Wow. I hope everyone's well! So much is going on, folks. (I don't have to tell you that.) Plenty to write about and just as much to do. I can't believe how TINY Typepad's interface is becoming. I don't know about you, my readers, but on my end it's actually hard to read. I also can't believe how long my blogging break's been, then my spouse reminded me the other day! Opened a twitter acct @ungaro for those who'd like to connect there. Things are stirred up in Martinique and Guadeloupe - "overseas France". In Paris the slavery descendants' organisation CM98 has been very active on the issues of Overseas France and France's slavery and post-slavery socio-economic-historical legacies and their challenges. (When I lived in France 30+ years ago, everyone thought I was guadeloupéene. Meanwhile, in one of the African sources of my slave-trade family heritage, Madagascar's president has just ceded power to the military, who are said to back his rival, the mayor of the capital, Antananarivo. And then there are the corporate "bailouts" like AIG; and the Obama admin's insulting decision to BOYCOTT the April 20-24, 2009 Durban Anti-racism Review: the U.N.'s first major follow-up to the August 2001 WCAR international racism conference held in South Africa. This weekend, Washington, DC will witness 2009's first national anti-war march - courtesy of A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. So much going on. So much more to come.