"Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals. We have in – in Egypt a Muslim Brotherhood president...."
With those words, spoken Monday night by President Barack Obama's Republican challenger Mitt Romney just 40 seconds in the last of three debates, Africa was placed at the center of U.S. foreign policy and international security.
The second Presidential Debate of 2012 has passed and, thus, voters have a clearer portrait of what President Obama himself said are "fundamentally different visions" between he and Gov. Mitt Romney about "how we move our country forward."
The Rev. C.L. Bryant, creator of the independent film "Runaway Slave" states, "Even though President Obama was more animated in this debate, it was still clear that Governor Romney would be a better commander in chief. His worldview will restore American swagger."
Bullying is not a new phenomenon. There have always been bullies in school settings. But bullying is not a rite-of-passage. It is learned behavior that is neither acceptable nor justifiable. If not addressed immediately and appropriately, bullying can have fatal and unintended results. Now is the time for the community to come together and act.
The affirmative action program at the University of Texas now under review by the United States Supreme Court should not be looked at in isolation. As Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote in Grutter V. Bollinger, an affirmative action case involving the University of Michigan, "context matters when reviewing race-based governmental action under the Equal Protection Clause."
Leslie is a normal 16-year-old teenager. She is full of energy and life, but her effervescent personality tends to subside at times because she is always walking around with puffy eyes and a runny noise. When I asked her about this problem, she explained that it was par for the course, a condition she has accepted.
Curious and wanting to know more, I asked Leslie about her diet and how she feels after eating certain foods. She confirmed my suspicion – that her puffy eyes and runny nose manifest after eating common foods that we tend to enjoy every day.
Although many Americans are living longer, a new public policy analysis reveals that a disproportionate number of older people are also living in poverty – particularly if they are a person of color.
According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, Social Security keeps about 30 percent of older African Americans and Hispanics from retirement poverty. Yet another 20 percent of these two ethnicities at ages 65 or older, live in poverty at a rate that is double that for whites.
When the presidential debate dust finally settles, President Obama and GOP Presidential foe Mitt Romney will have spent a grand total of four and one half hours battering each other on who can do the best or worst job on tax reform, job creation, deficit reduction, staunching Iran's nukes, and getting a grip on Middle East affairs.