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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%


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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%

Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland
Larry Elliott, economics editor, and Ed Pilkington
The Guardian, Monday 19 January 2015

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.

Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

The charity’s research, published on Monday, shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the best-off 1% has…

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Who Was The Real Sir James Douglas??!! – by Clyde Duncan

Who WasThe Real Sir James Douglas??!! by Clyde Duncan

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia executive members were invited by Langley Heritage Society to attend a presentation by the author of ‘James Douglas: Father of British Columbia’, Julie H. Ferguson in October 2014. The promotional material from the Society

entitled “Who Was The Real James Douglas??!!” described Douglas as an illegitimate son of a Scottish merchant and a mixed race Guyanese mother. My aim is to update this information.

The mother of James Douglas was Barbados-born, Martha Ann Telfer; she is described as mixed race, coloured, Creole, mulatto, among other things. She and her mother sailed to Demerara, British Guiana [Guyana] to work on the Douglas sugar plantations. Continue reading

Ethnic Problematic re Proposed Opposition Pre Election Coalition in Guyana – By Dr. David Hinds

The Ethnic Problematic of the proposed Opposition Pre Election Coalition in Guyana

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

In a recent commentary on my YouTube Channel, Hinds’Sight: Guyana-Caribbean Politics, I began what I hope would be an enlightened discourse about the problematic of the proposed APNU/AFC pre-election coalition from an ethnic standpoint. As expected, some supporters of the AFC’s primary formulae of Brother Moses Nagamootoo being the Presidential Candidate and the AFC leading such a coalition, immediately accused me of introducing race into the discourse. What race has to do with this, they ask.

I sympathize with that question. After all, race and ethnicity, among other things, evoke as many denials as acknowledgements. Some people acknowledge race as an important persistent socio-political and economic factor on Monday and deny it’s salience on Tuesday. There is a school of thought in Ethnic Studies that deals with this phenomenon. As human beings we tend, in part, to order the world to suit our objectives. And we Guyanese are no different. Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2015: Can younger generations end the nation’s racial politics? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Parliament Buildings - Georgetown - GuyanaParliament Buildings – Georgetown – Guyana
Source: Guyana Government Information Agency (GINA)

After suspending the nation’s Parliament last November to avoid a no-confidence vote, Guyana President Donald Ramotar finally made the long-awaited announcement. General and regional elections will take place on May 11, 2015.

Official representatives from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom stationed in Guyana released a joint-statement applauding the announcement. “We are hopeful that the upcoming electoral process will allow the Guyanese people to debate the important issues that are facing the country. We are committed to working with GECOM [Guyana Electoral Commission], all political parties, and civil society to support free, fair and peaceful elections,” they stated.

Since the 1950s, when working class Guyanese came together to demand independence from Great Britain, the nation’s politics evolved along racial lines of the majority Indo- and Afro-Guyanese populations. In power since 1992, the ruling party enjoys…

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