Daily Archives: August 26, 2014

Iraq, Syria and Lebanon – invented by Britain and France, now collapsing

Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon’s Precedent

 Tuesday, August 26, 2014 – 03:1 Stratfor 

Geopolitical Weekly  By George Friedman

Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today — Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and to some extent the Arabian Peninsula as well. For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined the region.

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A strong case can be made that the nation-states Sykes-Picot created are now defunct, and that what is occurring in Syria and Iraq represents the emergence of post-British/French maps that will replace those the United States has been trying to maintain since the collapse of Franco-British power.

The Invention of Middle East Nation-States

Sykes-Picot, named for French diplomat Francois Georges-Picot and his British counterpart, Sir Mark Sykes, did two things. First, it created a British-dominated Iraq. Second, it divided the Ottoman province of Syria on a line from the Mediterranean Sea east through Mount Hermon. Everything north of this line was French. Everything south of this line was British. Continue reading

GCA New York – Guyana Folk Festival Season – August 2014

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50 years of Notting Hill Carnival: the changing face of London’s party weekend

50 years of Notting Hill Carnival: the changing face of London’s party weekend

An event that began as an attempt to lift the spirits of West Indian immigrants has survived controversy and violence, but now the street party is also big business

The Observer, Sunday 24 August 2014 – Nadia Khomami

Notting Hill Carnival, London 2013

Last year’s carnival, which is thought to have attracted about a million people. Photograph: Ben Cawthra/REX

The first memory Mikey Dread has of Notting Hill carnival is a warm one. His now famous sound system, Channel One, had just finished playing a show in a giant shed in Portobello Road to 2,000 people. They had begun to take down the equipment in anticipation of doing it all again the next day when a group of local men in their 60s approached them. “They said to us ‘no, there’s no need to pack up, we’ll stay here and look after your stuff’. And they did. They stayed up the whole night playing dominoes and looking after our sound system.”   Continue reading

In whose interest are GFC and Govt. acting…Bai Shan Lin or Guyana? – Chris Ram

In whose interest are GFC and Govt. acting…Bai Shan Lin or Guyana? – Chris Ram…Company selling to itself; forcing loggers to export in their names

AUGUST 26, 2014 | BY | As Government continues to vehemently defend the operations of a number of foreign logging companies, there are new
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revelations that suggest more wrongdoings in the Upper Berbice, Region 10 area.
Over the weekend, local commentator and Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram, visited the Bissaruni, Kwakwani and Ituni areas, speaking with loggers and residents alike.

His visit would come over increasing questions regarding the arrangements that Government has with Bai Shan Lin, a Chinese logging company. The situation has also cast a long shadow over the arrangements with other foreign-owned loggers as the indications are that there is no enforcement to ensure that their commitments to establish processing facilities are being honored. These arrangements include seemingly unlimited duty free, fuel and other tax concessions.

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Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Asso NY – Dinner/Dance – Bayside NY – Oct 3, 2014

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