View From Here
■ By David Mark Greaves
There will be a moment around every
Mother’s Day table this year when hearts will go to the agony of this Mother’s Day in Nigeria for the hundreds of women whose schoolchildren daughters were kidnapped and taken back to camps by terrorists who call themselves Boko Haram and who believe that “Western education is forbidden”.
They are led by Abubakar Shekau, inexplicably given credence as a “Nigerian Islamist leader” who calls the girls slaves and threatened to “sell them in the market by Allah”.
This is not an Islamic leader, this is a psychotic and a murdering criminal who leads a group of armed thugs that the Times reports “has committed dozens of massacres of civilians”. And that earlier this year, “more than 50 teenage boys were slaughtered—some burned alive – at a government school in the north by these people”.
These are men carrying automatic weapons who claim to want to overthrow the Nigerian Government, but they do not confront the military, rather they find the softest target they can, schoolgirls doing their lessons, who they kidnap and threaten to sell or “marry”.
Now that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted the offer of assistance from President Barack Obama, we can only hope the president authorizes Predator drones, Seal teams and some airborne Marines, to join the “special team” offered by France to first get those children back and then root that cancer out of Nigeria.
The Changing City
In response to the rising rents and cost of houses in Bedford Stuyvesant, the question is often asked by long time renters, “Where do they expect people to live?” The answer has now come down, in reaction to Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing report: if you don’t own your home now, you’ll be living in East
New York and shopping on Pitkin Avenue, stores that are no longer a “good fit” in the new downtown and are being phased out of the Fulton corridor in favor of more “appropriate” commercial offerings.
Needn’t worry about getting to work however, there will always be mass transit to the Emerald City for the hours you’re needed and food carts and “Subways” to feed you when you’re there.
There is a word of caution that should be noted here, don’t think you’ll be putting down roots in East New York, because according to the latest in a long list of reports on climate change and sea-level rise, you’d better learn how to swim. And as much as I hate to say it, maybe the move is off island to the Bronx. On the brighter side, that’ll provide a faster evacuation if the sirens start to wail at Indian Point because of a “once-in-a thousand-years” happening.