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Terrorism—Incitatory or Revelatory? What has the term achieved? – By Yvonne Sam

Terrorism—Incitatory or Revelatory?What has the term achieved?

By Yvonne Sam

Who has the final say–—Man or Lexicon?  Or would term remain  racially designated?

Terrorism now at the center of semantic jousting suddenly and without warning bombarded our collective consciousness, to the point where nowwe are unable to stop hearing or reading of it.

Ironically the word comes up constantly in newscasts, congressional debates and speeches by world leaders, usually as a way of garnering and securing public support for one security measure or another.     Continue reading

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

Another glance at the Jonestown Tragedy – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Another glance at the Jonestown Tragedy – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

“Sure I know ’bout Jonestown. Everybody knows ’bout Jonestown”, the elderly African-American gentleman responded to me in a deep Southern accent, when I asked him what he knew about the tragedy which had occurred in Guyana some years previously.

That exchange took place between the gentleman and myself twenty years ago, while I was on a visit to Washington, DC, and on the pavement in front of the White House. But I’ve always remembered it, if only because of the way in which that stranger to me, was as warm as ever discussing that sordid topic, as though we had known each other for a very long time, and as though it was destiny for a cult which was against all what America stood for, ending in such a dramatic way.      Continue reading

Deviation from the Accepted Norm – By Yvonne Sam

Deviation from the Accepted Norm

By Yvonne Sam

Experts now claim that from the age of 2 a child can know he/ she is transgendered. At birth, a child’s mind is a blank slate. He/she must be taught to think and reason properly

Clearance on Appearance

Not so long ago on a planet called Earth with inhabitants called humans, were (depending on presenting sexual organs) at birth identified as either male or female.Once a sex was assigned, we presumed the gender of the child. Someone born with a penis would be a boy and someone with a vulva would be a girl.     Continue reading

Who is Afraid of the Iranian Bomb? – By Uri Avnery

Who is Afraid of the Iranian Bomb? – By Uri Avnery

I HATE self-evident truths.

Ideals may be self-evident. Political statements are not. When I hear about a self-evident political truth, I immediately doubt it. The most self-evident political truth at this moment concerns Iran. Iran is our deadly enemy. Iran wants to destroy us. We must destroy its capabilities first.

Since this is self-evident, the anti-nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the five Security Council members (plus Germany) is terrible. Just terrible.

We should have ordered the Americans long ago to bomb Iran to smithereens. In the unlikely event that they would have disobeyed us, we should have nuclear-bombed Iran ourselves, before their crazy fanatical leaders have the opportunity to annihilate us first.

All these are self-evident truths. To my mind, all of them are utter nonsense.    Continue reading

A special feature on Diwali- The Guyanese Perspective

NOVEMBER is TOURISM AWARENESS MONTH in GUYANA

A special feature on Diwali- The Guyanese Perspective

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Demonization or Deification — A Very Tricky Distinction – David Simmons | Asia Times

Demonization or Deification — A Very Tricky Distinction

David Simmons | Asia Times

Last Thursday the front page of The Nation, a Bangkok-based daily, featured a dramatic photo of the Grand Palace with the simple headline:  “Divine Departure.”

For the past year, Thailand has been in an official state of mourning after the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died at the age of 88 a year ago after a long illness. The Bhumibol era officially ended Thursday with the cremation of one of the most beloved monarchs of modern times.

But “divine”? Yes — Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, but it is obvious that if there is a divine presence for nearly all Thais, it is not the Buddha. It is Bhumibol.     Continue reading

New York: The 2017 Diwali Motorcade Was the Biggest Ever – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

New York: The 2017 Diwali Motorcade Was the Biggest Ever

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine- Grand Marshall New York – Diwali 2017

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The moon took the place of the sun and it became warmer. The Divine Mother had intervened to guarantee the success of the Diwali Motorcade and Cultural Program. The thousands that came onto the streets saw magnificent
fl oats and costumes and beautifully lit diyas that adorned the fl oats. It was Hindu culture in all its glory in Richmond Hill, New York. The Diwali Motorcade had come of age.

Mother Lakshmee, in whose name the celebrations are held, chose well. Lakshmee Singh wore many titles. She was director, producer, and the conductor in a well-oiled symphony. She also understood the importance of technology and used the social media to its capacity.

Read more: The 2017 Diwali Motorcade – New York – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

The History of Russian Involvement in America’s Race Wars – Julia Ioffe | The Atlantic

The History of Russian Involvement in America’s Race Wars

From propaganda posters to Facebook ads, 80-plus years of Russian meddling.

Julia Ioffe | The Atlantic

According to a spate of recent reports, accounts tied to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency — a Russian “troll factory” — used social media and Google during the 2016 electoral campaign to deepen political and racial tensions in the United States of America.

The trolls, according to an interview with the Russian TV network TV Rain, were directed to focus their tweets and comments on socially divisive issues, like guns.

But another consistent theme has been Russian trolls focusing on issues of race. Some of the Russian ads placed on Facebook apparently targeted Ferguson and Baltimore, which were rocked by protests after police killings of unarmed black men; another showed a black woman firing a rifle. Other ads played on fears of illegal immigrants and Muslims, and groups like Black Lives Matter.   Continue reading

Power, Corruption and Murder Roil Little Guyana – Liz Robbins | The New York Times

Power, Corruption and Murder Roil Little Guyana

A gruesome crime in Guyana has threatened a tightly knit immigrant community in Queens, pitting Hindu against Muslim, rich against poor, and cousin against cousin.

Liz Robbins | The New York Times – October 20, 2017

Marcus Bisram

A man died in a village in eastern Guyana last year; that much is beyond dispute. Faiyaz Narinedatt, 26, a husband and father, was found dead by the side of a dusty road in the early morning of Nov. 1, 2016.

That night he had gone to a party hosted by a childhood acquaintance who had immigrated to Queens and recently come into money: Marcus Brian Jainarine Bisram. Three weeks later, the Guyanese police charged Mr. Bisram of ordering five associates to murder Mr. Narinedatt after he rejected Mr. Bisram’s sexual advances at the party.   Continue reading

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