The Division of Power in Hotel Rwanda

Can you name a film that changed the way you see the world? Yes, I can. “Hotel Rwanda.”

I had seen the movie once before, but it wasn’t until I watched it a second time during the course of a class titled, “Race and Gender in the Media,” that I deeply understood the root causes of the fight amongst the characters within the film. I blame some of my ability to see deeply into the politics of the film’s story on the new material that we studied in the class, including our readings from the book, “America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality at the Movies,” written by Harry Benshoff and Sean Griffin.

However, another big reason why the film resonated with me at this point in my life was because prior to watching the film, I had recently been awakened to the oppression that black Americans, including myself and my family, experience here in America even today that has been strategically set up in this nation by the powerful ideation of white male Christian supremacist privilege. I had already been going over in my mind countless new ideas of what I could do to help the plight of black Americans who are oppressed in the U.S.

Therefore, seeing the film “Hotel Rwanda,” and finding out that, at the core of the issues between these beautiful black people who call themselves Hutus or Tsunis laid a manipulative idea of hierarchy spawned by white people who once had control and power in the Rwandan area, was digusting and disheartening to me, but yet so familiar. Paying close attention to the film, I realized how the briefly alluded to white people who once controlled the region were the most corrupt leaders in the entire story, and they barely had active roles on screen in the film.

I found the following excerpt on the Modern History Project which explains how and why the division was created amongst the human beings in Rwanda:

British Indian army officer John Hanning Speke was the creator of the racialist hypothesis known as the “Hamitic Theory”. In his writings, Speke suggests that the Tutsis are more European than the Hutus. Their caucasoid facial features, combined with their smoother personalities was proof enough for him that they were more cultured than the Hutus. This theory was basis for all racial and cultural division between the Hutu and Tutsi in later years. It made specific definition as to how one race was superior to the other, therefore giving said superior race much power and influence. ( https://modernhistoryproject2012.wordpress.com/history-of-hutu-tutsi-relations/ )

This information is somewhat relayed in the film. With all that being said, I finally realized that a system of distrust, jealousy, privilege vs. non privilege can be created very easily and does not require black and white skin tone to do it. It only requires subtle differences, evil or greedy intent, and resources to provide to one group vs. another. European colonists are at the root of so many …

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A Guide to Vacation Rental Home Options

You might just be planning a short holiday – in which case you’ll likely be weighing up the pros and cons of staying in a hotel room versus renting private accommodation. The decision you make here is dependent on a number of factors, namely how long you’re going to be away for.

If your stay spans only two or three nights, a hotel room may be worth consideration – especially if you’re going to be out and about during the day. Hotels can provide a great solution for individuals or couples, as long as you’re prepared to eat out at restaurants or order room service.

If you’re travelling in a larger group or as a family, however, hotel rooms can be very limiting in terms of space. The same applies if you’re planning on being away for more than a couple of days, as a hotel stay can feel very restrictive.

The one major plus side of staying in a hotel is the access to a range of services – such as cleaning, laundry and having your meals cooked by a professional chef. Having these things taken care of can make the holiday feel more like a luxury break and frees you up to enjoy quality time.

What many people don’t know is that there are many private rental options that offer these same services. For example, you and your family could stay in a fully managed condo, where full maid, bar, chef and even butler services could be at hand.

By choosing a managed rental home, you will take the day-to-day stresses out of your holiday, whilst enjoying more space and privacy. These domestic services may be available in a whole range of rental homes – apartments, villas and houses for instance – so it’s worth looking into if you don’t want to stay in a hotel.

Villas are often the ultimate go-to accommodation for luxury retreats. This is often because they are vast and roomy, as well as being found in secluded locations. Many will have gardens or grounds, as well as an outdoor pool.

Villas are available from 1 or 2 bedrooms up to 8 or 10, so can provide an ideal solution for any number of guests. How large your villa is and its unique features will obviously depend on what you need for your holiday. It’s a good idea to talk this over with an experienced travel adviser.

Apartments are often smaller, but can be ideal if you’re travelling individually or with a partner. Many people would rather not to stay in hotel rooms when they are travelling alone, preferring the peace, tranquillity and solitude of a private rental home.

Holiday apartments can be great if you’re looking for a place to cook meals as well as sleep and use the bathroom facilities. Those looking to rent longer term but still adhere to a limited budget may benefit from an apartment more than a condo or villa.

