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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently convened a panel of economists in Washington to discuss the debt crisis in Greece and throughout the world.
In his opening statement, Sanders talked about the debt crisis in Greece as well as in Puerto Rico. “It is time for creditors to sit down with the governments of Greece and Puerto Rico and work out a debt repayment plan that is fair to both sides,” Sanders said. “The people of Greece and the children of Puerto Rico deserve nothing less.”
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By Dmitri Allicock
In my heart there lives a special place
For the memory of a dear time and space
A sacred place where my heritage is found
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Profile: Peter Jailall – Poet and Storeyteller – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
Life is a story. If the mother of all literature is poetry then storytelling cannot be far behind. In fact some of the most loved poems are in the form of stories. They can soar the spirit to planets unknown and take one to the deep inner self. Consider Rumi, ‘You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.’
The classrooms have seen effective teachers use both poetry and storytelling as tools to explain the intricacies of language, to hold the attention of students and also to show how the moral of the story is relevant in a present-day context. Peter Jailall has used poems and stories in these settings with much success. He has combined poetry and storytelling in his native Guyana, Canada and the United States to bring to his audience the power of the written and spoken word. Continue reading →
Black Churches in America – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine
It is 1758 and a slave reports on the condition of Blacks. He says, ‘the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meetings, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them.’ In 2105 in Charleston, South Carolina, a weapon that was deadlier than the whip was used and it brought tragic results.
Black churches were a cause of concern to the White establishment during and after slavery. A Black congregation was seen as a threat to White supremacy. The congregation was an example of faith, togetherness, and the ownership of property and this did not sit well with Whites. When Whites in the South wanted excitement they would set fire to Black churches. The flames provided relief from boredom and sent a message to Blacks to mind their message and manners. Continue reading →
As the American culture becomes more violent with each day, we must ask ourselves: would there actually be groups like ISIS if not for what America did in Afghanistan and Iraq? We need to realize how much bad karma this empire has accrued.
To this writer, empire is not exactly what the dictionary defines it as: A group of nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress or other sovereign or government; usually a territory of greater extent than a kingdom. Another definition can be found stating: A powerful and important enterprise or holding of large scope that is controlled by a single person, family or group of associates.
Putting these two definitions together, one can perhaps begin to understand what our American Empire looks like. The heinous marriage between mega wealth via corporate capitalism and elected government. The first born bastard child they named The Military Industrial Empire! Continue reading →
Letter by Veda Nath Mohabir
I find two oddities in The Daily Chronicle, June 29 report (by Tejram Mohabir) on suicides in Guyana. http://guyanachronicle.com/regional-health-conference-hears-suicide-appears-to-be-a-culture-among-east-indians-in-guyana-suriname-and-trinidad-and-tobago/
Religion was cited as a ‘common risk factor’ for suicide among Guyanese (along with Trinidadian and Surinamese) East Indians: “In Guyana, Dr. Harry identified culture and to a lesser extent religion as common risk factors of suicide. “ with “30 percent [of those committing suicides] each are Hindus and Pentecostals”. Continue reading →
On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields. Continue reading →
Charlie Charlie Challenge – Just a silly internet fad!!!???
Posted: 31 May 2015 – compiled by the St Stanislaus College Blog
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