Ferguson Rebellion exposes U.S. racism globally

first_imgFerguson, Mo. under militray occupation and martial lawafter police killing of Michael Brown.Just one day after U.S. President Barack Obama hosted leaders from across Africa, African Americans exploded in rebellion in Ferguson, Mo.A series of lawsuits have been filed against the city of Ferguson charging police misconduct and brutality during the demonstrations in response to the police killing of Michael Brown. Six plaintiffs have filed federal court actions against the authorities in Ferguson and St. Louis County. The litigants are claiming they were arrested without cause, beaten and verbally abused by both local and county law-enforcement officers.“This is a blatant example of how police handle African Americans … how it can go terribly, terribly wrong. You have a right to peaceful assembly,” lamented Reginald Greene, an attorney in one of the cases.Mass demonstrations organized in the aftermath of the brutal killing of Brown resulted in further acts of law-enforcement misconduct and brutality.The protests demanding justice for Brown were covered nationally and internationally. CNN, Al-Jazeera America, Press TV, Russia Today, the Guardian in London, as well as thousands of other news sources and media agencies reported continuously on developments in Ferguson. During the course of the protests and rebellion, the media workers also became targets of the local police with the detaining of journalists from several news agencies and the gassing of a camera crew from Al-Jazeera.Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, arrested at a protest in Ferguson, Mo. Epstein was on the boat to Gaza which attempted to break the Israeli blockade in 2011.Another demonstration held on Aug. 30 in Ferguson commemorating the three-week anniversary of Brown’s killing was also covered widely. Thousands gathered to demand that officer Darren Wilson be indicted and arrested in the shooting death of Brown. The demonstration was led by Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr.Protests have been held throughout the U.S. in response to Brown’s killing at the hands of police.According to the Associated Press, after the initial march on Aug. 30: “Hours later, hundreds of protesters again gathered in front of the suburban police department and fire station, blocking the road. Fiery speeches by way of speakers mounted to a car gave way to another march, with chants of, ‘If we can’t have it, we’re shutting it down.’” (Aug. 30)Global response to Ferguson rebellionThe images from Ferguson emanated around the world just days after the U.S.-Africa Summit at the White House and State Department. These developments were covered by the African media and further exposed the racist mistreatment of African descendants in the U.S.Several governments, press agencies and even U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out about the excessive use of force in Ferguson. The rebellion highlighted the ongoing character of national oppression in the number one imperialist country in the world.Even the fairly centrist Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., published a blog written by professor Mwangi S. Kimeroyi, a senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, dealing with the situation in Ferguson and its implications for U.S. foreign policy in Africa. Kimeroyi observed that the rebellion in Ferguson could not have come at a worse time for the Obama administration, which was utilizing the Aug. 4-8 summit to try to gain a broader and more positive image of the U.S. in Africa.Kimeroyi stated: “Coming not long after the successful U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit held in Washington, the Ferguson incident and the follow-up demonstrations have been rather unfortunate in as far as how Africans view [the U.S.] — in a way questioning [the U.S.]’s standing as a protector of human rights. The hostility towards the United States in regard to its treatment of African Americans has dominated social media with claims that the incident shows that [the U.S.] should not claim leadership when it comes to human rights. Such criticisms by many other countries, including Russia and China, are widespread.” (Aug. 29)In an editorial published in the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya, the U.S. was chastised and questioned about its image promoted abroad as a state which protects the rights of all its residents and citizens. “The U.S. is a community fueled by hate. They claim not to be racist yet most of them are racist to the core. Yet they want to dictate and lecture us about human rights.” (Aug. 29)The editorial continued: “U.S. preaches democracy and good governance all over the world but lo and behold, Ferguson has exposed the preacher who cannot take care of business in his backyard. Has the Kenyan ambassador issued a statement yet? The U.S. must have a coalition government so as to end the violence. It will no longer be business as usual. We will have only necessary contact. Choices have consequences.”The newspaper also mocked the government in Washington, which has often criticized Kenya for factional political violence surrounding the disputed elections of 2007-2008. There is continued hostility towards the country by the Obama administration, which did not support the election of the current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, who has a case pending against him and the deputy-president, William Ruto, before the International Criminal Court.In the People’s Republic of China, which has a history of criticizing the U.S. for its treatment of African Americans dating back to at least 1963, the state-owned Xinhua news agency wrote in an editorial: “Each country has its own national conditions that might lead to different social problems. Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others.” (Aug. 18)Deep-rooted racism exposedThe most surprising attacks came from newspapers published in Germany, one of the closest allies of Washington. In two centrist publications, scathing editorials were published on the handling of the Ferguson unrest.Zeit Online, a popular centrist news website, characterized the death of Brown as testament to the deep-rooted racism in the U.S. and surmised that “the situation of African Americans has barely improved since Martin Luther King.” The publication keenly observed that “the dream of a post-racist society, which flared up after the election of [President] Obama, seems further away than ever before.” (Aug. 18)A similar critique was offered by the more conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the most widely read newspapers in Germany, which opined that the U.S. president had failed miserably in his executive responsibilities. “It seems like mockery that [Obama] is still called the most powerful man on earth.” (Aug. 18)As in the period of the Civil Rights and Black Power eras of the 1950s through 1970s, it is the struggle of the African-American people that has exposed the actual nature of the U.S. political system. The rebellion in Ferguson represents a microcosm of the growing mass sentiment among African Americans, Latinos/as and other nationally oppressed groups as well as working-class people in general.If the U.S. ruling class does not make fundamental reforms related to burgeoning social problems stemming from the declining capitalist system, more mass political actions and rebellions are bound to occur. The corporations and banks, which are running the state from Wall Street, have no response to the escalating discontent other than more austerity, political repression and imperialist war. The real solutions must come from the working class and the oppressed, and be expressed through their organizations and movements aimed at total liberation and social justice.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Burglaries down as arrests increase

