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In a packed high school gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, President Barack Obama calmly spoke on the real possibility of comprehensive immigration reform. As I sat in my chair just 15 feet away from the president, I was trying to understand what was going on in front of me. As an individual that was undocumented for 22 years here in the United States, I couldn’t believe that I was about to hear a speech that I have dreamed of my entire adult life. Only four months prior, I would have not been allowed in to this event since I wouldn’t have been able to provide proper identification. Back then, I was an undocumented immigrant with very little opportunity in this country. Words can't and never will truly explain what it means to be undocumented. It would be like describing what a marathon feels like to someone who has never ran more than a mile. But as someone who has seen both side of the undocumented line, I am hopeful that, this time, change will come.
An attempt by reggae entertainer Sizzla Kalonji to unilaterally impose himself as the ‘president’ of Rastafari in Jamaica, and thereby seize control of the movement globally, has been vehemently rejected by a broad cross section of Rastafari organizations and individuals in Jamaica and internationally.      Miguel Collins, popularly known as Sizzla Kalonji, publicly announced himself to be the leader of the Rastafari movement following his ‘inauguration’ as ‘president’ on Oct. 21, 2012, at the Lion’s Club in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, Jamaica. Some are hailing this development as a great step forward for the Rastafari movement.
Agencies in the United States and Haiti have teamed up to launch an anti-corruption hotline in the French-speaking Caribbean nation.The U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General (USAID OIG) and La Fondation Heritage pour Haiti (LFHH), the Haitian chapter of Transparency International (TI), have been operating the hotline in Haiti. The aim is to help fight corruption and promote accountability in aid programs in Haiti. It is being advertised on radio, television and vehicles used by USAID's implementing partners.The 24-hour hotline accepts allegations in English, French and creole and has been receiving complaints since it launched in Dec. 2012.
Much ado was made last month on the televised VW advertisement that was scheduled to air on Super Bowl Sunday. If you missed the hoopla, the advertisement features a white actor who speaks Jamaican and urges his co-workers to get happy. Several media and so-called experts have slammed the advertisement as racist, while Jamaicans themselves have largely embraced it, calling it funny and saying they are thrilled at the brand exposure it’s given to their island.But while the New York Times’ Charles Blow calls it “black face with voices” and the Wall Street Journal described it as the “Jar Jar Binks of 2013”, lost in the entire brouhaha is not the advertisement, but the underlying ‘real’ discrimination that persists.
Much ado was made last month on the televised VW advertisement that was scheduled to air on Super Bowl Sunday. If you missed the hoopla, the advertisement features a white actor who speaks Jamaican and urges his co-workers to get happy. Several media and so-called experts have slammed the advertisement as racist, while Jamaicans themselves have largely embraced it, calling it funny and saying they are thrilled at the brand exposure it’s given to their island.But while the New York Times’ Charles Blow calls it “black face with voices” and the Wall Street Journal described it as the “Jar Jar Binks of 2013”, lost in the entire brouhaha is not the advertisement, but the underlying ‘real’ discrimination that persists.
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