Daily Archives: 03/23/2014

Part Three: The Legacy of Walter Rodney

Another great post on Walter Rodney by Rosaliene Bacchus,

Three Worlds One Vision

Walter A Rodney - A Promise of Revolution - Edited by Clairmont ChungWalter Rodney (1942-1980)
Photo Credit: Monthly Review Press

Walter Rodney was born on March 23, 1942 into a working-class family in what was then known as British Guiana. His father was a tailor and his mother a housewife and seamstress: descendants of African slaves brought to the colony (1633-1834).

Rodney grew up at a time when the major ethnic groups, the Africans and Indians – descendants of indentured laborers from India (1838-1917) – were united in their struggle for self-rule. Formed in 1950 during the Cold War (1947-1991), the colony’s Socialist People’s Progressive Party raised concern in Washington DC, USA. In response, Britain suspended the Constitution of British Guiana in 1953, setting into motion events that racially divided the population.

The workers’ united front for self-rule left its mark on the young Rodney. With his father involved in the formation of the party, he helped with door-to-door distribution of party…

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John Kerry Doubles Down on Venezuela – commentary

John Kerry Doubles Down on Venezuela, Despite Being Alone
Venezuela mapFriday, 21 March 2014 – By Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian | News Analysis

Images forge reality, granting a power to television and video and even still photographs that can burrow deep into people’s consciousness without them even knowing it. I thought that I, too, was immune to the repetitious portrayals of Venezuela as a failed state in the throes of a popular rebellion. But I wasn’t prepared for what I saw in Caracas this month: how little of daily life appeared to be affected by the protests, the normality that prevailed in the vast majority of the city. I, too, had been taken in by media imagery.

Major media outlets have already reported that Venezuela’s poor have not joined the right-wing opposition protests, but that is an understatement: it’s not just the poor who are abstaining – in Caracas, it’s almost everyone outside of a few rich areas like Altamira, where small groups of protesters engage in nightly battles with security forces, throwing rocks and firebombs and running from tear gas.  Continue reading

Canada announces changes in visa application procedures


Canada announces changes in visa application procedures

Published on March 22, 2014 – Caribbean News Now
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The procedure to apply for a temporary resident visa at the High Commission of Canada in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, has changed.As of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, applicants may submit applications using one of the following two methods:1. Visa Applications Centers (VAC):

a. Applicants may submit applications through the two Visa Application Centers (VAC) in Port of Spain, Trinidad, or Georgetown, Guyana.    Continue reading

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