first_imgEmail NewsLocal NewsBurglaries down as arrests increaseBy admin – December 7, 2012 613 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin DESPITE a perceived increase in rural crime and property thefts in particular, the latest crime statistics figures indicate that the number of reported burglaries is down 20 per cent on last year as Limerick Gardaí continue their campaign against burglars. Sgt Brian Broderick of the Crime Prevention Unit attached to Henry Street Garda Station said that a number of arrests were made last week in connection with six burglaries at both residential and commercial office properties in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Thefts of cash, jewellery and electrical items were reported from four residential addresses and a commercial premises on Sexton Street was ransacked by intruders and eight people were arrested in connection with the criminal activity between Tuesday and Thursday of last week.Two 24-year-old men were detained in connection with the burglaries and one man in his 30s was arrested at the scene of one of the reported burglaries in the suburbs of the city.All eight were charged and are currently due before the courts.As Gardaí continue to target criminal activity throughout the county, figures indicate that the number of burglaries is down 20 percent over this time last year. However they are asking business owners and the general public to remain vigilant and ensure that their homes and business premises have adequate security measures in place over the Christmas period.Gardai are warning that it is a time for opportunist type thefts and urge people not to take chances with their property.center_img Previous articleLimerick medical companies contribute to exports increaseNext articleSouthill quilt launched by ‘The Governor’ admin Print Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Limerick’s ‘Men’s Health Week’ shines a light on preventable health problems

first_img16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Dylan Kelly, Kileedy, Co. Limerick, Peter Coker, Abbeyfeale Co. Limerick and Jason Brouder, Monagea Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Jason Brouder, Monagea, Co. Limerick, Denis Collins, Abbeyfeale, Finbar Ahern, Castleconnell, Gearoid Balfry, Patrickswell, Peter Croker, Abbeyfeale and Luke Kennedy, Limerick Sports Partnership. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. TAGSinternational men’s health weeklimerickmen’s health week The annual initiative also aims to support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities, as well as encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.Limerick Sports Partnership hosted a calendar of events across Limerick City and County during the week. “Adopting a healthy lifestyle is not something that can easily happen overnight but small changes can make a big difference. Our focus over the past week was to inform men about the lifestyle changes that will make them live longer and healthier lives,” added Ms. Fitzgerald. Advertisement The LSP were delighted to have Lorcan Brennan present during the week who delivered the Men’s Development Network ‘Engage Training’ and also launched the LSP upcoming Men on the Move Health Checks Initiative to practitioners working with men across Limerick City and County. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival “Figures show men on the island of Ireland experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health with one man in five dying before the age of 65. Many of those deaths are preventable, so this year’s Men’s Health Week contained a strong focus on men pursing a healthy lifestyle,” commented Mairead Fitzgerald, Sports Development Officer at Limerick Sports Partnership. Print NewsLimerick’s ‘Men’s Health Week’ shines a light on preventable health problemsBy Staff Reporter – June 22, 2015 885 The week was supported by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI), HSE, Bikeweek 2015, Men’s Development Network, UL Sport and LIT. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Among the events was an open swim session at UL Sports Arena, Go For Life Games at LIT Sports Hall, Walking Soccer in Abbeyfeale Astro Turf Pitch, a men’s health awareness event at Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, a Great Southern Trail Cycle and a men’s health physical activity information stand at the Daffodil Centre in the Mid Western Regional Hospital. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Hundreds of Limerick men of all ages took part in a series of events marking International Men’s Health Week, which came to a close at the weekend. Email Twitter Previous articleRail tours from Shannon to boost tourismNext articlePictures – Down Syndrome Ireland Night at the Dogs Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and a number of other places worldwide, Men’s Health Week aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. Linkedin 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Finbar Ahern, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, Aine Cunningham, Kileedy Co. Limerick and Denis Collins, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Get Ready to Stroll Ocean City Boardwalk

