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The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates – By Uri Avnery

The Demise of the Nation State – Scotland on the Euphrates

20/09/14 –  Uri Avnery

TWO COUNTRIES competed this week for first place in news programs all over the world: Scotland and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

There could not be a greater difference than between these two countries. Scotland is damp and cold, Iraq is hot and dry. Scotland is called after its whisky (or the other way round), while for ISIS fighters, drinking alcohol is the mark of unbelievers, who should lose their head (literally).

However, there is one common denominator of both crises: they mark the approaching demise of the nation-state.

MODERN NATIONALISM, like any great idea in history, was born out of a new set of circumstances: economic, military, spiritual and others, which made older forms obsolete.  Continue reading

British Guiana – By Raymond T. Smith – 1962

British Guiana   –  By  Raymond T. Smith

Oxford University Press 1962, Reprinted 1964. Reprinted in 1980 by Greenwood Press, Connecticut.        

In 1958 or 1959 I was asked by the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London to write a general book on British Guiana.  I readily agreed to do so in spite of the fact that I was about to leave the Caribbean to take up a post at the University of Ghana in West Africa.  The bulk of the book was written during the first half of 1959, in Jamaica and then in Ghana.  Things were changing rapidly in British Guiana during this period and then even more rapidly after the book was published.  I returned to Jamaica from Ghana early in 1962, just before publication.

Although the book was favourably received there were notable exceptions.  Sir Jock Campbell, Chairman of Booker Brothers, a company that had subsidized research in British Guiana through the Commonwealth Foundation’s grant to the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies, wrote a strong letter complaining that I had accused him, and Bookers, of insincerity in their attempts to introduce a more humane form of capitalism in the management of their sugar enterprises.   Continue reading

AFC gives “real reason” Govt. scrapped Surendra contract for Specialty Hospital

AFC gives “real reason” Govt. scrapped Surendra contract

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 | BY |  - says it can help recover US$4M advance

By Abena Rockcliffe
Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan entered revelation mode yesterday as his Party hosted its weekly Press Conference at the Georgetown Club. Among the disclosures made by the political leader was “the real reason” behind the government’s move to scrap Surendra Engineering’s contract to construct the Specialty Hospital.

Ramjattan told the media that the AFC’s investigation into the matter, the publicized findings thereafter, as well as the Party’s public stance that Surendra’s contract should have been taken away a long time ago, have been justified.
He said that the AFC’s stance was premised on the fact that Surendra Engineering knows nothing about Specialty Hospitals. “We knew that it was a fraud being committed, whereby almost US$19M was going down the drain.”Fortunately, Ramjattan said, it “appears” to be just US$4.5M that went down. Continue reading

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence: 55-45%

19 September 2014 – BBC NEWS

 First Minister Alex Salmond

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.  Continue reading

Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment- Op-Ed

UPDATE:  see the following Guyanese Online entry:

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence: 55-45%

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 -By Ronan Burtenshaw, Truthout | Op-Ed

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    (Photo: Lawrence OP / Flickr)The referendum campaign is about much more than nationalism.

    Scotland Is Seeking Independence From the Political Establishment

This week’s vote on Scottish independence has lit up the political landscape in Europe, encouraging the left and prompting panic in the halls of power. If the “Yes” side manages to beat the odds and win on September 18, new possibilities will arise on a political spectrum which seemed to be shrinking by the year.

But it didn’t always look like this would be the case. When the referendum campaign began, the leading force for a Yes vote, the Scottish National Party (SNP), promised what could best be termed independence light. Staying were the pound, the Queen, NATO and even the economic model, buttressed by a “competitive” corporate tax regime to rival free-market Ireland. This appeal was nationalist in its purest sense – social questions would remain untouched and only the flag would change.  Continue reading

Demerara Gold – Play by Ingrid Griffith- Brooklyn NY. October 17-18, 2014

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Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:58:35 -0400
DEMERARA GOLD is back!  This time in BROOKLYN!!  Two shows are scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18 @ 8pm at A.R.T./NY-South Oxford Space in downtown Brooklyn (see flyer attached).  

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US Immigration Services increase fees

US Immigration Services increase fees

US visaNews Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. Sept. 1, 2014: U.S. visa applicants and immigrants may be forced to soon shell out more for immigration services according to a notice published by the Department of State in the Federal Register.

The amendment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services Schedule will temporarily take effect on September 6, 2014 for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. Continue reading

Grenada remembers Hurricane Ivan ten years on

Hurricane Ivan 2004 - Grenada

Grenada remembers Hurricane Ivan ten years on

By Caribbean News – September 7, 2014

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Sunday marked the ten-year anniversary of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan, which passed directly over Grenada on September 7, 2004, as a category three storm, killing 39 people.

The capital, St George’s, was severely damaged and several notable buildings were destroyed, including the residence of the prime minister. Ivan also caused extensive damage to a local prison, allowing most of the inmates to escape. Continue reading

ART: ‘Weights and Measures: New Work’ by Carl E. Hazlewood – September 9-27, 2014

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Carl Hazlewood at work…

‘WEIGHTS AND MEASURES: NEW WORK’ by CARL E. HAZLEWOOD –  opens at Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn.
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 9,  2014, 6 – 8 p.m.  The exhibition runs through September 27, 2014.

“Most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art.”   - Rainer Maria Rilke.

Guyana-born multimedia artist, Carl E. Hazlewood, continues his recent approach of making work for a particular exhibition space. WEIGHTS AND MEASURES is a ‘high-wire act’ between the ephemeral and the permanent; it balances a weightiness of effect against a measured lightness of presentation. The artist says, “I seek the natural ‘poetry’ found in various everyday materials and whatever ‘significant’ formal structures that can be activated by the combination of materials, artist, and viewer.”
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Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze

Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze
Published on September 2, 2014 – caribbeannewsnow.com
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Photo: Achim Schleuning/Wikimedia

GENEVA, Switzerland — The World Health Report has released the results of its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey, and two Caribbean nations – Grenada (#5) and Saint Lucia (#9) – appear in the top ten countries ranked by per capita consumption. The Bahamas is #22.

The per capita yearly pure alcohol consumption in Grenada is 12.4 liters; in other words, researchers looked at all the different drinks people consume solely in terms of their alcohol content, which eliminates differences between wine, beer and spirits. That works out to between three and four drinks per person every single day.  Continue reading

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