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Hansib Publications – Hansib Book Catalogue – Summer 2017

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HANSIB PUBLICATIONS – NEARLY FIVE DECADES OF MULTICULTURAL PUBLISHING

Hansib Publications is recognised as one of Europe’s leading multicultural publishing houses. Founded in London in 1970 by Guyanese-born Arif Ali, the publishing house has reflected and chronicled the struggles and achievements, the turmoil and frustrations, and the hopes and dreams of Britain’s ‘visible minority’ communities.    Continue reading

How do humans fit into the web of Life? – by Rosaliene Bacchus

How do humans fit into the web of Life?

by Rosaliene Bacchus

Web of Life Quote from Chief Seattle

According to the tenets of Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Man is the crown of God’s creation, with dominion over all living species on the Earth (Genesis 1: 26-31). Thus empowered, Man has transformed Earth’s ecosystems with devastating effects on forests, rivers, lakes, seas, oceans, and all the non-humans that live therein. With our factories belching carbon into the atmosphere, global warming has become our new reality. The course is set for an unknown state in human experience.

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Schools: Early Sex Education or Imposed Indoctrination – By Yvonne Sam

Schools should be centres of Education not  mentors of Indoctrination

By Yvonne Sam – letter to the Editor,  Kaieteur News

With a heavy heart, I read the impassioned plea of the writer in  Kaieteur News January 20, 2018 (see letter below),  as he called on parents and members of the community to do their utmost in ensuring that the appropriate educational authorities refrain from emulating Western Europe and North America as regards the curriculum on sex education, especially the proposal of the LGBT, to introduce homosexuality and gender issues in the schools.

To coin a quote from the famous 18th century British poet Alexander Pope ”Hope springs eternal in the human breast”. This may be one issue that the reader may be forced to put to rest, as the horse has already left the stable.   Continue reading

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time:-By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing.:

Composite for the 100 best nonfiction books of all time list

1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014) 
An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.

2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)
This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of her husband changed the nature of writing about bereavement.

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Beyond Race: 8 Other Important Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Kevin Matthews | Care2

Beyond Race: 8 Other Important Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kevin Matthews | Care2

Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on January 21, 2013. Enjoy!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his leadership in the crusade for racial equality. And while that plight alone would be worthy of several holidays, the truth is that Dr. King’s calls for justice went well beyond skin color. Those who use MLK Day merely as an opportunity to pat themselves on the back for the racial progress this country has made are missing the larger picture. Yes, we’ve elected an African American president, but King’s work is still far from done. To honor King’s legacy, let’s reflect on some of the less-remembered lessons he shared:      Continue reading

Consent at play in the sexual foray – By Yvonne Sam

Consent at play in the sexual foray

By Yvonne Sam

 Men must know that No means No and should no further go. Even men of the cloth not behaving as they ought.

A self-styled bishop of a West Demerara church in Guyana,  recently appeared before the Courts to answer a charge of rape (Kaieteur News January, 10, 2018. – Self-styled Bishop charged for alleged rape of church member).

Over a three year period both the victim and the perpetrator were in a relationship, which the victim brought to an abrupt climax, once the wife became privy to same.  Continue reading

Israel’s History – Why I am Angry with the Mizrahi elite – By Uri Avnery

Israel’s History – Why I am Angry with the Mizrahi elite. Very angry indeed.

By Uri Avnery – 06 January 2018

Mizrah is the Hebrew word for East. Eastern Jews are those who lived for many centuries in the Islamic world. Western Jews are those who lived in Christian Europe.

The words are, of course, misnomers. Russian Jews are “Westerners”, Moroccan Jews are “Easterners”. A look at the map shows that Russia is far to the East of Morocco. It would be more accurate to call them “Northerners” and “Southerners”. Too late, now.     Continue reading

What is God? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Seated statue of El
Seated statue of El from Megiddo (1400-1200 BCE)
Photo Credit: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

The final post of my three-part series covers “Part Three: What is God?” of Reza Aslan’s book, God: A Human History. The author traces the evolution of the nature of God from God is one, to God is three, and later to God is all.

The ancient Israelites worshiped the Canaanite god El as their chief god presiding over a pantheon of lesser gods. The very word Israel means “El perseveres.” The god who became known as Yahweh first appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush. Around 1050 BCE when they established the Kingdom of Israel, Yahweh became their patron God. In the capital, Jerusalem, they built a temple to house the Ark of the Covenant, Moses’s covenant with Yahweh: the highest and strongest god over all other gods.

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Europe’s Unprecedented Challenge from the Authoritarians in the East – Jon Henley | The Guardian UK

Europe’s Unprecedented Challenge from the Authoritarians in the East

How the EU deals with members flouting core western liberal norms and values could overshadow Brexit wrangling in 2018

Jon Henley | The Guardian UK

 In 2017, Europe survived the crunch Dutch, French and German elections that – after Brexit and Trump – many predicted would mark the beginning of its end. In 2018, the biggest threats could come from the east.

When Poland and Hungary joined the EU in 2004, the integration of the former communist bloc countries was seen as critical to the bloc’s post-cold war advance. Barely a decade later, they risk becoming its first rogue states.     Continue reading

A Savior is born to us – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Nativity Play, Sacred Heart RC Church, Georgetown, Guyana
Photo Credit: Facebook Photo Album Sacred Heart RC School in Georgetown

[This is a re-post of my Christmas message 2011, the year I started my blog.]

My parents were not church-goers. They never forced me and my four siblings, baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, to attend Sunday Mass. But they made sure we got a good Catholic education by sending us to schools run by the nuns.

As a result of my religious school education, the Christmas Season was much more than time for family get-togethers; Santa Claus; exchanging presents; Christmas trees and decorations; and our traditional Christmas dishes and black cake. Christmas Day was the celebration of the birth of Jesus – the Savior born to us.

The Christmas Novena was an essential part of preparing for the coming of our Savior. During nine days before Christmas Day (December 15-23)…

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