first_imgFrom left; Pat McWilliams and her daughters Rose and Joan, of Drexel Hill, Pa., came down to Ocean City for a visit Friday. They say they love the new Boardwalk. By Maddy VitalePat McWilliams and her daughters, Joan and Rose, from Drexel Hill, Pa., enjoyed a brisk morning stroll on the Boardwalk at 10th Street in Ocean City on Friday.“We are down for the weekend and we are trying out the new boards,” Pat McWilliams said, as they walked along the new, light-color and clean planks, which had a fresh smell. “It is beautiful,” she said.The McWilliams family wanted to take in some sights on a relaxing walk on the new boards that stretch from Fifth Street to 10th Street. Several other walkers, a few bicyclists and some joggers decided to take in the scenery. Others sat on benches and watched the waves and a lone paddle boarder who was off in the distance on the calm waters.The Boardwalk reconstruction project is nearing the end of a multi-year project costing a total of $10 million. The final phase, being done now, includes the stretch of Boardwalk between 10th and 12th streets. The area between Fifth and 10th streets was rebuilt in the last four years. And officials said it is only a matter of a couple of weeks, until all the Boardwalk will be installed.After that, workers will be completing the new pavilion, reinstalling railings and lampposts, and doing finish work, which should take the project to March, officials said.“All construction projects are dependent on weather, equipment and a number of other variables, so I can’t say when it will be complete,” Ocean City’s spokesman Doug Bergen said. “But they’re in good shape to meet their end-of-March deadline.”The decking on the final block of the project at 12th Street is already in place. Workers from Fred M. Schiavone Construction Inc., of Malaga, N.J., the Boardwalk’s construction contractor, were busy on Friday doing work on the Boardwalk. The block between 10th Street and 11th Street opened on Jan. 20, though the 11th Street entrance remains closed. That provides beach access for heavy equipment. Workers were putting the last sections of decking in place Friday.Boardwalk businesses have dealt with some inconveniences due to the project. While some businesses are seasonal, there are many that operate year-round.Ianos Gadzsa, an employee at Steel’s Fudge, 10th Street and the Boardwalk, says the new boards look good.Ianos Gadzsa, an employee at Steel’s Fudge, 10th Street and the Boardwalk, looked out the window and remarked about the progress on the Boardwalk project.“It wasn’t bad. I mean it did affect our business a little, but we are lucky we have a side door. That helped us,” Gadzsa, of Ocean City, said. “It will be good when they are done, and the weather is warmer.”Roger Rinck, manager of engineering and construction for the City’s Engineering Division, said the project is ahead of schedule.He noted that the temporary railing put up was for the many people who like walking the boards.“The most important thing is safety. That is why we put up the temporary railing. We wanted people to continue to walk through and the railing was just put there for safety,” Rinck explained.The rebuilding of the Ocean City Boardwalk is near completion and worth the wait, people say.Rinck said Schiavone Construction has worked well with the city to bring the project to near completion. “Our contractor is very understanding. He knows people are up here no matter what, and he really understands about safety.”Rinck said that he, along with other city officials, meet to go over the progress of the project. “We all meet every couple of weeks,” he said.Rinck detailed how the Boardwalk was assembled off site and installed in a way that was more efficient and provided a better product because workers didn’t have to worry about the elements and other variables.“That is how we get it done,” Rinck said. “We are ahead of schedule.”Carlo DeFeo, a carpenter and foreman from Schiavone Construction, said it has really been great working with the city on the Boardwalk project.“It has been a lot of fun,” DeFeo said. “The city has really worked with us. We are full steam ahead and right where we want to be.”Crews are working at 12th Street to finish up the multi-year project to put in new boards on the Ocean City Boardwalk.last_img read more

