No other group of people has faced more persecution in the Jamaican society than the Rasta man. From the Coral Gardens massacre, to the denial of basic social services, to the frivolous charges for ganja possession, to the blatant discrimination and scorn by the larger society, to the destruction of Pinnacle, the Rasta man have truly suffered at the hands of the Jamaican society.
Ironically while Rastas are largely treated with great disdain inside the country, Rastafarianism is also the very basis on which the Jamaican culture is packaged and sold around the world. Jamaicans are known for many things, we excel in many areas and the island is breathtaking but the country is known more for Rastafarianism, ganja and reggae music than any other single thing.
Throughout its existence, Jamaica has experienced numerous revolutions, riots, and various forms of social unrest. These efforts to make a change have created a Jamaican religion called Rastafarianism and with it came a very powerful means of transporting its message: Reggae music. These two forms of expression formed in the context of oppression have contributed greatly to the ideologies, attitudes, beliefs, and actions of the people on the island. The ideology of the Rastas is based on views put forth by leaders, such as Marcus Garvey and Leonard Howell.
Haile Selassie was born Tafari Mekanon in the late 1800's in the African country of Ethiopia. He was crowned king or "Ras" Tafari in the 1930's, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Marcus Garvey decades earlier "look to the east for the coming of a black king." Marcus Garvey is looked at in the Rastafarian movement as the biblical Moses since he was not only one of the greatest advocates for black repatriation in the Western World but also since he prophetically introduced and announced the coming of the Messiah. When the early Rasta's heard of the crowing of King Selassie - they knew that Marcus's prophecy was fulfilled. Rastafarianism emerged as a native religion, a way of life rather, which addressed issues that affected the majority of the black population. Rastafarianism is a call from the people for freedom -- freedom from religious, economic, social, and political domination. Rastafarianism is a religion based on social change, and reggae is the means of spreading these beliefs.
History of Rastafarianism in Jamaica
Early Rastafarians were not accepted by the Jamaican population at large. They were looked at as dirty and grimy men that lived in the hills and used drugs, mainly Ganja, spoke against the government and believed in Jah Rastafari over Jesus. Many early Rastas where persecuted by their Jamaican countrymen for their religious beliefs. Rastas were also targeted by the police and government officials since they did not follow the "clean cut" majority. Early accusations were made against the Rastafarian's in the 30's and 40's as criminals "black heart man". Many robberies, murders, rapes and other crimes were pinned on the early Rastas without any proof. Discrimination continued throughout the ensuing decades as family ties were broken when members joined the Rastafarian movement. The Jamaican police were known to kidnap Rastas, cut their dreadlocks off and return them to their homes with shaved heads. Many of these persecutions were manufactured and supported by the Jamaican government.
Rastas, though, where peace loving, and positive people, who practiced more moral good than many Jamaicans who discriminated against them. Strict Rastafarian's do not use alcohol, they do not eat meat, and they honor their women and love their brothers. These men practiced a lifestyle that is similar to the biblical tradition of the Nazarenes where they would take abstinence against many of life’s pleasures. As the 1950's approached Jamaica - Rastafarianism was becoming more and more popular and soon the Nyabinghi warrior sounds that were being chanted in the hills of the island was making an entry to the city and Jamaican pop culture and soon the world.
Rastas emerge through Reggae
It was through the Reggae music of Jamaica that the Rastafari movement was to spread its message around the world in the form of a musical prophet the world knows as Robert Nesta Marley. Bob Marley began his musical career before he converted to Rastafarian. But it was through his spiritual transformation that his music took a serious shift and headed to the direction of international stardom and associating Jamaica, a little known island in the Caribbean, as being the birthplace of reggae and the birthplace of Marley.
Marley's ability to sing and unite harmonious rhythms of voice, beats and instrument had millions of people wondering if he was indeed sent by Jah to inform the people. Like a messenger from God Marley would sing to his fellow man songs of joy, songs of love, songs of pain, and songs of freedom.
With the infiltration of reggae music by Bob and other followers of the faith such as Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Dennis Brown and many others - the world started to take notice of Jamaica. The Rastas used reggae music as an important means of transporting vital messages. And as the reggae messages crossed international borders, it appealed to many people of all ethnicities because it dealt with themes that cut across all aspects of humanity.
