Golden Crown

Crowns at the Golden Globe Awards

Viola Davis

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

[Her crown looks better than mine. BBC managed to miss her, but not Houston Magic…] Continue reading

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Back to the Essence

Black Fashion History: Ten Fave Essence Magazine Covers ...A snark intro, because I tired out looking at what passes for Black media nowadays. Too many white girls in way too many adverts, nonsense stories and black character assassination pieces, were the near death of Black magazines in Europe. No mention of Essence anywhere. It had become a discount magazine. It is so ridiculously easy for it to become the main Black style magazine that missing the mark must have taken quite some effort. (They should have hired me, but they didn’t.) I wish them better than what they had become. Even my nemesies at NYT are rooting for them. Enough with the snark. It is a good first step, but we need more. A whole line of mainstream and nerdy Black-owned magazines in the stores. A line of different faces staring back at the very people trying to ignore us. Go for it!

With Sale, Essence Is Once Again a Fully Black-Owned Magazine

By SANDRA E. GARCIA, JAN. 3, 2018, NYT [Edited]

With the sale of Essence magazine to a personal-care products mogul, Richelieu Dennis, the publication is once again fully Black-owned for the first time since 2000.

For the first time in nearly two decades, Essence magazine is once again a fully Black-owned publication. Continue reading

Panama Elite

Panamá despliega 300 nuevos agentes de elite para reforzar ...Panama – The Oligarchy under Fire

In the mid-1960s, the oligarchy was still tenuously in charge of Panama’s political system. Members of the middle class, consisting largely of teachers and government workers, occasionally gained political prominence. Aspiring to upper-class stations, they failed to unite with the lower classes to displace the oligarchy. Students were the most vocal element of the middle class and the group most disposed to speak for the uneducated poor; as graduates, however, they were generally coopted by the system.

A great chasm separated the rural section from the urban population of the two major cities. Only the rural wageworkers, concentrated in the provinces of Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí, appeared to follow events in the capital and to express themselves on issues of national policy. Among the urban lower classes, antagonism between the Spanish speakers and the English- and French-speaking African American and African Caribbean people inhibited organization in pursuit of common interests. Continue reading

Panama Society

Panama – The Society and Its Environment

PANAMANIAN SOCIETY OF the 1980s reflected the country’s unusual geographical position as a transit zone. Panama’s role as a crossing point had long subjected the isthmus to a variety of outside influences not typically associated with Central and South-America. The population included Asian, European, North American and Middle Eastern immigrants and their offspring, who came to Panama to take advantage of the commercial opportunities connected with the Panama Canal.

African Antilleans, descendants of African Caribbean laborers who worked on the construction of the canal, formed the largest single minority group; as English-speaking diverse group, they were set apart from the majority by both language and religion. Tribal Indians, often isolated from the larger society, constituted roughly 5 percent of the population in the 1980s. They were distinguished by language, their indigenous belief systems, and a variety of other cultural practices. Continue reading

Jamaica Policy

Flippa Mafia / Moggla, Busted In International Drug RingThe Drug trade and Jamaica’s national security
From Davor Bailey, 2013 (Edited)

In order to assess the notion that illegal drug trafficking or trade poses a security threat, we must first define what exactly illegal drug trade is and what security is.

The illegal drug trade is a global black market, dedicated to cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of those substances which are subject to drug prohibition laws. (drugrehab.co.uk)

As for security, traditional realism views it purely in the military sense; however with the closer of the cold war, there as arisen some criticism to this view. What has occurred as a result is a shift from this narrow perception of security to a more multidimensional and expanded concept; what is known a neo-realism. Continue reading

Intelligence Boosting News

Cuba Hopes Trump Keeps Cooperation Efforts against Drug ...DEA’s Latin ‘takedown’ boosted by dubious figures
BY LENNY SAVINO, The Miami Herald, February 1, 2001

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Drug Enforcement Administration used suspect figures to tout the success of a 36-nation “major takedown” of drug traffickers in the Caribbean and Latin America last fall, according to an examination of the operation.

The DEA’s scorecard on “Operation Libertador” reported 2,876 arrests, but agency officials could not provide evidence to support hundreds of them. Hundreds more were routine busts for marijuana possession, and some drug eradication figures were double-counts of a State Department program to burn marijuana plants. And while the DEA said $30.2 million in criminal assets were seized during Libertador, $30 million of that was confiscated four weeks before the operation began. Continue reading

News From Intelligence

 17 Best images about Drug Trafficking on Pinterest | The ...DEA Congressional Testimony
May 15, 2001 [Excerpt]

Statement by: Donnie R. Marshall
Administrator
Drug Enforcement Administration

Before the: Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

Date: May 15, 2001

Note: This document may not reflect changes made in actual delivery.

Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Biden, distinguished members of the Caucus: I am pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you today to discuss DEA’s strategy and role in combating drugs moving through the Transit Zone destined for the United States.

DEA’s primary function as an investigative law enforcement agency is to identify and dismantle the world’s most sophisticated drug distribution organizations. DEA’s role in interdiction efforts is crucial since the intelligence gained from these operations often provides the information needed to unveil the depth and magnitude of a drug trafficking organization’s abilities and intentions. Continue reading