The UN and the Catholic Church

Confessions and repentance


Cuba: Building a business without good internet access

Normalization of relations with Cuba dropped off the radar once President Obama left office; here is an update.

Repeating Islands


Will Grant (BBC, Havana) reviews business in Havana, focusing on one example of a thriving shop: the designstore named Clandestina. The moral of the story is, “Yes, you can build a business without good internet access.” Grant writes:

If you had to choose a spot from which to set up an international brand, the chances are you wouldn’t pick Old Havana. The crumbling colonial heart of the Cuban capital is undoubtedly beautiful and its bustling streets might inspire creativity among your team. But it is also loud, hectic and, most importantly, almost completely offline.

Still, a small shop on one of the old city’s narrow streets is trying to do exactly that. Under a sign in the shape of a T-shirt, Clandestina design store began in early 2015 with a simple idea. “Design is not unique in Cuba, but what is maybe unique to us is commercialising…

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The Egypt-Israel Gas Deal is Scandalous and Shameless

The Egyptian people are being ripped off by their leadership.

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After Al-Sisi opened the very large Zohr gas field about two weeks ago the newspapers celebrated and announced the news that Egypt will achieve gas self-sufficiency this year by means of the Zohr, North Alexandria, Nawras, and Atoll gas fields. The Egyptian citizens lived this dream until they awoke to a nightmare where Netanyahu is announcing that Israel is celebrating after signing a historical agreement with Egypt that stipulates Egypt will import gas from Israel for 10 years. The imported gas agreement is worth $15 billion and these billions will be added to the Israeli treasury in order to be spent on education, health services, and welfare for Israeli citizens.

Of course it was no coincidence that Netanyahu announced this great news to the Israeli people on the anniversary of President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem, as such an agreement poses a new victory for Israel, no less significant than…

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A real feminist hero should be?

Good morning, America. All your recent talk of gender equality has only shown just how far from woke you really are. Despite best intentions, the current cultural conversation about feminism continues to perpetuate sexism. From my perspective, I’m already equal and was born that way in 1972. No need to fight about it now. I…

via The subconscious sexism of today’s feminist movement — Quartz

The Munich Security Conference, the Good, Bad and the Ugly

I read a blog commentary on MSC recently, written by a European and it was critical about the assessments of the participants of the conference and the conclusions as this commentary.

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“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.” Otto von Bismark, first Chancellor of the German Empire (1871 to 1890)

I had been planning to do a follow up on the Syrian battle of Idlib, but the siren song of the Munich conference called out to me. Big time geopolitics and standup comedians are a show not to be missed, and this one was full of both.

The stars this year were the Three Stooges, Joe Biden, Netanyahu, and Mike Pence, with an honorable mention for John McCain. Joe Biden won the “Losing your mind” award, for the best senior statesman who demonstrates he has just about everything wrong.

“Good ole’ Joe”, as he is affectionately called here, put on quite a Russophobia show with a long list of Red Horde Horrendous tales. Russia is a “nation in decline”, its “network of partnerships is maintained solely through coercion”…

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Chasing the mystery is contagious

I have created a new page featuring the AncestryDNA results for West Africans from the following countries: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo & Benin. I will create a new section for the remaining part of West Africa (Upper Guinea) shortly. The number of results I have collected so far might be minimal but […]

via “South-Central Hunter-Gatherers” suggestive of remnant West African Pygmy DNA? — Tracing African Roots