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Soul Travel-Multidimensional Existence

Soul Travel–a.k.a Astral projection (astral travel) is an interpretation of out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and is one of the practices of Echanka, Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Eckankar is ancient wisdom. Its teachings, emphasize the value of personal experiences as the most natural way back to God. Whatever your religious beliefs, Eckanka shows how to look and listen within yourself–to expand your consciousness and enjoy spiritual freedom. Learning, perhaps for the first time, how to lead a happy, balanced, and productive life and put daily concerns into loving perspective. OBEs are achieved either via deep meditation, awake and aware transitions, lucid dreaming or use of psychotropics. Those who believe in Soul Travel maintain that their consciousness or soul has transferred into an astral body (or ‘double’) which moves in tandem with the physical body in a parallel world known as the astral plane.

The understanding of Soul Travel dates back to ancient China. There are two schools of thought on the nature of Soul Travel, these are defined as the mystical model and the phasing model.

The mystical model includes a variety of belief systems and astral maps, but they are tied together by their belief that Soul Travel takes place outside of the actual physical body. A more subtle energy body is believed to carry the consciousness outside of the physical body, and as one progresses to more advanced levels of the astral plane, more subtle bodies are realized and consciousness is transferred in turn to each of them. (Other mystical models assume only one subtle body.) The subtle body is attached to the physical body by means of an energetic connection which usually takes the appearance of a silver cord ‘plugging’ into the chakras like an umbilical cord. I have seen this ‘silver cord.’ It has been suggested that the cord is related to etheric projection, not astral. If the cord was associated with just astral projection, then we would see it every time we astrally projected.

The phasing model, defined by Robert Monroe, contains the belief that it is impossible to actually leave the body in the truest sense of the word, and that the astral planes and the physical world are merely points on the long spectrum of consciousness. When a person projects, they actually “phase” into another area of consciousness and the locales it contains. This can be likened to tuning a radio to another station. One of the initial signposts representing a phase shift away from physical reality has been labeled the state of focus (mind awake/body asleep). This viewpoint can be seen as a logical progression of the philosophy that external reality is actually an internally created state.

There are four types of Soul Travel:

o Unconscious–Unintentional – a person is unaware and had no intention to Soul Travel – usually during sleep or sometimes a person is awake, but seems to be absent.

o Unconscious–Intentional – a person is unaware, but had no conscious intention to Soul Travel – does …

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Vacation Rental Accidents: What to Do

Spring break is just around the corner, and that means that a lot of people might be itching to escape to a new place. It may also mean that you are itching to leave Florida and head to a new destination in order to avoid the spring break madness. Renting an apartment away from home on a website like AirBnB can be a lot of fun, and it can also open up many new horizons – you will, after all, get to see what it’s like to really live as a local.

But what happens when an accident occurs on a rental property? Who do you call and who is to blame? While the laws in every state are different, there are some basic things that you should do right away if you are injured on a property that is not your own.

We’ll also cover what you should do if you rent out your property and someone becomes injured while staying in your home.

Before you book any vacation rental, take a close look at this!

Renting to Strangers

When you rent out a home to a stranger, you should be aware that there is always a possibility that someone might get hurt while staying at that location. If someone that is renting from you calls and tells you that they have become hurt, here are the steps that you should take right away.

  1. Since you are not at the location at the time of the accident, make sure that the injured person visits with a reputable doctor right away. Ask to see that report.
  1. If you have a friend or family member in the area, ask that person to visit the property when the accident happens, and ask that person to take as many photos as possible.
  1. Make sure that the injured person files an accident report at the hospital or with the police. This way, you can be sure that what happened has been accurately documented.
  1. Make your way back to the property as soon as possible – and make sure to review your insurance policy. You may also want to look into any injury policies that may be part of the service you used.

Following the steps above is important, but there are also some things that you should absolutely not do including:

  1. Do not take the person’s word and send or wire money to cover the cost of injuries
  1. Make sure that the doctor the person visits with is reputable – there are a lot of scams out there!
  1. Never alter the scene of an accident, no matter what.
  1. Do not lie and say that you were on the property when you were not. The truth always catches up to you!

Injured When Staying At Someone’s Home

So what do you do if you’ve rented a gorgeous property, and you become injured? Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the hospital right away, so that your injuries are documented.
  2. Take photos of the area where you fell
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Hotel California Meets the Great Gatsby – Music As a Teaching Resource For Literature

The most famous artistic product of the boozy 1920’s is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a novel about a man trying to recreate an ideal past in a drunken, materialistic present. It’s one of those books just about everyone has a strong impression of whether or not they’ve actually read it – which makes it hard for many to approach the story with fresh eyes.

