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A Critique of the American Justice System Pertaining to Race

Rahul D. Manchanda, Esq.

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The most painful lesson a minority can experience is when he comes face to face with the American justice system, whether it be the criminal, family, or civil courts, or the law enforcement agencies which often times feed them by dragging minorities before them.

It is only when the racial/religious minority enters that system, at whatever age, does he realize that in America, which was built on a legacy of slavery and indentured servitude, he is only a fraction of a human or citizen in the institutionalized eyes of the law.

Slavery was only abolished in the United States in 1865, while the Civil Rights Act (otherwise known as Title VII) was only enacted in 1964.

So in essence this country only granted the rights (or perception) that all men are equal in the eyes of the law roughly 50 years ago, barely enough for 2 generations of Americans, and only 150 years since racial/religious minorities were literally enslaved and were not even considered human by their white European colonizers/owners.

Therefore it should come as no surprise that the United States does indeed have a deeply entrenched race problem, where it can be hidden in the restaurants, bars, social circles, places of employment, universities, and other places where different races meet and congregate, but behind closed doors, white America still has not fully grasped the fact that non-white, non-European based people, are fully and 100% human as well.

Because of this deep-seated prejudice (if not hatred), and since the majority of law enforcement personnel and the courts are staffed with European-descended white Americans, and because of the common law based judicial made law that exists in this country, whenever there is any doubt about the guilt or innocence of the minority, this system almost always goes against that minority, and all of this is committed under the color of law and authority, fully legal, and in the vast majority of cases, the lies often become the truth.

Even within inter-racial relationships, where one party is white, and the other is not, that white individual will nearly always carry some remnant (however minuscule) that their partner is not fully human, and therefore can not fully be respected, so if a relationship goes sour, or if an argument takes place, rather than respect the other party to work through it, the vast majority of white partners in that relationship will simply throw up their hands up and declare that it is not worth fixing anyway.

Why do they do that?

Well, because it is not possible to fully love and respect a “non-human” as an equal, deserving full respect normally accorded to a fully fledged, 100%, white human being.

And this is the saddest part of the truth, and a lesson purposefully not taught in nursery, grammar, grade, high school, or even college, where teachers hope for a better future, or don’t want to ruin their pupil’s hopes in their own future.

In fact the exact opposite is taught, that all are equal in the eyes of the American Justice System, like the fables of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, until that minority is one day shaken down to their very core, usually because of his experiences in the icy, cruel, sadistic, soul-less American Justice System, as described above.

There is unfortunately no quick fix to this problem – and sadly it will go on for as long as it can run its course, but the fundamental truth must be acknowledged – that America was built and assembled on the skulls and bones of the minority races, whatever their hue or religion, and white European based Americans were the ones who stood on top of them.

This inherent, institutionalized racism and discrimination goes to the very core and fabric of this country, and this is why so many minorities who come to these shores, looking for a better life, are so invariably heartbroken when they discover these eternal truths.

That they will always be an outsider.

That they will never be able to fully develop true friendships or real love affairs with their fellow white citizenry, and that if ever there should be a disagreement or a conflict with one of them, at the end of the day, in the final analysis, the minority will always lose the battle, especially within the American justice system, normally without fail.

If you are in a court room with one of your white American counterparts, very often you will see the judge rule against you on nearly everything (denied motions, ex parte petitions granted in your absence, contempt motions against you freely signed and handed down against you by the judge while yours go unnoticed, unsigned, or disregarded, your opposition afforded rights and privileges not given to you, your opposition being tutored and counseled by the judge himself on how to defeat you, issues of doubt nearly always resolved in your opposition’s favor, and other small but aggregated acts of institutionalized discrimination).

To that end, even if you are correct on the facts and law, the American justice system, given enough time and delay, will nearly always find you in the wrong.

In the criminal courts this means jail time, probation, sanctions, and other horrific punishments, and in the civil system, this means bankruptcy, loss of money and property, loss of funds and livelihood, or other destructive edicts.

