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Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals – BBC News

Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it’s all recently got a lot more tense. Here’s why.

How come Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t get along?

Saudi Arabia and Iran – two powerful neighbours – are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance.

The decades-old feud between them is exacerbated by religious differences. They each follow one of the two main sects in Islam – Iran is largely Shia Muslim, while Saudi Arabia sees itself as the leading Sunni Muslim power.   READ MORE

Respect your elders: Why cultural norms benefit Mugabe – BBC News

Respect your elders: Why cultural norms benefit Mugabe – BBC News

School children hold an image of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe in April 2017

President Robert Mugabe’s first public appearance after the military takeover in Zimbabwe will have puzzled some.

Here he was at a university graduation ceremony, given the authority to hand students their degrees – almost as if nothing had happened.

It tells us two things.

Firstly, this was political theatre. The suggestion being that behind-the-scenes negotiations over his exit deal are cordial.

But it was also more than spectacle. It showed that President Mugabe’s opponents want to treat the elder statesman with dignity.




By Verian Mentis-Barker

After 30 months of anticipation, somebody has to tell the Guyana government that its shelf life is due to expire in 2020.

Critical political decisions often come down to which bridges to cross and which to burn.

The Coalition’s predicament is that it burns some bridges by the way it crosses others.

The APNU /AFC coexistence is young enough for most to recall why it became a Coalition. It had the greatest probability of sinking the behemoth that is the PPP to save a nation from the wanton disregard of an incumbent government that had ruled by selectivity with deliberacy.


Commentary: The Guyana Elections Commission Fracas – By Rickford Burke


Commentary By Rickford Burke –Caribbean News

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              President David Granger        Justice James Patterson      Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo

On October 19, 2017 Guyana’s President David Granger autonomously appointed 84 year-old retired Guyana Supreme Court Judge, James Patterson, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission. The autonomous appointment was a departure from the traditional process and caused a fracas. The law requires the President to appoint a chairman from a list of nominees from the opposition Leader. The said law also empowers the President to supersede the list and independently appoint the Chairman if he deems the list to be unacceptable. This is exactly what the President did!    Continue reading

Brooklyn community benefits from citizenship initiative – By Tangerine Clarke

Brooklyn community benefits from citizenship initiative

Photo: Sen. Kevin Parker (second left) and State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte (fourth left) with staff and volunteers of the CUNY Citizenship Now! initiative.

By Tangerine Clarke

A wide-cross section of Brooklyn residents came out in high numbers to take full advantage of services offered at the free annual CUNY Citizenship Now! Initiative, hosted by Sen. Kevin Parker on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Flatbush YMCA.    Continue reading

Guyana’s Economy: Systematic sabotage in action – By Adam Harris

CSJAD Newsletter – November 2017

Download Newsletter:  CSJAD news – NOVEMBER 2017

The U.S. is no stranger to interfering in the elections of other countries – L.A. Times, Nina Agrawal

The U.S. is no stranger to interfering in the elections of other countries

L.A. Times, Nina Agrawal, December 21, 2016

Update: President Obama  slapped Russia with new penalties for meddling in the U.S. presidential election, kicking out dozens of suspected spies and imposing banking restrictions on five people and four organizations the administration says were involved.

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails. But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.    Continue reading

“If I Had My Way” – Poem by Guyanese-Canadian Poet Yvonne Sam

From the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog.

Three Worlds One Vision

Think and Work Wisely - Painting by Guyanese Artist Philip Moore

My Poetry Corner November 2017 features the poem “If I Had My Way” from the poetry collection, Life’s Many Faces: Fun-on-the-Run (2013), by Yvonne Sam, a Guyanese-born poet, nurse, educator, and community volunteer. For the past forty years, she lives in Canada where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, following a thirteen-year nursing career in England. To fill a need for teachers in her community in Montreal, she later obtained a Masters in Education and a Diploma in Adult Education.

While Yvonne Sam maintains a light tone throughout her collection, she does not shy away from injecting an irreverent tone or strong moral convictions when dealing with life’s controversial issues. As a black woman and teacher, she urges “Black Youth” to get an education, to stay in school. She propels them forward in her poem:

So move on black youth let not your mind tire
Education must…

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The 15th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium – Atlanta. Georgia – March 23rd – 24th, 2018

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“1968 – 2018:
Reflecting on 50 Years of Struggle”

March 23rd & 24th, 2018

The 15th Annual
Walter Rodney Symposium

At the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta, Georgia.

The theme for this year will be:

1968 – 2018: Reflecting on 50 Years of Struggle

More information to be announced soon.

The 15th Annual Walter Rodney Symposium will reflect on the 50th anniversary of 1968, including the 50th anniversary of one of Walter Rodney’s most important books: The Groundings with My Brothers (GWMB).

Why 1968?

1968 was a truly momentous year in the history of global social movements, a year of global revolution.

It comprised the primary year of the shift from the Civil Rights to Black Power movements and Black Consciousness; the emergence of Black and Ethnic Studies programs; the “Rodney Riots” in Jamaica; innumerable assassinations, uprisings and student movements globally; open social conflicts as seen in the Democratic National Convention in Chicago that year; the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.; the Poor People’s Campaign, and the Olympics Black Power salute which followed thereafter.      Continue reading

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