If you’re a teacher looking for interesting, relevant ways to dig into The Great Gatsby, why not try something like this on for size: the 1920’s were to WWI what the 1970’s were to the hippy movement. The unprecedented global carnage following the so-called “War to End All Wars” turned disillusioned Americans inwards, setting their priorities on money, bootlegged liquor, and partying. Similarly, after the hippies failed to elevate worldwide consciousness with peace, love, and patchouli oil, 1970’s America drowned its sorrows in disco, drugs, and polyester pants.

As an assignment, have your students compare The Great Gatsby to a 1970’s song in this same vein. Take, for example, The Eagles’ Hotel California, one of the best-selling and most recognizable songs from this (or any) era of American history.

Hotel California boasts some of the most analyzed and memorized lyrics in rock and roll. If the element of mystery means a lot to you, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear Don Henley’s two cents: “It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream.” Not that a bunch of rock stars would know anything about that. In other words, the symbol of Californian prosperity (back when that still existed) stands in as a microcosm of American decadence in the 1970’s.

The “hotel” (wink, wink) California is no Motel 6. It has mirrored ceilings, courtyards, master’s chambers, pink champagne, and high-falutin’ guests. The narrator can’t help but notice the seductive woman with a Benz, a mind that’s “Tiffany-twisted,” and a lot of hot guys following her around. He asks for wine, to which the captain famously replies, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969.” Since wine isn’t a spirit (and we’re betting The Eagles have a basic understanding of liquor), we’re going to go ahead and assume Henley is referring to some other spirit of ’69.

In a creepy turn of events, there is then a beast-killing ceremony involving “steely knives,” which prompts the narrator to high-tail it “back to the place [he] was before.” Only when it’s too late does he realize that he can “check out” but “never leave.” How, pray tell, can a person be checked out without going anywhere physically? We’re thinking there might be some chemistry involved.

So let’s review: luxury, substance abuse, a beautiful temptress, materialism, violence, living in the past, and being trapped. Remind you of anyone?

As a rule of thumb, music is one of the best teacher resources because it can be deeply personal and easily relatable at the same time. Plus, the fact that lyrics are usually highly open …

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Travel Insurance – Got You Covered

Planning to be traveling soon? Should you buy travel insurance? It’s a tough call whether spending the extra money is worth it. Are you over 50? Travel insurance goes up significantly as you get older. If you’re spending a lot of money on a trip, travel insurance is a must.

Travel Insurance Coverage

Travel insurance covers these basics:

  • Trip Cancellation Or Interruption
  • Medical
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Baggage
  • Flight Delays and Cancellations

Travel Insurance – What Does It Mean For You?

Trip Cancellation refers to canceling prior to your trip whereas trip interruption refers to a problem during your trip. What if you or one of your travel companions gets hurt or sick and you need to cancel your plans. This is where travel insurance comes to the rescue.

What if you have a medical emergency? Think you’re covered by your medical insurance? You might be. But most medical insurance policies don’t cover you outside of the United States. Medicare never covers you when traveling abroad. Find out if you’re covered when traveling to your next destination.

What happens if you do sick and need to be airlifted? Or you need medical care on your flight home. This can be very expensive.

Have you arrived at your destination just to find that you have no luggage? What if you’re ready to board a cruise? Now what? Travel insurance will pay for essential items until your luggage is found and delivered to you. What if it never shows up? Make sure to have a list of items that you packed for your trip. Better yet, keep as many receipts of these items as you can. If your luggage was stolen, make sure to file a police report. This will help in making an insurance claim.

Did you get to the airport just to find out your flight has been delayed? What if the delay causes you to miss your connecting flight? Travel Insurance will reimburse you for hotel stays and meals while waiting to get out on the next flight. But what if your flight leaves on time and you get held up in traffic and miss your flight? You probably won’t be covered.

Travel Insurance – Do I really need it?

Check with your homeowner’s policy. It may already cover such things as lost luggage. Be sure to check the maximum amount of coverage as it may be limited in the payout. Check your medical insurance and find out what is covered when you’re traveling away from home. Verify if you’re covered when traveling abroad. Finally, check your credit card coverage. Some credit cards will provide a limited amount of insurance if the trip was booked with their credit card. If you have an airline’s credit card, check with their coverage. They may have better coverage if you’re traveling with them. But credit cards may not cover you being airlifted back home. Both health insurance and credit cards don’t usually cover travel emergencies.

Once you decide you need travel insurance, read the …

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Arizona Luxury Vacation Resorts

What better place to find luxury resort destinations than Arizona? With many days of comfortable and beautiful weather and blue skies abundant, Arizona boasts cities like Scottsdale and Sedona to meet all your pampering needs.

