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 … Continue reading Eye witness accounts of events at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, by Amelia Frank-Vitale
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 … Continue reading First World Problems, Third World Mentality, by Dr. Yaw Berko
What if I told you I am afraid to attend church services in America today! With the Sutherland Springs and Charleston church massacres, I am now afraid of being shot in church, you would definitely say Yaw is that not an overgeneralisation? And I would agree with you because the vast majority of Christian Evangelicals … Continue reading When Ignorance dares!! By Dr. Yaw Berko
As any self respecting Baltimore resident I sometimes see business deals in terms of street culture. I must admit though that I am no expert in street culture however a conversation that I had with a Baltimore Street homeboy who claims to have personally known the real Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale the inspiration for the street … Continue reading What can the Saudi Crown Prince learn from Russell Bell?
A recent World Health Organization ranking of the world's health systems puts the United States at number 37 between Costa Rica at 36 and Slovenia, first lady Melania Trump's birth country at number 38. This situation is all the more surprising since the United States spends more than twice as much per capita for health … Continue reading Why the US ranks so low in WHO (World Health Organization) Health System Rankings?
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 … Continue reading Black Brother, are you safe?
In a prior post I had dreamed of claiming my gun which I rightfully acquired as a citizen of this great nation. Unfortunately life always just appears to get in the way of the greatest ideas and like all great ideas that fateful journey to Arkansas for my gun has still not materialized. However, for … Continue reading How can we keep our friends and families safer whilst protecting the Second Amendment?
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 … Continue reading The Joys and Perils of Free Speech, is it really worth it?
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 … Continue reading Homo sapiens blackus a new human species. How must we handle this new species?
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 … Continue reading Can a person be prejudiced against their own racial group?
Whilst boarding school in Ghana for me was mostly fun that was not all that I experienced in Mfantsipim School, one of the oldest schools in Ghana. My first 3 years in boarding school as a junior boy was fraught with many experiences that could well give Tom Brown's School Days a run for its … Continue reading Why the oppressed need to keep silent so passive supporters of oppression do not feel uncomfortable.
Before I came to America I was made to believe that America was this “melting pot” of people from all over the world. A huge successful experiment where people from all walks of life and continents who value American culture and ethos emigrate to and become American, whilst at the same time maintaining their unique … Continue reading Why I now use sign language in public !!
After more than 2 centuries of slavery progress towards equity and equality has always been challenging for African Americans, progress always seems to be followed by significant periods or retrogression. This situation can sometimes leave most black people wondering if progress towards racial equality was really worth the effort. The election of President Trump in-spite … Continue reading Why STARBUCKS does not need to apologize to African Americans
Hepatitis C is a global disease with an estimated prevalence rate of about 2.8% worldwide. There are however significant variations in the prevalence rate by country with most low and middle income countries bearing the bulk of the disease burden. Countries with the highest Hepatitis C prevalence ≥5% include Egypt 4.4-15.0%, Gabon 4.9-11.2%, Uzbekistan 11.3%, … Continue reading Global elimination of Hepatitis C, is it achievable with current available technology ?
I recently read that America has about 270 - 310 million guns, and with a population estimate of 310 million, that is almost as many guns as for every man, woman and child in this country. That got me thinking and I eventually came to the conclusion that as an adult male who officially became a … Continue reading Where is my gun ? American democracy and the 2nd Amendment
Gun violence in the USA and road traffic accidents in Ghana share one thing in common both countries have decided to leave their respective problems in the hand of God. In the past 2 weeks I have been reminded of these two problems by events that brought these age-old problems into the public view. On … Continue reading UNSAFE ROADS IN GHANA AND GUNS IN USA, LET’S LEAVE THE SOLUTION IN GOD’S HANDS!!
Over the years laws on cannabis use have changed. Most of these changes were not based on any strong levels of evidence but were based on social perception. In this article I seek to highlight some of the issues associated with these changes and address the potential benefits of more liberal legislation on cannabis.
President Trump declared a National Public Health Emergency this week; in his statement from the Whitehouse he was not talking about HIV or Hepatitis C nor was he referring to the increased incidence of gun violence in the country. The President’s statements focused on a very different Public Health problem, he was talking about America’s high incidence … Continue reading THE OPIOID CRISIS IN AMERICA TODAY – WHAT MUST WE DO AS A NATION ?
Current reports from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) suggest that the United States is second on the list of countries with the highest per capita consumption of opioids. Data from 2014 quotes U.S. use of opiates at 700 mg per capita per year. The only country that has a higher per capita use is … Continue reading AMERICA’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH PRESCRIPTION PAIN PILLS
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin introduced the Dream Act in Congress in 2001 due to a story told him by a music teacher about the life of Tereza Lee a Korean girl whose parents had come to the US from Korea through Brazil. This bill unfortunately fell victim to what happens to all of us; life. … Continue reading WORDS CAN KILL, AND DO KILL – THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE DREAM ACT (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS)