By Robert Morrison
I was a last-minute substitute for an international conference on euthanasia, in London! The year was 1998 and I had never been to Britain before. I was so excited I could not sleep. What to see? Where to go?
The conference obviously took first priority. But I wanted to spend every spare moment taking in the sights. "When a man is tired of London," said the great Samuel Johnson, "he is tired of life." I planned to walk everywhere. Under my own feet, I wanted to feel the streets where history happened.
Love is blind and there are none as blind as them that refuse to see.
Even after the movie â€œBlood Diamondsâ€ highlighted the human suffering and social fragmentation involved in smuggling African diamonds, lovers still fall prey everyday to the ongoing scam by the diamond industry. Itâ€™s time for lovers and us to wake up to the rip-off that diamond marketing represents.
Spring is here. Soon it will be June, the favorite month for lovers to get married. Love makes us do foolish things. So too does De Beers, which targets lovers with marketing campaigns designed to make them spend what they canâ€™t afford, buying overpriced diamond engagement and wedding rings.
On Mar. 10, behind closed doors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 15 CARICOM leaders reportedly adopted a 10-point plan prepared by a British law firm that calls for reparations for slavery inflicted by former European colonizers.
According to Martyn Day, of the Leigh Day law firm, Caribbean leaders at the 25th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM signed off on a plan calling for a formal apology for slavery, debt cancellation from former colonizers such as Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands, and reparation payments to repair the persisting â€œpsychological trauma.â€
Every 90 seconds a woman dies as a result of complications of pregnancy. Every year over a million babies die in their first day of life. We have an international crisis, but the world does not care.
Two and half years ago I saw a CNN piece called â€œWar on Women, Rape as a Weapon of Warâ€. It told the story of the over two million women who have been raped in the D.R. Congo. The numerous and the viciousness of the rapes have earned the Congo the name the â€œrape capital of the worldâ€ or â€œthe worst place on earth to be a womanâ€.