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Junta: A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

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Front Cover of Junta A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

Front Cover of Junta: A Novel by Ken Puddicombe

What can we do when the armed forces seize power from our democratically elected government, however corrupt?

In Junta: A Novel, set in 1979 on the Caribbean Island of Saint Anglia, Ken Puddicombe explores this question. Taking us within the inner circle of the Junta, he introduces us to General Marks, chief of the armed forces, and his second-in-command, Colonel Stevenson. On a tranquil Sunday morning, while their Prime Minister is away in Barbados attending a conference of Caribbean leaders, the general executes his meticulously planned and bloodless coup.

Opposition to the military takeover comes from Melanie Sanderson, a university student in her twenties who calls on students, faculty members, and the people of Saint Anglia to join her and her friends on a peaceful, protest march to the legislative center.

History Professor Marcus Jacobson, whom she admires, rejects her…

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They Story Got Melody – by Clyde Duncan

They Story Got Melody – by Clyde Duncan

 I read an essay by M.K. Bhadrakumar in Indian Punchline pertaining to the recent announcement of the current status of the Iran nuclear agreement. Essentially, this former Indian diplomat asserted that although this could be seen as a diplomatic win-win; the real winner is President Barack Obama. Six years after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize – he earned it!

Obama’s central foreign-policy proposition that dialogue and diplomacy are the best means of resolving the differences of the USA with its adversaries has been vindicated. Bhadrakumar added, Obama is the most underrated president in American history. What ultimately gave him moral and political strength would have been the strength of his democratic convictions. He knew the American people [and the world] were with him.  Continue reading

Kevin Rudd: Are China and the US doomed to conflict? – TED video

Kevin Rudd: Are China and the US doomed to conflict?

The former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is also a longtime student of China, with a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. He asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers — and suggests another narrative.

Guyana’s Eileen Cox: Mum – a Feisty Fifties Feminist – By Sharon Maas

Guyana’s Eileen Cox – Mum – a Feisty Fifties Feminist

By Sharon Maas – March 8, 2015 

Eileen-Cox-4x2-memoLast November my mother died in Guyana, aged 96; I happened to be on a two-week visit from Germany, and it seemed she had been only waiting to see me one last time. Her death made front-page news in the country. Articles appeared in the papers, I was interviewed, and it wasn’t long before the tributes poured in, including condolence cards from the country’s President, the Prime Minister, and the Opposition Leader.

Mum was an icon in Guyana, a role model for people of all persuasions admired and respected. She made changes, and for this she received well-deserved accolades. For me, of course, her passing was far more personal. With it came the peace and closeness to her I had longed for all my life. It hadn’t been easy being her daughter.

Mum was always at least 50 years ahead of her time. The steps she took back in the 50’s might seem normal and self-evident to today’s young women, but in her day they were truly revolutionary; they went against the grain of society, and she took them alone, with no role models or living examples.   Continue reading

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