Daily Archives: July 10, 2014

Senior Guyanese Friendship Association – Wine Tour – Niagara – Aug 9, 2014

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THE DEAD DON’T DIE by Peter Halder – E-Book #5 released

THE DEAD DON’T DIE  by Peter Halder –  E-Book #5 released

Macabre Supernatural Tales of Guyana

Blood-curdling, mind boggling and hair-raising  supernatural tales embroidered with murder and mayhem. The cemetery, spirits and dark forces add unreal backgrounds to the tales.

The Dead Don’t Die portrays a butcher practicing his trade on his wife and a murder for hire black magic business. Satan spawns The Serpent of Le Repentir cemetery to launch an evil plan of conquest. The Bush Dai-Dai is a lascivious female bush spirit who oft changes into human form to beguile men to their death. The Churile is the spirit of a pregnant female who dies in childbirth along with her baby and seeks out living pregnant women. And the fifth tale is about The Tacouyaha, a water demon who lives at the bottom of a creek and preys upon innocent persons who travel on the waterway.  Continue reading

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars – commentary

energy warsTwenty-First-Century Energy Wars

By Michael Klare

Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts.

At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances.  But look more closely and they share several key characteristics — notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

In each of these conflicts, the fighting is driven in large part by the eruption of long-standing historic antagonisms among neighboring (often intermingled) tribes, sects, and peoples.  In Iraq and Syria, it is a clash among Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds, Turkmen, and others; in Nigeria, among Muslims, Christians, and assorted tribal groupings; in South Sudan, between the Dinka and Nuer; in Ukraine, between Ukrainian loyalists and Russian-speakers aligned with Moscow; in the East and South China Sea, among the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and others.  Continue reading

“Circle of Horrors” – Poem by Brazilian Poet Waldo Motta

Three Worlds One Vision

Being Black in Brazil

At left, Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari with star Neymar
At right, Brazilian fans at a FIFA World Cup 2014 match
Photo Credit: Black Women of Brazil

In my Poetry Corner July 2014, I feature the poem “Círculo dos Horrores” (Circle of Horrors) by Waldo Motta: a gay, black, contemporary Brazilian poet, actor, and mystic from the Southeast State of Espírito Santo. Some literary critics consider him one of the most important Brazilian poets of the first decade of the twentieth century.

“Círculo dos Horrores” is one of his lyrical, protest poems from his poetry collection, Bunda e Outras Poemas (The Negro and Other Poems), published in 1996. (The word bunda originates from the Angolan Bantu language, meaning Angolan Negro.) In this collection, Motta explores the themes of blackness and social exclusion. Little has changed since 1996.

As shown in the captioned photos, although blacks…

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