Daily Archives: February 16, 2016

Guyana– Latest News from various sources – February 16, 2016

GUYANA – LATEST NEWS – 16 February 2016  – Kaieteur News

         (see other News sources at the end of this entry)

Guyana Government News Brief – February 15, 2016 – video

GINA logoGuyana Government News Brief – February 15, 2016

Shirley Chisholm – A Black Woman Who Ran For President – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Shirley Chisholm – A Black Woman Who Ran For President – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Before Hillary there was Shirley and before her there was Victoria. There were five women who ran for President of the United States, each making an impact chisholmin a unique way.

The first was Victoria Woodhull who ran in 1872. She fought for civil rights and social welfare.

She announced in 1870 that she was running because of the prejudice that existed against women. She picked Frederick Douglass as her running mate. Woodhull was arrested on obscenity charges and that was the end of her campaign. She was, however, the first person to print Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto in the United States.

In 1940 Gracie Allen from the ‘Surprise Party’ ran for President. She received some ‘write-in’ votes but her candidacy petered out. Linda Jenness ran on a socialist platform in 1972 and received 83,000 votes while Jill Stein picked up over 400,000 votes in 2012 campaigning on a ‘green’ platform.  Continue reading

Commentary: Venezuela’s collapse has happened – By Melanius Alphonse

Commentary: Venezuela’s collapse has happened

Published on February 15, 2016 – By Melanius Alphonse

Hit hard by 75% plummeting crude oil prices over the last 19 months has been catastrophic for Venezuela. This is compounded by President Nicolás Maduro’s bad macroeconomic policy, socialist idiocy to placate the population, with phony hegemony that likewise buys friends and socialist regimes.

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Melanius Alphonse

Since January, and following a decisive victory, the opposition Democratic Unity took 109 seats and now controls 65% in Congress. Opposition politician Henry Ramos Allup, a lawyer, four-term congressman and current Speaker of the National Assembly, who is 72 years old, presides over Venezuela’s single-chamber legislature, is seeking a democratic path to oust President Nicolás Maduro.

Ramos Allup being the leader of the Social Democratic Action Party comes with concern to us. A member of Venezuela’s “old guard” that alternated in power for four decades before President Hugo Chavez was elected president in 1998.    Continue reading

Black Humanity: Race, Blackness, Obama and Granger – by Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Hinds’ Sight by Dr. David Hinds

Black Humanity: Race, Blackness, Obama and Granger

When Barack Obama assumed the presidency of the USA in 2008-09, Black people all over the world celebrated the occasion with tears of joy. Many non-Blacks were stunned at the depth of emotions—what’s the big deal, they asked? After all, it was just an election that was won; others had won that election forty three times before. But at the heart of the Black response to Obama’s victory was something the world has come to pretend it does not understand—Race.

Race and Racism

The practice of Race as a social-political marker is relatively new in historical terms; it emerged in the mid-1700s in the USA as a justification for the enslavement of Africans as bonded labor. It was premised on the belief in the natural unequal worth of humans based on their skin color. In other words, those who had the power to do so institutionalized meaning to human difference to justify their new found economic privilege.   Continue reading

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