In the family court system, this means that you will most probably lose your own children even if you are the better parent, have them abducted and kid-napped right in front of you under the color law and authority, and you are rendered completely and utterly powerless to do anything about it.

The American police are also part of the problem, but what they make up for in a general lack of education in the law on par with the judges ruling the courtrooms, they make up for in their brutal power to arrest, beat, detain, harass, surveillance, set you up with dishonest informants, eavesdrop, lie, cheat and steal in order to destroy your life.

God forbid you are a minority and the police are white Americans, because they will also, under the color of law and authority, engage in the above acts which are far worse and less respectful of your inalienable civil liberties and human rights than a judge could ever be.

Unfortunately, even if the minority is an Attorney, litigant or defendant in the American justice system, born optimistic, driven, ambitious, highly organized, intelligent, and resourceful, he must finally acknowledge that there is no true real justice in America if you are a racial or religious non-white minority in the United States of America.

This is why 1/3 of all blacks, 1/6 of all latinos and 1/5 of all other racial and religious minorities have found themselves in jail, behind bars, or financially ruined, in this country.

The American Justice System is at its current state, a lost cause if you are not a white European based person.

And it is a nightmare if you are not.

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Venezuelan refugee crisis and how it is altering the surrounding regions

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Venezuela’s migration crisis has been in the news lately and recent UN polls show that nearly 2.3 million have already migrated from their homeland over the past few years. However, other estimates show a figure closer to four million Venezuelan immigrants.

This crisis is rapidly sinking its claws in the neighbouring countries and if the amount of people migrating keeps increasing, it might become the worst man-made disasters since the First and Second World Wars after the Syrian refugee crisis. The Syrian crisis gave birth to more than six million refugees, and although the number here is still around half of that toll, the Venezuelan crisis doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The inflation over there is nearly a million percent – a number so absurd that the common people around the world are not able to even grasp the sheer magnitude of the situations developing every day in this country. The minimum monthly wage is a few American dollars, putting essentials like food – particularly rations like chicken – into the category of luxurious items. The economy has shrunk by half in five years. To explain the extent of this downfall, Girish Gupta – founder of Data Drum and former investigative, multimedia journalist in Venezuela/LatAm – tweeted: If you’d bought a million dollars in Venezuela’s local currency when President Nicolás Maduro came to power in 2013, it’d now be worth $3.40. Diseases that were once overcome – like measles and diphtheria – are making a comeback. Infant mortality rates are going up while approximately 1.3 million refugees who have already escaped Venezuela were suffering from malnourishment (according to UN officials).

However, these are not the last of the Venezuelans’ problems; the nations to whom the refugees sought to escape to are closing their doors on their faces – literally. Sunday saw Ecuador closing border crossings with Colombia to people who don’t have passports. This was seen as a certain way to reduce the bulk of refugees from entering other countries as passports are fairly difficult to obtain amidst the economical and political chaos. Jonnayker Lien, a migrant standing outside the Peruvian border with his entire family said, “Imagine people like us who have sold everything, down to our beds, to come here, and they close the door on us. We don’t know where to sleep, and we don’t have money to go back.” Crisis broke out in the town of Pacaraima, north Brazil, after local throngs started struggling against the refugees and pushed them back to the border. Already a penurious town, the locals resent sharing their remaining resources with these migrants. However, even a strong military force could not stop these migrants from coming into Brazil. Peru had twenty thousand migrants arriving in the past week.

An emergency regional summit has been called by officials from Ecuador where Venezuela and its neighbours could deal with the crisis. Yukiko Iriyama, a representative in Colombia for the U.N. refugee agency said, “The capacity of the region is overwhelmed. The magnitude of the situation really requires a regional comprehensive approach.” The recently implemented passport checks by Peru and Ecuador aimed to reduce the flow of refugees into the countries. However, all it did was reduce the legal way of entering into these nations and increased the illegal border crossings.  To deal with this disaster and the refugee predicament, representatives from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will meet in Bogota next week. Christian Kruger, the head of Colombia’s migration authoritysaid in a statement, “The exodus of Venezuelan citizens is not a problem exclusive to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador or a single country. This is a regional problem and as such we must address it. Demanding passports from a nation that does not have them and whose government does not facilitate the issuance of this document is to encourage irregularity.” Peru is also calling a meeting at an individual level of the permanent council of the Organization of American States to discuss the migration.

