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Civil war looming in South Sudan

Civil war looming in South Sudan

The escalating crisis in the South Sudan, a country only constituted in 2011, has brought with it growing concerns that a nation-state formed with such hope may now be on the verge of civil war. The crisis involves a factional struggle between the President (Salva Kiir) and the dismissed vice president (Riek Machar). Tensions have […]

No cavalry for South Sudan

No cavalry for South Sudan

Once again, another part of the world has been thrown into turmoil. This is happening more and more since former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thought her job was to party and tour the world with a seemingly endless budget. Go everywhere, talk and smile and wave to the minions but don’t even think about […]

Winners, losers of 2013

Winners, losers of 2013

Well, it’s that time of year once again for me to pick my biggest winners and losers for 2013.  Unlike most of the year end lists, mine will not be based on polling data, or popularity. Rather, it’s from the lens of a businessman. Based on the contribution of time, money, or intangible capital, did […]

Dream ticket: Hillary, Michelle

Dream ticket: Hillary, Michelle

The 2016 national elections are not that far away. It is timely and important that we not wait until then to begin having constructive discussions about who should be given the opportunity and responsibility to succeed President Barack Obama. The questions of the future of politics, economics and equal justice should never be avoided. Even […]

What a Christ-mess

What a Christ-mess

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of the year.  But, political correctness has turned Christmas into Christmess. One way of dissecting the word is Christ-Mas, which in Spanish would be more Christ.  If we had more of Christ, I am quite sure we would not have so much deviancy in our society –  […]

Pope wants end to economic inequality

Pope wants end to economic inequality

Throughout history, the eradication of poverty has been a professed goal of most progressive-minded political and religious leaders. Voices ranging from Jesus, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Nelson Mandela have asserted in their own way the right of every man, woman and child to have the basics of food, […]

What color is your  Santa Claus?

What color is your Santa Claus?

In case you haven’t noticed, ‘tis the season … to have another controversy illuminating America’s race-driven fault lines. This time we can thank Fox News’ talk-show host Megyn Kelly for responding to a December 12 essay by writer Aisha Harris on Slate.com that criticized what Harris said was the outdated notion of Santa Claus as […]

The Obama –Castro handshake

The Obama –Castro handshake

In the tradition of the Black Church in America, the right hand of fellowship handshake is extended as sign of welcome into the church community. Usually, a handshake between two world leaders at a memorial service is not seen as something controversial or unprecedented. On December 10, however, at the beginning of the memorial service […]

Mandela had help from God

Mandela had help from God

Where do you begin to talk about the greatness of Nelson Mandela?  The world has been blessed with very few of his ilk. You think of courage, defiance, principled and many other descriptions of strength and might.  Yet, it was Mandela’s strong faith that guided him through his journey. Many don’t reflect on this but […]

Where bipartisanship is out of order

Where bipartisanship is out of order

Former Kansas Senator and 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was recently presented with an award that is named after him. The World Food Program USA’s first George McGovern and Bob Dole Leadership Award, is named after the Senator and his friend and colleague, Senator George McGovern. The two teamed up in the 1970s to […]