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The Symbol of Renewed White Identity and Common Purpose ?

A post on the xenophobic attitudes in Western societies today with a focus on the most recent New Zealand mosque attacks. The ray of hope offered by the New Zealand leadership and people was used in this feature as well as the reference to Donald Trump as a symbol of hope for a common purpose of whites.

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It’s not all about sex and drug use, it’s just life !!

It is not the drug addicts fault that he or she needs to get a fix to just feel normal. Nor is it the fault of a young man that he has gonorrhea. And then what about that guy who gets shot in the belly over a drug deal gone bad. In an ideal world […]

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WHEN PERSPECTIVE MATTERS! BY DR. YAW BERKO

I look at my life currently and proclaim that truly, America is the greatest country on Earth! I firmly believe my story is only possible in the United States of America! I also give due recognition that I work hard for what I am now. I live in an upper middle class neighbourhood. I am […]

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Eye witness accounts of events at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, by Amelia Frank-Vitale

These are the words of an anthropologist friend of mine – who has been traveling from Honduras with the caravan – regarding events at the Souther border over the weekend. No media news spin here: “Today was heartbreaking. My own country, the one with the most powerful military in the world, used that power to […]

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First World Problems, Third World Mentality, by Dr. Yaw Berko

I usually buy gas at Costco, and have established some rapport with most of the attendants at the gas pumps. There is this elderly gentleman I always chat with! He is retired and does this not for the money, but to while away the time! Last week as I was filling my gas tank, he […]

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English? Sil vous plait!!, by Dr. Yaw Berko

These days when I hear people say; “I love your accent, where is it from?” I wonder if I should say “thank you” or run for my passport just in case ICE will be in pursuit soon. My English is as good as my genetics will allow (you see both of my parents come from […]

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Shithole Folklore: The Tortoise the rope plant and the beautiful bird, by Dr. Yaw Berko

In Election year 2016, forty-two percent of Americans did not vote, a significant proportion of them like myself were recent immigrants from “shithole” countries! I guess most of them believed their votes won’t matter or sway anything here in the United States of America! Before they make any such fatal decisions not to vote on […]

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Black Brother, are you safe?

For me my most favorite place in this world is my home, this does not hold true for my son though; he loves hotels. A few days ago I got the shock of my life. My whole world was turned upside down. As a black man in the US your safety is always a big […]

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Secularism and Separation of Church from State; where do we draw the line? by Dr. Leonard Sowah

My country of birth has been described as one of the most religious countries in the world. This is a crown that most Ghanaians wear proudly, whilst others would gladly avoid any mention of that.  On that account one can understand why an elected president of Ghana would consider building a national cathedral to be […]

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The Joys and Perils of Free Speech, is it really worth it?

More than 20 years ago I entered University of Ghana as a preme student in the Faculty of Science. One important thing about having the opportunity to spend time on the University Campus rather than starting right out in the medical school in Accra was the opportunity afforded us to interact with students pursuing other […]

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Thinking Outside The Box When There is No Box

I have been very lucky when it come to religious education. I grew up in the Anglican Church; actually my elementary education was in a school affiliated with the Church. In those days we would all march to the church on Ash Wednesday to get the grey black crosses on our foreheads after school assembly. […]

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Homo sapiens blackus a new human species. How must we handle this new species?

It has become abundantly clear to me that black people in America belong to a different subspecies of Homo sapiens! I have grouped them into a subspecies Homo sapiens blackus, and in my case Sub Subspecies Homo sapiens blackus shitus! How else can anyone explain the spate of calls that are made to cops about […]

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The Bible and Sexuality in Ghana, how does one address the controversies?

A part of the New Testament, John 8:7 actually suggests …..“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.”… This was after an adulterer was accused and brought to Jesus. In 1 Cor 4:5. Luke 6:37, Matthew 7:1 and James 4:11, Romans 2:1, 14:10, 14:13 Christians are advised and […]

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General Robert E Lee, did he shape American history or has this country shaped his legacy?

In the past few years there have been many protests and struggles across this country surrounding the fate of several monuments depicting confederate leaders.  One such protest which occurred in the Summer of 2017 was the Unite the Right Protest in Charlottesville, VA. Unfortunately this protest cost 3 lives including that of 32 year old […]

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Can a person be prejudiced against their own racial group?

Living in the  great multi-cultural society, which is today’s America is an opportunity that I have grown to love and cherish. I love the fact that when I step out on the streets I could be interacting with individuals whose gene pool could easily span the whole global realm known to man. This in itself […]

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The struggle for a new America

On a flight back home from Seattle, Washington last month I had a conversation with the lady seated next to me about the political situation in America today.  She happens to be white and since I am black man and happened to live in Baltimore I believe it was only natural that issues related to […]

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Let’s talk to our elderly patients about their sex lives.

He was referred to me by a colleague with a large geriatric practice for evaluation and treatment for HIV. He was 76 years old and lived in an assisted living facility. He was, however, very independent and only required limited assistance. When asked what he expected from the visit he responded that he had been […]