Sedona Arizona, known as Red Rock Country, is nestled in Oak Creek Canyon; one instantly feels the serene atmosphere of this place. Sedona has a soothing, spiritual presence, with energy vortexes located in the area, and it has attracted healers of mind and body, and spiritualism from all over the world. Sedona is referred to as the four seasons playground because it offers considerably cooler weather in the hot Arizona summer months.

At any luxury resort in Sedona you can expect to find unique ideas on relaxation, massages full of rejuvenation and seminars and day events themed at finding the inner you. Reconnecting is a popular theme in Sedona, where families and friends can reunite and find comfort and relaxation offerings. Enchantment, nestled in the red rocks of Boynton Canyon, is a luxury resort that has long been known for its Native American theme. Enchantment sits at 4,600 feet and boasts nearby archeology treks from times gone by.

Scottsdale, Arizona has many luxury resort hotels including Sanctuary Camelback Resort & Spa that offers options such as aquatic massage, Asian-inspired treatments, facials and even top of the line salon treatments for hair and skin. Along with sports, fitness centers, and golfing opportunities, this resort also offers melt in your mouth meals prepared by renowned chefs from around the world.

The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale offers exquisite dining, golf, a spa full of all your wants and needs as well as family events geared at relaxation and fun. Full of the decor of the Southwest, this resort offers nine pools and a 27-hole championship golf course and is a popular spot for romantic getaways.

Any visit to Arizona should include a trip to one of their quality spa resorts to unwind, rewind, and put the word “relaxation” back into your vacation whether it is full of family or a romantic destination trip.…

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Chicago Hotel Deals: Recommendations on Where to Stay and What to Do During Your Trip

Since it’s the third largest city in the US, Chicago is filled with tons of inexpensive hotels. Whether you’re visiting the Windy City for business or entertainment, you have a variety of rooms and suites to choose from. Thanks to the impressive public transportation system, you might not even have to rent a car. Just look for Chicago hotel deals online and compare the rates.

A lot of experts recommend staying in “The Loop”, or downtown area, as it is close to much of the action in the city. Some of the affordable hotels in downtown include Central Loop Hotel, River Hotel, Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront, and Hotel Felix.

You’ll definitely want to visit the “Magnificent Mile”, which is the best place to shop in IL. There is no shortage of name brand shops, luxury boutiques, discount stores, and more. If you are interested in the Chicago Blues scene, consider staying south of the Loop. During June, the Chicago blues Festival fills Grand Park.

You might want to look into Chicago hotel deals at historic buildings like the Whitehall Hotel, Staypineapple at The Alise, The Drake, and Warwick Allerton. These hotels have been around for at least 100 years and offer the perfect mix of historic Chicago with modern amenities. The Palmer House (Hilton) also has a romantic touch and features two popular restaurants, a health club, and spa. It’s also very close to other restaurants and shopping.

A stay near Grand Park might be worth your while if you want to visit sites like the Museum Campus, the Art Institute, Buckingham Fountain, Soldier Field, Shedd Awuarium and Adler Planetarium. A few budget hotels to consider include Chicago’s Essex Inn, Virgin Hotel, Jaslin Hotel, and Holiday Inn Chicago. There are literally 100+ accommodation options within a 2-mile radius around Grand Park, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding Chicago hotel deals in this part of the city.

Recommendations for Chicago Hotel Deals

No Chicago accommodation guide would be complete without mentioning Wrigley Field. If you want to see the Cubs play, a few suggestions include Hotel Versey – Days Inn, Villa D’ Citta, Hotel Lincoln, or The Majestic Hotel. While there are others, these are the ones that offer budget accommodation.

Baseball season isn’t the cheapest time to visit Windy City. If you’re flexible with your dates and don’t mind missing out on seeing the Cubs play, you might want to wait until winter to visit, unless there is a convention in town. The months of January – March tend to be the best times to find Chicago hotel deals. Whenever you decide to book your trip, consider opting for a vacation package that also includes airfare.

Interested in online discount codes? Don’t turn your chance to save a ton of money on your trip. You can find Chicago hotel deals by browsing the site or using the search engine. You can narrow down the results and just look for accommodation in certain areas of the city, or view the …

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Travel Oahu – Experience Hawaii Like A Local

Every year millions of visitors from Japan, mainland USA and beyond land at

Honolulu International Airport ready to begin their vacation in paradise. Soon after

landing, most visitors hop in a cab or bus sent from the hotel and begin the journey

past downtown Honolulu and on to their reservation at a Waikiki hotel.