Rastas in present day Jamaica
The Rastafarian religion is widely spread throughout the island today; it has been cited as one of the fastest growing religions among Jamaican youth. The group has grown to include many in the upper echelons of society, lawyers, doctors, those in academia and media. The Rasta image is used all over the world to sell brand Jamaica. No other image is used more than that of Bob Marley. Almost 100% of the memorabilia purchased by tourists on their trip to Jamaica are products associated with the Rasta culture. The Rasta tri-color of red, green and yellow is associated with Jamaica more than the actual colors of the Jamaican flag of green, black and gold.
But, though, Rastas are now ingrained in society, they are now able to attend high schools and they have access to same basic services as any other Jamaican citizen – they are still discriminated against by the larger population. Rastas are still not represented in Jamaica’s political parties and their contributions to the Jamaican culture is still not acknowledged on the scale that it should be, historical sites that mark the birth of the movement is not being preserved and their demand for reparations for social injustice that was carried out in the early years have largely been ignored.
The main goal of this is article is to provoke discussion. Why do we continue to hate these people who have done nothing but preach universal peace and love? Why we have such contempt for the people who promote a natural healthier lifestyle that the world now embraces? Where have they failed us as a people? What have they done that is worthy of continuous discrimination?
I think we need to take a closer look at ourselves as a society because it seems the oppressed have now become the oppressor and the cycle of hatred is a wheel that spins relentlessly until it finds a target. I cannot help but wonder, where will the needle point next?
This is not meant to scare, but I have been yearning to explore this topic, mainly because I never was able to understand this concept even as a child. I remember many times, being sent to the country to spend long summers with my granny, terrified of encountering this image that many of my cousins claim to have seen or been possessed with. Having never seen anything myself, I cannot attest to the validity of this phenomenon and I could not be so presumptuous to assume that these stories are being made up since it appears that this is a worldwide concept (a duppy is a ghost in other cultures). However, I am confused as to why certain humans are capable of seeing or feeling a duppy and others are not. It is widely believed that babies are able to see duppies. However, since babies are unable to clearly articulate and communicate what they see, again I cannot support or refute this argument. Actually, I am more puzzled by the fact that, the humans that seem to be most evil by no stretch of the imagination (murderers, serial killers etc) do not seem to fear and are not affected by duppies. But some people may argue that these people are already possessed by duppies, this is the reason they are so evil.
Interesting facts about duppies...
A). Duppy is a Jamaican Patois word of Northwest African origin meaning ghost or spirit.
B). A duppy can be either the manifestation (in human or animal form) of the soul of a dead person, or a malevolent supernatural being.
C). In Obeah, a person is believed to possess two souls — a good soul and an earthly soul. In death, the good soul goes to heaven to be judged by God, while the earthly spirit remains for three days in the coffin with the body, where it may escape if proper precautions are not taken, and appear as a duppy.
D). Duppies are said to mostly come out and haunt people at night.
E). The "Rolling Calf" (a scary creature said to have chains around its body), "Three footed horse", and "Ol Hige" are examples of more malicious spirits.
F). In many of the islands of the Lesser Antilles, duppies are known as jumbies.
G). Barbados also uses the word duppy, it holds the same meaning as it does in Jamaica.
H). It appears that duppies cannot be photographed or recorded and they seem to really like the color white.
I). Duppies are often depicted as a pale or smoky version of their human form, as skeletons or as rotting corpses.
How to deter duppies...........
Duppies may or may not be a mere figment of the human imagination but the belief comes with very interesting practices that we must all be made aware of. In early 2006, The Jamaican Gleaner published tips on how to deter duppies. Even though I find this list very amusing, common sense dictates that I must share it:
Ways to prevent a duppy from molesting you:
1). If you point at a grave you have to bite your 10 fingers or they will rot.
2). Coming home late at night? Turn around three times at the gate so that the duppy will not follow you in.
3). Duppies do not like light, so leave a light in the bedroom of the 'dead yard'.
4). Duppies cannot count, so you leave 10 coffee beans at the entrance of the room.
5). Duppies do not like salt or water, so leave a bowl of water at the entrance and food cooked with salt.
6). White rum is sprayed by mouth into grave and sometimes used to wash the gravedigger's face.
7). Paint your house a different color.
Ways to prevent a duppy from leaving the body of the deceased:
1). A bowl of salt is placed on the stomach of the deceased.
2). Sprinkle coffee in the grave.
3). Perfume is put on the body so as to be identified if the duppy returns.
4). Money is put in the coffin, and the duppy is instructed to bring back change.
How to prevent a duppy living in an evil person from escaping:
1. This occupation dates back to the time of slavery. Slave masters determined that it was cheaper for slaves to grow their own food. But these industrious slaves would grow enough food to feed their families and sell or barter the rest to their fellow slaves.
2. There were two main categories of higglers: town/urban and country/rural higglers. The urban higgler usually bought produce from the rural higglers or traded their manufactured goods for the latter’s fresh produce. The rural higgler would bring produce from the country to be sold in the urban markets.
3. The vast majority of Jamaican slaves came from West Africa where markets were highly developed, and where women were predominantly the marketers.
4. Market day was customarily held on Sunday so as not to interfere with estate cultivation, and the first markets developed in port towns such as Montego Bay, Lucea, Falmouth, Black River, Savanna-la-Mar, as well as inland towns like Brown's Town and Chapelton.
5. In addition to being their place of work, markets also served as social center for the slaves. They used this opportunity to communicate freely with each other, a privilege that would have been otherwise denied by their owners.
6. Over the years, the higglering trade expanded. No longer did higglers remain in one place to peddle their goods, but they also traveled to other places in Jamaica to sell their goods.
7. This expansion proved to be a threat to the established white tradesmen as the slave higglers provided much competition for them. Therefore, several pieces of legislation were passed which restricted the sale of goods by the slave higglers. Some laws restricted the hours of trading in the established market; others dictated that higglers obtain licenses for trading. As time passed the measures became more rigid which climaxed in the passing of legislation in 1834 which banned the selling of goods on Sundays which resulted in the discontinuation of Sunday Markets.
8. During the post-emancipation period, there seemed to have been an increase in the number of higglers in the island. This was mainly due to the fact that it was one of the few jobs the newly-freed slaves knew how to do, outside of farming.
9. Higglering is still a thriving business in Jamaica and it still maintains some of the characteristics of the trade from the time of slavery. The trade still is a very important component in Jamaica’s economy; it is still dominated by women and there are still common spaces in which the trade is carried out. Higglers now do not only sell agricultural produce, but a whole range of products including clothing, accessories and household items.
10. Those that travel overseas to procure these items are referred to as Informal Commercial Importers (ICIs). Several of them have managed to work their way into communities which were traditionally occupied by middle and upper class persons. They drive expensive vehicles and live a life that is superior to many.
Big up to the Jamaican higgler everytime, though given no credit for their contribution, higglers alone have supported and sustained our society.
Today, the 10th day of December 2013, Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest and FJN would like to honor the life and legacy of THE HONORABLE NELSON MANDELA.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18th, 1918 – 5 December 5th, 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was not born with the name Nelson, but with his African name Rolihlahla , which literally means –pulling the branch of a tree, or in its colloquial sense 'troublemaker'.
Nelson Mandela along with many other black activists including Ahmed Kathrada, fought passively against apartheid for many years. In one protest against apartheid Mandela publicly burnt his 'pass'. Working with the African National Council Nelson Mandela apartheid efforts increased and he himself began to realize that passive resistance was not winning the fight. Plans were made to bomb places of significance to apartheid, but these were always planned to avoid anyone being hurt or killed. Nelson Mandela was tried for treason and at one stage was acquitted. But in 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Under apartheid Mandela served nearly 27 years in prison but he never gave up the fight. When Mandela was imprisoned at Robben Island he continued his work and teachings. In South Africa and around the world, Nelson Mandela's anti-apartheid messages gained in popularity.
After his release from prison in 1990 Nelson Mandela went on to become president of South Africa. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. As a leader and a peacemaker Nelson Mandela was the leading force in the battle against apartheid. There is probably no one who has done so much to end the rule of apartheid as Nelson Mandela. He has been the voice of the people and made the message heard right around the world. Certainly Mandela did not act alone but his voice and actions held real power and the battle was eventually won.
Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.
