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US elections 2016 – Clinton and Trump secure sweeping primary wins – as it happened

 – Clinton and Trump secure sweeping primary wins – as it happened

The Guardian- 27 April 2016

Businessman takes all five states up for grabs while Hillary Clinton, capitalizing on last week’s victory over Bernie Sanders, wins four

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The real reason Dilma Rousseff’s enemies want her impeached – By David Miranda

The real reason Dilma Rousseff’s enemies want her impeached

Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff

Corruption is just the pretext for a wealthy elite who failed to defeat Brazil’s president at the ballot box

The story of Brazil’s political crisis, and the rapidly changing global perception of it, begins with its national media. The country’s dominant broadcast and print outlets are owned by a tiny handful of Brazil’s richest families, and are steadfastly conservative. For decades, those media outlets have been used to agitate for the Brazilian rich, ensuring that severe wealth inequality (and the political inequality that results) remains firmly in place.

Indeed, most of today’s largest media outlets – that appear respectable to outsiders – supported the 1964 military coup that ushered in two decades of rightwing dictatorship and further enriched the nation’s oligarchs. This key historical event still casts a shadow over the country’s identity and politics. Those corporations – led by the multiple media arms of the Globo organisation –heralded that coup as a noble blow against a corrupt, democratically elected liberal government. Sound familiar?  Continue reading

Profile: Briznand Somraj – Retired Lieutenant, (NYPD) – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Profile: Briznand Somraj  – Retired Lieutenant, New York Police Department (NYPD)

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine2

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

‘I always wanted to be a cop. When I completed my training at the Police Academy in New York I was excited. I was assigned to a local Precinct in Queens. The Commanding Officer took one look at me and said that the mop, brooms and dustpan were at the back and I should start cleaning. He thought I was the janitor. I explained that I was a cop and I needed a locker to store my things. You should see the look on his face. He threw up his arms in the air and said that he had seen everything!’

The year was 1985 and Briznand Somraj was one of the first Guyanese police officers in the New York Police Department (NYPD). Life was not easy and there were other instances that made the rookie cop think whether he had chosen the right profession.   Continue reading

Guyana politics – APNU, AFC for high level anniversary talks

APNU, AFC for high level anniversary talks


Raphael Trotman.

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC) are due for high level talks in early May to discuss developments and progress made under the coalition administration, says AFC Executive Member Raphael Trotman.

The meeting will come at a time when the Government would observe one year of being in office and will review it’s performance.

Trotman serving as Natural Resources Minister made the disclosure when questioned by the media about concerns his Party would have raised about the functions of State Minister Joseph Harmon.    Continue reading

Down Liberty Avenue 4 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Down Liberty Avenue 4 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine2

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The man in the ‘roti shop’ kept eyeing me. I had seen him before on Liberty Avenue glued to a T20 game.  But today his expression seemed to suggest something more. As I exited the shop he was behind me. “Excuse me,’ he said. ‘Is there going to be a Phagwah Parade this year?’ I thought for a while, hoping for a miracle, and I replied, ‘Yes there will be a Parade and it will be on March 26, 2016. Please pray for good weather!’

As I gave him the news I couldn’t help thinking of the first Phagwah Parade on Liberty Avenue in New York. It was in 1989 and there were 40 of us led by Pandit Ramlall, Dr Satish Prakash and others.   Continue reading

Lula: ‘The Brazilian Elite Do Not Like Democracy’ – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Brazil Former President Lula da Silva

Brazil’s Former President Lula da Silva (left) – Brasilia – Brazil – April 16, 2016
Photo Credit: Reuters

My heart bleeds for Brazil and the majority working class. Rosaliene.

Brazil’s popular Former President Lula da Silva joined social movement leaders in the capital of Brasilia to denounce efforts to oust his successor.

Source: Lula: ‘The Brazilian Elite Do Not Like Democracy’

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Harmon hides behind GINA on BK Tiwari issue

Harmon hides behind GINA on BK Tiwari issue

Despite widespread criticism about the now revoked appointment of prominent Guyanese businessman, Brian “BK” Tiwari as a ministerial business adviser, Minister of State Joseph Harmon broke his promise to hold a news conference on Friday to deal with the issue.

Instead, Harmon spoke with the state-owned Government Information Agency (GINA) which issued a release and made no reference of the Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Larry London and Tiwari being on the visit to China  with Harmon at the same time.

Harmon Thursday morning promised  faithfully that he would have fully briefed the media on the issue on Friday (April 1, 2016).    Continue reading

The Unsung Black Women of America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Unsung Black Women of America – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Ella Baker says, “You didn’t see me on television; you didn’t see news stories about me, The kind of role I play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organization  might come.’

While her most illustrious colleagues were in limelight Baker had fashioned a well-oiled machine as part of the civil rights movement. Baker was the granddaughter of a slave. Her grandmother was whipped for refusing to marry a man that was chosen for her by the slave owner.

Baker’s sense for social justice was sharpened by the stories of her grand-mother about the perils of slavery. She realized that in order to break the chains of dependence she would have to take education seriously.  Continue reading

PM Nagamootoo, Business Minister knew nothing about BK Tiwari’s appointment

PM Nagamootoo, Business Minister knew nothing about BK Tiwari’s appointment

gaskin_nagamootooPhoto:Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo speaking with the media aboard the United Kingdom’s naval vessel, HMS Mersey.

Guyana’s Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin Tuesday night distanced themselves from the now rescinded appointment of Brian Tiwari as ministerial advisor on business development.

“I only know what I read in the papers,” Gaskin said, adding “that’s telling you a lot.” He said he only knew that the appointment was revoked during an interview with a reporter.

Instead, Nagamootoo suggested that the prominent businessman had been handed the job by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon who was up to recently on an overseas visit to China.   Continue reading

Former Deputy PM Haslyn Parris dies + Bio and 2015 Moray House video

Former Deputy PM Haslyn Parris dies

Haslyn Parris

Haslyn Parris

Posted by: Denis Chabrol in Demerara Waves – March 28, 2016

A former Deputy Prime Minister of Guyana, Haslyn Parris died Monday afternoon March 28, following an aneurysm Sunday night at his residence in Buxton, East Coast Demerara.

He was rushed to a city hospital for emergency surgery, but he succumbed at about 1 PM.  Parris was 75 years old.

In paying brief tribute to Parris, President David Granger hailed the late politician and academic as a “distinguished Guyanese” who has “made tremendous contributions throughout his life as a very young man to the present time” His intellect and his public service are well-recognised and we certainly would miss him,” he said.    Continue reading


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