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US Empire: American Exceptionalism Is No Shining City On a Hill

US Empire: American Exceptionalism Is No Shining City On a Hill

The concept of American exceptionalism is as old as the United States, and it implies that the country has a qualitative difference from other nations. This notion of being special gives Americans the sense that playing a lead role in world affair is part of their natural historic calling. However there is nothing historically exceptional [...]

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Haiti’s Open Vein at Caracol Industrial Park

Haiti’s Open Vein at Caracol Industrial Park

It is a sad fact of a heritage of colonialism that, well after the independence wars are fought and won, the old economic systems persist. Thus Haitians, who previously sold their kin as outright slaves and sugar-cane cutters, continue to sell them into sweatshops and other horrific work environments at home and abroad. Consider the [...]

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Poor, Indigenous, and Rich Ethnic Minorities: A Study in Contrast

Poor, Indigenous, and Rich Ethnic Minorities: A Study in Contrast

Ethnic minorities are almost everywhere in modern societies. They are called minority in contradistinction from the majority. The issue of their human and civil rights is of serious importance because, in a many instances, there is a disparity in the rights that they enjoy, compared to those that the majority enjoy. If this was not [...]

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Pawn vs King: Cameron’s Dangerous Chess Game Against Putin

Pawn vs King: Cameron’s Dangerous Chess Game Against Putin

David Cameron is a protégé of Margaret Thatcher. She personally groomed him to become Prime Minister. It will be remembered that when Thatcher’s popularity was on the wane, the Falklands War revivified a flagging Tory Party and gave her another term of office. When people like Cameron and Thatcher have tasted power, they are loath [...]

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Food for the Gods: Link of Vodou to Haiti’s Agriculture, a Legacy of the Ancestors

Food for the Gods: Link of Vodou to Haiti’s Agriculture, a Legacy of the Ancestors

Haitian religion and culture are so linked to local agriculture that Vodou ceremonies are routinely called manje lwa: food for the gods. Our lwa (gods, spirits, deities) must be fed. They are not eternal and can only exist so long as they continue to be summoned to participate in human affairs. In other words, their [...]

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