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Venezuela's Humanitarian Battle

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By Jomo Thomas, St. Vincent. Frustration always overcomes me when people, who are for the most part sensible, logical and rational, get taken for a ride by the establishment media. In fact, the current 'snow job' being done on Venezuela by the mass media reminded me of the wise saying by Malcolm X 'if you are not extremely careful, the media will c...
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St Vincent, God save the Queen!?

St Vincent, God save the Queen!?
It’s been only a few days since my arrival in St Vincent and the Grenadines . A few beautiful days were my eyes have been open to the beauty of nature and where already I have fully fallen for this charming island and its amazingly lovely inhabitants. A few qualms have already risen however, one in particular which holds coincidental synergies with what is happening back home in London. I reached into my pocket the other day to inspect the local currency. Notes usually give some clues about relevant facts on the local history and whilst I’m here I intent to also learn about this beautiful place. I was surprised however, to see the head of the queen smiling back at me and I joked- I’ve come all the way to the other side of the world, and still, I can’t escape this woman’s portrait. Now I’m no anti- royalist , I accept to some extent that the Royal family is part and parcel with British culture and  being originally Maltese I don’t see that I’m in the right position to contest that…at least within the UK. I then went on to discover that St Vincent is in fact a sovereign state and although it is in fact  considered  ‘Independent’, it is in actually Her Majesty’s Territory. According to Cahil: 'She is Queen of 32 countries,...
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The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Andrea

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Andrea
By Andrea During the 18 months Fighting with The Poor Programs , students have the opportunity to learn about world history, the world of  today and also looking into future tendencies. One of the books recommended to read is Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" Shock is a word of French origin that means a collision. It refers to aviolent event that shakes up a person. In psychiatry, a shock is mental reaction to a traumatic event such as an accident, a very frightening or tragic situation. Such event may cause an acute stress reaction whereby a great amount of stress hormones are released by the action of the brain. These will prepare the person to flee or fight and can be useful if you suddenly meet a lion in the bush – but if a shock is very severe it may paralyze you so you become disoriented and even unable to remember what is happening because the brain goes into an emergency mode and do not function in a rational way. A severe mental shock may be deadly for people with heart problems who may suffer acute heart attack but even an otherwise healthy person may not survive a very severe shock. After World War I , where soldiers endured horrible battles in thetrenches of Europe it was observed that a great many soldiers suffered mental...
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Resilience Is The Answer To Adversity

[caption id="attachment_6156" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://stockholmresilience.org Resilience is the ability of people to recover from adversity. Difficult circumstances may develop virtues that were hidden in the individual. For example, negative situations like the financial crisis, and natural disasters can stimulate the strength in people. The most important quality of resilience is that help in many cases of life and it grows with a constant daily work. Having a Positive and empathetic attitude helps in difficult circumstances and develop unknown resources inside the individual. Resilience is the human capacity to assume extreme situations with flexibility and overcome them. [caption id="attachment_6159" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://www.een.edu.com   Especially children with good self-esteem become adults with good resilience to overcome the obstacles they will encounter throughout life. Therefore they can develop a constructive way of dealing with life situations positively. In addition to this, parents and children should understand the impact of resilience and how this helps society in general.   [caption id="attachment_6160" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: http://www.wikipedia.com Humans and nature are one. Resilience starts with the belief that humans and nature are one. For psychology, the problems are addressed and overcome by people, thanks to the resilience in different circumstances that favor or not development in all men as education and social context. Humanity must understand the importance of establishing a good relationship with family and friends....
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Second Industrial Revolution: The Technological Revolution

The Second Industrial Revolution was another great leap forward in technology and society. New innovations in steel production, petroleum and electricity led to the introduction of public automobiles and airplanes. You wanna know how everything began? Let's see The Second Industrial Revolution, which began in the middle of 19th century (1850-1970). It was a period of growth for pre-existing industries and expansion of new ones; such as the steel, oil and electricity fields. The development of new technologies led to the introduction of two things that would change the world: public transport and planes. [caption id="attachment_5604" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Industryweek.com The Second Industrial Revolution enabled globalization and created a rough draft of our world today. Interesting, right? Let's take a look at what people invented during this period and how it affected mankind. A REVOLUTION FULL OF INVENTIONS During the Second Industrial Revolution, the existing manufacturing and production methods were improve. For instance, steel replaced iron in the building business. It was strong and it was cheap. So, it made possible to build rail lines at competitive cost and spread transportation. Steel also facilitated the construction of ships, skyscrapers and larger bridges. [caption id="attachment_5605" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Steel displaced iron because it was stronger and cheaper - Photo Credit: Amazonaws Although the Second Industrial Revolution happened just a few years after the first Industrial Revolution, it was...
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