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Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations for British Colonialism – video

Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations 

Published on Jul 14, 2015 – One of the best speeches by an Indian ever on the subject of British reparations. It’s from an Indian MP, Dr Shashi Tharoor, invited to speak at the Oxford Union Society in a debate on Reparations for British Colonialism. The debate’s proposition was ….Does Britain Owe Reparations to India And Other Former Colonies?

ABOUT THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY: The Union is the world’s most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for 189 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.

Jobs vs The Environment – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision


Headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Federal Triangle facilities – Washington DC – USA

Our global capitalist economic system has brought us to the edge of an abyss. If we want more jobs, the corporate capitalist elite tells us, we must reduce environmental regulations that increase their operational costs and make their products less competitive in the global marketplace. They say the same about financial regulations and employee wages. But those are other interrelated issues. I want to focus here on the environment.

The word “environment” seems to have lost its meaning for those of us, like myself, who live in large urban centers and have a greater say in state and federal policies, regulating our environmental protections. Far removed from our natural world, we can control the temperature within our homes, offices, and commercial and entertainment centers. We obtain our food and beverages, including purified bottled water…

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Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR) – Mashramani 2017 Newsletter

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Guyana Institute of Historical Research (GIHR)

             Mashramani 2017 Newsletter

Table of contents       1.  Nills Campbell ‘Guyana’s First Mashramani ….. Page 3           2. Masquerade   Page…..  7         3. Spotlight on some of the 2017 Mashramani Contestants …..  Page 13        4. Elton Mc Rae Creolisation and Social Cohesion …… Page  16         5. Quotes of the President of Guyana  …. Page 18


USA-Mexico Wall of Contention – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision


Our newly inaugurated president is intent on keeping his campaign promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along our southern border and have Mexico pay for it. At an estimated cost of $12 to $15 billion, the wall will be over 994 miles long. About 621 miles of fences or other barriers already exist. Intended to deter rapists, drug dealers, and illegal immigrants, the wall of contention has developed into a trade war with Mexico.

During his first week in office, President Trump triggered a fight with Mexico via Twitter. If Mexico wasn’t willing to foot the bill for the border wall, the Mexican president should cancel his scheduled visit to Washington.

“The US has a $60 billion dollar deficit with Mexico,” President Trump tweeted. “It has been a one-sided deal from the beginning of NAFTA with massive numbers of jobs and companies lost.”

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2014 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded. Then It Was 2015. Now It’s 2016.

2014 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded. Then It Was 2015. Now It’s 2016.

Published on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Common Dreams – by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

global-warming-noaaGlobal agencies give new assessments on 2016

For the third year in a row, the world experienced its warmest year on the books, global scientists have determined.

The new assessments come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the UK’s Met Office, as well as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which relies in part on data from those agencies. The findings also back up the declaration made earlier this month by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.    Continue reading

In Defence of Caribbean Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programmes – By Alicia Nicholls



Alicia Nicholls

A  60 Minutes Special aired by American network, CBS, on January 1, 2017 has added fuel to the fiery debate on the legitimacy of Caribbean countries’ economic citizenship programmes. Whether intended or not, the segment entitled “Passports for Sale” cast a shadow of iniquity on the programmes which certain Caribbean countries, and to which an increasing number of countries are turning in order to stimulate their economies and attract much needed foreign investment.

Last year, St. Lucia joined four other Eastern Caribbean countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts & Nevis by offering a direct citizenship programme. Economic investor programmes fall into two broad types: residency programmes (which only offer investors the right to reside) and citizenship programmes (which confer citizenship, either directly or after a period of residency).   [Read more]

Hungry Venezuelans flood Brazilian towns, as threat of mass migration looms

Hungry Venezuelans flood Brazilian towns, as threat of mass migration looms

By Marina Lopes and Nick Miroff January 1, 2017

PACARAIMA, Brazil — Rosibel Diaz used to affectionately call her 4-year-old son “my chubby boy.” She couldn’t stand it when he started going hungry.

So in November, Diaz packed up her family’s possessions and boarded a bus with the boy and her 11-month-old daughter to escape Venezuela’s famished interior. She now lives under a blue tarp in a trash-strewn alleyway of this Brazilian border village, where she begs for food.

“I won’t go back,” said the rail-thin mother, who lost her job as a home nursing aide four years ago. She leaned against a pole, feeding a piece of bread to the baby. “We are surviving here,” she said.

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Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

We are already seeing around the globe the impacts of a changing climate’

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer – Common Dreams – 06 January 2017

An aerial photo shows severe flooding in a residential area of Baton Rouge, La. on Aug. 15, 2016. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Earth is “on the edge.”  So declared the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Thursday January 5, 2017, announcing that 2016 was the warmest year on record.

The first global assessment of last year’s temperatures finds that 2016 broke the record set in 2015 by close to 0.2°C , with last year’s record having broken the record set in 2014.   Continue reading

How Norman rule reshaped England … England is indelibly European- The Economist

How Norman rule reshaped England – England is indelibly European

THE Norman conquest of England, led exactly 950 years ago by William, Duke of Normandy (“the Conqueror”), was the single greatest political change England has ever seen. It was also very brutal. The Anglo-Saxon aristocracy was stripped of its assets, and many of its members suffered the humiliation of being forced to work on land they had once owned. Even today, conquest by the French is still a touchy subject in some circles.      Continue reading

What the ancient past can teach us about the chaos of 2016 – By Sarah Parcak – TED ideas

What the ancient past can teach us about the chaos of 2016

ancient-civilizationsNov 1, 2016 /  – TED ideas

This year has been marked by upheaval on a global scale — and many of us are wondering: What will happen next? Satellite archaeologist and TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak shares three examples from the ancient past that offer lessons for today.

2016 has been a bruising year. We’ve had the highly contentious election in the US, the divisive Brexit vote in the UK, continuing destabilization and conflict across the Middle East, the panic of the refugee crisis, and the frightening spread of the Zika virus. Many of us are wondering: Where are we headed?             Continue reading

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