In Afrikaans apartheid means 'separateness'. In South Africa it grew to be a system of governance that discriminated against black South Africans. From 1948 until early 1994 Apartheid was made law in South Africa, even though it is considered to have been a violation of international law. The idea of 'grand apartheid' was essentially one of political separation, while 'petty apartheid' had more to do with segregation.
People in South Africa were segregated into categories of white, black, Colored, Indian (or Asian). In 1958 Blacks were deprived of their citizenship. There were separate schools, buses, shops and hospitals for blacks and colored people and the services available were well under the standard provided for the minority whites. Passes had to be carried by all black men and they were not allowed to leave their own district without a pass. Even laws were different. A black man found raping a white woman for example could expect years in prison, whereas a white man raping a black woman would probably be charged a small fine.
The life of Nelson Mandela is without a doubt a fascinating one. Fewer men in history have done so much in the name of equality, freedom and peace. He was, and is, a powerful and peaceful man. Mandela is a man who stood firm and took his country from the extremes of apartheid through to democracy. For this he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1993). He has achieved more than this though. Nelson Mandela has received more than 250 awards that are in every way honorable. Keys to cities and honorary degrees are among them, along with the peace prize.
With all the awards and honorary degrees and accolades, the Nelson Mandela achievements have been many, certainly more than most men would achieve in a life time. From a young boy, schooled for royalty, to political activist, to prisoner, to President, to honored scholar and statesman Nelson Rolihlahla has done so much for the world and will go down as one of history’s greatest men. It is little wonder that July 18 (his birthday) has been named as 'Mandela Day'. His contribution to the world has been great indeed.
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It is tragic that most of the black population in the West and the Caribbean (despite having descended from Africa) have never actually visited Africa and most likely will not; but are so brainwashed by the system that they have become the main opponents to the very practices that has its roots in their own history. When we think of Africa, images of famine, poverty, sickness, and war are embedded in our minds. “AIDS,” “Tribal Warfare,” and “Chaos” are the associative key terms that remain in our thoughts. Most people don’t realize how these concepts have become part of our lives. All of our negative perceptions of Africa have come from colonial history, literature, and the media. These sources have managed to demoralize and demonize all things that originate from Africa. These are just some of the common misconceptions about Africa:
Africa is mostly jungle and desert
Firstly, there is no actual difference between a forest and a jungle other the fact that the former is used to depict some sort of paradise somewhere in North America or Europe and the latter is used to describe a barbaric place somewhere in Africa. The way in which the words are used is a deliberate attempt to create a negative image of all things black or African. Secondly, the physical geography of Africa is as diverse as the people who live there. Africa is a continent of astounding ecological and geographic diversity. Africa’s geography includes high snowy mountains, rich tropical forest, open grassland, mixed savanna (grasslands and trees), pine forests, and temperate climates. Think of any climate in the world (except Antarctica), and you can most definitely find it somewhere in Africa.
African Ankh Cross Represents Evil
When the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed to have had a vision of death outside the walls of Jerusalem he made the symbol of punishment and death (the cross) synonymous with Christianity; Constantine's cross was made from a sword and a spear, a sign that a soldier could make, and non-Christians and later even Christians have learned to hate and fear the brutality that was associated with this symbol for over a thousand years. Fast forward to today, the African Ankh Cross for many blacks represent a symbol of evil, some even associate the symbol with devil worship. However, the true meaning of the African Ankh Cross is life (immortality) and death, male and female, balance. It can also represent zest, joy of life, and energy. It's closely related to the looped cross that can mean fertility and life. The Ancient Egyptians used the African Ankh Cross to stand for a word meaning life. It is also called crux ansata, Latin for cross-with-a-handle. I wear my African Ankh Cross with pride, and quite surprisingly white people generally tend to admire and acknowledge the true meaning of the African Ankh Cross but black people do not.
African Voodoo is Devil Worship
Despite the negative perception of Voodoo in most people's minds, many of these stereotypes have nothing to do with Voodoo. Voodoo originated in the African kingdoms of Fon and Kongo as many as 6,000 years ago. The word "Voodoo" comes from the Fon language, in which it means "sacred," "spirit" or "deity." Many of its rituals, even those that include the sacrifice of live animals, focus on respect and peace. Its religious leaders become community leaders, providing guidance and settling disputes. Leaders also frequently provide medical care in the form of folk medicine. Priests, priestesses and other practitioners typically dedicate their work to helping and caring for others. Voodoo is not only practiced in Africa but also in the Caribbean (Jamaica and Haiti) and parts of North America. Its followers believe in the power of their ancestors, but as with all popular religions some of its followers portray some element of the supernatural. However, common sense would dictate that if Voodoo could in-fact do what we have been led to believe that it does, every slave would have walking around with a rag doll. “We greatly fear the things we do not understand”.