The toll of migrants entering Colombia is around a million in fifteen months but nations like Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru are also receiving these refugees. Low skilled Venezuelans have flooded some Latin American job markets to find work and send money back home. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo that he will set up a UN team that will respond to the crisis. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that Guterres “told him that he would put together an internal coordination mechanism to make sure that the UN regional response is well coordinated.” “This is something that is not uncommon in these types of crises,” he added. Dany Bahar of the Brookings Institution suggested declaring this as a refugee crisis in order to seek help, saying, “It is up to the United Nations, together with the Organization of American States, to step up and recognize this problem as a refugee crisis so that the world can turn the proper attention to it and provide solutions.” He also added that none of the nations in the regionhave taken the initiative to provide a sustainable solution to the problem.

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Trump: The Symbol of America’s Isolation in the World

Mohammad Ghaderi

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The president of the United States, who came to power in 2016 with the slogan of “Reviving Washington’s Power”, has become the messenger of failure and defeat of his country in the West Asian region and in the international system. The U.S. numerous military and political defeats in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon were so outstanding that there’s no way Trump can brag about his achievements in the region.

On the other hand, many Democrats in the United States, and even the traditional Republicans, have been criticizing the President’s costly and barren foreign policy in West Asia. In such a situation, Trump attempts to attribute this failure to the country’s previous administrations and condemn them over what is happening in today’s world, especially in the West Asian region, and he blames Obama for Washington’s constant and extensive failures in this area.

Besides, Trump’s other projections about the hard conditions of the U.S. in West Asia are noteworthy. In his recent remarks, Donald Trump said that if he wasn’t at top of the U.S. political and executive equations, Iran would capture the Middle East (West Asia)! This is while Islamic Republic of Iran created stability in the West Asian region, and besides, has stood against the long-term, medium-term, and short-term and destructive goals of the United States and its allies in the region.

Trump’s strategic weakness in the West Asia is an important issue which can’t be easily overlooked. Of course this strategic weakness did exist during Obama’s presidency, but the truth is that it reached its peak during Trump’s presidency. And in the future, this weakness will bring severe blows to the United States.

The fact is that the strategic calculations of the United States in the West Asia region have all failed. And many of the pre-assumptions that Washington called them “strategic propositions”, have never turned into reality for some reasons, including the vigilance of the Resistance movement in the region. This is the reason why America is so confused in confronting the equations of West Asia.

Under such circumstances, the only way before the President of the United States is to leave the region and confess to his defeat; an issue that many American analysts and strategists have noted. It shouldn’t be forgotten that in spite of his campaign slogans for stopping the military intervention in the region, the current president of the United States has intensified conflicts and created constant security crises in West Asia.

The direct, perfect, and comprehensive support of Donald Trump for takfiri terrorists reflects this fact. Trump started his support for ISIL since the beginning of his presence at the White House in early 2017, and he stood for the terrorists until the fall of ISIL in Syria. Even now, Trump is attempting to revive terrorist and takfiri groups in Iraq and Syria.

Despite passing half of his presidency, Trump has claimed that the defeat in Yemen, Syria and Iraq was Obama’s legacy. There is no doubt that Obama and his two secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, played a major role in creating terrorist and takfiri groups (especially ISIL), and committed bloodshed in Syria and Iraq.

There is also little ambiguity in the strategic, operational and even tactical defeat of the Obama administration in the battlefields of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. However, Trump can’t deny his share in this defeat, and pretend as if he’s the messenger of the victory of the United States in these scenes! The fact is that Trump completed the military and political defeats of the United States in the West Asia region. Today, the United States is defeated in the battlefield, and can well see that its pieces had failed in these wars.

