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LOVE AND FIRE – By Norman Datt

LOVE AND FIRE – By Norman Datt
Yesterday I had a good ole time chuckle
To see how some snubbing British buckle
As the Rev. M. Curry dramatically unleash
Some simple come backs to those Briteesh
He expounded what many of them forgot
How strong love with fire if when sought
As an American he should fully well know
For its dividing America today a sad blow

Attacks on Trump’s character are mere distractions from the real issues – By Mohamed Hamaludin

Attacks on Trump’s character are mere distractions from the real issues


Former FBI director James Comey likens the president of the United States to a mob boss, calls him “unethical and untethered to the truth” and declares him “morally unfit” to hold the office.

Big deal, right? Not really, not in these times. Even before the 2016 election, Trump was videotaped boasting about groping women. He said if he shot someone in the street, his supporters would still stand by him. Several women accused him of sexual molestation and worse and at least two others claim they had affairs with him and were bought off to keep silent. Yet, true to Trump’s assertion, nearly half of Americans still support him.   Continue reading

The Geopolitics of Love and Hate: Dr. Jamal Wakim | An-Nahar

The Geopolitics of Love and Hate:

Will We See Russian Troops Parading One Day in Washington?

Dr. Jamal Wakim | An-Nahar

Like the Germans and the French before them, the Americans are attacking Russia through Ukraine –  despite a love affair which is at least a thousand years old.

Russian president Vladimir Putin chose to leave the G20 summit held in Brisbane, Australia early after being ill treated by the hosts and by the leaders of the Western World, “because he refused to give ground” in the Ukraine crisis.

The declarations of these leaders adopted the same old “innocent tone” to distance themselves from any responsibility in causing the crisis, or in solving it by accepting any agreement with the Russians.   Continue reading

England’s First Black Queen, Sophie Charlotte Born 1744

England’s First Black Queen, Sophie Charlotte Born 1744
by GDN Shared Post May 21, 2018

Queen Charlotte – Portrait by Sir Allan Ramsay. 1769.

Princess Sophie Charlotte was born in 1744. She was the first black queen of England and the last queen of America. She reigned during the American revolution and was our queen before we became independent. Charlotte NC is named after her.

Queen Charlotte, the actual first bi-racial member of royalty, also happens to be Prince Harry’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. That’s right. She’s Queen Victoria’s grandmother. 

Many of the portraits portray her as very fair skinned, which was the fashion of the time. She most likely was highly powdered to appear more “fashionable”.  18th century skin lightening was lead based. Although this era was known as the Age of Enlightenment, most fashionable men and women poisoned themselves with red and white lead make-up and powder.


Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet may begin Guyana flights

Canada’s WestJet may begin Guyana flights

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor. May 20, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Canada’s second largest airline, WestJet, according to local media in Guyana on Friday, is interesting in adding Georgetown, Guyana, to its network, amid significant growth in Guyana’s aviation sector and its upcoming oil and gas industry.

WestJet officials were supposed to be in Guyana on Friday May 18th 2018 to attend an aviation meeting in Georgetown, the capital.   Continue reading

Extreme Weather and the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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US 2017 Billion-Dollar Disaster Map - NOAA

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
Photo Credit: NOAA

Earlier this month, while the Trump administration quietly cancelled NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory averaged above 410 parts per million (ppm) throughout April. With such irresponsible action, we-the-people must prepare ourselves for more extreme weather.

Extreme Weather & the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know, published by the Climate Reality Project (March 2018), helps us to understand the challenges we now face. As the captioned NOAA chart shows, climate-related and other natural disasters are costly. Total damages in 2017 left the U.S. with a bill of $306 billion. Families who were hit are still recovering from their loss. Families in poor communities may never recover.

Here’s what we need to know about our extreme weather and the climate crisis. Bear in mind that weather refers to short-term atmospheric…

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Post- Mother’s Day: The OTHER  “Daycare Mother”? – By Yvonne Sam

Post- Mother’s Day—The OTHER  Say?

By Yvonne Sam

What do we really celebrate on Mother’s Day– When what is considered motherhood is no longer a reality?

Mother’s Day recently went by with all and sundry celebrating, recalling, acknowledging and appreciating in all manner, shape and form the maternal sacrifices made—basically Mom being there. Sadly what we consider motherhood today is no longer a reality.

In Canada, Britain, the United States and even Australia motherhood means not being there. Plainly stated motherhood means dropping the kids off to someone, somewhere else but home on the way to work.  For millions of children, the person teaching them how to talk, how to walk, how to eat, how to learn, how to treat others, how to play and what to say– is the other—the daycare worker who clocks in at $14-$15 an hour in Quebec.      Continue reading

Bad Leaders Made Africa Poor – Professor P.L.O. Lumumba – video

Bad Leaders Made Africa Poor –“Africa Must Arise”- Lumumba

Godwin A. Allotey/

Renowned Kenyan Law Professor and Pan Africanist, Professor P.L.O. Lumumba, has attributed Africa’s endless challenges to the poor quality of political leadership on the continent.

According to him, leaders on the continent have failed to harness the opportunities that abound on the continent to liberate their people economically.

Speaking at a lecture dubbed “Africa Must Arise” at the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Lumumba admonished leaders on the continent to sit up.      Continue reading

The View from Europe: China’s rapidly advancing Caribbean role – by David Jessop

The View from Europe: China’s rapidly advancing Caribbean role

David Jessop

For some years now, China has sought to deepen its relations with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It has done so as a part of a long-term geo-political strategy that is accompanying its rise to super power status.

Its objective in every nation in South and Central America and the Caribbean is to support development through investment and trade, and then over time to enlarge its economic, political and security role.   Continue reading

Trump is Wrong Over Iran, But Europe Can’t Afford to Divorce the USA – The Guardian UK

Trump is Wrong Over Iran, But Europe Can’t Afford to Divorce the USA

Bruno Tertrais | The Guardian UK

No other USA president has been as antagonistic to European principles. But there’s no alternative to a strong transatlantic partnership

In 2003 a USA-led war in the Middle East fractured western unity and divided the European family. It was a trauma of historic proportions, a watershed in some ways comparable to the 1956 Suez crisis.

With Donald Trump’s decision on Iran, we may be on the verge of another such moment. On the surface, things may not look as bad as they did in early 2003.

At this point, USA military action against Iran is a worst-case hypothesis – not a plan. No 180,000-strong force is being built up near Iranian territory. Nor are Europeans split into two camps.

In this current crisis – and despite Brexit – Europeans look like they’re sticking together.      Continue reading

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