Africans are uneducated and their religion is primitive
Although access to education is often limited in numerous countries in Africa due to the cost of school fees, uniforms, and school supplies, there are countless numbers of highly educated people living in Africa. In fact, according to the 2000 US census, immigrants born in Africa have the highest level of educational attainment in America when compared to other immigrant groups - 49% of African immigrants to the United States age 25 years and older possess a BA or higher compared with nearly 33% of Europeans, 45% of Asians, 6% of Central Americans, and 25% of South Americans. Africans are widely considered as people with inferior forms of religion and logic, earlier researchers and missionaries portrayed African religion as primitive and barbaric and ridiculed them tremendously. On the contrary, the traditional religions of Africa are human in the deepest sense, because they focus on people and their everyday problems.
Africa is Poor
Africa is actually one the wealthiest continents in the world in terms of natural resources. Many countries in Africa contain rich reserves of valuable minerals like coltan, diamonds, gold, and bauxite, as well as other valuable commodities like oil, gas, and timber. With such an abundance of resources, the people of Africa should be among the richest in the world. While there are many wealthy people living on the African continent, this wealth has not historically translated into better living conditions for the average African person. There are numerous reasons for this including colonization, corruption, armed conflict or rebellion, as well as the policies of international financial institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Fast forward to today - Africa’s economy is growing faster than the economies of every other continent, and about one-third of Africa’s 54 nations have a yearly gain in gross domestic product of more than 6 percent. From Ghana in the west to Mozambique in the south, Africa's economies are consistently growing faster than those of almost any other in the world. At least a dozen have expanded by more than 6% a year for six or more years. For example Ethiopia will grow by 7.5% this year, without a drop of oil to export. Once a byword for famine, it is now the world's tenth-largest producer of livestock. Acording to demographers, economists and industrial and agricultural experts all over the world -Africa possesses all the ingredients to be the planet’s dominant economic engine for decades (perhaps the entire 21st century). Those ingredients are already lifting a continent once ignored by all but novelists and revolutionaries into the big leagues of global economic dynamism.
“Her $3 billion fortune makes Oprah Winfrey the wealthiest black person in America, a position she has held for years. But she is no longer the richest black person in the world. That honor now goes to Aliko Dangote, the Nigerian cement king. Critics argue that Aliko is too close to the country's soiled political class, nonetheless his $10 billion fortune is money earned, not expropriated. “
Read about an Afican American experience in Zinbabwehttp://abocww.com/aboc-personal-stories/the-story-of-an-african-american-in-zimbabwe/
Read about the growing economy in Africa
1) 10 False Perceptions About Africa (www.getloud.com)
2)The Sun Shines Bright (www.economist.com)
3). American Perceptions of Africa Based on Media Representations (Jamie B. Wallace)
1. Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean, after the Dominican Republic and Cuba, which is the largest. And it has the second longest coastline in the Caribbean after Cuba; 1.100 miles. Over 70% of its beaches are still virgin.
2. Haiti makes up one third of the island of Hispaniola, the other two thirds of this island is the Dominican Republic. Haiti occupied the Dominican Republic for 22 years. From 1822 to 1844, holding the entire Island of Hispaniola under Its jurisdiction. Today's Dominican Republic was called Spanish Haiti at the time.
3. Haiti has a population of 9.8 million, 95% of Haiti’s population is black.
4. Haiti is the first country in the Western Hemisphere to abolished slavery; it would take the United States of America another 65 years to follow suit. And it was the second country in the world to issue a Declaration of Independence, only 33 years after the United States of America.
5. Haiti is the first and only country in the history of mankind whose independence is the result of a successful slave rebellion.
6. Haiti is the first Black Republic in the World.
7. For 4 centuries, 15th -19th century, the world's top 3 major super powers were in war with each other to have control of Haiti for its geographical position. Spain, France and England.
