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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Children, gathered from parents have deplorable conditions.

Started by Joan Denoo 20 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Concentration camp defined: a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities.Continue

The Investigation - A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

Haven't read the Mueller report yet? Yeah, me either, though I did download the PDF and glanced at the first couple pages. Stuff like that winds up being rather dry and impersonal in that format. However, put it on a stage with actors, inter-cut…Continue

Tags: report, Robert Mueller, impeachment, Donald Trump, The Investigation

Lies and Self-Contradictions "prove" Honesty

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 9. 1 Reply

Biden sounds like Trump Lite.Biden went from voting for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 to defending gay rights in 2012. He supported the invasion in Iraq, then called it a mistake. He initially (in 1973) said he believed Roe v. Wade was wrongly…Continue

Tags: self-contradictions, lies, Joe Biden

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 8, 2019 at 4:30pm

Donald, I agree; you haven’t paid enough attention to Central American politics.

Wikipedia has an article titled “united states involvement in regime change in latin america”.

It lists eleven nations, four of them in central america, and has a “See also” list.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 8, 2019 at 1:39pm

Tom, I guess I haven't been paying enough attention to Central American politics.  What "right wing" governments did the USA install in Central America?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 8, 2019 at 3:31am

Are the right-wing governments the USA installed in Central America so well armed that rebellions there are impossible?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 8, 2019 at 3:26am

Yes, the chickens — bad metaphor — America sent to Central America laid their eggs and the chicks are leaving.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2019 at 3:21am

What are the remedies that attempt to meet the challenges presented by these immigrants? 

UNICEF increased its efforts to confront the increasingly desperate needs. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico work to: 

✔︎ prevent and respond to violence; 

✔︎ address poverty and improve life opportunities at home; 

✔︎ strengthen services and provide care to children while they are in transit; 

✔︎ support children during reintegration if they are returned to their home countries; 

✔︎ and protect them from discrimination and xenophobia at their destination. 

These short-term remedies proved needed and necessary services, however, there exist deeper problems that have to be confronted. The failed societies do not provide the basic needs of its people.  

In Guatemala, in 2006 and in 2011, 54% of the population lived below the poverty line. 

The homicide rate per 100,000 is:

El Salvador 82.84

Guatemala 27.26

Honduras 56.52

The United States 05.35

Canada 01.68

What role does the U.S. play in creating the poverty and financial instability in these countries? 

Have, indeed, the chickens come home to roost? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2019 at 3:20am

Why Migrants Flee Central America  https://www.unicefusa.org/storie...

What happens in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that creates a desire or need to migrate to other countries? Most people want to live in the places they were born, live close to family and friends, they want to live in a safe, secure, and stable place. Why are they fleeing in such terrible numbers? For example, in 2017, 294,000 asylum seekers and refugees fled to Belize, Mexico, U.S., Costa Rica, and Panama, Why?

The country's indigenous population experience disproportionately difficult effects. Why?

These countries experience crushing poverty; Why? 

The gap between the rich and poor is among the highest in Latin America. 

Guatemala suffers from high malnutrition and infant mortality rates. 

High rates of domestic violence and sexual abuse of girls.

Gang-related violence, extortion, and forced recruitment. 

Limited opportunities to learn, or to earn a living.

Scarce social services. 

The desire of children to be with their parents, who are already working in the U.S.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 31, 2019 at 5:00pm

Charles Marohn's analysis of suburban economics is eye opening.

The American pattern of development does not create real wealth. It creates the illusion of wealth. Today we are in the process of seeing that illusion destroyed, and with it the prosperity we have come to take for granted.

The Growth Ponzi Scheme

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2019 at 11:55am

Loren, I agree that Robert Reich provides clear definitions and explanations of what happens, politically, and does it with a great sense of the Latin definition of the absurdity of political notions.  

Comment by Loren Miller on May 28, 2019 at 7:13pm

Over the past several months, Robert Reich has been producing a number of educational videos regarding the current state of American government and leadership.  I have found these pieces to be both enjoyable and greatly informative, and my compliments to Mr. Reich as both a educator and communicator.

Today he released a video on the issue of oligarchy which I think is downright seminal, and I offer it here for your edification.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on May 27, 2019 at 9:39pm

Ruth, I never heard the term "Congressional Military-Industrial Complex" before Tulsi mentioned it in the interview. I was so impressed, I had to share it and I pledge to use it every time I mention the Congressional Military-Industrial Complex. Put the blame where it belongs.

 
 
 

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