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The UNADDRESSED in the Black Community – By Yvonne Sam

The UNADDRESSED  in the Black Community

By Yvonne Sam

It is not only the police who lay claim to having a monopoly on the Code of Silence. No way! When it comes to certain topics in the Black community then there is a cloistered way of silence.  For various reasons we do not want to address it , and at times it has caused some confusion  We want to address racism and injustice, but that’s strictly on the outside, it  is the inside that is an entirely different ballgame.

There are some hot button topics that Blacks refuse point blank to talk about and/ or acknowledge, even if they know it is right or wrong.  Here are some things that Black people would not and will not not address:

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Barbara Atherly – International Civil Servant – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Barbara Atherly – International Civil Servant

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Barbara Atherly

Her life is rich, rewarding and purposeful. She carries herself with humility and charm and she is currently Guyana’s Consul General to New York. But Barbara Atherly is much more. She is an international civil servant that has made a difference in the lives of others. This fearless woman has worked in some of the most challenging places on the planet to bring relief to children and she has done so with grace and dignity.

Barbara is an anthropologist’s dream: she has lived in different cultures, has involved herself in the lives of the communities and has helped to bring about positive changes wherever she was posted. Barbara was born in Charlestown in Georgetown, Guyana, but she grew up in Durban Street.    Continue reading

We are nothing but shadow and mist – By Freddie Kissoon

We are nothing but shadow and mist

Freddie Kissoon

Here are some of the lyrics from the theme song of the movie, “Last Tango in Paris,” definitely the second greatest existentialist film ever made after the Italian masterpiece, “La Dolce Vita.”

“We don’t exist
We are nothing but shadow and mist
In the mirror we look as we pass
No reflection’s revealed in the glass
Don’t you know that the blood in your vein is as lifeless
as yesterday’s rain?
It’s a game where we come to conceal – the confusion we feel” 

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Where is the Ruimveldt Independence Arch? – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Where is the Ruimveldt Independence Arch? – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Where is that super sleuth Sherlock Homes when you need him? The famous fictional English detective is very much needed here in Guyana at this time, to crack the cold case of, The MISSING RUIMVELDT INDEPENDENCE ARCH.

At this time of Guyana’s cold cases history, we need some help from the British, and we do have some help right now in the person of Russell Combe, a British Senior Security Sector Reform Adviser. Since his arrival in Guyana, the British Security Ace has been meeting with ministers of government and the country’s top brass in National Security, including the Police Force, the Defense Force and the Prison authorizes.    Continue reading

Guyanese Professor John R. Rickford Awarded Highest Academic Honor in the U.S.A.

GUYANESE PROFESSOR AWARDED HIGHEST ACADEMIC HONOR IN THE U.S.A.

Prof. John Rickford

Guyanese-American Professor John R. Rickford of Stanford University was recently notified that he had been awarded one of the highest academic honors in the United States: Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the oldest and most prestigious learned societies and independent policy research centers in the U.S., convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world.

The Academy’s work is advanced by its elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.    Continue reading

Why Namibian chiefs are taking Germany to court – The Economist explains

Why Namibian chiefs are taking Germany to court

The Herero and Nama peoples are seeking reparations for the 20th century’s first genocide

IN 1904 the Herero people of modern-day Namibia rose up against German colonists, who had seized and settled much of their land. The response of the German army, imbued with racist ideology, was to annihilate them. “Within the German borders every Herero, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot,” ordered General Lothar von Trotha, its commander. Some Herero died at the hands of Trotha’s soldiers; many more perished after being pushed into the desert or herded into concentration camps.    Continue reading

Mothers and Mothers-in-Law – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Mothers and Mothers-in-Law – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Today, Mother’s Day 2017, has come at a time when both my mother and mother-in-law are no longer with us. My mother Stella passed away in 1963 at age 58. My mother-in-law Olive passed away in 2016 at age 105. My mother delivered six children. Two died in infancy. My mother-in-law delivered ten children. Two died in infancy. Both my mother, Stella, and my mother-in-law, Olive, were very strong women who laid down the law in the home for their children. Simple though they were, both were fantastic mothers. Their Law-abiding lives were a great contribution to the smoother running of Guyana. I regard them both as unsung heroines.    Continue reading

GUYANA- Peaceful Shores- 34 Poems – By Dmitri Allicock

 

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Oronoque Street | Walk with me in Georgetown – Video by Raphael

Oronoque Street | Walk with me in Georgetown – Video by Raphael

Raphael – Published on May 9, 2017
Walk with me on Oronoque Street in Queenstown, Georgetown, Guyana

The bizarre business politics of the Jagdeo era – Freddie Kissoon

The bizarre business politics of the Jagdeo era

I read the other day that the NIS has seventy-six percent of the share-holding in the Berbice Bridge Company. When you square that with the fact that the very company was against the lowering of the fare, then it brings into sharp focus what kind of government Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar ran.

If the majority of investment money in the construction of the bridge came from the State then the majority share-holder has a greater input in policy. You don’t have to be a business student to know this.    Continue reading

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