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Eid Reflection: Muslim marginalization in Guyana – Commentary

Commentary: Eid Reflection: Muslim marginalization in Guyana
By Shabnam Alli and Ray Chickrie
Published on July 28, 2014 – Caribbean News Now

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Born in Guyana, Raymond Chickrie was a teacher in the NYC public school system and is currently teaching in the Middle Eas

Islam reached the shores of Guyana during slavery, when Muslim slaves from West Africa were shipped to work on the plantations and, after the abolition of slavery, Islam was reintroduced in Guyana with the arrival of indentured immigrants from British India, when more than 90 Muslims of the immigrants on board the Whitby and Hesperus were of the Islamic faith arrived in Guyana.

Despite the many obstacles, these great ancestors forever changed Guyana’s landscape. They are the reason why Islam survives in Guyana today. Much later in the 1940s, that generation of Muslims and led by Muslim leaders of Guyana, including the head of the British Guiana Sadr Anjuman, Rahman Baksh Gajraj and many others ensured the further institutionalization of Islam at all levels in the country.

Muslim marginalization in the political dynamics of Guyana needs to be reviewed briefly by accessing Caribbean East Indian Diaspora studies. A review of literature on the East Indian Diaspora written by non-Muslims portrayed East Indians as a homogeneous group. The symbols of one dominant religious group are very visible, while the Muslim presence in Guyana remains largely invisible.  Continue reading

Buxton: Holding fast to its roots and boasting striking historical features

Welcome to Buxton

Welcome to Buxton

Buxton: Holding fast to its roots and boasting striking historical features

 To be honest with you folks, I was heading for a village I was very curious about, but I was doing so with mixed feelings.

 You see, the moment I mentioned that this village was next on my Village Focus list of places, some of my colleagues balked with fear, and told unpleasant tales with acute warnings to be extremely careful.

But knowing me, always loving a challenge, I set aside my misgivings and began my short journey to my destination. Readers, let me warn you to never listen to hearsay evidence; you must always ensure that you see something for yourself before you end up spreading wrong news.  Continue reading

PNCR congress ends in major rift, Granger remains leader

PNCR congress ends in major rift, Granger remains leader

JULY 28, 2014 | BY |  - Gunshot fired during ruckus

By Abena Rockcliffe

Granger and his new/old team surrounded by the press

Granger and his new/old team surrounded by the press

Notwithstanding the confusion, division, claims of a rigged election and the single gunshot which sent the young and the old running for cover; reinstated leader of the People National Congress/Reform (PNC/R), David Granger declared that the party’s 18th biennial congress a success. Congress is traditionally formal meetings where members of a political Party discuss ideas, solve problems and make plans to move forward. Also, this is usually an occasion where Party members get to elect the persons they want to lead them. Continue reading

NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio – How’s He Doing After Six Months?

How’s He Doin’? Bill de Blasio After Six Months

Saturday, 26 July 2014 –  By Danny Katch, Truthout | News Analysis

2014 726 bill fwNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the crowd at an address on the city’s future, at the Cooper Union in NYC, April 10, 2014. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / The NY Times)

When Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City last November, speculation began about whether his victory would lead to a resurgence of genuine liberalism within the Democratic Party or whether de Blasio would be unable – and perhaps unwilling – to make a sharp break with the business-first policies of his billionaire predecessor Michael Bloomberg.

Call it the Obama question. In 2008, Barack Obama was entrusted with the dreams of a generation. Six years of bank bailouts and drone bombings later, the sound of those dreams shattering on the pavement still echoes wherever a politician attempts to renew hopes about peace and equality.   Continue reading

PNCR Conference: Granger promotes ‘One Nation’ solution

 Granger promotes ‘One Nation’ solution

David Granger

David Granger

July 25, 2014 · Stabroek News

In his address to the 18th biennial delegates’ conference of the PNCR this afternoon, Party leader David Granger urged a One Nation solution for the country and lambasted the PPP/C for not seizing the opportunity for more inclusive governance.

