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Corruption and the impact on human rights

Corruption always leads to violations of human rights insofar as those in power prey upon those who are not in power. Corruption also violates the principles of nations who claim to be democratic and are supposed to operate under the rule of law. Corruption not only violates democracy and the rule of law, but it also diminishes everyone, including those who choose to participate in it. Although corruption h ...

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“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”

“Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? “And am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar and to confess the benefits and ...

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Profit by fear

We see Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s grand bargain as grand larceny, grand theft. We need to change the agenda, change the talking points. We’ve already taken a major hit with our healthcare. We have one lady in our group, for instance, who went from paying $150 a month for her health care to $1100 a month. That’s money coming out of your pension check. ...

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Giant sucking sound

What is that giant sucking sound? It is not the sounds of jobs leaving our country due to the one-way trade agreements — there are not enough decent jobs left to be sucked away in their aftermath. The sucking sound I’m referring to is caused by the vacuum of leadership in Lansing that is sucking the life out of Michigan. That particular lack of leadership is contributing to the petty partisan politics and t ...

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Female genital mutilation: A horror of dominance

When a girl in the United States and the western world, prepares for marriage, she plans her trousseau and shops for her wedding gown. I recently learned from Angela Peabody, author of “When the Games Froze,” that in parts of Africa, the preparation for marriage is far removed from trousseau and wedding gowns. For too many, the practice of female genital mutilation (FMG) is at the top of the list for marria ...

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The fight for the South

With the Republican takeover of the Virginia State Senate, Republicans now control the state legislatures in all 11 former confederate states. Now the reconstruction of the New South launched by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson is under assault. King’s movement and Johnson’s presidential power transformed the South after the Supreme Court ruled segregation unconstitutional in Brown v. Board ...

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The face of economic recovery

From its June 18-19 meeting, the Federal Reserve is hedging its bets. It says the U.S. economy is on the mend, but more slowly than expected. They’ve reduced their estimate for economic growth, and say it will take a year or more to get to where we were six years ago. The International Monetary Fund has offered a starker forecast. Expected growth for the United States is about three percent, a level conside ...

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As John Covington goes, so should the EAA

With the recent resignation of EAA Chancellor John Covington and the failure of the EAA to raise the educational level of Detroit students, I call for Gov. Rick Snyder to dismantle the Educational Achievement Authority. It’s hard for anyone to ignore the facts that have come from this educational experimentation. Looking objectively at these facts we are forced to conclude the EAA has not been beneficial fo ...

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The lies about ‘illegal immigration’

In a recent conversation, a colleague expressed great indignation about “illegal immigration” and how all those Latinos smuggling themselves into the United States “are taking jobs away from Black folks.” She thus joined many other people in this country who refuse to recognize one basic fact: There is absolutely no way that millions of people can be smuggled into this country. If that many people are enter ...

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Why Warren Evans should be the next county executive

Without a doubt, the two most important jobs in Wayne County are the mayor of Detroit and the Wayne County Executive. The recent election of Mike Duggan as Detroit mayor has radically changed the political dynamics of the region. After nearly a decade of the state’s largest city being bogged down in scandal and profound fiscal mismanagement, there appears to be a bit of light at the end of the Motor City tu ...

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