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Father’s Day – Father, where are you? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Syrian Children outside UNHCR Tent - Jordan Refugee Camp

Syrian Children outside their UNHCR Tent – Refugee Camp in Jordan
Photo Credit: UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) /M. Abu Asaker

We live in a patriarchal world. With relatively few exceptions, our fathers, our men, determine the direction and evolution of our societies. This Father’s Day—with persistent inequality, a permanent state of violence and war, climate mayhem, and escalating destruction of human habitats—I ask: Father, where are you?

Father, where are you when a son goes on a shooting rampage, killing other human beings because he believes he has the right to do so?

Father, where are you when the leaders of our governments send our sons and daughters to fight in illegitimate wars of domination?

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Why Tribal Peoples Are the Best Conservationists

Why Tribal Peoples Are the Best Conservationists

Friday, 19 June 2015 00:00By Staff, Survival | Report  – Truthout

Awá man making arrows, Brazil. The Awá have an intimate knowledge of their rainforest and are extremely skilled hunters. (Photo: Survival International) Photo: Awá man making arrows, Brazil. The Awá have an intimate knowledge of their rainforest and are extremely skilled hunters. (Photo: Survival International)

Awá Indians in Brazil’s north-eastern Amazon rainforest know at least 275 useful plants, and at least 31 species of honey-producing bee. Each bee type is associated with another rainforest animal like the tortoise or the tapir.  Continue reading

Former Guyana Government – Willful waste of money – commentary

Willful waste of money

June 4, 2015 | By KNews | Filed Under Editorial

Disclosures that the previous government was dispensing money like a tap dispensing water has indeed come as a shock to the many taxpayers who each day must struggle to make ends meet. 

One glaring case involves the government recruiting an individual who left these shores for whatever reason to reside in Canada. There is no shortage or reportorial skills in Guyana so for the government to reach out to Canada and recruit an individual who is at best mediocre to perform duties at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry and to pay that person US$7,333 per month ($1.5M) per month can only be a case of cronyism.  Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Thawing Permafrost

Robert Spencer of Florida State University
& Paul Mann of Northumbria University
sample permafrost thaw in Siberia
Photo Credit: Aron Stubbins

Thawing Permafrost Feeds Climate Change

New research finds that single-cell organisms called microbes are rapidly devouring the ancient carbon being released from thawing permafrost soil and ultimately releasing it back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
~ Press Release of the American Geophysical Union: “Detecting the signature of permafrost thaw in Arctic Rivers,” Research Letter by Robert G.M. Spencer and others, Geophysical Research Letters, 27 April 2015.

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Canadian company to begin gold production in Guyana mid-year

Canadian company on track to begin gold production in Guyana mid-year

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Guyana Goldfields Inc. (GGI) – production facility almost complete

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday May 28, 2015 – Guyana Goldfields Inc. (GGI), a Canadian based company focused on the exploration and development of gold deposits in Guyana, says it’s on track to begin production mid-year.

The company expects to produce between 30,000 ounces to 50,000 ounces of gold this year and approximately 120,000 ounces to 140,000 ounces of gold in 2016.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 20 May 2015

Capitol TV logoGuyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 20 May 2015

  • Granger appoints Prime Minister, 15 ministers
  • Exxon Mobil announces “significant” oil discovery
  • Nagamootoo to oversee information sector, and lead constitutional reform
  • New Finance Minister gets down to budget preparation
  • Georgetown clean up continues
  • Granger aims to create bribe-free public sector
  • Sports

Click links below to view the TV News videos:   Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Dutch government sued for climate action failure

Dutch government sued for climate action failure
Photo Credit: Urgenda, Netherlands

Landmark Dutch Lawsuit: The Urgenda Climate Case

The Urgenda Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the Dutch Government for not taking sufficient measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause dangerous climate change. The Urgenda Climate Case is the first case in Europe in which citizens attempt to hold a state responsible for its potentially devastating inaction.
~ The Urgenda Foundation, Netherlands

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“In the Waters of Time” – Poetry by Brazilian Poet Flora Egídio Thomé

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

Justice for Freddie Gray - Baltimore - USA

Justice for Freddie Gray – Victim of Police Brutality – Baltimore/USA – April 2015
Source: Common Dreams (Photo courtesy of Ryan Harvey)

As yet another African-American community erupts in the face of police brutality, I offer the poetic wisdom of Brazilian educator and poet, Flora Egídio Thomé (1930-2014). In my Poetry Corner May 2015, I feature six Haiku poems from her collection In the Waters of Time (Nas Águas do Tempo), published in 2002.

The title of her collection alludes to the fluidity of time.

Born in times of water
in the waters of time I am…
drifting alone.

Water gives life to our planet. The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. Even our bodies are composed of water: 60 percent in adult men and 55 percent in adult women. Because of this life-giving water, we exist and experience time.

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The End of the Amazonia – full documentary video

The End of the Amazonia (full documentary)

Published on Sep 17, 2014

This is a metaphorical journey through the Amazon delta and the problems that threaten its future as great living river. We will see the work of archaeologists in Marajó Island, emerged right at the mouth of the river where there was a people whose culture still remains secret. We will also know how humans and wildlife adapt to this situation of antagonistic but complementary match between the river and the sea. In this mixed ecosystem, life is multiplied to the nth degree and the Amazon River says goodbye, filling our planet with life.

ALARM: Scientists find huge magma reservoir in Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ (+video)

Scientists find huge magma reservoir in Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ (+video)

Beneath Yellowstone’s surface, seismologists at the University of Utah have discovered a huge reservoir of hot, partly molten rock – more evidence that Yellowstone with its earthquakes and geysers is a ‘supervolcano.’

By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer April 24, 2015

30 Mile Long Blob of Magma Found Beneath Yellowstone Supervolcano – Inform

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30 Mile Long Blob of Magma Beneath Yellowstone Supervolcano

Scientists and tourists have always known that Yellowstone National Park featured lively geologic wonders – regular small earthquakes and two-thirds of the world’s geysers, including Old Faithful – all constituting what’s known as a “supervolcano.”

Now, seismologists at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City have made a new discovery about Yellowstone’s subsurface plumbing, specifically a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock more than four times larger than the shallower magma chamber that scientists already knew about. To give that some perspective, the newly discovered reservoir would fill the Grand Canyon 11 times, compared with 2.5 times for the shallower chamber. Continue reading

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