Daily Archives: June 10, 2012

FORWARD – Barack Obama on his achievements since 2008

FORWARD – A Barack Obama video on the challenges America faced

Published on Apr 30, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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The video outlines the challenges America faced as President Obama took office at the height of the worst recession in almost a century and details the progress that has been made reclaiming the security of the middle class and building an economy that’s meant to last, where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded.

Whose freedom at midnight? – By Clem Seecharan

Whose freedom at midnight?

 Stabroek News – September 3, 2008 In Guyana Review |

Machinations towards Guyana’s Independence, May 1966

By Clem Seecharan  –Professor of Caribbean History and Head of Caribbean Studies, London Metropolitan University (forthcoming in Round Table October 2008)

Guyana (formerly British Guiana), the only British colony on the mainland of South America, became independent at midnight on 26 May 1966. But whose freedom was it? For nearly 20 years the Marxist leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Cheddi Jagan (1918-97), of Indian extraction, buoyed by the independence of India and obsessed with the dominance of the British company, Booker, in the colony’s plantation economy, had championed Guyana’s ‘struggle’ for independence. Yet, on the big night it was the African leader of the People’s National Congress (PNC), L.F.S. Burnham (1923-85), who was the recipient of the prize.

His politics, though left-wing, was characterised by a cultivated pragmatism, strategic ambiguity ─ the facility to ‘tack and turn as advantage seems to dictate…his whole political approach is opportunistic’, as a British politician had assessed him in 1954.i With the aid of the Portuguese and Coloured (mixed race) political party, the United Force (UF), led by a Portuguese businessman, Peter D’Aguiar, a rabid anti-communist, in conjunction with the decisive intervention of President Kennedy himself and the CIA, in 1962-3, the PNC resorted to violence to make British Guiana ungovernable. The latter proved effective: it delayed independence, while Anglo-American collusion brought a Burnham-D’Aguiar coalition to power in December 1964 and independence in May 1966. Cheddi Jagan was a virtual spectator to the celebrations of the country’s ‘freedom’.              Continue reading

Guyanese in the United Kingdom – Survey Request

Guyanese in the United Kingdom – Survey Request

A graduate student in the Netherlands – Elaine McGregor –  is doing a study on Guyanese in the U.K.  She has asked Guyanese Online to post a notice that requests interested persons to take part in a survey.     Full document here > Guyana in the UK -Survey Request.   Here is an excerpt :-

I am currently doing research for the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands which looks specifically at the Guyanese community living in the UK.  The aim of this study is to consider they ways in which Guyanese residents in the UK are engaged with Guyana, as well as the reasons why some of those individuals send money to the country. I would therefore invite any readers who were either born in Guyana or who have Guyanese heritage to consider giving 20 minutes of their time towards this study by completing the following survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Guyana-UK

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? video

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about profound changes that genomics will bring in business, technology, and society. His TED Book, “Homo Evolutis,” explores those changes.
“Since the 1940s, we’ve been saying there are no differences, we [humans] are all identical. We’re going to know at year end if that is true.”   Full bio »

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