Daily Archives: 07/06/2014

The Illusion of Independence

Three Worlds One Vision

Declaration of Independence - 4 July 1776 - Detail of Painting by John TrumbullDeclaration of Independence – 4 July 1776
Detail of Painting by John Trumbull in the U.S. Capitol
Photo Credit: U.S. Library of Congress

This Fourth of July, I joined the people of America in celebrating 238 years since the nation’s Declaration of Independence from the British Empire. In 1966, when my native land, Guyana, gained its independence from Great Britain, the British Empire was already in decline. The United States was in ascendance.

Growing to adulthood in a young independent nation, I learned that the word independence was a misnomer. We were still tied by our navel string to our former colonial masters. With a struggling economy, we endured power outages, water cutoffs, and food shortages. Help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) brought more austerity. Independence had led to new forms of dependency on international bankers and on other masters.

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Manickchand disrespect and a disappearing Guyanese population – commentary

Manickchand disrespect and a disappearing Guyanese population

JULY 6, 2014 | BY  | From the Diaspora…

By Ralph Seeram 

My mother who is in her 90th year has always reminded me that there is “book sense” and “common sense”.  I tried to pass this on to my kids. Today, if I needed a perfect example to demonstrate to them, Priya Manickchand would be ideal; she has book sense but no common sense.

I read somewhere, this little story of how a cruise ship developed engine problems and the engineers with all their degrees and computers could not fix the problem. The owners decided to call an old retired ship mechanic to look the problem. He came with a hammer, looked around the engine and gave two taps with the hammer on a particular part of the engine, which immediately hummed to life.  Continue reading

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

I treat my own bouts of hiraeth by writing about my experiences as a child growing up in Guyana. I was fortunate to travel and work in the interior and luckily kept an irregular journal during the years 1980-1981. I left Ebini Ranch in 1983 to study veterinary medicine in Poland where I have remained since. Here is my second story.

This article attempts to explain my feelings of “Hiraeth”.

“I am, more importantly however, a permanent resident of the human race and no matter where I go, I’d like to think that I will always belong.” Says Tricia Yearwood in her article, “What It Means To Be A Guyanese Emigrant”

Wise words to end this honest and, at times, soul tearing piece on how leaving the old country is only really accomplished physically. I know this ache intimately that she writes about “…my eyes began to ache with the same disconnect …”. I became very familiar with this constant feeling of ‘ache’ and ‘disconnect’ during the 31 years that have passed since I left Guyana. Continue reading

Which country does the most good for the world? – Simon Anholt – video

Simon Anholt: Which country does the most good for the world?

It’s an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index.

In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, “Which country does the most good?” The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).

See full list of countries/rankings at:http://www.goodcountry.org/overall

The sex-starved marriage: Michele Weiner-Davis at TEDxCU- video

The sex-starved marriage: Michele Weiner-Davis at TEDxCU

Published on Apr 29, 2014

Michele Weiner-Davis is a renowned relationships expert, having appeared on many major network TV shows. Hear her advice to improve the relationships in our lives, current or future.

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