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Kanye West Causes Uproar Saying Slavery Was a Choice

Rabat – Kanye West can’t seem to hold his tongue.After declaring his love and support for Donald Trump, West is under fire once again for controversial comments suggesting slavery was a “choice.”The American rapper–who recently lost 9 million Twitter followers after his pro-Trump tweets–continued to praise Trump during an interview with the American tabloid TMZ. Kanye with the worst take yet“You hear about slavery for 400 years. 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.” pic.twitter.com/jJwtByDuyH— Alazar Moges (@zarzarbinkss) May 1, 2018“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice!” Trump’s new BFF said.“Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all y’all? You know, it’s like, we’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks,” he continued.West didn’t stop there; he continued to make his point, saying that prison is something that “unites [people] as one race.”Following his comments, Kim Kardashian’s husband was completely shut down by writer and TMZ’s podcaster Van Lathan, who gave West a history lesson.“I just don’t think you are thinking anything. I think what you are doing right now is an afterthought…And while you are making music and being an artist, the rest of us in society have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” he said.Lathan was very hurt and disappointed by West who has “morphed into something that is not real.”“I will combat your free thought with my free thought, because mine is grounded in the reality that I have been given and the reality that I am going to change, but I am not going to do it by pretending that the enemies are on the same team as me,” concluded the writer.West later tweeted that his comments on Tuesday had been misinterpreted. “To make myself clear, of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” he wrote.Alas, it was too late for the 40-year-old singer to explain himself: the hashtag #IfSlaveryWasAChoice has taken Twitter by storm, as the Black community ironically responds to “Yeezy” with memes mocking his statements.The winner of multiple Grammy Awards returned to social media two weeks ago, after a year-long silence on Twitter, following his hospitalization in a Los Angeles psychiatric facility in November 2016. In his Twitter comeback, the artists has been rapid-fire posting up to 20  messages per hour, on subjects ranging from politics to philosophy and fashion. read more

Worlds youngest country becomes newest applicant to join UN tourism agency

Timor-Leste, the world’s youngest country, has become the newest applicant for membership of the United Nations tourism agency, a global forum that plays a decisive role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.The South-east Asian country’s request, together with those of Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom and Belarus, which announced their intention to join earlier this year, will be submitted in November to the World Tourism Organization’s (WTO) General Assembly in Senegal.Tourism potential in Timor-Leste, which only became independent three years ago, includes snorkelling and scuba-diving in the clear ocean waters of the Timor Sea, dolphin and whale watching, bird watching, trekking and mountaineering and exploring cultural treasures from the Portuguese colonial times in Dili, the capital, and other towns.With the new members WTO will comprise 148 Member States, seven territories and over 300 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, destinations and education, serving as a forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how.Headquartered in Madrid, the agency plays a major role in stimulating public-private sector partnerships and encouraging the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to ensure that member countries, tourist destinations and businesses maximize the positive economic, social and cultural effects of tourism and fully reap its benefits, while minimizing its negative social and environmental impacts. read more