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Flint water crisis: Throwing our lives down the drain


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Water – The elixir of life. It is the ever-present element to which all living beings find themselves inextricably bound. As human beings, our dependency on its life-giving qualities far outstrip even our need for food. Our reliance on it for our bodily sustenance, as well as in the many other functions it serves in our daily lives, for cooking, bathing, washing clothes, cleaning, irrigating our crops, etc., makes water an invaluable resource.

So, the obvious ill effects of polluting drinking water, might seem like a common sense thing to most thinking people. However, from what we can observe of the travesty unfolding in Flint, Michigan currently getting major news coverage, this obvious reality seems to be lost on the modern industrial entities. What is further alarming, and should perhaps be the bigger “story”, is how widespread such cases of mass poisoning, just by way of our drinking water, actually are.

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Boko Haram Crisis: Religious Extremism in Meritah

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A family flees across Lake Chad after the Boko Haram attack on the Nigerian Town Baga in January 2015.

It’s been a year now since the “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad” or the group popularly known as Boko Haram has been accused of killing an estimated 2,000 people in the town of Baga in northern Nigeria. Months earlier, in April 2014, Boko Haram came to international prominence after kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. Most of the girls are still in captivity and some even fear Boko Haram might be using them as suicide bombers. Boko Haram is also still on the rampage, with an attack in late December 2015 on the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 50 people using suicide bombers and rocket propelled grenades.

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Justice Or Else

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People from across the US gathered in for the Justice or Else march, various groups brought social and political messages. Photos by Obari Cartman.

Inspired and led by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, more than a million Blackmen gathered in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 2015 “to declare their right to justice to atone for their failure as men and to accept responsibility as the family head”, as articulated by the Nation of Islam. The theme for this 20th anniversary reunion of the original Million Man March on the nation’s capital was “Justice or Else”.

Many say it was one of the most historic organizing and mobilizing events in the history of Black people in the United States. But what were its objectives, what did it produce, what are the organizational products, and how are the people closer to their goal of justice?

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The Uprooting

Protesters in Burkina Faso have demanded the election of a new president. Which kind of leader will be the next to take office?

The continent of those considered “underdeveloped” or “uncivilized” is being invaded by several streams of thought and ideologies that have colonial and imperialist origins. The notable remark is that the authenticity of the values is being wiped out by this phenomenon.

To talk about authenticity is to talk about dignity. And he who talks about dignity talks about remaining incorruptible – standing on the principles and customs that have taken care of a people for thousands of years although some have the tendency of claiming that this is the 21st century, as if moving astray from one predecessor’s understanding of existence should be honorable.

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Happy New Year

Mahata is the Goddess of cosmic harmony, truth, justice and moral integrity.

Mahata is the Goddess of cosmic harmony,
truth, justice and moral integrity.

New Year’s Day, as it happens every year, is the day the Sun rises almost at the same time as the Sirius Star. According to the Gregorian Calendar, which most of us use, this recently took place on September 11th, 2015. The original calendar of humanity is based on tracking the cycle of the Sirius Star because of the correspondence between this cycle and patterns of events, weather and energies on Earth. The beginning of the year is a favorable time for starting new activities, making new year’s resolutions, etc. This time also corresponds annually with the rainy seasons and hurricane seasons in the tropics.

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