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Notoriously Racist New York Post Boycotted By Yemeni-American merchants For Islamophobic Ilhan Omar Front-page

  The New York Post, a sorry excuse for a newspaper, essentially invited a lynch-mob to attack Rep. Ilhan Omar with a racist and Islamophobic front-page image on its April 11 issue. Yemeni-American bodega owners in New York and some supporters of Rep. Omar have now launched a boycott of the newspaper over the depiction, that could provoke attacks against...

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: NYC REVOLT AGAINST SLAVERY

(Editor's Note: No print or online publication can summarize every important historical event.  History happens every day and is made by regular people, not just the politicians and notables.  This is the first in a planned series of articles describing SOME important events.) APRIL 6, 1712 NEW YORK CITY Colonial New York had already had a rough birth.  Taken by force...

AS EAST AFRICA CYCLONE RECOVERY BEGINS: SHOULD WE RED-LINE THE RED CROSS?

It's like clockwork; the press reports a disaster - natural or man-made - and millions of dollars pour into the coffers of the American Red Cross (ARC).  Usually, they don't even have to ask for the donations.  A sympathetic public gives.  Rightly or wrongly, the ARC's reputation precedes them. Now, as the East Africa/Cyclone Idai recovery is picking up steam,...

CYCLONE SLAMS MOZAMBIQUE, MALAWI, ZIMBABWE and MADAGASCAR

Whether it was Mother Nature demonstrating her might or rapidly increasing climate change, the East African countries of Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar have been devastated by Cyclone Idai which brought 100 MPH winds and torrential rains. Rain began in early March and Cyclone Idai struck March 14 and 15.  United Nations officials reported that Mozambique has seen 598 deaths...

“KIDS WHO BANK” PREPARES OUR YOUTH FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY & LEADERSHIP

As the twig is bent, so goes the tree. This centuries-old proverb is constantly being been reworked and amended; by place, time, and circumstance. Frederick Douglass put it another way, saying "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken ones."  The message is clear; whether applied to ethics, engineering, philosophy, or economics.  A strong foundation, built during childhood,...

BEDSTUY BONDS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN

Editor's note - The South African delegation to the Status of Women Conference invites the metro community to attend a reception held TODAY (3/19/19, noon) at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza at 44th Street.   BedStuy was the scene for a joyful and productive meeting between local activists and the South African delegation to the United...

WHY NO “PI” ON OUR CHILDREN’S ACADEMIC PLATES?

Today is a day dedicated to the celebration of PI. Not blueberry, sweet potato, or key lime PIE - we're writing about the mathematical constant whose value (3.14159...) corresponds to today's date, March 14. Mathematical constants are important, interesting, and useful numerical relationships that do not change - they're constant.  PI is probably the most important constant; something called the...

20 YEARS LATER…SUSTAINING “MUSIC OF THE SPIRIT”

  The year was 1999.  George W. Bush announced his candidacy; Bill Clinton’s Senate impeachment trial ended in acquittal; a Columbine, Colorado high school suffered a massacre; Amadou Diallo, an innocent 24-year-old immigrant was slaughtered by a barrage of police bullets, and the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival was launched. “We have to honor and represent this genre in some fashion where...

WOMEN’S DAY, briefly

Today is technically the 44th annual Women's Day, the anniversary of its 1975  "official" designation by the General Assembly. The day is formally named the United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace (UNDWRIP) . But the holiday has much earlier beginnings.  The struggle for women's equality and empowerment is, of course, thousands of years old.    The first modern...

WILL THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY NAMED DONALD TRUMP EVENTUALLY RESIGN?

It seems that many people have forgotten that America's sons once fought a war to stop treasonous slavers in the 19th century and then again to stop world domination by the Nazis in the 20th. Today, these are called “Lost Causes” and a common saying is that doing the same thing over and over again expecting to get a different result, well those...

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