Bachata Rosa

Juan Luis Guerra

Bachata Rosa
Juan Luis Guerra

This song was released in 1990 and it became a song that would define the career of Juan Luis Guerra. If you’re Dominican like myself then I’m sure you’ve heard this song before and I’m sure you admire it’s beauty as much as I do.

I grew up listening to this song in the 90s and the beauty of it still remains the same. I remember that as a child at family gatherings in the Dominican Republic this song would play in the background while the entire family shared laughs, sancocho and more laughs. Of course dancing was always an important part of family gatherings.

Listening to this song brings me back to those moments. I miss my country, I miss the Dominican Republic. 

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Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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"The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more."

Any more? Please do tell me at what point in the existence of the United States was democracy thriving within its jurisdiction?

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Ukraine: We won't allow another Crimea scenario. »

The acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turcynov issued a promise of amnesty for all pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine but warned that all those who continue to support the takeover of government buildings would be held responsible. 

The U.N. Security Council will also be having an unscheduled meeting on Sunday at 8pm ET due to the worsening situation in the Ukraine. It is being reported that the urgent consultations were called upon by Russia. 

While I am not one to lend my support behind any government or any cause on this website easily, I can assure you that under the current circumstances that Ukraine is going through the Ukrainian government has more than enough justification to use whatever measures necessary to bring down the pro-Russian protestors who continue to attack government buildings. 

Crimea which is a part of Ukraine was taken illegally by Russia due to the overwhelming pro-Russian supporters in the region (and in my opinion the imperialist nature of Russia), and something such as the Crimean scenario that took place a few weeks ago should not be allowed to repeat itself. 

Therefore, if Ukraine deems it necessary to use force in order to maintain their nation united then by all means go right ahead. 

“As women, we have been taught to either ignore our differences, or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change. Without community there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression. But community must not mean shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist. Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucible of difference - those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the masters tools will never dismantle the masters house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the masters house as their only source of support.”
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2010. 
Moises Saman

An Afghan boy injured during a NATO bombing recovers at a hospital. 

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Patrice LumumbaMarilyn Silverstone

Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese independence fighter and the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lumumba was instrumental in achieving independence for the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Belgium in 1960.
On January 17, 1961 between 21:40 and 21:43 Patrice Lumumba was killed by a firing squad guided and supplied by various European nations, including Britain and Belgium. The CIA as well proved instrumental in the execution of Lumumba.

Patrice Lumumba
Marilyn Silverstone

Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese independence fighter and the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lumumba was instrumental in achieving independence for the Democratic Republic of the Congo from Belgium in 1960.

On January 17, 1961 between 21:40 and 21:43 Patrice Lumumba was killed by a firing squad guided and supplied by various European nations, including Britain and Belgium. The CIA as well proved instrumental in the execution of Lumumba.

Patrice LumumbaIan Berry

The life of Patrice Lumumba is one that teaches us to be brave and to never give up in the fight for freedom. His life teaches us that no one can live under tyranny for long without rising to bring an end to the oppression that subjugates them. Most importantly his life teaches us strength, dedication and passion. 
But something that we cannot forget it’s that his life as well teaches us the fact that in all revolutions in Africa where an oppressed people fought against their oppressors the United States was there to place their economical and political support behind the oppressors. 
If by now you don’t understand that the United States is a military force willing to do anything within it’s power to increase it’s economic influence in all third world nations of the world, then you’re just not paying attention.

Patrice Lumumba
Ian Berry

The life of Patrice Lumumba is one that teaches us to be brave and to never give up in the fight for freedom. His life teaches us that no one can live under tyranny for long without rising to bring an end to the oppression that subjugates them. Most importantly his life teaches us strength, dedication and passion.

But something that we cannot forget it’s that his life as well teaches us the fact that in all revolutions in Africa where an oppressed people fought against their oppressors the United States was there to place their economical and political support behind the oppressors. 

If by now you don’t understand that the United States is a military force willing to do anything within it’s power to increase it’s economic influence in all third world nations of the world, then you’re just not paying attention.

“The powers contained in a constitution of government ought to be construed liberally in advancement of the public good.”
Hamilton to Washington, in the Opinion on the Constitutionality of the Bank of the United States, February 23, 1791.
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does anyone else fear just being ordinary? one of my greatest fears is living an ordinary life, a life that will have made no difference in this world, a life that will be forgotten once it’s over. 

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

Billie Holiday, 1939. 
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NY Dream Act Fails. »

The New York Dream Act a proposal that would have expanded state-funding tuition assistance for undocumented college students failed in the State Senate of New York on March 17, 2014. 

The bill failed 30-29, losing by two votes. In order for the bill to have passed 32 votes were needed. Unfortunately, two Democratic State Senators voted against the bill. 

The Senate vote on this bill will most likely end the debate on New York’s Dream Act for the rest of the year.

“The violent subjugation of the Palestinians, Iraqis, and Afghans will only ensure that those who oppose us will increasingly speak to us in the language we speak to them-violence.”
Chris Hedges

City of Kabul, Afganistan.
Abbas

Female workers at the mechanical factory of Jangalak, 1986.

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