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Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 14 October 2014

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 14 October 2014

  • Student suicide shocks WCD “Swami” school
  • No full compensation for flooded EBD communities
  • GWI offers “Free Pass for disconnected consumers
  • Granger continues call for Local Gov’t polls
  • AFC says gov’t stalling NO Confidence debate
  • Plaisance residents say Whittaker “stranger to the truth”
  • Sports
Student suicide shocks WCD “Swami” school   Posted: 14 Oct 2014 02:09 PM PDT

Dead is Alex Persaud of 18 Stewartville, West Coast Demerara. The boy bought Gramoxone at a shop nearby his home two Mondays ago and succumbed last Friday. The teenager was said to be involved with an 18-year-old Information Technology teacher at the Saraswati Vidya Niketan Secondary School at Cornelia Ida. Persaud was in his third […] Continue reading

One Muslim state’s peaceful power transfer – commentary

One Muslim state’s peaceful power transfer

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board October 14, 2014 – [source]

  • Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo, center, speaks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, during their visit to a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct 13. The two discussed ways to use the online social network for national development.

With four Muslim countries now splintered in armed conflict (Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen), the world can be grateful that the largest Muslim country will achieve a peaceful milestone Oct. 20. For the first time in its history, Indonesia will see a transfer of power from one popularly elected president to another: A humble former furniture maker, Joko Widodo, will take over from a former Army general, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.  Continue reading

Challenge to Britain’s ruling conservatives

Challenge to Britain’s ruling conservatives

P.M. David Cameron

P.M. David Cameron

If British Prime Minister David Cameron felt that with the No vote in Scotland he would have a respite from political pressures, the loss of one of his Conservative Party’s seats in a by-election last week will quickly have brought him back to reality. For the result of the poll marks the victory of a fringe offshoot of the Conservatives, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) which has opposed Britain’s continuing membership of the European Union.

To make it worse, the UKIP’s victory was the result of the resignation of a Conservative Member of Parliament from both his seat and the Party who, by joining UKIP made it clear that the centrepoint of his challenge was Britain’s EU membership.   Continue reading

Guyana: Forbes Burnham & My Grand Disillusion – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Late President Forbes Burnham - GuyanaLinden Forbes Sampson Burnham (1923-1985)
Prime Minister of Guyana, 1964-1980
President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, 1980-1985
Photo Credit: Guyana Graphic

Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham: an impressive name. In retaining his mother’s maiden name, Sampson, not a common practice in Guyana, he reveals a deep regard for her. With a father who was a schoolmaster and both parents devout Methodists, the young Forbes had a strict and upright upbringing.

The brilliant, young Forbes won the 1942 British Guiana Scholarship, the highest scholastic award at that time. Later, he excelled at the University of London, achieving a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) Degree.

When I first met Forbes Burnham, then a practicing lawyer and leader of a newly-formed political party, I was about four to five years old. I was at our next-door neighbor’s flat the day he came to pick up his order of black pudding. The charming…

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DIASPORA – editorial in Stabroek News

DIASPORA –  editorial in Stabroek News

Guyana: President Ramotar

President Ramotar

Last week GINA, the Government’s information service, reported that President Donald Ramotar had met Guyanese in Washington and Queens, New York, in the course of his visit to the United Nations, and that he had asked them to return home and invest in the country’s economy. One wonders if he was serious when he put that question to his compatriots in the diaspora, or whether he was just going through the motions.

If he was serious, then he is truly divorced from reality; we have been waiting twenty-two years for this flood of returnees to swamp us with their US dollars, their overseas skills and their drive to nurture their homeland, and no one, even President Ramotar one would think, anticipates that they will do so in the immediate future.

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Brazil could elect first black president – so why isn’t anyone talking about it? (+video)

Brazil could elect first black president – so why isn’t anyone talking about it? (+video)

By Taylor Barnes, Correspondent October 4, 2014 – CSM

Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil sings a song he composed for presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) during a meeting with artists and intellectuals at a campaign rally in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The official jingle for Marina Silva’s presidential campaign discreetly refers to the candidate’s skin color: “She’s going to come with her tan skin and popular appeal…. She’s going to be so different, and for that reason, so similar to all of us.”

The brief line – among diverse references to how she appeals to all Brazilians of all creeds – is symbolic. After her years in the public eye as a politician and activist, Brazilians know well the personal story of Ms. Silva: She hails from an impoverished family of 11 children in a remote corner of the Amazon, worked as a housemaid, and was illiterate until the age of 16. She’s a devout Pentecostal Christian and an outspoken environmentalistContinue reading

Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk

Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk

Geopolitical Weekly  Tuesday, October 7, 2014 -

In June 1919, aboard an Allied warship en route to Paris, sat Damat Ferid Pasha, the Grand Vizier of a crumbling Ottoman Empire. The elderly statesman, donning an iconic red fez and boasting an impeccably groomed mustache, held in his hands a memorandum that he was to present to the Allied powers at the Quai d’Orsay. The negotiations on postwar reparations started five months earlier, but the Ottoman delegation was prepared to make the most of its tardy invitation to the talks. As he journeyed across the Mediterranean that summer toward the French shore, Damat Ferid mentally rehearsed the list of demands he would make to the Allied powers during his last-ditch effort to hold the empire together.

He began with a message, not of reproach, but of inculpability: “Gentlemen, I should not be bold enough to come before this High Assembly if I thought that the Ottoman people had incurred any responsibility in the war that has ravaged Europe and Asia with fire and sword.” His speech was followed by an even more defiant memorandum, denouncing any attempt to redistribute Ottoman land to the Kurds, Greeks and Armenians, asserting: “In Asia, the Turkish lands are bounded on the south by the provinces of Mosul and Diyarbakir, as well as a part of Aleppo as far as the Mediterranean.” When Damat Ferid’s demands were presented in Paris, the Allies were in awe of the gall displayed by the Ottoman delegation. Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 07 October 2014

  • PPP protests GECOM PRO appointment
  • Dynamic Airways to resume flights
  • GT residents uncomfortable with cleanup exercise
  • Another missing report in file for Complaints Authority
  • Protests for Local Gov’t Elections continue
  • Sports
PPP protests GECOM PRO appointment   Posted: 07 Oct 2014 02:09 PM PD
Dynamic Airways to resume flights   Posted: 07 Oct 2014 02:08 PM PDT
GT residents uncomfortable with cleanup exercise    Posted: 07 Oct 2014 02:07 PM PDT Continue reading

Capitol News – TV Video Reports – 03 October 2014

  • Gang raped Amerindian woman speaks out
  • Rice krispies hype at GUYEXPO
  • Thief beaten first by residents, then handed to police
  • APNU backing NO-Confidence motion
  • UG considers higher fees, increased pay for lectures
  • Whittaker stands by Plaisance Overseer appointment
  • Sports
Gang raped Amerindian woman speaks out   Posted: 03 Oct 2014 02:09 PM PDT
Rice krispies hype at GUYEXPO   Posted: 03 Oct 2014 02:08 PM PDT  Continue reading

Combined opposition restates support for no-confidence motion

Combined opposition restates support for no-confidence motion

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 –  Written by Demerara Waves

ballot boxIn the wake of efforts by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to drive a wedge between the two opposition parties over which elections they each prefer, the combined opposition on Wednesday re-affirmed their unwavering commitment to passing the vote of no confidence against the government at the earliest sitting of the National Assembly.

“The parties, which hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly since the 2011 elections, emphasized that the holding of local government elections or the setting of a date for such elections, would not deflect from or affect passage of the vote of no confidence,” said the Alliance For Change (AFC) in a statement.  Continue reading

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