Veggies

first_imgBy Caroline CoarseyUniversity of GeorgiaSpring has arrived, and it’s time to start working on the summer vegetable garden. To have a successful garden, select a location where plants can receive 7 to 8 hours of sunlight, said Bob Westerfield, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist. Make sure the soil is well amended and well drained. When the plants are in the ground, water them regularly using a drip or soaker hose.“Aside from that, it is wise to visit your garden frequently to find disease and insects and to check for water stress,” he said.To help Georgians get started on choosing which vegetables to grow this season, Westerfield offers his top eight picks for the tastiest and simplest vegetables to grow.Green beans can be planted in the early spring in cooler soils. Harvest them when they are young. They’ll be tender and less stringy.Squash come in many shapes and sizes and are easy to grow. Allow a lot of space between each plant because squash is a wide-growing crop. Germinate squash from seeds, which Westerfield recommends, or buy them as a transplant. Also, winter squash should be seeded in late spring.Tomato plants can be started indoors from seeds or gardeners can buy them as transplants from a local nursery. Stake tomato plants, and allow plenty of space for air circulation. “If you want weekly fresh tomatoes for steak and salad, I recommend cherry tomatoes,” Westerfield said. Sweet corn is primarily wind pollinated. Planting in rows provides a higher chance of pollination. Corn requires a good deal of fertilizer and water to survive. “I like it best because if you harvest the sweet corn, the flavor and taste is different than what you buy in the store,” he said. Eggplant is a unique vegetable that adds shape to your garden. There are multiple varieties of eggplant, but black beauty is the most common. Be wary of flea beetles that tend to riddle the plants with holes, making plants weak, he said.Bell peppers grow best as transplants and can be harvested from summer to the first frost. Most can be grown without staking. They are great for cooking or fresh eating.Cucumbers are relatively simple to grow. Because they spread out as they grow on a vine, it’s best to grow them on a trellis or fence to get them off the ground. They require water or they will become bitter as they near harvest time, he said. Okra should be the last vegetable planted in a spring garden. It starts slow, but takes off like a weed on hot, muggy days. It sets pods fast, so stay up with its harvest. Pods that are left on the plant too long become woody and do not taste very good.(Caroline Coarsey is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Long Island Winter Storm Forecast to Make Icy Roads

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A wintry mix falling on Long Island is forecast to melt snow from last week’s blizzard, flood local roadways and then freeze, causing “treacherous” driving conditions during the Monday evening rush hour, forecasters said.The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory through 1 p.m. Monday and a flash freeze forecast through the evening before a winter weather advisory expires at 6 p.m. As of Monday morning, as much as four inches of snow fell in Bayville and Shoreham and as little as two inches was recorded in Merrick and Centereach. Temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s before sundown with wind chills as low as 5 degrees, causing all the precipitation to freeze over just in time for the commute.“A combination of rain and snow-melt has caused minor urban and poor drainage flooding across portions of Long Island,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “All roads that have standing water or slush will quickly become icy…making travel treacherous.”The same storm, which is expected to hit New England even harder after blanketing parts of the Mid-West in 20 inches of snow, has also delayed many flights at New York metro area airports and grounded those out of Long Island MacArthur Airport. The Long Island Rail Road also reported widespread weather-related delays, some more than a half hour. Fire Island Ferries suspended service until a later date as well due to icy conditions on the Great South Bay.The storm is forecast to change from a wintry mix back into snow before tapering off Monday evening. Once the storm passes, Tuesday is forecast to be mostly sunny in the 20s before a slight chance of snow showers returns Wednesday into Thursday. The weekend forecast is cloudy with a high of 33 on Saturday and lows staying in the 20s at night.last_img read more