In the text of his address released by Congress Place he urged delegates to keep the pressure up to “push the PPP out of office, elect a government of national unity and give the Guyanese people the good life that they deserve”.

He also alighted on the Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh’s management of the country’s finances stating that it has been a major source of political contention. He added “We shall soon settle that!”  That remark appears to be a reference to Singh’s spending of $4.5B which has brought the country to the brink of a motion of no confidence by the opposition majority in Parliament against the government.

Granger’s address follows:   Continue reading

Gaza Strip conflict: Once And For All.!! – By Uri Avnery

Once And For All.!! –  By Uri Avnery

26/07/14 -Tel Aviv. Israel

IN THIS war, both sides have the same aim: to put an end to the situation that existed before it started.

Once And For All!

To put an end to the launching of rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, Once And For All!

To put an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip by Israel and Egypt, Once And For All!

So why don’t the two sides come together without foreign interference and agree on tit for tat?

They can’t because they don’t speak to each other. They can kill each other, but they cannot speak with each other. God forbid.

THIS IS NOT a war on terror. The war itself is an act of terror.

Neither side has a strategy other than terrorizing the civilian population of the other side.  Continue reading

CAPITOL TV NEWS VIDEOS – July 24, 2014

CAPITOL TV NEWS VIDEOS – July 24, 2014

  • Finance Minister for Privileges Committee
  • Brooklyn landlady charged in murder of Guyanese woman
  • Norton shrugs off criticism in run to become PNCR Leader
  • Georgetown cleanup gets underway
  • Confusion over adjusted UG fees
  • Guyana drops on UN Human Development Index
  • Sports
Finance Minister for Privileges CommitteePosted: 24 Jul 2014 02:09 PM PDT
Brooklyn landlady charged in murder of Guyanese womanPosted: 24 Jul 2014 02:08 PM PDT  Continue reading

World Control -Thinking outside of the box- by Joan

World Control -Thinking outside of the box-  by Joan.

Joan is one of our readers.  She sent this e-mail to Guyanese Online.

There is an over abundance of Muslim Hate E-mails going around these days. There are a lot of pictures and videos and talk about them over-running the countries in Europe.

I cannot see anyone taking over any WHITE country.

Why did those Governments take them into the country in the first place?

All they have to do is isolate them with bad schools, put them in jail, and when they come out there will be no jobs. Then give them dope to sell and guns to kill each other.  This way they do not have to kill them.

That has been very successful in some inner cities in some countries we know about. Continue reading

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence – Ramotar responds…..

AFC tells Ramotar time-up, ready for no-confidence

Friday, 18 July 2014 – By  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

President Donald Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar

The smaller opposition Alliance For Change (AFC) has told President Donald Ramotar that it is going ahead with its vote of no confidence in the government that will inevitably see Guyana going into early general elections before year end if approved by the combined opposition-controlled House.

AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan told the Guyanese leader that he was pushing ahead with the no confidence vote because government was spending millions of dollars from the Consolidated Fund without parliamentary approval. “Our Party sees no other alternative than to proceed with this constitutional mechanism for removal of an unpopular Government that has ceased to enjoy the confidence of the National Assembly and who by its actions has demonstrated an unlawful and contemptuous disregard for the Supreme Law of the Country,” he said in the July 17, 2014 letter.
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Home Ministry backs down from six-month birth certificate-for-passport rule

Home Ministry backs down from six-month birth certificate-for-passport rule

Guyana Passport

Guyana Passport

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 – Written by  Demerara Waves

In the wake of a public outcry, the Home Affairs Ministry on Wednesday backed down from its original demand and said applicants for new passports must now furnish birth certificates that have been obtained no more than two years before.

Originally, the Ministry had ordered that the birth certificates must be no more than six months.

But sections of the public had expressed concern about the waiting time it takes to get a birth certificate when one considers travel plans. Continue reading

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