8. Haiti is the first and only Black Nation to have successfully defeated a major world power in a war; under the command of Jean Jacques Dessalines, Haiti defeated the world mightiest army at the time, France's; on November 18th 1803 after 14 years of battle.
9. Upon Independence, Haiti became the first country in the American Continent to constitutionally grant all It’s citizen full rights regardless of gender or race.
10. While Haiti is the only country where Voodoo is recognized as a religion, it is practiced alongside Christianity – 80% of Haitians are Roman Catholic, 16% are Protestant and 4% practice other religions.
Haitians continue to suffer because they had the audacity to fight for their freedom. They were audacious enough to defeat France and keep England and Spain off their shores. And still were too presumptuous because they spread the demand for freedom of black people in North America and throughout the Caribbean.
HAITI WILL RISE AGAIN
We nah sell out, join us and save goat island
Please read this great article and educate yourself about this important issue that currently faces our country.
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The Jamaica Labor party vs. the People’s National Party – Is there any real difference? Let’s examine the evidence carefully:
Out of One Family
In summary, though it can be argued that there are in fact certain glaring differences in the operation of two parties such as Foreign Policy for example, I am of the opinion that they are more similarities than there are differences and this unfortunately puts me among the large section of the population that for obvious reasons do not participate in the political process.
National Integrity Action (NIA) is a not-for-profit organization that was launched in December 2011 with the objective of combating corruption in Jamaica on a non-partisan basis.
"Corruption is when either power or position is misused for personal profit, and can take place in both private and public sector. Examples of corruption include bribery, coercion, nepotism, bid-rigging and electoral fraud."
"Corruption destabilizes our society. It causes people to live in fear, undermines government and democracy, and impedes development and order."
Jamaica is among the few remaining countries where the evil and morally corrupt are allowed to walk free. Our corrupt officials retire wealthy and live luxurious lives overseas. And if the top of the river is dirty, the shit just flows downstream. Therefore the government, political parties, ministries, agencies and police force, sad to say, are all engage in corruption in some form or another.
Have you ever been stopped by a cop who asks you "What can you do for yourself?" - Blatant Bribery. I am not going to write a long article on this topic. Frankly, if you have lived in Jamaica you know damn well what goes on here. And if you don't know, see the documentary above.
A friend recently asked me if I believe in "carma". She said that evil people do eventually meet a bitter and sad end. I told her that as long as Bruce and Eddie are alive and well, as long as Bustamante is hailed as a national hero and Tacky is not, as long as Garvey is on our books as a criminal and Jamaica continues to recycle the politicians responsible for the widespread violence in our country - No, I don't believe in "carma"at all.
Please visit NIAJamaica.org, educate yourself and support this worthy cause. It is up to us to save our country.
Why is the IMF being considered as an option for Jamaica after everything this country has been through with the IMF? Jamaica is certainly not the exception, many third world countries including nearby Haiti, Russia and many countries in Africa have had their nearly self sufficient economies destroyed by the IMF and the World Bank. It is an evil strategy to keep the rich countries rich and the poor countries poorer. Neoimperialism in its purest and most destructive form.
If you haven't already done so please click the link provided above and watch the film "Life and Debt" , please educate yourself about the IMF and its negative impact on our country. This documentary was freely available on YouTube until recently, it is now being offered for $2.99. Not only is this a worthwhile investment in your own awareness and education but the producers deserve to earn some revenue from this great work. However, if you are Mr. or Mrs. Thrifty, you can certainly watch the many excerpts that are available on YouTube. If you are too damn lazy to even do that, read some of the important points highlighted in the film below:
But, I do not place blame on these people. They are business men, doing what business men do -make money under the guise of helping society. Business people all over the world are doing the exact same thing. However, I just do not understand what our leaders are thinking? Or just how much they really are not thinking at all? We put these people in power to represent us on the world stage and protect our interests. But the problem is due to the fact that our country is still being led largely by a group of corrupt greedy "assholes". You have to be an individual with the absolute lowest level of integrity and morality to subscribe to the type of greed and corruption that exists in our government.
And yet we remain powerless to do anything about it.
This is a page of protest against all forces that threaten the freedom of our people at home and abroad. We will not allow the media to condition our minds and influence our actions. We demand "Emancipation from Mental Slavery".