By Basil Wilson, Carib News
On January 25, 2011 when thousands of young people in Egypt rose up against the undemocratic and corrupt Hosni Mubarak regime, there was great hope for the establishment of democracy throughout the Middle East. The new generation of Egyptians who communicated over social media, confronted soldiers and were determined to break the back of the Mubarak dictatorship.
With the mass protest, the military decided not to turn their guns on the people and to allow a democratic process to unfold. Interestingly, it was not the “Young Turks” who dominated the electoral process but an old established religious-political entity, the Muslim Brotherhood that captured a majority of the voters.
The Muslim Brotherhood was oppressed by the military regime prior to the fall of Mubarak. One year after assuming state power, Mohammed Morsi’s government was defrocked by the military. The euphoria of the Arab Spring has quickly …
By Basil Wilson, Carib News
In a country where there is serious intellectual discourse, one would expect that the Parliamentary debate would lead to a public debate concerning the policy agenda put forward by Prime Minister Holness and the Finance Minister, Audley Shaw. There was a response from outgoing Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, and the former Minister of Finance of the PNP and the incoming Party leader, Dr. Peter Phillips. Democracy requires civic engagement at home and in the diaspora.
The chronic fiscal borrowing to finance annual expenditures has finally come to a screeching halt. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement that Jamaica signed in 2011 when the PNP returned to power, placed the fiscal situation in a straight jacket and that fiscal discipline subsequently led not only to a balanced budget but there was the agreement that a primary surplus approximately 7 percent of GDP would …
The American Health Care Act that is designated to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is racing through Congressional Committees towards adoption in the House and eventually in the Senate. After excoriating the Affordable Care Act for six plus years, Paul Ryan Republicans have put forward a bill that illustrates the incapacity of right wing conservatives to govern in the interest of the vast majority of working class Americans.
The rational procedure would be to wait for the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to score the bill. The CBO was set up for that specific purpose so that lawmakers could have an estimate of the impact that such a bill would have. Health care is a life and death issue and a rush to judgment before examining the full impact would be gross irresponsibility on the part of the Paul Ryan Republican leadership.
President Trump has interjected himself into the …
By Basil Wilson for Carib News
We have had more than forty days and forty nights of the Trump presidency and the federal system in America is suffering from what has become a situation of chronic chaos. Trump’s state of the union address gave the country some hope that the billionaire President would begin to steady the White House ship of state but by the following sunrise, the country was again caught up in the whirlwind of the President’s penchant for conspiracy theories.
What is the Trump worldview? How does it differ from the established post-World War 11 America? What does Trump mean by Made in America, Buy in America? Is this a new Pax Americana? How do you reduce corporate and income taxes at the same time expand the military budget, provide more for veterans, build a wall and augment border security without exploding the deficit? How does the …
By Basil Wilson for Carib News
Trump has turned the tiger loose. The Immigration and customs Enforcement, otherwise known as ICE, has embarked on escapades of deportation sweeps. In the Queens area, New York City, there were reports of ICE agents swooping down on Home Depot in search of undocumented workers. It is anticipated that new executive orders will be issued by the Trump administration, and that will begin a new reign of terror on immigrants.
The militarianization of American life began long before the age of Trump. Something peculiar is occurring in contemporary American society which distinguishes it from the rest of the democratic world. From 1880 to 1980 the American prison population increased over the 100 year period by approximately 280,000 prisoners. But from 1980 to the present, we have witnessed an exponential increase in America’s prisons. At this juncture, there are approximately 1.4 million Americans in prison …
By Basil Wilson, Carib News
When Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency in 2008, there was some evidence that America had entered into a post-racial zone. But the election of Obama in 2008 and 2012 was only part of what was occurring in America. At the same time that the Democratic Party was being successful in Presidential elections, reactionary forces at the state level and in congressional districts were moving in the opposite ideological direction.
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 represents the re-racialization of American politics. We presumed that Jim Crow is in the burial ground but Jim Crow has re-surfaced in the form of Scare Crow politics. America has experienced centuries of uninterrupted democracy, but concomitantly, American democracy has forever been plagued with concoction of the bogeyman and in today’s America, it is Hispanics and Muslims.
Southern society could not envision living without having black slave …
For Carib News 1/25/17
When Samuel Huntington, the late Harvard Political Scientist wrote his provocative work, A Clash of Civilization, he was referring to the world of western civilization clashing with Islamic civilization but over the inaugural weekend, it is clear that what we are witnessing in America is a clash of civilization about the future of America.
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump took the oath from the Chief Justice Roberts and became the 45th President of the United States. From his pedestrian inaugural address, President Trump laid out his vision of America which did not deviate from his campaign rhetoric. In his speech, Trump’s clarion call was that in his administration in every aspect of policy, it would be America First.
In the second decade of the twenty-first century, Trump’s analysis is that the rest of the world has been preying on America and robbing America …
For Carib News 1/18/17
We are approaching a strange week in American history. In the same week that the nation celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the latter part of that week, the nation will observe the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States. What a contrast in personalities. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the symbol of the finest moral movement in America and Donald Trump is fast becoming the symbol of the amoral pursuit of power.
C.L.R. James, the late Caribbean intellectual, was convinced that the non-violent civil rights movement was the finest in American history. King used non-violent and mass protest to effectively appeal to the conscience of white America and in the process revealed all the venom and hatred of white supremacy.
The dogs, the hoses, the deviance of the Bull Connors and the George Wallaces representing white America collapsed …
For Carib News 1/12/17
On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Under normal circumstances, this would be a glorious occasion. But in Mr. Trump’s inaugural swearing in, there will be concerns about the legitimacy of his Presidency. The unclassified reports of America’s leading intelligence agencies unequivocally state that President Vladimir Putin and Russian apparatchik interfered in America’s democratic process of selecting a President. From the intelligence gathered, the Russian government sought to deploy its cyber operations to denigrate the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and to favor Donald Trump.
Espionage is as old as the nation-state but cyber espionage is only decades old. Nations like the United States, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea use cyber espionage to obtain commercial secrets, military information and to furnish decision-makers with a better understanding of adversaries. Cyber espionage can be …
For Carib News 1/6/17
The precipitous decline in violent crime that began nationwide in the 1990s caught criminologists by surprise. There were some criminologists like John Dilulio and the late James Q. Wilson who had predicted a rise in violent crime based on their demographic forecast that the increase in the juvenile age group would mean American society would be overrun with super predators.
The opposite occurred as America witnessed the widest and deepest crime decline in its history. The decline that began in 1990 essentially lasted until 2014. Homicides were reduced nationwide from approximately 24,000 to 14,000. The murder rate per 100,000 plunged from 9 per 100,000 to 4 per 100,000. There were different explanations for the decline. Some attributed the decline to the new aggressive policing, some to the phenomenon of mass incarceration and others to changes in drug markets. None of the explanations was definitive largely because …
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