have approximately 500,000 veterans who are homeless. We have veterans with diseases and psychiatric problems. We have veterans who commit suicide daily. We have veterans who need rehabilitation into civilian life. (For example, education, job training and entering the work force.)

When these veterans return to America (after fighting – and killing – in some senseless wars) they are forgotten. This is wrong. They become a burden to country, family and society. This is wrong. The government used these young people in dirty wars and turned their backs on them. This is wrong.praying-hands-Pencil

Today is Memorial Day and we pray for, and honour and remember our dead heroes. That is how it should be.

However, it is a sin, a crime, and a sad commentary on us as a people and country to use and abuse the veterans who are alive, who served this country, and must now beg for food and shelter.

Today is the right day to turn our attention to those homeless veterans, those jobless veterans, those sick veterans. Let’s help them before another one commit suicide.

DSCF4284Memorial Day is a tribute to the past. For some of us, Memorial Day will have greater meaning if we also remember and care for those veterans who are alive, suffering, homeless and hungry.

May God Bless them all.

(Sorry it took so long to complete this story.)

abingon-thames-side-2 In order to understand how Panamanian policies oppress its black citizens one must go back in history.

In 1903 when the Americans began building the Panama Canal they needed cheap, strong labourers who could endure long hours and produce upon demand. The Americans went to Barbados and recruited 23,000 black men. These “slaves” were paid 10 cents per hour for a 10 hour day. A day’s wages were $1.00 per day and $6.00 per week for a six-day week.

When the Canal was completed in 1914 some of these workers stayed in Panama, some died, and some returned to Barbados.DSC03525-B

Those that remained in Panama settled in Colon.

Fast forward to 2015. Today, descendants of those black people who built the Panama Canal live in a slum called Colon. The Panama Canal brings in an annual income of $4 billion per year. The money is used to build a wealthy, healthy Panama for its chosen citizens. The black men who built the Panama Canal with blood, sweat, tears, and death, are forgotten.DSC02822

The reason this Colon Slum exists is because this is prime real estate on the Atlantic coast and developers want this land for more sky-scrapers, shopping malls, luxury condos, and tourist money.

The government policy is to slowly push the black people out. If nothing is done to improve their quality of life they might just leave. Except they have nowhere to go. No water, electric, health care, education for the kids, no jobs for the adults and they die or leave.IMG_2682

The government placates them with free water and electric because the government does not want an uprising or a riot on its hand.

These black souls built the Panama Canal that brings in $4 billion annually but they are not allowed to enjoy the wealth.

How about the Americans who enslaved them and made money on the Panama Canal for 100 years? Don’t they have a responsibility to them? We Americans spread oppression and exploitation and shun our responsibilities. We love to use and abuse.2013-01-28_09-16-34_256

Somebody, Americans and Panamanians, owes the black people of Panama a lot of respect, and especially a lot of money. It’s time to pay up. Black lives matter – in Panama too.

Incidentally, the Barbadian Prime Minister –Mr. Freundel Stuart – was in Panama on May 5, 2015 to “strengthen cultural ties” with Panama. The slums of Colon and the dilemma of the Barbadian slaves who built the Canal were not discussed.

 

 

 

 

 

The story of Panama is an admirable one.DSC03525-B

A visitor to Panama is quite impressed with the visible signs of prosperity. Panama City boasts sky-scrapers, luxury condos, seventy banks, malls peddling designer clothes and accessories, and new construction everywhere.

AgreementIn 1999 the Americans returned the Panama Canal to Panama and the Canal brings in an annual income of at least 4 billion dollar which is great for the local economy.

Like any other country in the world (including the US) the leaders and politicians in Panama are crooks, thieves and corrupt. They steal as much as they can and then face prison or exile.

On the other hand, a visitor driving around Panama is quite shocked, when without warning, she stumbles into Colon. Colon is the slum of all slums.help

At ten o’clock on a Monday morning children in need or a bath and clean clothes are playing in the streets instead of being in school. Men are sitting on the side-walks and in the parks playing cards or entertaining themselves instead of being at work.

They live in shacks boarded up with bits and pieces of cardboard, zinc sheets or plywood. IMG_2682They have no money for water and electricity, so the government allows them to “steal” these necessities. The illegal water pipes and electric wires are visible from the streets for anyone to see. How and where they get food is anyone’s guess? Clothes? Health care?

These are the two Panamas. Visitors are usually driven around Colon, not through Colon.IMG_0318 For example, on the Atlantic side of Panama, steamship passengers are driven around Colon but not through the slums of Colon.

The residents of this slum in Panama are BLACK.

Next – the reason this slum exist!

When one arrives in Panama City – the capital – one sees a progressive “country” with a well-to-do middle class. They shop in malls with all designer brand names. The restaurants are mouth-watering.

 After a few days of sky-scrapers, modern condos and high-end life styles one drives out to the darker side of Panama. It is called Colon.

The population of Colon is mostly Black. These Black people are the remnants of the Panama Canal and cheap labour. The Americans brought about 23,000 of them from Barbados to build the Canal. That was in 1903-1904. (To be continued.)

 Today the descendants of those Barbadians (cheap labour) live without water or electricity. They are allowed to steal electricity and water. The electric wires and water pipes running into their apartments are visible from the streets. The Panamanian government allows them to steal water and electricity.

 How could this be? Black lives matter is the new slogan in America. Perhaps it has not reached Panama yet. Next – the reason this slum exist!

 

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