Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Today has been surreal. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order has created chaos, anger and pain at many airports across the United States. Here are a few of the almost nightmarish occurrences, which unraveled on Twitter this evening. It went something like this: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (of all days) Donald Trump signs an Executive Order (EO) restricting immigration … More Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights

Here is a post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. You can find the link to this article here: http://wayaine.blogspot.com/2016/02/female-genital-mutilation.html  As the World Health Organization states: “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” (See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) Here’s something I found out today: An estimated 137,000 women and girls are … More Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights

African Postman: Mogadishu’s Artistic Rebirth

This article describes the hope and sense of renewal in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia, which is emerging from decades of civil war. Even when violence and conflict tear our communities apart, it is hard to destroy the cultural heart of a city. It goes on beating. Although we have not experienced the horrors of … More African Postman: Mogadishu’s Artistic Rebirth

Postscript on Peace

Did you know there is a Global Peace Index?  It tries to measure peace (always so much harder to measure than war) and this year, it surveyed 149 countries – in the Caribbean, only Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti (in order of peacefulness).  Right at the top is New Zealand, where nothing ever happens; and at … More Postscript on Peace