On the other hand, the White House has lost the political arena of the region. The failure of the United States in the Lebanese and Iraqi elections, on the one hand, and the popular support for the resistance groups in Yemen and Syria, has left Trump and his companions disappointed in the region. In such a situation, attributing the recent and ongoing defeats of the United States to the Obama administration is completely expectable, and at the same time, unacceptable!

Finally, we can see that just like Obama, George W Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan and Carter, Trump is stuck in this strategic miscalculation in the West Asian region. Undoubtedly, in his last days in power, Trump will also understand that there’s no way he can overcome this strategic weakness through Saudi and Emirati petrodollars.

However, it seems that the scope of Trump’s defeat in West Asia would be wider than the previous presidents of the United States. Undoubtedly, in the near future, Trump, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley will become the symbols of failure in the US foreign policy, especially in the West Asia. In other words, the president of the United States and his companions at the White House will have to admit to defeat in the West Asian region at a great expense, and this is exactly what frightens the American authorities.

first published in our partner Tehran Times

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Weather and White House Turmoil as Elections Loom

Dr. Arshad M. Khan

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Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc as it traversed the Florida panhandle.  The first Category 5 hurricane to hit the area since 1881 when records began, its 155 mph winds (only 5 mph short of Category 6) felled massive trees, blew away houses, collapsed buildings and left devastation in its wake.  Relatively fast moving at 14 mph, it was soon gone continuing as a Category 3 into neighboring Georgia and then further up its northeasterly path.  It seemed to signify a stamp of approval for the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on holding earth to a 1.5 degree Celsius warming issued a couple of days earlier.  We are at one degree now so storms can only be expected to get worse.

In northeastern Turkey, a 300-year old stone bridge disappeared overnight.  Villagers convinced it had been stolen called in the police.  Further investigation concluded it had been washed away by a flash flood caused by a sudden summer thunderstorm further upstream — clearly far more intense than in the previous three centuries.

Ever more powerful hurricanes, monsoons and forest fires point to a proliferation of extreme weather events that experts relate to global warming.  Yet President Donald Trump and his administration remain obdurate in climate change denial.

Thins are certainly warming up in the White House.  Nikki Haley announced her resignation in an amicable meeting with the president.  A staunch defender of many of Mr. Trump’s most egregious foreign policy changes, the UN Representative will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue opportunities in the private sector.  So said the announcement.  An astute and ambitious politician she has probably reassessed the costs versus benefits of remaining in a Trump administration.  Some tout her as a future presidential candidate.  Should she be successful she will be the first woman president, who also happens to be of Indian and Sikh ancestry.

The rap singer Kanye West visited the president in the Oval office.  A ten-minute rant/rap praising him was followed by a hug for which Mr. West ran round the wide desk that had been seemingly cleared of all paraphernalia for the performance.  He is one of the eight percent of blacks voting Republican.  Sporting the Trump trademark, Make-America-Great-Again red hat, he claimed it made him Superman, his favorite superhero.  And some suggested it was all further proof the place had gone insane.

A little over three weeks remain to the U.S. midterm elections on November 6th.  Their proximity is evidenced not by rallies or debates rather by the barrage of negative TV ads blasting opponents with accusations of shenanigans almost unworthy of a felon.  A couple of months of this and you lose any enthusiasm for voting.  Perhaps it is one reason why nearly half the electorate stays home.  Given such a backdrop, the furor over ‘Russian meddling’ in elections appears to be a trifle misplaced.  Others call the whole business a ‘witch hunt’ and state flatly the U.S. does the same.

The old idiom, ‘put your own house in order’ is particularly apt when we realize the beginning of this affair  was a Democratic National Committee email leak showing ‘the party’s leadership had worked to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign’.  It resulted in the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Always fair, aboveboard elections?  Not bloody likely, as the British would say.  Given the rewards, it’s against human nature.

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