The allure of Waikiki is immediate. The packed streets, sounds of the beach, and

exotic histories call to the traveler who soon hits the streets. Venturing out in

Waikiki can be quite exciting. The streets are filled with foreign languages, throngs

of tourists are dressed in their beach best, and the beginning of surf history can be

seen at the end of the street. Waikiki can be so exciting that many visitors never

escape its imaginary borders. Approximately 6 million of these visitors miss the very

sites that locals find so endearing, remaining within the two square miles of Waikiki.

For those travelers interested in seeing Oahu through its residents’ eyes, please

read on.

Magic Island Beach Park – This popular park is located just west of

Waikiki, across the street from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The park includes

two beaches, a three mile jogging path, tennis courts, and more. A walk around the

park will expose the center of Hawaiian culture – the family. Large extended families

gather around hibachis, spending the day together with a good food and plenty of

sun. The beaches are significantly less crowded, so for a great day, grab a barbecue

and head down to the beach at Magic Island!

The Contemporary Museum Honolulu – This small museum is located

high on a ridge at Makiki Heights Drive. The drive up the ridge offers amazing vistas

that would otherwise be missed by most Oahu visitors. The relatively small museum

offers changing exhibits in its five galleries. After traversing the galleries, visitors

can wander out onto the sculpture gardens. This is where the true glory of the

museum is revealed. The 3.5 acres of sculpture and meditative gardens are open to

the public and offer some of the most amazing views of Honolulu.

Leong’s Cafe – Many visitors look to a lu’au for more than entertainment;

they are after some great Hawaiian food. However, if you’re interested in real local

style Hawaiian food, you can’t beat Leong’s Cafe located at 2343 North King Street.

As a favorite for plate lunches, kalua pig, lu’au stew, lomi lomi, and more, locals

have been visiting this cafe for over 50 years!

Champion Malasadas – The local treat called Malasadas are so popular

that Fat Tuesday has been re-christened Malasada Day throughout the Hawaiian

Islands. One of the best and most famous bakeries is Champion Malasadas located

at 1926 South Beretania Street. These light portuguese hole-less donuts come with

and without filling and are absolutely worth the effort in getting them!

Honolulu Chinatown – A walk through the streets of Chinatown in like a

walk into another time and place. Whether you are looking …

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Tucson, Arizona Vacation Rentals

Tucson, Arizona Vacation Rentals give the vacationer a feeling of a home away from home. Families prefer renting vacation homes foe bonding together in a home while vacationing. Families can enjoy home made meals and also savor the flavor of local restaurant food. All necessary amenities provided and long stay options are available. Renting accommodation in Tucson Arizona can be a vacation luxury at affordable rates and plenty of space.

Tucson, Arizona is the home of the University of Arizona. The University hosts events and has places of interest for the academically minded vacationer. Tucson is also the home of reputed golf courses, spas, resorts and restaurants. Shoppers can find trendy up market brands and local arts and crafts in Tucson. Outdoor lovers have challenging hiking and biking trails all around Tucson. These trails are found in urban areas and in canyons. Vacationers can learn about the flora and fauna of the desert and enjoy bird watching. Vacationers can take rides in hummers into the desert and relish the desert sculpture chiseled by nature. Horseback riding and riding in a hot air balloon are enjoyable vacation things to do. Shows showcasing the Wild West are popular attractions in Tucson. Tucson has many special interest museums. The Museum of contemporary art and the photography museum are well known specific interest tourist destinations of Tucson. There is a State museum, a Native American museum, a postal history museum and the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum that has the largest collection of horse drawn carriages. Gaming at casinos in nearby Native American Nations is another attraction Tucson has to offer. Known as the most western town in the U.S.A. vacationers have too many activities to choose from.

Tucson has vacation rental homes of many types and sizes. One bedroom to two bedroom villas, chalets, cabins and condos are the favorite vacationer rentals available. Staying at opulent hacienda style homes and quaint adobe cabins makes the vacationer feel right at home with the locals in Tucson. Adobe cabins are popular because of a rustic experience with modern amenities. Most cabins have desert and mountain views. The rents are much lower than the rates at hotel chains. Some condos even prearrange desert golf for the golfing vacationer. Other rental accommodations in gated communities help vacationers enjoy a feeling of secure vacationing.

All Tucson, Arizona Vacation Homes vary their rates according to season. Rates are higher from January to April. Security deposits are required and a cleaning fee is charged. If a swimming pool is provided pool cleaning charges are also charged. Accommodations are rented out on a daily and weekly basis. Some have offers of a week free if the vacationer rents the accommodation for three weeks. Well known Credit Cards are the accepted method of payment. Accommodations come with strict rules. Some have no pet rules and most have a no smoking rule. By breaking the rules the vacationer risks immediate eviction and deposit forfeiture. Reservations must be made early and cancellations should be made …

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