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A Few Beautiful Thoughts About Life – By Rishika Jain’s Inspirations

A Few Beautiful Thoughts About Life

It’s a hard life sometimes, but a life in which happiness is possible is also beautiful, and the path to a beautiful life is paved with beautiful thoughts, beautiful outlooks, that bring a smile and spread happiness to others. I hope you enjoy these words of inspiration

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The Souls of Black Folk – by W. E. B. Du Bois + videos

W. E. B. Du Bois

APRIL 24, 2015 – http://worldisafrica.org/2015/04/24/the-souls-of-black-folk-by-w-e-b-du-bois/

The Souls of Black Folk –  by W. E. B. Du Bois

“Herein lie buried many things which, if read with patience, may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the 20th century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line”.

 This prophecy may have seemed far-fetched when first published in 1903, but it was to prove more and more compelling as the century advanced. Its author was WEB du Bois, the greatest of the early civil-rights leaders, a figure of towering significance in American politics and letters, whose life and work are – alas – little known on this side of the Atlantic.  Continue reading

With Confucius: Morality is Heaven! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

With Confucius: Morality is Heaven!

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Confucius

Confucius

We met at Hyde Park in London. We were from different worlds. He was Confucius, teacher and educator who is known for his lessons on propriety, virtue  and morality. I was a transplant. My ancestors went from India to the Caribbean and many of us are now part of a second indenture in which questions of identity, inclusion and outsidership are constantly asked and debated.

We sat on an elongated bench that overlooked the pond and the sounds of the Sunday soapboxes filled the air. The speakers bawled about every injustice imaginable and one man in a red suit called for the end to the world. This brought a short applause from a nearby group and a smile from Confucius. Continue reading

A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

A Government of National Unity is the Best Solution for Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

The APNU/AFC coalition is campaigning on a promise of a Government of National Unity (GNU).

The APNU campaigned on it in 2011. Everywhere the message was enthusiastically embraced by Guyanese people of all races and classes. Above all it was embraced by the young people. This simple but powerful message of national unity and reconciliation provides Guyanese with the opportunity to once and for all break out of the political prisons in which we have been trapped since 1955. In voting for a GNU, Guyanese are voting directly for a solution to our problems of political and racial division.

The PPP, the WPA and the PNC at different times in the past have embraced the idea of a GNU. Now the AFC has embraced it. The political crisis brought on by 23 years of PPP misrule can be corrected by a government that includes all of the representatives of the people. Continue reading

Important Facts to remember as you grow older

Important facts to remember as you grow older

Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee Kuan Yew: Father of Singapore

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Lee_Kuan_Yew in 2002

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew has provided the recipe for Singapore’s success. He said, ‘I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters-who your neighbor is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what people think.’

Lee Kuan Yew led Singapore for more than thirty years and his passing prompted many world leaders to pay their respects to him. President Barack Obama called him a ‘true giant of history and the father of modern Singapore. ’ David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, spoke of Mr. Lee and Margaret Thatcher in the same vein, as great state persons that were committed to change.  Continue reading

Guyana’s Eileen Cox: Mum – a Feisty Fifties Feminist – By Sharon Maas

Guyana’s Eileen Cox – Mum – a Feisty Fifties Feminist

By Sharon Maas – March 8, 2015 

Eileen-Cox-4x2-memoLast November my mother died in Guyana, aged 96; I happened to be on a two-week visit from Germany, and it seemed she had been only waiting to see me one last time. Her death made front-page news in the country. Articles appeared in the papers, I was interviewed, and it wasn’t long before the tributes poured in, including condolence cards from the country’s President, the Prime Minister, and the Opposition Leader.

Mum was an icon in Guyana, a role model for people of all persuasions admired and respected. She made changes, and for this she received well-deserved accolades. For me, of course, her passing was far more personal. With it came the peace and closeness to her I had longed for all my life. It hadn’t been easy being her daughter.

Mum was always at least 50 years ahead of her time. The steps she took back in the 50’s might seem normal and self-evident to today’s young women, but in her day they were truly revolutionary; they went against the grain of society, and she took them alone, with no role models or living examples.   Continue reading

Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese Political Legend turns 90 – By Dr. David Hinds

Eusi Kwayana: A Guyanese Political Legend turns 90

By Dr. David Hinds

eusi Kwayana -in 2014

Eusi Kwayana -in 2014

 Today, April 4, 2015, Eusi Kwayana turns 90. It is difficult to properly analyze modern Guyanese politics without taking into consideration Eusi Kwayana’s wide ranging contributions. His political career has spanned the seven decades, which mirrors the period normally referred to as the modern phase of Guyanese and Caribbean politics. This article pays tribute to Kwayana by offering an overview of his political life and work.

Political Biography

Eusi Kwayana, formerly Sydney King, was born 1925 and has been involved in Guyana’s national politics since 1947.He has been referred to as the “Sage of Buxton,”“Renaissance Man”and “Guyana’s Gandhi,” among other descriptions. He is multi-faceted– political activist, educator, writer, journalist, dramatist, folklorist and historian. But it is as a political activist that Kwayana has made his most telling contribution. He has become one of Guyana’s most distinguished political leaders. Ironically, he has also been one of the most controversial and misunderstood public personalities.   Continue reading

Literary colossus V.S. NAIPAUL says ISIS is now the Fourth Reich

A grotesque love of propaganda. Unspeakable barbarity. The loathing of Jews – and a hunger for world domination. In this stunning intervention, literary colossus V.S. NAIPAUL says ISIS is now the Fourth Reich

In a hard-hitting article in today’s Mail on Sunday, the revered novelist brands the extremist Muslim organisation as the Fourth Reich, saying it is comparable to Adolf Hitler’s regime in its fanaticism and barbarity.  

Calling for its ‘military annihilation,’ the Trinidadian-born British writer says IS is ‘dedicated to a contemporary holocaust’, has a belief in its own ‘racial superiority,’ and produces propaganda that Goebbels would be proud of.   Continue reading

Paloma’s Tribute to Courtney: Requiem for the Unknown Soldier

Paloma’s Tribute to Courtney: Requiem for the Unknown Soldier
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Paloma Mohamed Martin (Ph.D)
Communications/Sociology/ Social Psychology
Anthony Sabga Caribbean Laureate ( Excellence in Arts and Letters) 2015
And above all things grant me the wisdom to know love when I see it,
the grace to touch its face in  reverence and the good fortune to see it reflected in myself.
Paloma
February 2003.
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