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From Diplomat Artist: A committed friend & activist, Sharon Silber, asked me to share this link, “Act to Restore 2100” for World Food Day. It’s a wake-up call to take action & enlist the support & commitment from President Obama, Samantha Power, & USAID. –MORE–
http://diplomatartist.com/food-for-thought-on-worldfoodday/

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MONEY BUZZ Blog Report: OBAMA GETS JOB VICTORY – REAL ECONOMIC GROWTH OR ELECTION CONSPIRACY? By Ambassador Mo
The job growth (around 114K) was not as great as was the drop in the unemployment rate (from 8.1% to 7.8%) released this morning (October 5, 2012) for September data. However, the new info comes at critical time to bolster President Obama’s reelection bid.
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/obama-gets-job-victory-real-economic-growth-or-election-conspiracy/56661Image

Blog Report: FILM RIOTS SUGGEST SUCCESS RATHER THAN FAILURE OF “ARAB SPRING,” By Ambassador Mo
The provocations that come in the form of offensive cartoons or films maligning Islam are actually a handy opportunity  – think President Obama said it right before the UN General Assembly today (September 25, 2012): “Violence is their only way to stay relevant.”
http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/blog_post/film-riots-suggest-success-rather-than-failure-of-arab-spring/56460Image

President Obama statement  “Trayvon Martin could be my son” is cited by some including Newt Gingrich as a reference to the commonality of skin color between the young teen killed and Barack Obama. I’m Caucasian, but I at least heard the statement in the context of our shared humanity as well as American identity. The killing of Trayvon Martin may have been influenced by race/stereotyping, but empathy for the dead teen and his family is the impetus, not race. Similarly, concern regarding regressive racism, profiling, gun laws and failure in the rule of law are considerations for all Americans.

When Gingrich accused Barack Obama of injecting race into the Trayvon Martin case and thus reading into the President’s statement a racial affinity, it was more of reflection on Newt’s own frame of reference, color-coded perspective. Or, perhaps it was just an appeal to those who will first see the case in color-coded perspective. There is a large segment of the population that will see more threat and thus potential culprit via skin color, dress and/or other cultural/religious reference. The comment of some including Geraldo Rivera that “hoodie” may be to blame for perhaps misperception and shooting provides some rationalization and legitimization of profiling whether implicitly undertaken by institutions and/or persons.

Undoubtedly many African-Americans see this in racial terms as potentially their children and they being targeted and/or unfairly stereotyped treated. History and Trayvon Martin teaches us this is a real concern. As an American and having Muslim name/identity, I may also feel more vulnerable in today’s environment of defacto profiling. However, Trayvon Martin  case represents a failure of the Rule of Law that is a danger to all Americans and their families even if a gun not pointed directly at you. It fundamentally undermines the narrative of America, fairness, pluralism as well as commitment to rule of law that underpins success of our democracy, society and economic progress.

Trayvon Martin could have been our child, any one of us. His life represents all of us. His killing and lack of appropriate response by police/law enforcement is indicative of something broadly wrong and threat to all of us.

See our Blog for Film Report – “Will Trayvon Martin Case End-Up Before the UN?” – http://diplomaticallyincorrect.org/films/blog_post/will-trayvon-martin-come-before-un/48182

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