Obama Opens The National Museum Of African American History


More than a century after its original proposal, President Obama facilitated the ceremony to open the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. During the dedication ceremony, President Obama remarked that the museum revealed the stories often overlooked in history textbooks. He claimed that while it was important to know the history of the American presidents and famous industrialists, it was also equally as important to know the struggles of the slaves and the common African man during those times. Obama said it provided the back story and keener understanding for many of the conflicts of the current era.


Obama continued his speech by pointing out the fact that the love for a country and violently protesting against its leaders have always walked hand in hand with people winning gold at the Olympics yet joining violent rally, with teens wearing anti-authority slogans on their t-shirts yet weeping for dead police and the list of contradictions goes on. However, despite these differences, Americans have always banded together when the need arose and that is what seems to count the most. The museum serves as a reminder that heroes, no matter how famous or quietly influential, have helped shape the nation to what it is today.

The museum opening comes with a three-day gala, which includes oratorical performances, concerts, dance, musical performances and history activities though passes for the entire opening weekend are completely sold out. The idea was first proposed by black veterans who fought in the Civil war in 1912 and the museum has been organised to reflect their struggle, moving from subjects that are dark and moody such as slavery and the movement for civil rights to a brighter, more joyful atmosphere containing modern as well as classical music, literature and other culturally devoted exhibits. The museum has collected more than 35,000 artifacts including a slave cabin and the fedora Michael Jackson wore.

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Has Obama Led The World Into Chaos?


President Obama is set to deliver his final UN General Assembly speech on Friday. However, even his most loyal fans find it difficult to overlook the spread of disorder during his term. While the president is most likely to put his best foot forward and highlight his diplomatic strategies, people will wonder what exactly was on his mind when he signed that global climate agreement and what exactly his stance was in improvement of the world’s economy, not to mention that dubious nuclear agreement with Iran. In a previous UN speech dated eight years back, Obama promised to take action on some persistent UN priorities, which included playing peacemaker between the Palestinians and Israel. That specific goal became little more than a sideshow as a greater part of the Mideast gained a brief rush of democracy which was quickly quelled in the following chaos.

As every country in the Middle East barring Israel became even disorganized, America chose to become a mere spectator. The refugee crisis around the world has become worse with numbers doubling every day as more people flood countries seeking safe havens. Syria suffered greatly when the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire was declared finished. At the same time, Iran batters at Saudi Arabia and vows to demolish Israel while America does nothing but watches and avoids the conflict that could send Tehran running from the nuclear deal.

One of the biggest promises that made people count on Obama as a president was that, by having roots in Africa and being raised in Indonesia, he would have the know-how and the experience to help unite countries and nudge them towards the ideals that the UN was meant to advocate, though always seemed to fall short of. But the leadership in America has weakened these past eight years and the world, it seems, is worse off than it ever was before.

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Militia Members Occupy National Parks Building As Protest


Militia members recently occupied a national wildlife headquarters in Oregon as part of an ongoing protest to support two men charged with arson and are scheduled to return to prison. The wildlife refuge had been close during the weekend, but has suddenly become the home to as many as 150 supporters, according to reports. Ammon Bundy, a militiaman, stated that he was willing to stay in the federal property for years if necessary. Ryan Bundy, his brother, is among the people squatting in the building. The brothers said that though these were not looking for any trouble or violence, they would not hold back if the police evicted or tried to evict them.

The sudden inhabitation came just after a couple of hundred marchers stormed through Burns in Oregon, around 80 km (50 miles) away from the wildlife refuge, in protestation of the prosecution of Steven Hammond and Dwight Hammond Jr , a son and father rancher duo situated in Harney County. The pair had previously served time in 2012 after setting public land on fire to protect their own property. Now, they have been ordered to return to jail after a certain federal court ruled their original time served as too lenient and insufficient.

Ammon Bundy stated that the facility which the protesters had recently claimed had been the crux of all the problems and all the injustice that the Hammons have had to face. He went on to say that the decision was not something that was made at the spur of the moment. He also urged other militia people to take a stand against the tyranny of the state. Previously, the family ranch of the Bundy clan had been the location of another protest in 2014, this time the Bureau of Land Management. Nationwide attention was focused on the case when the agency tried to confiscate the Bundy’s cattle on grounds of a disagreement over grazing fees, though the federal agents finally did back down.

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